MAC's Magnetic Nude Collection was just released a couple days ago (in stores today). Thanks to other bloggers with early access and amazing swatches, I was able to pick out a few items the day before Christmas and order online to avoid the crowds. I've been a huge fan of the Extra Dimension products (unique shimmery items that are not quite creams yet not quite powders). Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish (from 2012) has been at the top of my list even though the frost is quite intense. Those who missed out before will be happy to learn it's made another appearance in the Magnetic Nude collection this year. The items are selling out online fast, you may have to order from multiple sources if you opt for online ordering. I hope these swatches and reviews will help if you can't get to a store or counter. My picks:
- Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30 for 9g/0.31 oz) in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious
- Extra Dimension Eye Shadows ($19.50 for 1.3g/0.04 oz) in Silver Dawn and Sweet Heat (repromote)
- Lipglass ($15 for 4.8g/0.17 oz) Oh My Darling
- Cremesheen Lipstick $15 for 3g/0.1 oz) Morning Rose
The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious are both stunning shimmery colors. I do think both are must-haves. They are more glowy versions of Tom Ford's Illuminating Highlighter Sticks (limited release from May, now discontinued). What I like about these is that there is more pigment than frost (even though they are very shimmery). They give the skin a glow with color rather than just a pale frost. Magnetic Appeal is a soft tan gold while Fairly Precious is a lovely warm light pink. Superb has been re-released. It's paler and significantly more frosted. Right now all are available online at Nordstrom and Maccosmetics.com.
The Extra Dimension Eye Shadows have quite a few repromoted shades. I didn't double check my stash to see that I already had Sweet Heat (in the larger size from 2012) so I have a duplicate now. Sweet Heat is a frosted champagne. Silver Dawn is every taupe-lover's dream. It's a metallic taupe silver. Both shades are layerable and the pigment is easy to control. A light swipe will give a sheer wash. Use a denser brush or your fingers for more coverage. For these I actually prefer using my fingers to apply by smudging on the lids. Sweet Heat is online Nordstrom. Right now Silver Dawn is still at Maccosmetics.com.
For the lips, I narrowed down my pick to just one lipglass in Oh My Darling, a light shimmery pink pearl, and Morning Rose Cremesheen Lipstick, a soft cool pink. Both are fairly safe feminine neutrals. I like the cremesheens for their high pigment and full coverage with a non-matte finish. Oh My Darling Lipglass is semi-sheer. You can definitely see a light pink pearl on the lips but it doesn't wash out the face. Morning Rose is available at Nordstrom. Oh My Darling is available at Maccosmetics.com.
All the items I picked out swatched on one arm:
I'm really happy with all my picks. Even happier I managed to pick out a few things before the entire collection sold out. If I had to limit myself to three items, I would pick the Skinfinish Highlighters in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious along with the Morning Rose Lipstick. I haven't had a chance to compare the other items, but they are pretty basic colors - knowing the volume MAC releases, there's a good chance there are similar items (which is a good thing if you miss out on their fast-selling limited items).
Did you check out the Magnetic Nude collection? What did you think? Any highlights or loves?