MAC Mineralize Skinfinish & Satinfinish Collection Reviews

With the new Mineralize Skinfinish & Satinfinish Collection, MAC releases a new foundation, MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF15 Foundation ($26.50). Read on for my review of it!

MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation

When I first read about this foundation, I thought I was going to like it for sure. Afterall, it does come with all the basic properties of a good foundation – pump dispenser for easy and hygienic application, creamy, blendable texture, medium and buildable coverage and of course, everyday broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 sun protection. But when I finally get to test it out, I was left with mixed feelings.

I tested both NC20 and NC25 and while both shades looked okay on me, NC25 gave my skin a nicer glow. The sa first dabbed the foundation onto my skin with MAC Foundation brush #190 then buffed it in with MAC Stippling brush #187. When she was done, I thought the foundation felt slightly heavy and its light-reflecting properties made my skin look a teeny bit too glowy. It also accentuated the tiny flakes on my nose which never happened with my Chanel Pro Lumiere so there goes MAC’s claim that this foundation is “Especially suitable for normal-dry skins”. I was pretty disappointed and immediately decided that this foundation was not for me and I might as well stick with Chanel. However, when I got home 30 minutes later, the foundation had melted into my skin completely and I was left with beautifully polished skin and I swore my pores looked almost non-existent – talk about weird!! I definitely will have to go back to the store next week and give this another shot.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. phyllis, could you please please please give a tutorial on how to acheive the runway model cheekbones look !!!

  2. i saw a picture of a woman putting on some dark powder under her cheekbones to create the illusion of contours. not very sure what that substance is though. any recommendations?

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