January 11, 2012

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Blonde, Redhead Swatches, Review, Photo

MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes in Blonde and Redhead are back for Spring with the new MAC Naturally Collection. What was it? Last year they were released? Help me here, throw me a bone, the collections are all starting to run together, I have a migraine, I have to lay down.

Btw did anyone see Sleeping Beauty yet? My inner teenage boy demands to snort and tell you that Emily Browning was completely nekkid in it. I love me some Indie films. We should just sit around and dissect it together, what the hell does it all mean?

…but unfortunately we have MAC business to attend to!

Now about those MSF.

I normally love MSF but these guys are a little too frosty so I have to be super careful because I’m heavy handed. They are delightful to say the least particularly if you’re a pro at application. In my case I’d normally brush on my cheekbones but the shades are so intense that it gives me too much of a disco ball finish to do this so I try to keep it very minimal and fresh by applying cheek stain and a small dusting of either shade on my cheek bones using a fan brush. This is the best method if you’re a bit heavy handed.

They are pigmented and I realize you might be curious if they’d work as blushes but I think it would be best to use them to highlight in this case as all over your cheeks and face might prove a bit too frosty/shimmer. I already own Brunette from the original release of these and I find it’s considerably less frosty/shimmery and works great as a blush so I was a little disappointed I couldn’t take advantage of Redhead and Blonde in such a way.

Blonde is a soft pink graduation that goes from baby fine pink up to a dusky rose pink. The color reflects nicely with a glow-y sheen. MAC says it has a golden salmon to it but I honestly get no gold from it.

(Swatched above Blonde)

Redhead is a beige rose graduation which starts off with a soft golden beige and works its way towards a light beige peach. It has a soft glow of peach with a highlight of gold to it.

(Swatched above Redhead)

Both of these are very pretty but you have to practice some caution during application to get the best results. Pigmentation is sheer to medium if you choose to build them up but the finish remains subtle for the most part with a lighter hand. They make a nice pick if you like a candlelit glow to your skin.

Available now on MAC counters.

Anyone haul either one?

Feel free to share your thoughts!

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  • Dao

    I remember those when the originally came out in the Redhead, Blonde, Brunette collection. Those are really pigmented MSFs and as usual, they glimmer like disco balls if go overboard. Perhaps you should try applying them with a fluffy fan brush. It will give you a really glowy yet dreamy look.

    • the Muse

      hey dao mentioned in my review they were shimmery and to use a fan blush 🙂

  • Themakeupism

    Gah, I really like Emily Browning. She’s so gorgeous, like a living doll. But I really hated that movie and found it really pointless I mean unless you wanna see Emily naked there was no point. But bewared, naked old guys touching Emily = ewwww :s These look awesome but they are really frosty which I don’t love as much.

  • Gigi

    I really enjoyed these 3 years ago when they 1st came out. Didn’t feel the need to buy more, they are long lasting & I got all 3 of them before.

  • Smirking Valet

    Unrelated to the MSFs, Sleeping Beauty was SO weird! They just tossed her around like a rag doll.

    • the Muse

      LOL yeah right? I think what I gathered from it was she was kinda going through the motions of life and was pretty unemotional about everything but she was faced death and she finally “cracked” so to speak and finally felt something at the end. It was an odd moving. Very daring as she is young!

  • Julianne

    I picked up Redhead on a whim the other day (I think we all have that moment when we tell ourselves we won’t stop by the counter, but we all know we’re just lying). I am loving this as a blush, actually! I don’t tend to be too heavy-handed, so I think that’s why it works for me. I am super super fair skinned., and this just gives me a subtle peachy glow while adding a little life back into my face. Gorgeous. I may even go pick up a backup. 🙂 Still trying to figure out how I feel about Blonde, though.

  • Claudia

    Hey Muse! I originally was never interested in these upon their release but get Redhead at CCO over a year ago. I never touched because it was so frosty and a bad highlight. But as soon as these came back out I pulled mine out and started messing around with it and am in love. I use the darkest shade as a blush it looks amazing and you can barely notice the shimmer! I actually use an angled blush brush for it…and im not heavy handed at all!

  • Vail Valley Girl

    How does the Blonde compare to the Bobbi Brown Rose Shimmer Brick?