MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects.” It’s a red-toned brown with burgundy and gold shimmer. The powder is composed of a dirty gold, peach-orange, and burgundy.  I don’t have Metal Rock, but it might be similar to this (so check your own stash!)–from what I can recall, Metal Rock is browner. MAC Warm Blend has a similar-colored strip in the middle, though it’s not as red-toned. MAC Pressed Amber is much lighter and browner, less red-toned.

This shade is really, and I mean, REALLY intense. Like use a stippling brush with a feather light hand if you have a medium or lighter skin tone. I can’t stress how easy it is to go overboard with this shade, and the texture is extremely unforgiving. It doesn’t want to diffuse at all; it barely blends along the edges, but with enough persistance, it can be blended out to look one with the skin. This color will work well with deeper complexions, and it can certainly work on lighter skin tones, just be prepared for some trial and error.

The texture of Earthshine is dry and powdery, which did make blending more difficult and I ended up cheating a bit by using loose powder around the edges to blend out the edges. Its finish is decidedly metallic; it was extremely reflective, though not glittery, and it did emphasize my pores.  The wear on Earthshine was better than Center of the Universe, as it lasted for seven hours before it started to fade noticeably.

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MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Earthshine Mineralize Skinfinish

Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC
$34.00/0.35 oz.

84%

Average

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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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Mac do skimp on the quantity of their products whenever they have a mineralize collection like this, I wonder why. Its just sad that they still price it steep and most if not,the quality of these type of products doesnt improve over the years… 🙁

this is surprisingly beautiful compared to the one you posted previously. All I saw was a glitter overload in center of the universe but this one seems to have a beautiful sheen! Have to go and check this one out.
 
Thank you for all the time and effort you spend doing this for us, Christine! Really appreciate it. =)

I have been using Metal Rock MSF as a contour for many years (I wear MSF all over my face instead of foundation using diff colors for 3D effects), and it will be fantastic to have another dark color to choose from.
 
The key is to make sure the face is not damp, barely touch the stippling brush over the top of the pan of color.  Then lightly stipple as a contour under cheekbones, at temples, and under chin.  Using the contour brush from Sonia Kashuk or a good kabuki dense brush then blending out the contour well makes it blend into the skin.
 
I am either NW25 or NC37 when tan in summer, so I am not dark for the most part.  If done very lightly, it looks amazing. (I use pink/coral colors as blush finish, highlight colors as highlight too)

Thank you so much for sharing, Caprig!! 🙂
 
I wish this was a little more blendable, because I think it’s absolutely fantastic to see a really dark MSF (because I can’t recall anything this dark SINCE Metal Rock, which was eons ago).  You’re definitely right about using a bare touch with this!

There is usually nothing I think I can’t somehow tweak for me (color wise) but the minute you put the preview swatches up I was like ” we all just rolled in rusty metallic dirt?” this seems sooo impractical as a MSF.

 @18thCenturyFox I remember Metal Rock looking really lovely on others, even though it just made me look dirty.  If used really, really lightly, it can definitely work – it’s just not a throw and go kind of shade, I’d say 🙂
 
Check out the comment left by Caprig below 🙂 She gave some great advice! 

Yikes! It looks kind of like a bruise on you, Christine, which is strange because you wear such a wide variety of colors so well. I’d definitely agree that it’s better suited to darker complexions. I think I’ll be opting for the other shades in this launch.

I know a lot of people are “leaving” this one, but even though I couldn’t wear it, I think it will be just gorgeous on dark skin tones/African American skin tones.  It’s beautiful for deep skin, I think.  Not all shades can (or should) be for lighter skin tones!

i’m sooooo loving this. it’s not easy to find products that r actually flaterring on deeper complexions. love this. will have to pick up 2 of these

It makes me happy to see MAC making a product that is best suited for women of color. Lately, all of MAC’s collections have seemed to be only geared towards fairer skin tones.

I’m a little too light for this one, but it’s great to see a product that will work amazing for the dark/deeper skinned beauties out there! I think this one will be a great sort of neutral/natural everyday type shade for deep skin toned girls or boys. I’m always happy when I see products geared specifically towards darker tones. It’s crazy annoying when beauty brands don’t include shades for the super pale and/or darker/deep shades of skin. The weirdest thing is when foundation shopping, and shades are only offered from something that’s say similar to the 20 range in MAC and then stops at like the 40 range. Actually, I get kind of mad when I see that, and tend not to purchase even if my shade is there, lol.

I have to say I’m nearing the NW30 range from this hot and lovely summer we are having in Ohio, and I have a slightly olive/eastern European skin tone… I might try this in the store before I buy it tho.  I did however save up 12 empty containers to at least get two new lipsticks to justify the 45 minute drive to a MAC store 🙂

I finally caved in and bought this shade of MSF.  I LOVE it!  I thought I’d update since I last left a comment before purchasing this.  I do have a tip to make this work better.  DO NOT throw out the plastic protector, instead save it.  When going to use this touch your brush onto the MSF, and then swirl the brush into the plastic protector to get a good blend to use as a blush.  Otherwise swirling your brush in the product to get a good blend means you pick up WAY too much!  Hope this little tip helps.  I’m still only a NW25 btw… I make this work 🙂

i don’t get it!! I’m NC37 or C4 at MAC’s and I’m loving it with all my heart!! Maybe it is due to my really cool and yellowish skintone, but for me earthshine is GORGEOUS!! You know, i’ve even got a backup!!

i love love this product , i wear nw15/nw20 depending 🙂 i lost earthshine last weekend and am lost without it ,i used it for contouring my cheeks and gave a lovely tone 🙂 i am on the hunt for a new one if anyone can guide me on where i can re-purchase would be much appreciate .

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