MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

There are three shades of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. Superb is a repromote, while the other two shades are new (and of course, limited edition). Those are the two that I’m testing for wear today, so I will update with ratings and wear times once I’ve finished wearing them.

Fairly Precious is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly green.” It’s a light-medium, peach (that leans a little orange) with a warm undertone and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend out on the skin. On medium and deeper complexions, it will primarily add sheen with, at best, a little warmth. On fairer complexions, it will do both. It looks soft, glowy, and luminous on the skin and just slightly emphasizes pores and the skin’s texture.  It lasted for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is darker, less orange. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is similar but less frosted. MAC Solar Ray (LE, $25.00) is more orange, darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is darker, pinker, less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Magnetic Appeal is described as a “medium tan with fine gold sheen.” It’s a coppery-brown with a copper-gold shimmer and warm undertones. This was less frosted compared to the other two, but when blended, it does take on a more metallic finish (but not quite as metallic as Fairly Precious or Superb). I’m surprised to see this one, because it was really quite similar to MAC’s Glorify–the range isn’t so extensive that you’d expect to see such close releases. It had excellent pigmentation, and the color applied well on the skin and blended very easily. I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture, but it was minor (and compared to its metallic finish, again, impressive). It wore well for a full eight hours before starting to fade at the edges.  bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less brown. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $30.00) is more orange, less brown. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly browner, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Superb is described as a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer.” It’s a soft, muted beige-brown with champagne frost and shimmer. This shade has been repromoted twice in the past, and I’ve reviewed it twice before, so I won’t be re-testing this, but the photos and swatches are from the latest release (but is the same as the past releases). To recap, it’s a rather frosted, shimmering finish. Depending on the skin tone, it can add both color as well as a highlighting sheen. It has a fairly metallic finish, and yes, it does emphasize pores, but it is very slight, and for something as metallic as this, it’s impressive how little it does that. It wears eight hours with minor fading on me. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is lighter. MAC Redhead (LE, $30.00) is less beige. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Magnetic Appeal Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish

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About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Availability: Online and in-stores December 26th, 2013 (North America); International January 2014

That is per the information MAC gave me. I wouldn’t be surprised if it launched online prior, but online keeps its own counsel.

I’m not seeing the dimensional pearly green in Fairy Precious like the description states, which is a bummer because it sounded like it’d be so complex and cool. The color is nice, though!

I’ve always been confused about this product. It seems too frosty to use as an allover finishing powder, and usually too pigmented to be a highlighter, and it’s not marketed as a blush… Can you enlighten me Christine?

Hi Pami,

It can be used however you would like to, just as the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes – as highlighters, blushers, bronzers, etc. – it will depend on your skin tone! 🙂

Can someone fill me in on how these are meant to be used – are they meant purely as highlighters? Can they be used as blush? An all-over glow? Superb is aptly named, Christine – it looks absolutely superb on you. I may actually spring for this one….if someone can advise me on how best to use it.

As blushes, highlighters, bronzers, etc. – depends on your skin tone and the color of the particular shade – e.g. what is a blush on fair skin may just be a highlighter on mine!

Gahhh! Your swatches makes all of them look good lol. I’m really trying to narrow it down to one (maybe two) but I know I don’t need all 3. They’re just so gorgeous!

I was just quoting from MAC’s press release – that’s why it was in quotes, as it was their words, not mine! I did not see any myself.

I have Superb from previous release and it’s a great product, but it pulls darker and far more golden on my NC20-25ish skin. It also borders on too shimmery for my personal taste. Definitely a product I occassionally grab for a full on glam evening out. Not so much daytime regular use for my purposes. In lieu of this for daytime, I use just a touch of Hourglass finishing powder in Dim.

I love these! But I feel so shopped out from the holidays…
For me, I love using products like this as highlighters…brightens up my face…top of cheekbone…under the brow…or, honestly, as a eye shadow when I’m in a hurry (which is too often).
To buy these or not? We shall see….

I was all gung ho to get Superb this time around, but seeing it compared to Soft and Gentle has stopped me cold! I have (and love) Soft & Gentle, but I don’t think I would get the use out of something that is MORE frosted, and MORE pigmented. Hmmmm!

I am loving Superb and Fairly Precious on you, Christine! Do you like on over the other?

I can’t believe a year has gone by and I haven’t even used my Superb enough – and I was so worried I only got one last year! What a shame!

I think Fairly Precious probably works better, as Superb can be a little more metallic, and its coloring can sometimes look weird against my skin tone.

I got really excited over Superb, but I think it’s a tad too close to Soft & Gentle for me to warrant spending $30 on it.

P.S. – You list S&G as costing $23.50 in the description when it’s $30. (Oh, how I wish MSFs cost $23.50…)

So difficult to decide since you look wonderful in all of them lol. And like most commenters here, I’m rather clueless with how I’m going to use them. I mean, I already have separate bronzers and highlighters… any tips or advice (I’m pretty clueless with multipurpose products)? Are any of these in any way too similar to NARS Laguna as a bronzer? :/

Magnetic Appeal sort of looks like the “R” in the Love, Rihanna bronzer palette, no? Or am I wrong? :/

Oh, and just curious… why did you recommend Superb over Fairly Precious for me (as a highlighter)? 🙂 I have NARS Albatross and Miss Liberty as highlighters, BTW (in case either of those two are too similar in any way to Fairly Precious or Superb).

Superb is more unique 🙂

Love, Rihanna (with the over spray, because the actual underlying powder is mostly matte) is darker, redder in tone – Magnetic Appeal ends up looking more muted and less copper in comparison!

While these look so pretty in the container, I think these would look terrible on oilier skins because it would multiply the oily shine X10. Oh how I wish I could wear these products!

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