Pro Longwear Eye Shadow
Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Pro Longwear Eye Shadow has a silky and slightly creamy, pressed-powder texture that blends effortlessly on skin and offers flake-free application.

The shade range contains a mixture of classic and trendy colors, all of which have a subtle, iridescent shimmer. Colors go on semi-sheer, but can easily be layered for more intensity. There’s nothing especially “longwear” about this when compared with an average pressed-powder shadow, nor is it more “pro” than M.A.C.’s other powder eyeshadows. This is just one more eyeshadow to consider.

  • Silky, slightly creamy, pressed-powder texture blends on effortlessly.
  • Flake-free application.
  • Shade range contains a mixture of classic and trendy colors.
  • Colors go on semi-sheer, but can easily be layered for more intensity.
  • Despite its name, there’s nothing more “longwear” or “pro” about this when compared with any other well-formulated pressed-powder shadow.
  • A good eyeshadow doesn’t have to cost this much.
Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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As a former resident Make-Up Artist for M.A.C., a licensed Aesthetician,and Professional Make-up Artist,I can say definatively,that M.A.C.since its sale by Frank Toskin,to Lauder,is not the same animal,it is a watered down version of its once glorious self,and I mean that literally,these shadows are nowhere near what they were,do not last,with little pigment present.

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