Mineralize Skinfinish/Natural
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The M.A.C. makeup artist we spoke to about this pressed powder recommended it over their longstanding Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, which is surprising, for two reasons: (1) most M.A.C. artists, and customers, love Studio Fix and (2), this Mineralize powder isn’t in the same league. This has a smooth, dry texture that applies sheer and even, making it easy to blend. The finish is soft matte with a hint of sparkle, which M.A.C. describes as “dimensional”, but in reality, it’s just shine. This is a good option if you want light coverage from a pressed powder and have normal to oily skin. The shade range is mostly neutral with a slight emphasis toward warm (yellow) tones. The only shade we'd definitely recommend testing at a counter before buying is Medium Dark.

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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Great finishing powder

An older woman with dry skin, i do not look great in matte finish powders. They make me look recently exhumed and exaggerate my few lines, giving me creases where none were noticeable before. I prefer this to most other powders. It is not sparkly or shiny, but it adds a hint of dimension that other lack. Additionally, it can go one quite light and sheer, so i don't look like drought stricken earth. It works well on its own, altho it won't fully cover discolorations, as well as a finishing powder

Reviewed by
Ellen P.
Love love love

Love this product , I wear if I'm going out and still want a light flawless look . I have minor blemishes after using PC bha for about 2 weeks so now it's just dark spots , which I will be getting rid off with another PC product but this gives you a flawless finish . And last for about 4 hrs .. Gets a Lil dewy ( healthy dewy) then you can just blend in some translucent powder and you are ready for a brunch date or w/e lol

Reviewed by
Dior , W
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