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I really wanted to take my time to test out the products I got from this AMAZING collaboration, so that’s why it’s taken me some time to get this post up but trust me, it’s worth the wait! Because I took so many photos of the products in this collab, this particular post will be over the Skin Frost only but I’ll also be making posts for the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and another as a summary of the bundle… Cool with you? Okay! Now let’s get down to business…

This is a limited edition Skin Frost that I reeeeally wish would become permanent because it’s unlike any of the other colors from Jeffree Star Cosmetics and it’s flattering on literally everyone. You can purchase this from www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com for $29. Eclipse contains 15 g / 0.53 oz of product, just like the other Skin Frosts. As I’ve mentioned in other Skin Frost posts, this is a great buy, considering that Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector costs $38 and only contains 8 g / 0.28 oz, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish costs $33 and contains 10 g / 0.35 oz of product. There are other highlighters on the market that cost even more, but those are two well know ones that I randomly chose for comparison purposes. This Skin Frost does not contain any paraben or gluten, is vegan and most importantly, it’s cruelty-free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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First off, let’s talk about how gorgeous this packaging is! It’s made the same way the other Skin Frost compacts are, including the awesomely huge mirror inside the lid. Instead of being Jeffree’s signature pink color, it’s an elegant but still edgy matte black with silver, holographic accents featuring the JSC logo on the lid. On the back, the label is black with bright pink text. I love this whole design because it’s the perfect mixture what you think of when Jeffree and Manny come to mind, which is exactly what a collaboration should be! Even the box it comes in is unique and has this really different, eye-catching, multidimensional design/texture that is SO pretty! On the front of the box is Manny’s crescent moon and Jeffree’s star, just like the ones stamped onto the highlighter itself. When you receive this in the bundle, all three products come in a special box too, which I’ll show you photos of in the post that summarizes the bundle as a whole. That post will be up as soon as I’m done with the Velour Liquid Lipstick post and I’ll link it here once I get it finished!

This post is going to be pretty photo-heavy because I had a blast photographing this, so just keep scrolling if you want to learn more about the highlighter itself as well as some of my favorite application tips and tricks!

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As for the Skin Frost itself, the formula for Eclipse is fantastic and is pretty much everything your little heart could desire in a highlighter! Even though this is a powder, it’s so smooth that it almost feels creamy. To me, the texture is very similar to Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ highlighters that come in the Glow Kits. I feel like Eclipse in particular is smoother than some of the other Skin Frosts I have… It’s a lot like Peach Goddess or Princess Cut, rather that ones like Siberian Gold or King Tut. I think this is because it has more sheen and less micro-glitter particles. I mean even the Skin Frosts that have more little shimmery bits are still very smooth, but Eclipse almost gives the skin more of a wet-like glow than a glittery reflects. It’s SUPER pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply much product to get a stunning highlight that can be seen from the heavens!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but occasionally I’ll get a highlighter that contains some kind of micro-shimmery bits that give me an allergic reaction and tons of little red bumps on my face but NONE of Jeffree’s products have ever done that to me, so I just want to add that Eclipse is sensitive skin friendly! It’s also a versatile product that’s safe to use on the face, eye, lips, and body, so that’s a major plus, especially since Eclipse contains enough highlighter to last you a lifetime!

For swatches, dupes, an overall rating and brief summary of the product including color description, finish, wear time, etc, keep scrolling past all of the photos! Application tips will also be listed below!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Application:

In my experience, Skin Frosts apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost (you can even layer different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Skin Frost with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight that can practically be seen from space, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Skin Frosts, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam if you feel like you need to be a little extra that day! The versatility with Skin Frosts is one of the qualities I love about them most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

Now for the only negative thing I have to say about Skin Frosts in general… These are not great for very oily areas of the face, but this applies to ANY highlighter! You’ll want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny, such as the nose, forehead, chin, or apples of the cheeks. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones, eyes, or lips. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters also emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you’ll be golden (literally).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use Skin Frosts for MANY things! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop this baby on with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with other Skin Frosts or highlighters, or even over a blush if you need that cheek to really gleam! (not necessarily recommended on the apple of the cheek if you’re oily). Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip, just like any other highlighter. It wears well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, more pouty look… Speaking of the lips, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever, you can apply this onto the center of the lips using a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or your finger to emphasize that pucker! Oh and did I mention how cool this looks all over on TOP of lipstick or under a gloss for a metallic lip? Because there’s that too… Like I said, this is one of the best multitasking products I’ve ever purchased or used, so it’s a must have for any makeup lover! Even if it’s not this particular shade, I definitely recommend at least checking out a Skin Frost.

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

 

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills has teamed up with YouTube guru Nicole Guerriero for a brand new Glow Kit packed with six gorgeous highlighters that will make everyone look and feel like a glowing goddess! Since I’m sure you’re all just as excited about this Glow Kit as I am, we’ll get right into the basics…

This Glow Kit is available from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, www.sephora.com, and at Sephora stores (though as of today, 3/18, it is currently sold out on Sephora’s website). It sells for $40 and contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, with each pan weighing in at 4.5 g / 0.16 oz. In comparison, the other Glow Kits from ABH that have 4 highlighters contain only 0.08 oz more product. In my opinion, this is a great value since you get about the same amount of product with two additional colors for the same price!

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, being slim and lightweight so it’s easy to stash in your makeup bag or drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag, but it does stay closed well by using the magic of magnets, even without the sleeve. The only thing I don’t love about these palettes is the lack of a mirror… I realize it would make it a little heavier, but I definitely think it would come in handy, especially if you’re traveling with this!

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* I had to redo this photo on a different day, with different lighting because my lights used for photography died on me, so that’s why the color of the packaging and lighting may look slightly different than in other photos *

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Even though these are powders highlighters, they all feel pretty creamy with a texture that is smooth and very bendable. That said, they do feel a slightly less creamy than most of the shades in the other Glow Kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I think it’s because these contain more of a finely milled micro-glitter rather than just having a sheen to them… Don’t worry, though, that doesn’t make these rough at all! While some very fair or very deep skintones may not feel comfortable using every single color in here as an actual highlighter, these are a multitasking type of product… Even if you don’t use all of these as a highlighter for the face, you’ll find other uses for them! As a makeup artist, it’s great to have a product like this in my kit since there’s a wide range in colors and undertones and I can use them for different purposes. If you’re a MUA looking for a new highlighter palette, I definitely recommend picking this up! Anastasia Beverly Hills has a great program for professional makeup artists too, so you may want to look into that if you do this stuff for a living.

Since this is can be used for different things, I’m going to get pretty detailed in the application section, so just keep scrolling if you want to see the individual reviews and photos!

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

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Photo taken with natural daylight.

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Photo taken in a lightbox with studio lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

I’m going to include a swatch photo using my indoor studio lighting tomorrow once I get things fixed!

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Kitty Kat

Kitty Kat:   This shade is described as a “pink with a platinum reflect” and is a medium, warm toned peachy pink with a cooler toned, platinum shimmer. The texture of Kitty Kat felt incredibly buttery and glided on with no fallout. Color payoff and coverage are both great and this looks just like it does in the pan without having to use much product. The color really comes through even when using a lighter type of application too, which is nice. I didn’t notice any fading until about the 7-8 hour mark when worn on the face or eyes.

Dupes:   Starburst, from the ABH Gleam Glow Kit is close, but it’s less shimmery and also less pink than Kitty Kat. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is similar, but is darker and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Young

Forever Young:   ABH describes this highlighter as a “pink pearl with a silver reflect”. It is a light, pretty neutral toned pinky-nude with a cool toned, silvery sheen. Forever Young has a creamy texture and seems to have less, or more finely milled shimmer particles in it than some of the other highlighters in this Glow Kit, so it applies very easily and has zero fallout. It has fantastic color payoff no matter how light handed you are and full coverage when applied more heavily. Wear time was about 8 hours before I had any fading occur on the face/cheeks, and it lasted around 7 hours on the eyes.

Dupes:   Tourmaline, from the Sundipped Glow Kit, is in the same type of color family, but it’s quite a bit darker and cooler toned. Becca’s Opal Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector is also close, but is slightly warmer and has more of a rose-gold undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daydream

Daydream:   On the website, the shade is said to be a “coral with a white gold reflect”, which is very accurate. It’s a medium, warm toned peachy-coral with a warm, creamy-golden sheen. Daydream has the more intense type of shimmer/micro-glitter in it so while it feels smooth, it’s also a little more dry than something like Forever Young, but still applies easily and doesn’t cause any fallout. It was a nice surprise to see what intense pigmentation this has when applied, even lightly, since that’s so rare with this type of color. Coverage is anywhere from light to fully opaque but due to how pigmented this shade is, I recommend using a light hand if you’re on the fairer side of the skintone spectrum… In MAC terms, I’m NC15 and made the mistake of going in too heavily with this product, which made me a little more peachy than I wanted to be! This lasted on me for 8 hours on both the eyes and face before it began to fade.

Dupes:   Taffy, from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, is very close but is a bit lighter and more golden/less coral. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is much more pink. Daydream is honestly pretty unique, so it’s tricky to find a dupe for!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Lit

Forever Lit:   Anastasia Beverly Hills describes this as a “platinum with a lavender reflect”… It is a very light, creamy white gold/platinum with neutral to cool undertones overall, but the lavender reflects make it look truly cool toned once applied. It seems to have very few, if any, micro-glitter particles in it so it feels incredibly creamy. Color payoff is superb, especially for a highligher this light. The only difference between how it looks in the pan vs once it’s applied is, like I mentioned, how the undertone of the sheen makes it look much cooler on the skin than it does in the palette. Also, due to this being so light and cool toned, if you have a dark to deep, warmer skintone, this color may be a little too cool for the cheeks unless you’re looking for a light, iridescent look, so just make sure you use a light hand with Forever Lit at first! Coverage is fully opaque if you want it to be, or it can give you a very soft, ethereal glow when applied lightly. I had no fading until I had this on for about 8-9 hours.

Dupes:   I didn’t really find anything similar to Forever Lit… I’m thinking that something from the Moonchild Glow Kit might be close, but I don’t have that one to compare it to yet! I’m ordering it tonight, though, so I’ll let you know if I find a dupe in there!

From the Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is much more yellow/golden and is slightly darker. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is also darker and more golden, and same with Sunburst from the That Glow Glow Kit. Crushed Pearl, from the Gleam Glow Kit is also a little darker, but is more neutral to almost warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Ice Cold Skin Frost is the lightest highlighter that I have and it’s even a little darker, warmer, and more creamy/golden in color. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish is very light, like Forever Lit, but is much more iridescent and purple.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Glo Getter

Glo Getter:   This is described as a “champagne with a rose reflect” and is a medium, warm toned, champagne shade with a warm, rose gold sheen. The texture feels buttery, probably because this highlighter has some shimmery particles in it but not so much as a few of the other shades in this palette do. It applies easily and evenly with true-to-pan color payoff and full coverage even when using little product, so if you have a fairer skin tone you’ll want to use a lighter hand! I got about 8 hours of wear on both the eyes and face with Glo Getter.

Dupes:   From ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit, Bubbly is close but has no micro-shimmer to it and is also a bit lighter and more tan, as well as less warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is cooler toned and darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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143:   ABH refers to this as a “rose gold with a bronze reflect”… It’s a medium, neutral to warm toned soft bronze color with a warmer, rose gold sheen. This one has a fair amount of micro-shimmer to it and felt drier than the others in this Glow Kit, but it still applied alright as a highlighter. It is, however, the only one I had any type of dustiness with, which caused a small amount of fallout when applied dry as an eye shadow. Color payoff is good but it looks lighter and warmer on the skin than it does in the pan. Coverage wasn’t full, but this is likely due to the drier texture. This problem is easily solved by applying this damp if you’re looking to use it as an eye shadow. Wear time was about 7 hours before it got patchy or faded on the cheek. On the eyes, I got just over 6 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   From the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit, Bronzed looks sort of similar in the pan but is much darker and cooler once applied. Bubbly, from the That Glow Glow Kit, actually looks pretty close once applied but it’s a bit lighter and less pigmented. It also has no shimmery particles. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is the closest dupe I found and is only very slightly cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

With MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection, there were three brand new Fluidlines released. I only purchased It’s Physical because, well, it just caught my eye! The other two are gorgeous too, but I didn’t really feel the need to get them.

Chilled is a light, warm golden type of color that’s pretty, but not something I feel like is wearable all the time. It looks best with something else on anyone that’s lighter than a darker type of skin tone. I would have bought Our Secret but it looks super similar to Eclair Pro Longwear Paint Pot, which I have two of and use as eye liner anyway!

Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos and review for It’s Physical!

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MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners, but this gel formula is thicker so I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t recommend these for the waterline, especially these shimmery ones, but they do wear well on both the upper and lower lashlines.

For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and get this liner!

The Fluidlines from the Magnetic Nude collection are available now and were released online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at stores and counter on Thursday, December 26th. These are limited edition products but as far as I know, the Fluidlines are all still available online and seem to still be around at most retail locations. These sell for the usual $16 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. It's Physical Swatched on NC15 skin.

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It’s Physical Swatched on NC15 skin.

It’s Physical:   This Fluidline is described as being a “brown with purple pearl” and has a shimmery finish. The base is a neutral, medium-dark taupey brown with a hint of a grayish undertone, while the shimmery part is multidimensional with warmer pinkish purple microshimmer particles. It looks darker and more intense in the pot than it does when applied, but the color payoff is still good. I did notice that the thinner the wing, the more it just looks like a plain, taupey brown and the less shimmer it has. Coverage was good, though only about 80% opaque on first swipe. It does build well without flaking, though. Even with the microshimmer, the texture was very smooth and glided on easily. As with most Fluidlines, I got about 12 hours of wear before any smudging or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Added Goodness Fluidline from the Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection is close but not quite a perfect dupe… It’s warmer, darker, and more brown. I went through all of my eye liners, pencils and Fluidlines alike, and I couldn’t find anything else similar!!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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 atwww.maccosmetics.com 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

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 atwww.maccosmetics.com 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

 

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 one of my favorites, Amorous Alloy.

Amorous Alloy

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.

Amorous Alloy Label

 

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th online at www.maccosmetics.com 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.

Amorous Alloy 1

 

Amorous Alloy 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Amorous Alloy swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Amorous Alloy swatched dry on NC15 skin.

Amorous Alloy:   This Extra Dimension Eye Shadow is described as a “deep terracotta copper”… It’s a medium-dark, warm coppery color with reddish-terracotta undertones. The finish ranges from a soft sheen to a truly metallic look, depending on application. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much like it does in the pan, while coverage is equally fantastic. It felt creamy and smooth to apply, whether I was patting it on my lid or blending into the crease. Wear time by itself was a little over 6 hours before any creasing or fading occurred, and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. 

Dupes:   The closest permanent dupe for this is Mythology Eye Shadow, but it’s still considerably lighter and more coppery/orange.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC has had Pressed Pigments as part of their permanent range for a little over a year but last week they released some new colors and decided to repromote some of their current, permanent ones. This is still a relatively new formula that some people may not even realize exists, so I’m glad they decided to expand their color range and repromote this product!

Because there are so many of these, I’ll be posting these reviews in parts so it’s not one huge, overwhelming post! If you want to check out Part 1, click here: Pressed Pigments : Part 1. Enjoy Part 2 and check back for the other half of these posts!

Pressed Pigments Part 2

Pressed Pigments are their own type of product… They’re not like the loose pigments that many of you are probably used to. This is MAC’s description of this product:

“An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.”

To break that down, Pressed Pigments are a creamy feeling powder… They are not an actual cream product. They are extremely versatile, which I will get to in the next paragraph or two, and can be used for many purposes, which I will also explain. These are finely milled, though not as smooth as loose pigments are. The glitter/shimmer particles range from small to, well, not to small, which tends to be the biggest factor in how smoothly these apply, either dry or damp. Overall, I love these and I like how shimmery they are and how they can be applied for a soft wash of color and shine or applied so that your eyelid looks like an intense, bright little disco ball. Also, as far as the “handle with care” part goes… Do just that. These break easily if dropped and can crack if you dig at them with a spatula or anything, so be gentle with your Pressed Pigments!

This is a product that you have to work with in order to appreciate… But don’t let that scare you away from trying these out! It’s not your average eye shadow and doesn’t usually apply easily when treated like it’s one. Typically, when I apply these to the eye, I use them damp because it wears longer and goes on with little to no fallout (you know, that glittery fairy vomit that ends up below your eyes). Applied to the face, lip, or even body (like the collarbone) as a highlight, I tend to use these dry because I don’t want that super glittery intensity.

APPLICATION TIPS: Aside from the typical damp,dry applications, here are a few other tips for you…

1) Wear a primer underneath your Pressed Pigment, whether you apply it dry or damp. This will make it wear longer and prevent any creasing. My favorites are MAC Paint Pots or Pro Longwear Paint Pots. You can use a neutral color like Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Groundwork, or use one that has some shine and color to it that will match, intensify, or even transform the color of the Pressed Pigment (Blackground is a nice one if you wanna intensify or transform… Seriously, play around with it and see what happens).

2) Apply Pressed Pigments to the lid AFTER you do your crease or blending colors that will go around it. Or apply them VERY carefully after you put your Pressed Pigment on. When you use a fluffy blending brush, like a MAC 217 or 222 on or around a Pressed Pigment, it’s going to spread the shimmer/glitter particles to areas that you may not want them.

3) Aside from your typical damp or dry use with a brush, you can apply these dry with your fingers. If you do this, gently swipe your finger over the Pressed Pigment, but don’t dig it in there with too much pressure (this smashes down the powder and hardens it)… By applying with your finger, it’s going to warm up the product and mix it with the natural oils on your skin. When you apply it to the eyelid like this, it feels super creamy and gives good coverage and color payoff with a very smooth application. You can also use this technique for a highlight on the tops of the cheekbones or anywhere you want a glow to the face, just make sure you don’t load up too much product on your fingertip. Oh! And you can tap a little on the center of your lip for a shimmery pouty look ;)

DAMP USE:   You will get the most intense color payoff and shimmer/sheen if you use Pressed Pigments with a dampened brush. When you use them like this, it also lessens the chance that you’ll have any issues with fallout below the eye. The trick with these is using the right brush! When you apply these damp to the eyelid, I suggest using a MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush, which was released with the Pressed Pigments. You can also use a MAC 239 or 242 (my personal favorite)… A MAC 249, 252, or 287 will work for larger lids, while for more detail or a smaller lid, you can use a  MAC 212, 231, 228, or 214. Basically, you want a brush that’s somewhat flat and dense, and the more dense your brush is, the more product it will apply. Also, the smoother and flatter the brush, the smoother the application will be. After you choose which brush to use, you will want to dampen the brush with something like MAC Fix + Spray or Water Base Mixing Medium (from MAC PRO). Once the brush is dampened, swipe it across one area of the Pressed Pigment and tap off excess product. TIP: Only use one area of the Pressed Pigment as a designated “damp area” so it does not create a sort of crust on the rest of the product, which can make it difficult to use dry. I usually use a small area at the top of each one so I remember where my damp spot is. Also, try not to spray the product itself, as it will surely form a crust and can promote the growth of bacteria (gross!). To prevent bacteria growth after damp use, lightly spray your Pressed Pigment with rubbing alcohol when it’s dry, then use a tissue to gently wipe off the top layer of product.

DRY USE:  When used dry, Pressed Pigments aren’t usually as intense for either color payoff or sheen/glitter and appear more as a soft wash of color and shimmer. I recommend using the same brushes for dry application on the eyelid, but make sure you tap off excess product to avoid fallout. These don’t apply all that well with a fluffy type of brush and will give you fallout if you use a brush like that or try to blend them too much. Another dry use for the more natural skin tone-like shades of Pressed Pigments is as a highlighter below the brow, on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of nose, above the cupid’s bow of your lip, even on the collarbone, etc… Anywhere you want some shimmer and glow. For an application like this, you can use a dense brush or a fluffier brush, depending on how much shimmer and color you want. My favorite brushes for this type of application are the MAC 286 and 288 Duo Fibre brushes… The 286 if fluffier and domed, so it will give you a lighter application, while the 288 is more dense and flat and will apply the Pressed Pigment a bit more heavily. For a super light highlight application, use a Duo Fibre fan brush, like a MAC 184 (from MAC PRO).

Okay, now that I’ve explained all of that, I’ll tell you where you can get these babies! Pressed Pigments were released last Thursday, August 1st, so they’re available now online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Some of these are limited edition, while some will be staying in the permanent range, which I will specify in each review. Each Pressed Pigment contains 3 g / .10 US oz of product and sells for $21.

Pressed Pigments Part 2 Labels

Left: Dry     Right: Damp Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Left: Dry                               Right: Damp
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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pressed Pigments swatched on NC20 skin.

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst:   This is described as a “purple with silver undertone”… It’s a light, cool toned lavender color with loads of silvery shimmer. It’s not the smoothest applying of all the Pressed Pigments, but it’s still pretty. The color payoff is very subtle when applied dry and it did give a bit of fallout. When applied damp, the color payoff and coverage improved, but still wasn’t opaque or intense. I do like this Pressed Pigment but I feel like it’s best as a soft all over lid color and looks best when paired up with darker, more dramatic colors in the crease. You can also use Amethyst on the lips, especially with light, cool pink or lavender lips, for an added pop of shimmer in the very center of your lip!

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming

Beaming:   Beaming was limited edition and released nearly a year ago with the Face & Body collection, but some locations do still have this in stock, so it’s worth picking up if you can! It’s warm, medium golden brown with some tan/coppery tones and fine shimmer particles. Dry, it has good color payoff, applies smoothly, and gives very good, though not 100% opaque coverage. Applied damp, Beaming shows more of the coppery tones, becomes more metallic, and gives even better color payoff and complete coverage. If you can find this Pressed Pigment, get it! It’s really beautiful, especially for summer and fall! Beaming can also be used as a highlight on the cheeks or body for warm, medium-dark to deep skintones.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape

Black Grape:   Black Grape is a “deep aubergine with multi pearl”… In the pan, it looks like a slightly purple, silvery black but once it’s applied, it really transforms! When applied dry, it’s a medium-dark plummy black with lots of shimmer, good color payoff, and great coverage. Dampened, this is a medium-dark to dark, cool toned, blackened plum with a nearly metallic, pearly finish. Damp, I got completely opaque coverage and intense color payoff. Either dry or damp, it applies smoothly with little to no fallout. Black Grape is one of the colors that has been added to the permanent line of Pressed Pigments… It’s perfect for a new twist on a smoky eye!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow

Blue Willow:   This is a “light icy blue” with a super shimmery, frosted finish. It’s a light, cool toned, aqua-tinged blue with oodles of shimmer particles that aren’t as fine they are in some other Pressed Pigments… Unfortunately, that seems to make this apply a little unevenly. Dry, this is pretty sheer and doesn’t give a lot of color payoff. Applied damp, this gives better, although not completely opaque, coverage and much better color payoff. Dampened, Blue Willow also becomes nearly metallic and gives a very frosty type of finish. Blue Willow is part of MAC’s permanent range of Pressed Pigments.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Damson

Damson

Damson

Damson

Damson:   Damson is a “deep brown with gold pearl” and is, unfortunately, one of the limited edition Pressed Pigments that was recently released. It’s a beautiful, warm toned, bronzed brown with some maroon/plum undertones and a golden bronze shimmer. In the pan it looks waaaaay more bronze than it is once applied… When you apply Damson dry, it gives good color payoff but isn’t opaque and appears as a medium, warm golden bronze with plenty of shimmer. Applied damp, it gives fully opaque coverage and fantastic color payoff, bringing out the plum/maroon bronze tones. Damson applied very smoothly both dry and damp and gave me little to no fallout.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5