Truth: when I take out the new MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows ($20; available now in 10 shades), I hum the Twilight Zone theme song to myself, because these new cream/powder/liquid hybrids take me on a journey through space and time. A journey to another dimension. One filled with blinding shine. And pigment for days! And blending that even lazy people can handle, LOL!
MAC says they used a new technology on this new line of shadows that combines the best of three worlds — cream, liquid and powder. The shadows are designed to deliver the smoothness of a cream, the blend-ability of a liquid and the wear and ease of a powder.
I like ‘em. They’re really pigmented and super shimmery, and best of all, so easy to blend.
If you’ve been wanting to try more complicated eye looks with multiple shades but get tripped up by blending, the Extra Dimensions can make creating those transitions in colors a whole lot easier. There’s almost a wetness to the colors, and for me, they seem much quicker and easier to blend than traditional eyeshadows.
The other day I wore Modern Pewter all over my lids, Young Venus in the inner corners and Dark Dare along my upper lash lines, and I hardly had to exert any effort at all! — just a few swipes to blend the colors together seamlessly. Plus, because the shadows latch on to lids (well, initially at least, but more on that in a few), I didn’t observe any fallout.
If I were starring on some weird reality TV show with a challenge in which I had to wake up at 3 in the morning and execute a perfectly blended, vibrant eye with six eyeshadows in less than 10 minutes, I’d grab the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows (my only hope of escaping elimination!). If after that they asked me to operate heavy machinery, THEN I’d be screwed. Because who doesn’t belong behind the wheel at the witching hour?
Wearing Young Venus, Modern Pewter and Dark Dare
Extra Dimension Eye Shadows
Wearing Lunar and Blue Orbit
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow swatches from the left: Lunar, Dark Dare, Blue Orbit, Modern Pewter and Young Venus
The next time I have to be somewhere obscenely early in the morning, I’m wearing olive Modern Pewter, my favorite shade from the launch. I feel like it turns on a light behind my eyes.
Of course, unlike Cee-Loâ€™s cat, these aren’t Purr-fect (what is?). They have a pretty limited wear time on my combination dry/oily skin.
I tested the Extra Dimensions with and without my favorite NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and without the primer, they disappear in about four hours — like straight-up gone into eyeshadow heaven. Other than a little left in my fine lines and creases, they’re gone.
When I wear them with primer, however, I do get better wear time of about six hours.
I’d thought these would perform a lot like the Metal-Xs, a batch of cream shadows that MAC released a few months ago. The Metal-Xs seem to benefit from the use of a primer and a powder shadow, but in a lot of ways I think the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are an improvement, particularly when it comes to wear time.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to apply them on top of a primer, and they’d stay put without fading for a solid eight hours.
Almost, but not quite. I love the colors, shine, lack of fallout and how easy they are to blend, but they’d be even more amazing if they lasted a little longer.
PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at MAC counters, stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Just chugging along out here in Nor Cal! It’s a beautiful sunny day today, and Tabs is begging to go for a walk. I hope you’re having a good one so far.