MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011 Review, Photos, Swatches


From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($19.50 for 0.07 oz.) sees a limited edition release of six new duos: This & That (frost beige rose/satin light beige), Mix & Switch (frosty dirty copper/satin beige), Sage & Wisdom (frost light green/satin deep green), Heaven & Earth (frost deep teal/satin black), Thunder & Rain (frost blue purple/satin grey), and Pretty & Prim (frost rosy burgundy/satin yellow pink).

  • This & That is a combination of a beige champagne with soft champagne sparkle and a yellowed ivory white with a satin sheen. Dry, the beige shade seems a little darker, because when applied wet, it has more of a metallic sheen, giving it an illusion of being lighter through reflection. The ivory shade has a flatter finish when used dry than when used wet. The closest dupes in the permanent line would be Arena (slightly more peach) and Blanc Type (not as yellow in undertone).
  • Mix & Switch consists of a vibrant copper with strong orange tones and a soft peach with subtle orange tones. Both shades applied about the same whether wet or dry. The closest dupes in the permanent range would be Coppering (redder) and Arena (less orange). The deeper orange is also similar to Paparazz-she.
  • Sage & Wisdom is a mix of a lightened forest green–it has this feeling of seafoam green but it’s not aqua enough and too dark to be really a seafoam green shade–and a blackened green with a pearly finish. The softer green shade applies a little sheerly when used dry, while the darker green shade doesn’t apply well regardless of being used wet or dry. This duo was the worst of the six, because the darker shade didn’t have much color pay off. The lighter shade is most comparable to Pastorale pigment (long ago limited edition shade), while the darker shade is a darker version of Flourishing–not quite as yellow-based as Femme Noir.
  • Heaven & Earth pairs a silvered sky blue with a satin finished black. The sky blue appears bluer and brighter when applied wet than dry, and it’s a little sheer when applied dry. The black shade applies about the same whether used wet or dry. The closest permanent shades would be Moon’s Reflection (less blue, more iridescence) and Carbon (matte finish, though).
  • Thunder & Rain includes a rich violet purple with a pearled sheen and medium-dark silvery gray that has a really subtle mauve cast to it. Both shades applied nearly equally wet and dry, though the purple shade was a touch softer when used dry. The purple shade is most comparable to Violet pigment, while the silvery shade is a lighter, frostier version of Scene.
  • Pretty & Prim has a berried red with a metallic sheen paired with a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a bright metallic sheen. When used dry, the berry shade is slightly sheerer than when used wet. The pink shade seemed about the same either way. The closest permanent dupes would be Cranberry, which is a little less pink, and Da Bling is a bit darker than the pink shade.

Mineralize Eyeshadows tend to work better wet than dry, because the product will bind together better and produce smoother and richer color. Overall, a lot of these shades work as well dry as they do wet, which is nice.  When used wet, they will dry down and fade a little–they won’t quite retain the intensity they have when they’re initially applied (we’re talking you’ll see the dry down result in a few seconds, not hours later or anything!).  The textures seem smoother, slightly less powdery than mineralize products typically are.

According to MAC, the mineralize eyeshadow duos will be available everywhere for 12 months, and then permanent only at freestanding/PRO stores. Available May 19th in North America in-store, June 2011 for International.

These all remind me a great deal of the In the Groove Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios: This & That is reminiscent of Soften the Mood; Mix & Match is a lighter version of Making It Easy; Sage & Wisdom is reminscent of Cool, Calm, Collected; Heaven & Earth is reminiscent of Blue My Mind; Thunder & Rain is reminiscent of Togetherness; and Pretty & Prim is reminiscent of Fresh & Easy.  Please see comparisons here.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos: New for 2011 Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
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From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain


From left to right: Thunder & Rain, This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth


From left to right: Thunder & Rain, Pretty & Prim, Mix & Switch, Heaven & Earth


From top left: This & That, Sage & Wisdom, Heaven & Earth, Mix & Switch, Pretty & Prim, Thunder & Rain


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC This & That Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mix & Switch Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Sage & Wisdom Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Heaven & Earth Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Thunder & Rain Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Pretty & Prim Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (Dry/Wet, Dry/Wet)


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo Ingredients

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. They are online now. 🙂

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

Mix&Switch looks gorgeous, that may be my post-finals treat to myself! Have these made it to counters yet? I know in your preview post you said you were finding more information on that…

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

Quick question, if you mixed the colours from This & That and Mix & Switch, do you think you would get a similar colour to the mineralize blush Happy Together?

I was looking through the swatches thinking, “OMG, Thunder & Rain looks really pretty! Must have it! …wait a minute. *pulls out Togetherness* Never mind.”

Random question: Why is it that wetting mineral products doesn’t mess them up-aka a weird, unusable layer does not form over the top of the product that you have to scratch away to use the product underneath?

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

hey christine are these like a standard collection… limited edition until sold out or limited edition for like 6 months?
I think I am thrown off because I didnt expect?

thanks and fantastic work as always xoxo from australia!!!

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

They are replacing the ones that are “semi permanent for 6 months dealio”. So Sea & Sky, Fresh Green Mix, etc will be going and these are staying for that time.

I’m just waiting for official information for MAC, as I do not want to give out the wrong information. I have heard 6 months and 1 year, and I would rather not misinform people.

Yeah, that’s why I had quotation marks around the semi-permanent 6 months because when Sea & Sky, etc. first came out, MAC said they would stay for 6 months but they definitely stayed for longer than that! 😉

I’m still waiting to get more information about if/when these will be in-stores and for how long. As soon as I have official information, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂

I wish these shades were more original, or maybe not, since I’ll be saving some money. The only duo I’m interested in is Mix & Switch.

Anyone thinks that Pretty & Prim looks a bit like the prev mineralised blush in band of rose (or something along those lines)!?
OR any chances it could be used as a blush?

Hi Christine, thanks so much for the amazing content as always. May I ask how you feel Pretty & Prim compares to Pink Split or Play on Plums? Are the colors similar?

The lighter pink in Pink Split might be comparable to the lighter pink in Pretty & Prim (though it seems less yellow-toned), but the darker shades don’t seem to align at all. Play on Plums seems a little closer, though both shades are pinker in Pretty & Prim.

Seems random…but is Pretty & Prim similar to band of roses blush?
And is Mix & Switch worth getting if I already have paparazz-she? I’m a bit of an orange fiend…

Hi christine,
When you get your information on release could you try and post a UK date for me? I really want to pick up mix and switch and thunder and rain when they come online 🙂

Sage & Wisdom is the one I really liked the look of, from the swatches, but now that you’ve said it’s the worst of the bunch, Christine, I may pass on it. Thunder and Rain looks nice but I don’t really wear that sort of intense purple/blue enough to justify purchasing it so maybe I’ll wait this one out!

Hey there! Thanks for the makeup porn!

I was wondering how much you think Mix & Switch resembles Heat/Element. I loved Heat/Element but I’m starting to run out. 🙁

I looked through the comments and maybe I missed this question – is Thunder and Rain at all similar to the purple and gray from the Togetherness trio?

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