Thursday, June 30th, 2011

MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Semi-Precious: Mineralize Eyeshadows (Part 3)

There are three more MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) included in the Semi-Precious collection: Dark Indulgence (melange of forest green and black), Faux Gold (melange of coral, gold, lime, and bronze), and Quartz Fusion (melange of soft pink, silver, and deep pink).

  • Dark Indulgence is a blackened forest green whether used dry or wet, but when it is applied wet, the metallic sheen is more pronounced, making the overall shade look a little brighter. MAC She Who Dares has a grittier texture because it is more of a glitter finish than shimmer finish, and it also has a lot of gold shimmer, which makes it more of a yellow-based green and more reflective. They’re not completely different, but there are some gaps. Inglot #414 is similar but more reflective, so the base doesn’t seem as black. It is also similar to MAC Greengrease Greasepaint Stick, but it is more pigmented.
  • Faux Gold is a muted coppery brown with warm undertones. It’s softer and sheerer when used dry. It is lighter than MAC Antiqued but darker than MAC Amber Lights (which appears more golden). Milani Fusion seemed similar but it’s not as coppery. It’s actually a bit like Urban Decay Shag, but it seems a touch redder in undertone.
  • Quartz Fusion is a sheer raspberry pink when used dry, and then it’s more of a raspberry pink when applied damp. It’s very, very gritty from the chunky glitter that dominates the pan. It tended to apply unevenly when I swatched it.

Quartz Fusion is an absolute miss for me; the chunky glitter gets everywhere. It’s also rather underwhelming when used dry–sheer, almost dirty looking, compared to the color achieved when used wet. Dark Indulgence is the best of these three:  great color payoff with a soft and smooth texture.  The wear would still be a concern even for a shade like Dark Indulgence, but it gets high marks on the other rating criteria.  Faux Gold is somewhere in the middle–slightly sheer when used dry but overall, the texture is smooth and payoff is decent to good.

In this overall review, Quartz Fusion really brings down the overall rating of the other two here, which is why I tend to review products individually so each can stand on its own merits, rather than being pushed down (or buffered by) other shades.

Please make sure you check out my full review on the eyeshadows, as this post does not fully address the pros/cons of the overall formula.

The Glossover


MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 3)

Dark Indulgence is certainly better than C+ overall (think B+), while Faux Gold is more like a B-, but it is Quartz Fusion, however, that brings the overall rating down, because on its own, it would be a F.











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MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Indulgence Mineralize Eyeshadow (Dry/Wet)

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Eyeshadow (Dry/Wet)

MAC Quartz Fusion Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Quartz Fusion Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Quartz Fusion Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Quartz Fusion Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Quartz Fusion Mineralize Eyeshadow (Dry/Wet)

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31 thoughts on “MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 3)

  1. Kajol

    My expectations are going down and down every time you review. But, I’m still going to buy some things from this collection

  2. I don’t even use the 2 mineralize eyeshadow I have and these don’t seem that great, so I’ll probably skip all of them. I’m a little sad because they look so stunning in the pan!

    • The only two MES I’ve kept are My Dark Magic & She Who Dares. For some reaseon the darker shade have a smoother finish. The recent Duo’s also have a nicer finish them half of the MES’s from this collection.

    • Rosie

      I totally agree with you! I’m not big on the mineralized eye shadows either.

  3. heidi

    I’m really just not a mac mineralized eyeshadow fan. They’re bulky and don’t fit in my palletes and just don’t blend well on my lid. I won’t be buying these.

  4. Wow, I was planning on skipping this collection, but Dark Indulgence is really, really gorgeous! I’m going to have to really think about it, since I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything!

  5. Janet

    well i’m glad i ordered the the green and blue mes, they seemed like the only ones i would get any use out of. its a shame that they just looked pretty in the pictures but not in the swaps.

  6. Carrie Ann

    I like Faux Gold and Dark Indulgence is gorgeous. Too bad Quartz Fusion is so gritty. Thanks for these awesome reviews. They’re very helpful.

  7. The colors seem dupeable…except for Quartz Fusion. Curses! It’s so pretty. I’m a glitter fiend.

  8. Mariella

    Oh my – Dark Indulgence looks so beautiful! I will have to test it out in-store to see if it’s worth buying, though (and I guess this is my quibble now with the Bloggers’ Obsession products – that we were denied the chance to try them in store before shelling out on them; I’m thrilled with Hocus Pocus but still don’t like this marketing method).

  9. Giselle

    I’m sticking with Hint of Sapphire.

  10. Brie

    It’s kind of funny that most of these Mineralize Eyeshadows, priced well over $10, are easily beat in quality by the much more affordable Milani marbelized baked shadows! I’m glad I only pre-ordered a few of the MAC ones…

  11. triana

    Love love I have to have it!! Green wooww galaxi style

  12. Quartz Fusion reminds me of Northern Light MSF, the grittiest MSF ever. :(

  13. Madison

    aww im disappointed with quartz fusion, it looks so pretty in the pan

  14. Rebecca

    Faux Gold and Quartz Fusion are gorgeous. Too bad I have similar shades, and the QF looks chunky.

  15. molly

    A dupe for Dark Indulgence I think would be Psyche Minerals’ Orion Slave if anyone’s interested in a indie dupe.

  16. Anna

    I got Dark Indulgence. it’s GORGEOUS! the texture is very soft much bette then previous mineral eye shadows

  17. Debra

    Thank you for your frank reviews of the MAC mineralize eye shadows. Each year, I always venture near to at least a few of these babies, and then I swatch them or look online at swatches and wonder, What happened?

    I will buy that Feeling Flush blush though.

  18. Ooooo, I love dark indulgence! :)

  19. Marisel

    I had such high hopes for Dark Indulgence to be just like the green part of She Who Dares. BTW Did you ever find a dupe to She Who Dares??

  20. Amy

    I can’t get into the baked eyeshadow thing, but I like the lip products from this collection.

  21. Gretchen

    What did you use to apply these shadows with? Several girls got great pigmentation just by using their fingers to apply, along with some sort of base underneath.

  22. Quartz Fusion looks stunnng in the pan but the swatch is very dissapointing.

  23. Arlene

    If any of you get Dark Indulgence wear it over Lucky Green! O M G– I did that today and it super rocked. I got lots of compliments. Primer + Lucky green + Dark Indulgence– Try it!

  24. Mariella

    Just to let everyone know….I compared Dark Indulgence (which is gorgeous, by the way) side by side at the counter with MAC’s Bows and Curtsies (the one from Fashion Flower, not Tartan Tales) and with TheBalm’s Jealous Jordana and side by side, they are all identical…even the MAC SA was surprised by how close they were when swatched and when blended out! She even said “I wouldn’t bother getting Dark Indulgence if I were you…better to spend on something else!”

  25. Kasey

    any comparison on Dark Indulgence vs MoonLight Night Pigment?

  26. Jackie

    Does Faux Gold look like the left side of Nars Cheyenne?