Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser
3.4 fl. oz. for $25
Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This liquid cleanser is said to contain "charged" water, which M.A.C. claims is better at providing immediate hydration to skin. First, in cosmetics, water is water. Your skin cannot tell the difference between charged and uncharged water. Second, there's no regulation or agreed-upon definition as to what constitutes "charged" water. M.A.C. seems to think that charging water with minerals will help, but, in truth, minerals have minimal benefit for skin when applied topically because unless the minerals are made into nanoparticles they just sit on the surface of the skin. Even if they were made small enough to be absorbed, there is no research showing that's a good thing.

Minerals are best ingested, where the body's various enzymes allow the minerals to function properly. This simply doesn't happen on the skin, plus in a cleanser the minerals are just rinsed down the drain. In short, the entire "Mineralize" angle is marketing hype, not skin care science.

This is an OK cleanser that's marginally adept at removing makeup. It's OK if you wear mineral makeup and avoid long-wearing or waterproof formulas, but everyone else will likely find this isn't up to par. On the plus side, this rinses without leaving a hint of residue.

Ignore the gimmicky ingredients in this product, which include the gemstone rhodochrosite and diamond powder. Even if those were brilliant for skin, they are washed off before they have a chance to work. The same is true for the salicylic acid in this cleanser.

  • Rinses without leaving a residue.
  • Expensive for a smaller-than-usual size and a rather basic formula.
  • Most of the beneficial ingredients are rinsed down the drain.
  • Doesn't cleanse all that well; not adept at removing long-wearing makeup.

A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe - no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Rhodochrosite, Magnesium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Diamond Powder, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Limonene, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

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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