Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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MAC In the Groove Collection: Mineralize Skinfinishes

In the Groove is most likely so anticipated because of the repromotion of Stereo Rose mineralize skinfinish.  Which will sell out… in hours.  If you’re grabbing it online, it most likely will pop online on the 6th, but there is always a chance it will make an appearance on Monday afternoon.  I’ll be sure to tweet about its availability as soon as I see it online.  I don’t have Stereo Rose yet–have to buy that when it launches–and I don’t have the original for comparisons, so my deepest apologies for that.

Edited @ 4:24PM (pst): I hope to update this post tomorrow–the 8th–with photos/swatches of Stereo Rose, assuming my store did in fact hold the Stereo Rose like they said.  Nevertheless, I updated the post with photos of me wearing the other three mineralize skinfinishes.

  • By Candlelight is is a soft, sheer gilded pink-beige. It’s really great as a highlighter on cheeks or even subtly all-over the face.
  • Petticoat is a darkened raspberry pink-bronze. This is one of the mineralize skinfinishes that can change color depending on how much glitter veining you have (and also, the less glitter veining, the less glitter). I don’t find Petticoat obnoxiously glittery, though. It’s pigmented enough to be worn as a blush for light and medium-dark skintones–the deepest skin tones may find it very subtle.
  • Comfort is a slightly bronzed brown with golden sheen. This is nice on warmer skin tones as a subtle flush on cheeks or as a bronzer. It’s one of the less shimmery mineralize skinfinishes, and it’s also one of the more pigmented ones, too.

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MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
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MAC Alice + Olivia Collection
MAC By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish

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MAC Comfort Mineralize Skinfinish

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266 thoughts on “MAC In the Groove Collection – Mineralize Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Love these! I got Stereo Rose & Comfort, while I have Petticoat and By Candlelight from previous launches. I hope you get Stereo Rose Christine! I think you’ll love it :)

  2. Anitacska

    Ugh, Comfort is terribly orange, isn’t it? It’s one of the MSFs that never appealed to me. Usually pretty much anything looks great on you, Christine, but Comfort looks way too orange. Glad I didn’t bother getting it. :)

    • Yeah, I find it pretty orange. You have to buff it out/use it lightly a good deal to wear it, though it IS wearable when worn softly. I don’t know how others love it so as a bronzer, though! It’s always way too orange for me.

  3. Amna

    Hey Christine,
    Could you recommend the best brush to apply the MSFs with please especially as a blusher?

  4. Diane

    Christine, do you think they will get more by candlelight in stock? Mac pro was sold out early am yesterday? Or do they just run out and that’s that?

  5. apfelwinter

    Dunno, I don’t like Petticoat and Comfort, judging by the photos. However, By Candlelight looks lovely, this is the so-called “healthy glow” what people would like to get. The others are really disappointing.

  6. Kristel

    Hi Christine! Wondering if I should get comfort if I have: cheeky bronze, brunette, so ceylon


  7. aradhana

    when you took the photos of yourself wearing the msf’s, did you apply wet or dry? i was wondering because i never seem to get that kind of intensity from my msf’s, though i don’t have those particular shades. (although my skintone is also deeper, so that could also be why.)

      • aradhana

        it will be interesting to see how stereo rose looks on you — it has a verrry subtle effect on me (i wore it over dolce vita blush today)

        unrelated side note: i went to sephora the first time in YEARS (i just moved back from the uk), and i was in heaven!

  8. I finally understand all the hype about Stereo Rose.

    I was in denial about how gorgeous it truly was.

    I went to my counter this morning, to pick up some Digi Pops stuff, and to check out the rest of In The Groove in person. Now, I don’t think a lot of people know that there’s a counter at that particular location, they always have le and dc products there, ages after it’s sold out everywhere else. I’ve gotten some great finds there. But, I digress.

    I expected to see a lineup for Stereo Rose, when I showed up at opening time. There wasn’t one. I was in shock. I was the only person at the counter, except one other person that just came to pick up her presale stuff. The artist and myself were talking about Stereo Rose, and both of us agreed that we didn’t see what all the fuss was about. She had received one for herself, but hadn’t opened it yet. They had 4 on the shelf, and none were spoken for.

    Then, the phone started ringing. The two other counters in my city were sold out, as was the freestanding store. They were all calling this counter to see if they had any. Then, customers were calling in a panic to see if they could have one put on hold. Within 5 minutes, 3 of them were on hold, and the other one was just sitting there by it’s lonesome.

    I went to swatch some of the blushes, and then saw the MSFs there, taunting me. I thought to myself “Why Not?”. I swatched Stereo Rose first, and immediately, I started shaking, and waving to the artist to come over. It was the most gorgeous golden coral colour that I think I had ever seen. It had such a beautiful sheen, almost a duochrome. The light just danced across it! The artist grabbed my hand, and declared “OHMYGOD!” She then went on to say that she goes nuts over anything coral.

    I fell in love with it, but alas, I know it would look horrible on my pasty white skin. I wanted to buy it so badly, but I knew that someone darker than me would wear it so much more beautifully than I would. I even thought, if I tried it, and didn’t like it, I could sell it to someone else (without marking it up!). But, I let went with my head, not my heart. I left my counter with a bag full of goodies, including By Candlelight, which will look so much better on my skintone. I left the last Stereo Rose sitting there, waiting for someone to take it home, and cherish it.

    With that, I hope that everyone that truly wants one was able to get it.

    Sorry my story is so long. I don’t really have anyone in real life to share these experiences with.

    • That is really sweet of you to pas on it so someone else could have it :)

    • Alejandra

      You’re so nice for doing that.
      I truly enjoyed reading your story.
      Hopefully you enjoy your goodies.

    • aradhana

      that was a nice story – don’t apologize!

    • opolka

      aweee… you’re a great person. and we all don’t mind reading your story. *thumbs up* for your braveness to pass on that stereo rose!

    • Leticia

      Hi JayJay!
      I agree you don’t have to apologize for your long story. It’s so great we can share our make up addicts experiences here at Temptalia!It was super nice of you to leave Stereo Rose for someone else, I am sure that person is in heaven right now!

  9. Leslie-Marie

    Hey ladies, you can order Stereo Rose on Nordstrom’s website, or in store! It is backordered untill 7/30 but I find that they usually get backordered items shipped much before the anticipated date. I already have my Dazzle Lipsticks and they were slated for 7/12! GO AND GET STEREO ROSE, it’s FAB!!!

  10. Leah

    Just a quick question: I know they’re not dupes, but do you think that By Candlelight will show up much differently on my NC20 skin than Shell Pearl beauty powder? I’m on a pretty tight budget, and I want to get the most bang for my beauty buck : )

  11. Claudia

    I’m a bit confused about what to choose. I’m a ~ NC35, brown eyes and hair. What you recommend in terms of skinfinish and blush duo.

    Btw, I love your blog and videos. You rock!!


  12. Wow comfort is a real in your face orange! Way too much for me! I do like petticoat and cadnlelight.

  13. Sarah

    Hi Christine, I was wondering how By Candlelight compares to Pearl Sunshine from Barbie if you have it? Thanks!

  14. Kara

    I couldn’t call off work today so i begged my sister to go to the nearest mall in our are so she can pick one up for me.I called ahead of time as well so they can hold one for me yesturday… and for some reason mine wasnt on hold.. no record of my name what so ever! as pathetic as this sounds i wanted to cry because i thought for sure i was gonna get one.. i called my boyfriend who lives 20 miles away from me to go and check to see if they have it at the MAC counters near him… my poor boyfriend who works nights had no sleep but still dragged himself to the mall(love) all because of this Stereo Rose! i can tell from the sound of his voice on the phone that his eyes were rolling to the back of his head as i was going on and on about this special msf that i just had to have.=/ back to my sister who was at the mall who also didnt give up finding this for me… found one! in nordstrom and get this.. it was the last one! she called me and my stress level went down. haha.. So here iam at work on Christine’s site reading other comments of what other people think about this msf…(i cant wait to go home and try it!)
    hope you guys didnt go to the extent that i had to.

  15. Kara

    christine what lipstick are you wearing on your picture with the petticoat… its the pinkish one?


  16. Carolina

    How would By Candlelight compare to Perfect topping? I’m an NW20 and would like to find an msf for highlighter and to make my Mocha and Melba blushes more glowy.

  17. patrice

    What LIPSTICK r u wearing here??? love the first pic with candlelight :)

  18. Michelle

    Hey Cristine!
    I NEED YOUR HELP!! Im wondering what should I get, either Stereo Rose, Comfort or A Little Bit of Sunshine, Im an NC35. I want that bronze godess look everyone talks about, or if you have another recommendation from the permanent line, let me know:)
    That’s what Im talking about 😀

  19. Joanne-Marie

    Hey chrisrine, first off, thx so much for the swatches beautifull as always, so i was wondering, how exactly does the veining change the way petticoat looks? :S like i want it to have that raspberry color but i dbt want all that glitter/shimmer, so does that mean that i take one with less veining? And if i do wouldnt that mean that it doesnt have that raspberry colir i want? :s sorry for all the questions

  20. jess0501

    in singapore stereo rose is alr sold out since 12 pm in the day it launch. i called all of the mac counter in the whole country and no one has it. so sad T_T

  21. for whatever reason I feel like I need comfort msf now lol .. I know everyone is saying it looks orange but I bet there is a way around it to give a nice bronze shimmery look. I have a hard time with any bronzer they ALL look orange on me .. Guess I havent found a way to perfect it..Will have to go look at comfort today and debate it lol.

    • Michelle

      Yeah, you should! And let me know how that works out, Im also debating whether I need it in my life lol.

  22. LH

    Thanks for the swatches Petticoat is so pretty. Maybe next time they release it I can pick one up.
    If stereo rose is such a popular color and the only coral like msf then I don’t get why MAC wont make it perm. I guess they like the hype.

  23. Kristin

    Do you think By Candlelight is similar to Honey Highlight Powder from the Naked Honey Collection?

  24. Sandra

    went to my MAC today and they were out of stereo rose and by candlelight. I just went to look… but since they had petticoat i had to get it. and i LOVE IT! in my opinion is way nicer than the swatches i’ve seen of stereo rose!

  25. Love this collection!~Ordered By CandleLight can’t wait!

  26. Andrea

    Hey im just wondering what brush do you apply your msf’s ? Would you recommend a mac 116 or 129

  27. Janna

    Hey! do u think by candlelight will look good on my skin [nc35] as a blush/higlight or am i too dark to pull it off?? thanks in advance.

  28. Refinement

    I promised myself that I wasn’t going to get anything from this collection and give myself a huge break from all of the damage that I did from To The Beach. Now I have all 4 MSFs and I love them all…I wonder if there’s a MAC rehab somewhere, LOL!

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  30. jackie

    are these limited edition??

  31. Rose Dreams

    you think the Mineralize Skinfinishes ”Candlelight” like ”Soft and Gentle” or not ????

    Can you pls tell me ??!!!!?

    iam waiting 4 you


  32. Leticia

    Hi Christine!
    As usual, my comment is a little late, as In the Groove arrived at my closest MAC counter only today. After reading your review on the collection (which was as useful as always – thanks so much!) I really wanted to see the famous Stereo Rose in person and when I did, WOW!! It’s super gorgeous!! I usually do not go that crazy over blushes or MSFs, but I just loved SR and even though I tried to cool my head, left the counter and tried to go back home, I could not do so without By Candlelight! Thanks for your great reviews, Christine!! And I hope you finally got your Stereo Rose!

  33. shandie

    you probably have answers this questions tons of time but i dont know where to find it. So sorry for being a pain but

    What brushes do you use to apply the Mineralize Skinfinish?

  34. I was just wondering if there is chance that they still have the Stereo Rose and Candlelight at the Macy’s or Mac store. I looked online and they are sold out!

  35. Hi Christine, I have By Candlelight and I LOVE it!! Please tell me in the swatch where you are wearing By Candlelight what eyeliner you are wearing? It’s so pretty.

  36. Iqra

    Hi !
    I was wondering how exactly is a MSF different from regular blush ?

  37. janika

    hi christine! im planning to get my first msf, im thinking about getting soft and gentle or petticoat.what would u recommend to me? im in NC42 :)

  38. Sydney

    Petticoat looks gorgeous on you!

  39. Mary Ann

    Hi! Do you have any news to MAC if they are going to re-promote the MAC msf petticoat, blonde and porcelain pink? Thank