March 13, 2013

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation Swatches

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

As you know MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation launched last week. This is a newly formulated foundation with a lightweight, mineral rich formula that gives skin lasting all day hydration making it ideal for drier skin.

This isn’t really a review just a few swatches today and some thoughts on MAC foundation.

I must be the only person alive that doesn’t use MAC foundation. I realize it’s the industry standard but I find it terribly emollient with way too much coverage. Mineralize Moisture is no different! It’s a thinner consistency gel-like formula with a runny texture that offers full coverage. This is crazy pigmented! I always feel like a mannequin when I use MAC foundations they just have a really shiny, greasy texture on my skin.

No doubt Mineralize Moisture will prove excellent for drier skin but personally I find it’s too heavy with a little too much coverage for myself.

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MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation Swatches

NW50, NW25, NC30, NC44

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  • Cj

    See I typically really like Mac foundations, and this one doesnt feel thick at all on me. It does definitely have full coverage tho, what I do is barely use a pump for my whole face, and use fix+ to dampen my foundation brush. It sheers it out a good bit.

    • the Muse

      coverage is excellent but it reminds me too much of film makeup….:( I feel like that about most mac foundations, just feels like way too much coverage for me 🙁

      • Cj

        Hmm I don’t know what to say, I guess since everyone’s skin is different it reacts with foundation differently too… Does that make sense or am I just making stuff up now lol? It’s weird because I always go for light to medium coverage foundations and I’ve never really had a problem with Mac’s before 😛

        • the Muse

          it really is what you like using! I think I’m just used to creamy bbs and when emollient foundations like this come at me I think ugh heavy!

  • Gabby

    The only MAC foundation I use is Face & Body — it is sheer (but buildable), doesn’t feel like a mask, and actually lasts the whole day on me. Plus, it is one of the few foundations that I can use during the harsh Canadian winter, as my skin gets superduper dry. Now, I’d be curious to try this, but I tend to like more coverage when I go out, and this foundation has SPF 15… Not sure if I’ll be picking this up.

  • Tots

    I wanted to like them because I liked the coverage and the foundations worked with my setting powders really well. However, it broke me out like crazy. Two days of the foundation and BAM! No likey. I’ll stick to my MUFE HD foundation.

  • Christine

    You’re not alone! I don’t use MAC foundations in any shape or form due to I break out like crazy with any MAC foundations and I’ve consigned myself with other options like MUFE HD or BB creams (love Canmake’s Perfect Serum BB Cream).

    When I was trying them out though, the few I did try were a little too thick in coverage for my liking – I didn’t have a chance to try the Face and Body since the breakouts were horrendous!

    • the Muse

      Christine they are SO heavy! no issues with break out thankfully but shades run dark and the coverage feels all oily and greasy to me!

  • Ruth

    I don’t use MAC foundations either; they smell weird. I have to smell everything ESPECIALLY if i’m going to put in on my face. if it smells gross there’s NO WAY that i’m putting it on this acne prone face.

    • Cindy Ramirez

      I am the saaaame way! I have a really bad tendency to break out (Even though I clean my face twice a dayy :'[) and I smell evvvvverything! Lotions, creams, cosmetics, anything that is going on my body. Please no weird smell.


    The packaging reminds me of the Armani Masetero foundation, but the Armani has less coverage.

    I have Macs face and body, and its fine, I would repurchase it in white so that I could mix it with other foundations to lighten them up.

  • Cindy Ramirez

    As soon as I saw the “Moisture” part I knew this foundation would not be for my oily skin. I’ve never really had good luck with MAC foundation so I’m one of those people who don’t wear it either.

    My favorite foundation (And this is thanks to your review!)is the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions foundation. I’m absolutely in love with it still!

  • Gie

    I just mix their prolong wear concealer with their oil control lotion to make a oil controlling tinted moisturizer and put a little blot powder over it to set

  • Blee

    I have tried the cream foundation of MAC and did not like it. But if this is as good of a coverage and hydrating too for winter time, I might be in to giving it a go. Thanks for the review 🙂

  • Trish

    Oooh. I’ll be skipping this one. I don’t need crazy pigmentation or full coverage, especially going into the warmer months.

    I might try their BB compact or their TM…but will probably just go with a Shiseido or the mineralized skinfinish natural. Mac has so many foundations I can’t keep up with them! It’s easier to just go to a different brand than fuss with doing the research on which mac foundation might work.

    • the Muse

      trish it seems like ALL the formulas are the same lol! it’s weird. the bb compact=AWESOME though! Highly recommend that one!

  • amy

    I don’t use MAC foundations, either. The lightest shades are still too dark… I was “matched” to NC30 in the Studio Stick years ago, and while I *loved* the formula, I just couldn’t wear it (most of the foundation shades I’ve used have “Ivory” somewhere in the name, or are the lightest in the brands spectrum). I’d never used MAC before, and I trusted the SA to “match” me; by the time I got around to exchanging it, the formula had been DC’d. I mixed it with a Stila Shade Stick that was a bit too light & pink, and it worked out OK. If I can pick up a sample of this one, I’ll be willing to try it, and see if I have anything to mix it with.

  • Siobhanne

    I actually have this and really like it. But, I have dry skin. It does not look heavy on me.

  • Sasha

    Yes! I feel the same way about Mac Foundation! I’ve tried going in several time to get matched, I think I would be in the NC35/37 range, since i do have olive/yellow undertones. But they always give me something completely different. It looks too fake on my skin, patchy at times regardless if i use the best primers or moisturizer for my skin. I had such I hopes but they really only tailor to certain skin types.

  • Melissa

    Everytime I go to the Mac counter, they tell me that the only “for dry skin” foundation they really have is studio sculpt. I haven’t been since this one came out, but I HATE studio sculpt. It’s awful and cakey and feels like I’m wearing a mask no matter how I apply it. I’ve just steered clear of Mac’s foundations because of it. I prefer my temptu or guerlain anyways. This one still interests me though. I have ridiculously dry skin.

  • Joan

    I had a few different Mac foundations in cream, powder and liquid and was told by my aesthetician that Mac is not a good foundation especially for my skin, which has gotten dry and dehydrated since I’ve gotten older. Was also told the same thing by other experts in cosmetics. My skin is rosacea prone, but has gotten much better after seeing my dermatologist and using the right products for my skin. I have thrown away whatever Mac foundations I had. When I saw this one come out, I was tempted, but I won’t give in to purchasing it. One of the foundations recommended by my aesthetician is Bobbi Brown.

  • Yvonne

    I agree with you, Muse. I don’t wear or like Mac foundations either. I’ve owned them in every form – liquid, cream, etc. and they just don’t feel comfortable on my skin. There is also a tendency for the yellow base shades to look very orange even before they are applied. Give me Armani any day.

    • the Muse

      yvonne agreed, they are either too yellow too orange or too damn beige 🙁

  • Jen

    I use Studio Fix Liquid but decided to give this a try. Great coverage but I felt it was too hydrating for me. I think it will be excellent for someone with dry skin and likes full coverage.

  • Jane

    I do use MAC makeup. The main reason I use it is for the wide selection of shades. When it comes to foundation, my number one priority is finding the right undertones for my skin. Although MAC employees almost never match me correctly, I still try out their products because the price is reasonable(not too cheap, not too expensive)and you get a lot of product. I love drugstore foundations but I find they last me about 2 months if I use it every day. MAC foundations usually last me 4 or 5 months (again, if I use often). I am interested in buying the Mineralize Moisture foundation (I have normal to combination skin). I’ve tried out a sample in NC25 which a tad too light. I mix it with my Studio Fix Fluid in NC30 which turns out to match me well. I apply it with my fingers and get a very natural, sheer coverage. My face looked like real skin instead of looking like a had a lot of makeup on my skin. I know MAC makeup tends to look cakey but if applied with care, it will always make your skin look great. I believe other products like Urban Decay or Dior are higher end and more valuable than MAC. To me, MAC is in the middle, not drugstore or high end. It is just good quality makeup but it is not the best out there. Thank you for the swatches!

  • dmack

    I use Mac foundation and I really do love it. This is one of my favorite foundations (I wear NC 20). The formula applies like a dream and it’s very easy to blend. I also LOVE the Studio Fix Fluid (I can wear either NC 15 or NW 15 this time of year) and also the Pro Longwear (NC 15). Mac really does make some great foundations, and I’d say it’s worth the money or at least getting swatched and trying a sample.