03.12.2015
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Mineralize Foundation Loose
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$32
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Mineral Makeup > Mineral Foundation
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We had to stifle a chuckle as we watched the M.A.C. salesperson bring out the testers for this loose-powder “mineral” foundation. They were in a black plastic bag, which was dusty with powder. As she removed each shade, even though all were capped, powder was everywhere. Therein is one of our major gripes about this type of makeup: it is incredibly messy unless it comes in a component that minimizes powder spill.

M.A.C’s packaging doesn’t quite cut it, but we’ve seen worse. In terms of performance, this wins points for its feather-light, mica-based texture that feels lighter than most loose mineral powders. Although this provides light to barely medium coverage, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. Shine is there, but definitely on the subtle side. This has a dry matte finish but still casts a soft glow on skin.

Among the nine shades, Light, Light Medium, and Medium are excellent. The middle range of colors—Medium Plus, Medium Deep, and Dark—tends to be slightly peach to orange, and should be considered carefully. The Deeper Dark shade is a very good bronze tone for those who want a loose bronzing powder without a rosy cast. The cap for this foundation features a sponge for applying the makeup. It works decently, but a larger sponge or full (meaning dense) powder brush is preferred. All told, this is a fairly impressive entry into the ever-expanding category of mineral makeup.

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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 in recent years. 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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04.03.2015
a great powder!!

do NOT remove the adh.seal,just open 3 holes ;)

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06.01.2014
Soft and candle light finish

First, i must say that the packaging is no longer the way its described here. So, that needs to be up dated. I have normal to dry skin,but prone to brake out, though i was just a bit skeptical about buying this foundation , i decided to give it an opportunity. The results are a beautiful finish, like a dreamy or candle light look. First, i prep my skin with SPF moisturizer lotion, then some concealer and loose foundation with a brush. It gives you a very light natural coverage; But i love it.

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