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MAC Heavenly Creature  –  Thursday, July 5th, 2012

MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection is a large, space themed collection full of Mineralize products such as Eye Shadows, Blushes, and Mineralize Skinfinishes. There are also Mineralize Charged Water skincare products like Eye Cream, Cleanser, and Moisture Gel. They even brought back Volcanic Ash Exfoliator with this collection! As well as Mineralize products, there are Lipsticks and Cremesheen Glasses too. MAC is also repromoting a few of their permanent products, like the 286, 187, and 188 Duo Fibre Brushes and False Lashes Mascara.

The product names in this collection are all fun and space-related. The Mineralize Skinfinishes, Blushes, and Eye Shadows all have a swirly appearance too, so they resemble planets, galaxies, etc… Most of the products are bright, bold, warm colors, which are perfect for summer! MAC usually releases a Mineralize collection around summertime every year. Heavenly Creature is my favorite in the past few years… These colors really are unique and nearly every product can be worn by anyone!

MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection is already available online, but the official North American release date for counters and stores is Thursday, July 5th. The majority of these products are limited edition. Since Mineralize products are SO popular, you may want to go ahead and get what you want online or stop by your local MAC store or counter and pre-purchase or reserve the products that you want! These will probably sell out VERY quickly!

* Mineralize Skinfinish *

$29 for 10g / 0.35 US oz

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish is “A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.” These are shimmery, but buildable so you can wear them as a softer wash of color with a glow, or layer them up for intense color payoff and a metallic sheen. These apply best with something like a MAC 187 or 188 Duo-Fibre brush and wear for around 8 hours. There are four Mineralize Skinfinish powders in this collection, all of which are limited edition. For more photos and swatches, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Mineralize Blush*

$23.50 for 3.2g / 0.10 US oz

MAC Mineralize Blushes are “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer.” All of these are warm, bright colors and although they may look a little intimidating to those of you with fair-light skin, they’re buildable, so with proper application, these don’t have to look so intense if you don’t want them to! Mineralize Blush applies best with a MAC 187 or 188 Duo-Fibre brush and wears for about 8 hours. All four Mineralize Blushes in this collection are limited edition. For additional photos and swatches, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Mineralize Eye Shadow *

$20 for 1.8g / 0.06 US oz

MAC’s Mineralize Eye Shadows are also “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage”. Basically, it’s the nearly the same formula as the blushes are, only in an eye shadow form! As with the rest of the Mineralize Products, these are buildable, and can also be applied damp for extra bold shimmer and color payoff. I go over all application techniques in my other post. With these, I get approximately 6-10 hours of wear, depending on whether or not I apply a primer underneath. All nine Mineralize Eye Shadows are limited edition. For more photos, swatches, and a full review, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eye Shadows: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Lipstick *

$14.50 for 3g / 0.1 US oz

MAC’s Lipstick formula feels lightweight on the lips, but still gives great pigmentation and color payoff. Most of the Lipsticks in the Heavenly Creature collection are Lustre finishes, except for Pleasureseeker, which is a Glaze. Lustre finish Lipsticks give me around 4 hours of wear before they need to be touched up, while Glazes last slightly longer since they are a bit more creamy. All five of these Lipsticks are limited edition, with Pleasureseeker being a repromote that was originally released with the Neo Sci-Fi collection in May of 2008. Cut A Caper is also a repromote from MAC’s A Tartan Tale collection which came out in October of 2010. Cut A Caper was extremely popular when it was originally released and sold out online the first day that the Heavenly Creature collection was available! For more photos, swatches, and a complete review, click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Cremesheen Glass *

$19.50 for 2.7ml / 0.09 US fl oz

MAC Cremesheen Glass is “A lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled nature of Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of M∙A∙C Lipglass. Soft, comfortable, non-sticky. Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Use as a top layer to its namesake Lipstick or on its own.” These truly are non-sticky, and while they aren’t as thick as typical Lipglass, they are still intensely pigmented and offer great coverage. I get around 4 hours of wear with Cremesheen Glass. The five Cremesheen Glasses in the Heavenly Creature collection are all limited edition. If you’d like to check out more photos, swatches, and full reviews, click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Cremesheen Glass: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Brushes *

187 Duo Fibre Face Brush:   This brush is permanent and sells for $42. It is “A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.” It’s perfect for the application of Mineralize Skinfinishes or Mineralize Blushes (but the 188 will give you more control). You can easily layer the product, gradually building color with it. The 187 Brush is also great for buffing and blending!

188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush:   This brush is permanent and sells for $34. It is “A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula colour – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.” It’s a smaller version of the 187 brush, so it’s better for applying to smaller areas, like cheeks, and gives you more control over the product. This is my favorite brush for applying Mineralize Blush.

286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush:   This eye brush is also part of MAC’s permanent line and sells for $30. “With its soft dome shape, this two-toned, duo-fibre brush of goat and synthetic fibres provides a sheer, more controlled application of M·A·C Mineralize Eye Shadow.” I think this brush is great for applying Mineralize Eye Shadow, but mostly just for buffing out and softening the intensity and dry application. It fits into the crease very nicely and gives you a great deal of control. It’s also a fantastic brush for applying under-eye concealer!

* False Lashes Mascara* 

$19 for 8g / 0.28 US oz

False Lashes Mascara:   This mascara is a permanent product. The formula is “Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara’s key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-’em-up action of its unique double-lush brush.” This is by far one of my favorite mascaras of all time! I use this on an almost daily basis to make my lashes look long, dark, and full. I especially like layering this over Prep + Prime Lash for added volume, length, and drama. False Lashes Mascara layers well without weighing down the lashes or clumping and wears without smudging or flaking.

* Skincare *

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator:   This product is “A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.” I have not used this myself, but I plan on picking some up this week! I hear fantastic things about it and from what I understand, it’s good for all skin types. MAC usually releases this in limited quantities and once it’s gone, it’s not released again for a while. That said, I’m unclear if this is going to stick around or not, but I’m pretty sure that it’s limited edition with the Heavenly Creature collection. This contains 100ml / 3.4 US fl oz of product and sells for $28.

Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser:   This cleanser is “A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe – no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.” It’s a cleanser/remover, so you don’t have to rinse your face with water after using this if you’re in a hurry. I still like to rinse mine, though. I don’t own this product but I’ve used it several times and I like it! It leaves my skin feeling nourished and doesn’t seem to dry it out. Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser is permanent product that contains 100ml of cleanser and sells for $23.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream:   This eye cream is “A luxuriously rich eye cream. Infused with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Moisturizes and adds radiance, while instantly – and over time – reducing the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.” I have only tried this out for a few days in a row but I thought it was nice and plan on purchasing it when I run out of my other eye cream! it doesn’t decrease puffiness as quickly as Fast Response Eye Cream does, but it seems to help prevent it to some degree and provides more moisture. This is a permanent product containing 15ml of eye cream, which sells for $35.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel:   This moisturizer is “An ultra-light, gel-like cream that absorbs instantly to give the skin intense hydration. Infused with our exclusive Super-Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer, more luminous. Use day or night.” Again, I haven’t used this much, only as a sample for about a week, but I think this is a fantastic product for all skin types. If you have dry skin, this will soak in quickly, but still hold in moisture throughout the day. If you have combination skin, it will help to even out the dry areas and oily patches. If you have oilier skin, it will give you just enough moisture to keep your skin even and healthy. My favorite part about MAC’s gel formula moisturizers is that they aren’t heavy and feel like that almost adjust to your skin type, giving you the perfect amount of moisture. It soaks in quickly and doesn’t sit on the surface of the skin, so you can apply makeup over this without feeling like a shiny, slippery-faced mess. During the hotter months, I use the Lightful Moisture Creme, which is also a gel-style moisturizer, so my skin can breathe without having a sticky, heavy layer of moisturizer on it when it’s already hot and humid outside. Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel is permanent and contains 50ml of product. This sells for $37.

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MAC has created five new Cremesheen glasses for the Heavenly Creature collection. As with the rest of the collection, these have space-inspired names. These Cremesheen Glasses are soft, warm colors similar to the Lipsticks in this collection, so you can mix and match these for layering purposes. I love to do that and Cremesheen Glass is a great formula for layering, so I’m loving ALL of the lip products that have been released with the Heavenly Creature collection!

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MAC’s Cremesheen Glass formula is “soft, comfortable and non-sticky”. They do not feel as heavy as the normal Lipglass formula, and they they really are less sticky. They also seem to be slightly more moisturizing and never leave my lips dry after wearing them all day long. These don’t emphasize dry or chapped areas on my lips either. Occasionally, the lighter, milkier colors of Cremesheen Glass can settle into the lines of my lips, but this is easily avoided by priming the lips with MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip before applying the gloss. The less sticky, somewhat thinner formula of these can be less opaque than Lipglass and some Cremesheen Glasses don’t wear quite as long. I typically get around 4 hours of wear with this formula before I need to touch up. You can make these last longer by layering them over a lip pencil and/or lipstick. If you do this, you can choose a neutral liner that is close to the color of your own lips, or something that is similar to the color of the Cremesheen Glass. When you layer these, you want to apply the lip pencil first (preferably over a primer or lip balm so it doesn’t look dry), then apply the gloss.

Like other MAC lip products, Cremesheen Glass has faint vanilla scent but no taste. All five of these are limited edition. Cremesheen Glass contains 2.7ml / 0.09 fl oz of product and sells for $19.50. The price may seem steep, but one tube usually lasts me about 3-4 months! These are already available on MAC’s website at www.maccosmetics.com and will be released at MAC stores and counters on the official Heavenly Creature collection release date of Thursday, July 5th. I imagine that some of these will sell out quickly, so you might want to call or visit your local MAC to reserve or pre-purchase your favorite Heavenly Creature products before the 5th!

Photo taken outdoors with natural, indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.
I am going to redo these swatches in the next day or so because they don’t look right in this photo. They aren’t really this runny and thin looking! I think it may be because this was taken right after delivery and they were kind of heated up after being on a delivery truck all day long.

I apologize for the funky looking shadows on the product photos. One of the lamps for my lightbox broke so I had to put these in front of the window for light and the screen left some weird shadows on everything… Whoops! at least the bright, natural light shows off the shimmer well, though!

Astral

Astral:   This is a “bright yellow pink”. It’s a medium, warm , slightly reddish pink that contains extremely fine, multidimensional shimmer. It reflects light beautifully and makes the lips look shiny and full! Astral is somewhat sheer but still has great color payoff. As a warm, bright color, I believe this would be flattering on anyone. If you want to layer this over a Lipstick from this collection, it looks especially nice over Fire Sign or Venus.

Celestial Kiss

Celestial Kiss:   Celestial Kiss is a “pale cool peach”. On the lips, it’s a light, warm peachy nude that’s sort of milky and has very fine, warm golden shimmer. It’s rare to find Cremesheen Glasses that have this type of shimmer, but they’re SO pretty and unique. This color is slightly sheer, like the others in this collection, but it definitely covered the brighter pink pigmentation of my lips, so the color payoff is still fantastic! In this photo, you can see that alone, this settles into the lines on my lips a bit… As I mentioned earlier in this post, that’s easily fixed by layering this over a lip balm or MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip. If you’d like to layer this over a Lipstick from Heavenly Creature, I think it would look pretty over Cusp of Dawn, Pleasureseeker, or even Cut A Caper. Over a lipstick it would be more suited for a darker skin tone, but you may want to be careful wearing this alone, as it’s so milky that it could make your lips look a little washed out!

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose:   Galaxy Rose is the deepest of the Cremesheen Glasses in this collection and is described as a “midtone violet pink”. It’s a warm, medium-dark, bright, berry hued, reddened pink with a very slight hint of a cooler plum tone (that was a mouthful). Unlike most of the Cremesheen Glasses in this collection, Galaxy Rose has no shimmer. It’s well pigmented and has great color payoff. It is nearly opaque, thoroughly covering the natural pigmentation of my lips. This bold, warm gloss would be beautiful on everyone. If you’d like to layer it over a Lipstick from Heavenly Creature, you could use Venus or Fire Sign… I wore this with Fire Sign the other day and got so many compliments!

Meteoric

Meteoric:   Meteoric is a “midtone vibrant coral” that contains some of that wonderful, soft, warm hued microshimmer! It’s less bold on the lips than it is in the tube, but is still a bright, light-medium, pinky coral. It’s semi-opaque and applied evenly with good color payoff. You know the drill… This would look good on everyone! If layering is your thing, this would look nice over some of the Lipsticks from this collection, especially Venus or Cut A Caper!

Strictly Plutonic

Strictly Plutonic:   Last but not least, we have Strictly Plutonic, which is a “midtone pink-brown”. On the lips, this isn’t as brown as it appears to be in the tube and wears as more of a medium, warm,  slightly brown, orangey-pink. Sadly, this Cremesheen Glass doesn’t have any of the microshimmer that I’m so in love with right now, but it’s still beautiful! It’s not completely opaque, so if you have very pigmented lips, your own natural lip color will slightly show through. Perhaps that’s why it looks different on everyone… I wouldn’t consider that a bad thing, as it transforms into a flattering color no matter what your skin tone is. Anyway, despite the lack of opacity, it still have wonderful color payoff. If you’d like to layer Strictly Plutonic, you could wear it over Cusp of Dawn, Pleasureseeker, or even Venus if you want to play up the pink tones in this gloss.

There are five Lipsticks in the Heavenly Creature collection. They are all softer colors, with nothing being super intense, but I think that’s kind of nice since almost every other collection lately has had mostly bright, bold lipsticks. Although these are more muted colors, they’re VERY pretty and every one of them can be worn by anyone. The Heavenly Creature Lipsticks are all warm tones that are perfect for summer. Three of these lipsticks are new, while two have been previously released. Pleasureseeker came out with the Neo Sci-Fi collection back in May of 2008, while Cut A Caper was part of MAC’s A Tartan Tale collection in October of 2010. Cut A Caper is a welcome repromote… I’m pretty sure it sold out the day it was released online!

Most of the Lipsticks in the Heavenly Creature collection are Lustre finishes, except for Pleasureseeker, which is a Glaze. All of these finishes are somewhat sheer and glossy. With Lustre finishes, I get about 4 hours of wear. The time that Glaze’s last is about the same… Maybe slightly longer since they tend to be a little creamier than Lustre’s. If you want to increase the wear longevity of these lipsticks, you can always layer them over a lip pencil. That will also give them a more defined look. If you want, you can use something that is close to the same color as the lipstick, or you can pick a neutral lip pencil that’s close to the color of your own lips. I usually reach for Subculture when I need a good neutral liner. Sometimes lip pencils can feel dry or tug when you apply them, but you can always apply something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip to moisturize and smooth out your lip. It will help hide any chapped or dry areas, as well as making your lip pencil and lipstick last even longer!

MAC Lipsticks have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste. These are no different. All five of the limited edition lipsticks in the Heavenly Creature collection contain the usual 3g / 0.1 oz and cost $14.50. These are available online now at www.maccosmetics.com, though it appears that Venus and Cut A Caper are already sold out! Have no fear… The Heavenly Creature collection is being released on Thursday, July 5th at MAC stores and counters. If there are particular products that you’d really like to get, I suggest calling ahead or stopping by your local MAC to pre-purchase or ask if they can hold onto the items you want until Thursday!

Photo taken outdoors with natural light on NC20 skin.

Cusp of Dawn

Photo taken with direct sunlight.

Photo taken indoors with a combination of indirect sunlight and lighting from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Cusp of Dawn (Lustre):   This lipstick is a “beiged pink”. It’s a light, pinky-nude beige with soft, warm, golden shimmer. It’s not opaque, even when layered, but it does mute out the naturally bold pigmentation of my lips pretty well, so I would say that it still has good color payoff. It has a sheen and shimmer, so it never looks dry. Since Cusp of Dawn is a warm neutral, I think this would be suitable for everyone. I recommend using a neutral nude or neutral pink Lip Pencil like this, such as Subculture (for lighter skin tones), Spice (for medium-dark skintones, Chestnut (for dark to deep skin tones, or maybe even Dervish (to bring out the pink).

Cut A Caper

Cut A Caper (Lustre):   Cut A Caper is a “midtone peachy pink”. It’s light-medium, warm peachy pink that’s almost like a soft coral. It has a creamier type of Lustre finish, lacking any shimmer. It’s not completely opaque, like most Lustre finish lipsticks, but it still has great color payoff. This would be a good color on any skin tone. For a Lip Pencil, if you’d like to layer underneath, I suggest using something close to your own lip color. You could also use Dervish (to bring out the pink), or Lasting Sensation (to darken, give a deeper outline and bring out the coral tones). Shore Leave would look nice too, if you have it or can still purchase it. That one is a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil that was released with MAC’s Hey, Sailor collection.

Fire Sign

Fire Sign (Lustre):   Fire Sign is a “red-pink”. It’s a soft, warm, berry-pinkish, medium red with a hint of warm shimmer. It’s opaque, but not as bold as it appears in the tube. It’s like a your-lips-but-bolder type of lipstick that would flatter any skin tone. For a Lip Pencil, you can use a neutral that’s close to the color of your lips, just to add definition and give this something to stick to… Or you can use a medium-dark pinky red like Half-Red for bolder definition.

Pleasureseeker

Pleasureseeker (Glaze):   This is the only Glaze finish lipstick in this collection. It is described as a “creamy peach”, which is pretty accurate, although I see some pinky tones in this lipstick as well. It’s a light, creamy shade that’s not 100% opaque, but gives good color payoff and mutes out the natural, brighter pink color of my lips quite well. Since it’s not too light or too bold and is a warm color, I think that Pleasureseeker would look good on all skin tones. For a liner, you could use a neutral… of course my choice is Subculture! You could also use a more peachy color, like Saunter, the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from the Hey, Sailor collection. If you happen to have the limited edition Lip Pencil Mouth Off (a light, peachy coral), that would work as well. I believe that one came out with Too Fabulous collection back in 2010.

Venus

Venus (Lustre):   Venus is a “sheer yellow pink with pearl”. It’s a light-medium, warm toned pink with a beautiful golden pearly shimmer. Although it says it’s sheer, it appears to be nearly opaque to me. The color payoff is great and it applied smoothly without feeling dry, despite the shimmery particles. For a Lip Pencil, I used Dervish when I tried this on and it blended quite well. You could use nearly any medium, warm pink liner, though. In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil would also look very nice and play up the warm, yellow-pink tones of Venus. As with the rest of the lipsticks in this collection, I think this would be pretty on anyone!

There are a whopping nine Mineralize Eye Shadows that are being released in the Heavenly Creature Collection! They look quite complex in the packaging, but they blend together into soft, shimmery shades that are universally flattering! (Get it… Universally… These have a space theme. Ahhhhahahahaha I crack myself up).

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MAC’s Mineralize Eye Shadows are “baked minerals refined into a powder formula providing exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.” There is nothing matte about these eye shadows. They all contain shimmer, ranging from a soft glow all the way up to an intense frosty finish, depending on how heavily they’re applied. I love how versatile Mineralize Eye Shadows are… They can be applied dry and layered, depending on how soft or deep you want the color payoff and shimmer to be. They may also be applied damp for the most intense pigmentation and a more metallic type of finish. Sometimes you can use a small brush and use these colors individually if the swirls are big enough, or at least concentrate on gathering more of one color than another.

I typically get about 5 hours of wear with Mineralize Eye Shadows before they start to crease or fade. You can extend the wear time to more like 8+ hours by starting off with a primer. Although I don’t normally use this product, I like Urban Decay Primer Potion under these eye shadows because it’s very tacky so they stay in place well. You can use it alone, or under a light, neutral MAC Paint Pot like Painterly or Soft Ochre (my favorite method). If you apply the Paint Pot over UDPP, it makes them more easy to blend. Using a primer underneath will also cut back on the amount of fallout many of these Mineralize Eye Shadows can leave behind.

Since these eye shadows are so versatile, I’m including detailed application techniques. This makes this post a longer than usual, but I want you all to know the best ways to use these! I know I felt lost and was disappointed with Mineralize Eye Shadows until I learned how to use them!

To apply dry, there are several different types of brushes you can use, depending on which area of the eye you are applying them to. For wearing them on the lid, I suggest a dense, flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or MAC 213. With these brushes, you can gently pat on the color and layer it until you get the intensity that you want. If you are applying this in the crease, you can use a MAC 286 duo fibre blending brush (this is being repromoted with this collection, but is permanent) for more intense color, or a soft, fluffy domed brush like a MAC 217 or 224 for a softer application or for blending. For dry application as a brow highlight, a 217 or 224 will apply it sheerly. Since Mineralize Eye Shadows are soft and shimmery, they’re also perfect to use on the inner corner of your eye to highlight and make you look more awake! My favorite brushes for that are the MAC 228 and 231.

To apply damp, you will need a liquid to spray onto your brush or lightly dip your brush into so the eye shadow will adhere to your brush and skin. Water will work, but I find that the eye shadow appears more intense if I use MAC Fix + Spray on my brush, and even more intense than that if I use MAC Water Based Mixing Medium (from MAC Pro). I have also heard of people using eye drops but I haven’t tried that myself. You want to get just enough liquid on your brush to slightly dampen it, but you don’t want it to be very wet. Squeeze out your brush with your fingers if you dip it in water! Even if you spray it, make sure there’s not enough liquid to drip or squeeze out. If you think it’s still too damp, gently blot it on a paper towel or tissue. After the brush is damp, swipe it across the Mineralize Eye Shadow and apply to the skin. You may want to have a designated “wet” area on your eye shadow, as swiping a damp brush across it repeatedly can sort of thicken or harden the powder. The best brushes to use with this technique are stiff, flat shader brushes like a MAC 239 or 242. Synthetic concealer brushes like the MAC 195 work really well too (that’s my favorite).

If you want to wear a Mineralize Eye Shadow as a liner there are several different brushes you can use. For intense color you want to use the damp technique. With brushes like a MAC 209210, or 211, you will get a finer line with more detail. A flat definer brush like a MAC 212 will give you a thicker, smudgier line and can be used damp or dry. A dense brush like a MAC 214 short shader brush or 219 pencil brush is best for a soft, smudgy line, which is perfect for a smoky look. Those will also work damp or dry.

All nine of these Mineralize Eye Shadows are limited edition. The Heavenly Creature collection is available online right now at www.maccosmetics.com. On Thursday, July 5th these eye shadows, along with the rest of the collection, will be available at MAC stores and counters. If there are particular colors that you want, you may want to see if they can hold your products for you since many of these will sell out very quickly! Each Mineralize Eye Shadow contains 1.8g / 0.06oz of product and they sell for $20.

Photo taken outdoors with natural, indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

Aurora

Aurora:   Aurora contains a “peach, brown, and green melange”. The swirls are a warm terracotta brown, olive green, and peachy champagne. On the skin this shows up as a medium, warm toned brown with a light peachy shimmer. The color payoff is good both dry and wet, but it’s a bit on the sheer side when applied dry. If you apply Aurora damp, it will be opaque and have more of a frosty finish.

Bright Moon

Bright Moon:   Bright Moon is described to have a “grey, silver, and icy green melange”. The swirls are made up of a pale silver, a medium blue-grey, and a light, icy aqua. On the skin, this is a light, cool, blue-silver with lots of shimmer. Both dry and damp applications give good color payoff, but it will be more intense and metallic when applied damp. The only problem I had with Bright Moon is that it felt a little chunky and uneven when I tried to apply it with a dampened brush.

Earthly

Earthly:   This Mineralize Eye Shadow is a “beige, peach, and cool brown melange”. The swirls are a light, soft peachy gold, a pale creamy beige and a medium-dark, cool brown. Blended together, these are a medium, slightly cool toned taupey brown. The shimmer in Earthly is fine and soft. Applied dry, this is not all that opaque, but still pretty and has good color payoff. Applied damp, it’s totally opaque and more frosty.

Photo taken outdoors with natural, indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

Invincible Light
(This one looks a little dim… Sorry! I think a cloud was passing by.)

Invincible Light:   This is the palest of all the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection and is an “icy white, lavender, and warm gold melange”. The swirls are a pale lavender, a light, creamy ivory, and a medium, warm gold. Although the lavender and white/ivory swirls are cooler toned, the warm golden swirl transforms this into a light, warm toned, creamy peach on the skin. When applied dry, it’s a bit sheer, but applying it damp will make it more opaque. Both dry and damp it’s quite shimmery. The shimmery particles in Invincible Light feel heavier and more coarse than the ones in some of the other Mineralize Eye Shadows. This made it more difficult to blend or apply when damp, as it got kind of chunky and did not to spread out evenly without some effort. Because of that, I prefer to use this eye shadow dry as a sheer lid color or highlight.

Magnetic Attraction

Magnetic Attraction:   Magnetic Attraction is an “orange, pink and gold melange”. The swirls are a light, yellow gold, a medium, coppery orange, and a medium-dark, plummy pink. When applied dry, this is a medium coral with reddish-pink undertones and a coppery sheen. If applied damp, it looks more like a medium, coppery-pink coral with golden frost. Both dry and damp this gives amazing color payoff!

Neo Nebula

Neo Nebula:   This eye shadow contains a “cream, warm amethyst and warm pink melange”. The swirls are a light, champagne-pink, a medium, warm pink and a darker, warm plum. On the skin it’s a medium, slightly warm plummy pink. It’s pretty sheer when applied dry, but still has quite a bit of shimmer. If you apply this damp, it will darken Neo Nebula and make the finish much more metallic. It’s very soft and easy to apply, both wet and dry.

Photo taken outdoors with natural, indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

Sky

Sky:   Sky is described as a “green gold, turquoise and cobalt melange”. The swirls are a medium, bright blue, a deeper cobalt blue, and a light-medium, tarnished, green gold. Blended together on the skin, these appear as a very pretty, light to medium turquoise-blue with golden shimmer. The shimmer shows up well both dry and damp, but the color payoff is very sheer when applied dry. If you apply Sky damp, it’s slightly more opaque, but not totally. Like Bright Moon and Invincible Light, I had some trouble applying this damp because it got a bit chunky and didn’t want to blend out. That seems to be a trend with all of the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection that contain larger, coarser bits of shimmer.

Universal Appeal

Universal Appeal:   Universal Appeal is a “gold, bronze and violet melange”… Really? I can see the violet, but the other swirls are more of a greenish gold and dark brown to me! On the skin these make a very pretty, warm, medium mauvy, plummy brown with golden shimmer. When applied dry, Universal Appeal is a little bit sheer, but has good color payoff. Applying this wet makes it more opaque, deeper, and more frosty. This Mineralize Eye Shadow applied smoothly both ways.

Water

Water:   This Mineralize Eye Shadow is a “yellow, lime green and blue melange”. I was hoping mine would contain more green and it does, so I’m really excited about this one! It’s made up of a bright, neon yellow-green, a light, shimmery, minty-limey green (which reminds me of mojitos… yum), and a dark, shimmy navy blue. When blended together these make a cool toned green. It’s VERY sheer when applied dry and appears as more of a light, cool olive green with golden shimmer. You almost have to use Water with water (ha!), to do it justice. When applied damp, it’s a gorgeous medium, cool toned, smoky green with a golden sheen. Although the color payoff kind of sucks with a dry application, it works if you want a very sheer wash of color. Even though it has that little fault, I still love this eye shadow!

MAC’s Mineralize Blushes are a baked mineral formula. These are some of my favorite blushes of all time, so I was really excited to see that they were coming out with new ones for the Heavenly Creature collection! They’re very well pigmented, yet buildable. They have a beautiful, soft shimmer that’s more glowy than metallic. Most of MAC’s Mineralize Blushes are universally flattering and can be worn by any skin tone, depending on how sheerly or heavily you apply them, which holds true with the four in this collection.

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Photo taken indoors with indirect sunlight

The formula of these blushes is a very soft, easily blendable powder. It’s shimmery but the shimmer is also buildable… If you apply a little bit it appears as more of a soft glow on the skin. If you apply more of this product, it builds up to a heavier, slightly metallic type of shimmer. Like all blushes, these are most easily blendable when applied over your setting powder, so you get an even application without random, heavy bloches of color. These wear longest on dry to normal or combination skin, giving about 8-10 hours of wear before fading. However, I have combination skin with some oily patches and I still get 8 solid hours of wear before my blush starts to move around or fade. On oily skin these may wear for more like 6-8 hours… Mineralize products tend to slip around on more oily areas and can appear blotchy as your skin produces oil throughout the day. The shimmer in some of these (typically the ones with larger shimmer particles) can emphasize pores, but as long as you make sure not to apply to areas with enlarged pores, these blushes will look fine!

If you have lighter skin, some of these may seem intense and intimidating, but I promise that they aren’t! There are several different ways to apply these so they will work for you, whether you have a fair or deep complexion! The lightest application of these will come from something like a MAC 184 duo fibre fan brush, or any medium to large sized fan brush. For an easily buildable, light to moderate application you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 187 or 188 duo fibre brush. For the heaviest type of application, if you want bold color payoff and the most intense shimmer, you can use a dense blush brush like a MAC 116. Keep in mind that the Mineralize Blush you get may not look exactly like the ones I have… They all differ to some degree. It all depends on how much of what color gets poured into each blush, so some swatches may appear lighter or darker, or have more shimmer particles than others.

All four of the blushes in the Heavenly Creature collection are limited edition. They are already available online at www.maccosmetics.com, but I see that Supernova says that it’s sold out… Sadface! This collection goes on sale at stores and counters on Thursday, July 5th, but you may want to reserve the products you want ahead of time because this type of product tends to sell out quickly! These Mineralize Blushes contain 3.2g/0.10oz of product in each pot and sell for $23.50.

Photo taken outdoors with indirect sunlight on NC20 skin
Left: Applied heavily                            Right: Blended out

Ring of Saturn

Ring of Saturn:   Ring of Saturn is described as a “terracotta and gold melange”.  The lighter swirl is a peachy-pink champagne color, with the darker swirl being a medium-dark, slightly plummy red. On the skin this is a warm, medium toned pinkish coral with a golden sheen. The shimmery bits in Ring of Saturn aren very, very small, so this Mineralize Blush feels soft and wears well. Since it’s an intense color, if you have fair skin you may want to apply this sparingly and gradually build on the color until it’s as bright as you like. This is wearable by everyone, though, and looks especially good on medium to dark skin!

Solar Ray

Solar Ray:   This Mineralize Blush is a “peach and gold melange”. There seem to be even amounts of each swirl in the blush that I got but I’m not sure if they’re all like this. The lighter shade is a light-medium peachy-pink that contains a very soft shimmer, while the darker is a medium, yellow-orange gold with slightly larger, more intense golden shimmer particles that are borderline glittery. The texture of this blush felt more coarse than Ring of Saturn, but it was still easily blendable. On the skin, this is a light-medium, orange-coral peach with intense golden shimmer. If you apply this heavily, it’s very frosty! This is suitable for all skin tones, but on deeper skin it may show up more like a metallic, slightly peachy, golden type of blush or highlight.

Photo taken outdoors with indirect sunlight on NC20 skin
Left: Applied heavily                            Right: Blended out

Stratus

Stratus:   Stratus is described as an “amethyst and gold brown melange”. Mine contains more of the lighter color, which is a warm, coppery peach. The darker swirl is a dark reddened plum. On the skin this is a warm, pinky plum with a very soft, golden-coppery sheen. The shimmery bits in this blush are so small that it gives more of a glow than an intense shimmer. This is the boldest shade of the Mineralize Blushes in this collection, so it’s definitely best for medium-dark to deep skin tones, but is still wearable by everyone. If you have pale to light skin, you definitely want to apply this with a fan brush, or using a very light hand with something like a MAC 188 duo fibre brush. The deeper your skin tone is, the more of this you can apply but you still may want to build up the color slowly!

Supernova

Supernova:   MAC calls Supernova a “magenta and burnished gold melange”. The bright swirl in this is a super bold, hot pink magenta, while the other swirl is a bright, orange-ish, coppery peach that contains the majority of the shimmer. The texture of this blush is very soft and blendable, which is nice since it’s so bright! On the skin, this is a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bright berry tinted pink with a warmer, soft golden shimmer. The warmer tones of the shimmer even out the cooler undertones in the blush, so this is suitable for everybody. The shimmery particles in Supernova are very fine, so it gives more of a glow than a heavy shimmer. Since this is such a bright color, you will want to apply this with a light hand and gradually build up the color, especially if you have pale or light skin! When I checked on the website earlier, I saw that Supernova is already sold out online. You might want to reserve this one ahead of time if you plan on picking it up at a store or counter when it’s released on July 5th since it seems to be so popular!

It’s about time MAC gives us some new colorful Mineralize Skinfinish powders! All four of the new MSF’s from the Heavenly Creature collection are bold, but buildable. These are unique and there haven’t been any products from MAC lately that are similar to this texture or these colors. These Mineralize Skinfinish powders have a lot of shimmer, so if you’re into having a matte face, these may not be for you!

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These MSF’s are highly pigmented and can look quite bright and shimmery, almost glittery, on the skin, depending on how much you apply. If you use a fluffy duo-fibre brush like a MAC 188 or 187 (both of which are being re-promoted with the Heavenly Creature collection), you will get a soft wash of color and minimal shimmer, which is perfect for a cheek highlight or to add some shine over your blush. If you apply these with a more dense brush like a MAC 116 blush brush, or a MAC 130 short duo fibre brush, you will get a heavier application with bolder color and a more frosted-metallic finish with lots of glitter. The cool thing about these Mineralize Skinfinishes is that every one of them can be worn on any skin tone, depending on what application technique you use! Using a medium to large sized fan brush like a MAC 184 duo fibre fan brush (from MAC Pro), will apply these as light as possible, so if you have fair skin like I do, you might want to give a fan brush a shot.

Like all blushes and highlighters, these are most easily blendable when applied over your setting powder so you get an even application without random, heavy bloches of color. These wear longest on dry to normal or combination skin, typically giving about 8-10 hours of wear before fading. However, I have combination skin with some oily patches and I still get 8 solid hours of wear before my Mineralize Skinfinish powder starts to move around or fade. On oily skin these may wear for more like 6-8 hours… Mineralize products tend to slip around on more oily areas and can appear blotchy as your skin produces oil throughout the day. The shimmer in some of these (typically the ones with larger shimmer particles) can emphasize pores, but as long as you make sure not to apply to areas with enlarged pores, these will look fine! You can also try using some kind of pore refining primer under your foundation and powder to help minimize pores 🙂

These have a smooth, but somewhat powdery texture that can seem dusty and messy at times. However, if you are gentle when gathering product on your brush, these won’t be so messy! Mineralize products do need to be handled with care. If you travel or keep it in your makeup bag, be sure to pack it surrounded by soft things or put a tissue in the container between the product and the lid to make sure it doesn’t get jarred around and crack or break.

These four Mineralize Skinfinishes are limited edition so supplies are limited. These sell for $29 for 10g/0.35 fl oz of product. I have yet to go through an entire MSF, even the one I use several times a week, so these will last you a long time! The Heavenly Creature collection is already available on MAC’s website at www.maccosmetics.com and will be at your local MAC counter or store on Thursday, July 5th. If there’s a product that you have your eye on, you may want to call and reserve what you want ahead of time. These always sell out quickly! Star Wonder has already sold out online.

Photo taken outdoors with indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.
Left: Applied heavily Right: Blended out

Center of the Universe
the weird striped shadow is from the screen on my window… sorry! my lamp broke so I had to use sunlight

Center of the Universe:   This is described as a “coral with gold shimmer”. I don’t see much of a true coral to this MSF, but the main, finer part of this powder is a light, peachy kind of coral. The lesser parts of the veining are a warm, coppery brown and a yellowed gold, both of which contain the larger type of shimmery particles. On the skin it’s more of a medium, warm, peachy orange with golden shimmer. Center of the Universe contains finer shimmer particles so it’s not over-the-top glittery. Since this is one of the lighter Mineralize Skinfinish powders in this collection, this would be suitable for the fairest of skin to the deepest. On lighter skin tones, it can be used as either a blush or highlight, while it’s best as a highlight on dark to deep skin.

Earthshine

Earthshine:   Earthshine is a “tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects”. Wow, that’s a mouthful! This is the darkest of the Mineralize Skinfinishes in the Heavenly Creature collection. It’s a warm, intense plummy, reddish brown when blended together. It contains a mostly golden powder with intense, but fine, shimmer particles (mine seems to have more gold than some other Earthshines). There is also a peachy beige vein and a deeper bronzed, wine colored vein which contains the larger pink reflects bits of shimmer. This is an extremely intense color, so on fair skin it should be used very sparingly, and is best used as a blush or eye shadow. Earthshine is the most flattering on dark to deep skin tones as a blush and/or highlight.

Photo taken outside with indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.
Left: Applied heavily              Right: Blended out

Light Year

Light Year:   This MSF is a “peachy pink with golden shimmer”. Light Year is the lightest Mineralize Skinfinish in this collect. For the most part, this contains a soft, pale, champagne-peach colored powder with smaller sized veins of peachy pink and warm gold. The warm golden vein has slightly coarse, intense gold shimmer particles. Although it looks like it could be very light and super glittery, it’s actually a light to medium peachy pink with fine, but still intense, golden shimmer. On light to medium skin Light Year can be used as either a blush or highlight, while on medium-dark to dark skin, this would be a nice pink highlight. If you have a dark to deep skin tone, you may want to apply this sparingly to avoid looking washed out.

Star Wonder

Star Wonder:   Star Wonder is a “plummy-pink with multidimensional pearl”. This Mineralize Skinfinish has a fine, mostly golden, pearly base to it with a large, warm, plummy vein and a smaller vein that’s a pinky-champagne color. When blended on the skin, it’s a warm, medium pinkish-plum with a yellowed-gold, pearly, highly reflective shimmer. Since it’s a medium shade, Star Wonder will work on all skin tones. It looks gorgeous as a blush or highlighter on pale to medium-dark skin. The lighter you are, the more intense this can look, so you may want to apply it sparingly then build up more product until it’s the intensity you like. On dark to deep skin, this is probably best as a highlighter with a pink or plum blush, although you can try it alone as a blush. The shimmery particles could possibly wash out deeper skin tones… I’m not sure, as I haven’t had a chance to try this out on anyone but myself yet!

Over the next week or two I have a whole bunch of fun things I’ll be making posts about…

Tuesday Tip is tomorrow and it’s all about lighting!

A post for MAC Extended Play Lash mascara will be up on Wednesday. I know it’s taken a while but I’ve been experimenting with the different ways to wear it so I can tell you the best ways to use this product! It’s such a different brush and formula that I really wanted to take my time testing it so I could give you all the most accurate review!

I got the last of the Jeffrey Campbell shoes I ordered and will be buying for a while, so I’ll be making a post on those later this week too! I want to get some good photos of them and write up reviews about comfort, sizing, etc… and my favorite places to purchase them. That will be a fun post and a little break from the world of makeup!

I also just ordered a TON of stuff from MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection, so I’ll be reviewing those as soon as they get here. It became available online today (not sure if it’s for Pro members only or everyone). I ordered it ASAP and got two day shipping so I’m hoping that it will get here soon enough for me to post my photos, swatches and reviews before it goes up for sale online to everyone and before the release date.

These are the items from Heavenly Creature that will have on the blog:

Lipsticks:

– Cut a Caper (midtone peachy pink)

– Cusp of Dawn (beiged pink)

– Fire Sign (red-pink)

– Pleaseureseeker (creamy peach)

– Venus (sheer yellow pink with pearl)

Cremesheen Glass:

– Astral (bright yellow pink)

– Celestial Kiss (pale cool peach)

– Galaxy Rose (midtone violet pink)

– Meteoric (midtone vibrant coral)

– Strictly Plutonic (midtone pink-brown)

Mineralize Skinfinish:

– Center of the Universe (coral with gold shimmer)

– Earthshine (tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects)

– Light Year (peachy pink with gold shimmer)

– Star Wonder (plumy pink with multi-dimensional pearl)

Mineralize Blush:

– Ring of Saturn (terracotta and gold melange)

– Solar Ray (peach and gold melange)

– Stratus (amethyst and gold brown melange)

– Supernova (magenta and burnished gold melange)

Mineralize Eye Shadow:

– Aurora (peach, green and brown melange)

– Bright Moon (grey, silver and icy green melange)

– Earthly (beige, peach and gold brown melange)

– Invincible Light (icy white, lavender and warm gold melange)

– Magnetic Attraction (orange, pink and gold melange)

– Neo Nebula (cream, warm amethyst and warm pink melange)

– Sky (green gold, turquoise, and cobalt melange)

– Universal Appeal (gold, bronze and violet melange)

– Water (yellow, lime green and blue melange)

There are also skincare items in this collection that I will not be featuring because I don’t own them and am not planning on purchasing them. I will do a summary of them with descriptions but no photos unless I can get some at work or something.

False Lashes Mascara is part of this collection as well, but it’s permanent so I am not putting this in my posts for Heavenly Creature. It will be part of a MAC mascara post I’m currently working on, though.

The Duo-Fibre brushes 187, 188, and 286 are also included in this collection, but they are permanent too so I won’t be including them in my posts. They will be part of a brush post in the future!