MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30) : Review, Swatches


Guest post by Kriti Sharma Gupta


MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (Product claims) : A combination of powders create an optical blurring effect that virtually diminishes imperfections and fine lines,for a more even tone. The light reflecting,natural satin finish makes skin appear refined,revitalized and refreshed with a new purity,softly lit from within. SPF15 adds the perfect finishing touch of sun protection. Features our 77-Mineral complex,Shea butter and Vitamin E.

Price : RM156 for 30ml (Rs 3000 in India)



MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)



MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30) Review

They say finding a perfect foundation is like finding that perfect pair of jeans! You never want to part with it. That’s what happened when I discovered this foundation. I have been a cult user of MAC Mineralize Satin Finish SPF15 foundation. But when I went to repurchase it, I was told it has been discontinued and this is the replacement for it. I have been in love ever since! MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a built-in pump. I like the new and different shape of the bottle and I personally prefer glass containers over plastic. However,you have to be careful with it while travelling. The pump is ever so helpful in dispensing little amount and keeping it all very hygienic. Consistency is gel-like and a bit runny. Its comparable to the MAC Face and Body foundation. It spreads easily and blends like a dream. I have used fingers, flat brush, real techniques face expert brush as well as sponge to apply this and i find the brushes to be the best option.


It has a satin or dewy finish but does not contain the tiny glitter particles like the Satin Finish Foundation had. So it gives a natural luminescence which makes my skin look very healthy. Its almost weightless and feels like skin upon setting. In fact, after a few hours I forgot I was wearing a foundation. The coverage is light but buildable to medium. It does not completely cover up my blemishes or dark circles and I need a concealer for a full coverage look. But it’s perfect for daily wear. In the pictures, I am wearing MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC35 at inner corners of eyes and corners of mouth.



MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)



As the name suggests, its very moisturizing. I did not need to apply a moisturizer underneath. So it works very well for people with dry/combination skin but oily skinned people would probably not like it much (unless you wear a mattifying primer underneath). I got a decent wear-time of 5-6 hours out of this which I think is laudable in this 43°C heat. In winters the wear time increases to 9-10 hours for me. I do have to powder my T-zone after a few hours though.


The SPF in the product is 15. So thats a bonus. However, if you have to be in direct sunlight for long, then MAC recommended using a dedicated sunscreen of SPF 20 or up. The downside to this is the flashback the foundation causes. It does leave a white cast on flash photography. The shade matching for this foundation should be done carefully as it tends to oxidise a little after application. So either use a makeup fixing spray immediately after use or get a shade lighter than your usual one. (I am NC35 in other MAC foundation but in this foundation NC30 works for me perfectly). Its best to have the MUA apply it on you. Just observe how it works for the day and accordingly buy the next day.

Overall, I truly like this product. Its my everyday go-to foundation for a natural glowing look. I would definitely repurchase it!



MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)


MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation (NC30)



[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Notes from Corallista : Thanks for the comprehensive review Kriti! The foundation sounds great for dry skin. I might check this out during the winters. I haven’t worn MAC foundations in some time and your post reminded me to start using my Face & Body foundation again!

Have you tried the MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation? What’s your go-to foundation for daily wear? Share your comments below! [/note]



  1. June 15, 2015 / 9:51 am

    I am on a hunt for foundations with dewy finish as my skin feels heavy with a matte finish foundations… This one seems a good option but a bit expensive … Will check price here at the MAC counters in US…

    • kriti2126
      June 15, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      Hi pankhuri
      Its an excellent foundation for a natural dewy finish. i think it retails for US$35.

  2. madhusinha
    June 15, 2015 / 10:39 am

    hi kriti thanks a lot for the review I think it goes well with my dry skin..
    wats the lipstick shade u wore..

    • kriti2126
      June 15, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      thank you! you must try it out.
      i am wearing Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry in this.

  3. June 15, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Quite a detailed review Kriti, I have oily skin so I prefer to wear non-dewy foundations specially in summers. But this one can be easily worn in winters !

    • kriti2126
      June 15, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks shailja! Ya this one is a little tricky for oily skinned people.

  4. June 15, 2015 / 10:55 am

    nicely reviewed sounds a great option for dry skin ..except for their prices mac has everything..

    • kriti2126
      June 15, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks Pari!

    • kriti2126
      June 15, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      glad you liked it! thanks!

  5. sonia
    June 15, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    So thrilled this works for you,I was the biggest fan of the mac mineralise moisture foundation until I realised my face looked very yellow, almost like the pan stick foundation from back in the day. Texture wise I found it to be slightly heavier and thicker than the mac face and body. I have since converted to nars sheer glow, I wear the shade Santa fe which seems like a perfect match for my not so yellow mac nc thirty colouring

    • June 16, 2015 / 8:58 am

      hey sonia.. thanks. ya i am glad too it worked for me. i agree tht this foundation has an oxidation issue. it tends to make you look more orange or yellow after a while. so you need to really pick out your shade carefully. if you find your shade then its a very good product. i have heard great things abt the nars sheer glow. would love to read your reviews.

  6. June 15, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    sounds like a great stuff for dry skin girls but being oily i might try this in winters!

  7. June 15, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    You look stunning. I really loved the review but since I have oily skin I would not be using it.

    • June 16, 2015 / 8:59 am

      thank you! yes, its comfortably moisturising for me. so a great winter pick.

  8. June 15, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Lovly review and you look great 🙂 Not for me as have an oily skin but a great option for Dry skin 🙂

  9. June 16, 2015 / 1:24 am

    Nice review Kriti, my skin has been getting really dry lately & this sounds just right. It really looks quite dewy on your skin

    • June 17, 2015 / 8:53 am

      Thank you!Its godsent for dry skin Lana. Do give it a try at the MAC counter.

  10. June 16, 2015 / 3:37 am

    I have been looking for a good MAC foundation lately but this seems more suitable for the dry skintype (I have oily). It seems really impressive though so will check it out at the MAC store 🙂

    • June 17, 2015 / 8:54 am

      Hi Komal, i believe the Studio Fix Fluid or the ProLongwear Foundation from MAC work wonders for oily skin! Check them out.

  11. Rashmi
    June 16, 2015 / 6:37 am

    Hi, I have dry skin but when I tried the sample for few days, I used to get a sticky feeling on the face when the foundation was on. Did you feel anything like that?

    • June 17, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Hi Rashmi, did you use fingers for application? I applied very thin layers with a brush. Another trick is to let the foundation set for few minutes before applying anything else over it. Hope it helps.

  12. June 16, 2015 / 9:31 am

    very detailed review.. the foundation looks so flawless on you..

  13. Joo
    June 16, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Thanks for the review Kriti.. You have reviewed it so nicely & every detail is mentioned.. Thanks..

  14. Joo
    June 16, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Can you please review the MAC select moisture concealer for us ? i am really looking for a good coverage concealer..

    • June 17, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      thank you! will surely try to review the concealor.

  15. Mangali
    June 17, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    My everyday go to foundation is definately the shiseido sheer and perfect foundation !

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