Monday, 15 February 2016

Review: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle


It's been a while guys (about a year and a half), but here I am! Working full time is tiring and draining, but I think I have gotten the hang of it now... sort of. Highlighting seems to be all the rage at the moment, especially as we are welcoming the trend of strobing (usually done with cream or liquid products as opposed to powder). Prior to the purchase of this MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, the only dedicated highlighter I had was theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. The Mary-Lou was probably the first of the best highlighters out there, before the likes of Becca and Anastasia followed suit. As much as I loved my Mary-Lou, it isn't one to be used on a daily basis- it is instead the one you gravitate towards for a dramatic highlighting effect. I had a look around at other more subtle options for a highlighter, and the more I heard about Soft and Gentle, I knew I had to get it.




She's beautiful, isn't she? MAC describes the Mineralize Skinfinish as a "luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish". Coming at $47 a pop it isn't exactly your most affordable option, but given you get a nice 10g of product, it's not bad. (Especially compared to Becca Skin Perfector which is a whopping $60 for only 5.5g). In photos Soft and Gentle leans very rose-gold and coppery in the pan, however on my skin it appears very subdued. The colour is definitely not overly dramatic, and is beautiful for a ethereal glow that can work for everyday use. Application was nice and smooth, although the texture of Soft and Gentle is not as finely milled as Mary-Lou. I'm also yet to find the perfect face brush to be paired with it- if you have any suggestions, definitely feel free to comment below! At the moment, Real Techniques' Setting Brush from the Core Collection will suffice.


I'm very happy that I have finally tried the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, as it is the first MAC powder I have delved in and it didn't disappoint. Soft and Gentle will suit light to medium skintones best, giving the skin a lovely rose gold sheen.


Have you tried the Soft and Gentle? What is your favourite highlighter?



29 comments :

  1. It gives a lovely subtle glow! Great review~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

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  2. Soft and Gentle has been on my list for soooo long. I don't know why I have not yet caved in.. This looks so lovely!! I'd love to see how it performs once applied :-D

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    1. You must cave in, it is something that will definitely be an asset to your makeup collection :)

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    2. I just bought my Soft and Gentle yesterday and love it so much !! hihi

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    3. Yay!! It's so beautiful, can't believe you didn't have it before!

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  3. oh its so pretty! http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/

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  4. I love this so much! It was the very first highlighter that I got. Thanks so much for sharing your opinion :3
    with love, Kathleen

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  5. So true about working full time and having a blog! Sometimes it can be months before I write a post. This post however is great. :)

    www.thecutiebeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really does get tiring at times but you just got to make time :)

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  6. I'm always so scared to try things like this for fear of looking shiny and over doing it. After reading this I definitely want to give it a go :)

    www.cultivationofjasmin.blogspot.com

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    1. You definitely won't overdo it with the MAC Soft and Gentle- it isn't crazy pigmented like the Mary Lou :)

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  7. You have such a lovely website , I follow you!
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  8. Ah it looks like such a gorgeous shade! I have Lightscapade which is my favourite MAC MSF xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I think Soft and Gentle is one of their most popular shades!

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  9. Soft & Gentle and Mary Louminizer are two of my absolute faves! Soft & Gentle is definitely more on the glittery side and much more full on but still beautiful! I find that the little pink face brush from Real Techniques (might actually be called setting brush???) is really good for applying this :)

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog.

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    1. I thought that the Real Techniques Setting brush might be good, but I settled on the Core Collection's contour brush cos it seemed to be of a similar size! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  10. MAC's products always impress me! I have Soft and Gentle and it's a great product, makes your skin look and feel very healthy with that perfect sparkle!

    Laura xo www.shehearts.net

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    1. I love the glow that it gives, and MAC products are definitely impressive :)

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  11. It's one of my favorite highlighters, I think it's the first one I ever purchased. I love to wear this one specially with red lips :) x

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    1. It is definitely a beautiful one, I think it'll also look good with nude lips :)

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  12. Awh so glad to see a post from you :) I picked this up while I was in the states too and I absolutely love it! I actually ended up buying so many highlighters on that trip (went from 0-100 real quick). I've been so greedy that I've been layering highlighters too haha!
    My favourite highlighting brushes have been my Charlotte Tilbury Sculpting brush or my Morphe M510 (probably not worth the shipping though). I really like the look of the Zoeva luxe highlighting brush too, that's on my wishlist.


    chloé⎪ status.chlo

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    1. Aww you're so sweet Chloe! The more I saw the Soft and Gentle being reviewed, I knew I had to get it... and it definitely didn't disappoint! Hahaha the only powder highlighters I have purchased are the Mary Lou and Soft and Gentle, as I'm trying to convince myself I don't need any more. Ooh layering highlighters... that sounds like something I wanna try haha! Ugh I really want that Charlotte Tilbury Sculping brush, I saw it on Net-A-Porter for $75... it looks so pretty. Thanks for the recommendations :D

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  13. Soft and Gentle and Stereo Rose are my absolute favorites. Followed closely by the Balm Mary Lou.

    www.yourbeauty.ie

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  14. I just did a quick search for Stereo Rose and it is so pretty! I might need to swatch it sometime :)

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