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MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light-medium green with warm undertones and a sparkling, golden sheen. It had sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly smooth consistency that was very blendable, but it tended to thicken on the lid and emphhasize the lid’s texture if attempted to be worn at more opaque coverage. The color lasted for ten hours with very minimal fall out. Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). City Color Hint of Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Harmony (Right) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Atmosphere (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Fantasy (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel blue.” It’s a muted, medium blue with cool undertones and a sparkling finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer pigmentation; it always appeared several shades lighter applied than it did in the pot. The texture was a smidgen dry but workable. This shade wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Too Faced Ice Queen (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bassline (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Dive Bar (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hopper Blue (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Pool Shark (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Steel (P, ) is more muted (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #22 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream eyeshadow formula that’s described as “buildable colour that’s long-wearing [and] non-creasing.” They are similar to formulas like ColourPop Super Shock, Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, and MAC’s own Electric Cool–it actually made me wonder why they didn’t continue to extend that range, but worth noting: these contain far more product than Electric Cool (those were only 0.07 oz.). I would say these are most like Chanel’s, as the majority are rather sparkly and offer less coverage than ColourPop or Electric Cool (on average). The texture is sponge-like, where you can press on the surface without leaving strong indentations with your brush, but if you pressed your fingertip in it, you would see a depression and even subtle fingerprints left behind. It’s not particularly emollient; it is one of the drier types of this kind of product that I’ve encountered. Most of them aren’t dry to the point where it would impede application. They are, as described, buildable, and I think the formula is best suited for someone who likes semi-sheer washes of lighter color with a fair amount of sparkle. I get all-day wear (10+ hours) with every shade–no creasing, fading, and very little fall out. I used MAC’s 242 brush to apply these, which applied most shades well enough, but some shades would thicken and bunch up, appearing uneven, if I attempted to build up the coverage. I think the finish and end result is similar to the Foiled Eyeshadows, which were a powder formula, but those were easier to work with overall (not as long-wearing, though). The collection launches online on May 26th, in-stores June 2nd.

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MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Jealous Girl Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadow

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
Jealous Girl, Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Softened Up Soft Shadows; Make Up For Ever I34, M30, I32 Aqua XL Pencils

MAC Softened Up Soft Serve Shadow
Jealous Girl, Plead Gilty, So So Saucy, Softened Up Soft Shadows; Make Up For Ever I34, M30, I32 Aqua XL Pencils

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MAC Soft Serve Shadow $22.00/0.17 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I’m thinking of using Jealous Girl and Big Bad as cream bases for powder shadows or as sparkly toppers, so their sheerness is a plus. I will be swatching these in store before making my final decision.

I feel like they misnamed Big Bad Blue. I mean, obviously the swatch isn’t even close to that description, but even in the pot it’s still not really all that bold of a color. It reminds me of that time they named a red pigmented item “Reisling” – someone over there is slipping. Lol.

Too bad that Cushy Life and Jealous Girl aren’t exactly useful as much more than sheerer washes of color. Because both are beautiful shades for summertime. Then again, I have a feeling I’ll still be rocking a gold and green look very soon…. like this June?

I’m sorry to hear that Cushy Life got a bad review because it was one of the colors I like. But thank you for saving me the money. Now I can spend it on something else!!

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