MAC Mineralize Conealer Review & Swatches

Ahh MAC Mineralize Concealer, I’ve been waiting for you my entire MAC life. You’re so hydrating!

I’ve tried many a MAC concealer but I must say they are all really, really dry and/or drying under my eyes. I don’t think MAC really set out to create concealers for those of us with dry skin. What’s your experience been like with MAC concealers? Funny, as they have really good coverage but when it comes down to being moisturizing they simply don’t cut it.

Until now, their new Mineralize Conealer is incredibly hydrating. They did well with this one but….

It needs work.

Props MAC for finally getting a formula down that has a hydrating feel and finish plus one that blends oh so easily and gently under my aging, dry eyes.

The problem?


There alot of hooray here. MAC housed these in a small tube with a fantastic brush applicator. Simply swipe it on (the small brush allows you to get the inner corner of your eyes easily) and blend it gently out with your ring finger. The formula has a creamy gel-like consistency that’s a pure pleasure to work with. It blends easily and leaves behind a soft, hydrating finish that looks fresh and very natural. I had absolutely no issues with creasing and the formula seems to lock moisture in. The wear time is fairly short though and around hour four or five I need a touch up since it seems the concealer just sinks into my skin or something. Needless to say it simply disappears after a few hours.

My main issue with the formula is the lack of coverage. Pigmentation isn’t particularly great in my opinion. It has a very fresh, flawless finish but under eye woes have a way of showing through that finish so finer lines, dark circles, that tired eye look, well, it simply does offer enough coverage to allow your eyes to look their best.

Other things that can’t be overlooked are the NARS-like packaging and the expiration date. The top is made of rubber (kinda NARS packaging like) and with merely a few uses it begins to look incredibly filthy plus sticky. I think it also deserves mentioning that it expires within six months of use. The box has a six month expiration date. This is fine if you use it and only it for the next several months of your life but if you switch around various concealers than you might not be able to use it up before it starts to go bad.

(NW25 and NC35)

I’d recommend Mineralize Concealer for those who don’t need a ton of coverage. Younger eyes might appreciate it as well. If you need heavier coverage though, you might want to skip as this is lacks what you’ll need to conceal darker circles, etc….

I liked it but I would have loved it if it had better color payoff.

Anyone try?

Do share!

Available now from MAC.


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  • 2/14/12 10:15 Tiffany C.:

    NW25 looks so dark!!!


  • 2/14/12 10:25 Leslie:

    Great review! I was looking forward to this concealer however, I have REALLY dark circles and need MASSIVE coverage. Will most def skip out on this one and stick to my Benefit Industrial Concealer for now. Thanks! (new follower and loving your blog)


    • 2/14/12 10:26 the Muse:

      hi Leslie! nice to meet you! thanks :) glad you liked it. Sadly, this is def not for you if you need super coverage. I personally need to conceal tired eyes, some darkness, and this doesn’t cut it :-/


  • 2/14/12 10:32 Cj:

    Morning Muse, I was so excited to get mine :( I can deal with light coverage but I at least need it to stick around lol! And I hate rubber packaging!!! Ugh. I guess I’ll just stick with moisturecover as my Mac concealer :/. Btw is your shade in Mac? It doesn’t need to be exact so like… Lighter than 25, darker than 30 or inbetween the 2?


    • 2/14/12 10:58 the Muse:

      morning :) did you try this yet? You might like it, younger eyes..! could prove ok for you, no go for me though :( after a few uses the top is absolutely disgusting :-/ I’m not really sure but I think I’m NC25 or NC30.


      • 2/14/12 11:07 Cj:

        Not yet, but I should be getting it in the mail in the next couple of days. Hmm, the reason I ask is for the new skin79 bb cream, I’m pretty much in love. It’s beyond amazing, it has a bit more coverage than the gold one, but it doesn’t feel heavy like when you wear a full coverage foundation. It has great wear time especially if you use a primer and set it. I’ve been using it with cover fx’s primer and powder, and it lasts a good 7 or 8 hours for me. The only thing is, is that it’s pretty light. I’m nc15, my friend is nc20 and her brother is a little darker so I’m guessing nc25 and it works great on all of us. I think nc30 and darker… Might be iffy.


  • 2/14/12 11:37 Candee:

    I am interested in giving this a try. MAC is gonna make me go broke this month!


  • 2/14/12 14:43 Joanna:

    Hi Muse:

    What is your favourite concealer for dark under-eye circles? I’m still looking for something great. Thanks!


    • 2/14/12 14:46 the Muse:

      it changes often for me Joanna 😀 but at the moment I’m loving the It Cosmetics Concealer I featured a few weeks ago, that stuff covers everything!


      • 2/14/12 21:43 Joanna:



  • 2/14/12 15:11 Misato-san:

    dry eyes here Muse! But I found a great love in their Prolongwear… paired with a very good eye cream.


    • 2/14/12 15:19 the Muse:

      likey prolong wear too misato but def need SUPER prepping prior to application!


  • 2/21/12 18:28 leahrenae:

    I have dry skin as well…I found that select cover up is horrible for under my eyes. It seems to cake up and just sit on top of my skin.

    I’m really looking forward to trying this concealer, I’m about an NW35. I don’t need too much coverage, so I think this will work pretty well for me.

    Have you tried prolong wear? How do you like it?


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