Mineralize Charged Water Face And Body Lotion
This fragrance-free moisturizer is said to contain super-charged water, which is supposedly better at providing immediate hydration to skin. First, in cosmetics, water is water. Your skin cannot tell the difference between charged and uncharged water, and there’s no regulation or agreed-upon definition as to what constitutes “charged” water. M.A.C. seems to think charging water with minerals will help, but in truth minerals have minimal benefit for skin when applied topically. They’re best ingested, where the body utilizes various enzymes to allow the minerals to function properly. This simply doesn’t happen on skin; even if it did, this moisturizer doesn’t contain any minerals!
When it comes to hydration, water alone won’t do it. In fact, too much water is bad for skin because excess water breaks down skin’s protective barrier, allowing essential substances to escape. Luckily, this moisturizer contains more than water to do its job. It’s a good, lightweight blend of helpful (and hydrating) ingredients best for normal to slightly dry or combination skin. M.A.C. includes a good mix of antioxidants and a couple of repairing ingredients. The diamond powder is pure gimmick; its only benefit is adding shine, but shine isn’t skin care (though you may like the sparkling finish). This moisturizer works well under makeup, assuming you want to add shine to your routine.
An "everywhere" lotion that fuses diamond powder with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology to give immediate hydration to the skin. Rich, yet gentle, leaves skin soft and supple while strengthening its overall capacity for moisture. Fragrance-free.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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