June 27, 2013

MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinish Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinish

Adored and Lust are two of five MAC Mineralize Skinfinish that launched with the MAC Tropical Taboo Collection today! You already know I’m quite obsessed with MAC MSF even though they are sometimes a pain to work with. They just produce that perfect glow and sometimes are pigmented enough to work as a blush (those are the shades I REALLY adore, Stereo Rose I’m talking to YOU!).

Are you a fond Mineralize Skinfinish fan?

If so I’m sure you’re excited about this release!

MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinish ($30) in Adored and Lust are two shades I recently got my hands on. Out of the two shades Lust is the deeper but it still worked as a highlighter more than a blush unfortunately but still it has a gorgeous glow that will make you soon forget about using it as a blush!

MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches

Adored and Lust

MAC dubs Adored a coral with light beige pearl and that’s about right. I wish it had more of the pretty coral versus the beige but the beige does dominate. Although it will vary from Skinfinish to Skinfinish as the veining on each is sometimes quite unique so you might just find one with a little more coral. MAC should consider this fresher, lighter coral as a blush shade as it is truly stunning. The beige prevents the coral from really becoming the star here unfortunately so you get more of a softer light glow on cheeks. It isn’t terribly shimmery and doesn’t contain huge chunks of glitter. The finish has a more refined sheen on my cheeks and relies more on the play of light off my face than any real hardcore shimmer found in the powder itself. Speaking of powder the texture does run a bit powdery but still blends easily onto cheeks and isn’t dry or chalky.

MAC Adored Mineralize Skinfinish

Lust is paler pink with hints of cranberry. It’s slightly frosty but has a metallic finish on my face that has a pretty glint in the sun. This shade looks deep enough to be worn as a blush but unfortunately applies more subtly than it looks. It doesn’t contain hardcore glitter or sparkle either as sometimes MSF are terribly guilty of having chunky glittery pieces in them. The formula is also a tad powdery but not dry or chalky in the least. It has a very silky, smooth feel and applies fairly easily on cheek bones. I really like this shade paired up with one of the pink shades of the Josie Argan Blush I recently reviewed for you. A little of Josie’s blush and a little Lust on top gives my cheeks a pretty pink glow!

MAC Lust Mineralize Skinfinish

I think MAC Mineralize Skinfinish are an intimidating product for some. I know I’m not a master at highlighting my face well. Too much and you’ll look a little too glow-y and potentially shimmery. Too little and you won’t feel like you can see the product on your skin. I find using some sort of fibre or fan brush aids well in application and you won’t over due things either as the bristles are light and floppy and won’t pick up as much product as a normal blush brush or bushier brush would. I am slightly disappointed that this newest round of MSF don’t really work for me as a blush. I have to admit I love when the shades work as a blush but that’s ok they still produce a fine glow on my skin!

Although not a huge highlighter fan I must admit to having a deep love affair with MAC Mineral Skinfinishes so I do suggest stopping on counter to view these!

They are available now at maccosmetics.com as well as at your favorite counter.

Are they on your wish list?

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

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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  • Cindy Ramirez

    These are super nice sheered out and used as a highlighter. I had my paws all over these yesterday!

  • Christine

    For me, Stereo Rose was the ultimate MSF. After I got that, I drifted away from paying attention to MSFs anymore. These are really pretty but I don’t use highlighters very often. From the promos, I thought Lust would be pigmented enough to be a blush. Oh wells. Thanks for the review – I know now I will be passing on these and saving my money for other goodies.

    • the Muse

      couldn’t agree more! if they were all like that I’d be a happy girl! 😀 my pleasure!

  • Mary Ann

    Hi… thanks for doing a review… i love mac msfs but sad to say I have too much on my collection and I’m on a tight budget right now…

  • Anna

    I was always in love with mac MFS and could have tons of them. But these – sadly – do not draw my attention. I’m skipping them and waiting for something else. Or maybe I’ll buy Soft & Gentle, but as its permanent, I’m not in any hurry.