Do you remember flubber? It was a rubber-like, super bouncy substance created by an absent-minded professor in 1961. Actually, by THE Absent-Minded Professor in the Disney movie of the same name. I suspect MAC might have lured the professor out of retirement to help them develop the upcoming MAC Big Bounce Shadows ($16.50 each) because, like flubber, they’re also quite bouncy and unusual.
The rich colors don’t feel like anything I’ve ever felt before. Think dense whipped cream, if that makes any sense, and when I tap the pans with a finger, I can actually feel them bouncing back in a very cool, weird way.
Hopefully these 16 shadows with metallic and/or pearl finishes are easier to corral than flubber was. Getting that stuff to stay put was almost impossible, but these shadows are supposed to bounce onto counters May 5 as part of the new MAC Flighty collection.
For help getting the most bounce from these beauties, I turned to one of my favorite MAC senior artists, Romero Jennings (are you following him on Twitter?).
MAC Senior Artist Romero Jennings
So if you’re ready, let’s bounce!
1. Be firm
While you could use any eyeshadow brush to apply the Big Bounce Shadows, Romero suggests using something with firm, stiff bristles like the MAC 242 Shader Brush ($24.50). A firm brush should give you more control than a fluffier, softer brush like the MAC 217 ($22.50). “And this way you can buff it out with the same brush,” he adds. Just buff with the edge of the head along any harsh lines.
2. Tap, tap, tap (or bounce, bounce, bounce)
What’s the best way to apply these Big Bounce Shadows? By tapping/patting/bouncing them onto your lids with the MAC 242. It helps distribute them evenly. And try to avoid swirling the brush or swiping it side to side like a windshield wiper, which tends to just push the product around. Romero says you can probably get away with skipping an eyeshadow primer, since the Big Bounces have a great grip and should last all day long.
Four of the 16 MAC Big Bounce Shadows from left to right: Count Your Assets, Spread the Wealth, Black Diamond and Rich Thrills
3. Work fast!
Time is of the essence! The Bounces were designed to dry quickly — within seconds! So, if the phone rings while you’re working on your eye makeup, you might want to let it go to voicemail, LOL! Because once these dry, they don’t budge.
As for drying in their pans, MAC made the packaging air-tight to keep the shadows moist.
4. Put out the welcome matte
Here’s one way to work these into your regular routine: apply them first as a base, and then pat a matte shadow directly on top. “This is a trick that I love, LOVE doing,” Romero says, “especially if someone is going out in the evening…”
The matte shadow tones down the Bounce shadow’s shine, making it more appropriate for the workplace, but yet still letting some of the shimmer shine through. “What happens is at the end of the day, say you’re ready to leave work — the shadow that’s on top wears away slightly, and the metallic comes through even more!”
Romero recommends taupey matte MAC Omega Eyeshadow ($14.50). He says it works with all of the shadows in the Big Bounce line.
5. Clothes the loop
Sometimes I like to match my outfits to my eyeshadow, but with bold finishes like these, it’s easy to go overboard. Romero recommends choosing a complementary color instead. Being too matchy-matchy with metallic/pearl shadows could lead to stimulus overload, especially if the colors are super bright.
If you’re wearing a blue top, consider going with a purple shadow like Luxury Touch. Or, play it even safer, and reach for a neutral shade like creamy golden Impeccably Rich. Then, tie the look together with your favorite blue mascara.
6. Draw the line (softly)
If you like the look of soft, blurred eye liner, try applying one of the Big Bounce Shadows along your lash lines with an angled brush like the MAC 266 ($19.50).
Spread the Wealth
Spread the Wealth on eyes
7. Two to tango
With 16 shadows to choose from, choosing the right Big Bounce can be a challenge. Here are two of Romero’s favorites: Luxury Touch (a lavender with golden pearl) and Spread the Wealth (an olive with golden pearl).
Romero says he’s been using Luxury Touch a lot at fashion shows. It’s a very agreeable shade, and he likes to pair it with MAC Orb Eyeshadow ($14.50), a soft peachy beige. And golden olive Spread the Wealth should look great sitting atop a spring/summer tan.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Unfortunately, it looks like the Big Bounce Shadows ARE limited edition, so if you see something you like, you might want to pounce on it directly!