MAC Apres Chic – Mineralize Skinfinishes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

The long awaited re-release of Stereo Rose and Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish is finally at hand! Actually, these came out a week ago… I’m just late getting my Apres Chic posts up because I was on vacation… Sorry!

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinishes

Apres Chic Mineralize Skinfinish Labels

Mineralize Skinfinishes are a cult classic when it comes to MAC products. People will do just about anything to get their hands on these babies! The quality of these is always great, and they’re versatile enough to be used as a blush or highlight on the cheeks and can even be used as eye shadows or for a pop of shine on the lips. Mineralize Skinfinishes are very shimmery and shiny, so don’t wear these if you don’t want to get noticed… They give a gorgeous glow to the cheeks! If you have large pores or super oily skin, these may not be for you, but they work on the majority of people if applied properly.

My favorite brushes to use with these are a MAC 116 or 168 brush if you want to wear it as a blush. This will apply it more heavily than other brushes will, but still make it easy to blend out. If you want to use these as a lighter type of blush, a MAC 181 brush is ideal, although those were limited edition. A MAC 187 brush works well to apply this lightly as a blush, or you can use a MAC 188 brush to apply it as a highlight.

Both of these MSF’s are limited edition and came out the day after Christmas with the Apres Chic collection. This collection is available now at your local MAC counter,  MAC store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.  Mineralize Skinfinish sells for $29 and contains 10 g / 0.35oz of product. As far as I know, Stereo Rose is sold out online, but Porcelain Pink is still available. Perhaps you’ll have better luck finding Stereo Rose at your local store or counter!

Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily      Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                        Right: Blended out

Porcelain Pink:   Porcelain Pink is a “soft pinky coral with gold veining”. It’s a light, warm pink with golden shimmer and an overall frosty finish. In the pan, it’s much more coral than it is once applied, but there’s enough of a hint of coral when applied that it will warm up your skintone and be flattering, whether you’re naturally cool or warm toned. There’s some serious sheen to Porcelain Pink, so I don’t tend to use this alone as a blush. What I like to do is layer this over another blush, or just use it as a highlight on the cheeks. As a blush, this will wear for about 6 hours before fading… As a highlight, this tends to last closer to 8 hours before it begins to fade. I also like this for a highlight on the eyes or as a soft wash of color and shimmer all over the eyelid. Since this is a lighter shade, it’s best suited for people with fair to medium-dark skin. Porcelain Pink was also released in September of 2011 with the Fall Colour collection, as well as several times before.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.Left: Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                         Right: Blended out

Stereo Rose:   Stereo Rose is a “coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances”… Sounds fancy! It’s a warm, medium coral with undertones of pink and a soft, golden bronze shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented and has good color payoff, no matter how you apply it. It works well as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin, and works well as a highlighter for all skintones. It can also be lightly layered over another blush to add sheen and warmth. Like Porcelain Pink, this lasted about 6 hours on me as a blush and a bit longer as a highlight. Stereo Rose is very smooth and has a fine texture, so it doesn’t seem to show pores so much as other Mineralize Skinfinishes do. If Stereo Rose looks familiar to you, it’s because it was released last in summer of 2010 with the In The Groove! collection, and before that in 2007. Every time it’s been released, it’s sold out super fast, so hopefully you can still find one of these!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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1 comment
  1. Oh man – I really love these! I’m going to have to go pick up both for the spring because they’re PERFECT! I’ve been really into NARS “Lovejoy” lately – check it out!

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