“An innovative, gorgeous new formula, full of extraordinary benefits. Its lightweight lush texture feeds skin instantly with mineral-rich nourishing hydration, all day long. The uniquely creamy fluid, ideal for dry skin, blends beautifully, providing light-to-medium buildable coverage. Features our 77-Mineral Complex including Shea Butter, emollients and conditioning extracts to keep the face soft and supple.” – MAC
Mineralize Moisture is MAC’s “no makeup” foundation.
This is actually my first MAC product! Whilst abroad one of the first things I did was run to the closest MAC counter and ask for help. Since my skin is a combination (oily nose / dry cheeks) and I wanted something with a natural dewy finish the MUA recommended the Mineralize, first she removed my barely there makeup (holiday = rest from makeup) and prepped my skin.
She applied the “Fix+ mist”, then the “prep and prime” (to even out the redness) and applied the “colour NC25” with a flat brush, she added a little concealer and finished with Mineralizing powder and a bit of highlighter.
My skin looked flawless it was bf approved, so of course I asked help finding a blush… (which I bought) but that’s for another review…
This was taken about 30 mins after my visit at the counter, whilst we was off exploring the city. As you can see it’s a really natural no make up look with just a touch of mascara…
I adore the way this product is packaged. I love that the pump screws to open and also really cuts down on product wastage.
The glass bottle doesn’t bother me (I’m used to using clinique’s super-balanced which is also in a glass bottle) it has a nice weight to it, not to heavy but feels sturdy.
“A combination of powders creates an optical blurring effect that virtually diminishes imperfections and fine lines, for a more even tone. The light-reflecting, natural satin finish makes skin appear refined, revitalized and refreshed with a new purity, softly lit from within. SPF 15 adds the perfect finishing touch of sun protection. Features our 77-Mineral Complex, Shea Butter and Vitamin E.” – MAC
The formula feels weightless on my skin, ingredients like shea butter, tocopherol and glycerin gives the foundation a hydrating dewy finish which lasts all day.
APPLICATION / SWATCH
As you can see from the above swatch the texture is a very light fluid, and when blended into the skin it leaves this gorgeous radiant dewy finish… It’s so very smooth and covers any redness or blotches on my hand…
so this was the hardest part, when I wanted to re-create the look the next day back in the hotel I attempted using my fingers (like I always do with my foundation) which I didn’t really like the outcome from, but no fear I also have a flat foundation brush! So the next day I tried again… Flat brush still didn’t cut it and the application was not exactly how I liked.
Basically this process has been going on for nearly 3 weeks, I have eliminated a sample I was using of skincare, I bought the “Fix+ Mist” I bought a new primer (I prob should have gone for the prep and prime but I wanted to try out Smashbox) and I bought a MAC Duo fiber 187 brush which I was recommended to use at a different counter.
I have to say I am still sitting on the fence as to whether or not I like this foundation. At times application can be streaky, and combining all of the above products I have gotten the best application so far… Still not quite as good as it was on the day the MUA did it for me.
So my current process is:
Make sure I have used my daily microfoliant scrub (this foundation will find any patch or flake of dry skin).
Apply fixing mist.
Apply smash box primer.
Use 2/3 pumps of foundation into the duo fiber brush and blend into skin.
Apply the tiniest amount of powder (this foundation hates being dry)
I love how it looks on most of my face, the only area I am really having difficulty is my nose and the inner areas of my cheeks, this foundation is a bitch for settling in pores! I never considered my pores to be defined until I met this foundation.
I really want to believe in this product! I really want to be able to apply it the way it was the day it was done. I am coming to the conclusion that the only reason it looked good was because the MUA had removed my makeup and with it my skincare. I am sure that it would be better if my skincare routine was more simple, yet that’s one thing I refuse to change.
I love how my skin looks radiant and dewy and healthy everywhere except my nose which just looked spotted with foundation. I have finally come to the conclusion that I will need to use a dab of my trusty Super-Balanced on my nose. and blend into the Mineralized everywhere else.
I want to love this foundation but its really hard when it’s got so many steps to look good… I am actually considering buying the prep and prime, but I have now easily spent more on items to “help” the foundation than on the actual foundation. I have to admit they was also on my mind to buy but I definitely felt pushed to buy since I was desperate to make the foundation perfect.
Since I’m so unconvinced I think I will have to give this product only three stars!
The plus points for this foundation is that I do find it long lasting, and the finish is beautiful (apart from the problem area). The colour is a great match, and I feel like my skin is kept hydrated and smooth.
How far do you go to make a product work?
Love Steph x