Monday, August 1, 2011

Shimmery Colorful Goodness: MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eye Shadows Review Pt 1

Well my dears, I'm so sorry this has taken me a really long time to post. Partly because the MAC Semi-Precious Collection has so many beautiful Mineralize Eye Shadows, I really had to spend a ton of time playing with each to get a good enough feel before writing a review.  But I've also been up to many important things.  More on that later!

This post includes pictures of Jade's Fortune, Smoked Ruby, Golden Gaze and Rare Find.
  • Jade's Fortune is a melange of yellow, lime, grey, black, silver shimmer and blue shimmer in the pan. When swatched dry, it appears to be a grey with hints of lime, silver and blue shimmer.  When swatched wet, it is more intense.  Layered over a cool greenish base, such as MAC Greenstroke Paint Pot, it pulls more blue. 
  • Smoked Ruby is a black based garnet red.  I would say its more garnet than ruby red because it pulls warm rather than blue as most rubies do.   I am not a fan of using this dry, I would use it wet to aide in adhesion to a sticky base.  However, this is fabulous for a gorgeous smokey eye.  Pair it with dark red or burgundy lips for an instant vampire look. 
  • Golden Gaze is a warm gold shimmer in a black base.  It bares resemblance to MAC Gilt by Association which has a black base, sooty appearance and is glittery with a hint of coolness.  Golden Gaze is smoother, less chunky, shimmery and pulls warmer. 
  • Rare Find is a melange of plum, grey, purple, magenta and blue shimmer.  It is a glorious mix of shades that has all of the subtle nuances of plum, grey, purple, magenta and blue shimmer coming through.  Turn a bit and you'll see a little something else. 

My favorite of this set is Rare Find since I am such a sucker for purple's. My second favorite is Jade's Fortune.  It's such a unique eyeshadow with a huge contrast when comparing it in the pan, when swatched dry and when swatched wet.

The formula of the MAC Semi-Precious Collection Mineralize Eye Shadows is quite comparable to last years In The Groove Collection yet had some comparable features to those from the Venomous Villains Collection. I felt the shimmer level and smoothness of most of the Semi-Precious Collection Mineralize Eye Shadows was most similar to those from In The Groove. However, Smoked Ruby and Golden Gaze reminded me of the Venomous Villains Mineralize Eye Shadows with black based shimmers, yet smoother.  While these don't have tons of fallout, I'd expect to do some cleanup under the eye after applying.

Overall I found these shades to be more intense, smoother and softer than previously released MAC Mineralize Eye Shadows (at least from the last few years ;).  I absolutely love how many of them have a melange of colors that dance across the lid.  They're definitely ones I'd suggest using alone or matching up with similar shades rather than contrasting them. I'd also suggest using these over the usual suspects of Urban Decay Primer Potion (or other similar sticky base) and a MAC Paint or Paint Pot.  Then apply them wet, preferably with a glycerin based mixing medium for less fallout and better adhesion. 

So what exactly have I been up to besides playing with makeup?   Last week I was in Edmonton where I did a bit of shopping at my absolute favorite lingerie store, Victoria's Secret.  It's one of the very few Victoria's Secret stores in Canada, I hope I'll get one around here!  It's a bit of a hassle traveling across the border to Washington state or Alberta just to get my fix. Hopefully we'll get one around here soon, but for now I will play away with these gorgeous mineralize eye shadows.


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