MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana

MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana

MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana

mac havana extra dimension eye shadowHavana oh-nah-nah

Good morning, my friend! Here’s another look at one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows of all time, Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Havana. It’s a deliciously gorgeous brown that I think you’ll love. I’ve worn it for years and still love it just as much as ever.

Girl… One day. One day I’ll sit down, put on my makeup for the day, and NOT do a brown smoky eye.

But today was not that day. 🙂

I had to run errands, and I wasn’t about to spend 45 minutes on my makeup just to buy some Charmin, so I went with something I’m (very) familiar with. I had to go to the pediatrician’s office to get a form for Connor’s pre-school enrollment, and then hit Target to get an industrial-sized case of toilet paper because last night I realized that we only had four rolls left in the house — total — which amplified my anxiety by like a million percent, so out came one of my favorite brown eyeshadows in the world, MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana.

I think it deserves more love than it gets.

What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

mac havana swatchOh, my gosh! It’s a floating arm!!

Side note: whenever I say “Havana,” I think of that Camila Cabello song.

Havana, oh-nah-nah… La-la-la-la-la-la Havana oh-nah-nah…

That’s about the only part I know, LOL!

Havana ($20) is a beautiful warm-toned golden brown without any orange or red undertones, and it’s perfect for when you just want to wear one eyeshadow on your lids. Buff out the edges, throw on some eyeliner, and you’re golden. It blends out so easily, too. No matter what your skill level, you can create lovely gradients with it, and it’s the kind of brown that goes with most lip colors (more on this in a sec).

And the finish? Oh, man, it’s UNREAL. It’s unlike anything else in the MAC shadow fam. It starts out looking kinda glossy — but not frosty! — but it slowly transforms into a beautiful glowing satin as the day goes on.

It’s SO FREAKIN’ PRETTY! It’s also kind to fine lines, which is another huge plus.

I usually wear Havana with a matte brown liner (one that isn’t too warm) like MAC Coffee, but you can also wear it with shimmery browns like MAC Teddy. Costa Riche liner might also work…but I think the warm red undertones in it might clash with Havana’s golden tones. That might look a little off… But any standard-issue black liner would totally work if you want to do more of a sultry night look.

As for what lip colors to wear it with, Havana goes well so many different shades, from warm peachy nudes to warm pinks to warm coral-pinks like I’m wearing here. It’s MAC Nippon (a Cremesheen), which is weird because you might not expect this particular brown eyeshadow and this particular coral-pink to go so well together, but they do.

mac havana extra dimension eye shadow 2Lipstick is MAC Nippon, and cheeks are Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Powder in Medium, with MAC Vintage Rose Cream Colour Base tapped lightly on the apples (I’m a MAC NC42, BTW).

If you wanted to go with a bolder lip, I think a matte orangey red would look amaze-balls, too. I was actually contemplating wearing MAC Quite the Standout today instead, but I was thwarted by dry lips.


Oh, well. There’s always next time. And trust me, there will be a next time with Havana. Add MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana to your wish list like now.

Havana-oh-nah-nah… 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series (a subset of my regular Unsung Makeup Heroes series) features some of my all-time favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection

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If you’re looking for permanent collection ideas or inspiration, there are literally hundreds of unsung makeup heroes posts in the MBB archives. These 20 are just the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Jane says

    August 31st, 2021 at 8:47 am

    That is a perfect ” one and done” shadow and it is similar to a shade of eyeshadow I have from Chantecaille ( I know, very bougie for me) called Coriander. I may give it a try with my LM Espresso eyeliner.

    Have a great day!


    • Karen says

      August 31st, 2021 at 8:59 am

      Hi Jane,

      I adore Chantecaille! I plan to add to my small, but growing, collection of items hopefully soon. I’ve been dying to try their foundations!


  • Kim says

    August 31st, 2021 at 10:29 am

    And this is why reading your posts makes me so happy. As soon as I read your headline, I thought “Havana, ooh na na..” 🙂 Oh, and that’s a lovely shadow, too!


    • Karen says

      August 31st, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you, Kim! I’m so glad this shade is still around. I hope MAC never discontinues it.


  • Suzanne C says

    August 31st, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I’m going to have to start a separate makeup bag full of ‘Karen talked me into it’ products, lol. And most of them would be favorites. For sure going to have to try this one, because it’s hard to find warm browns without any orange or red, which are terrible for my skintone.


    • Karen says

      August 31st, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      I think you’ll love this shade, Suzanne! It’s great all year but especially beautiful for fall.


  • Karina says

    August 31st, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I was reading this and thought of the Amorous Alloy Extra dimension eyeshadow that you recommended one time and I went to pick it up at MAC. I actually don’t wear it as often but it’s a really pretty purple color! Gotta pick this Havana one too!


    • Karen says

      August 31st, 2021 at 3:40 pm


      I looove that color! Have you ever worn it with Teddy liner? It looks really good.


  • Kuz says

    August 31st, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Havana is looking so good on you, Karen! It’s going on my MAC shopping list for sure. Also, your hair is looking really luscious in these pics. Makes me want to bust out a deep conditioner over here!


    • Karen says

      September 1st, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Kuz! I hope you love this shade as much as I do.


  • Anne says

    September 3rd, 2021 at 8:51 am

    That really sounds like the exact kind of eye shadow I love – perfect for every day.


  • Brigid Johnson says

    September 10th, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    I’m not sure what happened to my previous comment but I LOVE my Fathom’s Deep in this line (almost a dark lavender) and went and bought the Havana.

    A second order came up with product missing and I was so happy the MAC rep contacted me within an hour of letting them know and reshipped the missing product. THAT’s good customer service.


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