Monday, July 25, 2011

MAC Semi Precious Collection Review + Swatches! :D

This is the annual Mineralize collection MAC puts out once a year which usually comprise of baked mineral eyeshadows, blushes and the multipurpose Mineralize Skinfinishes (see previous collections here and here). I'm not really a fan of their mineralize range but I'll have to say that I'm beginning to be a convert!

Their eyeshadows and skinfinishes have definitely came a looooong way from their early gritty, glitterbomb ancestors. The eyeshadows, especially, in this collection - although there were several shades that contain large glitter particles, all shades have a beautiful smooth texture and are oh so pigmented.

The MSFs, on the other hand, were just ok for me. Don't get me wrong - they are gorgeous colors and buttery smooth, but they are abit too shimmery for my liking. The Mineralize blushes are lovely though (as always! :D)!

Ok enough blabla for now! Lets go onto the swatches! :D

Lipsticks (US$14.50 / RM68):

The lippies are a little sheer, but they are pretty nevertheless. Gem of Roses almost came home with me - its just so beautiful and wearable! :D

Lush Amber (Lustre) - Light Nude Beige
Gem of Roses (Lustre) - Midtone Strawberry Pink
One of a Kind (Lustre) - Midtone Rosy Neutral
Musky Amethyst (Frost) - Deep Plum

Cremesheen Glasses (US$18.50 / RM80):

Some of you may know my love for the Cremesheen glasses! :D They're just so juicy and they make one's lips look so yummeh! :D It's nice to see some shimmery shades for a change :)

Pure Magnificence - Light grey pink
Natural Flare - Light caramel nude
Geo Pink - Strawberry pink
Looks Like Sin - Midtone reddish plum
Richly Revered - Deep brown plum

Mineralize Skinfinishes (US$28 / RM115):

As mentioned above, the MSFs are quite pigmented, but they are also quite shimmery. You can get at least 3 color combi from a single pot by mixing the colors, so its quite versatile! :)

ps: sequence for swatches are as follows - outer color, inner color, the both swirled together :)

Semi Precious Pearl
Base: Beige Champagne.
Innercircle: White, Plum, Bronze

Semi Precious Crystal Pink
Base: Pink Champagne.
Innercircle: Pink, Dirty Green, Bronze

Semi Precious Rose Quartz
Base: Rosy Pink.
Innercircle: Silver, Lime, White pink, Copper

Semi Precious Goldstone
Base: Brown.
Innercircle: Rosy Pink, White, Gold

Mineralize Blushes (US$23 / RM100):

The mineralize blushes are quite lovely! They're pigmented, smooth yet not over-the-top shimmery!

Warmth of Coral - Coral, Peach
Pressed Amber - Nude, Beige, Brown
Feeling Flush - Pink, Deep Blue, Pink, Soft Brown

Mineralize Eyeshadows (US$20 / RM83):

Mineral Mode - White Base w/ Copper & Grey
Quartz Fusion^ - Soft Pink, Silver, Deep Pink
Smoked Ruby* - Burgundy & Black
Rare Find - Violet, Brown & Gold
Faux Gold - Coral, Gold, Lime & Bronze
Golden Gaze* - Gold & Black

Unsurpassable^ - Green, Teal, Purple & Copper
Jade’s Fortune - Bright Yellow, Blue, Lime & Black
Dark Indulgence* - Forest Green & Black
Hint of Sapphire - Pink, Violet, Teal, Copper & Blue
Clarity - Light Pink, Off White Green, Gold & Black
Blue Sheen* - Navy, Black & Peach

Thats all for the color story! :D I don't usually review brushes in my swatch posts, but i'll make an exception for the ones in this collection. There are 4 brushes - two face brushes and two eye brushes. These have two sides to them - one side is made of synthetic fibres (for cream products) and the other side, natural hair for powder.

Prior to seeing them in person, the general opinion of these brushes were split in two - there were those who thought that these were pure genius, and those who found these gimmicky. And me? I think that these are DIVINE! Hahaha! :D

They are incredibly soft - I will spend all day fondling them if i could! Haha! My initial concern was that these won't pick up and blend powders properly since I rarely use cream products (especially the 179 and 234 where the top of the brush is used instead of the sides). After checking them out, I can say for myself that while the synthetic part doesn't pick up powders as well as the natural fiber side, both sides blend powders beautifully. The face brushes are especially useful for super pigmented blushes - just use the synthetic side to pick up product and blend, and you'll be rewarded with a sheer wash of color! <3

179 - US$47 / RM165
234 - US$22.50 / RM92
235 - US$30 / RM138
128 - US$32 / RM135

Ok thats all for this collection! Didcha pick anything up? :D


  1. Wow! I played around with a few of them eyeshadows but they didn't come out as pigmented as your swatches, so I gave them a miss. Hmmm... Anyways, I'll wait for next year's one, perhaps. ^.^

  2. really cool swatches.
    I didn't buy anything of this collection.

    Saving my money for the upcoming "MAC me over" collection .. can't wait for it.

  3. All the blues and greys in your last swatch are gorgeous!

  4. Hanny: Thats strange! I swatched them dry so i think they would be even more vibrant if swatched wet! :D

    Yeah there's always next year! Hehehe! :D

  5. Coco: Oohhh... that is one collection I hope i can skip! Hehe! But we shall see! :D

  6. jenn! :)

    i just bought golden gaze.LOVE IT! lol. the msf were so smooth and tempting! but still look too glitter for my liking.. by the time i reached there, they only left 179.. wish it were long handle i'll buy it..


  7. ello! :D

    Golden Gaze is BEAUTIFUL! The best part is that you can use it both wet and dry! :D

    Yeah the brushes were flying off the shelves! Don't think MAC will release a long handled buffer brush though, but hey, who knows? Maybe someday they will! Hehehe!! :D

  8. Thanks for the swatches. The Semi Precious Rose Quartz looks beautiful.

  9. First, Whoa! New theme! :D I like this one. Secondly, I think I figured out the item I wanted from this collection which is the Golden Gaze shadow. I still haven't gone to look at them and knowing me, by the time I do, they'll be sold out! :P Thanks for the swatches :D

  10. It is Gio! Thats the only MSF that came home with me! Hehehe!! :D

  11. Paris: *curtseys* thanks babe! Haha!! :D

    Golden Gaze is AMAZING! You should get it if its still available! :D

    And you're welcome! Haha!! :D

  12. I got Gem Of Roses lipstick! Which makes a total of 2 lipsticks in my collection now :P (The other being Dior Addict lipstick in 766 Taffetas)

    It's a beautiful colour :D

  13. Gem of Roses is really gorgeous!! :D

    You know i almost bought a Dior lipstick for myself the last time i bought one for my mum... its just so beautiful! :D

  14. Yes it is! And the colour is so wearable! :D A definite keeper, that one haha :D

    Dior Addict lipsticks -are- beautiful :) My Mum and me got one each, though hers in a different shade. And not to mention it's a good lipstick too :D

  15. Couldn't resist the brush. Bought 1 cheek and 1 eye brush at 1 go. Couldn't decide which one i wan More :p . When I swatch the eyeshadow it was hard and gritty and tons of glitter. Nt my choice :(

  16. Stephanie: Yes!! Girl, you are making me regret not getting it now!! >.<

    Yeah i knowww!! I had to literally peel myself away from the counter before i do some serious damage to my wallet - knowing my OCD self i would probably want to buy back everything from the displays! lol!

  17. Anon: The brushes are so lush right!! :D I couldnt resist them! :D :D

    Hmmm you're the 2nd person who said that! I guess thats the thing with Mineralize shadows, each pot is different!


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