Mineralize Eye Shadows Single Mélange: Review, Swatches, & Pics
February 21, 2012 § 6 Comments
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.
MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW: SINGLE MÉLANGE
Release Date: February 16, 2012 / February 2012 (International)
Frost | $20 US, $24 CAD | Permanent | 2.5 g
Most of you will remember these fab mineralize shadows from the unforgettable Style Black launch in 2009. The only new, and very welcomed, addition is Smutty Green. These all apply smoothly, they layer nicely, and of course are more intense when applied wet (with Fix +, for example).
| Smutty Green | Cream/Warm Green/ Black Veining
Emerald green and bright silver sparkles in a smokey, black base. I love this shadow! Humid eyeshadow is one of my absolute faves, so this one is right up my alley! It was hard to photograph this shadow in the pot and on my skin. It’s much more vibrant emerald in person. Dark Indulgence (Semi-Precious Mineralize) mineralize shadow is a very similar shade of green, but slightly less smokey and less sparkly. She Who Dares (Venemous Villains) is more sparkly because it has more silver sparkles, but it is not as smokey.
| Young Punk | Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl
Warm, rich purple-pink sparkles in a smokey, black base. This was the shadow that started my healthy obsession with sparkles. It was beautiful then, and it’s beautiful now. You’ll see the swatches, but the black base in this one seems to be a bit darker with more sparkles than my original Young Punk.
| Gilt By Association | Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl
Antique gold and warm bronze sparkles in a smokey, black base. I skipped this the first time around, because I didn’t feel like it was a must-have, but I’m digging it now. The ratio of golden bronze pearl to black is higher than the other shades, so the black base isn’t as prominent. It’s still quite sparkly, but the sparkles look more densely packed and uniform than the other shadows. Mink & Sable (Starflash Collection) is a very, very close shade, but of course, it has no sparkles. Golden Gaze (Semi-Precious Mineralize) mineralize shadow is more of a brightened gold and less sparkly.
| Cinderfella | Mineralize black with silver pearl
Black. Silver. Sparkles. What’s not to love? This is everything I wish Black Tied eyeshadow was. The black base seems darker and more glittery than my original Cinderfella. Either way, I’m glad to see it back! No dupes that I can think of.
| Blue Flame | Mineralize black with blue pearl
Deep, vivid cobalt blue sparkles sparkles in a smokey, black base. This is my favourite shade of blue, hands down. Blue Sheen (Semi-Precious Mineralize) mineralize shadow is a more intense blue, but of course, not as sparkly. She Who Dares (Venemous Villains) actually looks more sparkly, but it’s very, very slightly less smokey.
* Super sparkly and intensely smokey at the same time
* Good amount of product for the price, especially compared to the regular eyeshadows
* Easy to use wet or dry
* Applies very smoothly; no flakes
* Unique shadows; there’s only one MAC dupe that is truly comparable in colour and sparkle (She Who Dares)
* Slight fallout because of the sparkles
These all get the Brown Girl Friendly stamp of approval. I am really pleased to see the colours and formula of these are very similar to when they originally launched. I love that they are sparkly, fun, and girly, but not a tacky glitter bomb. The smokey black base ties it all together for a more sophisticated, grown & sexy effect (well, as sophisticated as glitter can get!). The shades are all well-pigmented and flattering on brown skin, depending on the kinds of colours you like, of course. If you are into a smokey look with a bit of something extra, then check these out. 🙂