Even when I’m just running a quick errand out to Target for dish soap or to Petco for takeout (Tabs usually orders the Fancy Feast Tuna or Turkey in gravy), I always try to remember to apply at least a smidgen of concealer before I leave the house.
Because you just never know… That friendly person in line at the Starbucks might hold the keys to your dream job; you might even cross paths with that dumb@ss turd-monkey who broke your heart in high school (FYI: you were always way too cute for him).
Because “you never know” is a mantra of mine, I like to keep a couple of different swipe-and-go concealers close. Lately, one of them has been MAC’s new liquid Mineralize Concealer ($19).
It’s perfect whenever I don’t have a lot of time to deal with brushes and buffing, like when I’m in a rush to make it to yoga class or to Starbucks for emergency tea/coffee — basically, times when all I really need/want is a little makeup to take the edge off, so to speak.
And MAC Mineralize is like concealer stretchy pants, and by that I mean it’s comfy. It might not last as long, look as formal, or provide as much coverage as MAC Pro Longwear, so it’s not something I wear often to take pics, but I think it’s comfortable, lightweight and brightening, and there are times when those really hit the spot.
If you like MAC Select Moisturecover, that might be another reason to give Mineralize a try. I find them both to have similar formulas — moisturizing, with semi-opaque coverage — but Mineralize seems a tad more concentrated and pigmented to me. Because of that I think it offers a little more coverage and seems to latch on to my skin a bit better.
Just as another point of difference, Mineralize has a brush tip applicator, versus the doe foot that comes with Select Moisturecover.
A few other observations about MAC Mineralize Concealer…
- I like that it steers clear of my fine lines and doesn’t stand out or appear heavy on my skin
- I find that I have reapply about halfway through the day, but a little does goes a long way, so this particular tube should last me a few months (more or less)
- Available in the following 15 shades: NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50, NC15, NC20, NC30, NC35, NC42, NC45 and NC5
MAC Mineralize Concealer swatches from the elft: NC20, NW25, NC35 and NC42
Yesterday, after I finished organizing my feline overlord’s ribbons, I quickly applied MAC Mineralize Concealer before heading to Off the Grid, that food truck jamboree I’ve mentioned once or twice.
It was already late in the day (and I was starved), so I just wanted a very casual, low-key weekend look.
First, I swept and blended a small amount of Mineralize Concealer in NW25 beneath my eyes to cover my dark circles. Then, I patted a small amount of MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42 to cover a few blemishes on my chin, lightly dusted Tarte Pressed Powder on my forehead, nose and chin to cut down on the shine and swirled MAC Pearlmatte Powder in Flower Fantasy on my cheeks.
For the finishing touches, which only took another minute or two, I filled in my brows, curled my lashes, added a couple of coats of mascara and applied a lip balm.
That’s it. Less than 10 total minutes and I was out the door!
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and coming February 16 to North American MAC counters and stores (internationally some time this month)
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And speaking of food trucks…
Behold! ‘Tis Off the Grid.
Here are some of the yummies El Hub and I had yesterday.
El Hub called this a delicious take on Korean bbq — that’s pureed kimchi in there with barbecue beef on a toasted rice bun
I had a vegetarian version of pancit, a Filipino noodle dish…
…And a couple of samosas, a deep fried snack filled with potatoes and veggies from India
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,