Thursday, February 20, 2014

REVIEW: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark

Today, I'm going to be reviewing the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in the shade Medium Dark. If you are even slightly addicted to makeup, then you'll know that this product is a cult favorite. Many people have raved about this, but does it live up to the hype for me? Keep on reading to find out!


WHAT IT CLAIMS: 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. 

WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT: Having a combo/oily skin type, setting my foundation with powder is a must. However, I was getting quite bored of the whole extremely matte face. I wanted to use a light powder on top of my regular setting powder to add some luminosity to my face so that it wouldn't appear dead on matte and unnatural. I got the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural because I have come across countless rave reviews on how it's the best setting powder for both oily and dry skinned folks. 

The face powder comes in a huge compact. You get loads of product and that is always a plus when it's expensive. The packaging is standard MAC, however I wish it came with a mirror so that it would be more suitable for travel. 

This powder provides very low coverage, therefore making it a suitable daily setting powder. I certainly wouldn't use this on my face alone since it doesn't provide anywhere near the type of the coverage I like from my face products. It contains a very, very subtle sheen to it which provides a subtle glow to the face. Ir prevents your foundation from looking extremely matte and dull, as most powders do. 

On my combination to oily skin, it keeps excess oil at bay for about 4 hours after which I can see some more than natural shine peaking through. I definitely need to keep retouching if I decide to use this powder throughout the day. 

The only thing that irks me about the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder is that it oxidizes on me! Within an hour of applying this, it gets darker and a bit orange-y on my face. Despite adding luminosity to my face, it looks horrible on me once it's oxidized. This is the only problem I have with this powder. If it didn't oxidize on my combination/ oily skin, I'd keep on repurchasing this because otherwise, it's ticks all the boxes for me. 

The shade Medium Dark is slightly darker for my NC35 skintone, although it's barely noticeable since I only use a light dusting of this powder. I imagine the shade Medium Plus would be a better fit for me. 

PRICE AND AMOUNT: This is priced at USD $30 and you get 10 grams of product. 

AVAILABILITY: This is available on Folks in Pakistan can get this from facebook stores such as Makeup & Accessories and Rouge


-It adds luminosity to the skin 

-You get loads of product 

-It keeps your excess shine at bay 

-It doesn't oxidize on you 

-It sets your foundation beautifully 


-It is expensive 

-It oxidizes on you 

OVERALL VIEW: I am extremely upset that the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural oxidizes on me because otherwise, it ticks all the boxes as my holy grail setting powder. I imagine dry skinned people won't have a problem with this product oxidizing on them. If you're looking for a low coverage setting powder that also adds a subtle, natural sheen to your face, then I highly suggest you check this powder out. However, if you're prone to your foundation oxidizing on you or are of a combination/oily skin type, then I suggest that you first test this out before you purchase it, if it's possible. 

Have you tried the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural? What do you think of it? 

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  1. I love having a subtle sheen on my face... nice review and a great product.. :)

  2. Sounds amazing but yes its expensive too....nice review....xoxoxo....:)

  3. Hmm, this one isn't for me if it oxidizes.