MAC Spellbinder Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, though not full coverage, that applied fairly evenly to bare skin. This was one of the easiest shades to blend out on the lid, but as a result, it was harder to maintain opaque coverage even after building the color up. It was opaque when applied over primer or with a damp brush and blended out well. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark Sepia (47P) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Sweeter Than Chocolate (PiP, $5.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Rich, Sweet (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smokeluxe #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Jouer Midnight Swim (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Industrial (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (PiP, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Gravity’s Pull Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a blackened purple with warmer, pink undertones and a fine, pearly shimmer. It was more pigmented than it looked in the swatch, as the consistency was so finely-milled that it sheered out very readily on bare skin. The color applied better over primer, where it maintained most of its opacity and blended out a bit easier, though it was still a little more difficult to diffuse. It lasted for eight hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty How You Want (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Round Midnight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Violet (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Electric Look #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Twilight (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Illusion (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a dark, plummy brown with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, and it was one of the more pigmented shades right out of the gate as it did not sheer out as easily as the others and maintained its intensity and coverage even on bare skin, though it was even better over primer. The consistency was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable with minimal work. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dose of Colors Hot Mesh (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milk Makeup Silent Disco (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 19 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Midnight Shine (P, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Rhinestone (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME828 Garnet Black (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Metallic Plum (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Pointe Noire (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Real Surreal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Hung Up (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Nuts N Dates (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Dress (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Inglot #423 (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Ruby #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (DC, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Calabria (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warmer, brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that blended out without too much work and didn’t appear patchy on bare skin, and it was fully opaque and applied with ease over primer. The color wore just over seven and a half hours on me, and it had no signs of wear with primer after nine and a half hours. LORAC Seaside (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Jardin #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (PiP, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnished Copper (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #4 (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Ciate Soul (LE, ) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Find part one here.

Formula Overview

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ($22.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “black, ionized pigments [that] are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension” and will “cling to lids like pure velvet.” Per “usage,” MAC actually says they are “best” when used over their 24-Hour Primer, so the wear and application are rated as they performed over primer (I also tested without primer, as I was not sure what the claims were going to be, so you will still see that information below). It feels like velvet if you touch it with a fingertip, as the powder is finely-milled but “fuses” together, so there is less mess in the pot. They are supposed to be as pigmented and as intense as loose eyeshadows but in an easier-to-use format. They are less messy in the pot, as the pot seems to have a magnet within it, but I don’t find that it is particularly less messy during application as I still had some fall out while working with it; in some ways, it was harder to tap away excess as the product did seem more inclined to stick to itself on the brush initially. If you push the product too close to the rim of the jar, it will creep over the edge and is too far from the base to stay in. The powders do maintain their wavy pattern, even as you push and move the loose pigment around.

I am, personally, a big fan of MAC’s regular Pigments, as they have more to them that give them better binding and adhesion on the lids, so I find them easy to work with, pigmented, and longer-wearing. I liked the fineness and smoothness of the Spellbinder Shadows, but the black base made the harder to blend and diffuse on the lid. These worked best as lid colors, where one can use other products for crease/transition shades, blending around the edges, and so forth. I did not see anything in the press copy about using them damp, but as most loose pigments/eyeshadows can be used that way, I did try some of these with a damp brush, which I thought was useful for really bringing out the depth and sheen of the colors overall. They perform better over primer, as the fineness of the powder seemed to apply somewhat unevenly and was more prone to appearing patchy over bare skin, as some particles would adhere well but not diffuse.

They seemed quite pigmented, but the texture seemed more prone to sheering out when I applied it to dry lids; there was a faded, slightly translucent quality to the majority of the shades when applied to bare skin. The wear was average at seven to eight hours without primer and no signs of wear after nine and half hours of wear (I did not test further). Primer seemed to help primarily with getting more even, true-to-pot coverage, as the product didn’t sheer out as easily, and of course, the wear, but it did not help as much as was needed for blending out the colors. I think the deeper colors and the finer shimmer makes them worth checking out, but it’s a product where I could see just one or two shades being necessary. They will also come together better when mixed with other shades, as together, they can run together as they have a similar depth and base color.

As a note, it really does contain only 0.02 oz. of product, which is definitely on the low-end for loose eyeshadows, and it is particularly low when compared to MAC Pigments (0.10 oz. for the same price).

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MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Gravity's Pull Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Gravity's Pull Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Gravity's Pull Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Gravity's Pull Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Gravity's Pull Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Mysterious Influence Spellbinder Shadow

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Mysterious Influence, Higher Power, Gravity’s Pull, Dynamically Charged

MAC Spellbinder Shadow
Mysterious Influence, Higher Power, Gravity’s Pull, Dynamically Charged

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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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Dynamically Charged and Higher Power have caught my eye. Plus they rated well!
I love your eye look Christine! Especially how you did your upper lid

I’m going to get one of these, probably Higher Power or Mysterious Influence. I probably have dupes in my stash for the colors, but I think the way it keeps that wavy pattern is kind of cool. It’s almost like a Zen garden. I need to get a miniature rake and just rake the powder around when I get stressed out 😉

Wow, your final look is simply gorgeous!! I’m a pigment junkie too so I had to order these. Thank you for posting your reviews & pics! It’s been hard to find much info on these. Messageboards are mysteriously quiet.

I am loving Higher Power and Gravity Pull. The underlying tone of Higher Power is so beautiful and they all look nice. Not sure about the formula but will get at least one and try and make it work. From the packaging these all looked super dark and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to pull any of them off but I am willing to give it a shot.

Ok, if I *do* buy just one, it will be Higher Power. That one is very beautiful and even seems to have a complexity to it, as well. Mysterious Influence is a beauty, too.

A gorgeous eye look Christine. I think if you wanted one or two really sparkly eye shadows, without buying a full palette, this is the go. Lovely shades in this collection.

I like Higher Power a lot. An interesting colour. Of course I must also take a close look at Gravity’s Pull. I’m glad these did quite well.

Oh, wow. What a look! One of the best. One of my favorite aspects of this blog is the interconnectedness and look-back ability. It’s great to be able to remind yourself just why NARS Calabria (and that formula in general) sucked, esp when the swatch looked good. You can do that here, and nowhere else. You are the master. End of story.

I’m torn between Gravity’s Pull (haha) Mysterious Influence, and Higher Power. I know myself well enough to know I should just get one, but I’m not sure WHICH one. I’m leaning towards Higher Power (I think). It will be clearer for me when I see them in person.

I thought for sure I’d need Mysterious Influence, Higher Power and Dynamically Charged….then I looked at the dupes and realized that, once again, I’ve fallen down that rabbit hole of being madly attracted to colours that I already own in multiples! I might still get either Mysterious Influence or Dynamically Charged, but not both. And is anyone else wondering about all this “ionized, magnetically charged” guff? I mean, seriously, if I am cooking with my cast iron skillet, will the shadow fly off my eyes and attach itself to the cast iron? It really does sound rather silly!

LOL! I think it’s more about holding it in the pot than anything else (IMO), but I didn’t notice particles disappearing onto other metal objects all day 😉

So…it’s safe to wear it around a computer? (when I got my first computerized sewing machine, they warned against using a magnetic pin catcher or other magnetic things around it…..nothing about eyeshadow but that was loooong before anyone thought of magnetically charging eyeshadow!)

I just picked up Mysterious Influence (I have the devil’s own time trying to remember the names of these shadows!) and it is SO beautiful. I was a bit unsure about these when I first saw them but I’m glad I have one of these, just for the sake of having something new and because the colour is so dreamy and smoky/murky and really rather mysterious.

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