Mineralize Eye Shadows Single Mélange: Review, Swatches, & Pics

February 21, 2012 § 6 Comments


Mineralize Eye Shadow Refresh (L to R): Smutty Green, Young Punk, Gilt By Association, Cinderfella, Blue Flame

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



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. 🙂

Smutty Green Mineralize Eye Shadow (Much more vibrant in person)

Young Punk Mineralize Eye Shadow

Gilt By Association Mineralize Eye Shadow

Cinderfella Mineralize Eye Shadow

Blue Flame Mineralize Eye Shadow


Young Punk Eye Shadow Comparison

Young Punk Swatch Comparison

Cinderfella Eye Shadow Comparison

Cinderfella Swatch Comparison


Blue Sheen vs Blue Flame

She Who Dares vs Blue Flame

She Who Dares vs Smutty Green (Both are more vibrant in person)

Mink & Sable vs Gilt By Association Dupe (Both are more similar in person)


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§ 6 Responses to Mineralize Eye Shadows Single Mélange: Review, Swatches, & Pics

  • sylvie says:

    Hi, thank you for a thorough review! I already have all the original style black ones but i wonder just how much more glitter do the new ones have? I love the effect of the original ones and just can’t get enough, so I am wondering if it is justifiable to purchase the new ones, or if maybe using a good base with the old ones will give an effect just as great? You seem to be only person in the whole world to have compared the two versions, I would really value your opinion.

    • Hi Sylvie! Thanks so much and I’m happy you found the review helpful 🙂

      The 2012 MES are a bit blacker and a bit more sparkly than the 2009 versions, but I don’t think it’s a noticeable enough difference that’s worth buying them all over again. If you want the MES to look even darker, just use black eye shadow or a black primer as a base first.

      If you get a chance, definitely check them out at a MAC store first before deciding 🙂

      I hope that helps!

      • Sylvie says:

        Thanks for the reply! No, I don’t want them darker, I want them MORE glittery!! Don’t know if it’s just me or what, but when I first used the original Style Black ones, they were glittery like nobody’s business but 2 years on, they don’t sparkle as much anymore. I guess it is probably a psychological thing. Maybe I just got used to glitter and now I want more!

        • Lol well if you own She Who Dares, put that overtop of Smutty Green or Blue Flame! Or just cake on the MES. When I want Cinderfella to be really glittery, I layer it on and set each layer with Fix +

  • MMM says:

    Thanks for the comparisons! I wish you much success in the blogging world. =>

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