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MAC A Glimmer of Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Glimmer of Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Glimmer of Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Glimmer of Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a warm-toned quad that features a gold, light copper, medium-dark copper, and warm taupe. I was disappointed that two of the shades were so, so similar to each other–if this was a palette of twenty eyeshadows, it would be easier to overlook, but when you only have four, it’s completely unnecessary. The wear was surprising (note, I applied all four with a damp brush over bare eyelids), as three of the four shades wore fairly well for eight hours, while the darker copper shade had some fading at the eight-hour mark. I didn’t notice any fall out during wear. The textures were soft but slightly powdery, and applying them dry worked best if I was applying over a good base, as they had a tough time sticking and adhering to bare skin or a more matte eyeshadow primer.

The formula of the mineralize eyeshadows held in the quad is described as a “sheer, lightweight application [that] allows each shade to build lightly, layer after layer, for dramatic colour with a lustrous glow.” It’s supposed to go on with “silky smooth coverage.” But then on some of the Mineralize Eyeshdaow formula descriptions, which follow along the sasme lines, the “sheer” part seems to refer more to the application rather than the color, because under the duos, they’re supposed to yield “easy, rich color.” Under the recently released Divine Night Mineralize Eyeshadows, it says “pairs two rich, contrasting shades.” And then, in the blurb about the new quads specifically, MAC writes, “The rich pigments of Mineralize Eye Shadow are a cult favourite of M•A•C lovers everywhere, because of their bold, blendable shades and gorgeous shimmer.”

It’s been a minute since I’ve looked up the official descriptions for this formula (I’ve been reviewing them for sooo many years now). Generally, they’re a wet and dry formula, which means that applied dry, you’ll get sheerer, softer color, and then applied damp, you’ll get richer, more true-to-pan color. This is typical of most baked formulas, though there have been shades that are quite pigmented no matter how you go about applying them.

Most of the time, I think Mineralize Eyeshadows look prettier in their pots and pans than they do applied. The major downside has always been texture (powdery/grainy, sometimes with fall out) and longevity (prone to fading faster than regular eyeshadow). For anyone who wants richly pigmented eyeshadow, then the tendency to skew sheerer can be a deal-breaker.

I think one thing we should address is the size–the palette contains a mere 0.05 oz. of product. Now, baked (or “Mineralized” as it is called at MAC) products tend to weigh less, even though they seem to take up about as much volume as any other product. To put it into context, Chanel’s baked eyeshadow quads (which is what non-U.S. is most familiar with) contains 0.04 oz. (and the U.S. regular powder eyeshadow quad contains 0.24 oz.).  For reference, a full-sized Mineralize Eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. and retails for $21 ($350/oz.).  The Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos contain 0.07 oz. and retail for $21 ($300/oz.). This makes the Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads at a price of $880/oz. for the eyeshadow.  You could buy two eyeshadow duos for less than the cost of a quad ($42) and get 0.14 oz. of product–almost three times as much here.  Realistically, I don’t think that one will run through a Mineralize Eyeshadow, quad or single, quickly.

A Glimmer of Gold #1 is a muted, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it’s mostly opaque. The texture was fairly soft, though when applied dry, it does feel a little loose/powdery. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is a cream product, less yellow, more metallic. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is nearly the same. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less frosted. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

A Glimmer of Gold #2 is a coppery orange with a golden shimmer and sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied dry, and then more opaque color coverage when applied with a damp brush. The finish also became more metallic when applied damp, as is often the case. The texture was fairly soft and smooth, not too powdery. This type of color is done frequently by many brands, so there is no shortage of similar shades available (past and present). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter/warmer but still similar. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE) is also similar. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is more orange. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is warmer, less frosted. MAC Brownluxe #3 (P) is yellower. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less orange. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is less orange. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

A Glimmer of Gold #3 is a slightly muted, copper with stronger brown tones than the shade before it and a frosted sheen–but it is less metallic. The texture on this one was powdery, almost grainy at times, with little bits of powder clumping together. When I applied it with a damp brush, this resolved a lot of those texture issues. The color payoff was semi-sheer when applied dry (but be careful, there will be excess fall out during application), and when applied damp, it was fully opaque. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is a touch lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is darker, browner. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more orange. LORAC Gold (P) is warmer. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is slightly more golden. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less metallic. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

A Glimmer of Gold #4 is a medium-dark, taupe with subtle warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was the least frosted shade in the quad. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry, and then mostly opaque coverage when applied with a damp brush. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Anastasia Antique (LE) is grayer. Urban Decay Nameless (LE, $18.00) is a bit darker. Edward Bess Dusk (P, $30.00) is browner. Urban Decay MIA (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less brown. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad A Glimmer of Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Tendres (503) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as an “iridescent ivory, satiny nude, matte violet-plum, [and] aquatic green.” Guerlain has certainly put out some interesting color combinations out over the years. There’s often something just a little unusual about the palette colors, and yet, they work seamlessly together. They come together beautifully without a lot of effort on the user’s part. In general, pigmentation could have been more intense from the get-go, but all of the shades were buildable as I applied them to the lid to opaque color. All four shades wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours on me (no primer), though the plum shade faded slightly faster than the others. The textures of the four hues were also incredibly soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend.  I wish it was slightly more pigmented across the board, but I really liked how it applied, so it left me rather torn.

Les Tendres #1 is described as an “iridescent ivory.” It is a soft, cool-toned beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque.  Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Snow Season (LE, $21.00) is darker, pinker. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #1 (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #2 is described as an “aquatic green.” It’s a pale, cool-toned mint green with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage. It was buildable to opaque color coverage with two layers. MAC Lime Ice (LE, $21.00) is more glittery, warmer. Lancome Fashion Forward (P, $19.00) is a touch darker. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is bluer. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener, warmer. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #3 is described as a “matte violet-plum.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm plum purple with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it did build when I applied it into the crease to test out wear. All of the eyeshadows seemed to apply better in practice than when they were just swatched (which is why it’s important to actually try it on–sometimes it is the opposite!), and this shade wasn’t any different. The texture was soft, though a smidgen powdery, but very easy to blend out on the lid. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is darker. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is a touch lighter, a little pinker. See comparison swatches.

Les Tendres #4 is described as a “satiny nude.” It was a cool-toned, mauve-tinged taupe with a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly easy to work with. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is more matte, darker. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $26.00) is a cream product, grayer. theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is warmer. bareMinerals Rowdy (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Guerlain L’Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Les Tendres (503)
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
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Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two VIP (09) Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and limited eyeshadow duo for spring. Guerlain’s duos feature one shade that is a “luminous veil with a glittering or metallic finish” and a “pure matte.” One is a sheer, sparkling shade, the other is a more intense, matte shade. According to the brand, they can be worn together, layered, or one at a time–you know, however you want. The texture of the purple shade (which is the “luminous veil” color) was oddly gritty–there were flecks and specks of purple that wouldn’t blend out, and yet, they weren’t glitters, but they felt like gritty or dry powdery bits. It was a strange experience, but it occurred when swatching and later on when I applied it to the lid. To make it a bittersweet duo, the matte shade was insanely soft, blendable, and pigmented.

Two VIP #1 is described as a “dazzling violet.” It’s a cool-toned, medium violet purple with lilac and violet sparkle and shimmer. It has an almost wet-look when applied, as it glimmers. The texture was somewhat stiff, and when I was working with it on the lid, it wasn’t very blendable. I had trouble getting it to layer over the matte shade as well. Beyond that, there was a noticeable grittiness to it that wasn’t just sparkle but almost like clumps of powder (but more like speck-size, not giant, clumps), but it was like the texture was balling up and flaking away in part. The color payoff was definitely sheer and was in keeping with the “luminous veil” concept. Though hard to work with in general, there was only minor fall out (and less fall out than anticipated with a shade as sparkly as this one) after eight hours. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Trance (LE) is less sparkly, cream. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Two VIP #2 is described as an “elegant taupe.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a heavy gray influence and a matte finish. It was incredibly, richly pigmented, and the texture was divine; so soft, smooth, buttery, and blendable. This shade wore well for a full eight hours. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Tailor Grey (P, $18.50) is warmer, cream product. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches.

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Makeup Geek Mercury, Mermaid, Mocha Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Mercury Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic medium silver.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-ish silver with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The consistency was soft but noticeably powdery, so it had a tendency to sheer out some when blended on the skin. I recommend patting the color on to minimize fall out during application as well as sheering out, then blend along the edges to soften. It wore well on me for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is lighter.MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Warm Thunder (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mermaid Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic teal with reflects gold.” It’s a medium blue with iridescent green-tinged gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it could have been more pigmented. The texture was soft and easy to blend on the lid, but it was slightly powdery. When I tested it, the color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE) is darker, less blue. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is brighter. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is a bit brighter. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Mocha Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep matte brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a matte finish. I had a lot of trouble working with this one; it was incredibly powdery and very sheer–it was more like a wash of brown that looked lighter and lighter applied than it did in the pan. When applied to the lid, it lasted about six hours but was noticeably faded from there. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P) is not as warm-toned. Laura Mercier Truffle (P) is similar in color. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar in color, slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is also similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mercury
Mercury
Mercury
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mermaid
Mermaid
Mermaid
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Mocha
Mocha
Mocha
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.  When worn, the palette ended up being rather warm-toned, so if you tend to prefer cooler tones, this will be an easy skip.  The colors complement each other, though, and for someone who likes warmer, peachy/orange eyeshadows, this may work well.

Love It is described as a “light mint shimmer.” It’s a very pale, pale white with, at most, a green tint, but it looks mostly like a cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was slightly powdery. MAC Chill (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is a bit whiter. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Five Star (LE) is similar–no green tinge at all, though. See comparison swatches.

Woo is Me is described as an “apricot pink sheen.” It’s a light-medium, yellow with a goldenrod undertone and a soft, pink frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little chunky. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is less yellow. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Smile Now (LE) is yellower. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Louder is described as a “burnished copper.” It’s a rich, warm-toned copper with strong, orange undertones and a metallic finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it had a very dense, soft texture but could have been a little smoother. A little went a long way with this shade. Louder has been featured in The Playlist (a limited edition palette). It’s a particular hue that is done often by brands, so there is no shortage of near-dupes. See comparison swatches.

Head Over Heels is described as a “warm slate.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s extremely pigmented, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter, grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product that is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is similar–has a satin finish, though. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Quad The True Romantic
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Quadrille (537)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
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