Friday, March 25th, 2011

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! and Sun Power MSFN Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($27.00 for 0.35 oz.) have two new and permanent shades–for achieving that sunkissed glow, that is.  They will debut and stay in the range beginning April 7th with the Bronze Everyday Collection, which also features Bronzing Powders (most, if not all, already in the line), Skinsheen Leg Spray (now permanent), two Mineralize Skinfinishes (already permanent), and two new bronzing shades of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (now permanent).

Give Me Sun! is described as a “light summer peachy tan.” This is the shade I felt suited my medium skin tone (NC25/NC30) best, because it wasn’t too dark, too orange, and it was very natural. It blends out easily, so I would also recommend it for lighter skin tones as well as medium skin tones.

Sun Power is described as a “deep terracotta bronze.” It has a stronger earthy red undertone while being a deeper and darker tanned bronze overall. I would recommend it for medium-dark to deep skin tones.

The texture of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural works really well as a bronzer, too. The finely milled powder is lightweight, blends effortlessly, and the lack of sheen makes it look delightfully natural. It is a real shame that MAC didn’t also decide to make the 131 brush permanent, because I findit to be an excellent brush for bronzer–impossible to overdo! The next best brush I’ve found is tied between the 116 and 168.

P.S. — I’m only reviewing the Lustre Drops and new Mineralize Skinfinish Natural shades (the majority of the rest has been permanent or reviewed previously here on the blog).

The Glossover


MAC Give Me Sun! and Sun Power MSFN Review, Photos, Swatches

From the testing I've done so far, I actually like these more than MAC's Bronzing Powders, which are good, but these are so soft and silky smooth.











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MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! / Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Give Me Sun! (left), Sun Power (right)

MAC Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Guerlain #165 Rouge Automatique on lips.

Where can I purchase MSFN? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on April 7th in-stores, approximately April 4th online -- $27.00.

Is it limited edition?


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72 thoughts on “MAC Give Me Sun! and Sun Power MSFN Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Wendy M.

    Looking forward to buying Give Me Sun!
    It looks like it would give me the perfect bronze/tanned look for my NC35 self. :)

  2. ms_k

    How do they compare to Nars Laguna bronzer?

  3. Trish

    Wow, I’m loving how Sun Power looks. Should suit my NW43 skin just fine.

  4. Haley

    Give me sun is gorgeous! I need that!

  5. Olivia

    Im excited to get give me sun! However, I wish mac would come out with some new msfs because come on, they only have two permanent ones.

  6. Neha

    I bought Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium-plus shade) 2 years back and whenever I use it, it makes me look very powdery and cakey. I have been on hunt for bronzers, do you think I should give this a try or it will have the same finish as Mineralize skinfinishes? Is there any bronzer which does not look very frosty or powdery.

  7. It’s so weird because the color looks super orange in the pan but quite lovely and natural on you! Thank you again for the swatches, Christine <3

  8. Eashanna

    In terms of MAC shades, where would the cut off be?

    NC 30 and lighter for Give me Sun? and NC 35 and darker for Sun Power?

    How would you divide it?

    • More like 15-40, 30-55. There is definitely overlap – and ultimately depends on how you like your bronzer.

      • Yes, I can definitely see this happening. Normally I would go with the darker shade, but Sun Power looks too orange for me. I think I’ll get Give Me Sun. It’s unusual for me to buy a lighter bronzer, but I want a lighter glow for my cheeks. I’m NC42 for reference.

  9. Sixx

    Is the texture the same as the bronze color from the Wonder Woman MSFs?

  10. While I agree with your choice between the two (if one was to -have- to choose), the darker actually looks wonderful on you as well! Unfortunately when things look wonderful on you, though, I know they’ll likely be a smidge too dark for me. The pinker lustre drops do look interesting, though.

  11. the shade looks nice, perhaps with another lippie it might look even better

  12. Sabrina

    If done very lightly, do you think the darker one could work for an NW15/20? I’ve found that sometimes bronzers with a slightly more red undertone work better for me.

  13. Ani_BEE

    Give Me Sun would turn very orange on my ultra fair skin tone. T-T

    I would be better of using a darker Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. lol

  14. Which lipstick are you wearing? It’s so beautiful.

  15. Faerie

    I know I’m supposed to be looking at the bronzer but that Guerlain lipstick is stealing the show here. You look amazing!

  16. Hiromi

    how do you use this? as an all over powder, or just as a bronzer/contour?

  17. Michelle

    These don’t look natural at all… I guess I will have to pass on these and stick with my fave bronzer for summer.

  18. Don’t really care about these at all, but loving the new Guerlain lipstick you’re wearing!

  19. Amanda

    love your lipstick :)

  20. Kayla

    Looks lovely on you, but I think it would look super weird on me.

  21. Bianca

    They’re so orange. Ew.

  22. kasiaj85

    Give me sun is awesome! I want! :))
    btw – what lippie are you wearing in the photo?

  23. Carrie Ann

    Give Me Sun! certainly looks lovely in the pan. I was wondering about Gold Deposit MSF. I’m about an NC20 and MSFs like Cheeky Bronze tend to suit me because I have really warm undertones. Do you think I could pull off Gold Deposit?

  24. Honor

    Great review as usual . I am wondering how give me Dun would compare to the bronzer inside pink power and golden lariat? I Have been using pink power every day since the launch and I am very impressed , even better than m’y loved bobbi Brown Ones

  25. Marian

    The lipstick looks too cool with Sun Power.

  26. darcel

    which of these if either would you recc as an all over face powder for nc44/nc45?

  27. Annick Chantal L. H.

    Christine you can wear both of them. Give me the sun! and Sun power are great on you. As for me, a mix of NC44 and NW40, I will opt for sun power. Btw, believe me: I’ve never used bronzer since a French MUA from a Parisian Sephora was shocked when I asked her for a bronzer saying: “you’re black!! what the mess using a bronzer!!! it’s ridiculous!” people was there looking at me! I was confused and said “ok give it up”. I am not sure that lots of French women of color use bronzer… untill I discovered that American women of color use bronzer. So that’ll be my first bronzer. Thanks girls. Salut

  28. Émilie

    Hi Christine :-)

    Wich lipstick do you wear in the picture ? I like it !

    Thanks a lot, loving these bronzers !

  29. Jenna

    It looks like snooki’s face powder in the pan.. haha
    Not much natural about that!

  30. Susan

    Hey, are these shades similar to the bronze strips in the wonder woman msfs? :-)

  31. ShockingBlue

    Have you ever thought about doing a side photo of your face when showing a product on your face? It looks nice on the apples of your cheeks but you can hardly tell the difference between two sides (at least on my computer). I think we’d be able to get a really good idea of what it looks like if you were turned slightly. Just a suggestion!

  32. Mel

    You are kicking butt, Christine! I’m loving all these reviews!

  33. cloudburst

    Give Me Sun is really nice, not orange at all.

  34. amelia

    omigod, they’re gorgeous!

  35. 53

    I can’t tell the difference when u wear ’em! but i will try it out for myself when it hit Singapore.

  36. ahley

    what lipstick are you wearing ?

  37. Soph

    I really wish they came out with darker colors. Anybody know a good “credit card” contour color for NC42-43 skin?

  38. Vanessa

    I’m afraid that I will have to disagree with everyone else’s comments–you’ve applied it a bit too heavy-handed and the bronzer itself is much too orange!

    • Please note that these are swatches so you can see the product. I thought it was obvious that the photo was to show you the color since I’m wearing two different shades and wouldn’t consider that a look, LOL! 😉

  39. Hannah

    Is “Give Me Sun” similar at all in color and wear to the bronze color in the middle of “Pink Power” from the Wonder Woman collection?

  40. C2keri

    No…just…no. It’s hard to add anything more. I know that MAC needs to repromote colors from time to time, but this is warmed over-feeling. Does anyone else wonder if MAC has taken their base clientele for granted?

  41. alyssa

    can i use “give me sun” for all over the face or is it just for contouring??

    • To set makeup? I probably wouldn’t – it’s a bronzer, not so much for contouring or a setting powder.

      • Annick Chantal L. H.

        Apparently yes and no, depending on the way you use it, lovely Christine. According to the UK Mac Cosmetics website (as it is not yet available online in France I am refering to the UK Mac Cosmetics website), it is “use to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.” So I was in London, today, and took the advantage to go to the Mac pro, the girl told me “yes you can, but slightly, verrrry slightly, because it’s normally thought much more as a bronzer than as a classical msf natural. and what you have read online is dedicated to the classical msf natural. So beware: do not use it as a classical msf!!!” voilà, j’espère avoir été claire (I hope to be clear).
        This sun power is wonderful and just like silk. salut!!!!!!!!!!

        • It’s a bit orange (IMO), which is why I wouldn’t recommend it as a setting powder (or contour, because you want something that looks more like a shadow – so grayish or taupeish, not orange), especially since they have the full range with of natural shades that would work better to set makeup.

          I am totally confused by what you are recommending – are you saying to use it as a setting powder or not?

          • Annick Chantal L. H.

            Yes. But I add a precision: if you are NC40 and more it is possible to use the sun power as a setting powder but slightly. I don’t know if it is possible with the other one because I am not concerned (it is for lighter carnations). The MUA used it as a setting powder to set the face and body foundation. If you use it slightly it is possible to use it as a setting powder. She used the 150. It made ma skin a bit warmer (note that my skin is deshydrated, very dull). I will use this sun power as a setting powder just to make my skin a bit warmer and of course less dull, but, and I insist, slightly because if not…

  42. i am using give me sun with the studio moisture tint in dark. i am nc45 and this gives my skin such a glow. in my opinion this product is wonderful for darker golden skintones also.

  43. gnothinikki

    I’m considering getting Sun Power, but I already have Golden Lariat. Do you know how similar Sun Power & the “Bronzer” shade in Golden Lariat are?

  44. joyy__

    Hi :)
    I’m an NC40, which of the two would suit me best?