MAC x Steve J & Yoni P: Midnight Fever Dazzleshadow x 2 Palette

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC launched their collaboration with Korean design duo, Steve J & Yoni P: "Strike a spunky balance between flirty frills and sporty thrills. Now, the couple introduces a MAC collection as cheeky and progressive as their fashion! Pinks, smoky-warm neutrals and playful, graphic packaging tap into the vibe of Seoul street style." This collection features a total of 14 products, eight of which are new and limited edition, and six of which are permanent and re-promoted in special packaging. Steve J & Yoni P sees the launch of one new and limited edition Dazzleshadow x 2 Palette. Dazzleshadow is described as "rich, stay-true pigments [that] adhere to the lid with minimal fallout, giving eyes a twinkling sheen. The creamy, talc-free formula delivers a texture that feels like a blend of cream and powder, creating a multidimensional, reflective surface leaving lids dazzling yet delicate." It is housed in a special edition baby pink compact with a graphic eye illustration on the lid. Each Dazzleshadow x 2 Palette contains a total of 3 grams of product, and retails for $26. Steve J & Yoni P is available online and in select MAC Store locations only, so check your local stores to see if they are carrying the collection.

Sparkling Moment and Let's Boogie

Sparkling Moment and Let's Boogie

Sparkling Moment is a dark warm plummy brown with mauve, purple, and copper glitter in a sparkly metallic finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. When used wet, it becomes brighter and more metallic. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is darker and warmer than Feel the Fever; darker and more brown than Can't Stop, Won't Stop; and more brown and sparkly than Young Punk.
Let's Boogie is a a dark warm muted charcoal grey with gold, blue, and silver glitter in a sparkly metallic finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2015's Le Disko collection. It has a soft, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. When used wet, it becomes brighter and more metallic. It is more grey and more sparkly than Greensmoke, cooler and more glittery than Gilt by Association, and lighter and less glittery than 3D Black Glitter.

I love that they included Dazzleshadows in this collection because they are super-fun and look gorgeous on the eyes, but it's odd that they decided to include two such dark colours given Steve J & Yoni P's aesthetic and also given Korean makeup trends right now, which are considerably softer and more natural. That having been said, both Sparkling Moment and Let's Boogie look gorgeous in smoky eye looks, whether packed all over the lid or used in the centre of a halo eye. Fair warning, though: You have to put in the work with these as you would any other glitter shadow. They apply very nicely with fingers, actually, which minimizes fall out as well, but all Dazzleshadows will look brighter, sparklier, and more true-to-pan when used on top of an eye base (MAC's Paint Pot or 24-Hour Extend Eye Base works well) or with a dampened synthetic brush (I usually use MAC's Fix+ and a #242 brush to pack them on).

There isn't as much fall out with Dazzleshadows as there would be with loose glitters and pigments, but there is a lot of glitter in this, so expect some fall out. (If you use any powder eyeshadow with glitter in it, there will always be fall out and it is ridiculous to think that there won't. If there's no fall out, then there's not enough glitter content.) That having been said, I found both shades here to go on smoothly and evenly, and the texture on both is soft and loose so they are fairly easy to blend out without losing the integrity of the glitter finish. Pigmentation is also good on both shades here, and I had no issues achieving full colour pay-off. However, this duo doesn't create cohesive looks on its own. Of course, you can wear them on their own blended over the lid if you're just looking for a dark sheen of sparkle, but these are meant to be worn with other shadows to create multi-dimensional looks. The combination of the dark shades with the Dazzleshadow formula make them a little more advanced to use for makeup novices, but if you love dark sparkly shadows and smoky eyes, Midnight Fever is a lovely addition to your collection.
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