Mineralize Foundation
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

There isn’t much about this cream compact foundation that has anything to do with being mineral, but with all the mineral makeup fervor going on, it’s understandable why M.A.C. would want to jump on the bandwagon, just as almost every other cosmetics company has. This has a creamy texture with minimal slip that still manages to blend quite well. The finish isn’t powdery (the M.A.C. artist was quick to point out that this is not a cream-to-powder foundation, and she was right) and looks surprisingly skin-like, especially if blended down a bit. As for coverage, it’s within the light to medium range, while the formula is best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. There are over 20 shades available, with options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin. Most of them are beautiful, but there are some to avoid, including the markedly peach NW35, NW40, NW43, and NC45. Shades to consider carefully include NC40, NC50, and NW45.


Active: Octinoxate (2.5%), Other: Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. Isohexadecane, Dextrin Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Alcohol, Triethylhexanoin, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Yeast Extract, Lysine, PEG-15/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Inulin, Magnesium Chloride, Octyldodecyl PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Chloride, Isododecane, Potassium Chloride, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Hydroxide Greens

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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Oily and Flat

I have dry,sensitive skin. This product did not blend well (even with the $42 MAC brush), creased in my eyelids, and looked heavy and artificial. FYI the color was a mismatch: it might have looked good to the salesgirl under the Broadway style lights of the MAC showroom, but in the real world I looked orange. MAC gets 3 stars for value because they accept returns no questions asked.

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make up does include spf 30 sunscreen!

I've used this make up for years. It is natural looking. I have fair, sensitive skin, with rosacea and it contains spf 30 but is listed as foundation without sunscreen? I've never gotten a sunburn with this make up and I burn easily. I don't use it heavily either. It's great for dry skin. It's a little pricey for the amount, but it works for me:)

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thank you for your comments! This foundation was once sold with an SPF number attached to it; however, due to recent FDA changes in their testing for sun protection products, MAC has removed any claims about SPF from this foundation. Though it still might contain some sunscreen actives, it is always best to rely on a separate sun protection product so it can be applied liberally enough to get full protection. We hope this information is helpful!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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