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MAC Sheer Minerals Mineral Makeup Review

OVERALL, Sheer Minerals is a collection that will appeal to many. It has the coveted mineralize skinfinishes in Petticoat and So Ceylon, plus permament and newcomer Soft & Gentle. Several mineralize duos are back in action, though those aren’t really up my alley, despite looking so pretty when swatched. Sheer Minerals/Mineralize consists of a lot of mineral face products (foundations, powders, etc.) that will be permament. Some products will switch out as they release new ones (like the eyeshadows). I picked up the mineralize skinfinishes (this is probably my third time owning Petticoat–maybe I’ll keep it this time!) and the sheersheen powders. I already have several mineralize blushes, so I could pass on those! See swatches here!

Get the detailed reviews for each product…

Mineralize Skinfinish

  • Soft & Gentle is a gilded gold color, it’s almost a soft peachy-gold in a sense. This would compliment warm-tones very well as a nice highlighter. It doesn’t give a ton of color, though.
  • Petticoat is a raspberry-pink kind of color, which does look lovely when swatched (moreso than I remember).
  • So Ceylon is a richer bronze color, which would look lovely on both deeper skin tones as well as lighter ones.

Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos

  • Illusionary.Burning Ambition consists of a whitish-yellow gold color (similar to Nylon, but yellower), which I find appealing and lovely. The other shade is a rich, gold-flecked brown.
  • Bright Side/Gallery Gal is a duo with a golden-toned olive green and a peachy-pink white shade. The green calls to me, but I stand strong for now!
  • Heat/Element is a coppery red color (think Coppering) matched with a brighter, more gold than bronze color.
  • Engaging has a coppery bronze color (not as bright as Amber Lights) and a soft whitish pink color.
  • Earthly Riches is a combination of a deep, purple with black flecks and dark gray-black.
  • Family Silver comes with a medium toned silvery-gray and then a brighter, more metallic shade of silver.

Mineralize Sheersheen Powder

  • Lucent is a soft pink color with subtle shimmer–these are great for highlighting.
  • Silver Aura is a soft white highlighter with a touch of beige to make it more wearable. These go on strong if you aren’t careful; a little goes a long way, and then you sheer it out for just a subtle bit of shimmer. I wore this and loved it (and I’m NC30).
  • Sheerbronze is an intense coppery bronze color with lots of gold shimmer. You definitely have to use a light hand with this if you’re lighter toned (that goes for me, too), because it will show up vividly. I find this photographs a lot like Other Worldly — not well!
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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One obvious thing is the Sheen powders are in a much smaller container. Not sure if there is less product… Since the sifter is much shallower it could spill out the sides more.

They’re similar, these feel finer, and not as chalky. The beauty powders don’t feel chalky really… but these seem incredibly fine and soft.

I asked an MA what the difference was & she said the beauty powders have a more satin finish, whereas the Sheersheen powders are sheerer & more metallic. Too bad about getting less product (just like the Overrich pigments – boo!).

I hauled So Ceylon & Petticoat MSF, Lucent & Silver Aura powders and Red She Said l/s…I’m really in love with the Sheersheen powders, especially Silver Aura which looks so natural on – not glittery at all. In fact I got so distracted by the Sheersheens I completely forgot to pick up the 2 BPB’s from Red She Said! Going back tonight 🙂

Hi Christine! lovely swatches =)… do u think light flush and petticoat r the same? i really want to get petticoat but not too sure if i should since i already have light flush. and also is soft n gentle a good dupe for lightscapade? ive been wanting it for so long but gosh it cost an arm n a leg to buy it off ebay!

No, Petticoat is darker, deeper. Light Flush does nothing for me color-wise, but Petticoat gives me some raspberry color. Soft & Gentle doesn’t look like Lightscapade on me at all – it’s gold/peachy, and Lightscapade was kind of a cool shimmer.

Illusionary/Burning Ambition – try Nylon and Bronze. Heat/Element, try Coppering and Naked Lunch. Engaging, try Amber Lights and Pink Freeze.

What will distinguish the MES from these possible dupes is the texture.

I have illusionary/burning ambition from when it first came out(what was it 2006). I thought about swapping it. Is it worth keeping??? I heard they were not good pigmented or liked or made as well like he electroflash or the new ones.i they change the texture on the remakes this year or are they the same. I hope I am not confuing you cause I feel like I confused myself,lol

These were very pigmented and smooth, though I don’t have an older one to compare it to! It does feel like the ones from this year (Electroflash), though.

Christine, for Petticoat, do you think it is better to get one with more red veining? Esp for NC 30 skintone… Would it be too red with, or too light with too little red?

You’d want one with some, but I don’t think having a ton is bad… but you don’t need more than a few veins for good color.

My friend wants to sell following mac product(said she had allergic reaction?)mineralize sheer powder in lucent&tedderstuck,mineralize skinfinish glissade&light fuss,hellokitty beauty powder tahitian sand,fafi iridescent powder belightfull.Can`t see them,she would mail them.I don`t know about them&how they are used,hope you can help! I have darkbrown hair&eyes,light not pale skin.Thank you:)

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