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MAC takes us to makeup infinity and beyond!
Metallics appear molten. Shimmers go on like lava, melting into the skin. It isn’t enough that MAC tempts us with constant launches of new colors. Now they’re developing formulas that seem to defy the very laws of physics, and I can’t resist their pull.
With the Extra Dimension collection, MAC jumps into another universe of beauty possibilities, taking the elements I love best from creams, liquids and powders – and combining them into one formula.
Their liquid-powder technology gives new meaning to smoothness and blendability, with prismatic reflections designed to sculpt and highlight the face. And all of these features are encompassed in products that apply like a powder. Genius!
Focusing on Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes, all Extra Dimension products are manufactured through a multistep process that blends creams, liquids, powders and pearls, then removes most of the liquids, leaving pure pigment and pearl. MAC calls this “light powder technology”– light can pass through the product to the skin to show sparkle and glow…
…which I saw in full effect as a lucky tester of Extra Dimension line. The wht team received five of the ten limited edition Extra Dimension Eye Shadow ($20.00 U.S./$27.00 CDN) colors:
Dark Dare– charcoal black with a touch of shimmer (glow)
Grand Galaxy – dirty mid tone violet with blue sheen (metallic)
Warm Thunder – deep silver Grey (metallic)
Havana – mid tone brown with a copper sheen (metallic)
Rich Core – a complex color; burgundy brown with a burgundy sheen (metallic)
These shadows come in an oversized pan and are embossed with a 3D design: a wave on one side, the MAC logo on the other. The emblem is perfect for these liquid-powder reflective shadows, which apply like a wave of shimmering pigment. Their impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect, ALL from one shadow!
My favorite of the three shadows I tested, Warm Thunder, could be worn as a sheer or a full-on cyborg metallic. And any way I wore it, it lasted a full 6 hours without a base.
Dark Dare is billed as a ‘glow’ rather than a metallic. It has a soft sheen in the pot, but went on matte, and did double duty as a liner.
Rich Core, the dirty aubergine, glowed with gold undertones, and worked perfectly as a highlighter.
There are five other colors in the collection:
Blue Orbit – Light iridescent purple (metallic)
Lunar – Royal blue (metallic)
Sweet Heat – Bright peach champagne (metallic)
Modern Pewter – Dirty olive gold (metallic)
Young Venus – Pale white pink (metallic)
As if all these beautiful shadows weren’t enough, this release also includes a trio of limited edition Extra Dimension Highlighter Skinfinishes ($28.00 U.S./$33.50 CDN), and we received all three colors:
Glorify – copper with a golden copper shimmer
Whisper of Gilt – white gold sheen (love that name! ~Stef)
Superb – shimmering peach with multi-tone shimmer
I tested Superb and Glorify, both in big, gorgeous pans with the same almost-too-pretty-to-use embossing as the shadows. MAC calls Skinfinish a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections. The near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish, and wears for 10 hours.
Like the shadows, the Skinfinishes are extremely creamy and full of pigment. Just a touch on a brush gives a subtle glow, but a heavier hand gives some serious metallic power.
Superb, with its pink-y sheen, was my favorite. I tried it as a highlighter on my cheeks and brow bones, and all over to brighten my face. Glorify, a true metallic copper with gold sparkle, would be gorgeous on a darker complexion (or over a tan, which I can’t wait to try this summer).
MAC’s Extra Dimension formula is my idea of impressive science. Check it out before these colors fly off the shelves and out of this world.
Click here to shop the Extra Dimension collection at MAC!
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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