Rant & Rave: Baked/Mineralize Eyeshadows


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Laurel Avatar

I like mineralized eyeshadows, or at least the idea of them. What I don’t like, though, is when there are a few colors swirled together and each one is different. For example, after seeing the swatch of mineral mode eyeshadow from semi-precious on here, I decided to buy it. The swatch here was a beautiful light pink, and the one I bought ended up being straight white, and the last thing I need is another white shadow. The other thing I dislike is that with some shadows, it is necessary to use them wet, and some are fine dry. It’s these discrepancies that make me not want to buy mineralized eyeshadows.

Noga Avatar

Hate – Mac mineralized collections. Always looks pretty, expensive as hell, but I always, always, get at least one, and it ends up at the bottom of my collection drawers, never used. Buh. I do like the concept, but it’s so hard to find good mineralized products.

Chelle Avatar

I actually have nothing bad to say about mineralized eyeshadows. I’ve only used the ones from MAC, but I’ve always found them exceptionally easy to deal with. I’m generally surprised by the reviews where people say that MAC have certainly been improving their mineralize formula but that it hasn’t been perfected yet – totally shocking to me as I’ve enjoyed them for four or five years now. I like them wet, I like them dry. I find them exceptionally vibrant when wet and have been using them pretty frequently that way for the past two weeks.

Jen Avatar

I love that they bring lots of light to the eyes and appear to be more colors on the lid when the light catches it. However, I HATE the fact that they have so much fall out and sometimes can be overly shimmery!

Donna J Avatar

For the most part, baked eyeshadows have weak pigmentation when used dry. I don’t have enough experience with foiling (using wet) to be comfortable with that, so they are mostly useless to me.

The exception to the rule is the Milani baked eyeshadows. I’m glad I picked them up…on clearance for less that $2 each! I actually screwed up my makeup the first time I tried them, I used the brown “metallic” one and was expecting a pale wash of brown and got the super dark smokey look! It was an annoyance and a “Yay!” moment at the same time. lol

Monika-Luiza Avatar

Hate them, they’re a pain in the ass to work with unless you use your finger or use them wet. I kept a gold one as i like it to use with my finger for a “foiled” effect

lilylou Avatar

I like the stila trio baked shadows (i have two shades), they are very shimmery and look really pretty once applied , they last a long time on the eye and although they do contain lots of shimmer it dosent have much fall out.

I hate mac mineralize eyeshadow duo’s i tried the colour love conection and it was so chunky and had loads of fall out – would not recommend!

Rosie Avatar

I agree I like the idea of “Bake Mineralize E/S” But I’ve found they don’t live up the hype. They look beautiful but not impressed with pigmentation, and overall I just think they lack quality. I did pick up 2 of the e/s from the new Mac Collection Semi Precious and I’ve used one of them once…. We’ll see about the other…..

Liz Avatar

I don’t mind baked eyeshadows, except a.) depending on the shadow, sometimes the pigment isn’t very good, and b.) they break so easily. I was cleaning my makeup drawer last week and managed to break two when they fell off my table. ):

Mariella Avatar

Generally, I really like them. I like the sort of “glowy” colour that they deliver…changing with the light and how you turn your head. I think they’re getting better over time – the newer ones are much better than some of the first ones I bought, with better pigmentation and less fallout. I like that they can be used wet without it damaging the surface of the shadow. I AM careful/fussy about what I purchase – I never purchase “sight unseen” and always try them out for myself in-store before purchasing.

AnGeLwInGz Avatar

First of all I’m allergic to them but that aside, I don’t like the application. Every brand of mineral shadow I’ve tried looks messy compared to regular shadows.

Courtney Avatar

I’m not that big of a fan of Mac mineral shadows (love their blushes though), but I do really like loose mineral eyeshadows from the smaller retailers because they tend to be very unique.

Hannah Avatar

I like using the darker more pigmented mineralized shadows for smokey eyes. A favorite look is lining the eye with Guilt By Association then smoking it out. Yesterday I had the chance to do the same thing with Dark Indulgence. It turned out amazing! The darker pigments get smoked outward while the main color (this time being green) became highlighted on the waterline.

Maureen Avatar

Depends on the product more than the fact that it’s baked. I used the Physician’s Formula baked trios when I was in high school, and I loved that, and I love my MAC Mineralize blush. I thought the Semiprecious collection was kind of dumb, though.

Leticia Avatar

Mineralize Eyeshadows are not particularly appealing to me, as they usually look to frosty. Besides, color payoff issues mentioned in reviews keep me away from them. However, I did enjoy the Mineralized ES from MAC In the Groove Collection, which had a nice color payoff, texture and finish.

Kate Avatar

I Love the darker colors like Dark Indulgence and Smoked Ruby. They’re so pretty when made into a smokey eye. I wasn’t however, a fan of the lighter eyeshadows released with the Semi Precious collection. Mineral mode was unappealing(in my opinion) and I thought Jade’s fortune was Amazing in the pan But a muddied dullish color when applied. I was mostly very disappointed in the collection.

Becca Avatar

I just don’t really like mineralize eyeshadows. I find that I can only use them wet, and I HATE using eyeshadows wet- it’s just too much of a hassle in the morning

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