Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows ($19.50 for 0.07 oz.) includes twelve, limited edition shades: Blue Sheen (melange of navy, black, peach), Clarity (melange of light pink, off-white green, gold, and black), Dark Indulgence (melange of forest green and black), Faux Gold (melange of coral, gold, lime, bronze), Golden Gaze (melange of gold and black), Hint of Sapphire (melange of pink, violet, teal, copper, blue), Jade’s Fortune (melange of bright yellow, blue, lime, black), Mineral Mode (melange of white base with copper and gray), Quartz Fusion (melange of soft pink, silver, deep pink), Rare Find (melange of violet, brown, gold), Smoked Ruby (melange of burgundy and black), and Unsurpassable (melange of green, teal, purple, and copper). This post features Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Rare Find, Smoked Ruby, and Unsurpassable in the next post. I do not currently have Dark Indulgence, Faux Gold, or Quartz Fusion, and I will post those when I am able to purchase them.

  • Jade’s Fortune is a sheer charcoal gray with a hint of green sheen when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a deep charcoal gray with a silvery-teal sheen and purple shimmer-glitter dominates. It is interesting how it really doesn’t have much green to it at all, despite how green it looks in the pan. I think I re-swatched this four or five times at my desk. It is similar to Clarity, even though they look totally different in their pots. It’s more faceted with multi-colored shimmer but the base color is very similar to Inglot #451.
  • Mineral Mode is a sheer, darkened rosy pink when applied dry. It’s more opaque and has a brighter metallic sheen when applied dry, but the color itself is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is pinker but similar, while Inglot #399 is even pinker but still has some similarity, and Urban Decay Scratch is a little lighter, less rosy.
  • Rare Find is a slightly sheered plum purple with multi-colored shimmer when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a darker, grayer purple with less plum. The multi-colored shimmer seems less apparent when it is used wet. Inglot #445 is pinker, Bare Escentuals Chroma Violet seems rather comparable but in cream form, MAC Azuki Bean is similar but has less depth, and theBalm Curvy Cami is a little lighter/more mauve.
  • Smoked Ruby is a really rich, luxurious blackened brown with a burgundy-brown shimmer and sheen. This is one of the best shades of the nine I’ve tried. The pigmentation and depth are the same whether it is used dry or wet. I couldn’t find any great dupes for this shade. Make Up For Ever #162 is similar in the burgundy-brown aspect but it’s still quite different (no shimmer, no black). It’s more like a combination of MAC Sexpectations and MAC Centre Stage.
  • Unsurpassable is a semi-sheer springy green with copper-bronze sparkle when applied dry. When applied wet, it comes together a bit more, so it’s more opaque, but it has a grittier texture because it is loaded with sparkle. It’s a little less green than Urban Decay Urb (but hey! they share the same glittery issues), while theBalm Makeout Mary has a similar feel, it is darker and greener.

For a detailed review of the formula, please see part one.

The reason the rating for this set is rather different from part one is that the only real gem here is Smoked Ruby, while three others (Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Unsurpassable) are rather sheer when used dry–more so than you would expect.  Rare Find doesn’t have stellar color payoff when used dry, but it is decent.  The texture of Jade’s Fortune and Unsurpassable is a little on the gritty side from the larger shimmer/glitter particles.  Rare Find is much more of a low B-level shade, while Smoked Ruby is more of an A-level shade.  The discrepancies you see here in the post that ultimately result in a more muddled rating is why I prefer to review products individually, rather than several shades all at once.

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MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

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Within this set of five, Smoked Ruby is the real standout. Really rich in color, complexity, and the texture is divine. Jade's Fortune, Mineral Mode, and Unsurpassable are all rather sheer when used wet, while Jade's Fortune and Unsurpassable have a larger sparkle in them that makes them more prone to fall out. Mineral Mode has more of a shimmer-sheen, so it is more workable even when sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow


Jade’s Fortune on inner lid, Golden Gaze on middle of lid, Smoked Ruby on outer lid/crease


Jade’s Fortune on inner lid, Golden Gaze on middle of lid, Smoked Ruby on outer lid/crease after 3 hours


Hint of Sapphire on inner half, Blue Sheen on outer half/crease


Hint of Sapphire on inner half, Blue Sheen on outer half/crease

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Where can I purchase this? How much is it?

The collection will be available in-stores on July 7th, and it will be online approximately July 5th (but possibly delayed because of the July 4th holiday), $20.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews. Don't forget -- you can compare products using The Swatch Gallery!

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40 thoughts on “MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

  1. Carrie Ann

    Smoked Ruby looks awesome, but I think Mineral Mode and Rare Find are more wearable for me. I’d probably just use Smoked Ruby as eyeliner. Thanks for the terrific swatches!

  2. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Whew…I’ve already got Centre Stage so maybe I can pass up Smoked Ruby. But I am certainly going to check out Golden Glaze.

  3. Aww, the shadows look so vibrant but disappoint so much when swatched…

    • Avatar of Emily Emily

      I agree…. They’re so pretty in the pan, but swatched they’re a little boring…..I would so buy these if they were more unique :P

  4. Melody

    Oh no! I was hoping that Smoked Ruby would be more of a true red. It’s still quite pretty, though. Maybe I could try it over a red base.

  5. Avatar of Andie auroragyps

    Rare Find is a really pretty color when blended. I was hoping for more out of Jade Fortune and I’m wondering about trying to use a small brush to pit out the separate colors & then apply them to the eye, or would that not work?

    • It really will depend on the individual shade you have – literally the one you have – because it may have pieces big enough to try and just use a single shade, but most of mine are too marbled to make that practical.

  6. Teena Marie

    Is Smoked Ruby at all comparable to NARS Mekong eyeshadow?

  7. I think you could pick out areas of the shades, obviously you couldn’t just pick up one colour because they are so marbled but in Jade’s Fortune for example, couldn’t you pick out the greener area and use the bluer area separate? The blue just takes over the shade when swirled together. I think that is how I would use them. Someone on Specktra also said they work really well over the Big Bounce shadows and you end up with crazy duochrome effects. She said with Unsurpassable over a beige Big Bounce you get an emerald shade which sounds really interesting.

  8. That first look you made.. is ahhhmazing! Love it.

  9. nez

    If you like Smoked Ruby you should check out Fyrinnae Monarch Butterfly- the colour is even more beautiful and its cheaper.

  10. malia

    Wow these look phenomenal in the pan… but passable in the swatches.

  11. Kind of disappointing! The melange of colors looks so beautiful and amazing but actual application is extremely less than stellar :/ But still pretty to look at!

  12. Amanda Dubs

    Non of these look must have for me, thank goodness.

  13. Amber

    this whole collection is :Mehhh: and im kinda disappointed

  14. Evelyn

    how do u do wet swatches? i remember u mentioned in a previous post that you scratch off the eyeshadow onto your arm and then from there use your finger to blend it out. im just curious cuz the wet swatches look great!

  15. g

    it´s kinda weird how they swatch so different from the pan
    then again that´s the appeal no?

  16. Alyssa

    This is one of the most disappointing/ misleading makeup collections i have ever seen. I was thinking I was going to break the bank and buy everything from the description of the collection and the pictures that were released of the products in their packaging… but when swatched on the skin and lips they are unbelievably bland and highly disappointing. I have to say I have not been too impressed with any MAC collections recently :-(

  17. Smoked Ruby looks awesome!

  18. Karen

    *Le sigh* Looks like I’ll be passing on this whole collection.

  19. Avatar of Joan Joan

    Smoked Ruby looks cool, even though it isn’t really ruby.

  20. Marcela

    Aw man, these swatch nothing like I thought they would. Bummer.

  21. Sara

    They are just drop dead gorgeous in the pan, seriously gorgeous, but on swatches? No thanks. :/

  22. Puffnstuff

    Ooooh smoked ruby for me! And i didnt plan on getting anything from this collex!

  23. Inaya

    I LOVE the duo chrome effect they all have

  24. marcy

    these are so pretty in the pan… yet are so underwhelming in the swatches. PASS!

  25. Haley

    Wow… I need Smoked Ruby in my life… how GORGEOUS!! 0_o

  26. Krista

    WOW. I love Mineral Mode, Smoked Ruby, and Unsurpassable–which actually surprised me the most in the swatches. Gorgeous colors! :)

  27. shuz4ever

    ummm post swatches i have only one reaction …meh…these look so pretty in the pan – esp Rare Find and Unsurpassable. But they look so boring /ordinary / dupeable when swatched. If i do buy anything at all its only going to be to look at them.

  28. Avatar of Laura Laura

    I’m a little disappointed that Smoked Ruby turns out so brown, rather than a deep blackened red which is what I’d been hoping for. I will probably still get it though. Rare Find looks like a must for me – I love the colour!

  29. Avatar of Tina Tina

    wow smoked ruby looks amazing!!
    but im disappointed that the jade fortune is so dark i was hoping it wud be more green!
    but what the hell i might buy a couple i love the fresh green mix duo ive already got :)

  30. Maribeth

    Loving that “Insurpassable” otherwise I’ll skip…

  31. FC

    I really thought that Smoked Ruby was going to be more red based as opposed to looking like a blackened bronze/ brown shade. For some reason, MAC really avoids red eyeshadows A LOT, which I hate. I think I still might buy it though since it’s gorgeous in the pan and just screams me. Maybe I can use it over a red base.

  32. Annick Chantal L. H.

    I am hanging round Faux gold like a lioness hanging round a poor antelope!!! (lol) Just waiting for it to be available in Paris to swatch before buying. If Faux gold desappoints me, why not goldstone. But I need some coral, so…

  33. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer

    All of the shadows look absolutely beautiful in the pans but after seeing the swatches I think I’m going to pass on all of them. So disappointing for me, but my husband will be happy!

  34. Ren

    Do you think that Jade’s Fortune is comparable in any way to Bobbi Brown’s Black Sparkle eyeshadow from a few seasons back? I missed out on that and I’ve been searching for a dupe ever since!!

  35. Julia

    Hey Christine, thanks for the (once again) highly useful review. In the pictures you have shown of you using the eyeshadows, did you apply them wet or dry?

  36. Adele Bradley

    Is their a dupe for smoked ruby i wanted it so much.