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In the spirit of the M∙A∙C/Chen Man collaboration, two shades of Mineralize Eye Shadow – a mélange and a solid – form the traditional Yin-Yang symbol. The Chinese character for love is depicted in Chen Man’s calligraphy on the outer sleeve.
This review is for the 3 limited-edition Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos releasing with MAC’s upcoming Chen Man Love and Water Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Supersweet (frost): Half bronze, pink, gold mélange/half solid golden pink
- Pink Union (frost): Half taupe, lavender, brown mélange/half solid dark violet
- Love Cycle (frost): Half light blue, white, dark blue mélange/half solid dark royal blue
These shadows come in standard MAC packaging but are larger than normal eye shadows. The compacts are plastic and come with snap-shut, flip-up tops. The pans are dome-shaped and divided into two colors following a yin-yang shape. The outer sleeve-box packaging is decorated with a watercolor design.
On the left, Supersweet is a slightly purple grey with silver shimmers. On the right, it is a pale pink with frosty shimmer. Used wet, both colors intensify slightly.
On the left, Pink Union is a medium, shimmery lavender. On the right, it is a medium purple with more of a sheen finish due to more-finely milled shimmers. Used wet, the left color becomes lighter and the right side become a much more vibrant purple with a higher-voltage sheen.
On the left, Love Cycle is a medium ocean blue with a silver sheen. On the right, it is a deep navy blue with lighter blue shimmers. Used wet, the payoff for the left color actually decreases, but the right color becomes a magnificent, deep, opaque navy blue with a wonderfully shimmery finish.
All of the colors have good to great pigmentation. The weakest in color payoff are the right side of Supersweet. The most strongly pigmented is the right side of Love Cycle.
I don’t have the Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos from a few years back, so I can’t say how close these are to them. But I can say that these are some of the better mineralize shadows I’ve come across from MAC.
The formula is crumbly, so expect to make a slight mess when running your brush across the pans. Also expect to get a good amount of shimmer onto the packaging and your hands. Actually applied, though, there isn’t too much fallout. The colors applied pretty smoothly and evenly, and layer nicely when you want to improve the finish.
Ease of Use: 9/10
These shadows can be used wet or dry, though the effects will vary depending on the color. Application is fairly easy, since these colors have good pigmentation. You definitely want to use an eye shadow primer and/or base because the mineralize formula tends to crumble and crease more than other pressed shadows.
Regular MAC shadows cost $14.50 and are 1.5 grams each. Mineralize shadows are $20.00 and 3 grams (0.1 ounce) each–0.5 grams more than previous Mineralize Eye Shadows. These are a great deal for your money.