Mineralize Skinfinish
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. 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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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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Beautypedia Team Response

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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