Monday, 28 June 2010

A Review: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) Natural
Light Medium

What Do I Think?
You may have noticed on the right hand side of my blog I've listed my 'daily essentials', and at some point I will be doing a more detailed, dedicated post to my 'daily arsenal' of products. I realised that I've individually reviewed the majority of the products on my list, but hadn't done so for this MAC product, which I use every single day without fail. MAC describe this as 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". Especially now the weather is warmer, this product comes into its own, it's the perfect partner for a light summer foundation/tinted moisturiser, or even used alone over moisturiser and SPF for a light coverage. I can't stand that cakey effect that some powders give, and thankfully I have never experienced that with the MSF Natural, and I can't see that it would be possible unless you really layered it on with a trowel! It has such a nice finish and natural looking effect on the skin, it mattifies excess shine but still allows your natural skin and 'glow' to show through. I would say the coverage of this is light to medium, but the beauty of it is that you can use as much or as little as you like, to achieve the desirable results that you want. It doesn't irritate the skin - I sometimes get itchy or irritated skin from mineral/powder products - and if anything I would say it helps to calm redness/existing irritation. Also, I'm super duper pale, but I'm not the lightest shade - hallelujah - I use 'light medium', and think the shades offered cover a pretty good range of skintones. I have experienced all skin types through pregnancy, and I can safely say that whether oily, normal or dry, this product has worked perfectly on my skin. I honestly wouldn't be without this product, and as much as I probably overlook it in terms of thinking about how good a product it is, if I suddenly couldn't have it, I'd probably cry (well, that's a given at the moment, silly hormones!).

Where Is It Available?
MAC products are available instore and online from MAC stores and counters, for more stockist info check out their website.

How Much Does It Cost?
This retails for £18.00, and I would say with medium daily use (obviously the amount used will vary from person to person) these last for approx. six months - although, having said that, I'm only my second one in just over a year.

Would I Recommend It?
Yes, yes, yes! This has been an absolute must have in my daily routine for ages now, in fact, I can't believe I haven't used it for longer! I remember buying it after the Barry M Bloggers Event because everyone was so shocked that I didn't use it already...boy am I glad for all those recommendations, which I'm now passing on to anyone else who hasn't tried it!

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  1. I had this on my to-buy list when I buy from MAC in a few days, and then took it off thinking I probably didn't need it. But now it's back on! Great review, it really helped me realize that I probably should get it! Thanks

  2. I'm glad it works for you but I find it's too pink for my skintone (NC30) - weird. It's one of the few products that I don't like (sorry).

  3. Great review - I'll be getting this when one of my current powders finishes! Powder is one of my can't live without products - my skin gets so, so shiny without it! x

  4. @Jennifer: I'm sure it's not for everyone, as @CafeBellini's comment shows, but I just really, really love it (can you tell?!), so I would definitely recommend you check it out :) I'll be your enabler!

    @LilyLipstick: Same here, without powder it's an oily nightmare - although, pregnancy has tamed it a little, but I'm sure that won't last!



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