Monday, April 25th, 2011

MAC Big Bounce Shadow
MAC Black Diamond Big Bounce Shadow

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Review

MAC Big Bounce Shadows ($16.50 for 0.17 oz.) is a brand new product launching with MAC’s Flighty Collection (which will hit counters/stores on May 5th). I don’t have all sixteen at this time, and I will, of course, purchase the remaining shades as soon as they are available, but for now, I hope these five shades will suffice: Black Diamond (black with gold pearl), The Cool Elite (white with silver pearl), Count Your Assets (rich blue purple with multi-color pearl), Reward Yourself (bright peach coral with gold pearl), and Spread the Wealth (dirty olive with gold pearl.

Updated @ 6:00PM on 4/25: (Consider re-reading the review, as I changed up about 60% of it!)  The hardest part about evaluating these new shadows is trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do (and conversely, what one shouldn’t expect them to do).  After obtaining more information (see this Q&A), these are supposed to “last for hours” along with “luminescent washes that build from sheer to medium easily.”

Once you throw that little piece in, however, it really does change the efficacy of these, because they do not wear for hours on their own.  I tried four of the five shades alone on the lid, and I spent three days working through them trying to find techniques that would make them work.  I couldn’t find a way to make these work well all alone or as a wash.  Over primer, they still creased (just less creasing than if they were applied to bare lids), but the real zinger is how quickly they crease.  It’s not creasing after four, eight, twelve hours but within an hour.

To achieve the best wear alone, a brush (like the 242) seems to work the best for applying the product without sliding it all over the place.  Just like with any really slippery product, you’ll want to work a little slower and pat the product on and gently smooth out the color or else it will slip and slide and result in uneven color coverage.

  • Black Diamond is a dark charcoal black with teal and silver shimmer.
  • The Cool Elite is a brightened white with a shimmery finish.
  • Reward Yourself is a muted copper with a golden champagne shimmer-sheen.
  • Count Your Assets is a cool-toned purple with silver and gray.
  • Spread the Wealth is a dirty olive green with multi-colored micro-shimmer and metallic sheen.

The texture is very wet and more like a liquid than a cream or mousse–it has a watery feel, though not runny, but a bit like a gel. Initially, I tried applying it to the lid with my finger (but first getting product out with a metal spatula), but I found it did not work well to create a smooth, even layer of color. It’s so very emollient that it glides on easily, but the color slides around and looks rather messy.

The collection does promote the 242 brush (which is part of the permanent range), so I figured I’d try that, and it did work much better. I used other brushes (194, 239, 249), and the 194 and 249 didn’t work as well as the 239 and 242, so the key seems to be some fluffiness in the brush shape (as the 194 and 249 are flatter and firmer) and a patting motion.

Worn alone: I couldn’t wear the Big Bounce Shadows alone without experiencing creasing. I tried three different shades alone (Black Diamond, Reward Yourself, and Spread the Wealth), and Reward Yourself was the only one that didn’t crease immediately. Based on working with the formula for a few days, I think it’s the long dry down time that makes these difficult to wear alone. Unless you keep your eyes closed and lids perfectly taut, the product will settle into any creases while it’s drying down. The dry down time for me was about 45 seconds to a minute. Once they dry down, they do seem to hold on fairly well, but there is some shimmer fall out that occurs.

Worn over a primer: When worn over a primer but with nothing to set it on top, I still experienced creasing within the hour. I found that using it over more opaque primers like MAC Soft Ochre or Urban Decay Eden helped to avoid creasing as soon as it was applied, because the creaminess of the opaque primer helped to fill in some creases, but I still had creasing after an hour of wear.

Set with shadow: They work much better as eyeshadow bases–I had the nearly the same wear regardless of using the Big Bounce Shadow as a base or using an eyeshadow primer, then applying Big Bounce Shadow, and finally setting with eyeshadow. I would say that those with oilier lids may find that the primer, Big Bounce, and powder shadow sandwich would work better for them, as I have normal lids. After twelve hours, I noticed very slight creasing on the inner lid when used without a base, but used with a base, there was none of that slight inner lid creasing.

BOTTOM LINE

SET WITH POWDER. Like most cream products, to prolong wear, set with a powder product.  USE A BRUSH. Fingers seem to create very uneven finishes, and it’s difficult to build up color that way–the color always seems sheer.

Pigmentation varies from shade to shade, and so does the buildability. For instance, Reward Yourself applies semi-opaque from the get-go, but Spread the Wealth needs two to three layers to achieve the same result. I found Spread the Wealth to be the most finicky shade of the five I tried, because it was difficult to apply evenly (even when using a brush!) and build up color.

The packaging is similar to Paint Pots, and the Big Bounce Shadows contain the same amount of product as Paint Pots as well (0.17 oz.).  Big Bounce Shadows come with a thin, plastic insert, but I don’t know if you’d want to dispose of it, even though it is rather flimsy.  The shadow does move around and lots of gets stuck to the insert, so it’s probably better to keep it than to toss it.

I just think the texture of these gives to more uneven application, and the dry down time is too long.  I might consider grabbing shades that really appeal to you to use as a colored eyeshadow base, because they work well for that purpose, but with some of the texture issues, I wouldn’t necessarily feel driven to grab ‘em all.

These wear well if set with powder and made to last all day (8-12 hours).  Are they worth the effort?  Personally, I don’t mind, because they work well enough as a colored base, which is how I would use them myself, but it’s not how I need/want them to work that plays into the actual rating but whether it works the way it’s supposed to.

At the end of the day, these seem to take more work/experimentation that most customers will want to put in.  If you don’t mind some layering and really wanted to like these, buy from a retailer with a generous return policy–if they work for you, I’m a happy camper, and if they don’t, you can return.

The Glossover

coming-soon

MAC Big Bounce Shadow Reviews, Swatches, Photos

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It's really too bad that there is so little wear time when worn alone (Reward Yourself had maybe a half hour of nice wear, but the others I tried were done in fifteen minutes), because I feel like these don't deserve such a low score. If you intend to set with powder shadow, these perform much, much better and would see a B- rating instead.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Big Bounce Shadow
Green look (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Green look after 4 hours (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Green look after 8 hours  (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Sunset look  (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Sunset look after 6 hours  (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Sunset look after 12 hours (used as an eyeshadow base, no primer underneath)

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Reward Yourself

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Reward Yourself after 1 hour

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Spread the Wealth

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Spread the Wealth after 1 hour

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Spread the Wealth after 1 hour (with a primer)

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Spread the Wealth applied with a finger (alone)

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Black Diamond after 2 minutes (alone)

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Big Bounce Shadow? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on May 5th, $16.50 each.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

For Black Diamond, try MUFE #1 Aqua Cream. For The Cool Elite, try MUFE #4. For Count Your Assets, I can't think of anything close (it's much cooler-toned and gray compared to most other purple cream shadows). For Reward Yourself, try Buxom Golden Retriever (but it's significantly darker). For Spread the Wealth, try Buxom Shiz Tzu (seems a little greener).

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186 thoughts on “MAC Big Bounce Shadow Reviews, Swatches, Photos

  1. euge

    for the price, I prefer jumbos nyx, I’ll pass this XD

  2. Missa

    Hmmm then whats the point of these ? Lol. PASS ! Very good review tho.

  3. Annalogik

    Some of the colours are beautifull, but if they last for 2 minutes…I’m sticking with my MUFE aquacreams, those don’t crease a bit, even without a primer, and the colours are really cool! (I bought them because I saw your review Christine :) And I couldn’t be happier with them!) Thank you so much :D

  4. El

    At my update training we tried this technique where we actually put the Big Bounce shadows on TOP of the powder shadow and lo and behold that is the combo that worked for me. I do, however, have dry lids so I don’t usually have to battle with creasing products too much. I liked how it still had a wet effect but the powder shadow held it in place. Also I know a lot of people like the 242 but I had best results with 224 and just taking the time to buff it out. I know for most people it’s not worth all the work though :(

  5. Edelmc

    Hi Christine. Thank you so much for all the time you put into this review and responses. I was just wondering, would it be possible to wear these with a primer underneath and something like prep and primer finishing powder over so that you could have a wash of colour without altering the colour too much with powder over and still achieve a decent wear time due to the sandwich method?

  6. Devoted2MACCosmetics

    It’s really too bad the formula isn’t better. Personally, I think releasing/re-promoting Paint Pots with some of these colors wold have been a better use of all the effort, or lack there of, put into this product.

    • Steph

      Me too! I’d be all over these if they were paint pots. Summer is coming and all I want is nice, quick makeup that stays put.

    • Katt

      So totally agree, paint pots are, like, the perfect product! (with the exception of rubenesque, I never got that one to work…) and we are totally in need of some new non-neutral shades. Just dug out my Coral Crepe for summer, it’s gonna become my signature color this year!

  7. Ugh, seems like a huge pain in the butt. I’ll pass on these. Thanks for the review, Christine.

  8. NeenaJ

    What an amazing review! Like your other dedicated readers here, I deeply appreciate the effort you put into this blog. Your posts are informative, the pictures are gorgeous, and the comments/replies are always fun to read.

    Big Bounce is a no-go for me. The colors are so rich and dimensional in the pots (thanks to your clicks), but why bother making a product with so much color nuance only to have to cover it up with powder shadow? MAC, just give us a pigmented, color base – don’t play like I can wear these alone.

    I was hoping these would give me the easy look of a color wash on my lids, especially in summer when looking too “fussy” seems inappropriate (IMO). Guess I’ll check out the Buxom creams and Estee Lauder double wear creams instead. (Benefit’s creams are awesome, but their neutrals pull too cool for my skintone.)

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ananya Annie

    hey christine!!! which of the big bounce eyeshadows would you recommend the most????

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jessica Jezi

    Bleh, I’d rather more fun colors of paint pots than a new product line that fails to uphold it’s description.

  11. cloudburst

    The colours are nice but the formula seems fussy. I think I may skip.

  12. steph

    Hi Christine, just want to let you know we really appreciate your honest and detailed reviews. Thanks :)

  13. Sally

    Thank you so much for your honest review, Christine! Just looking at the pictures, they seemed wayyy too liquid-y to stand alone and not crease. I thought they looked like not very good products, to be honest with you, and your review made me think that was right!

  14. So much hard work must have gone on making this post. I really appreciate all your efforts…and the dedication…Good Job!!

    you have saved me so much money by posting these honest reviews and posts!!

  15. Sydney

    I told myself that if you didn’t think these were anything that special, I wouldn’t get them. I was surprised, though (and slightly relieved) to hear that you gave them such a low rating. My wallet thanks you for the review, as do I! It’s kind of a bummer, though, because these are so different and looked quite interesting. Oh well, I’m over it now! Lol! My money will now be well spent on something else ;)

  16. Julia

    Christine, So many other beauty bloggers and youtube makeup gurus will give products inflated ratings because they get some sort of personal benefit (whether monetary or samples, whatever…) but you always keep your integrity and give a truly unbiased review. I respect that about you and value your opinions for that reason. We love you!!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    they look beautiful but i am sad that they can’t be worn alone. will have to skip out on this product.

  18. Ms. Jimmi

    Dreadful. Just dreadful.

  19. LOLLI

    WHY COULDN’T THESE BE PAINT POTS! NOW THATS A TREAT! MAC has been off this year

  20. Great and patient reviewing! These look like a washed-out version of Makeup Forever’s Aqua Creams, crossed with some kind of 20s-style gloss. I love a good metallic as much as the next girl, but gawd you’d expect better of MAC wouldn’t you? Annoying, especially with Black Pearl as that colour looks so beautiful..

  21. Leah

    if i can only buy one- which would you recommend?
    ps. i have brown eyes and fair skin

  22. Celeste

    I have tried out the eyeshadows and i honestly think it works diff on everyone. I absolutely lovvveeeeed the wear and coverage these shadows gave me. Ankther idea which i tried was a base, shadow, then the big bounce eye. It worked awesome. Anyways sometimes just cause one person reviews it doesnt mean its gonna work like that on everyone. I suggest everyone go in a try them cause i absolutely loved them

    • They were rated significantly low because you’re supposed to be able to wear them alone for hours, and they creased within minutes, just FYI. As stated in the review, they work fine if you use a base and shadow.

  23. Lindsey

    I was quite disappointed in these as well. The concept sounds wonderful, but once you play it is not as great as I expected. I have found that, like you said, a eyeshadow on top works very well. And I have found using just the Big Bounce on top of a paint pot worked very well with no creasing (4 hours so far!) The consistancy is rather strange when dried.. but still looks like the soft wash of color it was going for. So, it takes a little playing with to get a good combination. All in all, I have one and might buy one or two more but definitely not a product I will blow my wallet on. Thanks for the great reviews Christine!

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jennifer Jens7lil1s

    I can’t believe they did 3 greens but nothing teal. :(. Oh well it sounds like my paintpots

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jennifer Jens7lil1s

    I can’t believe they did 3 greens but nothing teal. :(. Oh well it sounds like my paintpots will work as well but be easier to apply anyway. Thank you for the review you saved me big $$$$$

  26. Lizzy

    I think I’m one of the few people that loves this product! I do not use as I base because is quite pointless but on top of eyeshadows is just awesome! it enhances the colors and it sets as well but it must be applied with a 217 and let it set for a few seconds… trust me I have hooded eyes and it doesn’t crease that way. My girl at mac showed me how to use them so I would recommend to go to a mac store and they can show you how to use the product.

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Joyce Joyce B

    I’m behind in reading the posts and didn’t see what a bad score these got. I was in Nordstrom’s the other day and mentioned to the MAC MA (who says she’s worked for MAC for 9 years) that I didn’t like cream shadows because they crease. She just looked at me and said “This is MAC. They don’t crease.” I bought one- Trophy. I’m glad I didn’t buy more. Thanks for posting about how to apply these, maybe I can actually use the one I did buy.

  28. rachael

    i picked up extra charged this weekend… my friend/MA @ MAC used it as an overwash on my eyeshadow.. i was wearing shimmermoss, lucky green, and humid.. with extra charged on top it competely changed the look from a funky smokey eye to mermaid eyes.. it wore well and i had no issues with creasing that way.

  29. cheryl

    looking at “Black Diamond after 2 minutes (alone)”

    THE HORROR!!!!

  30. Pari

    Any update on whether or not these are lip safe, by any chance? Thanks :D

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenn Jenn

    Thank you so much for your review! I was prepared to buy almost all of these, but I have an oily lid and it looks like that is a bad idea.. You save me tons! :)

  32. Amanda

    The SA at my MAC counter put this on my eyes *over* my eyeshadow on the inner 1/3 of my eye and it was absolutely gorgeous. It lasted 12+ hours, too. Seems like powder eyeshadow is the secret ingredient needed to set the shadows, whether underneath or on top of the Big Bounce shadow.

  33. Kate

    When I first read your review, I thought “Oh gross, I’ll pass on these!” But when I went to my local counter to put some Surf Baby pieces on hold, I asked the MA about the BBES, and she said the same thing you did (they work best used as a base for eyeshadow, or used with a base) otherwise they look muddy and useless. So I got some samples, and tested them out once I got home. The way I applied mine,(no base, no shadow, just as-is on my lids) they didn’t crease! I used my finger and the tiniest amount -about 1/3rd the size of the tip of my pinky nail- let it dry while I did the other eye, went back again with a little bit more for a second layer, and they haven’t creased on me yet(6+ hours).

  34. Ellen

    I wear these over the top of primed and shadowed eyelids and experience very little creasing

  35. Jady

    I find that with these, you really need to just pat, pat, pat! Then I guess close your eyes and let it dry in a few minutes and it should stay!

  36. so do you think mac paintpots are a better option for a base under shadow? or mac paints? obviously not as great colour choices tho

    thanx for such a detailed review with rigorous testing :-)
    much love
    claire’
    xoxo

  37. wow I sure missed hearing anything about these so they must of floped really fast thanks for shareing

  38. In a word : LOL °.°

  39. Mallory

    they look fun to play with