Apr 182013

Mac Nudes & Metallics Group 21

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.

MAC Nudes & Metallics group 11

This review looks at the four Nude eyeshadowsBare Minimum, Glimpse of Flesh, Body Conscious and Exposed ($15 each). All have a nicely pigmented Satin finish.

Mac Nudes Group 11

MAC Bare Minimum is a wear-with-everything soft beige with a soft satin texture. 

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MAC Bare Minimum

MAC Glimpse of Flesh is a warm sandy nude.

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Glimpse of Flesh

MAC Body Conscious is soft warm brown that leans slightly peach.

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Body Conscious

MAC Exposed is a mid-tone brown with a slight touch of red.

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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:

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MAC Nudes Swatched

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.

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MAC Nudes Swatched

Overall, this is a nicely affordable range of everyday shades, with a good consistent quality for fuss-free application. The Metallics are reviewed here.

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  2 Responses to “MAC PRO Nudes & Metallics: The Nudes Swatched and Reviewed”

  1. I love the eyeshadows. I called up Mac and they til me the collection was postponed. How did u receive it?

    • I purchased this from a MAC Pro store. I believe that MAC online is releasing the collection in June. However, if you call a MAC Pro store they can assist you.

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