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Product Review: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

I think MAC comes out with a new makeup collection more often than I sanitize my shower, but hey, that's not a terrible thing, is it? The latest launch to catch my eye is the Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($26.50). The compact contains finely milled, baked face powder; about 75% is matte, and the rest is softly shimmery.

The idea is that you can use the matte powder on most of your face, then highlight cheekbones with the light-reflecting, shimmery powder. Swirling a brush around the whole compact leads to a too-shiny look for me, but with a stippling brush, it's easy to apply only the matte or shimmery finish. I like how the matte powder seems to sink into my skin, leaving no telltale trace; it just looks like skin, which is ideal. The shimmer is definitely more dramatic, so use it sparingly. I like to use it under the eyes after applying concealer, because it reflects light and hides puffiness. To find out what doesn't work so well,

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The pigment particles are so fine that they blend into skin easily, but there's a drawback: Whenever I wear dark clothing with this powder, I inevitably look down and see a subtle glimmer on my hands and outfits. It's not super-flashy, but — well, you know I like to tell you these things.


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ingenue01 ingenue01 7 years
I had a lukewarm reaction to this until I tried it. If you find your correct shade (which is likely MUCH DARKER than your regular foundation/powder colors) it's a pretty amazing product. It combines medium coverage with subtle shimmer... and honestly it looks great even on my oily skin. I usually stay FAR away from shimmer, 'cause I just end up looking oily. But this really works. I have to say that I use it everyday around the sides of my face, with blotting powder in the T-zone. I'm a convert, even though MAC had to drag me kicking and screaming! I understand that they may not keep it, so I've already gone online and ordered a stack of compacts.
jennellc85 jennellc85 7 years
http://www.maccosmetics.com/templates/products/sp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY15108&PRODUCT_ID=PROD1469 the iridescent/pressed powder in belightful is pretty much the same thing. i love it. i use it has a highlighter, eyeshadow, anywhere i want a little shimmer.
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
Eh i'll pass. I still have plenty of my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural compact left. I'm happy with it.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Mythai, I just used a generic stippling brush.
Swen Swen 7 years
I like the concept of this, but I just don't see how the shimmer won't end up mixing in with the matte side.
minglee minglee 7 years
I saw this yesterday @ MAC I'm still wondering if I should get it... It seems cool i guess i can try it 1st !!!
mythai mythai 7 years
What brush did you use? The compact is a little to small for my usual powder brush.
lovealways lovealways 7 years
MAC really does come out with too many collections! I feel jaded by all of them. It's been a long time since I actually checked out any of their new stuff.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 7 years
I am definitely getting one of the New View MSFs...
nals33 nals33 7 years
I'm a little scared to try MAC products again. I use to use MAC a few years back. But since then, my skin's gotten to be a bit more tempermental & sensitive...so I'm sticking to gentler cosmetic lines..but, if my skin wasn't so sensitive, I'd definitely try this powder out! It seems like a perfect combo!
emalove emalove 7 years
I've not really interested in this, I feel like the shimmer particles would get mixed in with the matte powder side...I don't love shimmery face powders as it is. But I did recently buy one of the Mineralize Shadow Duos in Odd Couple and I LOVE it!
Catryse Catryse 7 years
i've been eyeing this since it launch and since i already have the sculpt and shape and dont know if i really want another powder w/ shimmer.
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