Wednesday, July 13, 2011

MAC Semi-Precious Rose Quartz Goldstone & Crystal Pink Mineralize Skinfinish Review & Swatches

The MAC Semi-Precious Collection has a dazzling range of mineral based products.  This collection has the unique feature where the Mineralize Skinfinish contains semi-precious stones and minerals from Brazil, including tourmaline, pyrite, orthoclase, and bronzite.

While this was not my immediate attraction to the collection, I find this extremely intriguing and most suitable for a rock collector like me.  Yes, truly I am. Way back when I was about 11 years old I went on a summer trip to Yellowknife, NWT, Canada (yup, where Prince William and Kate were recently on their North American honeymoon ;) with my mother and stepfather.  It is about a 2 day drive north of Edmonton, Alberta and is insanely cold in winter, but pretty great during the summer with the exception of millions of mosquitoes. As part of my vacation we camped on the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake.  Long story short, to keep myself amused in between learning how to shoot a pellet gun, fishing and scratching mosquito bites, I looked at all of the pretty rocks. I took some home and later looked them up to be mostly quartz crystal of various shades, pyrite and other types of pre-Cambrian rock.  I took some samples home and eventually used them in my grade 7 science project.  So as I looked at the ingredient listing of the new MSF's, I thought wow, these contain pyrite!  Teheheh, I've seen that in its natural state! :) (By the way, yes I do have my rock collection still, it is somewhere in storage since I don't have any space to show them at the moment.)

Anyways, back to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes.  I picked up three of the four:  Rose Quartz, Crystal Pink and Goldstone.
  • Rose Quartz is a yellow based shimmery rosy pink.  The middle section is a mix of light pink, white and light green with copper and bronze veining.  It makes for a subtle pink cheek.  Just right for an everyday cheek.  
  • Crystal Pink is a champagne shimmery shade with a touch of peach and pink. The middle section is a mix of pink, bronze and dark grey-green with pearl and bronze veins. It's like a hybrid of MAC Candlelight and Soft & Gentle.  I like this as a highlighter the most. 
  • Goldstone is a shimmery golden brown.  The middle section is a mix of pink, peach and champagne with gold and bronze shimmer.  This is my personal favorite of the three that I got.  It results in a beautiful golden bronzy peach shade that is not too light and not too orangey on my cheeks. It is the most pigmented of the three I purchased.
Overall, these aren't glitter bombs but don't expect low level shimmer. Their shimmer verges on glitter bomb, but with a light hand and a good duo fibre brush, fine glitter is less noticeable.  I chose not to get the Pearl Mineralize Skinfinish as it was a bit light for my taste. It turned out to be paler than Crystal Pink on me. It didn't show up overly well on swatching for my skintone, especially as I do tan quite readily over summer. I am sure many Mineralize Skinfinish fans are going to adore at least one of these never the less, the marbling and veining in the centre is too enchanting to not get one.  Or maybe a few like me. :)

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Monday, July 4, 2011

MAC Cosmetics Surf Baby Eye Shadow Review & Swatches

Am such an eyeshadow addict, the MAC Surf Baby Collection eye shadows sucked me in. They compliment each other and combine to create a summery tropical eye look. I initially grabbed four of the five from the collection, but later got Saffron to complete the set.

The summery shades of Surf Blonde, Short Shorts, Surf USA and Swell Baby are gorgeous shades to add to your stash.  With the exception of Swell Baby, they perform extremely well, without the use of both UDPP and MAC Paint.  They apply smoothly and evenly without much layering for complete coverage.

Surf Blonde is a subdued frosted golden yellow.  It verges on being a mustard yellow, but more of a darkened lemon.

Short Shorts is a frosted shimmery ivory. It's much like Femme-Fi and Chamomile from previous releases.  While not stunning, a great highlighter that isn't too shimmery is always good to have.

Surf USA is a frosted golden teal.  It is simply stunning!  Great eye catching lid color that really pops but can be made subtle.  I think this would look great used as an eyeliner during the hot summer months when full on eye makeup is not what you're looking for. 

Swell Baby is a satiny medium grey. It has a slightly drier that works well for a crease or blending shade. The texture doesn't quite allow it to be used as a lid color on its own.  I'd suggest using a MAC Paint or something similar to get complete coverage. With that said, it still needs a lot of packing for complete coverage.

The only eye shadow in this collection I wasn't completely happy with was Swell Baby, but otherwise Short Shorts, Surf USA and Sun Blonde are fabulous.  Definitely worth a peak!