The MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows Sparkle Like a Tesla Coil

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Wearing MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Coil, Gilded Thrill and Pure Flash

Wearing the MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows from the MAC A Novel Romance fall 2014 collection, coming soon

Look ma, no…brushes!

Yes, girl. Put down that 217 and 224 ’cause you’re not going to need ‘em with the MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows ($21 US, $25 CAD).

Aptly named, these cream eyeshadows are, in fact, super cool — in a figurative sense. I don’t detect a cooling sensation on my lids when I wear them, but their marshmallowy formula is easy to apply and blend.

And that’s pretty cool. (*Does lazy girl makeup dance that bares a striking resemblance to the snake.*)

Wearing MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Coil, Gilded Thrill and Pure Flash

Hear I’m wearing the Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Coil (lids and blended into the crease), Gilded Thrill (center of the lid) and Pure Flash (inner corners)

The Electric Cools are kinda like Chanel’s $36 Illusion D’Ombres at a lower price point ($21). Eight limited edition shades are on their way with the MAC A Novel Romance collection.

Not so much about precision, these shadows live for lived-in, (perhaps even) slightly messy eye looks, and they’re great if you want to create a quick, high-impact eye with a single product.

I think of these eight as two sides of the same family. On one side, there are what I like to call the glitter top coats — champagne Pure Flash, soft rose Love Power, light taupe Superwatt, gold Gilded Thrill, coppery bronze Coil and black Blacklit.

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Pure Flash

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Pure Flash

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Love Power

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Love Power

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Superwatt

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Superwatt

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Coil

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Coil

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Gilded Thrill

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Gilded Thrill

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Blacklit

Dramatic on their own, they’re more about glittery bling than pigment intensity. Sometimes, I’ll just pat and blend them on my lids with a finger and add liner and mascara. Maybe also falsies, when I’m feeling it.

Other times, I’ll layer them on top of a powder shadow to add extra sparkle.

The other side of the family is smaller, just two shadows — Switch to Blue, and purple Highly Charge. They’re like the rocker chicks/smokey eye cousins. They derive their drama from major shimmer and pigment (but not from glitter).

Wear them on their own or atop a black base like MAC Blackground Paint Pot. Just pat them on with a finger for an instant cool girl smokey eye.

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Switch to Blue

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Switch to Blue

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Highly Charged

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Highly Charged

Of course, you could use also brushes to apply these shadows, and if you do, I recommend flat, dense brushes like the 239, both application and blending (for these, I’d skip the domed and tapered brushes).

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Pure Flash, Love Power, Superwatt and Coil

Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Pure Flash, Love Power, Superwatt and Coil

It’s just that whenever I touch them with a 217 or 224, glitter goes flying everywhere! — up into brows, my lashes, my cat’s fur, my nextdoor neighbor’s garden…

I dunno… For some reason, the fluffier brushes don’t get along well with this cream shadow formula (when I use them).

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Gilded Thrill, Switch to Blue, Highly Charged and Blacklit

Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Gilded Thrill, Switch to Blue, Highly Charged and Blacklit

As for wear time, WHOA. With these, I can absolutely skip the primer. Bare lids are fine. I get from 8-10 hours of wear with very little creasing or movement (as long as I don’t pile it on).

Wearing MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadows in Coil, Gilded Thrill and Pure Flash

On my cheeks I’m wearing Chanel Malice Blush, and on my lips I’m wearing MAC Good Kisser Lipstick topped with MAC Bared for You Lipglass (both from A Novel Romance)

PRICE: $21 US, $25 CAD
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition; available August 14 online at maccosmetics.com; August 21 – October 2 in North American stores and counters; internationally this September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Agata says:

    Pretty lady! I love your outfit with this necklace and I absolutely love your lip color combo! Gorgeous!
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  2. Ellabeaute says:

    “It’s just that whenever I touch them with a 217 or 224, glitter goes flying everywhere! — up into brows, my lashes, my cat’s fur, my nextdoor neighbor’s garden…” LOL @thevisual. I saw it. In my mind. Glitter in the air. Just like Pink.

    Anyway, I think Coil and Superwatt may be coming home with me (and my dog and my neighbors…).

  3. You look especially gorgeous and radiant here, Karen! I really like the look you did with these shadows. I had come across other reviews that weren’t as promising for these, but now I want to give these a second look…
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  4. Fieran says:

    I’ve been eyeing Coil to wear with smudged black liner. You look really good with that necklace!

  5. Lancy says:

    These shades look really really vibrant! They definitely won’t scream for a primer.. as you mentioned.. I love how long staying they are! Switch to blue is my favorite :)
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  6. Coil is on my list! Can’t get enough of bronze/copper shades!
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  7. And there’s the necklace again :-D Your swatches look nice, I’m more impressed this time than I was when I saw them on another blog.
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  8. Thanks for this very detailed review. I am happy to learn that if my neighbour decides to get them and a fluffy brush, I can get my make-up done while taking a sun bath at the garden ;-)
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  9. Kim says:

    They look and sound fab but I thought your lip color was really stand-out as well. Not to mention the new necklace – what a great all-around look! :)
    PS Sorry for all the hyphens; not sure what’s up with that.

  10. fancie says:

    Coil and Highly Charged look beautiful!
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  11. Lisa C says:

    Some of these were released in a prev collection. Cant remember the name right off hand, but I know Coil and Superwatt were in them.

  12. Sylirael says:

    I wish the blue was more pigmented, buecause it’s SUCH a lovely colour!
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