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MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

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.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad A Harvest of Greens
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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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 Star Dust (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss
Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “iridescent ray of pure light.” It’s a virtually clear gloss with multi-colored, iridescent shimmer that flashes aqua, green, blue, and pink. It’s slightly milky, so it mutes the natural lip color just slightly, and it has a fair amount of shimmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is similar when applied but not as iridescent. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is similar but slightly warmer in tone. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The shimmer is very, very fine, so I don’t feel the texture of the sparkle when wearing the gloss. Alone, it wears about two and a half hours, which is a little longer than I normally see with a gloss this sheer. It’s non-sticky, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. There’s a fruity, slightly perfume-y, scent but I didn’t notice any taste. When I wore this alone, it sparkles and shimmers, and in my office, I can actually see the bluish-violet sparkles as they catch the light. The effect is still subtle indoors, but outdoors it’s like a sparkle bonanza. I thought it did more when layered over a lip color, as it gave the iridescence a better backdrop. Guerlain described it being used as a “top coat” to “[add] a diamond shine.” (And this gloss formula varies from very sheer to semi-opaque, but given Guerlain’s descriptions, this one is supposed to be sheer.) I tried it over Insolence, and it gave it a glossier, more iridescent finish.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Star Dust (900)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a brightened coral-pink with subtle warm undertones and a soft sheen. I would almost call it a fuchsia coral, because it is quite bright and bold! Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) isn’t as warm-toned but it is quite similar. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is more iridescent, warmer. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Insolence is one of two limited edition shades for spring (I purchased the other, but I don’t expect it to arrive until late next week). It had fully opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy, so it glided on evenly and easily–never tugged or dragged on the lips. The Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating. This shade was both, as it wore well for five and a half hours and left a stain that lingered for another hour or so, and it was moisturizing while worn. I didn’t feel the need to reach for lip balm at all after wearing this, so it really added hydration, didn’t just maintain it. The formula was comfortable to wear, didn’t feather or bleed, and wore away evenly.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Insolence (144)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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%
Total
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Guerlain Star Dust (900) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Star Dust (862) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent ray of pure light.” Guerlain goes on to describe it as a “top coat [that] work[s] to enhance color, adding diamond shine.” (Said of both this polish as well as the gloss, which is the same color.) It’s a pearly, iridescent mix of silver and white that flashes blue and green that’s sparkling and shining. I don’t have anything that’s quite like this, particularly because it flashes a green-ish blue. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) (LE, $16.00) is warmer and has flecks of glitter. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is more metallic. MAC Much Adored (LE, $16.00) is warmer and pinker. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is more metallic. China Glaze Frosty (LE, $7.50) is more silvered. See comparison swatches.

This might be too pigmented, or not pigmented enough, depending on your goal. Worn alone, two coats gives it semi-sheer coverage, which seems to be in line with what Guerlain was going for if this is also intended to be used as a top coat. One coat layered over a solid base color had an interesting mix of results. I tried it over a dark blue to so-so results, three coats of it alone (still somewhat sheer), one coat over black (less impressive), and one coat over red (best results). As a layering top coat, it’s almost too pigmented at times and seems to do best over light and medium colors, rather than anything really dark (like black) didn’t work as well. I found myself being particularly careful with just how much product was on the brush before layering over anything. On the other hand, if you love sheer, pearlescent shades, this might be a winner. The way it sparkles and shimmers in the light was lovely. It had a slightly thicker consistency, and the shimmer seemed to spread evenly overall whether applied alone or as a top coat. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Star Dust (862)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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