MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow<
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) will launch nine limited edition shades on December 26th (in-stores), and they include: Cyber (metallic silver with silver pearl), Fusion Gold (light pinky beige with gold pearl), Gold Carbon (metallic taupe), Palladium (metallic ash), Red Hot Copper (warm copper), Rusty (dirty peach gold), Venetian Tarnish (golden tarnished bronze), Vintage Coin (metallic olive green), and Virgin Silver (white with silver pearl).

  • Rusty is a softened copper with golden shimmer-sheen. It’s not as intense as a lot of coppers can be. The finish here wasn’t as metallic as some of the other shades. It’s similar to Urban Decay Chopper, which is a little more orange. MAC Soft Brown is kind of like a matte version of this. MAC Lie Low is a hue or two browner.
  • Venetian Tarnish is a molten gold-shimmered bronze. It has this deeper, darker bronzy base color but the sheen it gives off makes it appear more golden. Urban Decay Snakebite is similar in the base color but the sheen isn’t nearly as strong. MAC Tempting has a similar sheen but warmer base–I think if you layered it over a deeper brown (maybe even just Bronze), you could get close. Urban Decay Deeper is similar, not as bright of a sheen. Inglot #406 is also similar. Urban Decay Smog has less of sheen but pretty similar in color.
  • Vintage Coin is a rich, medium-dark olive green with darker, almost emerald green shimmer. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is less metallic and warm. Lancome Designer is not as intense.
  • Virgin Silver is a really bright silvery white with a metallic sheen. This was the least pigmented of the range. It’s brighter than Bobbi Brown Tinsel and lighter than MAC Misty. MAC White Frost has less silver. Inglot #447 would make for a really great dupe. Chanel Fantasme is sheerer and more glittery with less white.

Virgin Silver had some pigmentation issues for me; it has a really bright, reflective finish but applies sheer even though I tried to build it up to be more opaque.  The other three shades were nicely pigmented, though, and were some of the creamier, easier to blend out shades of the set.  I liked Venetian Tarnish the most, but it actually seems the most dupeable!

For the full review, please see this post.

MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

C-
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total
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MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Rusty Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow;
MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Venetian Tarnish Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Vintage Coin Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow
MAC Virgin Silver Metal-x Cream Eyeshadow

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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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Thanks as always, Christine for your review. It’s a shame MAC just can’t get it right with these Metal X shadows. If I remember right, this is the third time they have tried with these Metal X shadows and we all know the saying – three strikes and you’re out. I think MAC needs to just scrap this formula – at least in marketing it to ‘normal’ cosmetics consumers – make it a pro item for it’s editorial value, but really enough is enough. I need my makeup to last and look good all day, and these just won’t cut it. MAC is my go-to brand for a lot of things, but in this case, I’ll be sticking the Armani Eyes to Kill Intense or the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres for a similar look.

Yep! If it’s really going to shine for editorial work or a photoshoot, PRO-only is the way to go! I just feel bad – because they look gorgeous in the pan and swatched, and with these launching the day after Christmas, I just know people will snatch them up and I fear at least some will be very disappointed!

These look lovely, but I think the Urban Decay Ammo palette has colors that are similar enough (for me anyway) to all of them that I’m not going to need any of these!

I LOVE the metal-X shadows! If you use MAC prep-n-prime eye underneath or apply them with a fluffy brush over shadows, they add such a beautiful sheen. Unless you are doing a photoshoot or something where you will be able to retouch, they are not really to be worn by themselves. One of my favorite uses so far has been putting plumage all over the lid and buffing vintage coin on top with a #217 brush. Amazing!

Hi Christine, I find mac’s painterly is too dry for me on my dry eyelids so when I wear it, the fine lines on my eyelids look worse and it just does not look good on my eyelids. Do you think I’ll have better luck with these?

I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t like painterly! :/

I’m excited to try Fusion Gold and Rusty though.

Maybe try something like UDPP, NARS Smudgeproof, TFSI, or even MAC’s P+P for Eyes? They’re a little thinner, so they may work better.

NOT fair! I read your review and thought to myself “NOOOOOO, can’t be – there has to be a way to make these work!” I was too in love with how Vintage Coin and Gold Carbon looked swatched at Nordstrom’s and I caved…. I used them this morning and WOW, no joke these creased after about an hour :*( It breaks my heart but I am returning them today! I really, really was in love with the colors though.

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