Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Drugstore Dupe for MAC Mineralize Skinfinish-Natural??!!

Well, wouldn't that just be the holy grail of all things beauty?? It's not quite a 100% match, but it's pretty darn close and for the price difference, it's a winner in my book.

Now I love the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. My color is Medium Plus. However, I do not love the cost. It's almost $30 for this baby. It did last me 4 months, but still. THAT IS PRICEY. And I am lazy. I hate going to the mall for makeup unless I absolutely have to for things I can not get comparatively at my favorite local stores.

Which brings me to my little discovery. I have been on the hunt for a pressed mineral foundation to rival MSFN. I tried a few with chalkier than desired effects, tried a few with minimal to invisible effects and then...I found it. Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation.

I've been into the Neutrogena Healthy Skin line for a while and really love the Healthy Skin foundation so I thought I'd give this a whirl. I was honestly super impressed. It was around $12 at Target, it's got nice packaging with a mirror and it's very silky. I can either buff it on with a kabuki brush when I want minimal makeup or use the little puff that comes with it and apply it over my foundation on days when I need a little more coverage or shine control. It lasts all day, never cakes up, doesn't oxidize or get orangey and gives honestly good coverage. Ding Ding Ding, we have a WINNER!

 Here is the product Description directly from Neutrogena:

Mineral Sheers Compact Powder Foundation is the first purified mineral makeup in a compact. Neutrogena Mineral Sheers® Compact Powder Foundation enhances your skin through dermatologist-selected pure and gentle minerals. This convenient pressed powder foundation creates a naturally radiant and glowing complexion.

Featuring exclusive time-released antioxidants and SPF 20, new Mineral Sheers Compact Powder Foundation formula delivers extra soft and blendable pressed minerals, so you can build your desired coverage from sheer to medium without a heavy makeup look or feel. And, it's great for mess-free, easy touch-ups.

  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Fragrance-free
  • Dermatologist developed
UPDATED: I have also heard recently that Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder is a very comparable dupe for MSFN.

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  1. What shade in the maybelline instant age rewind is a a dupe for medium plus?

    1. For me, I usually wear Medium Plus in MSFN and the Shade "Nude" in the Maybelline is a perfect match on my skin. Hope that helps!

  2. this stuff is the only thing I wear where my husband always comments "you look beautiful!" and I have a trillion foundations . looks natural and glowing,gives a lot of color. Thats why he likes it but I am super pale. so the lightest one, Classic Ivory is too dark for me. I wish they made it a shade lighter. it protects so well against the sun. so when I go to the beach, this is what I wear. since I am getting color then anyway. I come home and wash my face, no sunburn. excellent sunscreen. For a shade lighter with a similar effect I recommend Stila illuminating powder foundation in 10 watts.

    1. Oooh, I have not tried that! I'll have to pick one up, thanks!!

  3. What shade would the Neutrogena be if you were also a medium plus?

  4. I think Nude is very comparable.

  5. what color are you in the neutrogena ?

  6. Thanks for the review, but I'm still in a corner....I got excited, but the ingredients in the Neutrogena one aren't too good at all...does anyone know of a product with no parabens that would be a dupe? I think that parabens destroy skin quality, I stopped using anything that had them, and my skin & hair quality have significantly improved...But, msfn is more expensive than what I can get right now,rrrr....Lol

    But, one thing that I found that's kind l kind of a middle-man between msfn & studio fix is m.a.c's marine formula from the lightful line. But, it's only available in Asia. I found one in my shade on eBay, it was just the refill, it was $30, and contains an spf of 25++, but it still has similar qualities to msfn. But, still not the same ;o) guess I'll just be patient and wait until next month....Thanks again!

  7. That sounds nice!! Wish we had neutrogena makeup in Spain