The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Extension Collection: The Power of a Powder Without Looking or Feeling Too Dry

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Extension Collection (L-R) in Nuanced, Faintly Fabulous, Perfectly Lit, Sunny Side, Enhanced

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Illustration by Anna Oh

One of my favorite ways to dupe great-looking skin is to layer dewy, light foundations over pigmented concealers.

My least favorite thing about these dewy foundations? Applying powder afterward…for sure! I can’t count the number of days I’ve gone from hero to zero because of a cakey setting powder. When I saw that MAC was bringing a limited-edition extension to the Mineralize Skinfinish range, commonly referred to as the MSFs, I was more than excited to run my fingers across those velvety domes.

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Available in a range of textures, the new Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals ($32) separate their pigments into quadrants so you can mix your own intensity. These powders have the ability to be a powder without looking or feeling too dry. I appreciate having a powder option that wants to works with, and not against, the luminescence of skin.

mac mineralize skinfinish natural 2016

mac mineralize skinfinish natural 2016

mac mineralize skinfinish natural 2016

The 5 new shades

Nuanced: A pale rose gold. This one has a strong sheen plus visible pink glitters. It’s quite dramatic!

Faintly Fabulous: Champagne peach. It has a fantastic texture that brightens without glitter. This one is my favorite because it’s impossible to apply too much.

Perfectly Lit: Medium coral with hints of brown. This one is very pigmented with visible gold and coral glitters. It makes a good option for a pigmented blush.

Sunny Side: Tan. Similar in texture to Faintly Fabulous, it gives a nice sheen to skin without glitter.

Enhanced: Warm brown. Impressively pigmented, but drier as well. This one doesn’t apply to my skin as evenly as the others do.

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(L-R) Nuanced, Faintly Fabulous, Perfectly Lit, Sunny Side, Enhanced

Swatches and the close-ups

(Is this not an amazing band-name…)

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mac mineralize skinfinish natural nuanced

mac mineralize skinfinish natural faintly fabulous

mac mineralize skinfinish natural faintly fabulous

mac mineralize skinfinish natural perfectly lit

mac mineralize skinfinish natural perfectly lit

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mac mineralize skinfinish natural sunny side

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mac mineralize skinfinish natural enhanced

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Interestingly, I found that some of these powders are meant for blush and contouring, while others are meant to dust across the face. There’s a lot of room to play in this collection, and I’d like to know your thoughts. Have you picked up any of these, or do you plan to?

You can find the new Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals for $32 online at MAC March 31st and in-stores on April 7th.

See you in the next,

Anna


Anna Oh


Anna is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on fashion, beauty, and awesome women. A former tomboy, Anna now happily embraces all things pink, glittery, and floral scented. You can see her illustration work at www.helloannaoh.com and on Instagram.

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  1. I have Sunny Side now and I absolutely love it! I initially worried that it would be too yellow, but I think it looks really lovely.
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  2. Erin says:

    I agree with you, some nice highlighting blushes.
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  3. Jessica Revitte says:

    I was really interested by Sunny Side when I saw promotional pictures online. Bright yellow isn’t something I generally associate with cheek products, but it works and looks lovely in your swatch!

    Jessica

  4. kellly says:

    I love the shiny finish of these and use them as eye shadows. I am going to check them out.

  5. These look so nice!
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  6. Jonirae says:

    I JUST got home from MAC and I swatched a couple of these. I loved the some of them, but I wasn’t sure how exactly I was supposed to use them. I wanted Nuanced to be a pinky highlighter, and it sure is shiny, but it’s also actually very pink, so I was unsure… awfully shimmery for a blush, though, on the the hand. I didn’t pay much attention to Faintly, though, and now that I see your swatches I’m indexing if that might be the one for me… though… again… how would I use it? are you thinking of an all over brightener? a non-sparkly highlighter? (which sort of sounds refreshing, actually). ahh, so much pretty, but so much confusion! I need my products to have dedicated purposes, lol, or I start to get a little overwhelmed with myself! 🙂

    • Anna Oh says:

      I use Faintly Fabulous all over as a setting powder AND a subtle highlighter, actually! It has a gorgeous sheen that is so flexible on the skin. Nuanced is more intensely pigmented and with glitter too…so I would use that only for my cheeks. Haha I know, I was thrown off when the same product line could be used for different purposes!

  7. sarah says:

    Are these at all like Hourglass ambient light powders? I’m curious, what else do these compare to? They look so lovely.

    • Anna Oh says:

      Hey Sarah! SOME of the Mineralize Skinfinishes reminded me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. In particular, Faintly Fabulous and Sunny Side have that “glow, what glow?” essence. I own Hourglass “Diffused Light” personally and I actually think Faintly Fabulous is prettier. Thanks for the comment!

  8. I love MAC MSFs, but don’t use them enough to justify purchasing another one.
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  9. Anne says:

    Judging from your swatch, Nuanced would make a beautiful highlighter.

  10. Nicole says:

    Hola tengo el sunny side y me gusta como queda, hermoso!

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