Review: MAC Fun in the Sun Mineralize Kit

4 May, 2010

I figured that this would be somewhat-relevant because it’s an item that’s kicking around the CCO’s now, so why not get my thoughts?

First of all, this is a perfect thing for any Mineralize fanatic. There were two kits that came out, but this was the one that was more appealing. I mean, an MSF that only came out once and the one Mineralize blush I wanted more than anything? I’ll take it. Not to mention you get the eyeshadow and the brush as well. The price is good-roughly $42 at the outlet-and you get all that stuff.

First off, let’s talk about the MES, Play on Plums. This is actually one that I got in a swap last year…and I never use it. It’s nice if you’re really into the neutral looks, but for me, I am not. It just isn’t my personal favourite, that’s all. The top part is a pink/gold mix with plum veining, while the bottom is all plum. The one I got actually looks nicer than the one I already have, but it won’t make a huge difference in the end. I’m probably going to keep it on hand, just in case, but I don’t see myself busting it out for at least a few years.

The Mineralize Blush, Nuance, was one of the three from the original launch that was not made permanent, and it’s a shame: to me, it’s almost like a shimmery, slightly less orangey version of Spaced Out (which I have almost hit pan on). It’s a great shade for getting a nice contoured look and it’s perfect for bronzed, summer looks. I sure wish that MAC would repromote this for summer collections, because it would work perfectly. I am in love with it, but the peachy thing is something that is really a case of “your mileage may vary”. For some, ie me, it’s awesome, for others, it’s a no-go.

The MSF, Shimpagne, is a gorgeous bronzey shade with a lot of shimmer to it. It’s more neutral/gold than So Ceylon was, which is quite bronze. I am not lying when I say this is super-shimmery: sure, it’s faint, but you want to use a 187 or similar brush with this to avoid looking like a total disco ball, if you intend to use this all-over. Colour-wise, though, it’s not a harsh colour, and it isn’t overly glittery, like how other MSF’s can be. It also isn’t metallic like how Petticoat is, so that’s another saving grace.

Finally, there’s the 181SE. It’s definitely not the 181, but I can still get some use out of this. The stiffness would make it good for buffing better, while I like the other for all-over powder application. I can also keep this in my case for travel and have my regular 181 at home. I still do want to get a 182, but for now the size of what I have works perfectly fine for me.

All in all, though, this is a value I couldn’t pass up. I was a smidge disappointed by Shimpagne, but it still is awesome and I blame my disappointment on not having the brush I need. I also was pleasantly satisfied with Nuance, and the brush wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.


4 Responses to “Review: MAC Fun in the Sun Mineralize Kit”

  1. Sylvie Says:

    I’m really surprised that you would review this because I finalized a swap yesterday for Nuance. I was looking around online for reviews but couldn’t find too many, so I thought what the heck and went for it anyway. And now that you’ve sung its praises, I think I made the right choice, though Mineralized Blushes don’t turn out all that well with me. I had Improvise that I found too sheer and I bought Bi-Tone a few months ago but I’ve been neglecting it… though I really like using MSF as blushes (Redhead, By Candlelight, which by the way, are similar colours, and Cheeky Bronze). How would you describe the finish and the pigmentation of Nuance?

    • codekiki Says:

      Okay, as far as Nuance goes the pigmentation is actually quite good. I don’t have many of the blushes but I would say that it is along the lines of some Sheertone blushes. Finish is slightly shimmery-I ought to do a comparison when I get home tonight of Nuance with Spaced Out, because that’s the closest thing I have to it.

      I too, use MSF’s as blushes-although Petticoat can be very garish if not done right, because of the metallic aspect of it. So Ceylon and Northern Light are amazing as blushes, and Light Flush and Refined I can use all over, no problem.

  2. Sylvie Says:

    Digression: should I get OPI DS Top Coat if I’m already using Seche Vite? =P

    • codekiki Says:

      Yes. SV is designed for fast-drying, but the OPI DS topcoat is designed for gloss and shine. It was, after all, made to amplify and make the OPI DS polishes look insane. I would do the OPI after the SV, of course, but yes, get the OPI.

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