I Love Matte Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colours. Yes, I Do!

Some things I get really excited about:

  1. The return of The Walking Dead. This Sunday. Really, I might crap my pants!
  2. Dessert. If there’s chocolate-anything on the menu (lava cake is preferred), I’m getting it 99.99% of the time.
  3. Playing ninja cat with Scherbie.
  4. Finding really great matte eyeshadows.

After diving into the world of makeup artistry (mostly bridal) this year, I quickly learned how essential good matte eyeshadows are in my kit. It’s pretty easy to find lovely formulas for pearly and shimmery eyeshadows. Mattes, on the other hand, mostly end up chalky or too dry and sheer.


Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour Packaging

When I got the chance to try several matte shades of Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colours ($7.50), I jumped on the opportunity right away. These eyeshadows are mineral-based and are supposed to be great for fighting oily eyelids. The individual pans are magnetic and stick well to my Z-palette. Also, the rectangular shape (as opposed to a round one) means that I can fit more of them in there.

  • White Lily is off-white.
  • Sweet Cream is a light beige.
  • Golden Vanilla is a light yellow brown.
  • Silky Caramel is a mid-tone warm brown.
  • Hazelnut is a mid-tone chocolate brown.
  • Lavender Fog is lavender.
  • Sienna is a mid-tone reddish brown.
  • Cinnabar is a dark chocolate brown.
  • Espresso is surprisingly not brown, but a deep blue purple.
  • Coal is a deep grey. This one was supposed to be a black, but it swatches lighter and is the chalkiest of the bunch.


Top row: White Lily, Sweet Cream, Golden Vanilla, Silky Caramel, Hazelnut
Bottom row: Lavender Fog, Sienna, Cinnabar, Espresso, Coal

I will tell you this now: OMG I’m in love. These eyeshadows are so pigmented that I like them more than my MAC matte eyeshadows. Let’s compare, shall we? I get 1.5g for $14.50 = $9.67 per gram at MAC; 1.4g for $7.50 = $5.35 per gram (Mary Kay). It costs almost half as much, and the high quality is something I would liken to shu uemura’s matte eyeshadows.


Mary Kay vs. MAC Eyeshadow (size difference)


White Lily, Sweet Cream, Golden Vanilla, Silky Caramel, Hazelnut


Lavender Fog, Sienna, Cinnabar, Espresso, Coal

Besides these, there are two other shades in the matte lineup: Almond and Iris. I’ll likely make these two mine — all mine — as well. :)


Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colours – Matte

I’m really pleased with these eyeshadows that I am definitely including these in my professional kit. I think these are perfect for wedding makeup. :) Do you have a favourite matte eyeshadow, or do you prefer to work with pearly/shimmery formulas?

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  • http://callitbeauty.blogspot.ca/ dani@callitbeauty

    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I need more mattes in my kit!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Get them Dani! I promise you’ll love, too. :)

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Nice! They would be great for wedding makeup for sure! And for *ahem* older eyelids like mine. ;)

  • http://perilouslypale.com Perilously Pale

    LOL! I hope you don’t crap your pants! I am so excited about Sunday too. It feels like we have been waiting FOREVER for the show to come back! I was into Mary Kay pretty heavily about a decade ago and their products really are top notch. I haven’t tried any of their new mineral eyeshadows but these look outstanding and I love that they are ready to throw in a Z Palette. I have a huge assortment of matte Inglot shadows now but still always feel like there are shade nuances I am missing. I’ll have to check these out. Thanks!

  • http://www.iknowallthewords.com Bailey

    They look like they’re amazing. I’m definitely lacking mattes in my collection too… might have to check these out!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow–this is the 2nd time in 2 days that I’ve heard about Mary Kay products after not hearing about anything from the brand for years. These shadows look really nice! I have been liking matte shadows a lot more recently, so maybe I’ll check these out!

  • BooBooNinja

    I love mattes, but I don’t have many. Which of these would you repurchase?

  • http://messywands.blogspot.com xiao

    Walking Dead party tonight!!!!

    Finding awesome matte eyeshadows is awesome. Can’t wait for ensuing FOTDs!

  • http://twitter.com/JMudgeWinters/status/258214373355560960/ @JMudgeWinters

    How much do you love our matte mineral eye colours? Beauty Blogger Arianne (The Glitter Geek) is head over heels… http://t.co/rxPH7KkK

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  • Fabi

    I love hazelnut… it’s perfect in any part of your face that you want to shade.