I picked up 2 Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals from the MAC website (before this happened) at $32.00 a pop. At first I couldn’t decided on a Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, but since I found the Sheer Mystery Power in Medium Plus from the Marcel Wanders Collection a bit too light on me (for my taste), I decided to go with something darker, and chose Medium Deep. I was also torn between Global Glow (MSF) and Sun Power (MSFN) and almost purchased them both but since these are quite dear, I ended up going with the latter.
Sun Power is described as a deep terracotta bronze. I purchased Sun Power to use to warm up my face (and also that name). Medium Deep is self-explanatory. I chose Medium Deep to use as a “natural-looking” contour.
Another reason why I wanted them was because MAC had revamped their packaging about a month or so ago (from when I first purchased these) and I was dying to see what the newer packaging looked like in person. Granted they would have arrived in good ol’ Kuwait eventually (like a decade or so later) but I couldn’t wait that long to see them for myself.
Unfortunately, I don’t like the newer packaging. Not. One. Bit.
As you can see, the packaging is no longer transparent, which was quite disappointing because I own several MSFs and plan to continue collecting them, and I would like to reach for the one I want right away. Unfortunately, with this newer packaging, I’m going to have to either open them all up (every single time) just to figure out which is which, or keep flipping them over to read the names. It’s fine if you’re normal and own one, two, or even five, but when you have as many as I do, it can be a hassle. I realize how petty that sounds but when I’m getting ready (for work, or an event, or just to meet my friends) and I’m short on time, this sort of thing can easily turn into a disaster (imagine coming home from a mani-pedi with your nail polish not quite dry yet, and going through about a dozen or so MSFs while looking for a specific one).
Also, just look at how unnecessarily bulky it is, especially in comparison with the much sleeker, older packaging. When you repackage a product, revamp the line, give it a face-lift, if you will; generally, it’s supposed to be better than what came before, hence the term upgrade. How exactly is this better? Why, MAC, why? I just don’t understand. Like I said earlier, I don’t like the newer packaging, not one bit.
Sun Power Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Medium Deep Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
L-R Sun Power, Medium Deep
I haven’t played around as much with Medium Deep because I’m not always in the mood to contour, and even when I do happen to be in the mood for a little sum’in sum’in extra, my go-to happens to be from E.L.F.‘s $1 line. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with Medium Deep. For all I know, it could be my next Holy Grail item. I’m just saying that I can’t say much about it, for now, since I’ve only used it a handful of times, off and on. I’m not gonna’ lie and make stuff up just for the sake of having something to say for the review. That’s why this post is categorized as a haul and not a review, capiche?
Although beautiful, Sun Power is just too dark for my sallow skin, and always ends up looking muddy on me, no matter how light-handed I am with it. Instead of a bronzer which is what I intended to use it as, I now wear Sun Power as a blush. I haven’t given up on using it as a bronzer either as I’m planning on experimenting with different brushes to find the perfect combo first. I’m even flirting with the idea of wearing Sun Power as an eyeshadow soon. If you’re fair, don’t even bother with this. If you’ve got a medium complexion, be wary and experiment beforehand before purchasing it. I can see Sun Power looking beautiful on dark skintones, deep skintones, and tanned skintones. Everyone else, not so much.