This review should have been posted a loooong time ago. I’m so sorry but I was prioritizing limited editions first and since both are permanent MAC Cosmetic items, I figured I could delay them a little while. Turns out, ‘a little while’ was not so little after all. But here it is. Two of my Mineralize Skinfinishes, one I got from Japan last year and the other a gift from a friend.
MINERALS ON THE SKIN
A luxurious, soft-baked, velvety soft, domed face powder with a radiant finish. Strategically buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face, or blend all over for a sheer luminous polish to the skin. Features our 77-Mineral Complex and vitamin E.
Old vs New
The packaging of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes got a revamp two years ago. Personally, I think the old packaging has a more classic appeal but the revamp definitely made the compacts more sturdy. Why can’t we have both? Also, the new compacts now have a magnetic closure which the old ones didn’t have. (Hooray for all makeup klutzes out there! These compacts might be more safe should you have an accident!)
Soft & Gentle is the one I got from Japan in the Cosmetics Company outlet store in Gotemba which explains the old packaging. It is described as a gilded peach bronze. It feels more like a light peach with warm, gold undertones. You can see the gold tone on my swatch below. On the pan, there’s a visible shimmer but somehow, it doesn’t translate to the skin. Once applied, it gives the skin a slight gleam that reminds me of summer. On the palest skin, I believe this can work as some sort of blush.
Lightscapade is described as a soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer. This one, I think would fit the pale beige description and I wouldn’t really agree that it has a shimmer but more of a luminous sheen. Compared with Soft & Gentle though, this has less shimmer to it. Considering the paleness of this Skinfinish, I think this may work best and will show up more with anyone who has a light to medium skin tone.
The powders are soft and finely-milled although there are times when a little bit of powder gets kicked off. This is especially true for Soft & Gentle. But they are both easily applied and blended on the skin. They also have more than satisfactory pigmentation and are quite buildable with a couple of layers. They last about 6 to 7 hours on me before I see signs of fading.
Between the two, I would pick Lightscapade anytime and any day. Don’t get me wrong, Soft & Gentle is definitely a beauty all on its own but the white-beige tones of Lightscapade really gets my heart beating like a schoolgirl with a crush. I’m just more partial to it. But both deserve a TWO THUMBS UP for the quality.
Any of you tried these Mineralize Skinfinishes? What other shades do you recommend?
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