MAC Metal X Collection Reviews

Metal-X Cream Eyeshadow ($16.50)

OMG these are like the prettiest thing I have ever seen! According to MAC, they are “A cream to powder metallic shadow that provides liquid metal effects. Goes on smoothly, blends like a charm. An extremely luxurious highlight/finish for eyes, cheeks and skin.”

They are bigger than the regular powder eyeshadows and the same size as the Cream Color Base. They are very different in terms of texture and finish. Unlike CCB, the Metal-X cream eyeshadows are drier and have gels instead of emollients in them. They are also more pigmented and they dry pretty fast so you do have to work quick. The finish is between creamy and powdery with a metallic sheen that is very sexy. The key to apply these eyeshadows is to use either your finger or brush #242 and gently pat it onto your eye. Start with a thin layer and gradually build up the color if necessary. One thing you might want to note is that they are NOT crease-resistant. They will move around a bit and the ma suggested using a thin layer of powder underneath or a powder eyeshadow on top to maximize their staying power.

Top to bottom (left to right) :

*Virgin Silver – White with silver pearlized pigments. This is a very icy white and would work great as a highlighter or a base.

*Cyber – Metallic silver with silver pearlized pigments. This reminds me of MAC Perverted Pearl eyeshadow. I highly suggest using this in the inner corner of the eyes paired with a smoky eye – it will open up your eyes a LOT.

*Fusion Gold – Light pinky beige with gold pearlized pigments. This is stunning and reminds me of NARS All About Eve eyeshadow duo. It works great as a base or a highlighter. I went back and picked this up the next day.

*Pure Ore – Metallic green gold. This is definitely one of the more pigmented colors. On me, the green does not show up much. It looks more like a very cool gold color which is beautiful on the lid and as a highlighting color. I went back for this too.

*Pink Ingot – Mid-tone blue pink with gold pearlized pigments. This is really pretty and reminds me of MAC Rose pigment. It looks great as an eyeshadow or a blush and I went home with this too.

*Goldspice – Metallic coppery gold. This, along with 6th Sin, are the most pigmented out of the cream eyeshadows. It is VERY similar to MAC Amberlights eyeshadow and is so pretty! It is definitely my favorite out of them all!

*6th Sin – Forest green with silver pearlized pigments. This reminds me of MAC’s Humid eyeshadow but when I swiped both colors on my hand, it shows up brighter and richer. I ended up getting this too.

*Metalblu – Navy blue with silver pearlized pigments. This reminds me of MAC’s Blue Storm pigment. It is very pretty in the pan but a lot sheerer when applied.

*Plum Electric – Deep purple with red pearlized pigments. Again, this is really pretty in the pan but the color payoff is not that great.

Glitter Eyeliner ($16.50)

I have always loved MAC Glitter Liners. I have Peacocky, Saucepot and Sunbrown from their past collections. They are always limited edition, uber pretty and comes in a gel liquid form picked with tons of micro-fine crystallina glitter. The brush that comes with it is very thin which is great for application. The only downside is that the glitter does not apply evenly and I do need to blend with a Q-tip. Other than that, this is the *perfect* eyeliner if you are looking for a glamorous look.

Left to right:
* Lime dandy – Mid-tone yellow-green with multicolor glitter. This is pretty to look at but it is a little too bright. I still prefer my Peacocky.

*Wonderwhite – Silver white with multicolor glitter.

*Pewterpink – Blue purple with multicolor glitter. This is my favorite color from the collection and I am so happy that I picked it up!

*Blitzed – Yellow gold with multicolor glitter. I got this too because it is too gorgeous to resist. It will look *hot* on the inner corner of the eyes.

*Enbronze – Deep brown with multicolor glitter.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I love your blog, now I always read it before I buy any makeup! I was just wondering which you would recommend: loose powder or pressed powder? I’ve always used pressed powder but I don’t like the matte look it gives me. If I use loose powder would that be more natural? And would it fix my foundation in place just as well as pressed powder? Thanks in advance.

  2. hey i was just wondering. you know about the MAC glitter eyeliners, would you recommend it for lining only outer corners of eyes? is it loose glitter? because i use to use uhmm rimmel jumbo glitter pencil, but the glitter ALWAYS gets loose and i only use it to add glitter at the outer corners of my eyes…and it irritates my eye, cus i also wear contacts. is the glitter easy to control? thankssss

  3. I would not recommend using MAC’s Glitter Liners on your inner rim because if they get into your eyes, it does hurt a LOT (I wear contacts too).

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