The MAC Metal-X Eyeshadows Say to Powder Eyeshadows, “Let’s Work Together”

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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What’s that saying about peeling back the layers of an onion?


Wait — is there a saying about peeling back the layers of an onion? I could have sworn…

Doesn’t matter. All I’m trying to say is that I love layers. 🙂 Layered hair (the only way I can handle my thick, wavy mop), layered clothing (a habit I picked up living in San Francisco) and layer cake (the food, not the film, although I did think Daniel Craig was wicked hot in it).

I also love layering my eye makeup, and I’ve been doing it a lot lately using these MAC Metal-X Eyeshadows ($20 each).

The nine soft, limited edition cream shadows, which recently launched at MAC stores, on counters and online, intensify the color of powder shadows worn on top of them and create a high-shine metallic effect.

I’ve also noticed that they seem to make powder shadows a little easier to blend…

Now, I think these work just fine by themselves, without powder shadows, but they might need some extra babysitting when worn that way. I tried several of colors a couple of different ways, both on bare lids and atop NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and every time I wore them alone, without shadow, I kept having to reapply. After about 2 hours on my lids, they begin to crease.

And that’s where the powder shadow comes in.

When I apply them on top of eye primer and then pat a great powder shadow on top, the resulting look stays rich and shiny all day long. There may be a tiny bit of creasing after a few hours, but I don’t think it’s bad.

When I apply a Metal-X shadow with my fingers or a firm eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239, I seem to get my best results and the richest, most intense pigments.

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mac cyber

mac virgin silver
Virgin Silver

mac fusion gold
Fusion Gold

mac palladium

mac rusty

mac red hot copper
Red Hot Copper

mac venetian tarnish
Venetian Tarnish

mac vintage coin
Vintage Coin

mac gold carbon
Gold Carbon

Swatches from the left: Cyber, Virgin Silver, Fusion Gold and Palladium

Rusty (left) and Red Hot Copper (right)

From the left: Venetian Tarnish, Vintage Coin and Gold Carbon

Here are a few combinations featuring the Metal-Xs that I’ve been loving lately…

  1. Metal-X in Venetian Tarnish beneath MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Sweet Satisfaction
  2. Metal-X in Vintage Coin beneath MAC Sumptuous Olive
  3. Metal-X in Gold Carbon beneath MAC Eye Shadow in Club

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Swatches from the left: Venetian Tarnish, Vintage Coin, Gold Carbon, Venetian Tarnish layered beneath MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Vintage Coin layered MAC Sumptuous Olive and Gold Carbon layered beneath MAC Club

PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at MAC counters, stores and also online

Do you hear that?

It sounds like…


Honestly, I don’t have any plans for tonight or this weekend, although I’d love to do some hiking tomorrow. It’s supposed to be nice.

Mostly, I’m just glad that we made it through the week!

Got any plans this weekend? What should we do? 🙂 First thing tomorrow, I’m going to try to maintain one of those stiff upper lips I hear so much about and power my way through a few chores — some housecleaning, getting the groceries and tending to Tabs’ every whim — but after that, who knows? Sky’s the limit. Maybe a hike and hopefully even a yoga class or two.


OH! You know what movie I can’t wait to see? Chronicle. It starts next Friday, a week from today, and it’s the one with the three teenage boys who can move things with their minds (telekinesis).

Looks pretty intense!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Heidi says:

    Ooh, I’m thinking the Metal-X shadows underneath my beloved Mega Metal shadows would be awesome!

  2. Chelsea says:

    I kind of love that song. And Fusion gold is my kind of color.

    My weekend plans should hopefully mostly be sitting around the house, but definitely a workout tomorrow. I need to get some research done too.

    • Karen says:

      What kind of workout are you doing? I’m gonna try to make it to a 9am Vinyasa flow class.

      • Chelsea says:

        I did intervals, and a body weight strength workout yesterday – just getting back into exercise! Yesterday was the first time I’ve run for a reason other than being late for something in a long time, haha. I’m sore, but in a good way. 9AM is early, but good luck!

        • Karen says:

          Nice! I love interval training. So fast and effective.

          I’m a morning person, so it won’t be an issue getting there on time. 🙂 I just hope I’m not too sore afterwards!

  3. Jasmine says:

    Right when I read about the onion layers it popped into my head.. oh she’s talking about shrek! lol

  4. Nina says:

    finally friday. im so happy! it looks like i wont have to work this weekend, which is a relief.

    we had dinner at a cuban place and i watched Fringe. thats about it … im about to lay in bed and read!

    red hot copper is gorgeous! 🙂

  5. I was thinking the 3 in the last swatch picture look way nice, and then I saw your pairing suggestions. I practically started zooming around the room! I love olive greens, so Vintage Coin + Sumptuous Olive is JUST MY THING!

    Happy weekend Karen!

  6. Naomi says:

    I had the same problem with creasing when worn along or even with primer but after trying with a powder on top I got way better results! They are too pretty to not work so in the words of Tim Gunn I had to make it work!

  7. Nicole says:

    You are beautiful and look exceptionally gorgeous in these photos. Your skin particularly looks amazing. Love reading your blog!

  8. Aimey says:

    The only dislike-factor is how the shimmer of the original Metal-X is somewhat diminished when used beneath a powder eye shadow. But then again, I guess you can just use a shimmery eye shadow above it or just use the Metal-X to add a hint of fun to non-shimmery colors for day looks without looking to party-time! 😛

  9. Diana says:

    I want a shadow that works all on its own for the price of the Metal-X. **sigh**Otherwise, I would have gone out to purchase Venetian Tarnish, Gold Carbon, AND Vintage Coin. By the way I am loving your George Michael songs. I have been singing “Careless Whisper” since last week! Lol!

  10. Lorraine ER says:

    I really want to see “Chronicle!”

    I love the combo of the metal-x shadows under Club. I love Club and Blue brown pigment.

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