I have been looking through my makeup collection recently and have discovered the long-forgotten eye shadow palette by MAC. I believe I got it around three years ago and I wondered why I hadn’t been using that much since. It has some pretty shades of purple in it!
MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow X4 ($46.00) – powder formula of refined baked minerals that provides ultra-lightweight coverage. Eleven pre-filled palettes with four coordinated colours.
This palette comes in a form of a round compact made of very sturdy and high-quality plastic. It houses four eyeshadows of a baked formula. The official website states that ‘unlike most powders that are pressed into traditional metal pans, Mineralize Eye Shadow is moulded onto small round terra-cotta tiles and carefully baked for 24 hours, allowing for an exceptionally sheer and light application‘.
Moreover, it is officially stated that these baked eyeshadows are made of 77 minerals ‘that nourish while providing silky smooth, billable coverage‘. The amount of product you get is 0.5 g or 0.01 oz in each pan that totals in 2 g or 0.04 oz of eyeshadow. The compact also houses a built-in mirror of a medium size.
The key claims by MAC include the fact that these eyeshadows are safe for contact lens wearers, can be used wet or dry and are instantly nourishing. A Party Of Pastels palette is described as ‘four coordinated colors, from pastel pink to soft violet‘. The lightest shade in the pan is a bright silver with tons of chunky silver glitter and is extremely powdery. The second to lightest shade is a light pink color with tons of silver glitter and a strong frosty finish. The medium shade is a light violet with tons of finely milled multicolored shimmer and a moderate metallic finish. The darkest shade is a lightened plum with a ton of pink shimmer and silver glitter. It is advised to apply these eyeshadows to lid using fingers, brush or sponge-tip applicator.
These eyeshadows are quite powdery that makes dry application a mess. The best way to apply these is to use a brush and a Fix+. When applied wet these eyeshadows do look the best though they still require to be applied over a makeup base such as Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I realized why I do not reach for this palette that often. It is like a pure highlighter with the darkest shade being too light to be used to darken the outer corner or too glittery to be used as a crease color. This palette is ideal if you look for a nice inner-corner highlight (the two lightest shades work nicely this way) or as a highlight in the center of the lid. It is not that nice as a brow-bone highlight though as the glitter in the two lightest shades is too chunky. The compact also turns into a mess right after the first use and it took me quite sometime to clean it up for the photos.
The price point is quite high for the amount of product you get. And the fact that all shades in this palette are shimmery/glittery does not help that at all. I didn’t get to try other palettes but this one is too one-sided: too shimmery, too close in colors and too light. Though, it does look beautiful when swatched.
Have you tried the MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow X4? Which one do you like the most? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments down below.
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