MAC Glamour Daze Eyes and Cheeks – review, photos & swatches

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A holiday collection to rev you up for the party season!

MAC Glamour Daze Eyes and Cheeks Collection

MAC Holiday Collections 2012 Text

It’s always an exciting part of the year when MAC releases their Holiday line of individual make up essentials. This time around, it’s a party-ready collection of sweet and sultry and a bit of extra dimension (more on that in a bit!)

In their new Glamour Daze collection, there are candy colored hues, neutrals and even a bit of vamp. Not surprisingly, it all goes deliciously well together. Glamour Daze sums up the art of getting ready: the aura of couture and the drama of the dressing room.

MAC Glamour Daze Eyes and Cheeks collectionHere’s a look at all the products we had a chance to check out…

For this review we’ll be looking at a few eye and cheek selections.

This collection brings back the fabulous finish that is Extra Dimension – a smooth, almost-liquid to powder formula that shimmers on eyes and face like nothing I’ve seen before! I’ll let the swatches do the talking. It’s quite gorgeous and perfect for a holiday collection.

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows

The Extra Dimension Eye Shadows ($19.50 each) offer something for everyone because it includes neutrals and light colored jewel tones that will glisten up any eye look. We received four to check out:

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in a shimmery mid tone aqua shadeDivine Blue

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in a pale iridescent lilac base with a cool pink glow to itReady to Party

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in a mid-tone dusty violet that can be layered to look more fuchsia/magenta shadeStylishly Merry

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in a soft peachy nude shadeA Natural Flirt

Divine Blue – shimmery mid tone aqua
Ready to Party – pale iridescent lilac base with a cool pink glow to it
Stylishly Merry – mid-tone dusty violet that can be layered to look more fuchsia/magenta
A Natural Flirt – soft peachy nude

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatchesExtra Dimension Eye Shadows – Divine Blue and Ready to Party

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatchesExtra Dimension Eye Shadows – Stylishly Merry and A Natural Flirt

These shadows apply smooth like butter and the Extra Dimension makes them a bit more special than your standard eye shadow. The colors are buildable for more color if needed, because they do go on rather sheer. What’s great about these is that they are not too flashy or crazy, but provide something extra without overdoing it.

Extra Dimension SkinfinishExtra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb

Taking the Extra Dimension formula to the face, we also tested an Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29 each) in Superb, a soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer. This highlighter has a cool, almost creamy formula that offers an extra dash of sparkle as it sculpts, highlights and contours the face. Promising ten hours of wear, Skinfinish should last through any holiday party.

Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, Powder Blush in Easy MannerExtra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, Powder Blush in Easy Manner

Also for the face, we received the Glamour Daze Powder Blush ($22) in Easy Manner, a light dirty peach (A bit of a color shifter, this looked medium pink when I swatched it ~Stef) . All in all, this was one of my favorite pieces in the Glamour Daze collection.

Glamour Daze Powder Blush in Easy Manner Glamour Daze Powder Blush in Easy Manner

With its satin finish, it is incredibly simple yet so perfect for everyday wear. The Easy Manner Powder Blush works especially well if you choose to introduce a bold lip or eye to your look because it doesn’t interfere. The staying power of this was amazing and still looked great after a day long shift at the office!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, Powder Blush in Easy Manner swatchesExtra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, Powder Blush in Easy Manner

two Kohl Power Eye Pencils and one Fluidline

Rounding out the Glamour Daze collection and to finish off those eye looks, we received two Kohl Power Eye Pencils and one Fluidline from this limited edition holiday line.

Kohl Power Eye Pencils in Mystery and OrpheusKohl Power Eye Pencils in Mystery and Orpheus

The Glamour Daze Kohl Power Eye Pencils ($16.50 each) promise intense, opaque coverage in four smoky hues with a duo-chrome pearl finish. The formula offers a smooth, snag-free application and blendability. We tested Mystery, a blackened teal shimmer, and Orpheus, a blackened chocolate with gold pearl.

MAC Fluidlines with black shade

And who doesn’t love MAC Fluidlines ($16.50)? I had the pleasure of testing out Little Black Bow, a gorgeous charcoal with flecks of pearlized grey.

You can tell right off the bat there is something a little more special here than your standard Fluidline. This is a perfect candidate to replace your beloved black eyeliner for holiday parties. It’s still dark but sparkles! I loved how it wasn’t opaque and still remained to be a long lasting liner.

Kohl Power Eye Pencils in Mystery and Orpheus, Fluidline in Little Black Bow swatchesKohl Power Eye Pencils in Mystery and Orpheus, Fluidline in Little Black Bow

The Glamour Daze collection is girly and shimmery and ready to party, but there are also products that you can carry you throughout the daytime and well past the holidays.

we heartsters – what are your party picks from MAC’s Glamour Daze collection?

Click here to shop the Give MAC gift finder where you can shop the holiday selections by color, price or category!

Extra Dimension Eye Shadow
Ready to Party – Pale lilac
A Natural Flirt – Soft peachy nude
Evening Grey – Steel silver
Divine Blue – Mid-tone aqua
Stylishly Merry – Mid-tone dusty violet
Stolen Moment – Dark taupe
Round Midnight – Dark burgundy
Tall, Dark & Handsome – Black with pearl
SRP $19.50 U.S./$22.50 CDN

Feminine Edge – Pink mauve with dazzle pearl
Catch My Eye – Cool taupe grey with dazzle pearl
Little Black Bow – Charcoal with dazzle pearl
SRP $16.50 U.S./$20.00 CDN

Powder Blush
Easy Manner – Light dirty peach
I’m the One – Mid-tone blue pink
Small Vanity – Dusty rose tan
SRP $22.00 U.S./$26.50 CDN

Extra Dimension Skinfinish
Whisper of Gilt – Light soft white gold with shimmery sheen
Superb – Soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer
SRP $29.00 U.S./$34.00 CDN

Nail Lacquer
Endless Night – Pale grey pink with iridescent pearl
In the Limelight – Mid-tone creamy mint
Girl Trouble – Super glitter pink
Everything that Glitters – Black with super multidimensional glitter
SRP $17.50 U.S./$21.00 CDN

Beauty – Pale cool pink (glaze)
Innocence – Soft coral (frost)
Outrageously Fun – Mid-tone magenta violet (cremesheen)
Glamourdaze – Mid-tone creamy plum (cremesheen)
Dramatic Encounter – Deep purple (amplified)
SRP $16.50 U.S./$20.00 CDN

Impossibly Sweet – Sheer soft pink with multidimensional pearl
Pink Fade – Light creamy pink
Talk Softly to Me – Light creamy coral pink
Deliciously Demure – Soft cool brown with pearl
Flight of Fancy – Rich purple
SRP $16.50 U.S./$20.00 CDN

False Lashes – Black
SRP $20.00 U.S./$23.50 CDN

Kohl Power Eye Pencil
Raven – Intense black with red pearl
Orpheus – Intense black with gold pearl
Mystery – Intense black with green pearl
Feline – Intense black with black pearl
SRP $16.50 U.S./$20.00 CDN

Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.


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  1. Ooo, those Extra Dimension shadows are so pretty. Stylishly Merry is a bit of a surprise, it looks so cool in the pot but swatched it warms up nicely. Yet another reason to visit the store and test these out, you never know what the color shift might be!

  2. I’m also digging the Stylishly Merry. It’s one of those shades I think I would probably have initially passed on, but the swatch makes it look really pretty. I also love the look of the Superb Skinfinish. That would look lovely for any holiday makeup.

  3. This was my first time playing with Extra Dimension Eye Shadows – they are so pretty! I like how they will wake up any eye look. I love that MAC made this collection in addition to their smaller gift sets for the holidays. These are definitely gifts you would get yourself :)

    @lyssachelle Stylishly Merry is definitely something that comes out differently on each skintone! I was surprised to see Ready to Party already sold out on the site!

    @kari I LOVE the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes! I own Whisper of Gilt from a previous collection and it’s gorgeous layered just on top of the cheekbones. You don’t see it when you apply it at first but it glows so nicely under the right lights.

    @Stef Easy Manner didn’t look 100% peach on me either. I think the peach tones DO work in my favor though, as I loooove peach/peach-tone blushes and find they work best one me :)

  4. I love the Extra Dimension finish, which is so creamy and buildable, and I’m really excited about some of these products, @mandabear . Of the shadows, I love Divine Blue and A Natural Flirt. The Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Mystery is gorgeous, too.

    I tested the Superb Skinfinish in a previous release, and still reach for it regularly for highlighting or a little nighttime shimmer. Love it!

  5. My wife says that I squeaked when I first saw Divine Blue. It’s a gorgeous color that I really like pairing with Waternymph and China Blue for a sort of “blue” smokey eye.

  6. I tested these out at the store and they’re SO PRETTY. I’m sad that the eyeshadows are so expensive (the same type and size was released in a collection earlier this year for a lesser price). They are gorgeous and very different though. I LOVE the highlighters, and I REALLY love the Fluidlines. They’re one of my fave products ever, and the Little Black Bow is too cute. I bought it and wish I’d bought the others! It’s a nice little bit of sparkle and grey tint. I love it on my lower lashline for a bit of subtle glam. The kohl pencil in Orpheus is one I still want to buy. I really love the color and sparkle…

  7. I am really liking that Divine Blue and I’m not one for blue eyeshadows–that one looks special. Sadly, I’m broke for the rest of the year, so only gifts for loved ones. I kinda enjoy gifts for myself a wee bit more :P

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