Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DEX New York Mineral Retouch Review Pictures Swatches

DEX New York’s Mineral Retouch is a lightweight, camouflaging skin Concealer/Foundation. It is designed to satisfy those that need very light spot coverage to those who need medical grade coverage for scars, tattoos, dark circles, and blemishes.  Mineral Retouch has a very lightweight, true skin-like feel, which is an unfamiliar characteristic for most full coverage cosmetic products. DEX Mineral Retouch was created for those that demand a cream-like, mineral-based foundation while also providing healthy, illuminating skin and extensive shade choices.  DEX Mineral Retouch is a mineral-based, moisturizing skin cover that is waterproof, paraben-free and long lasting. Mineral Retouch promises a natural looking, flawless complexion with a healthy glow, giving every woman bulletproof beauty all day long.

I received a sample of the DEX New York Mineral Retouch and it took me almost 2 weeks to even test it.  And by test, I mean I swatched it on my arm. I put it down for another week and let it sit.  I don't know what my fear was based on, but then it dawned on me. Every time I have tried a full cover creme foundation I have a) broken out from it and b) had my skin look like an oily mask of yellow foundation.  Judging from the colors that were sent to me I figured the same thing was going to happen...so  let it sit.  But one day my skin had a terrible flare up and the products I was using to treat the acne made my skin so very red. I had no choice.  I had to use this full cover foundation and hope for the best.

MR 2.5 on Left and MR 1.5 on Right

I wasn't quite sure how to apply this foundation. I had a flat foundation brush, a rounded foundation brush, a Skunk Brush, Sponges and a kabuki brush.  I first decided on using the Skunk Brush (My MAC 187)  Swirling the brush evenly between the pans I picked up a nice amount of product (but you would never know it to look at the pans. They looked untouched) and started to apply to my skin.  The color match was surprisingly close to my natural skin tone and the application via a Skunk Brush left only slight streaking in areas around my nose.  Buffing in tiny circles I managed to cover my entire face with a light application of the DEX New York Mineral Retouch but it didn't feel heavy or cakey.  I smoothed out any streaks with a damp sponge and some of the Mineral Retouch applied to it.  The result.  Seamless full coverage with all my blemishes hidden.  I set the foundation with powder and finished my face of makeup and went about my day.  By noon I was showing some shine and blotted my face.  Some of the foundation transferred to the blotting paper but my skin still looked covered.  I was impressed.  By 4:00 PM (note I applied this at 5:30 AM) without touch ups the foundation finally started to show signs of breaking down and settling into pores and/or looking patchy on my skin.  11 Hours, two blottings and it finally starts to show wear was amazing performance as far as I was concerned.

MR 2.5 on Left , MR 1.5 in Middle, 2 products blended on Right

My trepidation had been put aside and the next day I applied the DEX New York Mineral Retouch with my kabuki brush.  GENIUS!  I achieved an AIRBRUSHED finish using the kabuki. No streaks, no lines, no patches. This was definitely the way I would apply this in the future.   The thing is.  While I was wearing DEX New York Mineral Retouch, I never once felt like I was walking around with a mask on my face.  I never once worried that scratching my nose would cause me to scratch off a "layer" of makeup. I achieved the same amount of wear time from the Kabuki application as I did the Skunk Brush and Sponge application.

1/2 of my face with the DEX New York Mineral Retouch and 1/2 bare no-makeup

My skin looked flawless.  I had achieved Mannequin Skin!  (Yes.  My darlings, some of us do want to look plastic.  Joeybunny can confirm that mannequin skin is a good thing at times.)  I hardly needed to use my concealer once I was finished applying the Mineral Retouch. I'm sure, Dexter Phillip, the founder and CEO of DEX New York Cosmetics, Inc. is cringing at the term Mannequin Skin, but I say it with the utmost reverence and respect for mannequins.

After using only DEX New York Mineral Retouch, some concealer under eyes, setting powder, blush & eye makeup

Best yet. I didn't break out from using this product. I am thrilled to finally have a decent product to use when my skin starts acting like a jerk.

Mineral Retouch from DEX New York provides medical grade coverage (for scars and tattoos), is waterproof, paraben free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic.  It comes in 12 shades and 5 starter palette combinations.  The starter palette is refillable, and you may opt to customize the shade combination (for example. MR 2.5 and MR 4.5). The palette pictured in this review is MR 1.5 and MR 2.5.

MR 1.5 - MR 2.5 Lightest 
MR 3.5 – MR 4.5 Light/Medium
MR 5.5 – MR 6.5 Medium 
MR 7.5 – MR 8.5 Medium/Dark
MR 9.5 – MR 10.5 Dark 
MR 11.5 – MR 12.5 Darkest

I found the packaging to be just So-So. It's not great and it's not terrible. The DEX New York Mineral Retouch came in a pleather (Vinyl) covered cardboard container. It house the 2 pans and had an ample mirror.  However, after some use the compact seemed to widen a bit and the pans began to slide around in the compact. Not a lot of sliding, but enough that it was slightly annoying.  

Do you NEED this?  Yes, but only if you desire full coverage. I mean FULL coverage.  And you MUST use an oil cleansing method to remove this product. Using just plain soap and water will not get rid of all of the makeup and you might be left with acne or irritation if you do not properly cleanse this product from your skin. The starter palette comes with 2 shades and will retail for $50 USD. Each refill will retail for $21 USD.  The DEX New York Website has the link to the Mineral Retouch on the web but as of 09/20/2011 you are not able to purchase it. I was told it would be available for purchase on 9/19/2011, but I believe there is just some disconnect between the web and the retail segment.  So keep checking back with them.

Active Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Paraffin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Myristate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Petrolatum, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Oleth-10, Propylene Glycol, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cin-namyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Red 36 CI 12085, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 7 Lake CI 15850, Carmine CI 75470, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Red 40 Lake CI 16035, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Red 22 Lake CI 45380, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 28 Lake CI 45410, Mica] May contain carmine as a color additive.


  1. Mineral oil and paraffin. I wouldn't touch this with someone else's bargepole. You are very brave, Elvira!

  2. Hi Kipper. Actually Those ingredients are not only low in irritation but also not comedogenic. If you check the Acne Detective Website you will see that Mineral Oil and most waxes are low on the comedogenic scale and irritation scale. http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm#inglist
    and also according to Dermaxime.com
    So you CAN touch them with someone else's barge pole and even your own.

  3. Thanks for replying Elvira.
    I'm sure that will be reassuring for other people but long experience (let's just say i'm older than you) shows me that I really can't wear either of those substances. Please continue to show ingredients, it's not common in blogs and it's really helpful - but please don't presume to tell me what's suitable for my skin.

  4. Dex was at IMATS when I was but I didn't get to his booth. Lisa from Beauty Info Zone had him do her makeup and she fell in love with this as well. I guess I need to try it to cover my sun damage. I think it's glorious that it doesn't feel heavy! What a difference!

  5. Cindy: Ooh I'll have to ask Marcia how she liked her makeover w/ Dex! Thanks for the comment.


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