Mineralize Timecheck Lotion part of the brand's lineup of "Charged Water" products for the skin. While the claims surrounding that ingredient are overblown, this formula's performance is not, as it serves as a good moisturizer and primer for normal to dry skin. See the More Info section for the info on special water in cosmetics.
The good news is that there are plenty of other ingredients in this lightweight gel-lotion that make it a winner. It's housed in a thick, frosted glass pump container that will keep its beneficial ingredients stable (though for maximum benefit, this should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, as the frosted glass is clear). Going on, this certainly feels refreshing, and it sinks into skin, drying to a lightly dewy finish, making this best for normal to dry skin.
Thanks to the film-forming agents this contains, it does appear to blur and fill pores and fine lines as claimed, but those agents don't make skin feel tight. Instead, it feels lightly moisturizing. If you have very dry skin, you'll likely need something a bit more on the heavy-duty side.
Back to those good ingredients: This boasts beneficial emollients like shea and mango butters, plenty of antioxidants (most of them from algae extracts), as well as moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate and other skin-identical ingredients. All of these can serve to help repair skin, backing up MAC's anti-aging claims. Note: while this does have yeast extract, and that can serve as an antioxidant, there's nothing special about this "mineral-rich" variety that makes it particularly effective for helping your complexion.
This also works remarkably well as a foundation primer, allowing makeup to glide across skin. It both improves the wear time of makeup and makes it appear smoother.
In fact, the only drawback is that this includes a very minor amount of fragrance. You can't smell it, but it's something to keep in mind if you have very sensitive skin. Otherwise, Mineralize Timecheck Lotion is one of MAC's best products yet!
About that Charged Water: Water is water when it comes to cosmetics, whether or not it's "charged" with minerals as MAC claims. That doesn't mean that the water MAC uses is bad, it's just that it isn't any different than regular water as it's all purified in the same way in terms of adding to a cosmetic formula. Charged Water doesn't have much of an impact one way or the other on your skin, but we'll admit it sounds neat. Besides, water alone, charged or not, cannot moisturize skin.
Mineralize Timecheck Lotion utilizes ingredients that fight against time. The addition of a new innovative polymer technology also creates the optical illusion of blurred lines and wrinkles, while helping to shrink the look of pores. Formulated with our signature Charged Water Technology to saturate skin with short- and long-term hydration and Mineral-Rich Yeast Extract to nourish and redensify the complexion with a blend of essential minerals. Delivered in a unique gel-lotion formula that feels like a cooling, refreshing splash of water. Can be applied as a primer for makeup that glides like silk on top.
Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-1, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsequioxane Crosspolymer, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Centaurium Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Yeast Extract, Caffeine, Ceramide 3, Ethyhexylglycerin, Trehalose, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phophate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alcaligenes Polysacchirides, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Magnesium Chloride, Rhodochrosite, Beeswax, Diamond Powder, Laureth-9, Laureth-23, Silica, Silica Silylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Phosphate, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate.
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.
The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.
Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!