Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (Part 2)

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that’s coming out in-stores April 5th.  It’s a hybrid powder that can be used wet or dry, with buildable color coverage, and wear for up to six hours.  If you’ve seen Estee Lauder’s Powder Gelee eyeshadows, these are very similar in texture–but at least there is very little overlap in the shade range.

Here are official color descriptions for the five in this post: Modern Pewter (dirty olive gold), Rich Core (dirty aubergine), Sweet Heat (bright peach champagne), Warm Thunder (dirty silver grey), and Young Venus (pale white pink).

The good news is that these all felt and wore fairly consistently.  There weren’t major discrepancies from one shade to another.   Rich Core had one of the best textures–it felt extra smooth compared to the other shades–while Young Venus had a slightly grittier texture, though it would not be described as gritty.  Young Venus also had one of the frostier finishes.   Warm Thunder was the least pigmented (at least, when applied dry) of this set of five, while both Rich Core and Sweet Heat were quite pigmented both dry and wet.

From the previous review:  These are the shades that I have worn and tested for wear: Blue Orbit, Dark Dare, Havana, Modern Pewter, and Rich Core. I wore them alone over bare skin, over a primer, and used them both wet and dry.   Without a primer, they do hold up fairly well for six to eight hours when applied damp (with water), but if they are applied dry, they do seem to fade after three to four hours, with it looking rather sheer at the sixth hours. The worst thing is that when they are applied dry, they don’t stick as well, so if you rub your eye even briefly (oops!), it wipes away instantly.  Over a primer, they do very well; no fading or creasing even after ten hours of wear. I was definitely surprised at how well they held up over bare skin when used damp–there was only a little fading after six to eight hours, but it was not really noticeable from afar. My eyelids are normal-to-dry, but they’ve been closer to normal these past few days.

The texture of these is that same unexpected combination of dry, soft, and smooth. There’s just this inherent dryness to it and then a real softness so it ends up applying really smooth. These can be used wet or dry, so all swatches are dry and then wet (using just water). These will look more intense, opaque, and smoother when applied damp, but overall, they were fairly pigmented when used dry. Over a primer, you can get closer to the damp results, but I still liked using these damp best. I also liked that it retained a lot of the intensity even after it dried on the lid.

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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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If you want to wear these without a primer, I strongly recommend using them damp during application, because when they are applied dry, they do fade within a few hours and are mostly gone by six, but damp, the results are much, much better. The payoff is a similar story--always more intense when applied damp.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Rich Core Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Warm Thunder Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Young Venus Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $20 each (launches April 5th in-stores).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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60 thoughts on “MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

  1. Liz

    sweet heat is calling my name, such a gorgeous shade!

  2. Avatar of Krystal Krystal

    this is terrible cuz i kinda want all of these shadows. lol

  3. LOVE YOU CHRISTINE!!!

  4. Avatar of Laurence Laurence

    Omg! My wallet hurts already !!!

  5. Avatar of Amy amy

    Rich Core is a *must*, and Modern Pewter is very pretty, but I have Dalliance, so I’ll probably be skipping on that one.

  6. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    I wish these weren’t so pretty! I really want the first three shadows.

  7. Pretty swatches :)
    I really like the look of Modern Pewter. So neat!

  8. Avatar of Jill cloudburst

    Christine, how do you think these compare to the Peacocky eye shadows? Better? Worse?

    Thanks for the great reviews!

    • I dig the Peacocky ones more, just because they’re easier to use – you don’t need to use them wet or anything. And I tend to prefer slightly less metallic finishes. I think those were, consistently, better overall, and they were really easy to apply and blend out. So, slightly better perhaps overall.

  9. bettyboop

    dupes: all maybelline Color tattoo :)

  10. Amanda

    Damn, these seemingly are the better colors, with the exception of Lunar and Havana. They’re so hard to choose from. LOVE modern pewter. Sweet Heat and Rich Core are awesome as well.

  11. Kat

    Sweet Pewter is calling my name…must resist…

  12. Zara

    Christine, is modern pewter similar to urban decay ruthless? Just wondering because ruthless is being discontinued :(

  13. I’m really loving Rich Core!!

  14. Agapi

    Hi Christine,
    Wow! what a fabulous job you’ve done! I was wondering if Petina is a dupe for Modern Pewter, i noticed you didn’t mentioned that..
    Thanks so much :)

  15. Modern Pewter looks like it might be exactly what I am after, I really want something that is identical in colour to Sidecar from Naked palette but without the big chunks of glitter. Is this as close as it looks like it might be? Thanks!

  16. Oh geez, these are all amazing! I want the entire collection!!

  17. GtB

    Hi Christine,

    Long time reader (I’ve been stalking your blog for days for this review), first time poster.

    How does modern pewter compare color wise to Chanel’s Epetant? How does the formula compare?

    Keep up the great work!

    • Epetant is greener! The formulas are totally different – like not even comparable!

      Happy first comment! Thank you!

      • GtB

        Thanks! I have no experience with the Estee gelee format so its hard for me to imagine what the intersection of gel/liquid/powder in this format and the finish wet on modern pewter reminded me a lot of Epatant. Well the photograph anyways.

        Not that it matters – even with primer everything creases on me after about 6 hours! Some finishes worse than others obviously – the chanel epatant is surprisingly crease resistant.

        Your dedication to this blog is amazing – and I know I speak for more than just me when I say thank you – without your reviews I’d buy stuff that I’d regret and regret stuff I didn’t buy!

  18. Avatar of Jenny jen

    Modern Pewter is gorgeous but wow that sounds like a tempermental shadow formula. I have to get in the habit of using a primer. Thanks for bustin out these reviews and the Tres Cheek one!

  19. Amalia

    Which of them are closer to mac Vex?Thank you

  20. I like Modern Pewter! I don’t own a lot of pewters yet, so this one will make a good addition! I have a question though, Christine. I’ve heard that using MAC shadows wet makes them go bad after a while. Is this true in your experience or is it more like a storage/climate problem?

    • It depends on the formula – these can be used wet/dry, same with the MSFs. I want to say PLWs as well but I can’t remember for sure. Their regular eyeshadows are generally a no – some of the VPs might withstand it, but definitely not mattes and satins.

  21. Avatar of artemis artemis

    pretty and the second one is the best :D so rich

  22. Avatar of Kristina Kris

    Hi Christine! Thank you so much for your wonderful swatches. I was wondering how close Modern Pewter was to Chanel Epatant (http://www.temptalia.com/images/fall2011/chanel_illusiondombres021.jpg). It seems more metallic. Are they in any way similar?

  23. Avatar of Mandy Bxboricua

    Is modern pewter similar to Urban Decay Maui Wowie (without the sparkly fallout)?

  24. Saffy

    I wasn’t planning on buying any of these… but Modern Pewter and Rich Core are ridiculously pretty. I might need them (my wallet is crying already).

  25. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Sweet Heat looks very close to my shade Serenity by Lorac, if a touch more copper, so I’ll think I’ll pass on that. Warm Thunder and Rich Core look like must buys, though! :)

  26. Avatar of Magdalena Magdalena Fernández

    God, there are only about two shades that I didn’t really like so… I’ll stop buying food in order to be able to buy the ones I like (almost all of them)
    :( skinny me here I go

  27. MORENA

    I was wondering, are these he same exact formula as those highlighters?

  28. Avatar of Liane Liane

    Does modern pewter compare to mac smoke and diamonds? It’s one of my favourites :(

  29. Suzette

    Hey Christine have you tried sweet heat on your cheeks yet?? : )

  30. Alyssa

    How does sweet heat compare to gifts o’ glamour pigment?

  31. Deb

    Hi Christine,

    Modern Pewter is now calling my name. I seem to remember it being greener in store than it appears here; if I already have Greensmoke do you think this colour is a pass?

    Thanks so much for all of your hard work on the blog; I’ve been lurking for months. :)

  32. Bb

    How does sweat heat compare to the superb? They look very similar…

  33. Jackie

    Hey Christine!

    Can you tell me how rich core compares to twilight falls or rare find mineralize eye shadows?

  34. Karey

    How does Young Venus compare to Pink Freeze?

  35. Rina

    These are calling my name to buy them!

  36. Avatar of Rafaela Rafaela

    So I’m a little late, but I just got my Rich Core and it looks so different than your swatch! Much purpler and less red-toned, I was kinda disappointed with what I got, do you think there is something wrong with mine?