MAC – Magnetic Nude – Silver Dawn Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: Photos, Swatches and Review

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One of my favorite parts of the Magnetic Nude collection are the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows… They have that wonderful liquid-powder Extra Dimension texture so they apply like a dream and wear really well. The colors in this collection are beautiful and work for all skin tones and seasons.

There are a total of five Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in the Magnetic Nude collection but I will only be reviewing three, and all separately, just because I want to change it up a bit! A Natural Flirt was previously released with the Glamour Daze collection, so that review can be seen here. I have not purchased Platinum Love yet, but I may… If I do, I’ll review it soon! This review is for the beautiful and  unique color, Silver Dawn.

Silver Dawn Packaging

MAC describes Extra Dimension Eye Shadows as ” a liquid-powder eye shadow with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystalized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”… Translated, that means these are a smooth creamy feeling liquid-powder texture eye shadow with highly reflective particles. Used dry, they are more sheer, while layered or applied with a brush dampened with something like Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium, they look much more intense and frosty/metallic. Now even though it says these are a liquid-powder, they’re really more of a super finely milled powder in which the particles adhere to one another tightly, giving it that incredibly smooth, creamy, cool texture. I do feel like MAC’s claim for these only wearing 6 hours is a bit off… Maybe without a primer, but when I use a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (any color will work, but I tend to use Painterly as a neutral base), these stay on with no creasing or fading for more like 8-12 hours!

For application, if you want to use these dry for a softer look, I suggest using a MAC 239 or 242 brush to pat this eye shadow onto the lid. If you want to blend it into the crease, try a MAC 217, 224, or 286 brush. You can even smudge these under the lower lash line with a MAC 219, 214, or 212 brush. If you want a more intense, metallic finish, try applying damp… For this method, lightly wet your brush with Fix + Spray or Water Based Mixing Medium. For the lid, try the 242 brush, for under the lower lash line, try the 212 brush.

Silver Dawn Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th online and at stores and counters. At most locations I’ve been to, Amorous Alloy is still in stock, but it seems to be sold out on the website right now. These Extra Dimension Eye Shadows are the smaller size ones (they’ve also been released in larger sizes in the past). These contain 1.3 g / 0.04 US oz of product and sell for $19.50.

Silver Dawn 1

Silver Dawn 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Silver Dawn swatched dry on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Silver Dawn swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Silver Dawn:   This eye shadow is a “dirty grey mauve”… That sounds a little confusing, since when you look at this in the pan, you don’t see any mauve at all. It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly cool, though mostly neutral toned taupey grey with some brown undertones and a cool greyed mauve tone that really only shows up once it’s applied. Color payoff was great, though obviously more mauve when it’s on the skin. Coverage was really good, though not 100% opaque until it was layered or applied damp. The finish has more of a soft metallic glow when applied dry, while damp, it’s truly metallic. Silver Dawn felt creamy and smooth. It applied very evenly, blending out and layering easily with no fallout. I got about 6 hours of wear with no primer and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath (Antique Diamond is really beautiful under this eye shadow).

Dupes:   Crushed Clove Eye Shadow from the new Neutral Cool X15 Eye Shadow Palette is similar, though slightly warmer toned. Shale is also close, but cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5


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