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A reviewer’s love letter to MAC foundation and a look at their latest mineralized collection
Finding the right foundation LITERALLY changed my life and how I felt about myself. That seems like it might be an exaggeration, but thanks to MAC Cosmetics it’s absolutely true. Foundation (and concealer too) are so fundamental; and while they’re rarely exciting, getting the right one makes all the difference in the world. It’s like finding the perfect bra, or the perfect pair of jeans – it’s about discovering what really works for you.
Yet it’s a surprisingly difficult task. As with jeans and bras, many women are wearing the wrong size, or style, or color. It’s not that they want to, it’s just hard to find the perfect fit. Some gals just don’t know any better, some settle for things that are just ‘good enough’ and some get worn out trying to find the right match. But finding the right bra, or jeans, or foundation can be so satisfying and when it’s The One, you look and feel effortless.
After years of wearing the wrong finish and wrong color of foundation, I walked my butt over to the MAC counter and practically begged them to find me foundation and concealer. At the time, I felt absolutely terrible about my skin because I had cystic acne, hyperpigmentation and really oily skin. Everything seemed to melt off my face, and nothing seemed to hide my skin issues without making it obvious that I was trying to cover it up. I was tired of wearing products that felt heavy on my skin and oxidized and looked terrible.
And they did. It was practically a miracle. I looked like me. Not like a girl who was trying to cover up her acne, but ME. The shade was perfect, the finish was perfect, and the length of wear was amazing.
Since that day, I’ve tried my hardest to convince people to try MAC foundation, concealer, and powder. And I feel that MAC’s newest products are especially user-friendly. As a result, I was really excited to try out the Mineralize Concealer and Mineralize Foundation Loose Powder from the new Perfectly Finished collection.
Both the MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose Powder ($30) and Mineralize Concealer ($19) are designed to care for your skin while giving buildable coverage and a natural finish, in addition to providing nourishing minerals. While I’ve never been mineral-obsessed, I’m really happy what MAC’s Mineralize line is doing for my skin!
The Mineralize Foundation Loose Powder comes in a screw top jar with a sifter, and it’s very easy to swirl my brush around into the product before applying it onto my skin. I tested Medium, and had a pale friend test out Light. Both of us loved the length of wear (it held up even through a workout!) and the coverage.
It’s technically a powder foundation, not just a setting powder. It doesn’t feel too heavy, but it still helps hide redness and dark spots. And even though my friend is pink-toned and I’m yellow-toned, this powder worked well on both of us. My friend also has combination skin, while I have oily skin, and it tackled all of our skin problems equally well!
The Mineralize Concealer is also long-wearing, and is easy to apply with the brush-tip applicator. It is decently moisturizing, and has medium coverage as well. I tested out the NC35 and NW25 concealers (my skin tone is approximately NC30 at the moment). I would say that these concealers run a little darker than their foundations, so plan accordingly.
Honestly, these Perfectly Finished products have gotten me even more excited about MAC’s foundations, powders, and concealers. Even if you feel like your foundation is doing a decent job, I highly recommend that you go and get color matched at MAC, especially with these new products. Whether you wear foundation and/or concealer, I strongly recommend that you have MAC in your makeup bag.
we heartsters – have you found foundation and concealer nirvana at the MAC counter? Share your experience in the comments!
MAC Mineralize Perfectly Finished
nw15, nw20, nw25, nw30, nw35,
nw40, nw45, nw50, nc15, nc20,
nc30, nc35, nc42, nc45, nc50
$19 U.S./$22.50 CDN
Extra light, light, light plus,
Medium, medium plus, medium dark,
Medium deep, dark, dark deep
Suggested retail price
$30 U.S./$36.50 CDN
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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