Mineralize Charged Water Revitalizing Energy
This toner is said to contain 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!
As it turns out, the minerals in this toner are fairly drying and potentially irritating, making it much less desirable. The fragrance ingredients (such as limonene and linalool) only add to the threat of irritation, potentially hurting skin’s healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen. The diamond powder may sound exciting, but it’s really just another way to add shine to skin-care products. The sparkling finish it leaves is likely what M.A.C. means when they state this toner adds radiance and enlivens skin.
Really the only beneficial ingredient in this toner is caffeine, but even that can become problematic when used in higher amounts, as is the case here. Bottom line: this isn’t a toner to seriously consider if your goal is improving your skin.
A fusion of Mineralize Charged Water and pure diamond powder. Instantly enlivens, energizes and revitalizes the skin while adding radiance. Keeps skin soft and supple. Refreshing green tea and citrus fragrance.
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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