Review | MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) in Lightscapade

I wrote this review at the beginning of last year and still smile to think of Lightscapade. Twenty months on, this MSF is finally finished, having served me well.

It is no exaggeration to say that this product is one of my holy grails. To many it may seem ordinary and there appears to be several dupes of it (NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter, NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross, MAC Pigments in Vanilla and Pink Opal, MAC Hyper Real Pressed Powders, to name a few) but really, none of them can replicate the beauty of this illuminating wonder.

0.35 US oz/10 g

According to MAC, this Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) is:

A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes (sic) on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.

A mélange of gorgeous gold, lovely lavender and pretty pink hues, this aesthetic beauty not only looks good, it performs remarkably well. Unlike some MSFs that turn orange on me or are too frosty or glittery, Lightscapade makes me glow!

It is much too light as a blush (unless you happen to find one with a significant amount of pink veining) but I love it and use it frequently as a highlighter. I like to use it on the bridge of my nose, on the centre of my forehead, on my brow and cheek bones and on the cupid’s bow of my lips. Its soft glow helps to diffuse any makeup harshness and I especially like that it melds wonderfully with my blush, softening it, while imbuing my cheeks with a glow. The best thing about Lightscapade is that it’s never over-the-top on me and it almost always enhances my features.

I apply it with:
MAC 129 blush brush, to emphasise my bone structure, when I want to define my features.

MAC 150 powder brush, which can be used as a wider blush brush, when I want a diffused glow.

MAC 187 face brush, with lightweight bristles for soft buffing, for a polished appearance.

MAC 224 eyeshadow brush, to highlight the cupid’s bow and brow bone.

My only quibble with Lightscapade is its name. I think ‘Lightscape’ suits it better (and I have seen several people misspell it as such!), the word conjuring up visuals of dancing light illuminating a space; unlike its actual name – with its connotation of an ‘escapade’ – which doesn’t seem to mesh with the ethereal beauty of this exquisite product!

* MSFs are now S$46(!).


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