MAC MSF Natural… let me count the ways…

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 24 - 2010

Love, love, love.

“Repurchase” isn’t a word you’ll find used too often on this blog.  I try to save it for products that really make it into daily use.  When you own and enjoy using makeup as much as I do, there’s tons of products that you love with all your heart.  But a repurchase?  When there’s so many gorgeous new things to try?  Gotta be reserved for something genuinely useful.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (£18) is one of my most used products.

I usually use light medium, but was colour-matched to medium last time I was instore at MAC.  On the way home I was all “Oh noes, why did I let him persuade me to get medium… gonna look muddy and orange”.

Yanowot?  It works really well.  I couldn’t go darker than this, but when I apply Light Medium now (I still have a scrap left in the bottom of an old pan) it simply isn’t as flattering as Medium which warms me up a teeny bit without a hint of orange.

Love. It.

Also, now it’s Summer… I’m making more use of my MSF Natural than ever before.  It offers more coverage than many pressed powders and when worn over a sheer tinted moisturiser gives me the coverage I’m looking for but with a light texture.

Did I mention I love it?

MAC MSF Natural is available instore at MAC or online.  My tip for this product?  Next time you’re instore, ask the MUA to apply a shade darker than you would normally go for…

25 Responses to “MAC MSF Natural… let me count the ways…”

  1. Jen says:

    I picked this up a couple of weeks ago for the first time and was amazed when Medium Plus turned out to be the perfect colour for me…and I’m fair and freckly,

    So far I love it – especially over sheer foundation, just the right amount of coverage for the summer…can see it being a constant repurchase!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. kirsty says:

    Love this stuff so much! I generally just use this alone day to day as I cba with foundation and it gives enough coverage to cover minor redness :D

    That’s an interesting tip, I shall have to give it a try next time I repurchase!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. Hm I might try it!! :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. Anitacska says:

    I agree, I love my MSFN too, and have repurchased it myself (and I also have a LOT of make up). I alternate between Light Medium and Medium (LM for winter, M for summer), although I can’t see a huge difference between the two shades. I also have these with the shimmer half, which I find little less useful as I use the “normal” side way more often. But the natural version is really great. :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. Georgie says:

    This is my love of life. Glad you like it too!


    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. Diane says:

    I like it, but I can’t use it in summer. It gets very hot where I live (95 degrees F today) and I tend to sweat a lot.

    BTW, what is that nail polish?? Love it!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. I love this too! And good tip on going a shade up.


    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. I never repurchased any of my Mac products, except the Blotting Powder and the Brush Cleanser :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. Louise says:

    I don’t get this it always looks way too powdery on me

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  10. Jasmine says:

    Really? One shade up? I always get a shade lighter when it comes to powders (never tried MSFs though) because they oxidise… should I get a shade up, does this oxidise?

    And oh, do you use it to contour or wot?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  11. So I’ve Ben curious about these for a while. My skin is dry & I’m always trying to make it look glowier. At the same time, I have to set my makeup with powder or it does one of 2 things- transfers off or my skin soaks it all up. Is this a good option? I know it’s supposed to give a glow, my worry is that it will have shimmer, or that semi-metallic finish that the regular MSFs have, which can make me look a bit old! What do you think?

    BTW Jasmine, are you oily skinned? Usually powder doesn’t truly oxidize, rather it darkens as oil from your skin comes out & mixes with the powder (kind if like when you foil powder eye shadows). If you keep the oil at bay, you likely won’t have issues with the powder changing color. Just a thought :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. Kim says:

    I love MSF natural. i’ve purchased it so many times. I first began using it in 2008, and haven’t stopped since. I do get a lot more oily from it, but it doesn’t look gross as with other makeup I’ve used.

    .:Not Just Makeup:.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  13. Wendy says:

    I kinda hate that MAC products make me break out but this didn’t and you can really build it up the minealiza forundation is really good too.
    XOXO from Mexico.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  14. Rowena says:

    I want one, lets go and buy one tomorrow

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  15. Julia Arenas says:

    May we see this on you? :) Am curious as to how it looks…

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  16. Jasmine says:

    Hi Jessica! Wow, thanks for replying!

    Re “Usually powder doesn’t truly oxidize, rather it darkens as oil from your skin comes out & mixes with the powder” – my skin isn’t oily, but it all makes sense because I compensate with plenty of moisturizer … and well, right now I’m based in Singapore with an extremely humid and sunny weather wrecking havoc on my skin at full blast.

    Here are some reviews done by other bloggers:

    What I’m really curious about is Charlotte’s claim that a darker shade goes on better! Please post a picture of you … :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  17. patuxxa says:

    I really like this and I also use it in the summer over tinted moisturizer! It gives a very natural and flattering look with a hint a coverage.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  18. Michou says:

    I had finally decided to go and get myself a MAC face powder, fully expecting to get one their Studio products…

    until they put this on my face. I bought it straight away and also got the Soft & Gentle highlighter (SO PRETTY, and a pink that works on my yellow undertones). It’s a definite rebuy for me when I start running out!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  19. @Jen – Sounds like you use it the same way I do, it’s just got that teeny bit of extra coverage hasn’t it?

    @kirsty – wow, you must have pretty lovely skin lady! jealous!

    @Anitacska – I have the half shimmer one too, it’s a pain picking up from the one half isn’t it!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  20. @diane – It’s Nails Inc. Battersea Park xx

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  21. @Michelle (LipstickRules) – It’s worth a try when instore, I’ve never been able to go a shade up on ANYTHING lol, this is a novelty for me! xx

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  22. @Louise – I’ve read that a lot, it really seems to be a love it/hate it product!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  23. Stephanie says:

    I agree with you about using a shade darker than recommended! I’m NC30-35 and was told to try Medium Plus, but Medium Dark actually gives me a warmer and healthier look! I love how flawless this looks while feeling extremely light :)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  24. @Jessica Allison – Thanks for the oily skin input… it makes sense, I’ve thought in recent years that I don’t experience as much product oxidisation as I used to in my teenage years and was simply putting it down to buying more expensive/quality products nowadays. Your theory makes sense though.

    These MSF Naturals are completely matte. I guess I use this as a lighter version of a mineral foundation… slapping Bare Escentuals over my face after tinted moisturiser would be too much… but this kinda bridges the gap. It doesn’t leave me looking as caked in powder as most pressed powders do. And because it’s mineral I can spray my brush before applying for fuller coverage before buffing it in.

    It really seems to be a bit of a love/hate product though.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  25. Tina says:

    A shade up huh? Must remember when I run out (maaany months to come lol)!


    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply


The Cutting Room Floor #2

It’s true, we don’t have much need (where did I put my umbrella?) for protecting our locks against sun damage on these drizzly shores at …

Nails Inc. Belgrave Place - NOTD

Nails Inc still isn’t a favourite brand of mine.  I find the formula a little too thick – great for achieving opacity in 2 coats or …

January Essentials - Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

Want it! My cuticles are a mess… I’ve lost my little v-shaped trimmer thing that I normally use every couple of weeks to tidy up …

The Lipstick League – week of 14.1.12

Question of the Week – Do you think cosmetic ads should have a disclaimer if they use excessive photoshop, false lashes and such? Answer – …

Orly Faint of Heart and POP Twinkle - NOT for the faint of heart.

I really loved the softness on display in this year’s Orly’s spring Cool Romance collection (click here if you haven’t seen it yet) but sometimes, …

Lipstick Queen Bright Rose Sinner

Do you know what I like in a lipstick?  90% pigment.  Precisely what you get from the lipstick that I’m showing you today. In the …

Earth Month: Aveda, Origins and Melvita - Beauty brands with a conscience

Did you know that April is Earth Month?  Well it is, so listen up! Now in its 12th year, Aveda created Earth Month in April …

Adrien Arpel Daily Defense Moisturiser SPF15 - Review

My skin is typical combination/dry, so I’m always looking out for a moisturiser that’s gonna quench the dryness without making my t-zone look like an …

The perfect matte pink lipstick! (for me)

When my lips are in good enough shape for matte lipsticks, there’s one that I reach for over and over again. It’s pink… but not …

Dig Deep: Beauty Bloggers for Charity, the auction is back!

For the 2nd year running, Beauty Bloggers for Charity will be trying to relieve you of your hard-earned cash for a good cause. Commencing next …


CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

This here post be ALL about the pictures… The Packaging… The Pencils… The Swatches… The Thoughts… Urban Decay’s 15-Year Anniversary 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Set* is …

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads