MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
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MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

mac mineralize skinfinish naturalMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan and a Chanel travel0size face brush

I’ve been wearing the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powders for years, and hands down, they’re one of my favorite things about the line.

MAC has a looot of face powders, and I think many of them are rock solid performers (see: MAC Blot and Careblends Pressed), but if you and I were at a counter at this very moment, and you asked me, “What’s your favorite, best-of-the-best, most natural-looking, comfortable MAC face powder available now?” I’d say one thing: the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals.

mac mineralize skinfinish naturalMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan ($32)

Depending on which color you choose, you can use the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural line of baked pressed mineral powders for a number of different things, like cutting down on shine, evening out your skin tone, blurring pores, bronzing, and setting your foundation and/or concealer.

They have a semi-matte finish and a moderate amount of pigment, but they can be sheered down. They’re available in the permanent line in 15 shades for $32 each.

In MAC parlance, I’m an NC42, and I have combination skin that ventures between oily and dry. I wear the color Medium Tan as my face setting powder daily, and I also use Give Me Sun sometimes as a bronzer.

mac mineralize skinfinish medium tanMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan on my NC42 skin

I love so many things about this powder! — but I’m going to try to keep this short (yeah right, Karen), because otherwise we’d be here ’til next Tuesday. 🙂

The gist of it is this: in powder-land, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is my current favorite powder across the board — not just from MAC — for casual, dewy, natural-looking skin.

mac mineralize skinfinish naturalWearing MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan with Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum

I’ve worn it for everyday makeup looks, big events, pictures, HD video, daytime work meetings, dinner dates and taking Rosie out for her walks, and I think it looks just as good on camera as it does in real life. Unlike many pressed powder formulas, the Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals look more like loose powders than pressed powders when they’re sitting on the skin.

After having taken a zillion pictures over the years, I think that loose powders generally look better than pressed powders in person and in pics — softer, I guess. Less like makeup and more like real skin. But MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural bucks that trend. When I wear it, my skin looks even toned, smooth, and it doesn’t look shiny (nor does it look severely matte). The powder also doesn’t look super obvious.

The effect reminds me of Chanel’s Loose Powder, which is absolutely beautiful, but Chanel’s powder is also 1) much more expensive ($52 vs. $32 for this), 2) available in fewer shades.

mac mineralize skinfinish naturalLove this powder!

With the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals, a little goes a long way. I’ve used mine almost daily for a year, and I’ve barely put a dent in it. It doesn’t oxidize either (darken) on my skin throughout the day, so the color stays true, and it blends beautifully. It also doesn’t emphasize any textured areas (damn those dry patches!) or trigger breakouts, while simultaneously managing to look amazing no matter what I wear it with.

When I first started wearing it, I was all about pairing Mineralize Skinfnish Natural with MAC Face & Body, but these days I like wearing it on top of MAC Lightful CC Cream, MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof or Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum. Seriously, I think you can pair it with anything.

Now, I don’t recommend it if you have extremely oily skin, because the finish may not be matte enough for you. If that’s the case, I suggest either MAC Blot, or doing a 50/50 blend of Blot with Mineralize.

Mac mineralize skinfinish natural

I do think that packaging is kind of a pain in the @ss. I much preferred the older packaging with the clear tops, because I was able to see the color right away. Plus, my t-rex claws have a hard time opening the updated compacts! I think they use a magnetic closure, which isn’t easy to open when I have lotion or foundation on my hands.

In the grand scheme of things, however, these are minor quibbles. Overall, I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to bits. Wearing it is almost like cheating! When I wear it, I get many more compliments on my skin, and I’m like, “Dude! It’s smoke and mirrors. MAC Mineralize is doing all the heavy lifting.”

You can find the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powders now in the permanent line at MAC counters, stores and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

The MAC Unsung Heroes series (a subset of my regular Unsung Makeup Heroes series) features some of my all-time favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection

  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Texture Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Saddle Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Cork Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Fleur Power Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Costa Riche Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Chicory Lip Pencil
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Smoked Almond Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Half ‘n Half Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Chili Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Coffee Eye Pencil
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Burnt Spice
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Foundation/Loose
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Giddy Lustre Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Amorous Alloy Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Texture Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Prep Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Saddle Eyeshadow
  • Unsung Heroes: MAC In Extra Dimension Waterproof Mascara
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Minted Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Cork Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Oh My Mocha Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick in Lilacked
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Satin Taupe Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: High Tea Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Blooz Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Fleur Power Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Layin’ Low Paint Pot
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Constructivist Paint Pot
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Prep Prime Fix
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Persistence Matte Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Costa Riche Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: The Studio Chromagraphic Pencils
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Brun Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Reflects Antique Gold Glitter
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Style Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Shaping Powder in Lightsweep
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Era Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Bronze Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Honey Lust Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Sun Rush Lustre Drops
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Nice Buzz Plushglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: 33 Lash
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Shale Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Harmony Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Careblends Pressed Powder
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Fulfilled Plushglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Bamboom Paint
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Sublime Nature Paint
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Face and Body Foundation
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Prunella Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: The 239 Eye Shader Brush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Greensmoke Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Ample Pink Plushglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Indianwood Paint Pot
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Bare Study Paint Pot
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Rubenesque Paint Pot
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Tarnish Eye Kohl
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Big Baby Plushglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Kohl Power Pencil Liner in Feline
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Format Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Ambering Rose Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose in Silver Dusk
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose in Golden Bronze
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: C-Thru Lipglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eye Shadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Viva Glam V Lipglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Loud & Lovely Cremesheen Glass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Viva Glam VI Lipglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Breezy Sheertone Shimmer Blush
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Care Blends Essential Oils, Grapefruit Chamomile
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Prep Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Right Image Cremesheen Glass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Modesty Cremesheen Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Double Dare Cremesheen Lipglass
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Bamboo Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Sandy B Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Club Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Uniform Technakohl Liner
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Sweet Satisfaction Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Red Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Lady Danger Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Tempting Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Ruby Woo Lipstick
  • MAC Unsung Heroes: Retrospeck Eyeshadow

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  • Sherry says

    September 16th, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Karen, I must find out what lipstick you’re wearing in that picture. It’s such a pretty matte pink!! It reminds me a bit of MAC Please Me, but I think I might be wrong. It looks so pretty on you!!

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    • Karen says

      September 16th, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Sherry!

      It’s MAC Runway Hit!

      Reply

  • Anne says

    September 17th, 2021 at 8:09 am

    I tried this years ago, but found it to be too dewy for my liking, but over the years my preferences (and skin) have changed, so I might need to give it another go!

    Reply

  • Kim says

    September 17th, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Looks like a great finish. But, OMG on the lashes. 🙂 I always remember when they pulled out a clump, which has kept me from trying them myself. They’d never grow back at my age!!

    Reply

  • Brigid Johnson says

    September 17th, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I ordered some – not worn a powder in years but this finish could change my mind. Currently, I’m currently just wearing as a base a dab of Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer mixed with 2-3 drops of Honula Youth Serum.

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