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You guys, I’m falling back in love with MAC. I never really gave up on them, but lately, I just find myself more interested in buying from them over other brands. While I don’t like the overall packaging design for the collection this year, I like that they released these sets that have the classic black packaging in them. The MAC Now You See Me Extra Dimension Eye Kit** comes in two colors, Smoky and Golden. Golden is the kit I bought.
At $39.50, this kit is an excellent value.** The brand states that it is a $91 value. So considering the retail value of each item, the included makeup bag is worth $5. This set includes the In Extreme Dimension Mascara in 3D Black ($25), the Technakohl Liner in Graphblack ($19), and two Extra Dimension Eyeshadows ($21) in Quick as a Flash (bright bronze) and Fool Me Once (warm nude).
- In Extreme Dimension Mascara in 3D Black, $25 retail
- Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, $19 retail
- Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Quick as a Flash (bright bronze), $21 retail
- Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Fool Me Once (warm nude), $21 retail
- Cosmetics bag
This mascara wand is just too long for my eyes. It was too cumbersome for me to use and I would end up with mascara on my nose. As far as function, the 1st coat separates and defines my lashes but the second coat makes my lashes clump together. I didn’t find it very lengthening as it claims but I do agree with the claim that it is volumizing. The brand also claims this mascara is lifting and curling. It does give a slight lift but I haven’t noticed any curling effect. I get more lift from the Maybelline The Falsies Last Lift** and MAC Gigablack lash**. Maybelline is the only one I can compare for you since I don’t own the Gigablack lash at the moment.
UPDATE March 30, 2022: I do think I like this mascara better than when I initially reviewed it, simply because as I’ve continued to use it I haven’t been comparing it to anything else. When compared to shorter wands and other formulas that I like, I find it lacking. When I apply it and don’t consider anything else, I think it does a great job. But cleaning up smudges every time I use it has remained annoying.
Even the Maybelline is a little large for me in terms of wand size, but the MAC In Extra Dimension being even longer makes it so much harder for me to use. Overall Gigablack lash is better than the In Extra Dimension mascara at lifting and lengthening, but it does feel heavier on the eyes. Also, the Gigablack lash does contain PTFE for anyone avoiding that ingredient.
- Quick as a Flash (bright bronze), left swatch
- Fool Me Once (warm nude), right swatch
MAC Quick as a Flash Extra Dimension Eyeshadow – This shade has fallout which, in my experience, isn’t typical of extra dimension eyeshadows. This was the type of fallout that stuck to my face and was hard to remove. I even used it when I was wearing a powder foundation and it still stuck to that. I would definitely recommend doing your eyes first with this one. To the touch, you can feel that it has a little more texture than other extra dimension shadows. Other than that, Quick as a Flash is very pigmented, smooth on the eyes (doesn’t accentuate lines or texture), and easy to blend.
MAC Fool me Once Extra Dimension Eyeshadow – Although this shade is described as a warm nude, personally I think it is more neutral, leaning cool. That could just be as it relates to my skin tone, because looking at it in the pan, I can almost see the warmth. This shade is like the permanent extra dimensions eyeshadows that don’t have fallout. It also has the familiar smooth to the touch texture of the permanent line. Despite being a lighter shade, Fool me Once is pigmented and comes across true to pan in one layer. It is smooth on the eyes and is also easy to blend.
The only eyeliner I can compare the technakohl liner in graphblack to is the Stila Smudge Stick in the shade Stingray (right swatch).
MAC Technokohl liner has glide but overall it is a harder/stiffer formula than Stila which in my experience has made it easier to apply than Stila’s softer formula. I can also get a thinner line with the MAC liner. While a heavy swatch showcases the Stila Smudge Stick as being darker, once applied to the eyes it has a greenish tint on me. The MAC technakohl isn’t as saturated but once applied it looks blacker than the Stila liner because of that green tinge. I guess the tint may come from it mixing with whatever eyeshadow I have one at the time. Either way, the MAC liner comes off looking darker once applied. The Stila Smudge Stick is more budge-proof and harder to remove than the MAC Technokohl liner. The MAC liner doesn’t smudge during wear, it is just easier to remove.
I do tend to like MAC products, but I’m really happy I bought this kit. As I mentioned, it is a great value at full price, but if you can get it on sale all the better.
The MAC Now You See Me Extra Dimension Eye Kit is available for $39.50 at qvc.com** If you are interested in the Golden version of this kit (rather than the smoky version) it is still in stock at Bloomingdales, Dillard’s, Belk, and QVC**.
Have you purchased anything from the MAC holiday collection this year? How are you liking it?
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