The first time I used a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF), I saw doves and heard Jennifer Hudson hit her Dreamgirls high-note and it sealed the deal for me, all while opening up a new addiction. I felt like a cosmetic version of crackhead Pookie from New Jack City. I was twitching like “More! I need more!”. Over time, I started to slooowly build a decent MSF collection and I’m cool with what I have I haven’t felt the urgent need to buy every single one anymore, unless it’s truly unique and nothing like what I already own. This is for my beginners, and/or those curious about MSF’s — and also for those who may need a swatch reference down the road
An MSF can be used for several different things, but the most popular use is as a finishing/highlight powder. You have your regular “shimmery” Skinfinishes ($28) and your Skinfinish Naturals ($26 – about eight shades). The naturals are the ones that are basically used to set/seal the makeup because they’re matte. Or you could use them to give you sheer/light coverage in place of foundation. If you’re one of those (lucky) people who wanna leave the house quickly and don’t need a ton of coverage, the Skinfinish Naturals work amazingly well for that purpose.
The “shimmery” Skinfinishes are perfect for adding a bit of sheen or highlight to areas of the face and body. You can take a fluffy brush, lightly tap it into the product and apply it any desired area to achieve a sexy glow. Because I only use my “shimmery” Skinfinishes for highlighting purposes, I won’t be running low on any of them for a while. These babies are very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Most of them don’t have any chunks of glitter, but a few of them do (like Gold Spill and Northern Light). If you have wide open pores or lots of fine lines/wrinkles on your face, you want to avoid anything too shimmery or glittery — it will just make your pores look like pools everyone should jump into and play Marco Polo — no bueno.
Without further ado, here’s my collection of MSF’s plus swatches. Enjoy
MAC MSF’s: Sunny by Nature, Gold Deposit, Comfort, Shooting Star, Global Glow, Warmed
MAC MSF’s: Global Glow, Warmed, Brunette, Northern Light, Petticoat
MAC MSF’s: Light Flush, Perfect Topping, Gold Spill, So Ceylon, Glissade
MAC MSF’s: Glissade, Shimpagne, Dark/Natural & Shimmer, Deep Dark
I don’t have every MSF released by MAC, and to be honest there’s only one I truly want and pray MAC releases again so I can buy it and that’s Metal Rock. Google it, it’s gorgeous. I had the “coveted” Pleasureflush MSF (another one people crazily pay upwards of $90 for) but it did nothing for me so I sold it.
Many MSF’s have really pretty veining of different colors running thru them which makes them all unique. No two MSF’s are alike. Some people get ones with tons of veining, some don’t. They’re baked and very soft to the touch, and perfect for touch ups, setting your foundation, low-coverage and/or highlighting. These are absolutely beautiful and despite me having a lot, you don’t need a lot. These are considered collectors items for lots of MAC freaks because of how rare some of them are, and how hard most of them are to find. I just checked the MAC website and as of now, there are only three MSF’s available…womp. Check your local CCO’s if you wanna find some of these, they might be available.
I hope this post was helpful for reference and for those wanting to see MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes on darker skin. Do you guys have any of these? Do you have Metal Rock? If you do, I ENVY YOU!!!