Would it surprise you to learn that this concealer doesn’t contain any “mineral” ingredients beyond the standard cosmetic pigments (mica, iron oxides) that show up in thousands of makeup products? If it does, then please know that mineral makeup isn’t anything special; it’s just a marketing term that has become overused by the cosmetics industry. This liquid concealer with a brush applicator has a fairly even mix of pros and cons.
On the plus side is a long-wearing matte finish that’s minimally prone to creasing. Another gold star goes to the shades, as most are wonderfully neutral and include options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones. The only shades to avoid include the peachy NW30 and orange-ish NC60, and you should consider NW35 carefully, if at all.
On the minus side, this has so little slip that blending must be quick and even then it can be tricky because the formula tends to drag over skin, even when applied over a smooth foundation. Also an issue is the coverage, which tends to be spotty while the finish is on the dry side so this magnifies fine lines (it isn’t even a little bit creamy). It’s an OK concealer for use on breakouts or minor redness, but isn’t one of M.A.C.’s best options for use around the eyes or to conceal dark discolorations.
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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