MAC Unsung Heroes: Mineralize Foundation/Loose

Seriously, what a difference 10-minute makeup can make!

This powder is So. Dang. Good.

I don’t think it’s as overall epic as MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, because that’s just… Well, it ticks off all the boxes, and I’m not gonna go there again because I know I talk about it all the time, so I won’t put you through that again. 🙂 But Mineralize Foundation/Loose provides more coverage than MAC Next to Nothing and MAC Blot, but less than MAC Studio Fix Loose. Basically, it has the same magical “your skin but better” mana that Mineralize Skinfinish Natural has, but with a tad more coverage.

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—–> Fantastic for when you need a quick base

Never cake-y, never heavy, never overly shiny or overly matte, it’s phenomenal at controlling oil (although, if you have an oil slick situation, by mid-morning you’ll probably do better if you use something like MAC Blot instead). The main difference between Mineralize Foundation/Loose and MSF Natural is the level of coverage, as the loose version is straight-up medium coverage, and the pressed version is sheerer, but still build-able up to medium.

Technically, it’s a foundation, and you can wear it by itself, which is really handy for quick makeup looks, but I also think it looks lovely on top of a sheer tint or a BB or CC cream.

I would love Mineralize Foundation/Loose even more if it wasn’t only available in seven bizarrely staggered shades. It’s just so wonky… MSF Natural comes in 17 shades, so what’s the deal with only seven shades of Mineralize Foundation/Loose? And the steps between the the shades make absolutely no sense to me. I’m a MAC NC42 and wear Medium Deep, but the next darker shade, Medium Dark, is like three shades darker than that and super orange.

I don’t get it, but I hope you find a match, because if you do, I think you’ll fall in love.

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Wearing the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyehadow Palette, MAC Coffee liner, MAC Gingerly blush, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Burnt Spice, and MAC Dazzleglass in Tangerine Tropica

This has just enough coverage for most situations, and it never looks thick or obviously powdery, even when you touch up throughout the day.

That said, if you’re going to take it with you for touch-ups, you’ll probably want to transfer a little to a smaller jar for travel, because the packaging is a pain in the butt-tooski. And whatever you do, don’t pull the sticker that covers the holes on the sifter all the way back, because if you do, you’ll get powder all over the place when you open the jar. Either poke a few small holes through the sticker with a safety pin, or pull it back just a tiny bit (that’s what I do). That way you can tap a little on the inside of the lid, and pick up just what you need with a brush or sponge from there.

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Don’t remove that sticker all the way!

I have combo dry/oily skin and get occasional breakouts, and I’ve read a lot of reviews by people with sensitive skin who also really like this, too, because it doesn’t make their breakouts worse.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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