MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow in Retrograde and Higher Power

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow in Retrograde and Higher Power

And now, I bring to you the strangest new invention from MAC Cosmetics… the Spellbinder Shadows! These are rich, velvety loose powder pigments that sit in a magnetized glass jar. More on the texture and application in a bit.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

 

The two shades I received were on the deeper end of the spectrum. I got Retrograde, a greyed black. And…

 

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

Higher Power, a bronzey brown.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

Now these have the strangest texture since this is essentially a loose pigment powder sticking to magnets. You can bounce your fingers on them, like I did above, and pick up a ton of pigment (much like a creamy bouncy shadow).

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

After playing around with these, the pigments just sort of bounce back into place. You can see above, I have depressed my finger and rubbed the pigments all over. You can barely tell.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

Shown are 2x swatches of Retrograde and Higher Power. The black shade is a bit patchy and, sadly, I didn’t have much of a chance to play with it before leaving for NYC (hi, I’m in New York right now!!!). Higher Power though, it’s so pretty and sparkly.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

For the look above, I just used my finger to apply Higher Power dry to the lid. Maybe not the best decision because I think using a stiff brush with a spritz of Fix+ would have given me more control and pigmentation.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

I do like the multi-dimensional finish of these shadows and they apply so soft and smooth on the lid. It really does feel like velvet. Paired here with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eye Palette, a recent IMATS purchase.

MAC Cosmetics Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power Retrograde review

The MAC Spellbinder shadows will pop up online Oct 13 and in stores Oct 20. I would definitely recommend playing with these in store first since there is nothing quite like them!

 

*Press sample

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  • hmm these look only ok on application. i was super excited when i heard about this ’cause..new things! but i’m not seeing amazing performance unfortunately. wetting the brush would make a difference htough i think. yes to the fix -it applicationg

    • Damp spongetip applicator is MAGICAL. I think I may do a follow-up post.

  • What in the world…. CRAZY!

    • So I’ve been playing with these and a damp sponge applicator and OMG gorgeous.

  • I would get these just to poke at them with a brush all day!

    • Yea I play with these a lot when applying. I poke and smush with my finger!