Thursday, May 12th, 2011


From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($19.50 for 0.07 oz.) sees a limited edition release of six new duos: This & That (frost beige rose/satin light beige), Mix & Switch (frosty dirty copper/satin beige), Sage & Wisdom (frost light green/satin deep green), Heaven & Earth (frost deep teal/satin black), Thunder & Rain (frost blue purple/satin grey), and Pretty & Prim (frost rosy burgundy/satin yellow pink).

  • This & That is a combination of a beige champagne with soft champagne sparkle and a yellowed ivory white with a satin sheen. Dry, the beige shade seems a little darker, because when applied wet, it has more of a metallic sheen, giving it an illusion of being lighter through reflection. The ivory shade has a flatter finish when used dry than when used wet. The closest dupes in the permanent line would be Arena (slightly more peach) and Blanc Type (not as yellow in undertone).
  • Mix & Switch consists of a vibrant copper with strong orange tones and a soft peach with subtle orange tones. Both shades applied about the same whether wet or dry. The closest dupes in the permanent range would be Coppering (redder) and Arena (less orange). The deeper orange is also similar to Paparazz-she.
  • Sage & Wisdom is a mix of a lightened forest green–it has this feeling of seafoam green but it’s not aqua enough and too dark to be really a seafoam green shade–and a blackened green with a pearly finish. The softer green shade applies a little sheerly when used dry, while the darker green shade doesn’t apply well regardless of being used wet or dry. This duo was the worst of the six, because the darker shade didn’t have much color pay off. The lighter shade is most comparable to Pastorale pigment (long ago limited edition shade), while the darker shade is a darker version of Flourishing–not quite as yellow-based as Femme Noir.
  • Heaven & Earth pairs a silvered sky blue with a satin finished black. The sky blue appears bluer and brighter when applied wet than dry, and it’s a little sheer when applied dry. The black shade applies about the same whether used wet or dry. The closest permanent shades would be Moon’s Reflection (less blue, more iridescence) and Carbon (matte finish, though).
  • Thunder & Rain includes a rich violet purple with a pearled sheen and medium-dark silvery gray that has a really subtle mauve cast to it. Both shades applied nearly equally wet and dry, though the purple shade was a touch softer when used dry. The purple shade is most comparable to Violet pigment, while the silvery shade is a lighter, frostier version of Scene.
  • Pretty & Prim has a berried red with a metallic sheen paired with a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a bright metallic sheen. When used dry, the berry shade is slightly sheerer than when used wet. The pink shade seemed about the same either way. The closest permanent dupes would be Cranberry, which is a little less pink, and Da Bling is a bit darker than the pink shade.

Mineralize Eyeshadows tend to work better wet than dry, because the product will bind together better and produce smoother and richer color. Overall, a lot of these shades work as well dry as they do wet, which is nice.  When used wet, they will dry down and fade a little–they won’t quite retain the intensity they have when they’re initially applied (we’re talking you’ll see the dry down result in a few seconds, not hours later or anything!).  The textures seem smoother, slightly less powdery than mineralize products typically are.

According to MAC, the mineralize eyeshadow duos will be available everywhere for 12 months, and then permanent only at freestanding/PRO stores. Available May 19th in North America in-store, June 2011 for International.

These all remind me a great deal of the In the Groove Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios: This & That is reminiscent of Soften the Mood; Mix & Match is a lighter version of Making It Easy; Sage & Wisdom is reminscent of Cool, Calm, Collected; Heaven & Earth is reminiscent of Blue My Mind; Thunder & Rain is reminiscent of Togetherness; and Pretty & Prim is reminiscent of Fresh & Easy.  Please see comparisons here.

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MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011 Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Each year, MAC's Mineralize Eyeshadows seem to get better and better, and I think these seem a little more refined and smoother in texture than previous editions. These shades aren't necessarily unique, but fans of mineralize eyeshadows should enjoy them.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain


From left to right: Thunder & Rain, This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth


From left to right: Thunder & Rain, Pretty & Prim, Mix & Switch, Heaven & Earth


From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo Ingredients

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $19.50 each. Available May 19th in North America in-store, June 2011 for International.

Is it limited edition?

According to MAC, the mineralize eyeshadow duos will be available everywhere for 12 months, and then permanent only at freestanding/PRO stores.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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65 thoughts on “MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011 Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Would pretty & prim look weird used as a blush? ^^

  2. Gretchen

    Most of them look gorgeous, but I’m just going to save my money for the Semi-Precious shadows.

    • Hailey

      Me too!! I am really looking forward to the semi precious eyeshadows!! I can’t wait to buy them all!!!

  3. I MUST get them ALL!

  4. This & That, as well as Heaven & Earth, are really lovely.

  5. Thanks for great photos and swatches.
    My favs are Pretty&Prim and Thunder&Rain. Wet looks seem to have cooler reflects. That’s what I like the most.

  6. Avatar of Anna Anya

    thunder & rain seems right up my alley.

  7. daisy

    when exactly do they come out??

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. They are online now. :)

    • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

      Here, in Canada, they’re already available online – I saw them last night and was amazed that they’re already there.

  8. Heather Marie

    When do these come out or are they already out?

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

  9. JC

    hi christine. as usual, amazing pics and words. may i ask how you feel pretty & prim compares to mac’s play on plums or pink split?

  10. Jacquelin

    Mix&Switch looks gorgeous, that may be my post-finals treat to myself! Have these made it to counters yet? I know in your preview post you said you were finding more information on that…

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

  11. Aarti

    Quick question, if you mixed the colours from This & That and Mix & Switch, do you think you would get a similar colour to the mineralize blush Happy Together?

  12. These look “meh” to me. I think I own similar colors anyway.

  13. Stephanie

    I was looking through the swatches thinking, “OMG, Thunder & Rain looks really pretty! Must have it! …wait a minute. *pulls out Togetherness* Never mind.”

  14. Carrie

    Really liking Thunder/Rain and Prim & Proper!

  15. alyssa

    Random question: Why is it that wetting mineral products doesn’t mess them up-aka a weird, unusable layer does not form over the top of the product that you have to scratch away to use the product underneath?

  16. I like some of the colors, but I’m not sure they are different enough from colors I already own. I think I’m just going ot wait for Semi-Precious.

  17. Christina

    Pretty & Prim looks EXACTLY like my Band of Roses mineralize blush duo.

  18. Annie S

    would you say pretty and prim is similar to band of roses?

  19. Drewbee

    Are these already in store?

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

  20. Hi))) Are these shadows available in Europe now? TY))

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

  21. Avatar of Rae Rae

    Oh my god, Thunder & Rain! *dies* The silver and violet look absolutely stunning together.

  22. Avatar of Emily emily

    hey christine are these like a standard collection… limited edition until sold out or limited edition for like 6 months?
    I think I am thrown off because I didnt expect?

    thanks and fantastic work as always xoxo from australia!!!

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

      • MES

        They are replacing the ones that are “semi permanent for 6 months dealio”. So Sea & Sky, Fresh Green Mix, etc will be going and these are staying for that time.

        • I’m just waiting for official information for MAC, as I do not want to give out the wrong information. I have heard 6 months and 1 year, and I would rather not misinform people.

          • MES

            Yeah, that’s why I had quotation marks around the semi-permanent 6 months because when Sea & Sky, etc. first came out, MAC said they would stay for 6 months but they definitely stayed for longer than that! ;)

  23. Christine

    What day are these released? I cant seem to find it in the review! Gorgeous colors great review, like always.

    • I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. :)

  24. Carrie Ann

    I wish these shades were more original, or maybe not, since I’ll be saving some money. The only duo I’m interested in is Mix & Switch.

  25. Avatar of Melissa Melissa

    pretty and prism wasen’t that a blush?

  26. Chez

    Anyone thinks that Pretty & Prim looks a bit like the prev mineralised blush in band of rose (or something along those lines)!?
    OR any chances it could be used as a blush?

  27. JC

    Hi Christine, thanks so much for the amazing content as always. May I ask how you feel Pretty & Prim compares to Pink Split or Play on Plums? Are the colors similar?

    • The lighter pink in Pink Split might be comparable to the lighter pink in Pretty & Prim (though it seems less yellow-toned), but the darker shades don’t seem to align at all. Play on Plums seems a little closer, though both shades are pinker in Pretty & Prim.

  28. Hannah

    Seems random…but is Pretty & Prim similar to band of roses blush?
    And is Mix & Switch worth getting if I already have paparazz-she? I’m a bit of an orange fiend…

  29. Crystal C.

    Love it! I think this are really going to be great. I especially love the grayish/silver one from thunder and rain! :)

  30. Pink

    Looks like the same old shades from before. I’m passing. Thanks for the swatches.

  31. Mellie

    i LOVE the thunder and rain ! Looks so pretty and the name is perfect for it!

  32. Sam

    pretty and prim looks like band of roses blush in the pan! lol. i am not a fan of mineralise shadows. but these are so pretty!

  33. Mel

    The orange in Mix and Switch reminds me of Saffron. Hrmm.

  34. jenni

    Hi christine,
    When you get your information on release could you try and post a UK date for me? I really want to pick up mix and switch and thunder and rain when they come online :)

  35. KT

    I love This and That!

  36. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Sage & Wisdom is the one I really liked the look of, from the swatches, but now that you’ve said it’s the worst of the bunch, Christine, I may pass on it. Thunder and Rain looks nice but I don’t really wear that sort of intense purple/blue enough to justify purchasing it so maybe I’ll wait this one out!

  37. Musebeliever

    Pretty and prim is just my colours, but I can find similar colours at Kiko for 8-9 euros.
    Not for me.

  38. Chelle

    Hey there! Thanks for the makeup porn!

    I was wondering how much you think Mix & Switch resembles Heat/Element. I loved Heat/Element but I’m starting to run out. :(

  39. Amy

    Not a must have for me.

  40. I am really loving these! Thank you so much Christine for being on top of this!! You are the greatest! <3

  41. Liz

    honestly? They look pretty boring for the most part…

  42. Cristina

    Thursday 07 July On counters, 12 Semi Precious eyeshadows, 3 Mineralize SkinFinish and 234 Brush.

  43. HautePJ

    I looked through the comments and maybe I missed this question – is Thunder and Rain at all similar to the purple and gray from the Togetherness trio?