Monday, January 6th, 2014

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned mix centered around blue. It contained a white with a blue sheen, muted navy blue, medium-dark blue, and a blackened navy. This quad was horrifying across the board–dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I’ve worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one–this performed so much worse than the others; it didn’t even apply halfway decently. It cannot be used damp; the only hope it has is being applied over a slightly tacky, white base. I don’t know why this quad differed so greatly compared to the others, which, with work and a particular technique, I could apply and it would look fine on.

A Sprinkle of Blues #1 is a pale, cool-toned white that flashes blue. It’s very, very sheer and powdery–it was almost chalky–and difficult to swatch, let alone apply. It clumps if you use it wet, so I wouldn’t recommend applying it with a damp brush. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is very similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is greener. MAC Vellum is whiter with a less pronounced iridescence. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #2 is a smoky, muted navy blue with a satin finish. This was also dry, a little stiff, and can’t be used wet. It clumped and applied unevenly when I used it with a damp brush–it would dry and look splotchy. theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is bluer. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more frosted, darker. bareMinerals Private Isle (LE) is bluer. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #3 is a medium-dark, slightly brightened, blue with a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque, but it was still uneven–I couldn’t get it to smooth out even when just swatched on my arm (and there was no help for it on the lid). MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is very similar, is also Mineralized, and is infinitely better. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is purpler. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is more muted, cream product. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is bluer. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis (P, $30.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #4 is a medium-dark gray with bluish-teal and silver sparkle and shimmer. Applied dry, I could barely get it to show up at all. I had to dampen the brush with two to three times amount of water I normally would to get color to swatch. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is also similar. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is warmer-toned. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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This quad was horrifying across the board--dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I've worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one--this performed so much worse than the others; it didn't even apply halfway decently.

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cooler-toned pink-themed palette. It is a lighter alternative to A Medley of Mauves. The palette contains a bright silver, light pink, pinky-lilac, and a plum. I noticed significant fall out with this palette, particularly owing to the silver and the plum shade, which had very sparkly finishes (the other two were more pearly/smooth). Oddly enough, the actual colors of both of those shades lasted longer than the two more pearled ones! After eight hours, there was just a smidgen of fading with the silver and plum shades, but more noticeable fading with the other two.

A Party of Pastels #1 is a bright, frosted silver with cool undertones. It was powdery, though soft to be sure. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was mostly opaque but was difficult to get fully even and opaque–it always looked a little sheer. I tried layering it on the lid, and it never smoothed out completely. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P) is slightly darker. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is less cool-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is also similar. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #2 is a light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage when applied dry, and it wasn’t too powdery. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more opaque. Too Faced Coquet (LE) is slightly warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is darker. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is more metallic. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #3 is a pink-tinged lavender with a frosted, metallic sheen. Again, applied dry it had sheer color payoff and then was more opaque when applied damp (and the finish became more metallic, too). MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #4 is a pink-tinged plum with a sparkling, frosted finish. Applied dry, it was a sheer wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is a touch pinker. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is purpler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is darker. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar–has more of a sheen. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cooler-toned pink and purple-themed palette. It consisted of a light-medium pink, pinky-purple, plum, and medium brown. There was noticeable fading after seven hours of wear with all the shades, and I had a fair amount of sparkle fall out underneath my eye. I had higher hopes, given that the two I tested the day before had done surprisingly well on wear. If you’re still drawn to this palette, I would recommend using a slightly tacky base with them to improve wear, minimize fall out, and improve blendability.

A Medley of Mauves #1 is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted sheen. It had a powdery texture, so when it was applied dry, it didn’t stick to the skin well–dusted away. Applied with a damp brush, it smoothed out and stayed on the skin better and yielded semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Fair Sex (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is more glittery. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #2 is a pinky-purple with a sparkling, frosted finish. This one was very sparkly, and incredibly lovely to look at when swatched, but it definitely resulted in fall out when worn (not just during application, which you can clean up before you head out the door!). Applied dry, it’s sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The consistency was powdery. Fyrinnae Meerkat (P, $6.80) is darker, purpler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is slightly purpler. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #3 is a warm-toned plum with brown undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture didn’t feel stiff but translated into a stiff, uneven application, which occurred whether I applied the color dry or with a damp brush. It had sheer coverage when applied dry, and then semi-opaque coverage when applied damp. This shade was more faded than the others after seven hours of wear. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #4 is a medium brown with a golden bronze pearled finish. The consistency was on the drier side, which made it harder to apply and blend out on the skin. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied with a damp brush, it was semi-opaque. Too Faced Hazelnut (P) is has a stronger sheen. Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a warm-toned quad with earthy shades. It contains a medium brown, olive brown, olive green, and a medium-dark brown. The darkest brown shade was most troublesome, as the texture was drier and stiffer, which resulted in poorer color payoff even when applied damp, and then it was difficult to blend out. The olive brown had similar issues but to a lesser degree, so it was more workable. The olive green was the easiest shade to work with. The medium brown and olive green shades wore well for almost eight hours on me, while the olive brown had some fading after seven hours and the dark brown was noticeably faded after six hours of wear.

A Harvest of Greens #1 is a muted, beige-shimmered orange-toned brown with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and frosted, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque and metallic. This shade was noticeably powdery when used dry. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker, browner. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is browner. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less metallic. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product, less metallic. MAC Tan (LE, $21.00) is similar but a little rosier. Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #2 is a khaki brown with a hint of olive green and a pearly sheen. It had sheer, slightly uneven, color payoff when applied dry–working with it dry, it seemed a little stiff–and then applied with a fairly dampened brush, it was smoother and more opaque. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is greener, less brown. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is browner. Dior Golden Savannah #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #3 is an olive green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft and smooth for both applications. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is greener, darker. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $16.00) is a cream product, darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is greener. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. Makeup Geek Liquid Gold (P, $6.99) is more golden, yellower. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is lighter. Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $12.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #4 is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture of this one was drier and stiffer–it was harder to blend and even out on the skin. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque, but the damp application made it even harder to blend. This one also faded noticeably after six hours of wear, which was faster than the other shades. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is rosier. Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker, rosier. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Buckwheat (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Havana (LE, $19.50) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

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.

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness.  The color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

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