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MAC’s major Spring collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, isn’t just full of beautiful colors for lips and eyes… There are several products for cheeks too! There are two brand new Mineralize Blushes that were released with this collection that I’ll be reviewing in this post. I know this collection was released a little over a week ago, so I apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot and really got to play around with these products before reviewing them, though, so that’s a plus!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. There is one blush on each displayer as one is more warm toned and one is somewhat cool toned. All of these products can be mixed and matched, of course, but by dividing the colors a bit, MAC is just suggesting which colors work best with one another, so that’s kind of nice if you’re new to makeup or need some ideas!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

MAC’s Mineralzie Blush is described as “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.” 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 as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire. The best part about these in particular is that they have this really beautiful, reflective almost iridescent pearl. I am OBSESSED with these!

If you want to apply these really lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply a little more heavily or to a bigger area, 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 and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

FoF Mineralize Blush Labels

These blushes are both limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com.  They contain the usual 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product and sell for $25. These may or may not be in stock at all locations, but I know most in my area still have a couple of them left. I believe that Petal Power may be sold out online for the time being, but check back since sometimes MAC restocks limited launches online!

FoF Mineralize Blushes with Names

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Azalea in the Afternoon:   This blush is a “mid tone blue pink” with a glowy finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), slightly cool toned pink with some soft blue/lavender undertones and a really unique, almost iridescent pearly, glowing finish… It’s like the cool tones actually give a pearlized highlight to this blush once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s SO pretty! Color payoff is great, though this blush tends to look a bit cooler on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is nearly opaque if you want it to be, or more sheer if you apply it more lightly. This is typical and exactly how Mineralize Blushes should be. It feels a little powdery but still applies, layers, and blends out easily. I got about 7 hours of wear with Azalea in the Afternoon before I started to notice any fading. One note though… Because this is a cooler toned pink, I recommend this for people with very fair to medium skin tones. When applied on any darker skin tones, it can look so cool toned that it makes you look washed out. However, if you are medium-dark to deep, you can always lightly layer this over another blush to cool down the color and add a glow!

Dupes:   Dainty is the closest dupe I can think of that’s permanent, but it’s a warmer, more yellow based pink. It is a Mineralize Blush though, so it has the same type of finish. Other than that, you can try Well Dressed or Pink Swoon Powder Blushes, but they won’t have a glow. You can always layer a Mineralize Skinfinish powder over them (like Porcelain Pink or Perfect topping, which is from this collection), to add the Mineralize glow.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Petal Power:   This Mineralize Blush is a “coral pink with gold shimmer” and has a super glowing finish. It’s a medium, bright but still soft, warm toned pink with coral undertones and a beautiful, warm golden sheen. Color payoff is bright and a near perfect match to how this blush looks in the pan. Coverage is sheer to pretty much full, depending on what type of technique and brush you use to apply Petal Power. It’s very smooth and silky, so it’s easy to apply and layer even though the color is fairly intense. I didn’t notice and fading with Petal Power until I had it on for about 7-8 hours. This blush is warmer and bolder than Azalea in the Afternoon, so it works on a wider variety of skin tones… I’ve tried this on a lot of people from super fair (like me) all the way up to dark-deep and it’s flattering on most people. The only thing is, it may need to be layered over another similar, more pigmented blush on dark to deep skin to get it to show up well, or it can be used as a warm highlighter on deeper skin tones.

Dupes:   NARS Orgasm is actually really similar but less pink and is harder to work with (in my opinion). For MAC dupes, I can’t think of any right now! If I come up with one, I’ll post it later. Petal Power is definitely unique enough that it’s worth stocking up on!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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The Divine Night collection is full of golden tones and shimmer, so of course Mineralize Skinfinishes are one of the products featured in MAC’s holiday collection! Similar to the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection, all of these are duo-toned, with one large and one smaller section containing different colors that compliment each other. All of these are suitable for any skin tone and can be used for multiple things… I like using Mineralize Skinfinishes to highlight the face, as a blush (for some colors), or even as eye shadows.

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Mineralize Skinfinishes are “A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Pairs two rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a luxe powder design”… As I mentioned, these are multi-use, but most people use these on the cheeks as a blush, or on different areas of the face as a highlighter. You can use these colors individually or swirl your brush over both to blend them together. Mineralize Skinfinishes can also be used as eye shadows. Whatever you use them for, they create a beautiful glow and make the skin look absolutely gorgeous!

To use as a highlight, I prefer a MAC 187 or 188 duo fibre brush… This is going to make it very easy for you to control just how much you apply and let you build up the product gradually. That way, you can apply this as a subtle highlight or more heavily as a blush. For a heavier application as either a highlight or blush, you can use a MAC 116, 109, 129, or 167 brush. These brushes are much more dense and will pick up and apply more product than the duo fibre brushes will.

For the eyes, I like to use a 239 brush to apply this on the lid… You want to pat and pack on the color with a flat brush. You can also dampen your brush with Fix+ Spray to get more color payoff and shimmer… I especially recommend doing this with any of the colors with larger shimmer particles to prevent fallout. To blend these into the crease, I like to use a 217 brush or 286 duo fibre brush.

These Mineralize Skinfinishes are all limited edition and are available now at MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $33 and contain 7.5 g / 0.26 US oz of product. That’s $3 more and 2.5g less product than the permanent MSF’s, but with the special packaging and unique colors, these are worth it!

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes Labels

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention Left: Separate colors applied heavily   Right: Both colors blended together Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                                 Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention:   This MSF is described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer / 24 carat gold shimmer”. Blended together this is a light, warm, champagne-gold with a gorgeous golden shimmer. The color payoff is good and coverage is semi-sheer, as it should be with Mineralize Skinfinishes. I got about 6 hours of wear before this started to fade. Blended together, Centre of Attention works well as a highlighter on fair to medium-dark skin.

The larger outer area is a light, somewhat peachy-pink, champagne type of color with a soft, warm peachy-pink sheen. Although it’s light, it gives good color payoff and semi-opaque coverage. This color is soft, finely milled, and easy to blend out and apply. This wore well for over 8 hours. I love this color as a highlighter on fair to medium skin, or as an eye shadow.

The smaller inner area is a true 24 carat gold with larger shimmer particles. Color payoff is nice, but it’s not quite opaque. It doesn’t apply as smoothly as the lighter color, due to the bigger shimmery bits. That said, it’s still quite beautiful and I really like using this color applied damp on the eyelid. On the cheeks I only got about 4-5 hours of wear before this faded or moved around. As a highlighter, this is flattering on medium to deep skin.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Highlighter is very similar, though it was limited edition. Soft and Gentle is permanent but is less golden and lighter.

– Outer Area (Champagne):   Lightscapade is close, but slightly lighter and has more yellow tones. It’s permanent and always available, though!

– Inner Area (Gold):   I honestly can’t think of anything that’s similar to this… Perhaps one of the golden colors in a Mineralize Eye Shadow that I can’t seem to remember the name of (oops).

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                             Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Perfectly Poised:   This is a “bronzy coral with golden tones / creamy beige with pinkish purple sheen”… Blended together this is a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), warm toned,  peachy bronze with a soft, neutral, champagne-pink sheen. It’s really pretty on fair to medium skin if you want a glow and a bit of color that’s somewhere between a blush and bronzer. Both colors in this Mineralize Skinfinish are very finely milled and silky, so they apply easily, give great coverage, and blend together well without any large, blotchy shimmer. Blended together, it’s not super metallic or anything so this MSF doesn’t emphasize pores too much. I got roughly 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

The larger outer area is a warm, medium to medium-dark, orange/coral-bronze with a golden sheen. The color payoff is amazing with very little product applied. It’s a nice bronzer for light to medium-dark skin… The lighter you are, the less you want to apply. I recommend a MAC 188 duo-fibre brush. This color also makes a beautiful highlighter on dark to deep skin. Be careful applying too much on the cheeks if you have larger pores since this color is quite intense and frosty. You can also use this as an eyeshadow! If you want to use it like that, you can use it either dry or damp… Damp will give you more coverage and a more metallic finish. Used on the face, this color gave me slightly less than 6 hours of wear before it began to fade.

The smaller inner area is a pale, almost neutral but slightly cool toned cream color with a cool, pinkish, pearly sheen. This doesn’t have as much coverage as the larger area of this MSF but it does have good color payoff. I love this as a highlighter on fair to light or light-medium skin. It’s very soft and gives a beautiful glow. You can also use this one as an eyeshadow applied either dry or damp. As a highlighter, I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for over 8 hours.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   I can’t really think of a great dupe for this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish (which is permanent) is pinker, much less bronze, and has larger shimmer particles.

– Outer Area (Golden Bronze):   Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish from the Heavenly Creatures collection of Summer 2012 is very similar, though perhaps a little more orange. Trace Gold Blush (part of the permanent line) is lighter and more golden, not as bronze.

– Inner Area (Pale Cream):   Snowglobe Beauty Powder from the Glitter and Ice Holiday collection of 2011 is very similar, though slightly darker and warmer. Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish (permanent) is similar as well but is a bit darker and more intense.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                               Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Scene to be Seen:   This MSF is a “mauve with pink sheen / brick rose with gold reflects”… Blended together this is a medium to medium-dark, rosy plum with a warm, rose-gold frosty sheen. The color payoff and coverage are both great. I did notice that due to the more frosted finish, it can emphasize pores a bit. The texture is very smooth so it blends out and applies easily. I like this as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin… It also works well as a highlight on dark to deep skin. I got about 8 hours of wear with this wearing it either way.

The larger outer area is the one described as a “mauve with pink sheen” and is a medium to medium-dark, plum with a warm, rosy undertone and a frosted finish. The coverage is fantastic, as is the color payoff. It applies smoothly and fortunately it blends out easily since it’s so highly pigmented. I like this as a blush and it works well on fair to dark skin, though on lighter skin you want to apply this sparingly! I suggest a MAC 188 duo fibre brush. It wore well for me for about 8 hours before fading.

The smaller inner area is described as a “brick rose with gold reflects” and is a medium, slightly plummy color with some coppery rose undertones. This part of the MSF contains the “gold reflects” which are fine, golden shimmery bits. It also has a frosty finish, but not as frosted as the other area of this blush. It’s not as pigmented and opaque as the larger outer area either, but still gives really good color payoff and decent coverage. As with the larger area, I like this as a blush on fair to dark skin, making sure it’s applied more lightly on lighter skin tones. I got 6-7 hours of wear with this before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Small Vanity Powder Blush from the Glamour Daze Holiday collection of 2012 is similar, but has little to no shimmer or frost. For permanent dupes, I would suggest Love Joy or Warm Soul Mineralize Blushes… Love Joy is slightly darker and more coppery, and Warm Soul is a bit lighter and less plum, but those are about as close as you’re going to get!

– Outer Area (mauve with pink sheen):   Lavish Living Mineralize Blush (also from this collection) is similar, though more of a cool toned plum… You could also do Plum Foolery Powder Blush, which is a permeant color. It’s very close but may slightly less shimmery.

– Inner Area (brick rose with gold reflects):   Ambering Rose Powder Blush (permanent) is close, but slightly more coppery and has less plum to it at all. Warm Soul Mineralize Blush (also permanent) is similar as well, though it’s not as dark and is not so rosy.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Part of MAC’s Divine Night collection includes some Mineralize products… The only ones I purchased and will be reviewing are the blushes, although there are also three Skinfinishes and six Eye Shadows. I like how MAC typically releases some new shimmery Mineralize products around fall/winter… It’s the perfect time of year to wear a soft, glowing look!

Between these three colors, two are quite shimmery, but still have decent color payoff, while the other is more of the soft, glowing Mineralize Blush formula. Even though there are only three, you’ll most likely find one that works for you skintone. If not, I suggest looking into the Mineralize Skinfinishes, as there’s some more color variation with those and they each include two colors. Mineralize Skinfinishes, however, have a lot more shine and shimmer than these blushes do, so that may not be your thing.

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 1

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 (though some have larger shimmer particles than others). Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation 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 and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Divine Night Mineralize Blush Labels

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 2

All three of these Mineralize Blushes are limited edition and are available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $27.50 (due to the special matte black and gold packaging for holiday) and contain 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product. Sadly, the permanent lineup of Mineralize Blushes are actually cheaper and contain more product… They sell for $25 and contain 3.5 g / 0.11 US oz. These colors are fairly unique, though, so if you’re into them, they’re definitely worth buying!

Lavish Living

Lavish Living

Lavish Living Left:   Applied Heavily     Right:   Blended Out Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living
Left: Applied Heavily                           Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living:   Lavish Living is a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl”… That’s a mouthful! It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly cool toned plum with warmer berry undertones. The finish is very shimmery/frosted due to the high amount of pearlescent particles, but I like that because there’s no need for a highlighter with this blush. Although it looks pretty dark in the packaging, Mineralize blushes can be applied lightly for a softer finish and less color payoff and coverage, or applied heavily if you want more color, opacity, and shimmer. To me, this is suitable for nearly any skin tone.

If you have oily skin, this blush may not wear as long. I have normal/combination skin and got around 7 hours of wear with Lavish Living. Also, if you have a lot of texture or large pores, this blush may emphasize that unless you use a good primer, foundation, and powder underneath this blush.

Dupes:  As far as permanent dupes go, Love Joy Mineralize Blush is going to be the closest as you can get to Lavish Living. It’s slightly warmer, perhaps, and less frosted, but is similar once applied.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lured to Love

Lured to Love

Lured to Love
Left: Applied Heavily                          Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lured to Love:   This blush is a “coral pink base with pink frost”… It’s a light, warm toned, peachy-coral pink with a very soft pearly pink sheen. The finish for this blush is the least shimmery and most natural of the three in this collection. Color payoff was good, and best with some layering. I prefer a 116 brush with this blush to get the best color payoff and coverage, otherwise coverage is quite sheer and soft. That said, this blush is best for fair to medium and maybe medium-dark skintones. Since this isn’t so shimmery, it won’t show pores or texture and will wear just fine on oily skin, unlike Lavish Living. I got 8 hours of wear with Lured to Love.

Dupes:   There are actually quite a few blushes that are similar to Lured to Love, but none that I can think of are permanent… You may already have them in your collection, though… Legendary Blush from the Marilyn Monroe collection is a bit more pink but otherwise very close. Immortal Flower Blush, most recently released with the All About Orange collection is also similar, though peachier.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town
Left: Applied Heavily                         Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Talk of the Town:   Talk of the Town is described as being a “warm brown base with yellow bronze”… Huh?! To me, this is a light, warm yellow-peachy pink with a very frosted finish. Applied heavily it looks nearly metallic, while applied lightly, it’s more of a soft wash of color and a lot of golden pearl. Since I’m an NC15, this does show up on me but anyone with medium skin or darker would be better off using this as a highlighter rather than a blush. It looks much more pigmented in the packaging than it does once applied. The coverage is alright… Certainly not opaque but the shimmer payoff is fantastic.

Because this is so frosty, I don’t recommend this for oily or textured skin, as it will get shiny and not wear long, as well as emphasize pores and texture.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many dupes that are similar to this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish is really the only permanent product that I can think of that will give you the same kind of sheen and soft wash of color, but it is a highlighter and not a blush.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

I know it happens from time to time… I go MIA and return in full force with all the latest MAC collections… Well it’s true I’ve been MIA… Unfortunately I have had all of the newest MAC collections, photographed them and everything and planned on posting them but it all sort of fell through.

Recently my life has become extremely busy between working nearly full time and taking care of my terminally ill dog… My dog is my baby, she comes first and her cancer treatment comes first, so rather than spending my days off blogging, many have been spent at vets and specialists. I’m not looking for sympathy or a coming up with a cop-out, I’m just being honest. On the plus side, my big slobber monster (she’s a bullmastiff), Ava, is quite a trooper! She’s handling chemotherapy for her Mast Cell tumors pretty well and we’re expecting to have a bit of quality time left with her before she can’t handle any more or the cancer takes over and spreads further than her spleen. My boxer, Oliver, was also diagnosed within a week of Ava’s diagnosis, so that was rough too… Fortunately he only had one tumor that was easily removed and is now living cancer free and healthy as ever!

I love makeup… Cosmetics and makeup artistry are my passion and hobby and a huge part of my life. I feel like I need to get back to blogging to retain my sanity, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with it more easily from now on!

I am SO far behind with collections, so I’ll be posting them from oldest to newest… You can look forward to seeing posts on these MAC collections coming up over the next few days:

– Marilyn Monroe

– Temperature Rising

– Rihanna (all 3 lipsticks)

– All About Orange

– Tropical Taboo

and the latest…

– So Supreme

 

Again, thank you for your support and reading my blog.

XO,

Lesley

With the Baking Beauties collection, MAC released four new Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms, only three of which I will be reviewing. You may recognize this product from the Apres Chic collection from last winter where this product made it’s debut.

MAC describes this formula as “A liquid lip balm that adds moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine. Enriched with a special, nourishing 77 Mineral-Rich Complex”. It’s a super nourishing formula that feels a bit sticky when first applied but that doesn’t last once it warms up on your lips… After that it feels lightweight but still wears well and gives your lips some serious moisture! Believe me, I have put these to the test in a lot of situations (even hiking in the cold and whale watching last winter) and they kept my lips soft and stayed on for over 5 hours!

They give decent color payoff for being a balm, but they’re by no means as intense or opaque as MAC’s various Lipglass formulas are. Although the packaging has the golden shimmer that most Mineralize packaging has, don’t let it fool you to think that the lip balms are that shimmery! Some have a bit of shimmer but not THAT much!

Baking Beauties Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms

These Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms are all limited edition and are available now at MAC counters, stores, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms contain 10 ml / .33 US fl oz of product and sell for $20. There are four colors in all, but I did not purchase Glace, which is a “creamy pale baby blue”.

Baking Beauties Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm Labels

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms swatched on NC15 skin. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms swatched on NC15 skin.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

Baking Beauty

Baking Beauty on LipsBaking Beauty:   Baking Beauty is a “creamy light peach” with a soft shimmer. It’s a light-medium peachy yellow with a warm pinkish-golden shimmer. It has good color payoff, considering that it’s a semi-sheer formula. It will become slightly more opaque if you apply more product.

This Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm is perfect to wear over Pure Decoration lipstick if you want to add some gloss.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Cheery Cheery

Cheery Cheery

Cheery Cheery on LipsCheery Cheery:   This Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm is a “creamy midtone blue pink” with very, very little shimmer. It’s a light, cool, milky pink. Although it doesn’t add a lot of color to my lips (as expected with this formula), it actually gave my naturally very pigmented, pink lips a more toned down, soft, creamy pink look. Cheery Cheery had the shiniest type of gloss out of these three Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms and gave decent coverage.

If you want to wear this over one of the Baking Beauties lipsticks, I suggest pairing it with Raspberry Swirl.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth on LipsSweet Tooth:   Sweet Tooth is described as a “creamy lilac” and has very little shimmer. It’s a light, milky, pinkish lavender. Although the color isn’t very bright, it does show up well and give decent coverage. The color made my lips look a bit lighter and cooler toned and added a lot of pretty, glossy sheen.

The perfect Baking Beauties lipstick to layer underneath this Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm is Lavender Whip.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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

 

* * *     FACE     * * *

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.

 

* * *     NAILS     * * *

 

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

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