Friday, 6 July 2012
MAC Club Vs Bare Minerals Mirage
Club is one of those iconic products from MAC that most appear to have in their makeup bag. Described as a "red-brown with green pearl" it is, in fact, a beautiful, and versatile eyeshadow that deserves its cult status. When I was sent the new Bare Minerals eyeshadow duo in "The Vision", I thought one of the shades looked familiar, so I thought I'd do a comparison post.
Can you see what I saw? The Vision eyeshadow duo (on the right there), contains a pistachio shade ("Illusion), and, what Bare Minerals refer to as a "deep lagoon" colour "Mirage" on the right. I immediately thought that this was a dead ringer for MAC Club! Take a closer look:
Mirage's texture is a little more reflective than Club's, so it looks a little more washed out in these pictures, but next to each other you'd be hard-pressed to say there was any difference at all.
So, how do they swatch?
Swatches applied with finger, no primer - MAC has two layers, and Bare Minerals has one. Now, it must be said that many MAC shadows need a primer, but just look at the pigmentation of the Bare Minerals! And you can see the pearl straight away, too.
Here's another look:
Can't deny that the MAC has disappointing application. Club is one of their Satin finish eyeshadows, and mine is a couple of years old, so it may be that my pot has dried out a little, but I've often found that MAC shadows can be a little hard and underpowered in the pigmentation department over the last few years, I can't deny.
Mirage is from Bare Minerals' new "ready" range which features their famous loose mineral powders made solid - they're not "pressed", by all accounts, but they are a really lovely, soft, buttery texture with excellent pay off and wear. Just in case you want to see both shades in The Vision palette swatched, here they are:
Again, there is rich pigmentation, but I find the shade itself a little chalky, and, I have to admit, it's not a shade I'd ever wear in a million years, but it's definitely a high-quality shadow.
MAC single eyeshadows cost £12 for 1.5g, and the Bare Minerals duo is £19 for 3g, (which works out at £9.50 each)
The Fine Print: Purchases and PR samples all mixed up ...
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