Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is a very good release for the M.A.C. Cosmetics brand, as its well-pigmented shades and buttery, exceptionally blendable texture attest. These shadows are among the best of what M.A.C. offers, with their shades leaning satin to shimmer in their finish. So long as a matte eyeshadow isn't your goal, these are well worth consideration.
The shade range is unconventional in some cases, like vibrant aubergine or burnt orange, but there are more than a few color options among the 15+ shades that are easy to experiment with (champagne, neutral pinks, greys and more).
M.A.C. touts Extra Dimension Eye Shadow as a hybrid formula that combines the "smoothness of a cream, the blendability of a liquid" with the long-wear of a powder. The performance of these shadows corroborates these claims, as they're very easy to blend and wear well, without creasing for most. Those with very oily eyelids may find some creasing does peek through mid-day, but these will resist such an outcome more than the average shadow, and their creasing can be offset further by prepping with a matte, long-wearing concealer or primer.
As is the case with any powder eyeshadow, these can be used as liner as well, but the deeper pigments of the Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is particularly suited for this, and they blend well over traditional eye liner formulas to create a subtle or smoky effect. Our personal favorites for their ability to work for a wide range of skin tones are Ready to Party, A Natural Flirt, Evening Grey, Sweet Heat, Fathoms Deep, Legendary Lure, Dark Dare and Silver Sun.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is a great shadow not only for its wearability, but also for its blendability and deeply pigmented shade range. We hope to see a few true matte options added to the range in time, as this is the only quality we could point to as a weakness among otherwise exceptional qualities.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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