Monday, October 20, 2008

MAC Mineralized Earthly Riches - A purple taupe, but I'm not in love

So is it an addition to the Taupe eye shadow family if 1/2 of the shadow is purple. Heck Yeah it is!
MAC Mineralized eyeshadow in Earthly Riches is this Pink Sith's newest addition to her taupe family.
"But Wait!" you say
"There is no taupe in that eyeshadow pot? All I see is gray, pink and purple."
I would answer.
"Correct my not scrolling down friend."
But scroll down and you will see that upon mixing the three, a beautiful taupe can be seen! That's almost poetry!

Oh sure. Some people don't like the texture of the MAC Mineralized eye shadows but then again, some people don't like to spritz their eyeshadow brush with a little bit of MAC Fix+ or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater and then pick up that color from the shadow and pat, pat pat on their eye lid. Those people we call words like:

Yeah. it's kind of a pain in the butt to apply, especially if you apply it dry and don't expect some fall out. But a really good eye shadow base (MAC Paints. Paint Pots, Too Faced shadow Insurance, etc) applied correctly and then apply the eye shadow while the base is still tacky, will get you past the fall out issue.

So here are 2 looks I did w/ the MAC Earthy Riches shadow.

This one, I took a dry brush and brought up a lot of powder from the silver/pink side and tapped off the excess into the plastic cover. Then I spritzed my brush with a healthy Dose of Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater and collected the powder from the cover. I patted the color onto my eyelid and let it dried. Once dry I used a dry brush and blended out any creases. I added Bobbi Brown Black Mauve Shimmer ink on the top lid and Guerlain Oriental Metal Kohl for the waterline and finished with Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.

For the second look, I used the purple shade on the bottom lid and then the taupe shade above and blended the 2 together. I highlighted w/ Paul & Joe Rose Dragee face powder, lined the top lid with Chanel Ecriture de Chanel in Noir and the waterline with MAC Fluidliner in Blacktrack. I finished it up with Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.

Do I love this shadow?
Do I like it?
Maybe. It's OK.
It sure does swatch better than it applies to the eye and that isn't so great. but I like the purple-y taupe-y color the 1/2 of the shadows gives, so I'll use it for smokey eyes for when I'm in a hurry...but I don't expect to be using this one a lot.
It's OK. It is a limited edition shade that is discontinued and I only found it at a local Cosmetics Company Outlet. No love lost really.

I think some outside factors contributed to my sour attitude about this shadow. I have since changed my mind and DO like this little duo. It's unique in coloring (I don't have many plums/purples) and I do like the fact that it will probably last me the rest of my's huge! And hey. after all it is taupe!
Note to self. Do not express opinions about eyeshadow while wearing a peel off mask that rips out all your skin & hair and do not write a review after you manage to knock an entire bottle of DuWop Payoff Eyeshadow Intensifier down the bathroom sink. Bye Bye $17!!


  1. You are the queen of all taupe-ness!

    What lovely eyes you have!

    Oh I am not sure about MAC these days........Not sure why!

  2. Love the second eye look! I'm sorry its not up to the taupe standards, but I love this duo. Its so pretty and the purple is very pigmented. But heck I love all MAC mineralized E/S, so I'm a tad biased.

  3. Okay seriously, this is so HOT on you. I love it.

  4. glow chaser: Thanks. I hardly think I'm the queen of all taupes. I'll leave that to Pink Traincase. she's pretty awesome. I'm not sure about MAC either these days. It seems like all the effort they put into a new collection every other week could be focused on 4 to 6 really awesome collections every year!

    /lachesis: Thanks. I like the 2nd eye look too. after getting some more feedback and playing around with the shadows again last night I think I'm starting to change my mind. I might like this little duo.

    fairyrebel: Thanks lady! That's sweet of you to say. I think I was in a foul mood due to the facial mask I was road testing (see today's post) and I am coming around to liking this little number again.

  5. OoOOh I've been looking for a swatch for this mineralized duo! Then I found your blog =) I'm amazed that you found it at CCO since they just launched it not too long ago. I wonder if it looks good on my skin tone. I'm going to have to swatch and play. Thanks!


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