Um, you know when you find a pair of jeans that makes your bum look like it belongs in a naughty music video? Isn’t that one of the best things ever?
It’s like when you’re wearing a new foundation and a stranger tells you that your skin looks great.
Gurl, it happened to me yesterday at the mall wearing the new $33 MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation, and it was joy.
I was at the Blue Mercury at the Corte Madera mall chatting with one of the sales associates about skin care. She complimented me on my skin and seemed genuinely surprised when I credited MAC Mineralize Moisture, a completely new line of liquid foundations designed with dry skin and sheer-to-medium coverage in mind.
She assumed I wasn’t wearing any foundation at all, so I said to myself, “SCORE!” I gotta say, when a foundation fools a fellow beauty addict, there’s magic afoot…
What kind of magic?
Well, the kind that brings mannequins to life…by which I mean the satiny finish, which has just the faintest hint of a shine, keeps skin from looking flat or artificial.
It comes in a whopping 18 shades, too — NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW43, NW45 and NW50.
I usually wear MAC foundations in NC42, but when MAC sent me a few shades to test, they left that one out, so I’ve been wearing a lighter shade, NC30, to sort of highlight the areas beneath my eyes, on my nose, between my brows and in the middle of my forehead, and a mix of NC30 and NC44 everywhere else.
Those two together seem like a pretty good match for me (note to self).
My combination dry/oily skin freaks the eff out when we’re between seasons like this. Right now I’ve got dry, red areas around my mouth and flaky bits on my cheeks. It’s times like these when I want good coverage that doesn’t draw attention to my trouble spots, and the lightweight Mineralize formula does just that.
But here are a couple things to consider: first, it might not be the best foundation for photo shoots and special occasions, since it does contain SPF 15, which means that you may get a white cast in pics when the flash fires.
Second, you may want to go a shade lighter than usual, as it tends to darken a bit on my skin after a few hours.
And then there’s the shine, which certainly won’t appeal to everyone. It’s subtle, but still — if you prefer a matte finish foundation, Mineralize Moisture just won’t do.
Now, if you suffer from dry skin and need an everyday foundation with a lightweight formula and sheer-to-medium coverage that looks like real skin and lasts from 8-10 hours, bingo!
We have a bingo here.
I just hope it doesn’t make me break out (knocks on wood)…
PRICE: $33 for a 1-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available in 18 shades now in North America (and internationally, with the exception of Asia) on MAC counters, in stores and online; coming to Asia in February of 2014 (not sure why the long wait)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you had a marvelous Monday. What’s the plan for tonight? I’m done for the day out here. Now I’m just gonna finish an old Jake Gyllenhaal movie I started last night.
October Sky? Have you seen it? It’s great so far. Jakey poo is supposed to be 17 in it, but he looks about 12.