MAC Cosmetics - Metal-X Review & Swatches

Overall, I found the texture and consistency of the new cream shadows to be heavenly–smooth and rich in color. These are not crease-resistant, at least not on their own, and perhaps with the right base and setting tools (shadows or maybe even Invisible Set) would be needed to optimize their lasting power. MAC Make Up Artist Paula advised to use these on the lid and brow, but avoid using it in the crease if you fear creasing problems. I’ve been given other tips like using a base underneath the new cream shadows or to ensure you pack on enough powder products (like shadows, for instance) to maximize staying power. The glitter liners were pretty, and a first for me (in person, at least), so I made sure to pick up one. I felt that the liners had good color payoff – they were clearly different colors when swatched. I only purchased Plum Electric & Pure Ore cream shadows and Blitzed glitter liner.

You can see what I had to say about individual colors, just


Metal-X Cream Shadows

Cyber is a shimmery smoky silver-gray, very reminiscent of Silver Fog pigment or a lighter version of Silver Ring eyeshadow (maybe more like Rondelle eyeshadow). It’s a pretty color, but I thought it would be best suited around eyes, rather than cheeks or body (for themed or special occasions, perhaps, but not on a regular basis).
6th Sin is this gorgeous dark emerald green with yellow-gold shimmering reflects. It’s absolutely stunning, and it’s such a perfect holiday color.
Fusion Gold is a beigey color with pink undertones and very shimmery. I see this being a great browbone highlighter and cheek highlighter – you might find the color itself a bit boring, but it’s quite wearable, and I love a multi-tasking product.
Goldspice is a bright bronzy-orange shadow, with plenty of gold shimmer reflects. I thought it was quite like Bronze eyeshadow, so I was able to skip past this one for now.
Metalblu is this gorgeous deep navy blue with purplish reflects in it. Very sultry and jewel-toned, much like Deep Truth eyeshadow.
Pink Ingot is a rosy pink with gold undertones, which was quite sheer, but all of the shadows have good building abilities, so I was able to get it to the right shade. This would make a lovely cream blush color or even a lip color.
Plum Electric is, by far, the prettiest color in the colletion because it’s insanely vibrant, and the shimmer is subtle and sets off the color without being overpowering. I loved the color pay off of this, and I’ve always wanted MAC to come out with a real purple like this.
Pure Ore is a lovely antique gold hued shadow–reminded me of Reflects Antique Gold with less metallic shimmer–that is totally up my alley.
Virgin Silver is more silver than white from what I saw; it isn’t flat out silver, but I would definitely classify it as a light silver. I could see this working as a brow highlighter, but I am not sure I’d love it on cheeks.

Glitter Liners

Blitzed is a great combination of gold with bronze reflects. I see this as a great versatile color, because it can wear well on its own or over another color to add another dimension to it.
Enbronze is my pick for anyone who is glitter-conscious, because of its brown-base, the glitter is subtle rather than overt. You can easily wear this as a quick, out-the-door liner for the holidays, because the glitter particles really kick it up a notch.
Lime Dandy is really lime green with glitter (seems like a lot of gold undertones in the glitter to me). I think MAC addicts will adore this as a way to accent bold looks or jazz up a more natural look.
Pewterpink is a nice mixture of blue and purple with lots of multicolored glitter to spice it up. I liked this one for its wearability, since it wasn’t over the top on its own.
Wonderwhite is more white than silver, in my opinion. It’s very glittery/shimmery, and if you want something incredibly versatile, this might be the one for you, because of the whiteness, it can be worn over a multitude of colors while adding glitter effects.

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I think I asked this earlier but… did they even reforumulate anything with the glitter liners or did they just change the names? Those all look like the exact same colours as the past releases Specktra said they were from (Divine Lime, Spunsilver, Saucepot, Glamourgold, Oxidate). Maybe the glitter was reformulated or something, and it is more fine? It doesn’t make sense to buy them if I already have the above colours. Big disappointment because there are tons of g/l colours MAC hasn’t released yet!

I can’t wait to try the shadows though. πŸ˜€

I want to say they’re reformulations because they look VERY, VERY similar, and it’d be one thing if just one or two was familiar, rather than all five. I’m trying to get an answer from MAC, so I’ll let you know if/when I do πŸ™‚

Hi. We were told at Update that these were reformulated a bit. They seem to me to glide on more easily than earlier incarnations, and the glitter doesn’t get all gloppped up in spots. I used to have some slight problems with skipping with the old glitter liners. Not with these. All in all, these are more easily worked with, IMO.


As a side note when I spoke with one of the Mac Pro artists he told me that the metal x creams were not lip safe. (I was hoping they would be)

Really? I will have to ask this, too! Sometimes information varies and not everyone knows what they’re talking about (I had some artists tell me glitters were eye safe, when they’re not…).

Eek! These come out in New Zealand (where I live) on December 10 and i can’t wait! I went in last week and was allowed a wee sneak peek of these and they are the nicest texture, and look so pretty in the pans. Yay!
Also, I only just stumbled upon this site last week and I think it is awesome! It’s nice to know that there are like-minded people out there, and I’m not just crazy πŸ˜‰

Question- what is the difference between these shadows and the ones that came out from a previous color story a few months ago? I forgot what they were called but they were cream shadows in the screw lid top…

Are you talking about paint pots? Paint pots are great as bases, these aren’t meant to be a base. These are also creamier and more vibrant.

Hot dang, I was hoping not to like the glitter liners so much. Ebronze and pewter pink are my favorites. Now I have to pick between those and the plum lip set. πŸ˜›

I went to MAC today to check it out, and when i swatched Fusion gold, the FIRST thing i thought of was using it as a highlight! im really excited to go actually pick it up on friday!!!

hmmmmm I think I might be passing on this line, as much as I adore many of the colors. I just have such a problem with creasing as it is, despite having tried a few primers…so I don’t think this is a product that will do well for me πŸ™ bummer.

Hello Christine!

You’re such an enabler!

LOVE the swatches and just ran to eBay to buy 6th Sin! I am hooked to greens lately!

Thank you for another wonderful review!


I’m awful, right? Let me enable others so I can live vicariously through their purchases! (I can’t believe how unscathed I left, only three items, yay!)

Pure Ore is gorgeous! You know me and the jewels, hah. I’m not so big on Fusion Gold and returned it yesterday. It looks fun on a swatch but in application, its use if more for a highlight. Pink Ingot is probably more what I was looking for. Anyhow, I exchanged it and picked up Plum Electric, 6th Sin, and Metalblu.

Hello, this is sine_qua_none from the mac lj community, youmay or may not recognize the name, but I just wanted to let you know i am linking to your blog from my(very new) own. because you are just the awesomest.


I love the new colors.. they are so deep and alive. I’m having trouble with application though, what is the best thing to use? Every brush I’ve used the powder/cream just falls off. Do I need a sponge tip or something?


Hey Sandy!

I’m so glad you’re liking them. I love them, too!! I’ve been using the 242 brush or a lip brush (random one I bought at Sephora), because they’re both quite stiff. You can use a sponge tip, though – that’s definitely a recommended one to use. The collection came out with a sponge-tip brush as well as the 242.

Hey there… yeah, I loved the colors.. so rish and vibrant.. but I ended up exchanging them for the reg I found them too hard to work with. I’m a newbie! ;p Me and my friend when for a make over for her today.. I got her hooked on MAC too!

Okay bought Goldspice and Pink Inglot–LOVE THEM! But tested a bit and got a little creasage action. One eye (didn’t go out in public like this!) had bare canvas paint, other had fresco rose pp. The pp faired better (which surprised me). Anyways I think I can deal with a bit of creasing just b/c I love these but what would you suggest other than packing e/s over top.

What would be an invisible set? TIA!

They’re really great with a shadow on top of them, that really helps them set.

Inivisble set is a powder that goes on clear that sets makeup.

i know this is a bit late but i just wanted to ask if the glitter liners can be washed off with soap and water. i loved liquidlast liners but they were a hassle taking off. are these easier to remove? this is the only reason why i hesitated on these liners but they look so pretty on neutral color shadows.


I’m having problems with finding the right base to accentuate the colors that I have (pure ore, pink inglot, & plum electric). I noticed that over my primer, it still doesn’t want to show on darker (caramel-tone) skin.
What are some base & setting tools do you recommend to show off these fun colors?

Hey Charmy!

What primer are you using? I found that layering these directly over the skin gave me the pay off I was looking for. You could try foundation or even a similar-color base.

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