MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows ($19.50 for 0.07 oz.) includes twelve, limited edition shades: Blue Sheen (melange of navy, black, peach), Clarity (melange of light pink, off-white green, gold, and black), Dark Indulgence (melange of forest green and black), Faux Gold (melange of coral, gold, lime, bronze), Golden Gaze (melange of gold and black), Hint of Sapphire (melange of pink, violet, teal, copper, blue), Jade’s Fortune (melange of bright yellow, blue, lime, black), Mineral Mode (melange of white base with copper and gray), Quartz Fusion (melange of soft pink, silver, deep pink), Rare Find (melange of violet, brown, gold), Smoked Ruby (melange of burgundy and black), and Unsurpassable (melange of green, teal, purple, and copper). This post features Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Rare Find, Smoked Ruby, and Unsurpassable in the next post. I do not currently have Dark Indulgence, Faux Gold, or Quartz Fusion, and I will post those when I am able to purchase them.

  • Jade’s Fortune is a sheer charcoal gray with a hint of green sheen when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a deep charcoal gray with a silvery-teal sheen and purple shimmer-glitter dominates. It is interesting how it really doesn’t have much green to it at all, despite how green it looks in the pan. I think I re-swatched this four or five times at my desk. It is similar to Clarity, even though they look totally different in their pots. It’s more faceted with multi-colored shimmer but the base color is very similar to Inglot #451.
  • Mineral Mode is a sheer, darkened rosy pink when applied dry. It’s more opaque and has a brighter metallic sheen when applied dry, but the color itself is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is pinker but similar, while Inglot #399 is even pinker but still has some similarity, and Urban Decay Scratch is a little lighter, less rosy.
  • Rare Find is a slightly sheered plum purple with multi-colored shimmer when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a darker, grayer purple with less plum. The multi-colored shimmer seems less apparent when it is used wet. Inglot #445 is pinker, Bare Escentuals Chroma Violet seems rather comparable but in cream form, MAC Azuki Bean is similar but has less depth, and theBalm Curvy Cami is a little lighter/more mauve.
  • Smoked Ruby is a really rich, luxurious blackened brown with a burgundy-brown shimmer and sheen. This is one of the best shades of the nine I’ve tried. The pigmentation and depth are the same whether it is used dry or wet. I couldn’t find any great dupes for this shade. Make Up For Ever #162 is similar in the burgundy-brown aspect but it’s still quite different (no shimmer, no black). It’s more like a combination of MAC Sexpectations and MAC Centre Stage.
  • Unsurpassable is a semi-sheer springy green with copper-bronze sparkle when applied dry. When applied wet, it comes together a bit more, so it’s more opaque, but it has a grittier texture because it is loaded with sparkle. It’s a little less green than Urban Decay Urb (but hey! they share the same glittery issues), while theBalm Makeout Mary has a similar feel, it is darker and greener.

For a detailed review of the formula, please see part one.

The reason the rating for this set is rather different from part one is that the only real gem here is Smoked Ruby, while three others (Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Unsurpassable) are rather sheer when used dry–more so than you would expect.  Rare Find doesn’t have stellar color payoff when used dry, but it is decent.  The texture of Jade’s Fortune and Unsurpassable is a little on the gritty side from the larger shimmer/glitter particles.  Rare Find is much more of a low B-level shade, while Smoked Ruby is more of an A-level shade.  The discrepancies you see here in the post that ultimately result in a more muddled rating is why I prefer to review products individually, rather than several shades all at once.

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

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8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineral Mode Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Smoked Ruby Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Unsurpassable Mineralize Eyeshadow


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow


Jade’s Fortune on inner lid, Golden Gaze on middle of lid, Smoked Ruby on outer lid/crease


Jade’s Fortune on inner lid, Golden Gaze on middle of lid, Smoked Ruby on outer lid/crease after 3 hours


Hint of Sapphire on inner half, Blue Sheen on outer half/crease


Hint of Sapphire on inner half, Blue Sheen on outer half/crease

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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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Smoked Ruby looks awesome, but I think Mineral Mode and Rare Find are more wearable for me. I’d probably just use Smoked Ruby as eyeliner. Thanks for the terrific swatches!

I agree…. They’re so pretty in the pan, but swatched they’re a little boring…..I would so buy these if they were more unique 😛

Oh no! I was hoping that Smoked Ruby would be more of a true red. It’s still quite pretty, though. Maybe I could try it over a red base.

Rare Find is a really pretty color when blended. I was hoping for more out of Jade Fortune and I’m wondering about trying to use a small brush to pit out the separate colors & then apply them to the eye, or would that not work?

It really will depend on the individual shade you have – literally the one you have – because it may have pieces big enough to try and just use a single shade, but most of mine are too marbled to make that practical.

I think you could pick out areas of the shades, obviously you couldn’t just pick up one colour because they are so marbled but in Jade’s Fortune for example, couldn’t you pick out the greener area and use the bluer area separate? The blue just takes over the shade when swirled together. I think that is how I would use them. Someone on Specktra also said they work really well over the Big Bounce shadows and you end up with crazy duochrome effects. She said with Unsurpassable over a beige Big Bounce you get an emerald shade which sounds really interesting.

Kind of disappointing! The melange of colors looks so beautiful and amazing but actual application is extremely less than stellar :/ But still pretty to look at!

how do u do wet swatches? i remember u mentioned in a previous post that you scratch off the eyeshadow onto your arm and then from there use your finger to blend it out. im just curious cuz the wet swatches look great!

This is one of the most disappointing/ misleading makeup collections i have ever seen. I was thinking I was going to break the bank and buy everything from the description of the collection and the pictures that were released of the products in their packaging… but when swatched on the skin and lips they are unbelievably bland and highly disappointing. I have to say I have not been too impressed with any MAC collections recently 🙁

WOW. I love Mineral Mode, Smoked Ruby, and Unsurpassable–which actually surprised me the most in the swatches. Gorgeous colors! 🙂

ummm post swatches i have only one reaction …meh…these look so pretty in the pan – esp Rare Find and Unsurpassable. But they look so boring /ordinary / dupeable when swatched. If i do buy anything at all its only going to be to look at them.

I’m a little disappointed that Smoked Ruby turns out so brown, rather than a deep blackened red which is what I’d been hoping for. I will probably still get it though. Rare Find looks like a must for me – I love the colour!

wow smoked ruby looks amazing!!
but im disappointed that the jade fortune is so dark i was hoping it wud be more green!
but what the hell i might buy a couple i love the fresh green mix duo ive already got 🙂

I really thought that Smoked Ruby was going to be more red based as opposed to looking like a blackened bronze/ brown shade. For some reason, MAC really avoids red eyeshadows A LOT, which I hate. I think I still might buy it though since it’s gorgeous in the pan and just screams me. Maybe I can use it over a red base.

I am hanging round Faux gold like a lioness hanging round a poor antelope!!! (lol) Just waiting for it to be available in Paris to swatch before buying. If Faux gold desappoints me, why not goldstone. But I need some coral, so…

All of the shadows look absolutely beautiful in the pans but after seeing the swatches I think I’m going to pass on all of them. So disappointing for me, but my husband will be happy!

Do you think that Jade’s Fortune is comparable in any way to Bobbi Brown’s Black Sparkle eyeshadow from a few seasons back? I missed out on that and I’ve been searching for a dupe ever since!!

Hey Christine, thanks for the (once again) highly useful review. In the pictures you have shown of you using the eyeshadows, did you apply them wet or dry?

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