May 20, 2015

REVIEW + SWATCHES | ✶NEW✶ M•A•C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows


 In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows


Now here to stay: In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, M•A•C’s modern hybrid formula that combines the smoothness of a cream, the blendability of a liquid and the finish of a powder with long-wearing colour and prismatic reflections. Its creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates luminous, well-defined eyes in finishes from sheer crystallized light to stunning metallic.

Size: 1.3 g / 0.04 US oz
Price: US $20.00



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Shades AVAILABLE:

A Natural Flirt - Iridescent light pink
Ready to Party - Pale lilac
Stylishly Merry - Midtone dusty violet
Smoky Mauve - Pinkish muted mauve
Rich Core - Dirty aubergine
Grand Galaxy - Dirty mid-tone violet
Amorous Alloy - Deep terracotta copper
Havana - Dirty copper brown
Sweet Heat - Bright peach champagne
Stolen Moment - Dark taupe
Silver Sun - Mid-tone dirty sea foam green
Silver Dawn - Dirty grey mauve
Lunar - Royal blue
Fathoms Deep - Deep blue
Legendary Lure - Deep cerulean
Sea Worship - Tarnished olive
Dark Dare - Charcoal black
Evening Grey - Steel silver



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The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows retail for $20 for 1.4 g/0.04 oz of product.

Right away the price jumps out as more expensive than a typical M∙A∙C eyeshadow of this size which retails for $16 for 1.5 g/0.05 oz. Even the larger sized M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Eyeshadows retail for $21 for 3.4 g/0.11 oz - which means you are getting 1/2 the amount of product in these for around the same price. 

I am very disappointed by the price and size of these eyeshadows. M∙A∙C initially released these eyeshadows (Limited Edition) in the larger sized packaging (0.1 oz) at the same price of $20. Now they have downsized the product but kept the same price point. 


The price is hard to swallow since M∙A∙C tends to be more affordable than Urban Decay, Stila, NARS, and other mid-high-end brands on the market. I think M∙A∙C could have priced these eyeshadows similar to the Urban Decay Eyeshadows which are $18 a pop and we probably wouldn't feel the sting as much.


 


 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are currently available for purchase in store and online at the following locations:
  • Select Nordstrom Stores and on the Nordstrom website
  • Select Macy's Stores and on the Macy's website
  • Standalone M∙A∙C Stores and on the M∙A∙C website
  • Any other location that sells M∙A∙C Cosmetics
 

 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension EyeShadows are packaged in the usual M∙A∙C black eyeshadow pots with a transparent window in the lid. The label at the underside of the pot has the shade name, size and manufacturer information. I find this packaging quite sturdy and functional since you can see the colors through the packaging - this saves time with a sizeable collection.

The eyeshadows themselves feature an ocean wave design on one half and embossed M∙A∙C logos on the other side. This is different from the typical M∙A∙C eyeshadow so you can use it as an identifying mark - until you wear it down through use of course!

I wouldn't recommend de-potting these - for those of you who prefer de-potted eyeshadow pans - as these are a baked product that are more fragile than regular pressed eyeshadows.



 


"In Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is a modern hybrid formula that combines the smoothness of a cream, the blendability of a liquid and the finish of a powder with long-wearing colour and prismatic reflections. Its creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates luminous, well-defined eyes in finishes from sheer crystallized light to stunning metallic."


COLORS/SHADES
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows come in 18 wearable and smokey shades. There are no bright pops of color to be had here! These are all subtle (for me anyway) neutral tones that would be suitable for any age or skintone.

TEXTURE & FINISH 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows have a subdued shimmery finish. A few of the shades also have finely milled glitter throughout. The finish is very flattering for those of us (like moi) who prefer soft sheen versus highly frosted shine. So for anyone with more mature skin (or tastes) or lines on the eyelids, these will be a great way to wear shimmer without looking overdone.

The texture is that of the typical baked product - soft, lightweight and finely milled. They feel very airy and smooth to the touch but are not overly creamy or powdery.

PIGMENTATION 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension EyeShadows are nicely pigmented colors that can be applied sheerly or packed on for more color payoff. I find the deeper shades to be intense right away while the lighter shades apply more sheerly on first swipe. You can also apply these with a damp brush for greater pigmentation and amped up shine.

APPLICATION & WEAR 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows work well with natural and synthetic bristle brushes. I have no issues selecting a brush to apply these eyeshadows - some eyeshadows are finicky in that way. You can also use your fingers but I am not a fan of that...to each their own though right?
M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows apply smoothly and evenly on the eyelids. But the best part is that these blend effortlessly without creating harsh lines. They work well with other formulae as well so you can mix and mingle with your existing collection.

You can also use this formula wet (well really with a damp brush) to create more dimension and sheen. They do not start clumping up nor do they create a crepe-y effect when used damp. They also blend nicely over a primer or creamy base without any issues.

I had no issues with wear time or fading throughout the day. You will get a full 8+ hours of wear without creasing or fading.



 
The M∙A∙C In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are a great extension to M∙A∙C's eyeshadow lineup. However, the price point hits a sore note with me...especially when the original limited edition launch of this formula were larger and at the same price point. 

That being said, I do enjoy the formulation and colors quite a bit and I think they are worth a look.



Have you tried these eyeshadows?  Interested?


 




May 12, 2015

REVIEW + SWATCH FEST | �� MAC Lip Pencils - Oranges, Reds, Purples, Plums & Nudes ��


 



Lip Liners/Lip Pencils




A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for lining the lips or filling them in. They available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades.


 Size: 1.45 g / 0.05 oz

Price: $16




 

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners retail for $16 for 1.45 g/0.05 oz of product.

The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are among the cheapest lip liners in the mid-end makeup brand range. They also contain more product than the average wooden lip pencils on the market. There are definitely cheaper alternatives in the drugstore bracket - NYX, Jordana, Milani, etc. However, the M∙A∙C Lip Liners come in at a great price point that is more affordable that comparable brands.


 


 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are currently available for purchase in store and online at the following locations:
  • Select Bloomingdale's Stores and on the Bloomingdale's website
  • Select Nordstrom Stores and on the Nordstrom website
  • Select Macy's Stores and on the Macy's website
  • Standalone M∙A∙C Stores and on the M∙A∙C website
  • Any other location that sells M∙A∙C Cosmetics



 
 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are simple wooden pencils. Of course these will require sharpening and I recommend a cosmetic-grade sharpener to limit product waste. 

Now, I was always weary of pencils that require sharpening since this leads to shaving off some of the actual lip color product with the wooden pencil. But I realized that twist up pencils, although they eliminate sharpening, come with less product overall - YES only about a 1/4 the size of a wooden pencil (see above). In addition, the twist up pencils dry out a lot faster than their wooden counterparts. Plus it is easier to sanitize wooden pencils with a quick sharpen and alcohol. Overall, I do believe wooden pencils are a better value for money PLUS shelf-life is much longer.



 
"A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip. Lip Pencils have a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for lining the lips or filling them in. They available in a wide selection of colours that each work well with many different lipstick shades."


COLORS/SHADES
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners come in a wide range of colors (40+) and there are also many limited edition shades that debut throughout the year in different collections. The range was recently expanded to include some fun and popular colors. 

There are numerous nude shades, reds, pinks, purples, burgundy/wine shades and a couple of coral/orange tones. I do think the line could be improved with the addition of more coral and orange colors which have become very popular in the last few years - (hi MAC, I'm talking to you).

TEXTURE & FINISH 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners all (or mostly) have a matte finish

PIGMENTATION 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are fully pigmented colors that can be worn alone or under lipstick or lip gloss. 

APPLICATION & WEAR 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners have a drier formula which makes them long-wearing but that means they can tug on the lips during application. If you find them too dry, a good tip is to pass them under a blow dryer for a couple seconds to warm up the product. You can also run the pencil on the back of your hand to make the application a little smoother. Overall once they are warmed up they glide easily over the lips.

M∙A∙C Lip Liners can be sharpened for crisp lines or used with a rounded tip to distribute the product all over the lips.

Wear time is what makes these lip pencils amazing! These can last 12+ hours without budging or moving. Obviously if you add gloss or a creamy product on top they will not last as long but you still get a full 8+ hours of wear without any issues. They are almost long-wearing to a fault....I need a makeup remover wipe and lip scrub to get the richer colors off my lips.



 
The M∙A∙C Lip Liners are my favorite lip liners and they are a favorite among lip product lovers for good reason. They are pigmented and long lasting with a full range of colors to choose from. They are also some cult favorites with celebrities and makeup artists.



Have you tried these lip liners?  Interested?


 





  Oranges
Fruit Cocktail – clean light peachy coral
Temperature Rising – neon orange

Pinks
Silly – bright pink
Candy Yum Yum – neon pink
Talking Points – bright blue fuchsia
Embrace Me – vivid pinkish fuchsia

Purples & Plums :
Heroine – bright purple
Magenta – vivid pinkish purple
Nightingale – mid-tonal cream plum
Cyber World – intense blackish purple
Currant – intense reddish purple
Vino – intense violet purple
Nightmoth – blackened plum



Reds :
Chic Trick – Amped up fuchsia
Redd – clearly red
Cherry – vivid bright bluish red
Ruby Woo – very matte vivid blue red
Follow Your Heart – vivid bright bluish red
Kiss Me Quick – yellow red
Beet – vivid reddish pink
 






Nudes:
Boldly Bare – dirty red brown
Rosy Rim – muted rosy tinted pink
Soar – mid-tone pinkish brown
Dervish – Pinky mauve
Whirl – dirty rose
Hover – Rich caramel brown
Spice – pink cinnamon stick
Oak – soft beige brown
Cork – muted golden brown
Stone – muted greyish taupe brown
Hodgepodge – neutral brown
Chestnut – intense brown


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