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MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 2)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, though not full coverage, that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. This was one of the easiest shades to blend out on the lid, but as a result, it was harder to maintain opaque coverage even after building the color up. It was opaque when applied over primer or with a damp brush and blended out well. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich, Sweet (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Gravity’s Pull Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened purple with warmer, pink undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. It was more pigmented than it looked in the swatch, as the consistency was so finely-milled that it sheered out very readily on bare skin. The color applied better over primer, where it maintained most of its opacity and blended out a bit easier, though it was still a little more difficult to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it was one of the more pigmented shades right out of the gate as it did not sheer out as easily as the others and maintained its intensity and coverage even on bare skin, though it was even better over primer. The consistency was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable with minimal work. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warmer, brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that blended out without too much work and didn’t appear patchy on bare skin, and it was fully opaque and applied with ease over primer. The color wore just over seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Dior Jardin #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Find part one here.

Formula Overview

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Gravity's Pull
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Mysterious Influence
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sneak Peek: MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mini Kits Photos & Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Mini Kit

Here are all the mini sets in the upcoming MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection, which launches online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). There are also a lot of repromotes, so for products that I have recently swatched, I did not re-do swatches on the lips/full face. (I did discover I am missing a swatch for Bing Bang Boom, so I’ll be adding that shortly!) For more details about the sets, please see this post.

Sets included in this post:

  • Bronze Pigment & Glitter Kit
  • Gold Pigment & Glitter Kit
  • Nude Lipstick Kit
  • Pink Lipstick Kit
  • Red Lipstick Kit
  • Nude Lip Gloss Kit
  • Pink Lip Gloss Kit
  • Red Lip Gloss Kit
  • Nude Patentpolish Lip Pencil Kit

MAC Spellbinder Shadows (Part 1)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

MAC Retrograde Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep gray with cooler, bluish pearl. It had good color coverage with a soft, silky texture, but I noticed that some of the color would stick more readily to some areas, and then it would not want to diffuse much from there, so the end result was somewhat patchy. I had better luck when I used it over a primer getting more even intensity but did not experience easier blending. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear on bare lids, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Caviar (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Aphrodisiatic Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with lighter medium blue pearl that gives is a more pearlized finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fine, smooth consistency that was soft to the touch but had a tendency to sheer out a bit on the lid and look a bit uneven. I highly recommend using it over a primer as a result, which helped even out the coverage a lot. The color lasted for seven hours before creasing on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blue Karma Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with subtle, cool undertones and warmer green-gold and bluish-teal pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but it had a translucency that made it appear faded and more subdued. The consistency was soft, felt velvety in the pot, and it blended out fairly well on the lid. It wore well for just over seven and a half hours, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is brighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker (85% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cosmic Clash Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened brown with cooler, emerald green pearl that gives it a slightly metallic finish overall. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but I struggled to get true-to-pan intensity without using a damp brush or patting it on two to three layers over a primer. The color was harder to blend out evenly and tended to look patchy and dotty over bare skin as some product stuck and did not want to budge, and it was somewhat improved over primer but still finnicky. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gypsy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (P, $14.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Retrograde
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Aphrodisiatic
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Blue Karma
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Spellbinder Shadow Cosmic Clash
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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Sneak Peek: MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye and Lip Bags/Kits Photos & Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Lip Bag

In the upcoming MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection, which launches online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America), there are a lot of smaller sets/kits. There are also a lot of repromotes, so for products that I have recently swatched, I did not re-do swatches on the lips/full face. (I did discover I am missing a swatch for Bing Bang Boom, so I’ll be adding that shortly!) For more details about the sets, please see this post.

Sets included in this post:

  • Smoky Eye Bag
  • Nude Mineralize Kit
  • Pink Mineralize Kit
  • Nude Lip Bag
  • Red Lip Bag
  • Pink Retro Matte Kit
  • Plum Retro Matte Kit
  • Red Retro Matte Kit

Sneak Peek: MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Cheek Palettes Photos & Swatches

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Face Palettes
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye & Face Palettes

Here’s a look at the three eyeshadow palettes and two blush duos from the upcoming MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection, which launches online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). I’ll do my best to get working on these and have reviews sooner rather than later, but I’ll definitely need your patience as I have about 45 (!!) palettes in the queue to review!

Sneak Peek: MAC Spellbinder Shadows Photos & Swatches

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new, limited edition loose eyeshadow that’s held together with “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged.” I haven’t had a chance to try these on the lid yet, but I’m hoping to test at least half of them today.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

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