MAC – Magnetic Nude – Sweet Heat 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 Sweet Heat.

Sweet Heat 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.

Sweet Heat 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.

Sweet Heat 1


Sweet Heat 2


Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Sweet Heat swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Sweet Heat swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Sweet Heat:   Sweet Heat is described as a “soft peach pink”… It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude with a seriously glowy, metallic finish. Color Pay off was great and true to the color it is in the pan, though it does show up more metallic and pigmented when applied damp. Coverage was fantastic and gave me full opacity with very little product applied. It felt even creamier than some of the other Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in this collection and applied super smoothly. I got around 6 hours of wear without a primer and closer to 9 with one, which is typical with this formula.

Dupes:   Gleam Eye Shadow is similar, though warmer. Naked Lunch is also very close, though not as peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5


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