MAC Apres Chic – Mineralize Eye Shadows: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

MAC has released five new Mineralize Eye Shadows with the Apres Chic collection… They all have a winter theme and vary in color, so there’s a little something for everyone. Mineralize Eye Shadows can be hit or miss, but these all seem really nice and have better color payoff with less fallout than other Mineralize Eye Shadows have had in the past.

Apres Chic Mineralize Eye Shadows

 

Apres Chic Mineralize Eye Shadow Labels

 

As you will see in the swatches below, Mineralize Eye Shadows are versatile and can be used both dry or damp. Used dry, they look softer and not as pigmented or frosty. When I apply these dry, I like to use either a MAC 239 brush to pat them onto the lid, or a MAC 217 brush to blend them into the crease. A MAC 219 pencil brush also works well if you want to gently smudge them under the eyes.

If you apply Mineralize Eye Shadows using a brush dampened with MAC Fix + Spray, Mineralize Charged Water, or a Mixing Medium, you will get more a more intensely frosted look, richer, heavier pigmentation and better color payoff. To do this, you want to dampen your brush, then pick a small area of the eye shadow to designate as your “damp spot”… If you use a dampened brush all over the eye shadow, it will form a sort of hardened crust that will keep you from being able to use it properly dry!  The brushes I prefer for this method are a MAC 239, 249, or 287 (which is the new, flat duo fibre eye brush that came out with this collection). The reason you want to use a flat brush for this so you can pat the eye shadow onto your eyelid… These do not blend out easily damp, so keep the product to your lid. You could even use the Mineralize Eye Shadows as a liner if you use a small dampened brush.

 

Swatches applied dry.Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Swatches applied dry.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Swatches applied damp using MAC Fix + SprayPhoto taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Swatches applied damp using MAC Fix + Spray
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Mineralize Eye Shadows tend to last about 6-7 hours on me dry and over a primer like a Paint Pot. Damp, they last more like 7-9 hours. I also use a primer underneath when I apply these damp. The Apres Chic Mineralize Eye Shadows seem to have a finer texture than usual and apply more smoothly than a lot of other MES’s I’ve used in the past. They also blend out better than other Mineralize Eye Shadows and have little to no fallout.

These five eye shadows are all limited edition and are available now to purchase at any MAC counter, store or online at www.maccosmetics.com. None are sold out online yet, and I’m pretty sure that most locations still have these in stock. Mineralize Eye Shadows never sell out very quickly, so you’re in luck if you want to get these! They cost $21 and contain 2.2g / 0.07oz of product.

Fireside Mineralize Eye ShadowFireside:   Fireside is a “deep plum with grey veining” and a somewhat frosted finish. In the pan, it looks much cooler toned than it is once it’s applied. It’s mostly a warm, rusty brown eye shadow but the veining in it is a cool, greenish grey. Mixed together, it’s a medium, warm reddish brown with a greenish grey sheen… In some ways it’s almost a duochrome and reminds me of Club Eye Shadow or Blue Brown Pigment. The shimmer particles are fine, so there isn’t a glittery essence to this Mineralize Eye Shadow, like so many others have. Dry, the color payoff and coverage are so-so. If you apply this damp, you’ll really be able to see the true beauty of it!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Frost at Midnight Mineralize Eye Shadow

Frost at Midnight:   Frost at Midnight is an eye shadow with a “deep blue/grey base with purple veining”. Blended together, it’s a medium to medium-dark, cool, steely blue with purple-ish undertones. Dry, the color payoff and coverage aren’t fantastic, but it does work well to darken the crease and blends out easily. Even dry, there is little to no fallout with Frost at Midnight, so that’s nice. Used damp, it’s darker, more intense and has more iridescence. Honestly, it looks like a completely different eye shadow when applied damp!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ice Mineralize Eye ShadowIce:   Ice has a “light peach base with white veining”… It’s a pale, warm peach with a light, creamy white veining and a super frosted finish. It has good color payoff and coverage both dry and damp and has very little fallout, considering how fine and shimmery it is! Applied dry, it gives nearly opaque coverage. If you put this on with a dampened brush, you’ll get full opacity and a brighter, more metallic finish. It’s great as a lid color or a highlight.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

SIlver Birch Mineralize Eye ShadowSIlver Birch:   Silver Birch has a “grey base with peach veining”. It almost looks camo! Ooookay anyway… It’s only slightly cool toned, and is a really nice mixture of a dirty golden, taupe-ish, greenish, silvery grey. Honestly, I don’t know how to describe it, but I know I love it! Applied dry, the opacity and color payoff aren’t great and it looks soft and muted. Although it doesn’t cover very well dry, it’s still smooth to blend out and has little to no fallout… Applied damp, you get opaque coverage and great color payoff, showing every element of all the different colored veins mixed together. When you use Silver Birch damp, it also has a more metallic finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Winter Pursuit Mineralize Eye ShadowWinter Pursuit:   Winter Pursuit has a “copper base with grey veining” and is much more metallic than the other Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection. It’s a warm toned, medium rust/copper color with a metallic, golden sheen to it. They grey veining tones down the warmth of the bright copper color, but the grey/silver tones aren’t very noticeable once applied. I actually got better color payoff and more even coverage when I applied Winter Pursuit dry… Perhaps because the shimmery bits in this are larger than they are in the other Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection, so they tend to bunch up when dampened and can appear patchy or chunky. This MES has a slightly rougher texture and more fallout than the other MES’s in Apres Chic, but it’s one of my favorites because of the intense color.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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