MAC Sheer Minerals Collection Reviews and Swatches

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The Mineralized SPF15 Foundation – Loose ($29) is a repromote and was released in April earlier this year. It comes in 9 shades which run slightly darker than the Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals.

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
Deeper Dark – milk chocolate

I use Medium Plus for the MSF Natural and Medium for the Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) for my NC30 skin. Unlike most other mineral foundations I tried, this does not irritate my dehydrated combination skin. It feels soft, lightweight, non-drying and imparts a my-skin-but-better finish. The coverage is on the sheer side and slightly more matte compared to the Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation. The sock-covered latex sponge applicator that it comes with also works pretty well for buffing the product into the skin but I prefer using a small powder brush. My only gripe is it does tend to oxidize so the color turns darker by the end of the day. Overall, love the texture and finish, hate the wearability.

The new, limited edition Mineralize Sheersheen Loose Powder ($19.50) is like a loose powder version of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. Although it is very frosty and gives a luminous glow to the skin, I find it a little too sheer. I like the regular MSF a lot more than this.

Sheerbronze – Soft bronze with gold pearlized pigments (Frost)
* Lucent – Faded mid-tone pink with pink and white pearlized pigments (Frost)
* Silver Aura – Muted pinky beige with silver shimmer (Frost)

There are three Mineralize Skinfinishes ($25) in this collection.

Soft and Gentle – This “gilded peach bronze” is the only new color in the collection. It looks more like a shimmery beige color and is not really that unique.

So Ceylon – Described as a “rose bronze with golden bronze veining”, this is a repromote from the High Tea collection and was one of the first Mineralize Skinfinishes. It is a pretty color and would work great as a bronzer for those with pale skin.

Petticoat – This is a “pale rose with gold and amber veining” and a repromote that was launched in December 2005. The color is gorgeous and highly pigmented and one swipe along your cheekbones will give you a healthy flush. It is definitely my favorite out of the three.

So Ceylon, Petticoat and Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

So Ceylon and Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

So Ceylon and Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches

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, you say you use mac mineral foundation yourself? I was wondering if you have tried Bare Escentuals or any other mineral brands and would be interested in how you would compare them.

  2. ah that line looks lovely… every time I come here I find new excuses to spend more money on makeup 😛 thank you for the time you spend on your blog!

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