MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a cool-toned palettes with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits. The biggest misses in this palette were Scene and Ebony, and they were both really pitiful products. There are several nice products here–Romantically Inclined, All Races, Magic Moor–but they don’t make up for the two bombs.
MAC Scene to Be Seen Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “brick rose with gold reflects” and a larger area described as a “mauve with pink sheen.” I’m reviewing each shade individually as well as when mixed, so there are three sets of swatches and corresponding photos. To make sure it doesn’t get too confusing, each Mineralize Skinfinish will be posted separately. All three shades lasted the same on me — just under seven hours before there was noticeable fading. The inner section of the product wasn’t quite as pigmented as the outer shade, but when everything is swirled together, the outer shade makes up for whatever pigmentation is lacking from the inner portion. Aside from below average wear time, whether the shades were worn separately or together, the finish emphasized pores.
MAC Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “creamy beige with pinkish purplish sheen” and a larger area described as a “bronzy coral with golden tones.” This particular Mineralize Skinfinish wore a little better on me than others, topping in at seven hours, which isn’t great wear but longer than some other shades of Mineralize powders for me. There is significant emphasis of pores due to the outer shade, which has a very frosted, metallic finish, so when that is used alone or mixed in, pores seem to be at the forefront.
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix. It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference. The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).
MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.” This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin. I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly). For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.