I had the pleasure of swatching and playing with all of the new goodies that MAC just released on April 5, 2012. I want to start out by saying that I am not typically one to get caught up in the hype of all of these special collections that MAC comes out with regularly. So, that being said, my rave reviews are even more of an indication that these new releases are truly worthwhile to check out. I was not too surprised that some of the new items are already sold out online, but I was surprised that they were already selling out in my store on the April 5.
I do not have a full MAC store anywhere near me, so unfortunately I could only go to a counter. Not all of the shades, and products were there, so I did miss out on some items. I tried out all of the new collections that were available there. The two that really caught my eye the most were the Reel Sexy line, and the In Extra Dimension line. I did not go too crazy this time, but I did play around with all of the testers enough to be able to tell you with absolute certainty that I love most of what I saw/tried.
Although I only ended up with one item from the Reel Sexy line, I must say that all of those products were so lovely! The Magenta blush was really something special, but I just knew that I wouldn't use enough for it to be worth it. All of the bright colors are so fun and vibrant, and completely on track with this season's fashion trends. The only item that I have from this collection is a lipstick in Reel Sexy. It is an amplified finish, and is absolutely divine! It is so creamy, and I am impressed with the lasting power. Now this is one item that is sold out in my store, and online, so if you're interested in this one, you will want to get a move on it soon! :P The other lipstick and glosses that I saw were amazing as well. I also loved the eye shadow duos. Overall, you could have a lot of fun with the colors from this collection!
The In Extra Dimension line was everything that I could have hoped for, and more! Now words can describe how much I love the new formula. It is so smooth and creamy, and it just glides onto you skin and blends in seamlessly. The colors all have a wonderful amount of shimmer that isn't too much, it is just perfect.
I had a battle with myself over whether I should get any of the eye shadows. The shades that these came in were so similar to many of the shadows that I already own. I do love the quality of these, but I would hate to get hooked on new shadows and let the older ones go to waste. I am happy to report that I do have one eye shadow though. I got Modern Pewter,and it is a color that is unlike anything that I own. It is an amazing olive green metallic color. This shadow will be great alone, but can be even more wonderful when paired with other complimentary colors. Today, I paired it with two other eye shadows that were fairly matte and I think that the finished look ended up looking really beautiful. I also recommend Blue Orbit (deep blue) and Grand Galaxy (deep purple.) I was so impressed with both of those colors, I could not get over all of the different looks that I could make with them. They are so smooth and pigmented, those two shades were really hard to walk away from! The price of these shadows is $20 for 2 grams, whereas the regular eye shadows cost $15 for 1.5 grams. So these are bigger, but a little pricier as well. Overall, I'd say that for the quality, they are well worth the price.
I was also super impressed with the Extra Dimension Highlighters. There are three colors. As of right now, (9pm on April 6, 2012) two of the three highlighters are already sold out online. Again, I cannot stress enough how quickly these are selling out! The three shades are all extremely pretty and highly pigmented. A little goes a long way I've found. I have Superb which was the middle shade. The lighter one is called Whisper of Gilt, and the darker/bronze one is called Glorify. I just adore Superb, and it something that I will probably end up wearing every single day! My pictures did not pick it up very well, but it's there, I promise. The price of these is $29 for 9 grams. As a point of reference, a Mineralize Skinfinish will cost $29 for 10 grams. So there is a slight quantity difference, but since these Extra Dimension ones are so pigmented, you really need very little product to make an impact.
Yes to Cucumbers Eye Gel
Yes to Tomatoes Moisturizer
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer-Bronzing
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow liquid foundation in Petal
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Fair
Maybelline Dream Matte in Light 4-5
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC In Extra Dimension Modern Pewter
Smashbox Brow Tech in Taupe
Lorac Front of the Line Pro in Black
Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing and Thickening Mascara
MAC Extra Dimension Highlighter in Superb
Cargo Reverse Lip Liner
MAC Reel Sexy
Bare Minerals Buxom lip gloss in Krystal
All of the pictures of my makeup were taken over four hours after I applied everything.