MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power review and swatches.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Anyone who enjoys makeup, has had a love/hate relationship with eyeshadow pigments.  The color saturation is love at first swipe, but the unpressed messy format leaves much to be desired.  MAC Chocolate Brown (discontinued), was my first pigment, the rich warm brown color was euphoric; the smooth texture and seamless blending was enough to hook me for life.  Everything was going swimmingly until, my jar inexplicably made sudden contact with my pristine beige carpet.  Since that tragic day, a self-imposed ban on pigment purchases was immediately enforced.  Luckily, MAC Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/.8 g.) magnetized ionized pigments are said to, “cling to lids like velvet,” all the while remain in perfect form, without spillage.  Will these new incarnations attract or repel my attention?  You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy!

MAC Spellbound

MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

The Pros to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. Incredibly rich color.
  2. Blackened base color is combined with color pigments.
  3. Ionized pigments are magnetically charged and do not spill out of the container–even when turned upside down–metal plate at the base of the pigment keeps everything contained.
  4. Wave pattern returns to its original design, simply by taping the jar gently on any surface.
  5. Superb color saturation when used with a brush–flat synthetic or natural hair brushes work equally as well.
  6. Patting motions are a must for optimal color payoff.
  7. Very little product is needed.
  8. Can be used with a dampened brush for more intense results–although, not necessary.
  9. Removes easily without staining the skin.
  10. Performs spectacularly when placed over sticker bases, (i.e., shade sticks or glitter glue).
  11. Product is contained in a matte black glass jar.
  12. Very minimal, if not any, fall out.
  13. Magnetized pigments are easily wiped off skin.
  14. Formula does not contain parabens, or mineral oil.
  15. Comes in eight dark colors–part of the permanent collection.
  16. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Mac Spellbinder Shadows:

  1. The price/amount ratio of Spellbound Shadows ($22 USD/ .8 g) in comparison to regular MAC pigments ($22 USD/ 4.5 g) is highway robbery.
  2. Both colors have quite a noticeable reflective finish–clearly not for the office or mature lids.
  3. Formula does not apply well at all with fingers.
  4. Unlike regular pigments, Spellbinder Shadows do not adhere after blending–they will basically wipe off on the second swipe.
  5. On bare lids, the lasting power is roughly seven (7) hours before fading occurred–when placed over an eyeshadow stick (BB Taupe or MAC Long Wear Color Stick) the pigment lasted all day.
  6. Hooded eyes will experience color transfer due to the lightweight texture.
  7. When used damp, the color did not seem to adhere as securely as when used dry.  Color migrated up towards my orbital bone.
  8. This formula seems better suited for mobile lid use.  Crease work requires blending and these blend out into nothing.
  9. Opaque black container is chic, but specific color is not easily determined.
  10. Collection lacks lighter shades.
MAC Dynamically Charged

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Dynamically Charged

  • Dynamically Charged is admittedly, one of the most gorgeous taupe brown colors.  The intense finish hovers on the metallic side.  This is a great shade for all eye colors and most assuredly, for those who are looking to make a dramatic statement.  Personally, I have only applied this color to the mobile lid, but if one does not want that level of intensity, this can easily be utilized in the outer corners to add depth to any eye look.
  • In my experience, color migrated up toward my orbital bone when used with a dampened brush. Even though the pigment appeared more saturated in this state, the adhesion was somewhat compromised.  I can only deduce the technology/additional ingredients behind the ionized pigment formula are somewhat disturbed when dampened.
MAC Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

MAC Spellbinder Shadow

MAC Spellbinder Shadow Higher Power.

  • Higher Power is a burgundy/purple shade that will look particularly striking against lighter eye colors.  On my deep-set lids, this shade is very dark and sultry.  Paired with my brown eyes, the look can undoubtedly appear too overdone.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, in retrospect, my twenty-something self would have sported this shade everyday.  Presently, my forty-something self is rather content using this beauty as an outer corner color (see photos below).
MAC Spellbound

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

MAC Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

Wearing MAC Spellbinder Shadows Dynamically Charged and Higher Power.

  • For the above look, Dynamically Charged Spellbinder Shadow was patted on the mobile lid, over MAC Pro Long Wear Waterproof Stick in Sand Bar.  Higher Power Spellbinder Shadow was patted gently on the outer corners to add a bit more dimension.  Bobbi Brown Shade Stick in Taupe was applied on the lower waterline, with Chanel Calligraphie Gel liner (reviewed here) on the upper lash line.  Bobbi Brown Camel was placed thickly on the lower lash line and topped with a bronze shade from Eve Pearl Au Natural palette.  The lightest shade from the EP palette was also placed in the inner corners to lighten the look.
  • Lip combo is Colourpop Brink liner with Chanel 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink (reviewed here).
MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredients

MAC Spellbinder Shadow ingredient list.

 

**MAC Spellbinder Shadows are found at Nordstrom, Saks, Macys, maccosmetics.com, and anywhere MAC products are sold.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you MAC Spellbinder Shadows are some of the most innovative and bedazzling new releases in a long while.  The beautiful smoky essence of each shade and unique packaging is enough to make any one fall in lust.  The instant adoration is however, quickly brought to an abrupt reality by the cost/amount ratio, delicate nature of application and longevity.  Bottom line, for my personal routine, one color would have sufficed.  Are you tempted by these?  If so, which color is on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Dear Pia Maria,

    I don’t think anyone else can rock these eyeshadows as you do!

    My eyelids are not dry, so only a wet eyeshadow works for me. The dry ones require a lot of adjustment during the day.

    Your skin is flawless. All lipstick shades look great on you. Always look forward to your new post.

    cheers….

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