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

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

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

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

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow

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MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
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MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
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MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
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MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels #1 on inner lid, #2 on middle of lid, #3 on outer lid,
#4 in crease, Urban Decay Mars Eyeliner on lash line

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels #1 on inner lid, #2 on middle of lid, #3 on outer lid,
#4 in crease, Urban Decay Mars Eyeliner on lash line

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17 thoughts on “MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. It looked okay in the pan but it’s very pretty on you! I really like 3 and 4!
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  2. Would definitely pass on these. For me, they look too much like the same shade. Almost.
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  3. This quad is much prettier than I expected. But the ratings on these do not justify the price.

  4. Still can’t get over how much these look like Chanel Quads :-P

    The pastels are pretty, but I feel like you don’t get as much defeinition from this quad as you do from the others. (Probably just because there isn’t a really dark shade/it has a pale shimmer in it anyway). Having said that, I guess you could use it like a palette of ‘highlights’!

  5. Definitely not a fan of this! The colours would all look so close o my skin.

  6. Oooh I love the look you created with this one! That green eyeliner really goes well with the colors from the palette :-)

  7. I’m so over MAC and their collections. For starters, the collections that are highly anticipated sell out within 2.2 seconds, they have odd release times and the collections roll out so much that quantity takes the place of quality.

    These palettes are boring. In the 90′s, MAC was bold and fresh. Their makeup was worth the money. I owned several palettes back then (cough…cough…yes, I graduated high school the same year the original viva glam was rolled out)

    $44.00 for this palette is crazy….I’ll buy Urban Decay, Lorac, Kat Von D or even sleek before I take hard earned money and buy this nonsense. And vent over :)

    • For years, all I heard were raves for MAC’s Mineralize formula, but I’ve heard more rants in the past year or so – but before then, it seemed like most loved this formula. Maybe that’s why MAC pushed these out!

      • Christine….I think your right! Lately, I’ve been hearing that the mineralize formulas have gone down. I don’t know personally, since I haven’t bought a MAC eyeshadow in years. I forgot to add that I appreciate this blog and everything you do!

  8. I don’t think that this lack of quality is acceptable at such a price point.