One thing I look forward to from new MAC collections is the Mineralize Skin Finishes which are more often than not limited edition. Basically a Mineralize Skin Finishes or MSF for short is a powder product that can be used as a blush, highlighter, setting powder or bronzer depending on the shade and finish or the powder and of course your skin tone. I whooped for joy when I learnt that the MAC Sharon and Kelly Osbourne collection would feature two new shades but sadly neither lived up to my exceptions.
Much like the eyeshadow palettes each MSF has been packaged in a hue to reflect each woman's hair colour - red for Sharon and lilac for Kelly. Like I said how true that is I am not sure but it sure does make sense. I like MAC's standard black packaging but a little pop of colour and change of pace every now and then is great. I think I prefer Sharon's red casing over Kelly's Lilac (which reminds me a little of the Dame Edna collection from many moons ago) but get the thumbs up. As with all MAC packaging the bulk is constructed from plastic which makes it durable and long lasting. No complaints what so ever. As a side note the regular MAC MSF line has been repackaged - it looks more akin to MAC foundation compacts now. I am keen to see if new MSF's from here on out in limited edition collections will follow suit or keep the old format?
I think I like Sharon Osbourne's MSF least which has been called Refresh. MAC Refresh MSF features a large matte section and a small highlight portion in the base. I am pretty sure the highlight area is merely an overspray but I could well be wrong. Now I can appreciate what the product has been intended to do - the large matte and slightly orange toned bronzer can be used to sculpt, warm the skin, set make-up depending on your complexion tone and perhaps double up as a blush. Very clever but the problem is that it is rather warm and orange in tone, I am what most would deem to be medium toned and couldn't use this to contour with despite the beautiful matte and silken texture. It simply looks unnatural, I can only just and I say just use it as a blush shade which is a shame as it is so beautifully formulated. The highlight section is truly beautiful - a light, shimmery oyster pink hue that catches the light on the skin, giving a stunning glow. It doesn't highlight imperfections nor does it feature large shimmer particles and has a soft, silken, easy to blend and apply texture. It is all I want from a highlighter and more - such a shame it is such a small wedge of the product. You can of course swirl both shades together to create a sun kissed, shimmery blush hue which I recommend doing - it is the only way I'll ever get any use from the bronze portion of this product.
Next up we have Kelly's MAC MSF which has been dubbed Jolly Good. This is an all matte MSF and is best suited worn as a blush as both shades are rather pink toned. If you have fair skin this could be the perfect matte pink blush duo (or trio if you use both shades at once) you have been looking for. The largest portion of this MSF is a light beige toned pink that looks more plum toned on the skin than in the pan. It is a fairly pretty shade that is easy to wear and should suit most light to medium complexions - on anything deeper it will look ashen due to the matte, powdery texture of this product. The smaller portion of this MSF is a matte candy pink that is light but certainly brightens up the complexion. You can of course swirl both shades together to create a light plum toned pink which again is ideal for light to medium skin tones. I may not be sold on the shades of this particular MSF but I can not fault the formulation - a light and finely milled powder which feels light on the skin, helps keep skin matte and wears on my oily skin for around 7 hours.
You can find Kelly's MSF (Jolly Good) via House of Fraser for £24 - here and Sharon's MSF (Refresh) via Debenhams again for £24 - here.