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The Apres Chic collection is pretty big and full of all sorts of Mineralize products. There are even two brand new products that made their debut in this collection… Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm and Pro Longwear Eye Liner. Apres Chic is my favorite collection since Heavenly Creature and let me just say, the promo image is GORGEOUS!

There are a few products that are part of Apres Chic that I will not be reviewing now… I did not purchase the limited edition Nail Lacquers, although they are nice… I just don’t feel like adding to my already overwhelmingly huge nail polish collection.

I did purchase the new 287 duo fibre eye brush but I will be including that in a brush post later on since it’s now permanent. I’m skipping a review on the 187 brush too because it will also be part of a brush post. Zoom Waterfast Lash Mascara has also been left out because it’s permanent as well and I don’t have it or need a new mascara right now, so I couldn’t convince myself to buy it.

MAC Apres Chic Promo Image

 

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Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinishes

Mineralize Skinfinish:   These are both limited edition Mineralize Skinfinishes, but they have both been released previously with other collections. Mineralize Skinfinishes work as highlighters or blushes, giving your cheeks a beautiful, shimmery glow. The shimmery particles in both of these are very fine, so they don’t look chunky or emphasize pores like some other MSF’s do. Mineralize Skinfinish sells for $29 and contains 10 g / 0.35oz of product.

For more photos, swatches, and reviews for these Mineralize Skinfinishes, click here.

 

Apres Chic Mineralize Blushes

 

Mineralize Blush:   Mineralize Blushes are my favorite blush formula from any brand, ever! They’re glowy without being too frosted and give the face a beautiful “from within” type of radiance. Mineralize Blushes are buildable too, so you can achieve a soft natural look or apply it more heavily if you want added intensity. These three colors are suitable for anyone and can be used in different ways or even layered with one another. Alpine Bronze and Amber Glow are brand new, limited edition colors, while Gentle is part of MAC’s permanent range. Mineralize Blush contains 3.2g / 0.10oz of product and sell for $23.50.

For additional photos, swatches and reviews of these blushes, click here.

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Apres Chic Mineralize Eye Shadows

Mineralize Eye Shadow:   Mineralize Eye Shadows are a versatile type of powder eye shadow that can be used dry for a softer look, or applied with a dampened brush for more intensity and a more frosted finish. These are all really lovely colors and look great on anyone. All five of these are brand new colors and are limited edition. Mineralize Eye Shadows cost $21 and contain 2.2g / 0.07oz of product.

For more photos, swatches and reviews of these Mineralize Eye Shadows, click here.

 

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liners

 

Pro Longwear Eye Liner:   These are a brand new eye liner formula that will remain as part of MAC’s permanent line of products. They’re smooth and long wearing, lasting for 12+ hours on the upper lash line (on the lid) and 6+ on the waterline. There are only five colors as of right now, but I’m hoping that MAC releases more later on… I can see these becoming VERY popular! Pro Longwear Eye Liners cost $19.50 and contain  5g / 0.17oz of product.

If you want to check out more photos, swatches, and reviews of Pro Longwear Eye Liners, click here.

 

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Apres Chic Lipsticks 1

Lipstick:   There are five brand new lipsticks out with the Apres Chic collection. All of these are limited edition. There is plenty of variation between the Apres Chic lipsticks, so you’re sure to find one that you fall in love with. These lipsticks are are high quality and have good pigmentation and texture. MAC Lipsticks sell for $15 and contain 3g / 0.1oz of product.

To see more photos, swatches and reviews of these lipsticks, click here.

 

Apres Chic Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm:   These lip balms are a brand new, limited edition product (although I’m hoping that MAC will make these permanent). Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms are super nourishing and lightweight all at the same time. They’re somewhat sheer, but have a decent amount of color for this type of lip moisturizer. I put these to the test when I was out at sea whale watching, then hiking through redwood forests in really cold weather this past week… They held up well, wore for a long time and most importantly, kept my lips soft and moisturized! Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms contain 10ml / .33fl oz of product and sell for$19.50.

For more photos, swatches and reviews of these Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms, click here.

 

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I did not purchase either one Nail Lacquer in the Apres Chic collection because honestly, I’m running out of room to store my nail polishes… So unfortunately, I can’t give you reviews for these, but I have seen these in person and I do think they’re pretty! I like MAC’s Nail Lacquer for the most part… They typically wear pretty well (5-6 days before tip wear or chipping) and apply smoothly. However, I can’t vouch for these because I did not test them. MAC Nail Lacquers contain 10ml / 0.34 US oz of product and cost $16.

On the left is Dangerously Fun, which is a “berry tone blue red”. On the right, we have Hangin’ Loose, which is described as a “dirty pink nude”.

 

Apres Chic Nail Lacquers

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There’s another new product out with the Apres Chic collection… Pro Longwear Eye Liner! These eye liners are a great addition to the Pro Longwear lineup and are sure to become a top seller in no time. I’ve had some time to test them out and I must say, I’m impressed. They’re comparable to Powerpoint Eye Pencils, but even longer wearing. They’re very smooth and last a LONG time! The nicest part is that you can smudge them for a soft, smokey look but once they set, they last for 10-12 hours on the eyelid and 6-8 hours on the waterline.

Pro Longwear Eye Liners are available now and will remain as part of MAC’s permanent range of products, so they won’t be disappearing anytime soon. You can pick these up at any MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. These eye liners cost $19.50 and contain  5g / 0.17oz of product.

Left to Right: Black Ice, Mountain Air, Night Trail, Rich Experience, Snow Shadow

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liner Labels

Apres Chic Pro Longwear Eye Liner Swatches

Black Ice:   Black Ice is a “rich black” with a silky, semi-matte finish that sets to a true matte. It’s intense and has great color payoff, but is easily smudge-able and feels smooth. Black Ice gave me the best wear both on the lashline and waterline. Black liners are pretty basic, so they work with any eye color.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Mountain Air:   Mountain Air is a “vibrant teal” with a slight sheen, although it’s mostly matte. It’s a cool toned, medium teal-ish blue. The color payoff is fantastic! This liner goes on super smooth and lasts throughout the day, staying in place as well as keeping the bold color. I like this best on people with hazel and brown eyes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Night Trail:   Night Trail is a “deep navy blue” with a cool toned sheen. To me, it looks like a charcoal-tinged navy blue. It’s nice because it’s not as bold as a black and it looks really good on people with brown eyes. The color payoff for Night Trail isn’t as deep or intense as Black Ice or Mountain Air, but it’s still a great eye liner. Not everything has to be super intense to be a great product… I actually prefer this to a black eye liner for a daytime look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Rich Experience:   Rich Experience is described as a “true brown”… It’s a dark, rich, neutral brown with a velvety, matte finish. When I applied this, it didn’t go on as dark as it looks in pencil form but you can easily build on it. It did feel a bit drier than the other pencils in this collection but the drier texture didn’t cause any problems when I applied it. I do love this color… It’s great for a softer daytime look and is especially flattering on people with blue or green eyes, although it works on everyone.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Snow Shadow:   Snow Shadow is a “purple violet” that looks a lot brighter on the website than it does in real life! In person, this is a dark, cool toned purple. It’s the sheerest and driest of all of the Pro Longwear Eye Liners, which may be disappointing to some people. It’s still something that I see myself using on a regular basis… A softer look isn’t always a bad thing, especially with bright colors! This is a nice eye liner for anyone with green, hazel, or brown eyes.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

MAC has come up with a brand new formula of tinted lip moisturizer that I am LOVING right now! Drumroll please… It’s Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm! It’s a new addition to the Mineralize line, and is super moisturizing and nourishing, just like all of the Mineralize skincare products are. To me, these are somewhere between skincare and makeup because they’re so packed with moisture and go on somewhat sheer.

I’m so obsessed with these that I bought a few backups and I always have one in my purse. I actually took these with me on a mini-vacation this past weekend where I was out in cold weather hiking and even out on a boat whale watching for about 4 hours. I applied one of the Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms before I went out, when I left the hotel, and it lasted the WHOLE TIME (grand total of about 6 hours)! I was amazed! My lips stayed moist and smooth the whole time and I’m convinced that these lip balms are a miracle product. No gloss or moisturizer has even given me that kind of result, so I’m really hoping that MAC will keep these around!

Apres Chic Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms

Apres Chic Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm Labels

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm TipWhen I first heard of these lip balms I was thinking “oh this is just another sheer lip balm, it’s not going to the that special”, but I was SO wrong! These last 4-6 hours, even though they’re super moisturizing and lightweight. They aren’t very sticky at all… They really soak into the lip not long after you apply them, but the color and glossy effect lasts a while. These can all be worn on their own, layered over a liner for more color and coverage (this also makes the gloss last longer, but it won’t soak in to much), or you can layer it over a lipstick (which also makes the lip balm last longer, but allows it to soak in a bit because it’s not such a dry base). Bottom line is these are a fantastic new product and definitely worth checking out, especially now that it’s winter and your lips could use some extra TLC.

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms are unfortunately limited edition, but are available now at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. All of these are in stock online, but I know they were selling pretty quickly at the store where I work! They contain 10ml / .33fl oz of product and sell for $19.50. They’re packaged in a soft squeeze tube with a soft, angled tip that makes it easy to apply. The material the packages are made out of has the same glowy, shimmery look that other Mineralize skincare products do, but the lip balm itself is not that shimmery… Some actually have no shimmer at all!

Apres Chic Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm Swatches

Nice & Simple Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

Photo taken indoors with a combination of natural sunlight and additional light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Photo taken indoors with a combination of natural sunlight and additional light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Nice & Simple:   Nice & Simple is a “bronzy gold with multidimensional pearl”. It’s a sheer, peachy golden color with warm golden shimmer. None of these apply opaquely, but Nice & Simple is a little sheer compared to the other Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms. However, this one has the most shimmer out of all of them. It looks nice over most lipsticks because it adds a type of warmth and glow that I’ve never seen with any kind of true lipgloss. It’s also lovely by itself because it intensifies and warms up your natural lip color.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Pure & Tender Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

Pure & Tender Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm on LipsPure & Tender:    Pure & Tender is a “plumy creamy nude” with no noticeable shimmer. In the tube, it looks brighter than it does on the lips. When applied, it adds a warm, peachy-pink shine, but there’s not much color payoff. It’s kind of like a “your lips but better” type of lip balm. As plain as it sounds, this is actually the one I’ve used the most! I love it by itself or over pretty much any lipstick. The color is something that is probably easily duped, but the quality is much better than any gloss or balm I’ve tried.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Rosy Romance Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

Rosy Romance Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm on LipsRosy Romance:   Rosy Romance is a “bluish plum with subtle pink pearl” and a hint of very fine shimmer. To me, this is a medium-dark pink with some cool undertones and a fine, warm pink shimmer. Because of that shimmer, it makes the lip balm appear much warmer when applied to the lips. It has really good color payoff and coverage for being such a lightweight lip moisturizer and is the darkest, most pigmented of all of the Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms. On my lips, it deepened the  natural color of them considerably while adding a warm, pink, shimmery glow as well. It’s great by itself and looks fantastic if you dab a little bit on over Apres Chic lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Slightly Nude Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

Slightly Nude Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm on Lips

Eww, super fuzzy picture… I’ll try to retake this one. So sorry!

Slightly Nude:   Slightly Nude is a “nudey coral with subtle pink pearl”… It’s a warm, light golden coral with a creamy pink, pearly shimmer. It’s not as sheer as some of the other Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms in this collection, but it’s not opaque either. The color payoff is decent and it amps up the color of my lips while also adding a gorgeous, gilded coral glow. I like this one worn alone or layered over coral, pink, or nude lipsticks.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stay Warm! Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

Stay Warm! Mineralize Tinted Lip Bam on LipsStay Warm!:   Stay Warm! is a “creamy light pink” with a creamy finish and no shimmer. It’s a light, warm peachy pink that has a thick, milky type of opacity to it and good coverage. Since it’s so light and I have rather pigmented lips, it took a little spreading around to get this to look even… Fortunately, the squishy angled tip of the tube makes it easy to do that! It’s great alone or layered over any pink or nude lipstick.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

There are five brand new, limited edition lipsticks out with the Apres Chic collection. Unlike the Strength collection, these are softer, more subdued colors, so you’re bound to find something that suits you. As with the rest of the Apres Chic collection, these have wintery names. They work well with the rest of the products in this collection, so you can play around with Apres Chic and come up with some fantastic faces!

Apres Chic Lipsticks 1

 

Apres Chic Lipsticks 2

 

Apres Chic Lipstick Labels

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

MAC Lipsticks typically wear for 4-6 hours… Longer with Prep + Prime Lip and a liner of some sort, especially if it’s layered underneath the lipstick. They apply smoothly and usually have very good color payoff. MAC Lipsticks have a faint vanilla scent and no taste.

All five of these lipsticks are limited edition and are available now at any MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. I believe that the only two that are not sold out online at this point are Cozy Up and Warm Companion, so be sure to check your local MAC counter or store if you want to pick these up. MAC Lipsticks sell for $15 and contain 3g / 0.1oz of product.

Apres Chic Lipstick

 

Photo taken indoors with a mixture of natural sunlight and additional light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Photo taken indoors with a mixture of natural sunlight and additional light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Apres Chic (Cremesheen):   Apres Chic is the namesake of this collection and is a “pinky brick red” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium to medium-dark, warm, pinkish orange red that’s reminds me of fruit punch. It has a semi-glossy finish since it’s a Cremesheen and it lasted around 4 hours on me before it started to fade. It glides on smoothly and gives fully opaque, even coverage. This is my favorite lipstick in this collection because it’s bright in a way but it’s also soft. It’s really flattering on anyone I’ve seen wearing it! I like to use Half-Red Lip Pencil with this to give it soft definition without adding too much color. You can use nearly any darker pink or red liner with this to alter it to your liking.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cozy Up Lipstick

 

Cozy Up Lipstick on LipsCozy Up (Matte):   Cozy Up is described as being a “deep caramel” and has a Matte finish. I can’t say that I see much caramel in this lipstick, aside from how it looks in the tube. Once I applied it, it looked more like a medium, warm, peachy *sort of* caramel, beige-ish brown, but there’s nothing “deep” about Cozy Up! In the photo, my lips were ridiculously chapped because this was the last of my swatches for the day, but it’s actually creamy for a Matte lipstick and has the same kind of sheen that the Mattes from the Strength collection do. It is still a Matte though, so it will show any dry, rough spots on your lips if you don’t prime them first! It wore for 5-6 hours on me before it began to fade and was completely opaque with little product applied. Since it’s a warm color, it’s wearable by nearly everyone, but I think it looks best on light-dark skin. For a liner, you could do nearly any neutral. I liked it best with Spice, but for darker skin, you might want to try it out with Chestnut.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Haute Altitude Lipstick

 

Haute Altitude Lipstick on LipsHaute Altitude (Amplified):   Haute Altitude is a “midtone blue pink” with an Amplified finish. It’s a medium, slightly cool toned, but nearly neutral pink with totally opaque coverage and a smooth, creamy texture. Amplified lipsticks are highly pigmented and wear for 5-6 hours. It’s a really nice, basic sort of color that doesn’t really stand out, but it’s actually one of my favorites that’s come out recently because it’s SO easily wearable by anyone, with any look. In a way, it reminds me of Please Me lipstick, but Please Me is definitely cooler with more of a blue base. For a liner, you can use a variety of pinks since Haute Altitude is pretty neutral. When I tried this on, I used Dervish, Soar and Whirl, but you can always go darker or lighter, depending on your preference!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hot Chocolate Lipstick

 

Hot Chocolate Lipstick on LipsHot Chocolate (Satin):   Hot Chocolate is a “dirty plum” with a Satin finish. It’s a very cool toned, medium-dark, grayish/brown plum with a creamy texture, great color payoff and full opacity. I had it on for 5 and a half hours before it started to fade, which is pretty good for a Satin finish! On me, I prefer this with a dark liner like Nightmoth Lip Pencil because these cool, plummy colors make me look dead unless I just roll with it and vamp it up! It works well with Plum Lip Pencil as well, and you could probably even wear it with something like Chestnut or Mahogany Lip Pencil if your skin is dark to deep… Using those would play up the brown undertones of this lipstick. I think that Hot Chocolate is most flattering on Medium skin and darker… However, these kind of colors are increasingly more popular on fair to light skinned people too, especially this winter, so you might want to give it a shot and see how YOU like it!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Warm Companion Lipstick

 

The frosted finish of this lipstick made it REALLY hard to photograph… Sorry this photo turned out so fuzzy! 

Warm Companion (Frost):   Warm Companion is a “beige with gold pearl” and has a Frost finish. It’s a light, warm nude-ish gold, but there’s not much true color there. It’s kind of just a frosty golden shimmer… The cool thing is that you can apply this sheer, or even layer it over a liner or another lipstick, or you can layer this on itself for a mostly opaque type of coverage. It wore for about 4 hours on me before any noticeable fading occurred. It went on evenly but felt a little dry. If you apply Warm Companion heavily, you will have to blend it out with a brush to make it even… If you don’t, the shimmer seems to clump up and cause a patchy looking appearance, especially if your lips are rough or chapped. Since this lipstick is a sheer type of color, you can use ANY liner with this to make it look how you want!

Overall Rating:   3.5 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

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

MAC has released three Mineralize Blushes with the Apres Chic collection… Two of these are brand new and one is part of the permanent lineup of Mineralize Blushes. These are all dramatically different and work for a variety of skintones. The cool part is that all of these can be used on anyone and look good, it’s just a matter of how and where you apply them!

Apres Chic Mineralize Blushes

Apres Chic Mineralize Blush Labels

MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy. Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these sheer or heavy, depending on how much color and sheen you desire. If you want to apply these lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply slightly more heavily, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Alpine Bronze and Amber Glow are both limited edition and have only been released with the Apres Chic collection, which came out the day after Christmas. Gentle is permanent, so it will always be available. Mineralize Blush contains 3.2g / 0.10oz of product and sell for $23.50. These are available now at your local MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Alpine Bronze Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                 Right: Blended out

Alpine Bronze:   Alpine Bronze is a “midtone caramel”. It’s a medium, warm toned tan with a creamy golden sheen. It looks kind of orange in the pan, but it doesn’t apply like that. It’s well pigmented, but buildable, so anyone from fair to dark skin can wear Alpine Bronze… I’m about as fair as you can get and surprisingly, this even worked on me! Applied lightly on my own cheeks it appears as a brown based, slightly peachy tan that really warmed up my complexion without making me look like I applied some kind of weird bronzer, which is what most blushes this color look like on me. I think this would be a very nice, natural looking blush on medium to dark skin, especially for Spring and Summer!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amber Glow Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatches on NC15 skin.Left: Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatches on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                  Right: Blended out

Amber Glow:   Amber Glow is a “warm peach”… It’s a light, very soft, warm toned peach with a pale, cream shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented, but it’s so light that you have to build on it or layer it to get it to show up. I actually love this blush because I’m fair skinned, so it works both as a blush or a highlighter on me… I can’t see this working too well as a blush on anyone darker than light-medium or medium skin though. Amber Glow will double as a highlight on anyone from fair to medium deep or maybe dark skin, so it is versatile and usable by nearly everyone. This Mineralize Blush has the smoothest texture I’ve ever felt… It’s very fine and not super frosty, so it doesn’t emphasize pores one little bit! That makes it perfect for all skin types, even oily skin.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gentle Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                   Right: Blended out

Gentle:   Gentle is a “raspberry with gold pearl” and is part of MAC’s permanent range of Mineralize Blush. It’s a medium, ever so slightly cool toned pink with a warm golden, pearly sheen. The warmth of the pearl counteracts the coolness of the blush in a way, so this is wearable for both warm and cool skintones. Gentle has great color payoff and pigmentation, and Mineralize Blushes are so buildable that this is suitable for everyone, whether your skin is fair or deep dark. Gentle isn’t very frosty, so it works well even on people who have larger pores or oily skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

The long awaited re-release of Stereo Rose and Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish is finally at hand! Actually, these came out a week ago… I’m just late getting my Apres Chic posts up because I was on vacation… Sorry!

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinishes

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinish Labels

Mineralize Skinfinishes are a cult classic when it comes to MAC products. People will do just about anything to get their hands on these babies! The quality of these is always great, and they’re versatile enough to be used as a blush or highlight on the cheeks and can even be used as eye shadows or for a pop of shine on the lips. Mineralize Skinfinishes are very shimmery and shiny, so don’t wear these if you don’t want to get noticed… They give a gorgeous glow to the cheeks! If you have large pores or super oily skin, these may not be for you, but they work on the majority of people if applied properly.

My favorite brushes to use with these are a MAC 116 or 168 brush if you want to wear it as a blush. This will apply it more heavily than other brushes will, but still make it easy to blend out. If you want to use these as a lighter type of blush, a MAC 181 brush is ideal, although those were limited edition. A MAC 187 brush works well to apply this lightly as a blush, or you can use a MAC 188 brush to apply it as a highlight.

Both of these MSF’s are limited edition and came out the day after Christmas with the Apres Chic collection. This collection is available now at your local MAC counter,  MAC store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.  Mineralize Skinfinish sells for $29 and contains 10 g / 0.35oz of product. As far as I know, Stereo Rose is sold out online, but Porcelain Pink is still available. Perhaps you’ll have better luck finding Stereo Rose at your local store or counter!

Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily      Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                        Right: Blended out

Porcelain Pink:   Porcelain Pink is a “soft pinky coral with gold veining”. It’s a light, warm pink with golden shimmer and an overall frosty finish. In the pan, it’s much more coral than it is once applied, but there’s enough of a hint of coral when applied that it will warm up your skintone and be flattering, whether you’re naturally cool or warm toned. There’s some serious sheen to Porcelain Pink, so I don’t tend to use this alone as a blush. What I like to do is layer this over another blush, or just use it as a highlight on the cheeks. As a blush, this will wear for about 6 hours before fading… As a highlight, this tends to last closer to 8 hours before it begins to fade. I also like this for a highlight on the eyes or as a soft wash of color and shimmer all over the eyelid. Since this is a lighter shade, it’s best suited for people with fair to medium-dark skin. Porcelain Pink was also released in September of 2011 with the Fall Colour collection, as well as several times before.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left: Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                         Right: Blended out

Stereo Rose:   Stereo Rose is a “coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances”… Sounds fancy! It’s a warm, medium coral with undertones of pink and a soft, golden bronze shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented and has good color payoff, no matter how you apply it. It works well as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin, and works well as a highlighter for all skintones. It can also be lightly layered over another blush to add sheen and warmth. Like Porcelain Pink, this lasted about 6 hours on me as a blush and a bit longer as a highlight. Stereo Rose is very smooth and has a fine texture, so it doesn’t seem to show pores so much as other Mineralize Skinfinishes do. If Stereo Rose looks familiar to you, it’s because it was released last in summer of 2010 with the In The Groove! collection, and before that in 2007. Every time it’s been released, it’s sold out super fast, so hopefully you can still find one of these!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5