I only got this as a sample, but i won't be buying it anyway. The smell is awful, even for mac. It doesn't moisture my skin, and settles into dry patches. On top of that, it broke me out, BAD.
First time trying a MAC foundation and I couldn't be more pleased! (The MUA at the mac counter was so helpful as well) I have very cool yellow tones as i'm quite a fair mixed race person and this matches my skin tone exactly! (NC42) I also have extremely dry skin that cracks easily and this not only gives fantastic/buildable coverage but it almost moisturises my skin as well and gives me an amazing dewy finish. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who's oily but if you're combination or dry this is definitely the one for you and a little goes a long way would definitely buy again :)
Pretty disappointed! Not only does this product lack a 'moisture' property, it makes dry skin even drier! (Ick!) I was recommended this product specifically because I have dry skin, and it does not do anything close to helping moisturize, it almost feels like it dries out my skin more. Also the lasting power is quite disappointing, even with a primer and setting powder. For a product that was quite expensive ($48) I expect a lot better! I love MAC so much and they usually do a great job on the foundation front, however I am quite disappointed. :(
The color range in this product is good. They didn't just stuff me with an NW45 as usual. I was fitted with an NW43. I have severely dry skin and many days I rub Vaseline on my face more than once to get some relief from the dryness. I was hoping this foundation would be as good as the NARS Sheer Glow with a little more affordable price tag. The coverage is very sheer in my opinion. Also I still look dry and not dewy after I apply/buff it in. My final compliant is that it's not moisturizing at all, I mean not even a little and it also doesn't last that long.
I was decently impressed with this foundation which I picked up about 2 weeks since I didn't have very high hopes for it as every MAC face product I have tried, I have hated with a burning passion, particularly Match Master foundation and the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder (crazy, I know lol). I bought this foundation in NC15 and the undertones were fairly neutral in it which was good in my case because I am usually an NW shade. I have really dry, dehydrated flaky skin and this gave my skin I very healthy, dewy look. I did powder it a bit and that didn't really seem to effect the dewy finish. One thing to note is that while the foundation is hydrating and has a naturally dewy finish, there is bit of shimmer in it which I didn't really appreciate it but I only noticed it under fluorescent lights looking very closely in a mirror so it isn't too offensive. The foundation lasted 8 hours on my skin, blotting once which is reasonable however due to my skin type, lasting power is rarely a problem. I didn't notice any breakouts from this foundation but everyone has different intolerances so you'd really have to try it for yourself to find out. My one irk was that I paid $46 for this foundation which given the prices I have paid for MAC foundations before, I feel that this one is priced unreasonably high. Based on my experiences and what I have read online, I would say that this foundation is best suited to those who have dry, normal or combination to dry skin and if you have oily skin or large pores this is definitely a foundation that will not work for you. I liked it, it isn't my absolute favourite but it is a solid foundation and one that I am happy to have in my collection. I will repurchase it.
I have combination skin so I was skeptical about buying a foundation with moisturizing properties....but wow this stuff is amazing! The moisturizing complex isn't very strong; it's just enough to prevent the finish from looking cakey. I use the mineralize skinfinish on top, along with fix+. I've tried countless other liquids and powders but this is a nice combo!
Unfortunately, I thought this would be like the mineralize satin finish that was discontinued a few years ago, but it is not. This seems to melt off my face after a few hours since it's so greasy, and oily. It's winter so I needed a more moisturizing foundation with good coverage, but this seems to emphasize pores and fine lines- who wants that. I'll finish it up but I will not repurchase it next winter.
I recently purchased the Mac Mineralize moisture foundation as I was hoping that this foundation would live up to its title as being a moisturizing foundation. For reference purposes, I am a proud 43 years young with light olive complexion that is mostly normal and relatively wrinkle-less except for some pesky lines on the forehead and around the corners of my eyes. I do have frustrating melasma on my forehead and sides of my face and a slight shadow on my top lip.
Colourwise, I am Mac NC 20 in Studiofix fluid which I have used and enjoyed for the coverage in concealing my melasma, but which I grew tired of because it is very thick and matt and accentuates lines.
The mac lady recommended the NC 25 in the mineralize as she said that the colours run lighter than the studiofix which is odd. I wish makeup companies would standardize the colours over the different ranges they offer.
I have 3 gripes with this foundation. Firstly, despite being in the yellow tones of Nc, it has a lot of peach undertones which do not suit my complexion. Secondly, this foundation accentuates my pores which no foundation as done before as I have very fine smooth skin and do not have large pores.
Finally, this foundation certainly adds moisture, but manages to achieve a wet, oily look even after a light dusting of powder. It just does not give a good finish and looks muddy and granular. I will not repurchase and do not recommend this foundation. I have returned to my trustee estee lauder double wear (but in the new colour rattan) and may give tge double wear light a try having road tested it recently and liking the coverage and flawless yet natural finish.
I've been wearing this for about two weeks now, and I think it's safe to say that I really like this product quite a bit! I'd been using Studio Fix Fluid for years and liked it ok, but was starting to feel that it was a bit heavy for me. I purchased the NW20, which is the shade that I use in Studio Fix. to my delight, the shade is perfect for me. I was nervous since I read that a lot of people had problems with oxidation and the product darkening once it was on the skin, but I have not experienced this. The color is perfect for me from beginning to end.
I like this product because it gives a medium coverage and looks very natural. I don't have much to cover up --just want to even out my reddish skin tone-- so I use a very small amount. A little seems to go a long way. I start with a freshly moisturized face, and use the MAC 187 brush to lightly apply all over my face. (I also use the 130 bush to get into the small areas, like the creases of my nose and around my eyes.) I let it sit on my skin for a bit, and make sure not to touch it while it dries. (If you touch your face while it's wet you can leave marks.) After a few minutes I use another 187 brush to dust MAC's mineralize skinfinish natural (medium plus) all over, to set. I find that this application gives me an amazing, glowy (but not too shiny), natural look which lasts all day. I really couldn't be happier with this product. I think it's going to take the place of the studio fix fluid.
This foundation is definitely not for people with oily or combination skin. I have dry skin and wanted a more dewy look which it does provide. I've had studio fix fluid in the past which is a good foundation but just far too matte for my skin. Girls I would suggest you don't use mac brushes to apply this foundation as it doesn't blend enough with their brushes....too much of the product sits on the skin surface and it looks cloggy. The best brush to go alongside this is Real Techniques expert face brush, if you apply with this it goes on really well and gives a lovely finish. I would recommend this to anyone with dry skin who wants more of a sheen finish. It's good medium coverage less than studio sculpt but similar in terms of finish.