MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite

MAC released the Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo as part of the Electro Flash Collection in July, 2008. The Electro Flash Collection features nine Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos in various contrast color combinations.

In fact, this is not the first time MAC Cosmetics launched the mineral eyeshadows. In 2006, the A Muse Collection released five mineral eyeshadow duos; in 2007, the Antiquitease collection featured five mineral eyeshadow duos. All of these, including the mineral eyeshadow duos from the Electro Flash Collection, came out as limited editions. I am glad MAC decided to bring back the best-selling Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos and include them in the permanent Mineral collection.

In this collection, every eyeshadow is hand baked and therefore, every Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo has different veining on the swirled side. It certainly has a sense of uniqueness.
MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite


I bought the Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Polar Opposite when the Electro Flash Collection was out. Polar Opposite features a mélange of dusty purple, indigo, plum, pink, champagne and silver grey on one side, a solid shade of true shimmery silver on the other side. While the monoshade of silver contains frosty and metallic shimmer, the swirled side features subtle shimmer. The color combination is really beautiful. It is such a shame that Polar Opposite isn't included in the permanent Mineral collection.

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite


The Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos in the Star Flash Collection are very pigmented. But I am cautious to pick up the colors little by little with a light hand. Otherwise, it will end up with colors that are too intense.

The texture is soft and smooth. It has a fluffy and powdery consistency, making it quite easy to pick up the colors with fingers. This is a plus when I am on the go.

The monoshade of shimmering silver imparts a frosty finish. If I sweep the shades on the swirled side all together, it delivers a denim purple finish with subtle shimmer. The finish is more on the blue side than red tones. This eyeshadow duo can be used wet or dry. When used wet, the finish is more pigmented and saturated.

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Polar Opposite

Staying Power

I am disappointed by its staying power. The colors fall out and tend to crease at midday. On hot summer days, the colors wear off more easily. Thus, I usually use a primer under this eyeshadow duo to ensure a long-lasting effect.

I have sensitive skin, and skin around my eyes sometimes get redness and irritation. I found this Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo is gentle to the skin. It doesn't irritate my skin. Since it is a mineral-based eyeshadow, it can be removed easily with lukewarm water.

I think Polar Opposite has a unique color combination of silver, dusty purple, plum, pink and champagne. The solid silver shade can be worn alone or paired with the swirled shades. I like to use the indigo and plum as lining shades. The blend of dusty purple, pink, champagne are really beautiful shading colors. The shades are versatile and well-coordinated to create soft smoky eyes or a casual look. It is such a shame that the only downside is the lack of lasting power.

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Anonymous said...

I was really interested in getting this, but I don't think MAC makes it anymore.
Good review, though!


Beauty Anonymous said...

Hello Rebecca,

I am really glad that you like this review!

Polar Opposite is indeed pretty and wearable. I was hoping it would become a permanent item. It is such a pity!

Anonymous said...

hi girls, i have used this product too and love it, do you know where i can buy it from i live in the uk but i will send you the money if you can purchase it in the states ?

thanks alot

Beauty Anonymous said...

Hello Jackie,

I am glad that you enjoy using MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Polar Opposite. This eyeshadow duo was a limited edition as part of Electroflash Collection. MAC doesn't sell it anymore.

I couldn't find it anywhere else except Ebay. Some Ebay sellers still sell this item and ship worldwide. Are you interested in buying it from Ebay?

I hope this information helps. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. :)



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