Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation
1 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

M.A.C.'s Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation is an excellent option for those with dry skin looking for light to medium coverage. This outstanding liquid foundation glides on smoothly and feels truly weightless and comfortable once set, even after several hours of wear. (At one point, we actually forgot we had it on!) It's moisturizing without being thick or greasy and, even better, it includes broad-spectrum sunscreen protection and some skin-beneficial antioxidants.

As with most MAC foundations, the shade selection is extensive, with options for very fair to very dark skin tones. Shades to watch out for include NW30, NW50, and NC45, as they are too peach or copper to appear natural on their intended skin tones.

In addition, you need to be aware that the product's name might be misleading. Do not assume the term "mineralized" on the label means this is a mineral-based sunscreen because it isn't. While it does contain titanium dioxide, only a small amount is present, and it is paired with synthetic sunscreen ingredients.

  • Lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizing formula feels weightless on skin.
  • Excellent sheer to medium coverage.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection (although it would be better if the amount of titanium dioxide were a bit higher).
  • Extensive shade range.
  • None.
Please Note:

Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you're not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.


Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 2%. Inactive: Water, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Silica, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lysine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Yeast Extract, Phytantriol, Octyldodecyl PCA, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Simethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Tin Oxide, Urea, Triacetin, Polyquaternium-51, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

When it comes to skin care 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!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

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.

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The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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Did not care for it...

I have heard great things about this foundation, so I wanted to try it. My skin is quite dry in the winter. Unfortunately, it did not work for me. It does not cover well to begin with, but by noon the foundation was gone from my chin and forehead area. It has an enormous amount of shine in it and even though I set it with powder I was glowing after a couple of hours. Maybe it's just my skin type, but I wanted to share my experience in case you buy into the hype about this product.

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Good moisturizing SPF foundation

I bought this foundation in anticipation of dry fall/winter skin, and it definitely does the trick. Very moisturizing and glowy, as others have noted. Builds easily to medium coverage without having to use a lot of product. I have dry but breakout-prone skin, and this hasn't caused me to break out at all in the 2-3 weeks I've been using it. My guess is that this is way too emollient for all but dry or very dry skin.

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Laura H.
poor packaging

My concern about this foundation is the packaging, why on earth that they give this excellent product such an unhygienic cap? Of course the pump head is good but why not provide a cap to close it? The product is practically left open once you start using it, I felt extremely uncomfortable just by thinking of using a foundation out of an open jar...

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Andrea, C
Decent Foundation for Normal to Dry Skin

This is not quite the HG foundation I was hoping for when I purchased it, however it is a decent option. I don't find it very hydrating (you will need a good moisturizer underneath if you have dry skin) but the finish is nice and somewhat glow-y. I apply it with a damp bb sponge - a brush give a more matte finish. Overall it's definitely worth a try!

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I was exited to try this product, and I wanted to like it, but it just didn't work for me. It highlighted all of my dry spots and made me look scaly.

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Anna H.
It' ok

I bought this foundation because it is supposed to be good for dry skin. For the first few days of use, I really liked it but after a 4-5 days, my skin felt dry and was becoming flaky. I use RESIST moisturizer, some days with Moisture Boost Cream, & 2-3 days a week, I also use RESIST Wkly Resurfacing Treatment. I also changed my moisturizer to find out if that made a difference. It did not. The coverage is great, goes on smoothly with/without a makeup brush, stays on all day but too drying.

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