At last! MAC’s In the Groove collection (releasing July 8th) has been a hotly anticipated summer release — not least because it sees the repromote of some of MAC’s most beloved Mineralize Skinfinish powders (MSFs).
MSFs are baked face powders, most often used as highlighters (but sometimes blush or bronzer, depending on the shade, your skintone, and the level of sparkle).
By Candlelight and Comfort first appeared in last winter’s Warm & Cozy collection. By Candlelight was almost universally adored by the fair- and medium-skinned; Comfort was beloved by the medium- and darker-toned. Petticoat has come out a few times (always limited edition); most recently in October 2008 (in a collection called Sheer Minerals). I believe Stereo Rose came out in July 2005, in a collection called Gold Play. Since then, the shade receded into MAC legend — usually spoken of in reverent tones, and almost impossible to find. Experts report that the new Stereo Rose is not the same color as the original; I hope to have side-by-side swatches for you this week.
The MSFs are $28 each, and I did light and heavy swatches (attempting to simulate both what the shade might look like on your cheek, and show a really good representation of the color).
In the Groove also has five new Mineralize Blush Duos ($23). These compacts feature two shades, side-by-side in the pan. In the past I’ve swatched the two shades of blush duos separately, then swirled to demonstrate the combined color. But this time I wondered, “does anyone really use their blushes that way? One color at a time?” So I just did light and heavy “combined” swatches. Do you want to see the individual shades? Let me know.
While all of the blushes have some sparkle, I didn’t think they were terribly sparkly for Mineralize formula blushes. Also: New Vibe has gold sparkle, making it the only one to have sparkles in a different color from the blush itself.
There are also nine new Mineralize Eyeshadow Trios, and they are unlike any other Mineralize shadows I’ve swatched. The two outer shades are satin finish; the center is gently shimmery (most mineralize shadows are quite frosty). As usual, these were swatched on a dry arm, without a base, so perhaps you could coax even more vibrant color out of them?
The trios are $19.50 each.
And the lips. In the Groove features six Cremesheen lipsticks ($14; five new shades and Creme d’Nude, a repromote from the permanent line) and six Cremesheen Glass lipglosses ($18; all new).
I had swatched the lipgloss thickly to show the color, but Cremesheen Glass isn’t as opaque as Lipglass, so I swatched them again a little lighter. And since I had space on my arm, I also swatched the three Powerpoint (non-mechanical, water-resistant) eyeliner pencils. They’re all permanent shades, all $14.50; Permaplum and Navy Stain are reflective. And I am really uncoordinated with my left hand.