Look ma, no…brushes!
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.*)
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.
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.
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).
I dunno… For some reason, the fluffier brushes don’t get along well with this cream shadow formula (when I use them).
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).
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
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,