MAC In Extra Dimension – Blushes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Extra Dimension Blushes are a totally new product and formula that made their debut with MAC’s In Extra Dimension collection for Spring of 2013. They are “a liquid-powder blush with prismatic reflections in five shimmering shades. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect”.

Extra Dimension Blushes

These blushes don’t have quite the amount of metallic, frosty shimmer that the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes do but they have a lovely type of glow that’s very unique. This is a buildable formula, so any of these colors, even the brighter/darker ones will work on the fairest skintones (thank you, MAC)! MAC claims that these wear for 6 hours… I got at least that much, if not closer to 8 hours of wear before any fading occurred. The texture is awesome! They have the typical creamy-powder feel that all Extra Dimension products do… They apply so smoothly and blend out easily.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 188, 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff but still a soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with this In Extra Dimension collection.

All of the Extra Dimension blushes are limited edition and available now from www.maccosmetics.com, or at your local MAC store or counter. They contain 6.5 g/0.22 US oz of product and sell for $25.

Extra Dimension Blush Labels

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Extra Dimension Blushes swatches on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Extra Dimension Blushes swatched on NC15 skin.

 

At Dusk

At Dusk

Left:  Applied heavily   Right:   Blended out At Dusk swatced on NC15 skin. Photo taken outdoors in naturally sunlight.

Left: Applied heavily                   Right: Blended out
At Dusk swatced on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in naturally sunlight.

At Dusk:   At Dusk is a “midtone rose”. It’s a pale to light, neutral rosy pink with a subtle glow. When applied lightly, this has very minimal color payoff on anyone darker than about an NC20, but it is a buildable type of blush so you can get better color payoff and more opacity the more you layer it. Since this formula is a very finely milled powder, it won’t look heavy no matter how much you apply!  The more you layer At Dusk, the more the glowy Extra Dimension sheen will show up. Since At Dusk is so light, I recommend this for those of you who have fair to light skin… No darker than about an NC30. I would also suggest using a MAC 116 or 129 brush to apply this so you will get a smooth application and good color payoff without having to take too much time or effort to apply this blush!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Bareness

Bareness

Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out Bareness swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Left: Applied heavily                Right: Blended out
Bareness swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Bareness:   Bareness is a “rosey beige”. It’s a light rosey beige but it also has a definite warm peach tone to it with a soft, warm, peachy sheen. Like At Dusk, it took some building up before I got true to pan color payoff and coverage but this blush formula is like that throughout the color range, so I don’t consider it a fault. I like the fact that I can get a soft wash of color with these or a brighter, bolder type of color payoff depending on how I apply it. Also like At Dusk, the more you apply, the more of a glowy finish you will get. On my NC15 skin, Bareness showed up well without building up the product too much so I would say this blush is best for fair to light-medium skin… Anyone darker than an NC30 or NC35 may have problems getting Bareness to show up.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Blazing Haute

Blazing Haute

Left:   Applied heavily   Right:   Blended out Blazing Haute swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Left: Applied heavily            Right: Blended out
Blazing Haute swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Blazing Haute:   Blazing Haute is described as a “dirty peach”. It’s a light to medium, warm, orangey-peach with a golden sheen. This blush has better color payoff and coverage than the previous two I’ve reviewed so far… It doesn’t take nearly as much product applied to get true to pan color. The golden sheen shows up well even if you apply this lightly. Since Blazing Haute is more pigmented than At Dusk or Bareness, it’s suitable for a wider range of skintones. Anyone from fair to medium-dark can wear this one!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fiery Impact

Fiery Impact

Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out Fiery Impact swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Left: Applied heavily             Right: Blended out
Fiery Impact swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Fiery Impact:   This Extra Dimension blush is a “burnt red bronze”. It’s a medium to medium-dark, warm, rusty, reddish bronze with a warm, very soft golden-bronze sheen. The sheen doesn’t show up so much as it does with the other blushes in this collection but it IS there! Although this is the darkest, boldest color out of all the Extra Dimension blushes, it’s so buildable that it can be applied lightly to the fairest of skin, or applied heavily for dark to deep skintones. It’s a unique and versatile color that’s flattering on everyone!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Flaming Chic

Flaming Chic

Left:   Applied Heavily     Right:   Blended Out Flaming Chic swatched on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Left: Applied Heavily Right: Blended Out
Flaming Chic swatched on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Flaming Chic:   This blush is described as a “bright blue pink”. It’s a medium, bright pink which, despite the “blue pink” description, looks more neutral to warm on the skin. It has a very subtle, warm sheen that shows up more as you build more product up on the cheek. Like Fiery Impact, this looks super bright in the pan but can be applied either sheerly or heavily, so it will work on fair to medium-dark skintones. Out of all the blushes in this collection, this is my personal favorite!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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