Well December was a heck of a busy month for us all - holidays, parties and MAC released two different collections on the same day as well as limited edition 'Huggable' lip colours. Whew! No wonder so many of us are opting for vacation, or at least on a very strict budget now in the new year.
This post is to talk about one of the collections that MAC released right after Christmas - no literally right after, on the 26th of December - their 'Magnetic Nudes' Limited Edition Collection. I was so excited about this collection, not only because I have been on this Nude makeup kick lately, but also because the powder products are 'Extra Dimension' formula. If you know about this formula from past collections, than you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you have not heard of their Extra Dimension formula, basically it's a liquid to powder hybrid formula and the colours are prismatic and layered so there's depth and dimension in the shade. So you can just imagine the colour payoff and effect it gives when applied.
This is a beautiful collection of soft metallics and neutral shades that are perfect to wear during the rest of the winter season but are still super on trend with how hot Nudes are right now. It was perfect timing to launch this soft, beautiful collection at the same time they launched a hard, punky one - Punk Couture (to see my MAC Punk Couture Haul, Swatches and Look, click here). MAC just aims to please by launching two extremely opposite collections, hey I'm not complaining ;).
Here's what I got from this Collection:
'Autoerotique' Extra Dimension Blush - This is described as a 'Dirty Coral Rose' colour, which it indeed is a medium to medium deep, coral pink. It has a soft satin finish as expected from their Extra Dimension formula, it's very buttery and had great colour payoff. Super pigmented, a little goes a long way. I love the warm undertones, and the muddy pink is perfect for the Winter season and into early Spring. The softness of this formula makes it super easy to apply and blend, surprisingly long wearing as well. I thought it wouldn't last as long on my face but wore well for 8 hours, with some patching in the last half hour. The more I stare at this blush, the more I fall in love with it! It has such a subtle shimmer to it, its so pretty and gives a great effect and dimension to the colour. I usually obsess over blushes and this will be no exception!
Silver Dawn' Extra Dimension Eye Shadow - Talk about Extra Dimension! This colour was the most interesting for me out of the whole collection. This is described as a 'Dirty Grey Mauve' but I would say that its a meduim deep, neutral to cool taupe with subtle shimmer and a metallic finish. I love this dark taupe-y colour, its a great alternative to black for a smokey eye (as demenstrated in one of the looks below). I love that because it looks more brown when paired with certain colours and more grey with others. Makes it a very verstile colour, one that I want to keep in my kit. I might buy backups of the shadows because of how beautiful they are and how well they work with all colours!
'A Natural Flirt' Extra Dimension Eye Shadow - This was the first item in the collection that I knew I had to have from the first time I saw it online. This is described as a 'Iridescent Light Pink', it is a pale warm pinky peach colour with a gold frost and metallic finish. Really pretty pink colour, great for highlighting and brightening. Love that this a more pink version of 'Naked' Pigment, both work amazingly well as a cheek highlight as well. I love this colour, perfect for Bridal makeup and perfect to polish off any nude makeup look! I'm 100% going back for another one of these babies, I've used it everyday since I brought it home. By this rate I'll need backups of my backups for this one!
'Close Contact' Amplified Creme Lipstick - Although I loved all the lipstick colours that they released in this collection, this was the only one that looked good and I could pull off. I can't resist a good peachy-beige nude! I almost always buy 'the nude colour' in every collection MAC releases. This is described as a 'Creamy Peach' colour. It's a medium light beige peach with opaque colour coverage and a creamy finish. This is a deeper than 'Myth' or 'Creme d' Nude'. I love this colour, nudes are so perfect to wear with any colour combination, any occasion, any time! This colour wears well for 4 hours (5 and a half with lipliner) and the creamy consistancy kept my lips soft and the colour soft. Nothing like a good nude lip, I'm obsessed!!
'Chilled' Fluidline Eye Liner - Love the shimmer and glitter in this one, it definitely caught my eye quick! This is described as a ' Frosted White Gold', it looks more pale pinky-peach with gold shimmer and pearl in the pot, but when applied appears more white-gold. This colour just screams 'Winter Wonderland' but not in a frigid cold kind of way - but more in a 'lets get cozy' kind of way. So pretty to wear on its own, great for under the bottom lashline, layered over other colours - there are so many possibilities!
'Our Secret' Fluidline Eye Liner - This is the Fluidline that I was first interested in, its so soft and pretty! This is described as a 'Metallic Brown with a Red Pearl'. Its a soft, medium warm brown with a very subtle red pearl finish. Super pretty for a non sparkle brown liner option, I ABSOLUTELY love it on people with brown eyes, it just intensifies the warm tones in their eyes. Its so pretty and neutral to wear as everyday liner. I'm all about the brown liner lately, this has been the eye liner I have been reaching for most.
'It's Physical' Fluidline Eye Liner - Now you might understand why I had a hard time choosing between the Fluidline's - here's another beautiful brown liner that makes me crazy because it's so pretty! This is described as a 'Brown with a Purple Pearl' colour. It has a deep brown base with large purple shimmer and a pearl finish. How pretty, right? So pretty! I love that this one has a little more presence than 'Our Secret', its the purple shimmer. Great to compliment brown and green eyes, perfect to wear on its own or with other neutrals or purples. I have a strange feeling that I will end up back at my MAC store buying all three Fluidlines! (Swatches from top to bottom in photo: It's Physical, Our Secret and Chilled.)
As much as I wanted to buy everything, there's no way I could - especially right after Christmas. I love, love LOVE this collection! Its so pretty, perfect shades to make everyone happy and the Extra Dimension formula just puts it over the edge! I feel like this collection is so underrated and it's my mission to let everyone know how beautiful it all actually is! If I do end up buying more of this collection (I might go back for an Extra Dimension Skinfinsh and I had my eye on a gloss too), I will make sure to add them to the post. So crazy in love with everything I got and have been wearing it non stop! Can't stop! Won't Stop!
Here are some lipstick swatch comparisons for 'Close Contact':
(Top - Bottom: MAC 'Fresh Brew', MAC 'Pure Decoration', MAC 'Altered Beige', MAC 'Close Contact')
For my first look, I decided to keep things really nice and simple. Benefit Porefessional Primer and MAC 'Painterly' Pro Longwear Paint Pot on my eyes as a primer. MAC Mineralize and Pro Longwear liqiud foundations with a little bit of MAC Studio Sculpt foundation where I needed it. MAC Mineralize Skinfinsh Natural powder to set. MAC 'Nude on Board' Bronzer for my contour. MAC 'Quite Natural' Pro Longwear Paint Pot for my brows with MAC Pro Longwear concealer to correct them. For my eyes I used MAC 'Saffron' (LE) eyeshadow on my crease and outer lid. Urban Decay 'Dark Horse' Eyeshadow from Naked 1 Palette on the inner 'V' and blended a bit into the crease. MAC 'A Natural Flirt' Extra Dimension Eyeshadow all over the lid and MAC 'Vanilla' Pigment on the inner corner and on my brow bone. Jessie's Girl Liquid Eyeliner and Clinque High Impact Mascara. My cheeks are MAC 'Hibiscus Kiss' (LE) Bronzer / Blush combo for my blush and MAC 'Adored' (LE) Mineralize Skinfinish as my highlight. On my lips I have MAC 'Boldly Bare' Lip Pencil blended with MAC 'Close Contact' lipstick.
My Second Look, My foundation, bronzer and brow products are all the same and applied the same as my first look. For my eyes I used MAC 'Silver Dawn' Extra Dimension Eye Shadow all over my lid and under my lower lash line. I then applied Urban Decay's 'Buck' Eyeshadow on my crease and under my lower lash line, and blended that into where I have 'Silver Dawn' colour with MAC 'Saffron' (LE) Eyeshadow. MAC 'A Natural Flirt' on my inner corner and brow bone. On my cheeks I have MAC 'Autoerotique' Extra Dimension Blush and 'A Natural Flirt' Extra Dimension Eye Shadow as my highlight. On my lips, I have the same combo of MAC 'Boldy Bare' Lip Pencil with 'Close Contact' Liptick.
Let me know what look you liked better and if you would try to recreate these looks in the comments box below this post! What did you think of the collection and what did you get? I would love to know your thoughts and how you much you are loving what you got, in the comments box below! Are you as gaga over these nudes as I am? I cannot get off this kick, and I'm LOVING it!
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Feeling Nude-y, in my own naughty way!