I love this product. It looks amazing on my skin, giving it a really nice finish. It doesn't look flat at all, it gives your base a really nice dimension to it. It wears really well, lasting all day on my skin. I wear it over studio tech foundation and my skin looks airbrushed. And you get quite a bit of product, so it's going to last me for quite some time!
UPDATE #3 (11/28/2012)
Looking back I probably should have added dates to my 'updates'. Just for reference the below updates were from 2010. So after all this time I repurchased MSFN, I just couldn't let go!!! My skin has changed quite a bit in the past two years, much of which is due to my hormonal imbalance. Anywho I started incorporating Evening Primrose Oil and my hormonal acne (chin and cheek cysts) stopped appearing, so now i'm not so sure if MAC MSFN was actually the culprit after all...
I used MSFN again for about two weeks straight and noticed three things-
1: I have dry skin. Period. For some odd reason when I wear this for an 8-hour work day my face is melting off by 6pm!
2: It OXIDIZES. When applying it in the morning it matches my skin perfectly but after 4+ hours my face turns orange.
3: I did get a few small bumps on places I usually don't breakout like on my forehead and lower cheek but no cysts!...The good thing is was long as I cleaned my face at night thoroughly, the bumps would subside
I ended up returning this and purchasing Sephora's Microsmooth Powder which I LOVE. The color I use is called Mat Tan
UPDATE #2: Yep this definitely breaks me out and I'm pissed about it. Oh, I also don't use Clinique anymore as their foundations cause me to break out also. If anyone can recommend something similar that does not have Bismuth Oxychloride please let me know!
UPDATE #1: Soo I'm not sure if my breakouts were from hormones or this product but I think I may have to try one more time!!! I recently bought Iman's luxury pressed powder (clay medium& clay medium dark) & second to none semi-loose powder and it's just not the same. Maybe I haven't perfected how to use it yet but so far MAC is still the winner. I wear this alone unless i'm going somewhere special & need extra coverage. Then i'll use my clinique supermoisture in honeycomb and dust this on top. Anywho..update coming soon.
I love this product (medium dark)..but I think it's the culprit for these tiny bumps on my cheeks :( I put on my usual face moisturizer and then apply this with my kabuki brush & i'm done.
I notice when I exfoliate it really makes my face glow...This is almost HG but I want to try something else that doesn't irritate my skin.
i really wanted to be on the mineralized foundation bandwagon, but unfortunately, mineral makeup keeps kicking me off..! my first experience was with BE, and that stuff gave me cystic acne along my jawline. so, i decided to try MAC's mineralized skinfinish natural. i used this everyday to work last week, and i broke out with milia (tiny white pimples like baby acne) all along my chin. i didn't wear any foundation at all over this past weekend, and my chin cleared up right away. today, i've gone back to my regular MAC studio fix powder which i've used for years and has never failed me. (and no milia!) i'm sad that my face doesn't like mineral makeup. *pouts* i gave the mineralized skinfinish 3 lippies, tho', because i really loved the color and sheer coverage it provided; it just didn't work for my face.
I LOVE this product, this is the best pressed powder I have used for my face. I'm a huge fan of mineral products, and this did not fail me at all. I definitely would not use this on its own for foundation subsitute, but this is the perfect setting agent for my mac face and body foundation. I use face and body in C4, and using this on top of it with either a flat top buffer brush or a powder brush sets my look perfectly and gives it a glowy/flawless look that lasts all day! I can see why MAC advertises this combination that I use as their HD look. I tried to set my liquid foundation with estee lauder translucent powder and while i didn't mind it, i much prefer the look that i get with using MSF. i love the packaging, and while it's a bit pricy ($25) I think it's more than worth it, and i can tell this will last me forever. I would definitely purchase this again and again and i hope they never discontinue it!
Sadly, this did not work for me. =( When the SA found my color match and tested it on my face, it looked absolutely wonderful! I loved the coverage and the way it gave my skin a radiant, healthy glow. But when I went home, I started to notice my face getting itchy but didn't think much of it. That night, I went through my normal cleansing/toning/moisturizing ritual but the next morning, I had pimples! I had two HUGE red ones on my cheeck and a bunch of tiny annoying ones on my chin. I am 21 years old and haven't broken out like this since I was in high school. So I checked the ingredient list on the box and sure enough: TALC was the main ingredient. The last time I had a serious breakout like this was back in high school when I was using MAC Studio Fix, which also lists Talc as its main ingredient. (The only difference is that back then, I wasn't smart enough to discontinue use.) I was completely misled by this product as it is called "Mineralize Skinfinish Natural." I assumed this meant that it was only comprised of true minerals. When I went to Macy's to return it, the SA was shocked that it contained Talc and she even scrutinized the box to make sure. Apparently, she was also under the impression that this was a true mineral powder. Interestingly enough, I checked the ingredients on some of the other products from the MAC Mineralize line, and nearly all of them also contain Talc. Although my skin can handle this ingredient in eyeshadows and blush, any full-coverage product with Talc as the first ingredient makes my skin a little crazy. MAC will always be one of my favorite cosmetic brands, but I am baffled as to why they would falsely advertise mineral make up. I will never be able to tear myself (and my money) away from MAC lipsticks and eyeshadows. But when it comes to foundation and face powder, I will stick with my Mark Powderbuff Natural Skin Foundation and Coastal Scents Silk Cover Mineral Foundation.
I love this product. It makes me look like I'm not wearing makeup, that's how natural it looks. I think this may be due to its really sheer coverage, but it has a "natural matte finish" so it really does look natural.
Very versatile! I use it with a buffer brush (everyday minerals) to set foundation and have it on me throughout the day to touch up or blot my oily t-zone. Applying this with or without fix plus over a tinted moisturizer and concealer gives me a radiant light coverage perfect for work without looking too made up. I don't recommend this product for those looking for heavy coverage. I only wish it came with a mirror!!!
Light coverage, nice finish...for about an hour after that it looks like an oil slick. When I use a napkin to blot most of the product comes off and I become splotchy. I also use Dark as a bronzer and that color becomes extreamly oxidized and super orange-y.
I got this product coz I needed 2 try somethin new other than my normal powder, so here is my review:
- as I have combination 2 oily skin, this product is amazing as it mattifies my skin & help reduce the oil.
- so pigmented and easy 2 apply.
- if used combined with MAC meniralized foundation will provide u the perfect velvety finish, no oil or shine at all.
- as it own, it can b used as a foundation f ur lookin for a ligh coverage.
***Hate it 4:
- Im an NC35 so I guess that I got a darker tone than I needed, & the same as most minereliazed products, it tends to get darker through out the day, so I end up 2 to 3 shades darker than my original skin tone.
- very light coverage. continued >>
I've never used powder that much, as i have quite dry skin, although when i was on the MAC site i saw this and noticed it has quite good reviews. I was getting a brush set so the brush wasn't a problem, and thought it would be good to 'set' my foundation. This stuff is amazing. Its so light and natural! It can be used on its own or as a set or top, and it leaves a matte finish which looks really nice. Its quite expensive for a powder, although it's a good branded item.