Another holiday collection is coming to town! MAC Divine Night (availability in Belgium: November 2nd) is a collection of mineralized products, and today I have Gilded Night Mineralize Eye Shadow and Lured to Love Mineralize Blush to share with you!
MAC Gilded Night Mineralize Eye Shadows contains 2 grams (0.06 oz. RRP in Belgium: 22,50 euros). It is very easy to pick the two shades up separately with a full-size eyeshadow brush, so it’s like getting a duo!
The lighter shade is a sparkling light-to-medium yellow gold with big specks of silver glitter. Swatched dry, it is pretty sheer, and the powder doesn’t seem to lie flat on the skin (I’m sorry if this grosses you out, but it reminds me a little of fish scale). It is a little more pigmented and even when swached wet, and it can be coaxed into looking almost even on the lids.
Gilded Night light shade swatches. Left: dry. Right: wet.
Besides the fact that it refuses to look completely even, this shade doesn’t really adhere to the skin without a primer. I always use one, so I wouldn’t count it as a big problem. However, it’s good to know if you don’t!
The darker shade of Gilded Night is an almost-black with big specks of silver glitter. It is on the sheer side when swatched dry, but it is actually very smooth and pigmented wet!
Here is how it swatches. Left: dry. Right: wet.
I know it is very often the case with mineralized eyeshadows, but I have to mention this anyways: Gilded Night pretty much has to be used wet, and the lighter shade simply isn’t that easy to work with even with a wet brush. I find myself either struggling to pick up enough pigment, or overdoing it and ending up with way too much product caking up on my lids. There is more fallout from both shades than what I would like to handle. I started with my eyes when I did the look. After I was done with the eyes, I had to first wipe my face with a micellar water and then pick up the loose glitter with scotch tape. Even then, you know the drill with this much glitter: it never truly goes away. The last straw was finding post-application fallout halfway underneath my eyes: not cool, people. Not cool!
To be fair, I have never liked any mineralized eyeshadows, and Gilded Night might actually be in my good book. Besides the color combination, I like how I can pick the two shades up separately. The sparkle is pretty amazing, and I have no issue with lasting power over a primer (I can see slight signs of fading around the outer upper edge after 7-8 hours, but it does not crease). However, the amount of work I had to do to coax the lighter shade into looking “almost even” as well as the fallout are a deal breaker!
For the look, I used the gold all over my lid before picking up the black with a wet pencil brush. I lined my eyes with the black the same way I would with a gel liner and brought the color into the outer third of the “crease.” I blended the two shades together and added some more black (dry) to my outer third. Finally, I used a pencil liner on my upper waterline and between my lashes, as well as highlighting my inner corners with the lighter shade of Hourglass Dune (I was thinking about using the gold shade dry for that purpose, but at that point I would have had a bit of a mental breakdown if I had even more fallout to clean up).
Here are some closeups of the eyes:
Now let’s move on to Lured to Love Mineralize Blush (3,2 grams/0.10 oz. RRP in Belgium: 24,50 euros)!
Lured to Love is actually my first mineralized blush, and I am glad it is not as shimmery as I thought it’d be!!
MAC Lured to Love Mineralize Blush is a soft peach coral. As I said, it is not shimmery. The finish has more of a satin sheen instead. It is very soft and finely-milled, which makes it highly blendable. The amazing thing is it is not so blendable that it blends to nothing, which is a problem I often encounter with extremely finely-milled blushes.
However, the softness does come with a problem or two. First of all, the brush kicks up SO. MUCH. EXCESS. I personally think it’s hard to find a blush brush that is softer than my Le Métier de Beauté Blush Brush, so the amount it kicked loose was surprising. Second, it slightly emphasizes the pores. It also has somehow shorter wear time (it looks faded after 6 hours).
Lured to Love definitely stands a better chance working for fairer ladies. On my skin tone, it shows up enough, but I can’t build it up further. I would say that all in all, it is a lovely blush if you don’t mind the excess and slightly shorter wear time!
Here is how MAC Lured to Love Mineralize Blush swatches. Left: built up. Right: blended out.
Here is the whole look with Gilded Night Mineralize Eye Shadow and Lured to Love Mineralize Blush:
For my lips, I wanted something that would work with the coral blush without attracting too much attention, so I went with Dior Spring Ball Addict Extreme (the lipstick I have worn the most times this year)! I’ll also admit I’m tired of pairing a stronger eye with a nude lip. I’d like to try to throw something a bit more fun into the mix sometimes!
Does either Gilded Night or Lured to Love speak to you? Do you like mineralized eyeshadows/blushes in general?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx