July 10, 2008

MAC New View: Mineralize Skinfinish Duo Review

I already own a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light but when I seen the brand new Mineralize Skinfinish Duo released with MAC New View I didn’t hesitate in questioning whether I needed another one!

These are absolutely brilliant and it’s absolutely essential you pick one up even if you own the previous matte release. These are a unique duo of shimmer and matte powder in one compact. You get the benefits of an MSF plus a gorgeous shimmer to highlight! Is that freaking cool or what?


I do have one minor rant. I wish the split was even. The duo contains more matte MSF than it does shimmer so it’s pretty much an uneven split with the matte side making up about 75% of the palette while the shimmer side makes up the other 25%! I’m a shimmer girl so less is more doesn’t apply to me! More is better when it comes to shimmer in the Muse’s opinion! An even split would have been rather awesome but I do understand why they felt it was necessary to include more to the matte side.

You have a few choice ways to use this nify little palette which is always great as hey we all like variety right? If you so please you can swirl, swirl, swirl your brush all over the palette and apply which is what I did while I was testing. This creates a soft, candlelight glow to your face with just the right amount of powder and shimmer. Or you can just use either side separately or together! Apply a layer of matte powder to keep your foundation in place or use the powder as your foundation! Apply some shimmer to highlight cheekbones or even sweep across your eyes for a soft shimmer! The possibilities are endless! Multitasking products rock my socks! Can you say perfection on bare skin? Oh my god! I used mine on my freshly moisturized skin and it created such a dewy, fresh look!

I got my shade in Light Medium but there are four other shades to choose! Click on over to the MAC site to check out the shades!

Damn these are LE obviously I’ll need a back up! I can’t help myself!

Loving these?

Purchasing 1? 2? 3?

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Laurie

    I am going to MAC tonight after work – and this is so on my list!

  • Liz

    Ha, I’m completely your opposite then, I was actually happy to see that the duo was uneven with a bias towards the matte piece! I seldom use shimmer all over my face, mostly just to highlight a few areas of my face. I have a shimmer compact from Essence (a German brand, good quality for its price) and a few MAC pigments for highlighting (Vanilla, Naked, Fairy Lite), and you know how they last forever!

    I would love to get one of this duo, but I don’t think I will, simply because at the moment, I still have the Studio Fix compact (more than half left) and the Mineralize Loose Powder Foundation. I also have a brand new tube and half a tube left of the Physicians Formula TM. And my new HG tint is Clinique’s Moisture Sheer Tint! I feel I should use up what I have before I buy any again…..

  • Laura

    I saw these yesterday but didn’t buy any because of the split. I wish it had been more even too.

  • Mizz x

    I was thinking about purchasing the fairest, can you do a swatch on the skin of your arm of this? I’ve no idea how it shows..

    I also had a question: have you tried Kevyn Aucoin makeup or planning to? Would love to see it in your blog.
    Have a nice day!

  • the Muse

    Hiya Laurie!

    Awesome! It’s gorgeous! I think you’ll be really happy with it as I adore it!

  • the Muse

    morning Liz!

    I’m on shimmer overload a majority of the time lol!

    I just got some Essence from Kathy on Lotus Palace 🙂 It’s awesome!!!!

    Lord yes piggies last ages 🙂

    I can understanding being in product overload sometimes! With all that to use up it’s underable you don’t wanna splurge on something new! I’m always sucked into the LE vortex I fear 😉

  • the Muse

    hiya laura!!!!!!!! =-)

    Agreed! An even split would have been fab!


  • the Muse

    hello mixx x.

    No prob will swatch tonight for you and repost the pics in this blog entry!

    I’ll be featuring Kevyn Aucoin shortly as some of the products are amazing, simply amazing! I’m doing a review shortly on the Sensual Skin Enchaner and soon after I’ll feature a few other items 🙂

    The brand is extremely good quality and some items are very worth picking up!

    Have a wonderful day 🙂 thanks for the comment and check back tonight for your swatches!

  • Stephy

    I am loving these too!! What brush should I use to apply these btw? I know MAC released a brush for this collection but I don’t feel like shelling out another $40 to another brush just for this compact! 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi stephy!

    Me too me too! I love the brush released but I’m struggling with myself too about shelling out $40 for it.

    Have you every purchased any of the christmas brush sets? I’ve been using the foundation brush that’s included with those. It’s the 190SE

    Really a great brush for smoothing this on and looks similar to the brush they released with the collection!

    BE has a similar one too..if you want I can take a pic of my BE one and you can hunt ebay for it..bet you can get it dirt cheap!

    hope this helps!

  • Stephy

    Hi Muse! Thanks for getting back to me! It’d be great if you can show me a picture of the brush! 🙂

  • Jackie

    I wear NC15…would the light medium be my shade? I hope so, cause its the lightest. I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  • the Muse

    you’re welcome love!

    No prob! I’ll do the post later on tonight for you 😉
    Love ya!

  • the Muse


    This should be fine for you. NC15 is the lightest shade I think MAC offers and the light shade of this should work perfectly on your skin!

    Happy Shopping! =-)

  • sarahPUFFY

    Im a little annoyed with the shades. I wear Medium Deep in MSFN, but its not available, just Medium Dark. I dont want to be any darker than I have to be!

  • sashi

    i most definately want. i guess the uneven split makes sense but and even split would look much nicer. do you find the shimmer in this very fine? i”ve heard that the mineralize skinfinishes released before have some chunky glitter in them but i’m more of a fine milled shimmer kinda girl. what about the sonic chic blushes? chunky or fine?

    honestly either way i’ll probly end up buying cuz they look so yum

  • Beth

    So excited to check these out in store… thank goodness its payday tomorrow!

  • the Muse

    good morning sashi!

    I guess so too but I’m always on shimmer overload hehe!

    The shimmer is fine but it can do some seriously disco ball effect if you’re heavy handed!

    It’s fine milled when compared to some of the earlier MSF 😉

    Sonic Chic is a fine shimmer and barely shows up on your face 😉

    They are simply amazing see my review this morning for the colors. So yum!

    You’ll have ’em!

  • the Muse

    morning Beth!

    You’re going to LOVE ’em 😉

    Happy Shopping!

  • Sher

    What kind of brush do you use for these? i need to get a new one U_U these are gorgeous, i MUST GET ONE!

  • the Muse

    morning sher! I’ve been using the 190SE but I want the LE brush they are selling with the collection!

    So tempted by it!

    they are truly yummie and look fab on bare skin 😉

    I’d definately pick up the brush too if you have some spare change 😉

    Thanks for the comment!
    Happy Monday!

  • Anonymous

    Hey! I wear NC 25, which shade do you think will look best on me? I’m thinking the lightest one probably, i hate having the makeup line on my collarbone, so I always want to make sure!!
    i’m definitely getting this! It looks awesome!


  • the Muse

    hi anonymous. NC25 (although I prefer NC20 hehe) is about my shade and I’m using the lighest shade.

    I think it’ll be fine for your tone and no harsh lines on the neck/collarbone.

    It’s really lovely on bare skin 😉

    I’d go for the lighter shade it should suite you perfectly!

  • Jennifer

    I know I’m late to commenting on this post but I bought this duo in light medium/ shimmer and it came with a cool tone almost silver shimmer powder. I was just wondering if you know of any dupes for that shimmer powder? I’ve been looking for a dupe for years because I finished the duo shimmer powder so quickly. I’ve noticed most powders out on the market are either pink shimmer, champaign, or white powders with gold shimmer like the nars and Chanel ones. Do you know of any dupes or even silver tone powders that doesn’t have chunky glitter or pink/gold tones? Thank you!! <3