Video Review: MAC Semi-Precious

Video Review:  MAC Semi-Precious

This review focuses on the mineralize skinfinishes, blushes, and eyeshadows.  I do briefly speak on the lipsticks and Cremesheen Glasses, but I think those products are familiar enough that less time needed to be spent reviewing them in this particular video.  I also figured that the products viewers would be most interested in would be the mineralize ones! 🙂  I reviewed the brushes in a separate video (which I posted yesterday!).

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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 have dangerzone, odd couple, and heat element, I really like them, I love dangerzone, I use Urbandecay primer potion in sin, I don’t seem to have any trouble with color pay off with these I do press on the color instead of brushing on the color and I use them dry, are they the exception? In this set I ordered smoked ruby, mineral mode and golden gaze, so I hope i’m not disappointed.

I think Smoked Ruby & Golden Gaze are some of the better ones in this launch, and Mineral Mode isn’t a bad one either!

I bought my semi Precious today at the Nordstrom pre-sale since I had preordered and I got the all over face brush set and I added the sea and sky mineral shadow, can’t wait to play with them LOL

Really helpful (in addition to your written reviews). It’s change my opinions and I’ll be taking a more critical look at the lipsticks (originally I wanted 2 of them; now I’m not sure I want any) and I’m thinking of looking at the warmer toned blush and at least trying it in-store (initially, I only wanted the pink one). Thanks for this, Christine!

I think the blushes might be sleeper hits. I wish they had better wear time (as I do with all of the mineralize products!) but the softness of them makes them different from a lot of past mineralize blushes.

I didn’t want any of the colours of these blushes but I’ll be keeping an eye out for future mineral blushes because I think the formula/finish of these is very nice.

The only true mineralize blush I have (as distinct from the MSFs) is Conjure Up and I really love it. I find it wears well but it could be that by the time it’s worn off and faded, I’m so flushed from work that I don’t notice! (g) I think a big part of the seduction is how luscious they look in the pan!

This is such a helpful review!!. I really want to try Smoked Ruby and give it a go wet, because it looks absolutely amazing, same with Blue Sheen, but I am not fully sure of getting anything from this collection, like you. I wanna love it, I try to love it, but there is still something that just doesn’t make it for me, so I was thinking, do you think it would be a good idea to skip this collection and just wait for MAC Me Over since it is such a humongous thing with a pretty big variety of products to choose from?. I really am not sure of which is the best product from this collection, and I don’t want to waste my money.

If you have nothing like either, maybe consider them, but overall, if you’re like me and try to love but experienced a lot of the same issues like fading/fallout in the past, I’d probably just skip it. MAC has lots of collections throughout the year and I’m sure there’ll be a better product right around the corner. It’s hard to say if MAC Me Over will be worth it, without having seen products (or even photos), but with something that large, surely there will be a couple of good products, haha 😉

If you’re able to return – maybe do that – buy but be OK with returning if they don’t work out.

Christine- GREAT review. The MSF look great to me- very versatile- but I use these all over the face constantly so I am always looking for diff colors. So glad you explained the shadows- that is JUST what I was thinking and you confirmed it. I have tons of Mineralized Eyeshadows and only reach for them when I want a very special look and have the time to work with them. That is not very often.

Thanks for taking the time to do this- it helps a LOT 🙂

I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds MES require a lot of work to get right! Sometimes I feel nearly incompetent when I get around them, because you just have to do so many tricks to get them just right! Too many great products out there to spend $20 on one that makes you jump through hoops.

Thanks, Caprig!

I’m only willing to put that kind of work in for a very special colour! I have some metalic shades in mineralized/baked product that I think are better than you can get in a standard shadow. I also have a few duochromes or very complex colours that are worth the effort of gently patting them on over a base so they won’t turn to mud.

I also agree about the work to get some eyeshadows to show up properly – this is how I felt about Family Silver but there are other non-mineral e/s that I have similar problems with and it’s frustrating. Gazette Gray (Pret-a-Papier)is one example – honestly, is it too much to ask that they look something like they look in the pan and that the golden bits actually show up on your lid, not just in the pan!

After I saw the video I definitely talked myself out of Warmth of Coral because to me there’s just no coral and there’s no MAC around so I don’t want to end up with a peach/orange blush. I also don’t think it’d show up well on my skin, bummer though I was looking for a good coral blush. I am however just getting Feeling Flush such a gorgeous berry color and hopefully it’ll help my brown eyes pop! Thanks Christine for all you do, love your reviews, and you’ve definitely helped me save money (my husband thanks you!!)

No prob, Laura! I wish mine was more coral, and I do wonder if mine is just bad luck with veining and perhaps the normal has more pink – but I don’t really know and you’re right that if you can’t buy in-store, you have no idea what kind of veining you’ll get! Like some of the eyeshadows have more black veining so the overall mix of shades results in a blacker-based shadow.

I actually super love the mineralize shadows and I do not find any difficulty with them. I wear them over paint pot or primer potion and they do not move or fade the entire day. For me the mineralize shadows are actually a quick fix and I use them every time that I am in a rush. I must say, however, that I do not like many from these collection– I expected the colors to be richer (without them being wet)– I wonder what’s up with that? I will probably only purchase the colors that look like actual jewel tones when dry– Blue Sheen, Dark Indulgence (the dark green one?) and the red/black base one– I forgot the names!

The chunk in the middle of the Skinfinishes reminds me of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

The only products I’m interested in from this line is Gem of Roses and the blushes Feeling Flush and Pressed Amber.

I was looking at your previous reviews for the mineral eyeshadows from MAC and there are people in the comments saying that they have already pre-ordered the items. How do they do this since the products are not listed on the site?

Also, I’d like to know how I should apply the eyeshadow wet. Do I wet the brush/applicator and then put it on the product?

Hi Amanda,

You need to check with your local store/counter, as the policy and procedure varies based on location/retailer. It is not something you can pre-order online.

I just wet my brush.

Thank you for such an in depth review. I always love and appreciate your honesty. You are like the mac oracle! I am in the love mineralize eyeshadow camp so I am super excited for this collection. I think the reason I love them is because I tend to wear them as just one block colour with just a neutral shade in the crease for definition. For example – I would put a bit of mac kid or quarry in my crease then apply family silver on the lid using a 242 brush spritz with fix+. Since I am only using 1-2 colours at the most its a quick and easy eye look but due to the variance of the mineralize shadow the look doesn’t look flat…I dont really experience fall out but maybe that’s just me….
you mentioned that you use mac mixing medium…do you apply it to the lid first or mix it with the shadow prior to application…i am curious cause I love to learn new techniques.
I agree with you about the veining changing the end resulting swatch…I will be in my store on Thursday driving them crazy looking for clarity with very little black veining, rare find with lots of lighter veining etc!

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