MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($46.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bluish take on a smoky eye–a mix of silvery white, pale blue, light-medium blue, and black. The first three shades were decent, while the last shade was a pain to work with for a myriad of reasons. The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is wet/dry, and it is designed to have sheerer coverage applied dry while stronger color payoff requires working with the product using a damp brush; this isn’t always an extra step everyone wants to do, but it’s absolutely necessary with this palette if you want opaque coverage, so keep that in mind!

Dark Energy #1 is a bright, silvery white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage both dry and damp; the only difference seemed to be that the finish became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for six and a half hours dry, seven hours damp. Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Rue Allent (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Letty Lynton (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #14 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #2 is a muted, light cloudy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had sheer coverage and looked more white than blue; it also wore for six hours before fading. Applied damp, it had mostly opaque coverage with a stronger blue tint, and it started to fade after seven hours of wear. Dior Blue Garden #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Promesse #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rondelle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Atlantis (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Icy (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #3 is a light-medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and six-hour wear when applied dry. Applying the eyeshadow damp yielded more opaque coverage with a stronger sheen, and it stayed on better at seven hours of wear. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Sephora Blue Rhythm (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #22 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Blue Moon (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Sky (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Citadel (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). CoverGirl Ice Flame (345) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Milani Bella Sky (08) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Energy #4 is a sooty black with cool undertones and a satin finish. Unfortunately, while the rest of the palette was decent, this one was a major let-down due to a very dusty, thin texture that was hard to apply and blend out on the skin, as it would adhere to some places but not others. MAC Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Black Velvet (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Black Tie Beauty (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Black (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Lancome It list (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Dark Energy Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Dark Energy #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #1 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #2 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #2 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #2 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #2 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #3 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #3 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #3 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #3 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #4 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #4 Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Dark Energy #4 Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Dark Energy #4 Mineralize Eyeshadow