Mineralize Skinfinish
Category:Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Mineralize Skinfinish is a sheer, talc-based pressed powder that looks wonderfully natural on skin. It’s almost impossible to make this powder look heavy, thick, or dry. Those with normal to dry skin will appreciate the slight sheen this leaves behind (and remember, talc is a mineral, too, so M.A.C.’s name for this product is accurate). All four shades are neutral and highly recommended, but there are no options for very dark skin tones. Those with oily skin, note that the sheen this powder leaves can make oily areas appear shinier.

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 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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I went to the MAC counter to try this, as it's listed as a sheer, natural finishing powder. The MAC rep was confused, too, because there are only 4 colors, and they are more like a highlighting pressed powder...very pigmented (like gold), and VERY shimmery, not normal skin tones. She told me I must be looking for Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals, which isn't given a very good review on PC, but was exactly what I was looking for. What exactly is this powder designed for?

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Hi there!  This powder is used as a sheer, natural mineral powder for the face.  You would most likely want to use it almost as a highlight powder, to the cheek or brow area.  Also, the MAC counter you went to may have had a short supply... MAC's website lists 7 shades in the complete collection.  Also, we did give the other powder you mentioned (Mineralize Skinfinish Natural) a pretty favorable review (3-stars, or GOOD), so either one would be a good option :)

I have 3 of these!

I only bought this because the irridiscent powders were discontinued. I loved them more. I mean the pressed ones. These didn't show up very well. But, I have a Mac brush that help it show up more. In general, the pigmentation is poor. There's better shimmer products out there.I have 2 from Estée Lauder and I from Becca that I love more than these.You don't get your money's worth with this product!

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Annette D.
Best skinfinish powder!

I fell in love with this powder since the first time I tried it back when I was in high school (been re-purchasing it since 2000) My color is in medium. On good skin days I can use this powder alone over my SPF and go about my day. It also looks amazing as a finishing/setting powder over liquid foundation....without making your skin looking over powdered. I've tried many powders but I ALWAYS come back to this. Like Paula said its the "BEST"

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Aleksandra M.
light coverage

had a session with a mac pro at a local counter. i went in looking for careblend or sheer that was highly related on beautypedia and were able to try those as well as the studio fix I once tried. this mineral skinfinish was a nice light coverage that didn't look like a mask. I have some redness and it provides a nice light and blending finish.I may also try the translucent mineralize skinfinish powder that has a slight shimmer.

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Can't find

I cannot find the described product at the MAC counters or their web site. The only powders available in this formula are very shiny.

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