Release Date: July 4, 2013
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.
This review is for the six (6) limited-edition Mineralize Eye Shadows releasing with MAC’s Tropical Taboo Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Dare to Bare: Light cream with gold pearlized pigments
- Caribbean: Rose with pink and red pearlized pigments
- Tropica: Silver blue with purple pearlized pigments
- Cha-Cha-Cha: Deep blue green with green pearlized pigments
- Time to Tango: Lavender with silver pearlized pigments
- Bossa Blue: Royal blue with brown pearlized pigments
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.
Dare to Bare has peachy-nude and lavender in the pan. It comes out to be a shimmering off-white when applied dry and a frosty off-white when applied wet.
Caribbean has pink and cranberry shades in the pan. But once applied, there is no underlying pink color and only a layer of red shimmer particles. Even when this shade is applied wet, there is still no pink color. The shimmer particles are gritty. If I were rating this shade by itself, I would give it an F.
Tropica contains deep lavender and greenish-grey in the pan. It comes out to be a translucent, pale, grey-ish lavender when applied dry. Applied wet, it’s a much more vibrant, bright lavender shade with a silver sheen.
Time to Tango has grey-green and grey-silver-purple in the pan. It applies as a very sheer grey-lavender color when applied dry, consisting mostly of shimmer particles instead of pigment. It’s not as bad as Caribbean, but it has the same type of issue. Applied wet, the color is much more intense and opaque, leaving a silvered lavender on the skin with a frosty finish.
Cha-Cha-Cha has lime green and navy blue in the pan. It comes out to be a shimmery, forest green when applied dry, has a streaky finish, and lacks a noticeable blue tint. Applied wet, it’s a much more intense forest green color and the navy blue also comes through much more noticeably.
Bossa Blue has royal blue and brown in the pan. It comes out to be a pretty standard brown with a slight grey cast when applied dry, without a noticeable blue tint. Of all of the Mineralize Eye Shadows in the Tropical Taboo collection, this one has the best color and finish when applied dry. Conversely, this shade doesn’t perform well when applied wet. The color picks up on the brush if you apply this with a damp brush.
The formula for these Mineralize Eye Shadows is crumbly and makes a mess–the shimmer likes to travel outside of the pan. The colors are, with the exception of Bossa Blue, sheer when applied dry. And they all, with the exception of Bossa Blue, improve tremendously in finish, shimmer, and pigmentation when applied wet and in two layers. Note that all of the wet swatches depicted, below, have two (2) layers applied.
Also note that each eye shadow has its own unique swirling pattern and balance of colors. So the coloration with change slightly depending on which eye shadow you get and whether you pick up more of one color than the other with your brush.
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 0.05 ounces (1.5 grams) each. Mineralize shadows are $21.00 (up from $20.00) and 0.07 ounces (2.2 grams) each.
Overall, these shadows can give you a beautiful effect, but you really have to work for it. And, given the price and their lack of versatility, many consumers won’t find that it’s worth it.