Every now and then, a product lands on my doorstep that is so stellar, it makes me wish that I was a fully trained MUA to reap the full benefits of it. I’m talking about MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadows.
When I opened the packages, I just stared at the beautiful iridescent shades in wonder! Aphrodisiac in particular took my breath away. The deepest cobalt blue (I’m such a sucker for a blue smoky eye), the shadow looked like magnetized powders I used to screw around with in chemistry class. Dynamically Charged was the other shadow I received – a beautiful mix of taupe and mink that has such depth, I couldn’t wait to try it.
The Spellbinder line is based on black, ionized pigments that are indeed magnetically charged. The charge fuses the loose powder together for a “furry, velvet” effect. They feel like regular shadows when I dipped a finger in them (bad, I know – but I had to see), but look like loose powders, similar to MAC’s Pigments.
Spellbinder Shadows are HIGHLY pigmented, so use a light touch when applying because a minute amount goes a very long way. They applied really evenly and easily, and gave a beautiful velvet-like effect. I fell in love with the deeply blue Aphrodisiac and I’m just waiting for the chance to wear it out on the town. A tip? Apply a generous amount of loose powder under your eyes when using these shadows because they are a little looser than regular shadows and some colour may fall onto your cheeks. The loose powder makes it easy to brush away any fallen product without colouring your cheeks.
MAC suggests using the 283 Duo Fibre Small Eye Shadow Brush – a small, rounded paddle brush that is excellent for these types of shadows. This brush makes it easy to deposit the colour using a slow tapping motion on the eyelid. Since I do not have this particular brush, I opted for my trusty 217 brush (which is probably why some of the colour fell onto my cheeks). It worked in a pinch though.
The MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Collection is available now online and in stores, so go check them out. I headed on over to the MAC Store recently to pick up Retrograde too, a fantastic metallic black that reminds me of the galaxy.
*Press samples sent to me in exchange for my honest opinion. Again, this stuff is amazing.