MAC is just releasing a Pro-only collection called Nudes & Metallics, which consists of coordinating eyeshadows and lipsticks. Essentially, the Nudes collection includes four light-to-dark shades in soft finishes. As the name suggests, the Metallics are richly pigmented, metal-shine colors. Although I do not typically buy much MAC, this pro release had the promise of satisfying my craving for neutrals with a twist, so I invested in the eyeshadows of this collection.
Details on this release are little hard to track down. According to Temptalia, the collection is MAC PRO store (4/18/13) and PRO Online only (mid June 2013). Non-PRO members should buy from a Pro store now, because non-pro members do not have access to the MAC Pro online site.
This review looks at the four Nude eyeshadows–Bare Minimum, Glimpse of Flesh, Body Conscious and Exposed ($15 each). All have a nicely pigmented Satin finish.
MAC Bare Minimum is a wear-with-everything soft beige with a soft satin texture.
MAC Glimpse of Flesh is a warm sandy nude.
MAC Body Conscious is soft warm brown that leans slightly peach.
MAC Exposed is a mid-tone brown with a slight touch of red.
I’m pleased to report that, as these satin textures are formulated for pro’s, MAC wasn’t messing around with this formula. These are nicely consistent among all four, and apply effortlessly with a decent brush (I used the MAC 217 on my eyes and really had a very easy time making a neutral, defined eye). Swatches:
These give a nice, soft sheen on the lid. These are for a nude look, not a neutral look. What does that mean? Notice that the lightest shade is not very light. Bare Minimum is not a true creamy or white “highlight” color. Also, this series of four does not go down very deep into the darker tonal range–Exposed is still in the mid-tone range. So hold on to your whites, creams and espresso-colored shadows if you want to add something a bit lighter in the corner or deeper in the crease.
Overall, this is a nicely affordable range of everyday shades, with a good consistent quality for fuss-free application. The Metallics are reviewed here.