Friday, January 4, 2013

MAC Apres Chic MIneralize Eye Shadow, Blush, Lipstick Swatches, Review

 

   






As promised, here is Part 2 of the Apres Chic collection swatches and review.  You can find Part 1 here:

MAC Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinish, Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm, Pro Longwear Liner Swatches, Review

Also check out my Video Review on the MAC Apres Chic collection.

Here are the swatches and my thoughts on the MAC Apres Chic lipsticks, mineralize eye shadows and blushes:

Lipsticks:

MAC Apres Chic
MAC Warm Companion lipstick

MAC Apres Chic
L-R: MAC lipsticks in Cozy Up, Warm Companion, Apres Chic, Hot Chocolate





I am not too fond of the lipsticks in this collection, maybe with the exception of Cozy Up which is a matte caramel, and Hot Chocolate which is a gorgeous dirty plum satin.  Warm Companion is too sheer for my taste, and Apres Chic is a brick red which is not my favorite type of red.  However, I like that these have great finishes except Warm Companion.  They are mstly mattes, amplified, creamsheen and satin which are I believe MAC's best lipstick formulas.

Mineralize Shadows:
 MAC Fireside mineralize eye shadow

MAC Apres Chic

MAC Apres Chic
MAC Ice mineralize eyeshadow


MAC Apres Chic
Swatches:

MAC Mineralize shadows in Silver Birch, Ice, Frost at Midnight
 MAC Mineralize shadows in Firside, Winter Pursuit


MAC Fireside, Winter Pursuit



MAC Apres Chic


I know that some people are not really into MAC mineralize shadows because they were chalky and the pigmentation can be questionable.  However, I think that MAC's mineralize shadows' formula has improved over the past few years. In the past, you could not get good pigmentation out of these products without applying them wet using a mixing medium.  The new mineralize shadows have good pigmentation even when applied dry, which can be seen in the swatches.  Some of them can be chalky, but some have nice and pigmented formulas.  My favorite out of the five is Fireside, a deep plum with really pretty green nuances, something that looks like the back of a beetle.

I also like Ice, a light peach base with white veining, although the shadow that I got has more white veining than the peach base, so when applied, it just looks white on the skin.  Winter Pursuit is a copper base with grey veining.  Another pretty shade is Silver Birch, a grey base with peach veining; it's a good lid color - it's a silvery grey that is quite eye-catching.  Frost at Midnight is a deep blue-grey that is perfect for the crease.

Mineralize Blushes:

 MAC Alpine Bronze mineralize blush

MAC Apres Chic


MAC Alpine Bronze blush

MAC Apres Chic

MAC Alpine mineralize blush is a beautiful coral bronze.  It may be a tad too dark for fair complexions, so be sure to use a light hand when applying.  I like this because depending on my application, it can be used either as a bronzer or a blush.

MAC Apres Chic
 MAC Gentle mineralize blush

MAC Apres Chic

The last two photos were taken from way back when I first got my MAC Gentle blush when it was first released.  That means that the Gentle mineralize blush from Apres Chic is a repromote, but that doesn't take away the fact that this is perhaps one of my most unique and gorgeous blushes.  It is described as a raspberry with gold veining, and that's exactly what it is.  It has a gold sheen when light hits it, but it is a very nice raspberry pink on the cheeks; very feminine.

All in all, I am really liking the mineralize products from this collection, particularly the mineralize blushes and skinfinishes.  I like all the mineralize products I have from this collection, particularly MAC Stereo Rose and Porcelain Pink skinfinishes, Gentle and Alpine Bronze blushes.  They apply well on the cheeks and face, they are not splotchy on the skin, and they are quite pigmented.

I am okay with the Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm- I am not crazy about them, but they are not bad.  I like that they are not as sticky as the lipglasses and have nice texture and feel on the lips, but I am not crazy about the squeeze tube packaging.

As I said in my Apres Chic Review Part 1, if you are a fan of mineralize anything from MAC, chances are you will like this collection.  If you are not a fan of mineralize products, obviously stay away from this.  I am however not only a fan but a collector (of MSFs), so this collection is right up my alley.

I would recommend the skinfinishes and blushes.  The Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm is also worth a try.

Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration.  All opinions are completely mine.

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