MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Duos for 2012 Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Duos for 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) now include: Fresh & Mint (white with silver and green veining/icy green), Joy & Laughter (dirty pink with hot pink and charcoal grey veining/icy pink), Love Connection (pale beige with gold and blue veining/warm gold), Sweet & Sour (dirty gold with green and deep blue veining/warm gold), and Water & Ice (creamy peach with blue and silver veining/sterling silver). These are now permanent (at least for an extended period of time, I haven’t been able to get a definite answer on how long).

Fresh & Mint has a cool-toned pale aqua green with a hint of gray overcast paired with a cool-toned, pale icy pink with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. The green shade is a bit gritty. MAC Moss Garden is a darker green. Urban Decay Money is darker. It honestly looks a lot like MAC Shimmermint, perhaps a little less blue. The pink shade has good color payoff both dry and wet. It’s a bit cooler-toned compared to MAC Fresh Ice. It’s also similar to Dior Garden Roses and Tarina Tarantino Delightful.

Joy & Laughter has a cool-toned light-medium pink with a metallic sheen paired with a dirty gray-mauve with a soft sheen. The pink shade is similar to Dior Garden Roses (warmer) and Make Up For Ever #303 (warmer). The purple shade is similar to MAC Hypnotizing (less gray), Tarina Tarantino Fantastical (redder), and MAC Winterized (darker).

Love Connection has a warm, golden beige paired with a muted medium-dark copper brown with a golden copper sheen. Both shades felt rather smooth to the touch. The lighter shade is similar to: Tarina Tarantino Fantastical (warmer), Urban Decay Juju (darker), and Urban Decay Spotlight (warmer). The darker shade is similar to quite a few shades, though some are more intense than this shade (which has a softness to it): Buxom Golden Retriever (less metallic), Urban Decay Half Baked (warmer, lighter), Bare Escentuals Louder (more orange), Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds (more orange), and Urban Decay Baked (more copper).  This duo is a repromote.

Sweet & Sour has a dirty yellow gold paired with a cool-toned, muted green with hints of blue tint. The yellow is a smidgen chunky, while the green shade is almost a duochrome. The yellow gold shade is similar to: Bare Escentuals Remix (warmer) and theBalm Snobby (lighter, less frosted). The green shade is similar to: Dior Garden Pastels (lighter, bluer), Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm (bluer, lighter), and Inglot #414 (darker).

Water & Ice has an icy blue-tinted silver-gray with a white shimmer-sheen paired with a pale blue-toned purple with a frosted sheen. The silver shade is similar to: Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (lighter, whiter), Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm (darker, grayer), and Giorgio Armani #12 (lighter, more metallic). The purple shade was harder to dupe, but these were ones I compared it to: MAC Beautiful Iris (darker, less cool-toned) and MAC Digit (lighter).

Several of these are reminiscent of Glitter & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadows, so you may find that if you have some of those, you don’t need to rush out for these.  When I tested out these new duos, the results were the same ol’, same ol’ that I get with this product:  faded color after a few hours combined with continual fall out.  I tested Joy & Laughter and Sweet & Sour for wear, and both just looked so faded and muted after two hours (and this was used damp and over a primer).  I was really excited for Sweet & Sour, too, because the green seemed complex in the pot and swatched, but it doesn’t seem to translate to the eyelid.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Duos for 2012 Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
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MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Joy & Laughter Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Love Connection Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Water & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow

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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 hope we don’t see any more MES from MAC for a bit now. I wish they’d focus on single eye shadows or creative, non-dud quads, or they could add to the Matte2. I know mineralize was the thing for a while, but I didn’t think mineralize was still that big right now. IDK…the MES, at least from MAC, just don’t wear well at all.

I have the same issues as you with the fallout and the fading. But somehow when I’m
at MAC I find these to be the prettiest things, they look so beautiful in the pan so I always have to remind myself that if I get them I wont use them :p

Thank you for reviewing these! Sweet & Sour is gorgeous. I know you’re not crazy about these eye shadows, but I love them. I just wore Snow Season from the holiday collection yesterday, and it lasted all day w/o fading over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It was a hot day, too! What I love about these Mineralize Eyeshadows is their soft appearance and the way you can get so many different looks from one pan, depending on where you dip your brush. For whatever reason, they never fade on me as long as I apply them over primer, just like any other quality shadow.

If I didn’t buy them to review, people wouldn’t have a blog worth reading… I don’t really buy makeup for personal use any more – everything is to review for readers. It’s important to understand there’s a major distinction between a regular consumer and myself. I buy products that I know will look awful on me to review – does that mean it’s excessive? The whole point is to show others what it looks like in hopes that it helps them 🙂 I certainly have no personal desire to purchase every MAC collection but I do because it is helpful for my readers.

These still aren’t my favorite (due to the fall out) but I don’t have the fading problem. I do like some of the pastel colors, not sure that I’ll be racing out to get them though.

I totally agree with you, they are so pretty but i never love them as much as i want to.. luckily for me though i discover that playing with it in the store before actually purchasing.. so i only actually own one or two.

Hmm..none of their recent stuff has appealed to me very much. I think I’m saving up all of my “MAC allowance” for the Marilyn Monroe inspired collection that’s coming this fall. Fingers crossed that it’s as amazing as I’m picturing.

Yeah, I really don’t get mineralize either… they look really cute, but everytime I say “awww” I just need to remember the one I’ve already got and I’m done xD I use loose glitery mineral e/s A LOT with a primer and never a problem, whereas mineralize just dont want to stay on my lids.
That said, Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy under UDPP seems to make them stick around longer but it seems so much hassle for a product that doesn’t look that unique… except in the pan. Oh look! Fresh and mint… awww.

Because MAC is so popular and often repromotes shades or has dupes, I need to have them available for comparisons. I do not sell makeup, and I donate what I do not need to keep to victims of domestic violence.

The organization I work with is really amazing – they provide free/low-cost legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, and at least once a year (sometimes I do it in chunks, other times I end up waiting), I give them boxes and boxes of beauty products. They called me “Beauty Claus” this past year, LOL!

I have to agree with you. I am not a fan of mineralized eye shadows either. I don’t know if people out there have magic hands to make them work, but I surely can’t. I will save my money and spend it in some of the products from the Chenman collection 🙂

Ah, I don’t know what to do! I’ve never tried Mac’s MES before and I absolutely love these colours, but the mixed reviews make me nervous :/ I refuse to use eyeshadows that have a lot of fallout, and I don’t want to buy any of these only to cast them aside because of the fallout.

I am so happy to see Love Connection! I recently hit pan on that one and just my luck that MAC bought it back. Yah!!! Will be ordering 2 this time around.

P.S. Christine, I appreciate this site. It is super helpful and filled with awesome information.

Also, Love Connection looks alot like Engaging from awhile back. I love the mineralized shadows but they seriously need to step it up as far as introducing new original shades, rereleasing old shades under new names (in some cases more than once) is really starting to get irritating and VERY disappointing.
You do a great job though, thanks 🙂

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