Why I Love MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

MAC sent over their latest in complexion products—Mineralize Foundation Loose and Mineralize Concealer. I’m still working on testing the concealer so I’ll update on that in a separate post, but I am totally in love with Mineralize Foundation Loose.

First of all, I LOVE a loose powder more than a pressed even though the pressed is more portable. Why? Because loose powders tend to contain less oils than the pressed ones and since my skin is oily, I need the least amount of it as possible. Second, Mineralize Foundation Loose (used sparingly) packs a decent amount of coverage so you can use it alone with just concealer if you don’t have huge discoloration issues. Worn alone it gives the skin a beautiful healthy glow—but you must use it sparingly because if you use too much it can give an ashy, cakey appearance. In warmer months, I tend to skip foundation and just go for concealer and powder so this will definitely be a staple for me. It also works well to set your regular foundation–again, use sparingly.

I actually didn’t even look at the description for this because when I test a product, I often like to keep my mind clear of any marketing from a brand. I was pleasantly surprised to see that what I had in mind was exactly how MAC describes it:

“Silky, mineral-rich Mineralize Foundation/Loose provides a medium-buildable natural to natural-satin finish. Brushes on for a smooth, radiant look. Helps skin stay healthy and nourished”

Way to go, MAC! It also comes in 9 shades from Extra Light to Dark Deep. I’m NW47 and used Dark Deep.

If my skin looks lighter in the second pic, it’s because of lighting not from the makeup.

Bottom line: This is definitely worth a try whether you use it alone or to set your foundation. I also appreciate that the powder is fine so chances of it settling into fine lines and wrinkles are minimal.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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  5. Anu says:

    Hey girl, heeey! I’m a huge fan of your blog and LOVE what you do (esp since you’re Trini, and I’m Indian and you feature all types of beauty). So! I’m running low on Bare Minerals, which I’ve liked but feel doesn’t have enough oomph. I want something with buildable coverage, for my acne scars and lil rosacea…although I don’t mind using my usual stick concealer. My color is kind of A darker Lakshmi Menon. Do you think this Mac loose is a good option? Studiofix definitely

  6. Anu says:

    Hey girl, heeey! I’m a huge fan of your blog and LOVE what you do (esp since you’re Trini, and I’m Indian and you feature all types of beauty). :) So! I’m running low on Bare Minerals matte, which I’ve liked but feel doesn’t have enough oomph. I want something loose with buildable coverage, for my acne scars and lil rosacea…although I don’t mind using my usual stick concealer. My color is kind of A darker Lakshmi Menon, hard to match. Do you think this Mac loose is a good option? Studiofix definitely clogged my pores-I’m wary! Help!

    • Danielle says:

      Hey Anu!!!

      Your comment has me smiling from ear to ear! Thank youuu and hello my fellow Trini!

      I say give Mineralize Foundation Loose a whirl if you use it along with your concealer and if you don’t have huge texture issues. I have a few dark spots left over from acne with no texture issues and with concealer and this powder I love the coverage and healthy radiance I get. Also since you’ve been using BE Matte, you’ll appreciate the change in finish since Mineralize Foundation Loose has a more luminous finish.

      MAC foundations almost always break me out if I use them more than once so I definitely appreciate their mineralized line for being less irritating on my skin.

      Hope this helps, my love! And feel free to ask more questions if you need—-and also let me know how it turns out if you buy Mineralize Foundation Loose ;)

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  9. Mimi says:

    Hi Danielle!

    Thanks for sharing this! This is very beautifully written.

    I have one question though: today as I was shopping at MAC, a salesperson recommended this powder to me. I needed something to set my makeup with, especially because I felt like my contour and highlights don’t stay on all day. I wanted to get a translucent powder at first, but she said translucent powder absorbs oil, whereas I have combination skin and therefore do not need translucent powder. She recommended that I use this powder after I put on contour and highlighter, and before I put on blush, in order to set my makeup (contour especially). Would you say that this is a wise thing to do, after your review of this product?

    Thank you so so much, and I really look forward to hearing from you! Good luck with your posts — I really enjoy reading them and thanks for sharing!

    Best,
    Mimi

    • Danielle says:

      Hey Mimi!

      There’s so much going on here with what this person is telling you—I’m not saying she’s wrong, but perhaps there’s more to what she’s saying or maybe something about your skin that she didn’t know. I have never heard what she said about translucent powder.

      So first things first, I think you need to make sure you’re using the proper skincare for your skin type. Many times using the wrong skincare can cause your makeup to not stay intact. You can read more about that in these posts:

      The Moisturizer Switch-Up: How it Can Help Your Skin & Makeup

      How to Stay Beat in the Heat

      Summer Skincare

      If You Have Oily Skin, Here’s Some Things NOT to Do

      My Updated Foundation Routine

      I haven’t tried setting foundation or any other makeup using this MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose powder before—I’ve used it on its own since it’s “heavy” enough to be used as a foundation. If you have the powder already, try out what she explained and see if it works for you. Otherwise the links above also show the methods I use to set my foundation, contour, etc.

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