MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) Collection Reviews

MAC finally jumped onto the bandwagon and released its first loose mineral foundation, Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) ($29). This comes in 9 shades – Light (neutral pale ivory), Light Medium (neutral light beige), Medium (beige), Medium Plus (tan beige), Medium Dark (rich tan), Medium Deep (deep golden orange tan), Dark (caramel), Deep Dark (deep caramel) and Deeper Dark (milk chocolate) – which run slightly darker than the MSF Naturals. I use Medium Plus for the MSF Natural and Medium for the Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) for my NC30 skin.

Unlike most loose mineral foundation I have tried, this did not irritate my skin at all. On my dehydrated combination skin, it simply feels soft, lightweight and not the slightest bit dry with a my-skin-but-better finish. Coverage is sheerer than MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation and heavier than the MSF Natural. This also feels slightly more matte compared to the Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation, but the more you buff this into your skin, the creamier it becomes. The sock-covered latex sponge applicator that it comes with also works pretty great for buffing the product into the skin. Alternatively, you can apply this with a small powder brush. Overall, it is a pretty good mineral foundation and I highly recommend it for those with drier skin.

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. Hi Phyllis,

    How would you say this compares to the bare essentials mineral foundation, I know you previously said you didn’t like it but I mean in terms of coverage?

    I am contemplating switching from BE because it does not provide enough coverage. Does MAC provide more coverage?
    Also do you know MAC uses 100% minerals in this foundation?

  2. Carol, this definitely does not cover as well as BE but it is a lot less drying and irritating. If you need more coverage, try a liquid/pressed powder foundation instead.

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