This colour is so gorgeous and is a perfect deep turquoise with the perfect mix of blue and green. It is very multi-faceted and would look very different ranging from green to blue depending on what base you use. Initially I was a bit on the fence about this colour because I hardly ever wear blues. When the MAC MA applied this on me for the makeover, I was sold. Most of the girls at MAC were wearing this colour and it works on so many different skin tones. Since I don’t own a colour like this and the colour is so beautiful, I bought it.
Texturally the blue side of of the eye shadow is very finely milled and has very little fall out. The shadow is shimmery but has no glitter in it. I found the consistency between applying the shadow wet or dry are about the same. However, the colour does change slightly depending on the base you use. The colour is very pigmented and only takes on average 1-2 layers of application in a patting motion to get an opaque pigmented look. I find that this colour has one of the least fall out from any of the mineralize finish MAC eye shadows I own and is very easy to use. In this entry, I provided photographs of swatches using the shadow dry, wet and with bases. I used the following bases: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, MAC Paint in Bamboom, Medusa’s Makeup Stick It Primer; and MAC Greasepaint Stick in B.
Above from left to right Blue Sorcery
Left: Swatch without base and dry. When swatch dry without a base, I find that the colour applies slighly sheer but I was able to build the colour to be more opaque within the 2nd to 3rd layers. Also when applied dry without a base the colour looks more green.
Middle: Swatch without base wet. When swatch wet and without a base, I find that the application is just slightly more pigmented than applied dry. It still has a slight sheeriness to it. The colour is also on the green side.
Right: Swatch dry with Medusa’s Makeup Stick It! Primer, which is a clear wax base. I was able to get the colour very pigmented within 1-2 layers. I applied the shadow in a patting motion to get the colour to look consistent and to reduce any possible fall out. With a clear base, the colour looks more blue.
Above left to right Blue Sorcery
Left: Applied dry with MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study as base. I find that by using Bare Study, it blanches and softens the colour. It is still pigmented within 1-2 layers of colour but it has a soft metallic sheen to it. The colour looks more green with this base.
Middle: Applied dry with MAC Paint in Bamboom, which is a neutral muted gold coloured base. With this base, it is very pigmented and opaque within 1-2 layers applied in a patting motion. With a neutral colour base it tones down the colour but still looks vibrant enough without looking too shimmery. By using Bamboom as a base, the colour looks green.
Left: Applied dry with MAC Greasepaint Stick in B. I like to use this as a base the best because the colour applies the smoothest and most pigmented. The oil in the grease stick just grabs the colour quickly and efficiently and it took only 1 layer of colour to achieve the pot colour. It also looks the most blue with the B greasepaint stick, but at the same time it does not eliminate the green tones. I find that by using the B greasepaint stick it achieves the pot colour the best and has the perfect balance of blue and green tones.
Below are pictures of the silver side of the eye shadow, swatch wet, dry and dry with base
Above left to right Blue Sorcery Silver Crescent
Left: Applied dry without base. While applied dry and without a base this applied decently pigmented within 2 layers of colours; however, it is semi-sheer and has little chunks of glitter fall out.
Middle: Applied wet without a base. I find that there are very little difference in texture when applied wet or dry without a base, only when wet the application is a bit smoother. Otherwise, the colour payoff and texture is the same as above.
Right: Applied dry with MAC Paint Pot Bare Study as base. When I used Bare Study as a base the colour applied quite smoothly and pigmented. It also shows off the metallic finish of the silver crescent. The silver colour reminds me of MAC Pigment in Platinum. While with a base, the chunks of glitter sticks on better with the creamy base underneath . Although there will still be fall out but it is greatly reduce.
Overall, I will probably only use the silver crescent as highlight in the inner corner of the eye or wear it wet on my waterline. It is such a lovely metallic silver colour and is one of the purest silvers MAC has release to date, in my memory. The reason I won’t wear this colour often is that the glitter is quite large and I won’t always have time to clean up the fall out. However, I do think it would look very lovely for the holiday parties and for some weekend partying because once in a while a girl could use some bling bling.