MAC first released Metal X cream eyeshadows in 2007. They released them again in 2008 (as Brushed Metal X shadows in the Metal Urge collection). Now they’re back for 2011/2012. I’d originally reported that the three releases were three different formulations; I have since learned that this is incorrect (it was the same formula all three times). They are best applied with fingers or a 242 brush, and you can wear them alone, or under powder shadows.
I find the promotional photo interesting, given that none of the shades is lip-safe.
Virgin Silver (a repromoted shade) is a shimmery white with silver sparkles. Palladium is my favorite, of course, a smoky, shimmery taupe (brown-silver). Gold Carbon is like a sexy smudge of grease. It’s brown-black with dense, multicolored rainbow shimmer. Cyber (another repromote) is cool silver shimmer with silver sparkles. Fusion Gold (the third and final repromote) is a shimmery beige pink. Rusty is shimmery copper with rainbow shimmers. Red Hot Copper is… well, red-copper with rainbow shimmer. Venetian Tarnish is a very brassy, dirty, golden-bronze shimmer. Vintage Coin is a sophisticated, shimmery olive green.
The Metal X shades are $20 each, all limited edition.
Have you tried multiple generations of Metal-X shadows? What do you think of the current incarnation?