Mega Metal Shadow Review

Hi Guys & Dolls!

Finally I’m reviewing MAC’s latest Eyeshadow formula: Mega Metal Shadow! The Mac Website described these as:

“A colour-rich, light-reflecting gleam combined with a creamy application that invites blending, layering, shaping, while remaining crease-resistant. A brilliant choice for all those seeking the ultimate metallic finish.”

I bought 6 of these shadows and overall I’m pretty impressed. They seem to swatch true to color, though some appear to be more pigmented than others. These call to mind Veluxe Pearl and Starflash shadows- smooth and shimmery. I don’t know if all of them are what I would call Mega Metal- they are more like smooth shimmery shadows. When I think metallic I think Woodwinked, Amber Lights; The Red side of Danger Zone, the deep Blue side of Sea & Sky. I feel like once you blend these out they loose their metallic-ness. Speaking of blending- these blend effortlessly, and I don’t remember fallout being anything out of the norm during application; In fact I think it was minor. They seem to be pressed harder than most shimmer shadows, though they are a tiny bit flaky when  you swirl a brush in them. These remind me of the the “Overrich” pigments MAC did a few years ago (they’ve since incorporated a few of these pigments into the regular line) I’m quite pleased with these and I’d love to see these become perm, or perhaps a re-launch with more jewel tones. I’d LOVE a deep clean emerald, a gold as pigmented as Paparazz-she, a Red similar to the one in the Danger Zone Trio, A brighter purple than Noir Plum, a pure Black… Please MAC!

Here’s a breakdown of the colors I have:

Peek-At-You: This shadow is a cooler version of Ricepaper. On my skin this is the sheerest in the bunch. I love it because it’s a shimmery highlight that will go with nearly everything with out overpowering it.  I’ve been using it a lot with Vanilla eyeshadow over and under it (I love mixing highlight shades)

Top Of The Posh: the MAC website describes this as a “Frosted white pink”. I’d say it’s a light bubble-gum pink with white/gold shimmer. On darker skins this would a great brow highlight and I think most people could use this as a face highlighter a la Motif eyeshadow. I’ve been using this onthe inner corners, the lid and on my cheeks.

Tweet Me: How cute is that name? This is a peachy-warm gold. It’s very similar (though not as metallic, or as orange as) Melon Pigment. I rarely wear Melon because it seems to “travel” on my eyelid, and it can overwhelm my skin tone sometimes.  I’ve been getting a kick out of wearing this one, which is a less in-your-face version. I’ve been wearing this as an innder corner pop and on the lid with Center Stage in the crease (along with best-friend colors like Brown Script, or Folie etc).

Paparazz-She: “I NEED THIS!” Those are the exact words that came out of my mouth the second I swatched this. Then I think I drooled a little. Paparazz-She is so richly pigmented, it makes the others seem tame by comparison. This is a burnt-rust orange bronze. Many have compared this to Amber Lights but to me they are very different. This was my must- have and it goes amazing with lots of different colors 🙂

Center Stage: Shimmery Chocolate Brown. This one is interesting becasue when you bend it out it seems cool-tones, and when you pack it on it has a warmer shimmer. I love this color and I wish it came in a smaller size for my kit palette. Because it can go cool or warm you can wear it with pretty much any color depending on how you apply it.

Odalisque: Deep Teal. This one has the tiniest gold sparkles in the pan but the shimmer is pretty smooth on the eye. For me this is more blue-toned than Teal pigment. I’ve played around with this one the least because blues can be challenging for me, but I’ve found a GREAT look for this one (or any teal shadow you have) and I’m going to share that combo with you guys later this month.

Clockwise from the top:

Center Stage, Top of the Posh, Paparazz-She, Odalisque, Tweet Me, and Peek and You Mega Metal Shadows

L-R:  Paparazz-she, Tweet Me, Odalisque, Peek-At-You, Center Stage and Top of the Posh.

These shadows sell for $19.50 for 3.4 Gm (Regular MAC shadows are $14.50 for 1.3-1.5 gm.) I’d say given the size these are an incredible value, and well worth the $19.50! My Must- Haves are Paparazz-she, Center Stage, and Top of the Posh, for their versatility and uniqueness.

Where to buy: A MAC store/counter near you, or at the MAC webite.

Have a Beautiful day! Remember to be Vintage Or Tacky, just be yourself.

Nothing to disclose- everything in this post was purchased by me, and I was not influenced my any person or company.

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  1. lex
    January 15, 2011 / 12:02 am

    I’ve been wearing top of the posh as a cheek highlight every day. This stuff rocks!

  2. Mia
    February 1, 2011 / 9:05 pm

    Beautiful colors, blend great – fade like crazy

  3. February 9, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    Haha I have the same thing with Paparazz-she! When I saw swatshes on Temptalia I knew I was going to buy this colour. So of course I bought on the first day this Collection came out in the Netherlands.

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