6th July 2012

MAC Club Vs Bare Minerals Mirage

By Get Lippie

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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