MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow for 2012 Review & Swatchfest

Hi Guys and Dolls!  Those among you who are big MAC fans might know that roughly twice a year MAC releases a semi-permanent line up of  Mineralize eye shadows to be sold for roughly a year. This is separate from other Limited Edition mineralize eyeshadows MAC may release throughout the year.

Here’s what the MAC website says about Mineralize Eyeshadows:

Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.

My opinion of Mineralize eyeshadows varies from collection to collection; If I were to put a generalization on them, I’d say that they are generally powdery and a bit of a mess in terms of fall-out, and using a dry brush tends to kick up more powder than necessary. They work best when used with a sticky base ( a cream concealer, NYX Jumbo Pencil, etc) or when applied wet. I typically like to use them wet, with MAC water-based mixing medium or even Fix+,  then pat a bit of the dry shadow over the top to set it. When I do this I typically get all-day wear from these, provided I’ve used an eyeshadow primer such as UDPP, which I nearly always do. I typically do my eyeshadow before I do any other face makeup, so while the excess fall-out is mildly annoying, it doesn’t change my routine.

For this release MAC has brought back four cult favorites from the Style Black Collection: Young Punk, Blue Flame, Cinderfella, and Gilt By Association, as well as one newbie: Smutty Green. Each MES has a dark base and a “Reflects” type glitter of a certain color: blue, green etc… When applied dry they tend to be sheer and mostly dark with only a bit of the glitter, but applied wet as I described above, they really wow and the color & shimmer dominate. Over the years this type or mineralize shadow tend to be my favorites- I seriously love glittery smoky eyes and these make it quite easy to do a full-smoky eye with one color. I have 3 from this launch to share with you today, Blue Flame Smutty Green & Young Punk.

Young Punk, Smutty Green, Blue Flame

Young Punk, Smutty Green and Blue Flame applied wet, no base.

Blue Flame Dry & Wet No Base.

This one is the smoothest of the 3 I have from this release. Dry it looks like a velvet finish regular eyeshadow, and it reminds me a bit of MAC’s Contrast eyeshadow,  but less purple. Wet it looks similar to, but darker than Deep Truth.

Smutty Green Dry & Wet No Base.

Sadly, this was the least smooth of the 3, and it has the most fallout. Wet or dry you can see it has a high-level of shimmer- and pretty decent color payoff, though dry it’s still a bit sheer. This is strikingly similar, but more green, compared to the green side of the “She Who Dares” Mineralize Shadow MAC did with the Venomous Villains. In fact, If you’ve been wanting it, a great alternative would be Smutty Green & Blue Flame.

I hate to say it, since it may be irrelevant, but since the others in this launch are re-promotes it got me thinking that I wish they’d re-promoted Dark Indulgence from the “Semi Precious” collection, which is also green, but much smoother, more pigmented, and well, more of a emerald green. Maybe it was too green and they were going for a specific theme. Ah well, a girl can hope it will come back again.

Young Punk Dry & Wet No Base.

The black base seems to be more apparent with this one more than the others, whether it is applied dry or wet. This one is also similar to a MES launched with the Venomous Villains Collection, “My Dark Magic” but they are a bit different, MDM’s Base is sort of a purple-black and has a less glittery finish; Young Punk is certainly black-based with pink reflects glitter. I have Young Punk from a previous release , so I swatched them side by side for comparison:

Young Punk New Spring 2012  Launch, Young Punk Style Black 2009

As you can see The newer version has much more sparkle, and is a bit smoother than the previous version.

The Bottom Line- This is my favorite type of Mineralize eyeshdows that MAC makes, so I’m happy to see them on a semi-permanent basis. I often get compliments when I wear the ones I have from past collections and I always feel sheepishly “hipster” when I say “It’s a Mineralize MAC Eyeshdow but you can’t buy it anymore”. Now you can!

Price? $20.00 for 2.2g

Where to buy? Semi-Permanent at MAC Stores & Counters and at

Have you tried this type of MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Before? What are your thoughts?

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  1. Phyrra
    March 13, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    A friend of mine generously gifted me with Blue Flame and I think it’s lovely. I like how Young Punk looks, too. It really seems like the quality of this type of mineralize eye shadow has improved from the original versions. Thanks for your lovely swatches. It really helps to see them dry and wet.

  2. Melanie
    March 13, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    They look way better when applied wet. I know you said you use Fix+ or mixing medium, but how do you go about doing that without getting the actual eyeshadow in the pan wet from the brush? I’m interested in trying some shadows wet, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin them because I got part of my Sketch eyeshadow wet and that one area is now hardened and weird.

    • vintageortacky
      March 13, 2012 / 2:30 pm

      Hey Melanie,

      These are made a bit differently than regular eyeshadows -these are meant to be applied wet or dry. They are also much bigger than regular eyeshadows, and what I tend to do is have a “wet” side & a “dry” side.

      • Heliena
        April 12, 2012 / 4:47 pm

        How do you apply wet eye shadow, do you wet the actual shadow, or just the brush? And does it only work with mineralized shadows? Is the constancy of the shadow rendered mild once applied?

  3. March 13, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Hi Cora
    last night I did a test run trying a dark eye with gilt by association by MAC. I am new to doing a dark eye and was a bit hesitate to buy it, however I did by a new brush and a paint pot that you have used, they are awesome… I did swatch young punk and really didn’t like all the purple-ly glitter…Since you didn’t say anything about glit by association by MAC . What do you think of gilt by association? I am on the very tan to dark skin complexion is that a good color? Plus I have another question for you… I went to ultra for the first time yesterday and I have bought Kathy perry false lashes by eylure in cool kitty.. Have you seen/ used these yet?

  4. March 13, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    So sad that Smutty Green had the most fallout. That was the one I was most interested in trying. Cora, would you still say to give SG a go even though there is major fallout?

  5. Nonatut
    March 13, 2012 / 6:38 pm

    I’m really glad they re-released the “Young Punk”. I saw some old tuts using that shade and was really bummed when I could no longer get it. Thanks for the idea about having a wet side and a dry side…I’d have never thought of that! lol

  6. Ali
    March 13, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Hey Cora,
    When you said you use these eyeshadows for one-color smokey eyes, does that mean you literally put one of these colors on the whole lid, then just do a brow bone highlight? I’m just curious because I don’t think I’ve ever seen you only use one color for a look before. 🙂

  7. March 14, 2012 / 6:13 am

    Hmm. It seems like most reviews I see about the MAC mineralized shadows are lackluster, so I just haven’t felt the need to fork over the money and try them out for myself. How do you think they compare to other baked products like the ones from Milani? Are they worth the extra money?

  8. Melody
    March 14, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    I picked up Young Punk since I have been stalking it on ebay for over a year now! So glad they repromoted it finally. MAC dreams do come true lol. It’s just gorgeous over a black sticky base, although I still had some fallout (but I think I just need a creamier base). Glittery smokies are just so much fun!

  9. Marianne
    March 17, 2012 / 11:40 am

    I love the colour of Blue Flame when applied wet, gorgeous!

  10. Charlise
    March 23, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    This is not about the product sorry but I just wanted to say thank you for the wornderfull makeup tutorials. Im only 11 and just got into makeup and you help me sooo much every day when i wake up (I live in Australia) I go on your channel and watch the latest videos. Even though i dont have the good products like MAC and NYX and stuff like that but I still have a blast watching your videos please please keep up the good work. One last thing maybe you could do a Nicki Minaj tutorial??? Ps. Love Love Love your hair.

  11. Mari
    May 13, 2012 / 9:00 am

    What do you mean by they are semi-permanent? How long will they be available??

    • Mari
      May 13, 2012 / 9:06 am

      Ups I just saw it, sorry =)

      • Mari
        May 13, 2012 / 9:07 am

        Anyway, they’ll be available until next year, right?

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