Swatchmas Day 15: My Favorite MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes

On the fifteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my favorite Extra Dimension Skinfinishes from MAC Cosmetics! These are great highlighters if you want something that can range from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more blinding highlight. A dry application with a fluffy brush will give you less pigmentation and glow, while a damp application will give you more more payoff and make you practically visible from outer space!

You can purchase these from your local MAC counter or freestanding store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com or www.ulta.com. Each Extra Dimension Skinfinish sells for $34 and contains 9 g / 0.31 oz of product. I believe I’m lacking two or three shades, but the six in this post are permanent now, so they’ll be available for quite some time.

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The six Extra Dimension Skinfinishes featured in this post are:

  • Soft Frost:   White that breaks violet (aka has a violet shift)
  • Show Gold:   Peach that breaks pink
  • Doublegleam:   Beige that breaks silver
  • Beaming Blush:   Pink that breaks gold
  • Oh, Darling!:   Metallic gold
  • Whisper of Gilt:   Light soft white with shimmery sheen (to me, it’s a light, pearly gold)
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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Skinfinishes swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

MAC – Magnetic Nude – Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: Photos, Swatches and Review

One of my favorite parts of the Magnetic Nude collection are the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows… They have that wonderful liquid-powder Extra Dimension texture so they apply like a dream and wear really well. The colors in this collection are beautiful and work for all skin tones and seasons.

There are a total of five Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in the Magnetic Nude collection but I will only be reviewing three, and all separately, just because I want to change it up a bit! A Natural Flirt was previously released with the Glamour Daze collection, so that review can be seen here. I have not purchased Platinum Love yet, but I may… If I do, I’ll review it soon! This review is for Sweet Heat.

Sweet Heat Packaging

 

MAC describes Extra Dimension Eye Shadows as ” a liquid-powder eye shadow with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystalized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”… Translated, that means these are a smooth creamy feeling liquid-powder texture eye shadow with highly reflective particles. Used dry, they are more sheer, while layered or applied with a brush dampened with something like Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium, they look much more intense and frosty/metallic. Now even though it says these are a liquid-powder, they’re really more of a super finely milled powder in which the particles adhere to one another tightly, giving it that incredibly smooth, creamy, cool texture. I do feel like MAC’s claim for these only wearing 6 hours is a bit off… Maybe without a primer, but when I use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (any color will work, but I tend to use Painterly as a neutral base), these stay on with no creasing or fading for more like 8-12 hours!

For application, if you want to use these dry for a softer look, I suggest using a MAC 239 or 242 brush to pat this eye shadow onto the lid. If you want to blend it into the crease, try a MAC 217, 224, or 286 brush. You can even smudge these under the lower lash line with a MAC 219, 214, or 212 brush. If you want a more intense, metallic finish, try applying damp… For this method, lightly wet your brush with Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium. For the lid, try the 242 brush, for under the lower lash line, try the 212 brush.

Sweet Heat Label

 

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th online atwww.maccosmetics.com and at stores and counters. At most locations I’ve been to, Amorous Alloy is still in stock, but it seems to be sold out on the website right now. These Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are the smaller size ones (they’ve also been released in larger sizes in the past). These contain 1.3 g / 0.04 US oz of product and sell for $19.50.

Sweet Heat 1

 

Sweet Heat 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Sweet Heat swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Sweet Heat swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Sweet Heat:   Sweet Heat is described as a “soft peach pink”… It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude with a seriously glowy, metallic finish. Color Pay off was great and true to the color it is in the pan, though it does show up more metallic and pigmented when applied damp. Coverage was fantastic and gave me full opacity with very little product applied. It felt even creamier than some of the other Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in this collection and applied super smoothly. I got around 6 hours of wear without a primer and closer to 9 with one, which is typical with this formula.

Dupes:   Gleam Eye Shadow is similar, though warmer. Naked Lunch is also very close, though not as peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC – Magnetic Nude – Silver Dawn Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: Photos, Swatches and Review

One of my favorite parts of the Magnetic Nude collection are the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows… They have that wonderful liquid-powder Extra Dimension texture so they apply like a dream and wear really well. The colors in this collection are beautiful and work for all skin tones and seasons.

There are a total of five Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in the Magnetic Nude collection but I will only be reviewing three, and all separately, just because I want to change it up a bit! A Natural Flirt was previously released with the Glamour Daze collection, so that review can be seen here. I have not purchased Platinum Love yet, but I may… If I do, I’ll review it soon! This review is for the beautiful and  unique color, Silver Dawn.

Silver Dawn Packaging

MAC describes Extra Dimension Eye Shadows as ” a liquid-powder eye shadow with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystalized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”… Translated, that means these are a smooth creamy feeling liquid-powder texture eye shadow with highly reflective particles. Used dry, they are more sheer, while layered or applied with a brush dampened with something like Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium, they look much more intense and frosty/metallic. Now even though it says these are a liquid-powder, they’re really more of a super finely milled powder in which the particles adhere to one another tightly, giving it that incredibly smooth, creamy, cool texture. I do feel like MAC’s claim for these only wearing 6 hours is a bit off… Maybe without a primer, but when I use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (any color will work, but I tend to use Painterly as a neutral base), these stay on with no creasing or fading for more like 8-12 hours!

For application, if you want to use these dry for a softer look, I suggest using a MAC 239 or 242 brush to pat this eye shadow onto the lid. If you want to blend it into the crease, try a MAC 217, 224, or 286 brush. You can even smudge these under the lower lash line with a MAC 219, 214, or 212 brush. If you want a more intense, metallic finish, try applying damp… For this method, lightly wet your brush with Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium. For the lid, try the 242 brush, for under the lower lash line, try the 212 brush.

Silver Dawn Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th online atwww.maccosmetics.com and at stores and counters. At most locations I’ve been to, Amorous Alloy is still in stock, but it seems to be sold out on the website right now. These Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are the smaller size ones (they’ve also been released in larger sizes in the past). These contain 1.3 g / 0.04 US oz of product and sell for $19.50.

Silver Dawn 1

Silver Dawn 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Silver Dawn swatched dry on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Silver Dawn swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Silver Dawn:   This eye shadow is a “dirty grey mauve”… That sounds a little confusing, since when you look at this in the pan, you don’t see any mauve at all. It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly cool, though mostly neutral toned taupey grey with some brown undertones and a cool greyed mauve tone that really only shows up once it’s applied. Color payoff was great, though obviously more mauve when it’s on the skin. Coverage was really good, though not 100% opaque until it was layered or applied damp. The finish has more of a soft metallic glow when applied dry, while damp, it’s truly metallic. Silver Dawn felt creamy and smooth. It applied very evenly, blending out and layering easily with no fallout. I got about 6 hours of wear with no primer and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath (Antique Diamond is really beautiful under this eye shadow).

Dupes:   Crushed Clove Eye Shadow from the new Neutral Cool X15 Eye Shadow Palette is similar, though slightly warmer toned. Shale is also close, but cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

 

MAC – Magnetic Nude – Amorous Alloy Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: Photos, Swatches and Review

One of my favorite parts of the Magnetic Nude collection are the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows… They have that wonderful liquid-powder Extra Dimension texture so they apply like a dream and wear really well. The colors in this collection are beautiful and work for all skin tones and seasons.

There are a total of five Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in the Magnetic Nude collection but I will only be reviewing three, and all separately, just because I want to change it up a bit! A Natural Flirt was previously released with the Glamour Daze collection, so that review can be seen here. I have not purchased Platinum Love yet, but I may… If I do, I’ll review it soon! This review is for one of my favorites, Amorous Alloy.

Amorous Alloy

MAC describes Extra Dimension Eye Shadows as ” a liquid-powder eye shadow with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystalized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”… Translated, that means these are a smooth creamy feeling liquid-powder texture eye shadow with highly reflective particles. Used dry, they are more sheer, while layered or applied with a brush dampened with something like Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium, they look much more intense and frosty/metallic. Now even though it says these are a liquid-powder, they’re really more of a super finely milled powder in which the particles adhere to one another tightly, giving it that incredibly smooth, creamy, cool texture. I do feel like MAC’s claim for these only wearing 6 hours is a bit off… Maybe without a primer, but when I use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (any color will work, but I tend to use Painterly as a neutral base), these stay on with no creasing or fading for more like 8-12 hours!

For application, if you want to use these dry for a softer look, I suggest using a MAC 239 or 242 brush to pat this eye shadow onto the lid. If you want to blend it into the crease, try a MAC 217, 224, or 286 brush. You can even smudge these under the lower lash line with a MAC 219, 214, or 212 brush. If you want a more intense, metallic finish, try applying damp… For this method, lightly wet your brush with Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium. For the lid, try the 242 brush, for under the lower lash line, try the 212 brush.

Amorous Alloy Label

 

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th online at www.maccosmetics.com and at stores and counters. At most locations I’ve been to, Amorous Alloy is still in stock, but it seems to be sold out on the website right now. These Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are the smaller size ones (they’ve also been released in larger sizes in the past). These contain 1.3 g / 0.04 US oz of product and sell for $19.50.

Amorous Alloy 1

 

Amorous Alloy 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Amorous Alloy swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Amorous Alloy swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Amorous Alloy:   This Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is described as a “deep terracotta copper”… It’s a medium-dark, warm coppery color with reddish-terracotta undertones. The finish ranges from a soft sheen to a truly metallic look, depending on application. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much like it does in the pan, while coverage is equally fantastic. It felt creamy and smooth to apply, whether I was patting it on my lid or blending into the crease. Wear time by itself was a little over 6 hours before any creasing or fading occurred, and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. 

Dupes:   The closest permanent dupe for this is Mythology Eye Shadow, but it’s still considerably lighter and more coppery/orange.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC – Magnetic Nude – Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish: Photos, Swatches and Review

MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection is full of Extra Dimension products, so of course there are new Skinfinishes too! I am only reviewing Fairly Precious, since I have something similar to Magnetic Appeal and I already own Superb from a previous release (review can be read here). This particular formula has been released a few times already, but they’re always limited, so get your paws on them while you can! They’re so gorgeous!

Fairly Precious
Fairly Precious

MAC describes Extra Dimension Skinfinishes as “a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights, and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Lasts for 10 hours”. Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a really unique type of highlighter… It’s a very creamy, cool feeling formula that’s truly a powder, though it has the liquid-powder feel. The great part about that is that they apply smoothly and blend out easily and can be applied lightly to achieve a softer glow for daytime or more heavily if you’d like a more metallic sort of highlight that’s great for a going out/nighttime type of look. Another wonderful thing about this formula is that even though it has the blendability of a cream or liquid, the super finely milled powder formula gives is a very long wear time, averaging at 8-12 hours of wear before any fading occurs. The only downside to these Skinfinishes is that because they’re pretty shimmery, they can emphasize large pores or textured skin, so if you have any acne scarring or areas with pores, this product may not be for you. I do suggest you try it, though… Perhaps just use it sparingly and don’t apply much to the more problematic areas of your face.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 159, 188, or 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff or more shimmer, but still a somewhat soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush and use a light hand. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with the Magnetic Nude collection. You can even lightly dampen your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray for the most metallic appearance and heaviest type of application.

Fairly Precious ED Skinfinish Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. All of the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are limited edition but seem to still be in stock at plenty of locations and on the website (with the exception of Superb, which is at this moment, sold out online). Extra Dimension Skinfinishes contain  9 g / 0.31 US oz of product and sell for $30.

Fairly Precious
Fairly Precious
Fairly Precious
Fairly Precious
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.

Fairly Precious:   This Extra Dimension Skinfinish is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly sheen”… It’s a light, warm toned peach with a somewhat pinkish undertone and a golden-champagne sheen. Color payoff is true to pan and you can achieve either sheer to nearly full coverage, depending on how much you apply and what you apply it with. On lighter skin, this serves as a soft, frosted blush when applied more heavily or as a subtle, warm highlight when applied lightly. On medium to medium dark skin tones, this works best as a highlighter rather than a blush, or can be worn over a blush to add sheen and warm up the color. The texture is a silky, almost creamy feeling, very finely milled powder that’s easy to apply and blend. With Fairly Precious, I got a solid 8 hours of wear before I noticed mild fading, and only noticed moderate fading by about the 10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t really think of any permanent dupes for this… MAC or otherwise. The closest, most recent product I’ve found for a dupe is MAC’s Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish from the Divine Night collection… If you mix both the inner and outer colors, it comes out to be pretty similar to Fairly Precious, though slightly less pinkish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC – Magnetic Nude – Autoerotique Extra Dimension Blush: Photos, Swatches and Review

MAC’s Extra Dimension Blushes are a relatively new formula, only having made their debut in Spring of 2013… They feel like a cream but are actually a powder formula, which makes them apply, build, and blend easily. I really like these and feel like they’re a unique product worth at least checking out since they have a totally different finish than other MAC blushes. There were three colors released with the Magnetic Nude collection, with At Dusk being a repromote (the original review can be seen here). I did not purchase Pleasure Model, which also came out with this collection, so I will only be doing a review for Autoerotique.

Autoerotique
Autoerotique

MAC’s description of the Extra Dimension Blush formula is “a liquid-powder blush with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”

These blushes don’t have quite the amount of metallic, frosty shimmer that the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes do but they have a lovely type of glow that’s really pretty. This is a buildable formula so no matter how bright you think this may look in the pan, it can be toned down depending on how much you apply and how. MAC claims that these wear for 6 hours… I got at least that much, if not closer to 7-8 hours of wear before any fading occurred. The texture felt great and applied easily. These blushes have the typical creamy-powder feel that all Extra Dimension products do and are very high quality.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 159, 188, or 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff but still a soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with the Magnetic Nude collection.

Autoerotique Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. All of the Extra Dimension Blushes are limited edition but seem to still be in stock at plenty of locations and on the website. These blushes contain 6.5 g / 0.22 US oz of product and cost $25… That’s $4 more than MAC’s Powder Blushes and not much more product, but I feel like a little bit goes a long way with these, so it’s worth the price.

Autoerotique
Autoerotique
Autoerotique
Autoerotique
Autoerotique
Autoerotique
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Autoerotique swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Autoerotique swatched on NC15 skin.

Autoerotique:   This blush is described as a “dirty coral rose” and has a finish with a beautiful satiny sheen. It’s a medium, warm toned coral with rosy pink tones. Color payoff was very true to how intense it is in the pan and coverage is great… It’s buildable but can be pretty much opaque without much product applied. That said, with the right brush, you can also blend this out and apply it lightly if you’re more fair skinned. This blush works really well for anyone from fair to medium-dark skin. As I mentioned, the texture of Extra Dimension Blushes has a creamy, almost liquid feel but it’s actually a very finely milled powder. I got 6-7 hours of wear with Autoerotique before I noticed much fading.

Dupes:   For a permanent dupe, Fleur Power Powder Blush is very similar, but slightly less pink. Fleet Fast Powder Blush from the Hey, Sailor collection is also close but lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC In Extra Dimension – Skinfinishes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

The most anticipated part of MAC’s 2013 In Extra Dimension collection are definitely these… The Skinfinishes!! MAC has previously released this formula last with the Glamour Daze collection for holiday 2012 and before that as part of the In Extra Dimension collection in April of 2012. The difference this time is that these three Extra DImension Skinfinishes are duos, so they have two colors in each compact. I really like this because it makes them more versatile and it’s kind of like a two for one deal!

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes 2013

MAC describes Extra Dimension Skinfinishes as “A liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish”… That sums them up pretty well! These feel like a cream or liquid but are actually a super fine powder that glides onto the skin and gives a beautiful sheen. They’re buildable, so you can get a slightly glowy or frosted look all the way up to a totally metallic sheen. MAC also claims that they wear for 10 hours, which seems about right. On oily skin they may begin to fade sooner… More like after 8 hours. For me, I get around 10-12 hours of wear, though.

If you have very large pores, these may emphasize them because they’re so shimmery but you can fix that by first priming with MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, or just avoiding areas (like your cheeks close to your nose) that may have larger pores. That isn’t an issue on most people, though. Also, since these are such a fine texture, they work well on all ages and skin types!

Since these are duos, you can use the lighter color as a highlight, then use the darker color as a bronzer or blush… OR you can swirl the two together and use them as a blush, or highlighter, or eye shadow, or whatever else you can come up with. To be honest, the possibilities with this product are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative with them!

All three of these Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are limited edition and available now for $30. These can be purchased online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Each Extra Dimension Skinfinish contains 9 g / 0.31 US oz of product. These are selling VERY fast at the store where I work and are sold out online for now, although the website says coming soon, so they should be replenishing supplies shorty! If you don’t see them on there now, make sure to check back!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish Labels 2013

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes swatches heavily on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Extra Dimension Skinfinishes swatched heavily on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Extra Dimension Skinfinished blended out on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Extra Dimension Skinfinished blended out on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Definitely Defined
Definitely Defined
Definitely Defined swatch
Left: Colors swatched separately               Right: Colors blended together
Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Definitely Defined:   This Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a “silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer. The lighter, silvery pink color is a pale, soft, silvery champagne with a noticeably frosted finished. The darker, soft rose color is a light, peachy rose with a more subtle type of frosty sheen. Blended together these turn into a light, warm champagne-peach color with a warm, silvery, frosted sheen.

You can use these colors separately with the lighter color as a highlight and the darker as a blush, or blend the two together as either a highlight or a blush. The texture is the typically super-fine, creamy feeling powder that is very lightweight but easy to build up and blend out. I got about 12 hours of wear with Definitely Defined before any fading occurred.

I recommend Definitely Defined for fair/pale to medium skin, as it may not show or or may look chalky on darker skintones unless blended together and just used as a highlight.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Double Definition
Double Definition
Left: Colors swatched separately               Right: Colors blended together Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin
Left: Colors swatched separately              Right: Colors blended together
Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Double Definition:   Double Definition is a “soft shimmery gold/patina bronze”. The lighter soft shimmery gold color is a warm, soft, light gold with yellow-peachy undertones and a very warm, frosty sheen. The darker patina bronze color is a warm, medium-dark, peachy-brown bronze with a softer, more pearly type of sheen. When blended together, these create a wonderfully warm, medium peachy-golden bronze that has a subtle frosted glow.

As with the other Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, you can use the lighter color as a highlight and the darker as a bronzer or blush. You can also apply these blended together all over the cheek as either a bronzer as a blush. As with Definitely Defined, I got 11 to 12 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

I think this looks most flattering on medium to deep dark skin. However, this can be used on lighter faces too! I’m a MAC NC15 and I wore this blended together as a bronzer with the lighter shade as my highlight, I just applied it with a light hand and a duo-fibre brush!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Shape the Future
Shape the Future
Left: Colors swatched separately                 Right: Colors blended together
Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Shape the Future:   Shape the Future is a “pastel pink with iridescence/soft brick with light shimmer”. The lighter pastel pink with iridescence is a light, warm pink with a champagne-like iridescent sheen. The darker, soft brick color is a warm medium-dark, reddish-peachy bronze with a pinkish sheen. When blended together, these two colors create a medium peachy-pink bronze that’s SO pretty!

I like blending these together as a blush, then using the lighter color as a highlight on my fair skin (using a light hand, of course). I got about 11 hours of wear with Shape the Future before I noticed any fading.

Since this is a warmer, bolder Extra Dimenision Skinfinish, I recommend this for medium to dark skintones. That said, this can be used by anyone with the right brush and with a light hand, so if you’re fair skinned, don’t be afraid to try this out! It can really warm up and brighten even the lightest faces!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

MAC In Extra Dimension – Blushes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Extra Dimension Blushes are a totally new product and formula that made their debut with MAC’s In Extra Dimension collection for Spring of 2013. They are “a liquid-powder blush with prismatic reflections in five shimmering shades. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect”.

Extra Dimension Blushes

These blushes don’t have quite the amount of metallic, frosty shimmer that the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes do but they have a lovely type of glow that’s very unique. This is a buildable formula, so any of these colors, even the brighter/darker ones will work on the fairest skintones (thank you, MAC)! MAC claims that these wear for 6 hours… I got at least that much, if not closer to 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred. The texture is awesome! They have the typical creamy-powder feel that all Extra Dimension products do… They apply so smoothly and blend out easily.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 188, 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff but still a soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with this In Extra Dimension collection.

All of the Extra Dimension blushes are limited edition and available now from www.maccosmetics.com, or at your local MAC store or counter. They contain 6.5 g/0.22 US oz of product and sell for $25.

Extra Dimension Blush Labels

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Extra Dimension Blushes swatches on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Extra Dimension Blushes swatched on NC15 skin.

 

At Dusk
At Dusk
Left:  Applied heavily   Right:   Blended out At Dusk swatced on NC15 skin. Photo taken outdoors in naturally sunlight.
Left: Applied heavily                   Right: Blended out
At Dusk swatced on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in naturally sunlight.

At Dusk:   At Dusk is a “midtone rose”. It’s a pale to light, neutral rosy pink with a subtle glow. When applied lightly, this has very minimal color payoff on anyone darker than about an NC20, but it is a buildable type of blush so you can get better color payoff and more opacity the more you layer it. Since this formula is a very finely milled powder, it won’t look heavy no matter how much you apply!  The more you layer At Dusk, the more the glowy Extra Dimension sheen will show up. Since At Dusk is so light, I recommend this for those of you who have fair to light skin… No darker than about an NC30. I would also suggest using a MAC 116 or 129 brush to apply this so you will get a smooth application and good color payoff without having to take too much time or effort to apply this blush!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Bareness
Bareness
Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out Bareness swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Left: Applied heavily                Right: Blended out
Bareness swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Bareness:   Bareness is a “rosey beige”. It’s a light rosey beige but it also has a definite warm peach tone to it with a soft, warm, peachy sheen. Like At Dusk, it took some building up before I got true to pan color payoff and coverage but this blush formula is like that throughout the color range, so I don’t consider it a fault. I like the fact that I can get a soft wash of color with these or a brighter, bolder type of color payoff depending on how I apply it. Also like At Dusk, the more you apply, the more of a glowy finish you will get. On my NC15 skin, Bareness showed up well without building up the product too much so I would say this blush is best for fair to light-medium skin… Anyone darker than an NC30 or NC35 may have problems getting Bareness to show up.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Blazing Haute
Blazing Haute
Left:   Applied heavily   Right:   Blended out Blazing Haute swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Left: Applied heavily            Right: Blended out
Blazing Haute swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Blazing Haute:   Blazing Haute is described as a “dirty peach”. It’s a light to medium, warm, orangey-peach with a golden sheen. This blush has better color payoff and coverage than the previous two I’ve reviewed so far… It doesn’t take nearly as much product applied to get true to pan color. The golden sheen shows up well even if you apply this lightly. Since Blazing Haute is more pigmented than At Dusk or Bareness, it’s suitable for a wider range of skintones. Anyone from fair to medium-dark can wear this one!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fiery Impact
Fiery Impact
Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out Fiery Impact swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Left: Applied heavily             Right: Blended out
Fiery Impact swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Fiery Impact:   This Extra Dimension blush is a “burnt red bronze”. It’s a medium to medium-dark, warm, rusty, reddish bronze with a warm, very soft golden-bronze sheen. The sheen doesn’t show up so much as it does with the other blushes in this collection but it IS there! Although this is the darkest, boldest color out of all the Extra Dimension blushes, it’s so buildable that it can be applied lightly to the fairest of skin, or applied heavily for dark to deep skintones. It’s a unique and versatile color that’s flattering on everyone!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Flaming Chic
Flaming Chic
Left:   Applied Heavily     Right:   Blended Out Flaming Chic swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight
Left: Applied Heavily Right: Blended Out
Flaming Chic swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Flaming Chic:   This blush is described as a “bright blue pink”. It’s a medium, bright pink which, despite the “blue pink” description, looks more neutral to warm on the skin. It has a very subtle, warm sheen that shows up more as you build more product up on the cheek. Like Fiery Impact, this looks super bright in the pan but can be applied either sheerly or heavily, so it will work on fair to medium-dark skintones. Out of all the blushes in this collection, this is my personal favorite!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

MAC In Extra Dimension – Eyeshadows: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

With the In Extra Dimension collection, MAC decided to bring back some of the large Extra Dimension Eye Shadows… You may remember this formula most recently from the Glamour Daze holiday collection of 2012. Those, however, were small like MAC’s normal range of eye shadows. Accompanying the eye shadows of the In Extra Dimension collection are three duo-toned Skinfinishes and five Blushes (a totally new product/formula).

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows 2013
Extra Dimension Eye Shadows 2013

The Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are totally different from the normal powder MAC Eye Shadows… MAC describes these as “A liquid-powder Eye Shadow with prismatic reflections in six shimmering tints. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect”… That sounds about right!! They feel like a cream but apply like a powder and can be used both dry or damp. If applied dry, they have a softer, less intense type of finish but still have fantastic color payoff. When applied damp, these appear much more metallic and pigmented. Either way they wear for 6-7 hours before creasing and even longer if you apply them over a primer like a MAC Paint Pot or Pro Longwear Paint Pot.

For dry application, I like to use a MAC 239 brush to pack the color on my lid. They can also be blended out with any fluffy type of blending brush, like a MAC 217. When applied damp, I use MAC Fix+ Spray to dampen my brush, then swipe it across eye shadow gently (if you do this too hard, you will pick up too much product and it may clump up). For damp application I like to use a small, dense brush like a MAC 242, which will easily pack the product on without getting any fallout or patchiness.

All six of these Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are limited edition and are available now at MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each of these eye shadows contains 2 g / 0.07 US oz of product and sell for $21.

Extra Dimension Eye Shadow Labels
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow Labels
These swatches were applied dry. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
These swatches were applied dry.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
These swatches were applied damp. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
These swatches were applied damp.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Dimensional Blue
Dimensional Blue

Dimensional Blue:   This is a “frosty blue” eye shadow with a frosty/metallic finish. It’s a light to medium cool blue. I got good color payoff with a dry application, but it was even more pigmented and metallic when I applied this with a damp brush. It went on smoothly and gave decent coverage both dry and damp with no gathering or clumping. Applied dry, this is semi-opaque. Applied damp, Dimensional Blue is closer to opaque but not TOTALLY opaque until some layering happens! Either way, I really like this color… I got about 6 hours of wear with Dimension Blue before it started to fade.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Extra Silver
Extra Silver

Extra Silver:   This Eye Shadow is a “true silver” with a very frosted, metallic finish. It’s a light, bright, slightly warm toned silver with an extra metallic sheen. It gives fantastic color payoff and coverage when applied both dry or damp, the only difference is that when applied dry, it’s softer, while it looks totally metallic and bold when applied damp. The texture of Extra Silver seems slightly finer and more powdery than the other Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in this collection, but that makes it easy to apply with no gathering or clumping. Extra Silver gave me a solid 6 hours of wear before creasing or fading.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Opalesse
Opalesse

Opalesse:   Opalesse is an “opalescent white with pink pearl”… It’s a light white with a pinky-opal toned iridescence. It leans toward the cool side of pink/opal but it will work with a variety of looks and on all skintones. It’s a softer type of metallic sheen than the other Extra Dimension Eye Shadows have, especially when applied dry. The dry application also yields less coverage, opacity and color payoff than a damp application does. When apple damp, it looks more metallic, iridescent and brighter. Both dry and damp, Opalesse goes on incredibly smooth and wears slightly longer than the majority of the other eye shadows in this collection do, giving closer to 7 hours of wear.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Smoky Mauve
Smoky Mauve

Smokey Mauve:   This Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is a “midtone cool mauve”. It has a softer type of metallic sheen to it in comparison to Dimensional Blue or Extra Silver, that makes it seem more like a frost finish eye shadow. Smoky Mauve is a medium, cool toned, almost plummy mauve. Out of all the Extra Dimension eye shadows in this collection, Smoky Mauve gave the best opacity and coverage both dry and damp. When I applied this damp it appeared darker, more plummy, and slightly more frosted. Like Opalesse, this eye shadow has that super fine, ultra creamy feel that applies evenly. Smoky Mauve also wears for closer to 7-8 hours, rather than 6 like most of the other eye shadows in this collection do.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Triple Impact
Triple Impact

Triple Impact:   This Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is an “opalescent lavender with violet pearl”. It’s a light, cool toned, iridescent lavender-pink with a mostly frosted finish, although it looks more metallic when applied damp. When applied dry, this eye shadow is only semi-opaque and doesn’t have very intense color payoff, although it’s still a very pretty color to use all over the lid. If you apply this damp, you will get opaque coverage, better color payoff, and a more heavily frosted, iridescent finish with a bit of shimmer. Dry or damp, this applied smoothly, although it felt a bit drier than some of the other Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in this collection did. It gave me 6-7 hours of wear before any creasing occurred.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Zestful
Zestful

Zestful:   Last but definitely not least, we have Zestful, which is a “pale iridescent lime”. This is by far the most unique product in this collection and a must have for Spring! It’s a pale to light, almost pastel lime with a warm, golden iridescent sheen. Overall, the finish is frosty both dry and damp, although with a damp application you will get more opaque coverage and intense color payoff. Dry, this color is much softer and appears only semi-opaque. The texture for Zestful feels extremely creamy and smooth, easily gliding onto the skin. When I wore this I got the typical 6 hours of wear before it started to fade or crease.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Skinfinish: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

You may recognize these highlighters from their previous release back in March of 2012 with the In Extra Dimension collection… They were SO popular that they sold out nearly instantly last Spring, and the same thing happened this time around too! Hopefully you are all lucky enough to have purchased these… If not, keep looking around. They’re definitely worth hunting for!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a really unique type of highlighter… It’s a liquid-powder formula that feels cool and creamy, yet has the final finish and staying power of a powder. They have the smoothest, most luxurious texture I have ever felt with a highlighter and blend beautifully. I get around 10-12 hours of wear with these, which is better than any other powder or cream highlighter I’ve tried. I personally like to apply these with a duo-fiber brush like a MAC 188 so it’s easily blended without putting on too much product at once. Extra Dimension Skinfinish has a soft glow when applied lightly, and a more truly metallic finish when applied more heavily or with a damp brush (which will make these appear super shimmery, pigmented, and metallic… which is probably not for a day to day look).

These are limited edition so sadly, they won’t be around for long. Extra Dimension Skinfinishes contain 9g / 0.31oz of product and sell for $29. I know that www.maccosmetics.com is currently sold out but call around and check at your local MAC stores and counters! Also, I am not certain if they will restock the supply on MAC’s website, but there’s always a little chance that may happen with products like this, so you may want to keep checking on there. Also, these have the glossy Glamour Daze packaging… But the ones that I own and photographed are from the March release so they have the typical MAC black packaging.

TIP:   If you cannot find these, the Extra Dimension Eye Shadow called A Natural Flirt, which was also released with the Glamour Daze collection is VERY close to Whisper of Gilt! That would be a close dupe and a good highlighter as well. I’ve even used it for that purpose on clients and it looks nearly the same, if not better on light skin!

Superb
Left:   Applied Heavily               Right:   Blended Out
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

Superb:   Superb is a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer”. It’s a light-medium peachy pink highlighter with warm, peachy golden tones of very fine shimmer to it. When applied heavily, it definitely looks more of a tan sort of peachy pink, but when blended out you notice more of the pink tones. Either way, it’s a warm, pretty highlighter that’s perfect for light-medium to dark skin. On pale skin, it appears more like a frosty blush, while on deep skintones, it can look slightly ashy.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Whisper of Gilt
Left:   Applied Heavily          Right:   Blended Out
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

Whisper of Gilt:   Whisper of Gilt is a “light soft white gold with shimmery sheen”. This is the lighter of the two Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, making it best for pale to medium skin. It’s a very light, soft yellow toned gold with a warm, white golden sheen. As a pale to light skinned girl, this is my absolute favorite highlighter of all time! It gives such a gentle, natural type of glow to the skin so it’s perfect for whatever kind of look you’re creating.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5