Mineralize Foundation Loose
We had to stifle a chuckle as we watched the M.A.C. salesperson bring out the testers for this loose-powder “mineral” foundation. They were in a black plastic bag, which was dusty with powder. As she removed each shade, even though all were capped, powder was everywhere. Therein is one of our major gripes about this type of makeup: it is incredibly messy unless it comes in a component that minimizes powder spill.
M.A.C’s packaging doesn’t quite cut it, but we’ve seen worse. In terms of performance, this wins points for its feather-light, mica-based texture that feels lighter than most loose mineral powders. Although this provides light to barely medium coverage, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. Shine is there, but definitely on the subtle side. This has a dry matte finish but still casts a soft glow on skin.
Among the nine shades, Light, Light Medium, and Medium are excellent. The middle range of colors—Medium Plus, Medium Deep, and Dark -- should be considered carefully. The Deeper Dark shade is a very good bronze tone for those who want a loose bronzing powder without a rosy cast. The cap for this foundation features a sponge for applying the makeup. It works decently, but a larger sponge or full (meaning dense) powder brush is preferred. All told, this is a fairly impressive entry into the ever-expanding category of mineral makeup.
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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