Anna’s recent post made me remember how much I love the MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes, and with the fall re-release of two old favorites as well as a new one, I thought I’d show the majority of the MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes that’s been released with past MAC collections.
MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes
But first, a quick explanation on what MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes really are! The general idea is that they are highlighting powder, but depending on your skintone and the color of the MSFs, they can have different purposes. Shooting Star, for example, is dark enough that on light to medium skintones, it can act as a bronzer.
Lightscapade, on the other hand, works best as a highlighter since it’s so…well, light. Everything else may work as a blush, but since they don’t carry a lot of pigmentation, I usually apply them over my blush to give it an extra kick.
But If you’re thinking about the Mineralized Skinfinish/Natural powders, they’re the same concept. Both are baked in Italy, and carry a bit of pigmentation. The only difference is that the Naturals are face powders, so they are “skin colored” rather than blush colored.
The MSFN are a low-coverage powder which give a matte finish, and can be used on its own, or as a setting powder over foundation. If you’re contemplating depotting these to make room for other things – don’t. They’re very soft, and can crumble/break easily even when stored in a makeup bag.
Some people aren’t too fond of these because they do contain a lot of glitter, but I personally love them and don’t mind the glitter at all (just don’t overdo it!). Each MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes is different, so if you don’t like the glitter but like the glowy effect that they can, you can look for one without heavy glitter veining (compare Shimpagne to Glissade below).
They’re also better applied with a stippling/skunk brush (such as the MAC 187) and a light hand, as too much can make one look oily rather than glowy if you tend to have oilier skin.