MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review & Photos

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) may sound new to some, but it originally debuted way back in 2007 (see my original “review” here–and I called that a review? For shame!) and were repromoted in 2008 as “Brushed Metal-x.” I kind of think the shades from the first launch were more fun–I still have Plum Electric (vibrant grape purple), though I don’t think I used it but a couple of times, because it looks nearly new. Cyber, Fusion Gold, and Virgin Silver have been relaunched as part of this year’s offerings.

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MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review & Photos

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Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
70%

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Photos & Swatches

Review coming soon, please hold all questions until then! :) I spent all of yesterday and last night photographing, swatching, and testing, but I wasn’t able to get everything done before it was bedtime (midnight!). So for now, please take a gander at these eyeshadows but know two things 1) these have not been reformulated, so they have the same formula as the ones released in 2007 had; 2) they are NOT long-wearing and MAC doesn’t give any guidance on wear (read between the lines: it will crease).

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MAC Cyber Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow<

Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Luster Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a deep, dark purple-burgundy with a soft, frosted finish and tiny flecks of ruby red shimmer. It is darker than MAC Deceit. The base of Deep Garnet is similar to MAC Shadowy Lady.  I think the intensity and depth of this particular shade is what really makes it sing.

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Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Luster Eyeshadow

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
96%

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new and limited edition holiday compact that includes a “beige pearl, metallic gold, [and] light green pearl.” You can use this on the face or on the eyes–it’s more like a highlighter for the face, and then the eyeshadows can be used to create a soft look.

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Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla Face & Eye Palette

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Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%

Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “warm minted green” with a metallic finish. It looks absolutely NOTHING! like the swatch/photo of it on Lancome’s website, which makes it look more like a vibrant neon lime green. Instead, what we have is a pastel mint green with a subtle iridescent sheen. The color payoff is decent but could use a little more oomph or better binders so it would apply more opaquely. I know shades like this have to exist, but I couldn’t find anything in the Swatch Gallery; MAC Aqua was the closest, but it’s darker and more aqua, less green. It might be a little lighter than something like MAC Aquavert (which is a few years old now). Sugarpill Lumi has more of a teal iridescence.

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Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Fashion Forward
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
82%

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

On the left, there’s a soft yellow with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The color payoff is nice, and the texture is smooth. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit darker and matte. It’s closer to theBalm Wild Child and MAC Nylon.

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Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
90%