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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Lipsticks

MAC Flamboyish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a fairly smooth, thinner texture that tended to emphasize the texture of my lips just slightly. It was applied evenly and lasted for hours–it was still going strong after six hours and left a stain behind when I removed it. The formula was slightly drying. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker (95% similar). MAC Be Silly (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kimchi (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sundae (DC, $6.00) is less glossy, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $21.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Aim for Gorgeous (LE, $17.00) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). MAC Breathing Fire (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M201 (P, $22.00) is more muted, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Kingdom of Sweets Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale, milky pink with a strong, white base and subtle, cool undertones paired with a natural finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied more evenly than I anticipated, as these milkier shades tend to look very streaky. I had just a touch of color pull into lip lines, but it was barely noticeable and didn’t worsen much more over time. The consistency was lightly creamy with moderate slip and was comfortable to wear. It wore for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Smashbox Obvi (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Tease Me (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Rose Lily (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Be Fabulous (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $17.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $23.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Playful Peony (975) (LE, $7.49) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warmer, pink udnertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips, but it wasn’t slippery, so it didn’t slide around on the lips easily. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and left behind a stain after I wore it for six hours. MAC Punk Couture (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Potent Fig (LE, $19.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $18.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Savvy (P, $15.00) is more muted, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Chaps (LE, $6.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warm undertones and a natural finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied with smooth, even color. The consistency had light slip so that it glided on without tugging on the lips but didn’t slide or feather on me. I found the light sheen and emollient consistency to be more flattering on lips, as it didn’t emphasize my lip lines or settle into them. This shade stayed on nicely for five and a half hours and was a touch hydrating. Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Barely There (P, $5.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C306 (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced As If (P, $22.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC So Good For You Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque; it had an even translucency to it so that it looked rich and bold, but a hint of the natural lip color still came through. The texture was firmer, a little velvety in the tube, but it took more pressure to apply and tugged on the lips as I worked it across my lips. It felt thinner, somewhat clingy, and overall, moderately drying over time, but it lasted for over six hours and left a strong stain behind. Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Psycho (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Feisty (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is glossier, brighter (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Dior Marilyn (LE, $38.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is glossier, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (90% similar). Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lipstick Flamboyish
Flamboyish
Flamboyish
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Lipstick Kingdom of Sweets
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipstick Leap of Delight
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Saucy Little Darling
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
MAC Lipstick So Good For You
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder

MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder
MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder

MAC Yum Yum Yum Magic Dust Powder ($28.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle over a satin finish. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dame (P, $22.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Divine Desire (LE, $22.00) is brighter, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s interesting how poorly this performed compared to Sweet Vision! The powder was much drier, looser, and had a chunkier consistency overall that made it difficult to use. The pigmentation was weaker with semi-sheer coverage at best, and it did not want to adhere evenly to skin as it was just so, so dry. If you used liquid or cream foundation and applied it while the base was still drying down, you could get better coverage, but it would still be difficult to blend. It seemed to wear about seven hours on me, but it already looked faded from the beginning, so it wasn’t as easy to tell!

MAC Magic Dust Powder Yum Yum Yum
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total

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MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder
MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder ($28.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and neither too firm or too loose in the pan, so the powder had great color payoff with supreme blendability. As I buffed and blended the powder onto my skin, the shimmer diffused and become more luminous and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It is quite pigmented, so for those who prefer subtler color, I would recommend using a fan or highlighter brush for softer application. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Magic Dust Powder Sweet Vision
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Eyeshadows

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new, limited edition powder eyeshadow formula that will be available in six shades. They are part of the Nutcracker Sweet holiday color collection, which will be online on October 20th and in-stores on October 27th (North America). There was nothing that struck me as particularly new or different about these from more shimmery eyeshadows. The texture was a bit softer and dustier in the pan compared to MAC’s typical eyeshadow formula with some shades being dusty enough to sheer out easily or shimmer separate from the base color. The six shades were fairly pigmented, blendable, and wore between seven and eight hours on me.

MAC Dance Flowers Dance Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a fine, white pearl over a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which did sheer out somewhat due to the dustier, thinner consistency. The color applied better by patting it onto the lid rather than sweeping to get better coverage initially. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Raya (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Looking Glass (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Enchanted Beauty (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Thessalonique (Left) (P, $25.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Dark Lullaby Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a slightly drier, looser texture that took a little more effort to blend and diffuse along the edges on bare skin (but I expect over primer for it not to be an issue at all). The color wore well for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Passion (P) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Forward March Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer. The shimmer tended to pull away from the base as I blended the color on the lid, so it had a smoother, more satiny finish in practice than it appeared in the pan. It had good color payoff, though, and it was easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It started to fade after seven and a half hours on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $45.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Light Bronze (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Bellini (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mustache Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black with warmer, olive undertones and gold and silver sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkles didn’t translate onto the lid noticeably, as they did not bind with the base, so they would blend away or get trapped in the bristles of the brush before getting onto the lid. The texture was drier, dusty, and thin, which made it hard to apply evenly. It was difficult to blend without the color appearing patchy on bare skin. It lasted for seven hours before fading noticeably. MAC Beyond Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Melange (P, $6.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pretty Dainty Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was hard to build up and prone to sheering out. I also felt like it faded within a few minutes of application. This is a shade I would want to use over a colored base (or a white base) to help amplify the color and make it appear less faded. It wore well for seven hours before fading. MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rabblerouser (LE, $23.00) is cooler, brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #3 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sushi Flower (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (P, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Dior Capital of Light #3 (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rabblerouser Magic Dust Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and sat better on the skin than Pretty Dainty as the texture was firmer, less dusty, but it wasn’t difficult to work with or blend out. I noticed fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #2 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is warmer, more muted, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dance Flowers Dance
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Dark Lullaby
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Forward March
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Mustache
Mustache
Mustache
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
63%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Pretty Dainty
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Magic Dust Eyeshadow Rabblerouser
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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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 warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Rich, Sweet (LE, $16.50) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (P, $29.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is warmer, brighter, lighter (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. Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is warmer, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (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). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rhinestone (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (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 darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). NARS Never Too Late (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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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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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. Make Up For Ever 28 Anthracite Black (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Caviar (LE, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Ace (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Give In Take II (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Gunmetal (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Slate (P, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (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. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Naval Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Baby T (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Apparition (LE, $32.00) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE) is more muted, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (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 darker, less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $9.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Teal (19M) (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome My French #8 (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #1 (LE) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Tonight's the Night (LE, $22.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). The Estee Edit Wavy (LE) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (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. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Gypsy (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (P, $14.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Envy (P, $6.00) is brighter, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Disco Ball (LE, $5.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (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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