MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation ($33) is a re-release of a discontinued foundation. I have no experience with the previous foundation, so my thoughts are purely on this new one. Also, I don’t have much experience with MAC foundations in general, with the exception of Face and Body (which I love and adore). I’ve had this for awhile now and want to share my thoughts, since this seemed to have a learning curve, at least with my skin.
An innovative, gorgeous new formula, full of extraordinary benefits. Its lightweight lush texture feeds skin instantly with mineral-rich nourishing hydration, all day long. The uniquely creamy fluid, ideal for dry skin, blends beautifully, providing light-to-medium buildable coverage. Features our 77-Mineral Complex including Shea Butter, emollients and conditioning extracts to keep the face soft and supple.
First things first: this foundation is dewy since it is so moisturizing; however, it doesn’t make me feel or look oily. To me, it smells like Fix+ (fresh!), and I like how it feels on my skin after it dries. Like Face and Body, it is a bit wet feeling upon application and takes a few minutes to set. I think it applies best with a Beauty Blender sponge, but for fuller coverage a brush works too. Coverage is buildable and I prefer it on the sheer side.
No flash, natural light
One thing I love about this foundation is the texture. It is so smooth and soft, and just glides onto the skin. The staying power is decent as well, but it definitely starts to break down at the six hour mark, at least on my skin. For the length of time I’m wearing makeup on busy days, that isn’t long enough, BUT it still looks good with a powder touch up.
Mineralize Moisture is available in eighteen shades. Those who are very pale may have trouble finding a match, because the lightest shade available is NC15, with the darkest shade running up to NW50. It is recommended to buy a shade lighter than you normally wear since this foundation tends to oxidize. I have the shade NC25; oxidation isn’t a huge problem but this isn’t a perfect match for me as it is a bit too yellow. I’m thinking I would have benefited from an NW shade this time.
Here are some swatch comparisons- The other three foundations are really great matches for me (especially the NARS foundation), and you can see the Mineralize Moisture foundation is more orange than the others.
Overall, I think this is definitely worth a try if you like sheer to medium, dewy foundations, but I would recommend getting a sample first. After reading reviews, this seems to be a love it or hate it product! I like it and I would repurchase it because it feels amazing on my skin, but next time I would try out a different shade.