MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft coral with golden shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery orange with gold shimmer. At best, it looks slightly reddish-tinged (“coral”) in the pan, but it seems far more copper than coral. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, redder. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream product, stronger red tones. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was originally released a few years ago, but it’s back and now part of the permanent set of Mineralize Skinfinishes (it is one of five). The color is just about identical between the one I just purchased and the one I have from years ago, and the texture of the new one is less powdery–still similar in regards to softness and silkiness, but the new one isn’t at all powdery. The shimmer seemed a bit finer, smoother once applied, as it didn’t emphasize pores as much as my older compact did. This particular shade of Mineralize Skinfinish could be used as a highlighter, bronzer, or blush, as it had good color payoff that was buildable to full opacity or easily sheered out for a warm glow. If you want to use it primarily as a highlighter, I recommend a light hand and fan or stippling brush, otherwise you’ll get a fair amount of color. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to get patchy/faded along the apples of the cheeks.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish

Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC
$34.00/0.35 oz.

84%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Dual Rays
  • Ever Amethyst
  • Spiced Metal Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos
On lips:
  • Smashbox Azalea Be Legendary Lipgloss
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Haha, kind of backwards but I literally just purchased Smashbox Azalea Be Legendary Lipgloss immediately after reading this review. I couldn’t resist the gorgeous color! Oh but the Skinfinish looks nice too. 😛

hi my post is not in regard to this review..wantd to knw abt the lush fresh face masks..u mentioned (in a review i read earlier) that their fresh face masks have a 3 week shelf life..id bought mine and refrigerated it but dint get a chance to use it evn once..do u thnik i should use it? its been in my fridge fr almost a 2 monts now but UNUSED :p
thnk u

I love shimmer gold finishes but I think I will pass this because I have Nars Luster,too similar just Luster is more satin finishes

Kinda reminds me of Milani’s baked blushes. Thank you for the tip on using a fan or stippling brush with a bright blush. Now why didn’t I think of that!

Ah this looks very pretty on you Christine! It looks similar to the Artisan Baked Bronzer in Gingersnap!Your earrings are so purdy too btw!

I feel like if they stretch the definition of ‘coral’ any further, it’s going to break! 😛 This seems unneessarily orange to me, somehow? I mean, it looks fine, but I just don’t know… (bit moot for this vampire anyway, LOL! )

Not loving the new package but I still have mine from the first time around so don’t need to pick it up. Totally no coral to this at all, gold cooper not coral. Still pretty and nice to add that extra touch though.

Oh Christine, I’m so glad you reviewed this and included a comparison to the older formulas! thank you!!!!!!!! I love love love Cheeky Bronze, I’ve been using it daily instead of blush, it’s poyfect!

One of my favorite MSFs! I wear it a lot when I’m tan to get that nice natural glow, but now that I’m super pale again (NW13) it doesn’t work well at all.

I dont know yet if i’m loving the new package….
when we talk about the product i cant say the same, i just love this poweder at first sight. I have one powder with a matching color some years ago from mac and use it till the last bit!

With love,
The pink lemonade

This color looks so beautiful on you. I would like to purchase one of the MSF but I’m not sure which one to get, I’m looking for something that’s going to look good on myself I’m NW20. I want one that I can use as a nice bronzed glow and highlight. Just something that I can when I don’t want to take all the steps to contour,blush, and highlight my face.

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