When I first heard about the new MAC Extra Dimension shadows, I rushed to look at the early swatches (thank you Danielle!) to try to figure out if I needed any of these. Most of the colors were similar to shades I already owned except for Grand Galaxy. I had no dupe, or even similar eyeshadows in my collection that remotely resembled Grand Galaxy. I thought Satin Taupe would be similar, but the swatches online proved otherwise. So, I trolled the MAC website, and ordered it before the collection went up, noticing the Extra Dimension shadows in the "eyeshadow" drop down. WIN! I tend to do this when I know a collection is going to be decent.
I am definitely not disappointed in this shade. It's a beautiful shimmery purple with taupe-ish tones. It's very hard to describe this color but honestly, it reminds me of a more purple Satin Taupe. I find Grand Galaxy acts in the same way as Satin Taupe - a color shifter. In some lights, it is very purple, in others, it's a bit more neutral. Plus, it has a bit of a blue sheen in some lights. Either way, as a person that doesn't usually wear purple, clothing or makeup, I love this shadow.
Sorry, I had already used it in these pictures. But you can still see the pretty design!
I've taken a few pictures of the swatch on my hand simply because it takes on different colors.
The pigmentation in this shadow is quite good. I have found that there can be some fall down when applying this shadow - just make sure you build up the color and don't load your brush and sweep haphazardly on your lid like I always do (I'm always in a rush!). The wear time is excellent. As I have mentioned before, I have oily eyelids and this shadow stayed on all day with my trusty Two Faced Shadow Insurance. However, I can't say that this shadow has BETTER staying powder than any other MAC shadows I own. It's standard. Also, they do not feel "special" in terms of texture like they claim to be - they feel like regular eyeshadow to me.
If you don't already own anything like it, I think this could be a great buy. They are more expensive than regular MAC shadows ($24 as opposed to $18 CND) but I do think this shade is quite unique, and probably worth the price.
Hope this was somewhat helpful! What do you have planned for the weekend? I'm going to a pig roast (GASP!) and I'm a bit worried. Should be... interesting. In other news, my closet awaits me for a much needed purge! Cheers!