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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

REVIEW : MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation + FOTD : Shimmery White meets Satin-finished Grey

As promised, I'm going to review the MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation today, which I have been using nearly every day since I got it last week.

First off, I should mention again that I used to hate cream foundations, since none worked for me, as they always accentuated the pores and dry flakes. So, I was quite skeptic about this one either, but I made up my mind to give it a try, after I touched it at the MAC counter. My shade is NC 15, which is the lightest neutral shade.

The consistency of MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation feels different to all cream foundations I tried so far. I would say, it has a very fresh and kind of a watery feel to it rather than a creamy and sticky consistency that most cream foundations feature, what always led to a pretty heavy feel. So yes, that's about, how I was sold to try it out.

Next, I provide you with an on/off photo of course! Please skip looking, if you are easily horrified by my bare face, haha... You can click on the photo to enlarge!

See, how well it covers the flaws? I didn't even use oncealer for my darker under eye area, nor for my acne scars on my chin. I think, it evens out my skintone perfectly. Also, it doesn't sink into my pores. MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation gives me a dewy finish with a subtle glow (that the camera isn't able to catch).

As for the application, I swept it on with a foundation brush all over the face and blended out with the MAC #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush.

Creamy with a fresh and watery feel to it. It applies very smoothly and melts into skin instantly without leaving a sticky feel behind. I'd say it's one of the most lightweight cream foundations ever, yet with great moisturizing benefits.

Medium to full. Covers up most of the flaws. Evens out skin discoloration and redness in one layer.

Dewy with a subtle glow to it that makes you look very healthy.

Staying Power
The staying power is quite good. Oil comes through in the course of the day on my oilier T-zone, so I'll always use a bit of powder in this area to set it.

A rich, luxurious compact foundation offering a creamy application for a flawless, medium-buildable, naturally revitalized, fully dimensional finish. Lightweight and silky to apply. Good for all skin types; particularly benefits dull and/or dry complexions. Provides super-hydrated, high-comfort wear and everyday SPF 15 sun protection.


I love it for the lightweight feel, the great moisturizing benefits, and the dewy flawless finish, without making me look too made up. My skin feels super moisturized the whole day, and it doesn't break me out or irritate my sensitive skin in any ways.

I would have liked the shade to have more yellow undertones to it to balance out the pink undertone of my skin.

All in all, MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation is the best cream foundation I have used so far, and I highly recommend it to anyone with normal to dry skin, who is looking for a moisturizing cream foundation that doesn't feel heavy.

Price: 4/5
Packaging: 4/5
Texture and scent: 5/5
Finish: 5/5
Oil control: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

Source of Product Information: maccosmetics.com


Continuing this post with a FOTD! I even took down the steps! Am I not a hard-working beauty blogger? Well, today at least, hehe... :p


- apply shimmery white eyeshadow allover the lid

- curl the lashes
- tightline the upper lashline and wing it a little bit

- apply grey eyeshadow on the outer corner, starting from the lashline and blend it upwards and inwards
- apply grey eyeshadow on your lower lashline about 1/2 of your eyes

- apply shimmery white eyeshadow on the inner corner
- white eyeliner on the waterline (helps to get fresher and brighter looking eyes)
- apply mascara

Isn't this the quickest and easiest way to create a subtle smokey look. I do this 'technique' on my eyes most of the time, since it is foolproof. It is also the most flattering way to apply eyeshadow for my eye shape. The darker color on the outer corner really does the trick to create depth.

Camwhoring! :)

The Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color applies smoothly with no powder fallouts. It's also quite pigmented, but you can still easily blend out the color. Like the name already claims, it has a satin finish to it. GY 913 is a pretty deep stone grey color.

Yet, It is not exactly what I was looking for - I wanted a dark grey that is a bit more on the silvery side. Does anyone has a suggestion?

I really love the shimmery white and satin-finished grey eyeshadow combo. I think shimmery eyeshadows always glam up the look! For some, this might be a bit too shimmery for daytime, but I think, it is still wearable.

Aren't we thankful, mankind invented the blush? Can you see, the freshness it adds to my complexion? And my round face also got some contours at once, not? Man, am I super smart! As if this awareness was something never heard before. Lol!

This photo is dedicated to a neglected product, that I'm still in love with! Chanel Powder Blush ~ 58 Fresque, which is a pinkish peach color. Definitely Ohh... pretty!

Yay to my so behaving lashes! ;) If you have super straight lashes like mine (see how straight my bare lashes are in my close up photo above!), that are hard to curl, I highly recommend you the Shiseido eyelash curler and Shiseido Lasting Lift Mascara!

Wanna get a slim(mer) face at once? Do the 'fish face' expression, haha...! But my eyes are like I wana bite someone! :p


- MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation ~ NC 15
- Guerlain Météorites Powder For the Face ~ Beige Chic 03

- Chanel Powder Blush ~ 58 Fresque

- Dior Addict High Shine ~ 352 Champagne Blush

- Lunasol Star Shower Eyes ~ 03 Dazzling Night
- Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color ~ GY 913
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ~ 1L
- Shiseido Lasting Lift Mascara ~ black
- Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil ~ GY 901 Natural Black

That's it for now! I hope, you enjoyed this post!
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DSK Steph said...

You always have the most beautiful products :) I'm so envious <3

EveryDay Makeup (becky) said...

I'm glad you're loving your new cream foundation and you look flawless and it looks natural on your skin ^_^

Sheila P said...

Wow, it looks really good!! I shall look into that cream foundation. I was actually thinking of getting RMK gel compact, but maybe I'll check this out first =)

miss wiggle said...

Thanks for the review! I'm just gonna bite the bullet and visit the MAC store next time I'm at the mall... Haven't been there in such a long time. It seems a little daunting in there, since all the SA's look so professional and serious!

Babybubblz said...

Thanks for review, sounds like a great foundation I want to try out! I have the Moistureblend which I used to love.

Such a cute FOTD! very fresh and cute

LittoMokaa said...

Love your FOTD & the grey shade there! The foundation really gives you natural looking flawless skin! *5 stars* ;D

Diane said...

oh honey! I love the coverage on it. GIRL, you look beautiful care faced!!

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

thanks for doing the review so quickly! it looks amazing on you, though your skin looks fabulous already :P I will def be checking this one out! :D

Anonymous said...

To be honest, your skin looks near perfect in the first picture as well.

Cream to powder foundations look usually awful on my skin and highlight dry patches, so maybe I'll have to look into this, too..

sizbelle said...

After seeing ur on/off pic, I want that foundation.. It can even cover some flaw.. Btw, are u using any base primer before using the foundation?

Yay, u are hardworking on combining two into one post!!

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

Thanks for the review, the foundation looks like a great fit for you!!!

Askmewhats said...

Wow I can see a difference on the "on" and "off" photo, your skin is so clear :) Love the eye makeup! :)

Anonymous said...

Great review Jess! I haven't had great experiences from their base makeup so far.. but I would check it out after this review... im like you, not a big cream base makeup fan! But it looks fab on you! You have great skin!!

very pretty fotd!!! I think I did a similar colour as you in my last fotd!! I loveeee grey, it's much softer than black ^^ You blend so well!

superwoolu said...

i dont like cream foundations either but i think you've sold me on this one!! those undereye circles look non-existent!! oohh btw, did you use any primer for your eyes???

Jess said...

miss wiggle:
Haha, true!

No, I didn't (and I usually don't) use any face primer.

Nic Nic:
Hehe... I feel, we both apply the eye makeup quite similar! :)

No, I didn't use any eye primer.

Yin said...

wow Im loving the FOTD. its very elegant.

I actually prefer liquid foundations but this one does look very promising. I've tried some mac foundations before and they seem VERY heavy on my skin so I've always been put off.

eri said...

ooooh. i love this look! i love the new shadow color on you :) and i really likey that cream foundation...looks good and gives a very flawless look! i may need to go try this one out!

Connie De Alwis said...

The foundation looks awesome! I'm gonna be patient wait for the FnF sale. I don't exactly need another foundation!

coffretgorge said...

yay for finding a great foundation! this is a lovely look jess, as always :) i love your chanel blush and your shiseido mascara! :)

e.motion in motion said...

Great FOTD, thanks for the review! I've heard good things about this and it makes your skin look so flawless! I am scared of MAC foundations because the only one I tried was sticky and cakey :( But maybe I'll check this one out :D Super pretty EOTD too, I know I say it all the time but I love how your looks are always so natural and pretty : )

Chelle said...

Ooh we have the same stick straight lashes! I'm using Shiseido too! It holds the curl better than Shu Uemura's eye lash curler in my experience...

Oshiya said...

Jess, I love your skin. The foundation sounds good but then you look good without the foundation, too. :D

BTW, I love how your makeup is always classy.

Catherine said...

Hehehe, you are so cute Jess!! The MAC cream foundation looks AMAZING on you! Bet let's be honest - your skin looks AMAZING to begin with!! I am so jealous. =P

Love the FOTD too! The Fresque blush is so perfect for your complexion!

And... unfortunately I can't help as to the silvery grey, because I don't even think I have a grey eyeshadow! o_O;

ning * star said...

the foundation sits on your skin really well <3

Popcorn said...

this foundations looks awesome on you~ hehehe wow! you have really really pale skin! I envy you! hehehe
I will probably be picking this up then. I have heard sooo many raves about it. Thanks for the review!

Jamilla Camel said...

A stunning look!

littlewing said...

I looove your blush in this FOTD! :D♥ It's such a gorgeous colour and I really like the way you applied it. :D

The foundation looks great for you... but then I seriously think your skin looks good even without foundation! :P

Dina (XYYan) said...

your skin looks great even without makeup! I had already added it on my wishlist until i saw you says that it's more for normal to dry skin. hehe, i think it's too heavy for my oily skin.
love the makeup too :)

Anonymous said...

Have always loved your tutorials. Your eyes really 'popped' with the smokey look even though the eyelids looked like monolids without the eye makeup. Do you mind doing a contouring tutorial? I have a YSL Y Palette but am still not too confident to use it.

LS said...

i think i've only used cream foundation once and i didn't like it because it was too sticky but i'm glad this one works for you. it really does a good job on your face!

Carmen said...

Your skin looks great even before the foundation :)

blushforyou said...

oh it seems I am behind on commenting for this post.. :|:| haha none the less..! def very pretty :P so pure..haha <3

alien man?! said...

what flaws -_- your skin is so flawless!

i love this look. it seems like the kind of eye-widening look that's popular in korea. i def. want to try it out!

Jess said...

alien man?!:
I'd love to see you with such a look! ;)

joey said...

this is the best fotd i have seen!
i share your eye shape =)
and if you can look so elegant and natural with this look
mayhaps i will be able to pull a cute out of it


Miss K. You said...

Thanks Jess! I love blog makeovers too.. but I'm not sure mine will be too dramatic =( This MAC foundation sounds very appealing to me! I only use their mineralize skinfinish natural foundation, but it's just powder. I would love to try out a creamy foundation, good recommendation!

Anonymous said...

MAC foundations have never been my kind of things but this looks really top notch on you. but then again, you have almost perfect skin to begin with. if it was on me, i am not sure if i'd look half as good as you. the FOTD is definitely beautiful as always. you are angelic. when i see your FOTD, i think of fuzzkittie too

Anonymous said...

ps: i gotta tell you i really dislike the nnew shiseido new e/s singles that you recently purchased. they are way too powdery and sheer for me. shiseido is only good for me with its mascara and lipsticks for now. sigh.

EveryDay Makeup (becky) said...

Hey Jess, I thought about you when i saw this..


Jess said...

I'm not a big fan of MAC base makeup either, but this foundation works just so well for me - I was really surprised!

Thanks for the compliment about my FOTD! Yep, fuzkittie is angelic indeed!

About the Shiseido single e/s, I don't know how the other shades are, but I'm satisfied with the quality of the grey one I purchased. The pigmentation is there, and it blends so easily.

PS said...

Great picture tutorials. I also REALLY like the fact that you use neutral colors. Natural suits you well!

Lulu said...

Thanks for the review Jess. I am really interested in this product now. I usually don't like cream foundation either because thinking about them reminds me of how heavy they'd feel, but I am quite surprised to hear that this MAC one is not. I really like your FOTD too, very fresh and natural. Could you please do a tutorial on how you do your eyebrows when you get a chance? I really like it :) Thanks hun <3

Jess said...

Basically, I just slightly trace the shape of my eyebrows, and define the end a bit more.

As you can see in my bare face pictures, the ends got very sparse due to plucking.

But sure, I'll try to do a 'tutorial' on how I draw my eyebrows! ;)

Whitney said...

hello dear,
i agree, the NC's in this product in particular are very neutral and do not have too much yellow undertone in them.. I am usually an nw20 but i got the NC20 because it was more neutral! Craziness :)

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