Haven't I seen you somewhere before?

I was having a rummage through my eye shadows today when I pulled out MAC Metal-X cream e/s in Pure Ore.

"Hmmm that looks familiar" I thought as I swatched it on my fingertip, so I decided to swatch them side by side to see how they fared on my skin.
This looks uncannily similar to Illamasqua's liquid metal in Solstice, only it's a slightly darker gold. On my fingertip you can't actually tell the difference between them but on my skin, they differ slightly.

Solstice has a smoother texture when initially swatched but when they're both blended into the skin, they look more or less the same. I got so caught up in the hype of Illamsqua's liquid metal that I was sold on the claim that nothing like this has been formulated in the cosmetic industry before and that it really was unique.

If this isn't proof that I own too much make up I don't know what is. I don't just own Pure Ore. I own 4 other Metal-X eyeshadows too. I most certainly have no business purchasing Illamasqua's silver liquid metal because I own Cyber which is the MAC equivalent and ticks the same boxes.

MAC technically did 'liquid metal' first, unless somebody knows of another brand that released a similar product prior to Nov 2007.

If it wasn't for the fact that Solstice is a bright gold and Pure Ore is a dark gold, I'd be selling one of them as I wouldn't need both.

Here are swatches of the other Metal X shadows I own.

Plum Electric has somehow dried out a little and looks darker in appearance. It's currently sat on the radiator warming up!

Rediscovering these shadows that have been sitting right under my nose has no doubt saved me from future wasteful purchases should Illamasqua decide to release any other liquid metal shades in the future. They'll brighten up some future evening e/s looks too.

Moral of the story? Before you get caught up in the hype of a product, a have a look through your stash to make sure you don't already own the item in question!!

Do any of you own any of the Metal-X eyeshadows?

14 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Rai said...

Sooooo pretty!

I don't own any of either. lol
I'm totally trying not to buy doubles of anything. Plus I'm about to get rid of things (or at least try) so I can get what I really want.

jobetterdays said...

Oh man I really like 6th Sin and Plum Electric!! You should have a look at the Kryolan metallic supracolours in Charles Fox, seriously they have pretty much identical colours/textures as the Illamasqua ones and they are really cheap! I think Kryolan have been making these for ages! x

Sara (The Makeup Snob) said...

I own all the metal shadows! I was seriously falling into the hype of the solstice! Thank you so much for this comparison!!!

Great swatches too btw!

une tasse said...

I don't own any but that blue looks amazing! x

blkprincess87 said...

I don't own any but I love the way 6th sin looks

Melissa said...

Ah I do this all the time...That blue is gorgeous though.
Hope you had a nice weekend!

Alexa Hayden said...

thanks for the comparsion!
i wish MAC would repromote those cream eyeshadows. they look amazing!

Liparazzi said...

ha ha, that's so funny, that's the type of thing I would do. I've often bought something during all the furore surrounding it, then realise I have something similar/better! Lesson learned!

Computergirl said...

Hi hun,
I nominated you for 2 blog awards on my blog because your blog in fantastic and I enjoy reading it!
Emma :)x

bubblegarm said...

ahh dammit i hate it when i suplicate something, i have a nyx pigment that is so very similar to solstice... annoying! xx

VexInTheCity said...

@ Rai - Good idea!

@Jobetterdays - Nooo! I don't need anymore!! LOL I'm on a serious mke up spending ban til further notice.

@ Sara - You own them all? No there's a surprise! LOL

@ Melissa - I had a fab weekend thanks, hope you did too x

@ Alexa - No problem. Maybe they will cos the Metal X collection was the 2nd time they bought those cream e/s back with a new formula.

@ Computergirl - Thank you, I'll have a look when I have time later this evening x

@ Bubblegarm/Liparazzi - Yeah I need to familiarise myself with everything to avoid future dupes!

tina_mbc said...

Lol, that's a great advice (I need to start doing this soon, especially when it comes to pink lipsticks)! :)))
I had no idea that MAC had released a silver and gold Metal X shadow (but then again I 'm a makeup newbie)! Lol!


yummy411 said...

wow! unseen and forgotten.

Belle Du Jour said...

yes I have a metal x- Love them!! Although sometimes the texture is a bit funky!


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