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.
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.
I originally bought this product to see if it could take the place of my Bare Minerals Golden Medium, as an everyday face coverage product. I had run out of my bare minerals, and decided to try something new since i had been religiously using BM for almost 5 years.
I guess I was pretty naive to think that I could use this product as a type of foundation. I figured the application would be pretty heavy, but it's actually very lightweight -- which is why many people are saying it's great to use as a setting powder. It took me a while to figure that out, but i completely agree!
I was afraid that the color was too dark for my skintone -- my skin is on the lighter side of the olive/tan spectrum. But after a few tries, I think I was able to get the hang of it.
I would highly recommend this product for those of you who are looking for a nice, everyday light coverage, or for people looking for a nice setting powder. I wouldn't recommend packing on a couple layers to try and make a full coverage foundation out of it -- I learned the hard way. If you do that, it gets pretty cakey, too matte, and even made my skin look a bit dirty.
I swipe my face brush over the powder in a circle just once, and then lightly dab it over my concealer/ foundation/ what have you, in order to set it. For me, it has been working extremely well, and has helped my makeup stay on longer throughout the days.
I also have combination skin, and this product doesn't make me break out at all.
I also bought the MSFNatural in the color 'Dark', to try using it as a contour powder. I had previously been using other products such as NARS Laguna and BMinerals Warmth/Glee. So far, I find myself to be going through trial and error with that product until now. I've had it for about three months, and sometimes I get it right...while other times I don't. When I can't make it work, it can look very orange at times, which just doesn't flatter me at all. I guess that wouldn't really flatter anyone!! ahah But if you're willing to spend some extra pocket money, considering that you can always return your products, I wouldn't compeltely rule it out as a contour powder. It still has the same nice finish, and can leave your skin looking glowlingly beautiful.
Overall, I think the MSFN's are great products! I didn't have luck with them right off the bat, but after a few tries I can't imagine myself without them. If you are skeptical, I would just go ahead and give them a shot =]
I love this!!! I actually use MSF Natural in Medium Dark as a bronzer instead of a finishing powder or foundation. I'm somewhere between NC25-30 in the summer, so this adds the perfect golden glow to my skin without being shimmery, orangey, or dirty looking.
Also the price is pretty good considering I usually pay about $30 for BB bronzer, which I find to make my face look dirty and to be too red/orange. My only gripe is that there is no mirror. But other than that I'l keep rebuying it!