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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. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Be Silly (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Sundae (DC, $6.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kimchi (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M201 (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Breathing Fire (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Aim for Gorgeous (LE, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (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. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Be Fabulous (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tease Me (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Real Doll (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (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 Jawbreaker (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Pandemonium (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Violet Riot (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% 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 lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (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. Urban Decay Psycho (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Dior Marilyn (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). 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). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dame (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Divine Desire (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (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. bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Becca Snapdragon (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC Petal Power (P, $27.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lines & Last Night (502) (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bellini (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (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. Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Raya (LE) is cooler (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Merry (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Looking Glass (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #6 (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Enchanted Beauty (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 17 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). 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. Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Passion (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Curvy Cami (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #1 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is lighter, 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. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Rosegold (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Crisp (P) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Light Bronze (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). City Color Bubble Bath (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Bellini (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sateen (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC This Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Gleam (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is darker, cooler (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). Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Fierce (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Melange (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (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 less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #3 (P) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sushi Flower (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I808 English Pink (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Rose (DC, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Dior Capital of Light #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Just Peachy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion's Field Day (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pretty Dainty (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Dior Bow (887) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mu Mu Bloom (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Simply Marlena (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (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 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.

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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. 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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