There are so many beautiful eye shadows from the MAC Semi-Precious Collection, I wish I had the time to change my shade midday! Haha, highly unlikely during a typical workday ;) Besides Rare Find, Smoked Ruby, Golden Gaze and Jade's Fortune, I also got Faux Gold, Clarity, Dark Indulgence and Unsurpassable.
Clarity is a unique shade that is a melange of black, silver, pink, gold, copper, and blue shimmer. It's got just about everything under the kitchen sink! Applied dry, it is sheer yet has beautiful touches of each shade that show through. Applied wet, its chunkier texture requires some work to prevent it from clumping up. Work slowly and with a light hand for optimal non-sheer results. I thought the blend of colors in this particular shade was pretty freaking awesome. The range of colors in this shadow allow you to choose a lot of different bases and other eye shadows to match it up with. This was one of my picks to take on vacation for a little something fun.
Unsurpassable is another unique shade that is a melange of lime green, teal, marine blue, frosted white and copper. It has a chunkier sheerer texture than Clarity that swatches more of a cool greyish lime. The lime base isn't very flattering on me, however it is a crazy and kind of out there shade if you wish to get noticed. I'd match it up with a silver, grey, platinum or navy shade since I am a bit conservative.
Faux Gold is a melange of copper, peach, gold and burgundy. This is a glamorous shade that could be worn sheer for day and wet for night. On swatching, it is a frosty warm copper pink shade. I find I'm reaching for this one pretty regularly, much like I am reaching for Rare Find and Jade's Fortune.
Dark Indulgence is a black based dark forest bluish-green. It does bear some similarity to the green side of the MAC Venomous Villains Mineralize Eye Shadow in She Who Dares. Dark Indulgence has a shimmer and frosty finish rather than glitter. Dark Indulgence is more similar to the Chanel Noir Obscurs Les Folies Noir Eye Shadow Quad's green shade, but not quite as black. Of the three dark shimmery green shadows, I would still choose Dark Indulgence. I'd use it all over the lid and perhaps a layer of She Who Dares in the middle for some evening dazzle.
The MAC Semi-Precious Eye Shadows has a huge range of dazzling and fun shades that is sure to tickle your fancy. I found 8, but had to restrain on the last few that didn't quite win me over. My favorites by far are Rare Find, Clarity and Faux Gold. My big dislike with mineralize eye shadows is that they aren't easy to work with dry. I always find I am using two bases: Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion and MAC Paint or Paint Pot. While I usually use at least one of the two bases, there are times where I do want to use just one. But of course, I'll do the work to get the look as I am a bit crazy when it comes to makeup. ;)
So, what have you been up to? I've been spending a lot of time in the gym lately. On most days at about 6-6:15am, I am in the gym warming up to get into some HIITs cardio or strength training with some moves from Zuzana at Bodyrock.tv. I'm working hard to get in bikini shape for a trip to Las Vegas in less than two weeks with some family. While I have been doing weights and cardio for over a year before I started checking out Zuzana's Bodyrock videos. I must say the biggest improvements in my shape have come from doing her work outs a few times a week in far less time than what I used to spend in the gym. Save time & better results? Yea, more time for playing with makeup! :D Please check her out if you're looking a change in work out routines or some encouragement to work out. Don't forget to check out the swatch pictures below before you check out Zuzana though. :)