Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Bareness Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “rosy beige.” It’s a soft peach with a subtle warm undertones and a beige shimmer that translates to a satiny sheen when buffed out. NARS Sex Appeal is lighter. MAC Cream Soda is brighter and more matte. Chanel Espiegle is darker, more orange.

The color payoff is sheer to semi-opaque but does require a few layers to get true-to-pan color (and the coverage of these ranges from sheer to greater).  It has a slightly dry consistency that makes it a smidgen on the powdery side. The formula is supposed to wear for six hours, and this does–but it is noticeably faded after seven. I don’t think six hours is particularly great wear, but because it’s all MAC says it’s supposed to last, it meets the claim.

Like At Dusk, this is a subtle color for anyone who is has medium-colored skin or deeper. I’m about NC25/NC30, and it shows up as a barely-there peach–a little warmth and glow–and on fairer complexions, the color may be more apparent. On deeper complexions, it might not show up at all. The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it’s worth a look-see.

P.S. — Does anyone else find it interesting that the blushes are supposed to have six-hour wear while the Skinfinishes are supposed to have ten-hour wear? The description is off, too, since these don’t actually have a metallic finish at all.  I just wonder what magic is in the Skinfinish that isn’t in the eyeshadows or blushes!

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Bareness

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The finish is really lovely applied, though, as it buffs out to a beautiful, glowing sheen that doesn't emphasize pores and looks effortlessly natural. If it shows up on your complexion, it's worth a look-see. Of course, if you need your blush to last eight hours, it might not be the right formula for you.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Smoky Mauve Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Smoky Mauve Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Smoky Mauve Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool mauve.” It’s a plummy mauve with a frosted finish. MAC Daylight is lighter. Jasmine Carpet is pinker. Girogio Armani #27 is a touch darker. MAC Universal Appeal has more plum in it. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 is cooler-toned.

Of the six, this was my favorite, because it applied the best–it was so, so smooth and had only a smidgen of dryness. It was soft without being powdery, and it melted against the skin when applied. The dry application is quite pigmented, and the damp application just made the finish slightly more metallic, but they were about the same either way. Smoky Mauve had the best texture, as the product seemed to bind with itself better, which helped to create that smoother finish. It lasted seven hours without fading or creasing (and it’s only designed to last for six).

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Smoky Mauve

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Of the six, this was my favorite, because it applied the best--it was so, so smooth and had only a smidgen of dryness.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Opalesse Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Opalesse Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Opalesse Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “opalescent white with pink pearl.” It’s a pale white with an iridescent pearl shimmer/sheen. MAC Defiance is lighter. I also think MAC Pink Opal is similar but perhaps less metallic. MAC Ready to Party is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus is pinker, less iridescent.

The texture of this still has that slightly dry feeling that the Extra Dimension finish seems to have (a dryness that’s not really bad, but it is still there), but it applies very smoothly–almost as if it melts against the skin. Applied dry, it has semi-opaque color coverage, and applied damp, it intensifies the color payoff to mostly opaque with a stronger reflective sheen. It blended well on the lid, and it wore for seven hours without creasing or fading (MAC claims six).

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Opalesse

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It had good color payoff, a soft, smooth texture, and it wore well (longer than the brand claimed). If you want to amplify the iridescence, try layering it over a black base.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Zestful Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale iridescent lime.” It’s an iridescent, pastel green with warm, golden-green sheen and a frosted, metallic finish. I don’t have any real dupes for it; Too Faced Fantasy island is warmer, yellower and bareMinerals Wicked is greener, warmer. Zestful has an aqua-ish base color with a warmer, more golden shimmer that gives it complexity.

Applied dry, it went on surprisingly smooth (smoother than other shades), and it had semi-opaque pigmentation. Applied damp, it was more intensely pigmented, and it appeared more metallic and even smoother. It is very reflective when swatched on the skin, but on the lid, it did seem to lighten a bit and the iridescent effect didn’t stand out as much. I think if it was paired with deeper, richer colors, it might pop out more (I just happened to use it alongside shades in this launch, and they all turned rather pastel applied), or it might be nice layered over black. The texture felt softer than a lot of other shades with this formula, though there was still a residual dryness, but it just seemed to bind and hold together better.   There was some very slight fading after six hours, but it wasn’t too noticeable.

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Zestful

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I think if it was paired with deeper, richer colors, it might pop out more (I just happened to use it alongside shades in this launch, and they all turned rather pastel applied), or it might be nice layered over black.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Silver Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver with neutral to neutral-warm undertones. Benefit Blingo is darker. Maybelline Silver Strike is a touch darker and more metallic. MAC Enlightening is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is less metallic. MAC Misty is warmer.

I felt that the color payoff was the same both dry and damp, though when applied damp, the finish appeared smoother and more metallic, rather than frosted as it did when applied dry. There was also less fall out during application when one used a damp brush. The payoff is mostly opaque, and the formula pretty much is a buildable one from sheer to greater intensity, so it’s hard to say it isn’t pigmented as it’s supposed to be (so it’ll come down more to what you personally want). The texture is lightly dry–a smidgen powdery–but does apply smoothly, especially when pressed into the skin. I tested this shade yesterday, and it did lightly crease and fade after six hours of wear.

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Extra Silver

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It's supposed to last for six hours, but I had noticeable fading and light creasing by that point (and it started to appear just prior to the fifth hour).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Dimensional Blue Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “frosty blue.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned blue with a frosted finish–it is a little subdued, almost overcast in color. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, more silvered. bareMinerals Bravo is less frosted. Urban Decay Mary Jane is darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection is darker and less frosted. Urban Decay Strip is grayer, darker.

The Extra Dimension formula is supposed to wear for six hours with color payoff that “ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect.”  Applied dry, it had good color payoff, and applied damp, it became more frosted and had slightly better pigmentation–but the difference was very subtle. The texture is lightly dry but soft, and it applies smoothly to the lid; the texture is consistent with this type of formula. When I applied it to the lid, it seemed lighter on the lid than when I swatched.  Dimensional Blue wore seven hours without fading (even longer than the six claimed) when applied damp over bare skin.

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Dimensional Blue

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It has buildable pigmentation, and it wears well. The drawback is there is a slight dryness in the texture, which is consistent with past experience with this formula but does result in some powderiness/excess fall out during application.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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