|meet the minereal shadows, 2011|
once again, mac have gone way overboard with what's available- a dozen eye shadows, three blushes, four highlighters, four new brushes, five glosses and four lipsticks is a lot to take in. [it's even worse if you go to nordstrom's or the bay, because those locations have their own new collections plus this one launching today.] strangely, with all that to offer, i came away with five items- three lipsticks [which i have to say, i got chiefly because i had a lot of empties, so i was able to trade in and get them for free] and two of the new mineral eye shadows.
|meet the extended mineral family, 2011|
the highlighters are, in my mind, the very essence of overkill. each one has an outer ring of a shimmery solid colour and an inner "splat" made up of a mix of colours. kind of interesting to look at, but it seems like a lot of work went into coming up with a whole selection of shades that work out to something that gives the skin a bit of a glow and not a whole lot else. some are more glittery than others, which may put some people off and which may appeal to others. my reaction was that i was kind of exhausted just looking at them. there's so much going on for a relatively neutral product. it seemed like a large part of the $33.50cad price tag is probably paying off a team of engineers for figuring out how to execute these.
|l to right :: gem of roses, musky amethyst, one of a kind|
moving on to those parts of the collection i actually purchased from, there are four lipsticks with this collection. three are in mac's lustre formula and the fourth is a frost, but it's so soft and sheer that even the girl who helped me at the mac store referred to it as a lustre. i can understand this, because it's a great formula for summer- not too heavy or clingy.
"lush amber" [a.k.a., the one i didn't get] is a very sheer warm peach colour. it's certainly not suited to my cooler-toned skin and i think people with pigmented lips would have trouble getting it to show up. so it's a colour with a fairly specific target audience. strangely, this one seems to be sold out almost everywhere in montreal...
|gem of roses|
|gem of roses|
|l to r :: mac rue d'bois, gem of roses, nars mayflower|
|one of a kind|
|one of a kind|
|l to r :: mac tempt me, one of a kind|
|l to r :: mac hipster, musky amethyst, cunning|
i picked up three colours because i was able to get them for the price of some empties i had around home. would i have paid full price for any? quite possibly "one of a kind", but probably not the others. they're nice shades, but they aren't special enough to allow my heart to overcome my wallet.
the real headliners of this collection, though, are the eye shadows. they seem to fall into two broad categories: rich jewel tones against a black base, which apply pretty much the same wet or dry and shades that are a mix of several colours and metallic sparkle that apply fairly sheerly when dry and more intensely when wet. i ended up picking up one of each.
|smoked ruby wet/ dry|
|l to right :: mac twinks, smoked ruby, armani eyes to kill lust red|
|unsurpassable wet/ dry|
of the other "mixed" shades, "hint of sapphire", a cornflower blue with pink and copper is quite special and i may go back for it, i found one tester that had a lot more pink in it than others, and this just elevated the shade from pretty to awesome, but i have a strong feeling that that tester was a fluke.
generally, all of the mixed shades suffer a little from what i call the "water colours" problem. remember when you were a kid, playing with watercolour paints and you'd have to wash your brushes off? you'd put one or two brushes in water and the water would turn this amazing new colour. then, as you'd add more and more brushes, the water would gradually turn this sickly grey with elements of all the colours kind of lost. the shades in this collection that are the most successful are the ones where there is a strong base and where the additional colours can add a little dimension without competing. shades where there are a lot of contrasting colours involved, as amazing as they are to observe in the pan, end up with a final shade that looks kind of like that water when all the brushes have gone in. and keep in mind that, even when you can see a lot of dimension to the colour swatched on your arm, you'll see a lot less of it on your eyes. i think that this is one of the reasons why the black-based colours are so successful- there are only a couple of elements and you get the effect of both. beyond that, the more you add, the riskier it gets.
overall, i'd say that what one gets out of this collection is going to depend a lot on how long you've been a mac fan. i think that those who are fairly new and haven't indulged in mac collections before could actually get a lot and be happy. the quality is good and there is a decent variety of shades in most products. old hacks like me are probably going to be less enthralled, because there isn't much that's truly unique.
the shadows have something to offer, but can be tricky to buy, especially if you're trying to make choices over the internet. the good news is that, with such a large collection of colours, i don't think most of them will sell out too fast, so you have some time to think and check on line for swatches. [as i was typing this, i thought that the one exception would be "golden gaze" the black and gold shade. i checked the canadian web site to confirm the name and noticed it's sold out. sigh.]
i'll post a couple of looks with the products put to work in the next few days.
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