February 24, 2011

MAC Jeanius Collection Review, Swatches, Photos

I’m loving MAC Jeanius just because the eyeshadows are terribly cute. Love the denim imprint don’t you?

What has you most excited about the collection? I honestly can’t say it was the shades that got me hyped as the lippes and lipglass aren’t too uneventful and I’m a little worried the shadows will make my aging eyes a bit too tired looking…so it was def the packaging that got me going!

Here’s a brief babble about the MAC Jeanius Collection.

Well, disappointing news, the entire denim design on each shadow is a complete over spray. It’s slightly embossed but once you swatched the shadow both the button and the design of the denim will disappear fairly quickly leaving you with the imprinted lines of the “jean” design but not the actual image of it.

Sad sign.

But…the show must go on!

Shadow formula seems to jump around a fair bit here and some shades have a more powerful formula than others with more pay off, more shimmer in some cases, and more fall out. Really depends what shade you’re using.

Diva in Distress stood out for me and felt very Urban Decay micro-glitter like to me and can probably be duped if you have the shade Mary Jane in your stash. MAC calls it a mid-tine grey with silver pearl but it feels more like a light blue gray denim to me with silver sparkle. Fall out will probably be an issue with the looser formula as well but I find the shade very pretty and soft so I’ll be looking forward to using it.

Motorhead will make someone a very happy smoky eye however I personally lack the skill for it plus I feel like the shade will really emphasis dark circles and fine lines sadly but used sparsely I might be able to pull it off. The texture on this is solidly packed so kick up and fall out shouldn’t be an issue. The shade is a rather stunning true denim blue.

White Jeanius is a pearl-ish white with a bit of a frosty, sparkly finish. This is also loosely packed but not nearly as bad as Diva in Distress, again fall out may be an issue here and combing the shade or contrasting with another however as a highlighter you might love it.

And finally my least favorite Stovepipe Black is what MAC dubs black with cooper pearl…hmmm to me it feels like black mixed in with a bit of denim gray. This should be a smooth even ride although it feels like a semi-matte formula to me so blending might prove a bit of a chore.

What do you think of the shadows?

What do you find appealing about them?

The shades?


I also tried out MAC Blush in Overdyed. This is actually a pleasant addition to my collection as I don’t have such a bright shade of magenta in my stash. It’s a satin sans sparkle or glitter and adds a nice glow on my cheeks.

Overall, MAC Jeanius has some disappointments for me but it’ll be a popular collection I suspect.

What do you think?

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • neutralgirl

    I’m with you muse, the shadow colors look kinda blah. I’m not new to makeup but am new to collecting Mac and t love my purchases so far. I think all I am going to get is the overdyed blush. I have been wondering if it had sparkle so thanx for swatching it for us.

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    I love the jean imprint, but the shadow colors seem kind of underwhelming 🙁

    • the Muse

      for me too marilyn. i’d prob have tripped over them a few years ago but now, well I feel I can’t pull them off 🙁

  • Annabella Freeman

    Oh as if you have ageing eyes you dork! ; )

    I think it’s a bit cheeky to have an overspray considering the price. It was the same with tartan collection no?

    You should do a FOTD with this collection I want to see how the blush looks on you!

    Loves ya! A x

    • the Muse

      ha anna it’s true ;-D you’re lovely for saying nay ;D! yes 🙁 sigh! I’ll def do one for ya soon hun! loves ya right back!

  • Promise

    Looks interesting, but so far the only thing that kinda jumps out to me are the blushes.

  • Nunuiviet

    The eyeshadows patterns were cute like jeans but it seems the quality lacks , products fall off and the range of colours just too limited and not fanatics. The only edible stuff seems to be the other blush the one more neutral, but the texture is kind of matte and I don’t like matte ( the only matte blush I own is pink swoon) I prefer satin , frost and shimmer, hahahah I like stuffs that glitter, love to shine hahahha here goes up my ego. By the way muse just got the peony python Bobbi brown with the peony bronzer too gorgeous loves it!

      • Nunuiviet

        Yes love it 😉 but a bit disappointed about the pouch, did you notice on the ads the pouch has a python AND a pink peony? But on mine as well on yours, the peony flowers aren’t there! Just the python pattern with pink leaves!

  • Alessandra

    They are beautiful! Much is made here in Brazil about this release. Wow, gives great desire to see them personally. I love your blog!
    And know that your opinion is crucial.
    Good weekend!



  • Alessandra

    I really wanted to show these swatches on my blog.
    Around here, I think nobody has!

  • Nia

    I was really curious to see how you like the magenta blush. The eyeshadows are not really special colourwise and I buy makeup to use and not to look at.

    So, is the blush special enough to have?

  • Nines

    I agree with your analysis here. The packaging of the shadows was SO cool looking, but the shadow colors just aren’t that interesting. I have so many blues in my collection, it would really be silly of me to buy more, especially when they don’t strike me as much of anything special.

    I felt the same way about the Tartan collection though too! I LOVED the design over the top of the shadow, but I just wasn’t all that enthralled with the colors. Not enough to spend money on anyways. Sad, =( but it looks like some good things are around the corner. And I still haven’t finished geeking out over the Wonder Woman collection anyway! =)

    • the Muse

      Nines agreed ;-D Sadly they weren’t incredibly special to indulge in. The shades are ok but I have one too many blues and blues that are way more unique mind you! design is cute but useless since it fades away with a single swipe sigh!

      but mac has more goodies on the horizon which I cna’t wait for!