Product Type: MAC makeup
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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
Member Name: HS28
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
Advantages: Smooth and Natural
Disadvantages: No tools
Mac Mineralize Skin finish Natural
I haven't been reviewing in a while due to moving house and work life been hectic and came back on to see the mile system has changed which will take me a while to work out! Anyway I thought I would review this little Mac item seeing as I am a Mac fan. Whilst on a weekend away for my birthday to Edinburgh I decided to treat myself to some new Mac items as you can't get them in my town. I went into Harvey Nichols for a browse (not a shop as too expensive) and spotted in the corner the Mac counter. There were plenty of ladies working in the Mac counter and to be honest they could put you off your purchases as they either pounce on you or ignore you if really busy and their makeup technique on themselves is a little frightening. So much so that they look like supporting acts for Lady Ga Ga. (So please don't let that put you off!).
*A bit about the powder and where to buy it*
The lady that served me who did look like a clown with her over the top eye shadow that had in fact smudged and the customer in front had to tell her! She explained the benefits on this powder that it was a low coverage powder to give a matte finish which could be used on top of the foundation or by itself. The Mac blurb sounds like a recipe ''luxurious face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural matte finish'' and low coverage to use to set foundation or touch up in the day
She showed me the mineralize powder colour range for it which came in 8 colours : light, light medium, medium, medium plus, medium dark, medium deep, deep dark and dark. It comes in a black box and then a black circular case with a clear lid to see the powder and is 10g costing £18. It doesn't come with a brush or powder puff. Mineralize is a range for Mac where you can buy this powder and also foundation, loose powders, blushers and eye shadows.
You can buy in the bigger department stores like Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser in the bigger towns or online from http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/. I didn't realise you could buy online so it must be something newish and it says if you buy online and spend £50 you get free postage/packaging. This is going to be fab for me personally with the nearest Mac store being in Newcastle which is not that near! If you buy in the department stores you can get offers though they aren't cheap. In Harvey Nichols you had to spend £90 to get the free gift and I stupidly even considered it though luckily thought better of it and just settled on this product and a make up brush which cost more than the powder!
As it was coming into spring time and I was a little pale I decided I wanted to bronze up my face a little on top of using my foundation. I had just updated my foundation to a Mineralize Mac one so thought I would get it some kind of bronzer from them. After the advice from Ga Ga the clown and looking at the colours I picked the medium plus which is mid range and probably much darker than I would normally go for considering I normally where ivory foundations. However it has been a good choice for me.
In putting on my make up I put my YSL touch éclat on then my Mac foundation and then this powder on top. I use the Mac makeup brush which cost a small fortune to apply the powder (though you could you a powder puff) and I find the coverage goes on well so that you don't know I have too much make up on but my skin looks and feels a little more 'glowy'. I can't fault the coverage aspect or the look as it is excellent and what I was looking for. I just like the extra smoothness it gives to my foundation to give me a more completed look. I do add on my Mac pink crème base to my cheeks on top too.
The only blip I have had with this powder is firstly I temporarily lost my brush and tried one of my cheaper ones and found the coverage was not working as well. This was luckily found two weeks later in my car of all places! I then had a disaster with the case and dropped it and the lid cracked off so it is now taped over to keep it in place.
Considering I use it everyday since I purchased it in March it has yet to run out. I think this is due to using the brush which makes sure you don't overuse the powder and gives you a finer coverage.
Once it runs out I will re-buy probably online when my foundation runs out too as I know I like the product. If buying for the first time though you are better going into the department store to look at the colour range as it isn't cheap at £18 and with there being 8 colours you need to know what look you are wanting and you can try it on.
I would have given this 5 stars as it is excellent but I had to buy an expensive Mac brush to apply it seeing as it came with no 'tools' and then I broke my case! But I will replace it when it runs out.
Summary: A nice little powder to top up your look