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I have this mac mineralise skinfinish in the shade medium deep and have been using it daily. It's a bit of a strange one as it is a mineral foundation powder but also described as a bronzer online. The shade I have it in, for me is a bit of both so it's a great touch up item to use in the middle of the day as it adds a bit of colour if I am looking pasty and also decreases any shine that has built up in my face.
I have been accused of just getting back from holiday when wearing this so I am going to assume that is a healthy glow compliment rather than a "you look a bit mucky" sentiment.
I bought my mac mineralize skinfinish from the beauty website called cohorted and I thought it was a great price at £24 although it is not a lot more in the mac shop I have since found out.
In reflection though I could not entirely depend on this product for my face powder as I prefer a more finely milled loose powder than this baked dome.
In a positive note though I do think it will last ages as it is baked and you only need a small amount for each application (I use a kabuki brush to apply a dusting).
All in all I would recommend this, I do use it almost every day and it rescues me from looking pale and disinterested so yes I would buy it again.
The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish is available for GBP 23.00.
The powder is described as follows. "A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adding buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. New window compact."
I wear the powder after I applied the foundation and the concealer from MAC. I take a big and soft powder brush, go with it a few times circling through the powder so that I can record something and then distribute it generously on the face. Since the powder emits no great color but is rather intended to tarnish, you have now because no great thoughts about shadows and edges make, because that leaves the powder usually not when applying it with a big fluffy brush. The face should now be perfectly matted and fix the make-up / the optimal Foundation for the day. If I once his fingers over the powder go to the consistency to describe, I can say that the powder is very soft and supple to the touch, almost like silk. It can rub between your fingers and evaporates quickly when you rub. The powder has a nice subtle shimmer and color output is slightly better, ie, in the summer you can also simply times only apply his day care and then some of the powder and you have a beautiful glow. The powder is very productive and keeps me usually about 5 months and I pudere 5 - 6x a week, showing that it keeps really long. The price is of course not without, but at products made by MAC can not hope that you can beat any deal you. I highly recommend this product and are awarded 5 stars.
Having avidly collected MAC products for a very long time, I of course have acquired a rather large collection of MSF's over the years. Some I like better than others, and it is difficult to review them as a whole because they are each so different.
I personally love Lightscapade, Gold Deposit and my all time favourite, Soft and Gentle.
There are colours for every individually: Gold Deposit for a darker skinned lady, lightscapade for a fairer complexion, etc. The pay-off of the product overall I always find to be good, and the product is good quality.
However, there are also 'cons' to the product. The packaging has recently changed, so this cannot be said for the newer ones quite so much, but the old-style packaging is very flimsy and fragile. The plastic disc is known to often fall out, which can (tragically!) break the product leaving it a mess. However, the clear top does allow you to quickly differentiate between products quickly when you have multiple MSF's.
The products are also kept very limited. They are often out of stock, meaning many of the products are then resold for ridiculous prices: (try eBay Superb: £100+!) or are never available again. Nobody likes to find a perfect product only to discover they need to ration it as they'll never get it again.
Finally, as with all MAC products, there are specific brushes needed to apply well. I would recommend a duo-fibre fan brush for the subtle, even dispersal of product, but I am yet to find a cheap dupe of this brush.
I purchased MAC Mineralise Skinfinish from the MAC counter in Debenhams for £24.
Although it seemed expensive for what it was, the staff provided a free colour match and application in store, which I would highly recommend to get the right shade.
I was very impressed with this product, that I decided to try as I found similar products heavy and left my skin feeling caked.
This product provided excellent coverage, and I now find myself wearing it daily often in the place of foundation. As you would expect from the prestigious name, it really delivers the high quality coverage I have come to expect from the MAC range, and now struggle to find things that compete.
This is a must have in my make up bag now, and I renew as soon as it runs out. The beauty points at Debenhams means that I collect points for shopping, and MAC also allow you to return 6 empty products of any type in exchange for a lipstick, worth £15.
In my opinion, although originally seeming expensive, really pays for itself as it lasts a long time.
It comes in a variety of shades as I've found it useful to have a slightly lighter shade for day to day use, and another shade for a more tanned look for nights out.
I would highly recommend this product and have already done so to many of my personal friends, all of which had similar opinions and also regularly purchase from this range.
I purchased my first mac mineralize skin finish on ebay a couple of weeks ago. I have been using it almost everyday since it has arrived to test and try it out. I would usually use a product for at least a month before reviewing it, but I feel like I already know this product enough to review it.
The box which the powder comes in is a basic MAC black cardboard box. The shade I bought was in light. The back of the packaging just says the colour shade. It took me a while to figure out how to open the container as I did not see the little button you have to push it.
One of the first things I noticed about this is that is it not like regular pressed powders, it is a lot more unique in texture and look. My regular face powder has higher coverage and is more for covering imperfections where as this powder is more of a highlight. I hope to purchase a darker shade also to use this as a Bronzer as well. Mineralize skin finishes by MAC are very glowy and dewy on the skin. These look absolutely gorgeous as they make your face appear sunkissed and golden. The formula of this product is kind of baked which I like. I didn't know what to expect from this powder. One of the first things I noticed while wearing this through out the day is it seems to have a bit of a luminous finish to it.
This would not be ideal for somebody who likes a matte finish but for me this is great. Another thing which I noticed is that although this appears to be quite sheer, it actually has a lot more coverage than you would think. I usually just apply concealer to any dark areas on my face then apply this on my cheeks, forehead and chin mainly.
This is by far my favourite makeup product. I couldn't do without foundation because unfortunately I'm cursed with terrible skin, but I hate the monotone complexion it always leaves me with. It looks unnatural for the face to be all one shade and even after adding a bit of bronzer, something still seemed to be missing. I decided to look for a highlighter to sweep over my cheekbones.
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish seemed a little pricey so I first opted for highlighting products produced by different brands, ranging from Soap & Glory's Glow All Out to The Body Shop's Brush On Radiance to Benefit's Sun Beam and more. Whilst these products did the job, I decided to give MAC a go in the shade Lightscapade to see if it was worth being in such a price range. I definitely believe it's worth the money! I won't be going back to the alternatives. It just takes one sweep across your cheekbones for you to see the difference - it gives you a beautifully soft, subtle glow. It's buildable so you can enhance the effect for nights out, but it's still natural enough for everyday use.
Every time I go to replace this product when I run out (I've already owned 5!), it's always out of stock. I think this says a lot about the powder... And I can tell you the popularity of the product is definitely justified!
Personally, I don't like highlighters that have a pink colouration as due to my olive complexion, it looks a little odd. I tend to stick to products with bronzed tints. Whilst Lightscapade doesn't have a bronze tint, it doesn't have pink tones either and works perfectly on my skin. Consequently, I'm sure it would work well with a range of skin types... And if not, there are always plenty other shades to choose from!
I use the mac skin finish as a powder finish in the winter on top of my foundation and can easily get away with just this powder in the summer when I have a little bit of a tan. It offers a very good coverage and goes well on top of my foundation.
I love that it has a little sparkly through it so can be used as a highlighter as well.
I do find that the product can run down very quickly but i am quite a heavy user and it is part of my every day make up routine applied with a kabuki brush, i think if it was used with a powder brush then would last you a little longer but i prefer to have more coverage. It is a little more on the pricey end but I think it is worth it for such a good product!
Up until buying this MAC mineralize skinfinish powder I had never purchased or tried any of their products before. I had only heard good things from friends that use this brand of make-up and from reviews I had read, with most of them being positive ones. I really wanted to try the make-up for myself and so when I recently needed some new powder I decided to give MAC a try. I have used many different branded face powders before and have found with this products in particular, it is worth paying a bit more for. Some face powders can leave your skin feeling caked in make-up and it can look that way too - not a natural look that I want to go for!
MAC mineralize skinfinish powder is available from MAC directly which can be found in a range of department stores including Selfridges, where I purchased mine from, House of Fraser and also online from the MAC website. It costs £21 for 10g. A lot of MAC products can be found slightly cheaper if bought from Amazon or eBay. However, I was new to this make-up and didn't know what shade I would need without looking at it and so could not buy it online. Plus I was in London on a shopping trip and so it was the perfect time to treat myself a little! Now I know what shade I need I can find it cheaper online next time.
This particular face powder is available in several different shades. I purchased 'medium plus'. It was only a tiny bit darker than the 'medium' shade. I didn't want to purchase a shade that made me look too pale though. As I was looking at these in store I tested them out to compare and see what colour suited my skin tone. You can get help from the sales assistants there who are always offering to help you or try the make up out on you, but this I cannot stand. I much prefer to try them out for myself, after all I am the one who will be applying it on my self everyday, and make-up is always going to look better when a professional applies it for you, which is probably going to make you buy even more make up that they test on you. I think MAC is well known for their sales assistants trying to test the products out on you and so when I know what shades I like in their products I will definitely start purchasing them online to avoid this!
~ Use and results ~
When using this I first apply my foundation as normal, then I get a powder brush and lightly dust this over all parts of my face. It goes on very easy and light, it is very weightless and so feels like you aren't really wearing any, but it's there!
It goes on amazingly well and it doesn't 'crack' when on your face making you look blotchy or caked in make-up. When I first starting wearing this I actually got a couple of compliments from two different people, asking me if I had started using new make up or a different shade. I was quite pleased with this as face powder isn't usually something I would get complimented on because it isn't meant to exactly stand out! However it made my skin look clear and shine free.
This doesn't come with a pad or a brush to apply this with and so you will need to use one you already own or purchase one if you don't. I was a bit disappointed with this because expensive face powders I have used in the past such as Clinique always give you something to apply it with. However, the good results this left me with soon made me not bothered about that.
The powder lasts all day in my opinion. I do not feel the need to reapply this again throughout the day. The only time I would reapply is when wearing it all day and then going out on the night too. Other than that it is good for lasting all day whilst at work. I feel this works better with foundation on my skin first as it lies nicely on top of that, whereas if used alone this appears to be slightly crackly. I am now tempted to buy a MAC foundation to see how good the results will be from using both products together.
Overall this is a good product and I wil definitely purchase this again. It is quite expensive but considering how long face powders last this doesn't bother me too much. They usually last me around a year! I am now very excited to try out other MAC products.
This was another product I purchased after seeing it used in a youtube make-up tutorial. I love Mac anyway so it didn't take much to twist my arm! I think there are several uses for the product but I use it as a bronzer.
Mac is a high-end brand available in some department stores and online, they do have there own stores dotted around in the larger cities aswell. There website is very impressive with clear swatches and good descriptions of all shades available. One thing I will say is be careful buying Mac from ebay! There are a lot of fakes out there.
* A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish
* Provides perfect low coverage
* Use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.
As I mentioned above I apply this product as a bronzer, I bought it in the Summer and went for the darkest shade in the range 'Sun Power' I had spent a week in Egypt and it was a great idea at the time...maybe next time I'll tone it down a little and go for 'Give Me Sun'. 'Sun Power' is literally the colour of rust in the compact! I can still get away with it if I've got a little self tan on and I blend it out really well. Anyway enough of my silly shade choices!
This product applies and blends out like a dream, the smooth powder is like silk on the skin and once on provides you with a bronzed, matte finish. There's no hint of shimmer which is perfect for me, I can't stand shimmer in bronzer! I apply the product just under my cheekbones, along my temples and across my hairline and it does manage to stay on perfectly throughout the day giving a gorgeous glow but still with no shine. I'd really like to try this in more of a natural shade and try it as a powder rather than a bronzer actually.
This product is available in 10 shades:
* light plus
* medium plus
* dark deep
* give me sun
* sun power
* medium deep
* medium dark
I like how they've covered the inbetween shades like 'light plus', 'medium plus' etc. I think there would be something for everybody within the range which is great.
Like all Mac packaging, the design is very simple, the compact is black, the lid is transparent so you can clearly see the shade through it (handy if you happen to own more than one)
VALUE FOR MONEY:
The compact costs £21.00 and for that you get 10g of product. I think this is good value for money especially considering how far just a tiny amount of product goes. I bought this probably in August last year and it's still going strong so I'm very pleased with it.
I love this product and will happily repurchase and as I mentioned above I'd like to try it as a power aswell. Big thumbs up!
Let me start my saying that I am absolutely in love with The shade Lightscapade in this product. Its a light beige and it is perfect for highlighting or as a very light blusher. MACS mineralize skin finishes are all a very finely milled powder, making it extremely soft and a dream to apply. It is very very blendable and buildable so it doesn't look like a huge thick unnatural like running across your cheek bone. You also wont end up with huge chunks of glitter across due do the lightest of shimmer in the product. One thing to note is that every product no matter the shade will be slightly different due to veining, the more veining the darker it will be. A thing to remember though is that the veining is not on the natural skin finish, which I use more as a bronzer. It works like a charm. The problem with the non natural skinfinishes, that you will not find in the natural line is the wear time. They really need to be reapplied after four to five hours or else the get blotchy and begin to fade. The product itself, even though is pricey at twenty nine pounds a pop doesn't seem to finish no matter how much I use it. The packaging is round with a click lid on a hinge. It is black in colour with a clear section on the top to see which item you are picking up, this unfortunately has the tendency of popping of and needs to be re-glued.
This product is part of a new range of mac makeup that is mineral based, baked powder foundation. Mac claim that this provides a low coverage, and is ideal for setting makeup and covering up shine. It can be used ontop of, or instead of foundation.
I bought this product in the natural form, instead of as a shiny frosted powder, as i simply wanted a setting powder. The product comes in standard mac form, a black, round case. Simple and sleek. It has a variety of colours, and in fact, is the only mac foundation range to step away from the NC35, NC40, NC45 colour chart, having colours such as medium, medium plus, dark, deep dark.
They also produced the same product in blusher shades, highlighter shades and bronzer shades. When i was shopping, i got the impression that the products are all basically the same just in different shades with matte or shimmer aspects to them.
The product itself is very finely milled, and is picked up easily using a powder brush, however i do find that there is a lot of fallout when using this product, and when going for a second application i tend to use my brush to pick up some of the loose powder thats floating around the edges. Once stippled on over my foundation i find that its a perfect setting powder, helping to combat oil throughout the day. It doesn't dry my skin out, even when i have built it up to help cover any blemishes i may have that day. Once on my skin really does feel lovely to touch
Overall its a good product, it really evens out my skin tone, sets my foundation, and even when used alone it makes my skin look lovely.
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is a baked mineral powder that comes in a range of shades from Light to Dark, including "in-between" shades e.g. Light/Medium. It can be used on top of or instead of foundation. MSF Natural is halfway between a normal pressed face powder and a full-coverage powder foundation.
The MSF is very finely milled, so it can be applied in light layers. One light layer over foundation is perfect to set it and reduce shine. The layers can also be built up over a light foundation, or no foundation, for a flawless finish.
Because the MSF is solid, not loose powder, and comes in a sturdy compact, it is ideal for putting in your bag to touch up your make-up and remove shine throughout the day.
The only downside is that it can sometimes highlight dry patches of skin. I have dry skin so I have to make sure my skin is well-moisturised and that I haven't missed any areas before I use this product. I also avoid putting it over matte-finish foundations as it can make my face look too cakey then.
10g of product costs £18.50 from MAC stores and counters, which can be found in department stores. I've had my current MSF for six months, using it 3-5 days a week and I'm only half-way through it, so it lasts a long time.
MAC currently has two types of the Mineralize Skinfish powders available: Mineralize Skinfinish and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I'll try my best to review both since I do own both and they're quite different to each other!
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL
"A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect low coverage. Use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day."
My reasons for purchasing this were that I love to wear a powder to 'set' my foundation and mattify my face. For general every day wear I don't like shimmer, so was attracted to the matte finish offered here.
These are the colours available from MAC at present. They're listed in ascending lighter to darker shades.
There are a few limited edition summery colours available too at present, these are more bronzey mattes, whereas the above colours are more natural.
Give me Sun (Limited Edition)
Sun Power (Limited Edition)
I have fairly light skin and 'medium' would probably be my best colour match. However, I wear 'medium deep' because I find this gives a healthy glow, but still looks natural.
"A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, brows, anywhere on the body: provides an ultra-deluxe polish to the skin."
My reasons for purchasing one of these powders was simply down to how good they look in the pots! The way the different colours are swirled together. So pretty!
These powders usually feature a lot of ever changing limited edition colours. My favourite skinfinish is 'Red Head' which came out a few years ago and is no longer available. The nearest colour match to this at the moment is 'Semi Precious Crystal Pink' - another limited edition colour.
At present you can select from:
Gold Deposit - Soft Reflective Gold Bronze
Soft and Gentle - Gilded Peach Bronze
Limited Edition Semi Precious Collection:
Crystal Pink - Base: Beige Champagne. Innercircle: White, Plum, Bronze
Rose Quartz - Base: Pink Champagne. Innercircle: Pink, Dirty Green, Bronze
Goldstone - Base: Rosy Pink. Innercircle: Silver, Lime, White pink, Copper
APPEARANCE / PRICE / AVAILABILITY
The Skinfinishes come in classic MAC rounded black pot, with the pan sitting firmly in place inside. The lid is see through so you can see what colour you're getting, and has MAC embossed in black. Underneath you can find the product details such as colour name, MAC address and batch code (made up of a letter followed by two digits).
The powder is solid, not a loose powder. It is peaked / dome shaped, rising up from the pan in it's pot.
The RRP for the Skinfinish Natural is £18.50 for 10g. For the Skinfinish it is £20.50.
You can purchase your MAC products from the MAC stores, Department Stores with a MAC counter (Selfridges and Debenhams), MAC online, or the Department Store Websites. Make sure you purchase from one of these approved suppliers to avoid fakes.
If you're put off by the price tag, bear in mind that these powders are long lasting. I've had my two favourites on the go for about 18 months now! And I wear one or the other every day pretty much. If purchasing from Debenhams, keep your eyes peeled for voucher codes online, as some of these will apply to the beauty section of the website too.
MY THOUGHTS ON 'MEDIUM DEEP' SKINFINISH NATURAL
I love the very natural tanned look that you can acheive from wearing a Skinfinish Natural a shade or two darker than your own skin. I wear heavy foundation and this powder sets the foundation beautifully, making it last all day and giving my face some of it's 'natural' look back. A heavy foundation can cover over every bit of natural colour contrast on your skin and without powders and blushes, can look mask-like.
I find that this skinfinish works best applied all over the face and neck very lightly. To acheive a light application, I use a huge powder brush. I alternate between MAC's 134 or 150 large powder brushes. Any big face brush will do a good job though.
I wouldn't apply this with a puff because I think it would sit too heavily on the skin. If you're using your perfect colour match this wouldn't be a problem, but if like me, you're going for a few shades darker, you'll need to keep things light!
This powder does apply really evenly, meaning you can't go too far wrong, even with the heaviest / clumsiest hands! Start cautiously and build up to the finish you desire.
The initially application will last for a good few hours. If you have naturally oily skin you will most likely want to reapply a few times during the day. So pop your brush and this little compact in your bag! It reapplies well over the top of the makeup you're already wearing. Ideal for on the go.
Over all, I like this powder mostly for daytime. It's so natural and perfect on top of foundation, without making you look like a) you're wearing a shimmery / glitzy bronzer or b) a caked on pasty pale face powder.
I'd recommend this to anyone, especially if you love your MAC products and also wear a heavy duty foundation.
MY THOUGHTS ON 'RED HEAD' SKINFINISH
Although this is a limited edition product no longer available, my thoughts will apply to the over all nature of a MAC Skinfinish.
The powder is made up of different 'stripes' of different shimmery reddy / pink / bronze tones. It would be difficult to pick out one single stripe, so I swirl these together with a big powder brush.
The payoff from brush to face is more noticable than with the natural skinfinish, so make sure you go gently. I think these shimmery powders work best on sunkissed skin, whether or not you're naturally tanned. If you have caught a bit of sun during the day and are going out for the evening, sweeping some skinfinish over your bare skin looks amazing. Therefore, I'd say this powder is a must have for a holiday evening.
If you sweep this all over your face with a big brush, the powder seems to settle naturally on the areas of your face that would most likely catch the sun anyway. So your cheekbones, forehead, nose... it looks great even if you're wearing no other makeup, and brilliant over any aftersun / face cream becuse it just adds to the dewy sunkissed look.
I like this over collar bone and shoulders too since there's no reason why you can't use this powder anywhere other than your face!
With 'Red Head' the colour you get is a subtle gold blend, but with other colours in the range you can go for something else shimmery, but either darker or lighter, or with different colour tones. So go for whatever you feel the most comfortable with.
As well as all over the face, you can use this one more 'concentrated', ie, with a smaller brush to highlight certain areas. Use it as a highlighter or a cheek colour instead of all over, and you'll still look lovely and glowing!
As with the other type of skinfinish, this is a good quality, long lasting powder. Ideal for wearing on it's own or on top of makeup / face cream.
A holiday essential in my opinion!
Mac describes this product as follows:
A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Provides perfect low coverage. Use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.
Price: £18.50 for 10g
I love this product. It's excellent to set over foundation and it reduces shine. Basically, it provides a flawless finish in a natural tone and is just brilliant!
I have the light-medium shade, which the sales person picked out for me. It looks quite dark in the pot but is actually a perfect match. I even wear this product on its own and it still provides lovely coverage and a soft look.
I would definitely highly recommend this product and I would probably buy again if it ever runs out. Seems to be lasting ages even though it's only 10g, which doesn't sound like a lot, but a little goes a long way.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish / A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish / Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks / brows / anywhere on the body: provides an ultra-deluxe polish to the skin.