MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

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MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Bossa Blue
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinishes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Skinfinishes ($30.00 for 0.24 oz.) come in five shades: Adored, Gold Deposit (permanent), Lust, Rio, and Soft & Gentle (permanent). Except for Gold Deposit, the Mineralize Skinfinishes are on the lighter end of the spectrum, so for the majority of complexions, they’ll work more as highlighters than blushers or bronzers.  The textures of all five were less powdery than the blushes from this collection.  Gold Deposit was the only one that had a slightly sparkly/less smooth texture.  In my experience, MAC’s Mineralize cheek products don’t last as long as their regular powder blushes do.  I’ve only tested one of the five, and I’m in the process of testing Lust and Rio at this very moment and will update accordingly.  I expect to test the remaining two (which are permanent) tomorrow.  Overall, I think if you normally love and use Mineralize Skinfinishes as highlighters, one of the new shades is worth checking out, but the reality is they’re very similar to each other – each one slightly darker from Adored to Lust to Rio (Rio being the “darkest”).

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MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Adored
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Blushes ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) sees the launch of three limited edition shades.  All three had rich, intense color payoff, but I did experience shorter wear (which is my typical experience with the mineralize face products), so the ratings reflect that shortcoming.  The other thing was that all three were extraordinarily powdery–the merest touch of MAC’s 116 dislodged quite a bit of powder and left powdery remains pushed to the edges.  MAC’s new 159 brush is better for these, just because it doesn’t seem to disturb the powder as much, so there is less excess and waste, and it is also easier to get less product so you can build the intensity to the desired level rather than starting at level ten.

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MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush
MAC Mineralize Blush Exotic Ember
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

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MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Cremesheen Glass Calypso Beat
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. :)

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MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Midnight Mambo
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection for Summer 2013


The lure of the Latin beat. M·A·C captures the passion of samba in a shimmering colour collection that pulsates with sensuality. Tropical Taboo gives in to the heat, beat and exotic glamour of shades that define desire. One note, one hip-popping turn, one penetrating look and you’re hooked. Eyes reflect the dynamic tempo with the dazzle of Mineralize Eye Shadow in vivid pigments including Cha-Cha-Cha and Tropica. Full luscious lips glisten with a tantalizing top layer of Cremesheen Glass in Fever Isle and Calypso Beat. For professional results, partner 159 Duo Fibre Blush and 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brushes. Step up to the rhythm.

Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Luxe Naturale Light beige cream
  • Divine Choice Mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Lady at Play Mid-tone cool tangerine
  • Glamour Era Mid-tone warm brown frost
  • Midnight Mambo Intense violet (Limited Edition)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Calypso Beat Pale neutral peach
  • Fever Isle Bright red coral
  • Japanese Spring Pale dirty pink (Repromote)
  • Narcissus Dirty eggplant (Repromote)

Lip Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hip ‘n’ Happy Dirty blue pink (Repromote)
  • Have to Have It Soft warm beige (Repromote)
  • Ablaze Bright apricot (Repromote)
  • Heroine Bright purple (Repromote)

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Orpheus Intense black with gold pearl
  • Feline Rich black (Permanent)

Mineralize Blush ($25.00 U.S. / $29.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sweet Samba Dark pink with tan pearl (Frost)
  • Exotic Ember Orange with bronze pearl (Frost)
  • Simmer Burnt rose with peach/gold pearl (Frost)

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dare to Bare Light cream with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Caribbean Rose with pink and red pearl (Frost)
  • Tropica Silver blue with purple (Frost)
  • Time to Tango Lavender with silver pearl (Frost)
  • Cha-Cha-Cha Deep blue green with green pearl (Frost)
  • Bossa Blue Royal blue with brown pearl (Frost)

Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 U.S. / $35.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Soft & Gentle Gilded peach bronze (Permanent)
  • Adored Coral with light beige pearl
  • Lust Pale pink with cranberry pearl
  • Rio Bronze with bright pink pearl
  • Gold Deposit Soft reflective golden bronze (Permanent)

Brushes (Permanent)

  • 287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 159 Duo Fibre Brush ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN) (Permanent)

Availability: Now online; June 27th in-stores and at counters in North America; International in June 2013, China in August 2013

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