MAC Mineralize | Timecheck Lotion Visage – Review

Mac Mineralize Timecheck Lotion review
Time does not take favourites, and whether our skin whithers quickly with time or not is entirely up to us. And there are oh so many options to choose from and all of them promise us younger looking, healthy, glowing skin – no matter what age we might be. The question is, which ones work?

Funny story, the first ever time I visited a Mac Cosmetics store was actually not for myself but for my mum, as I finally convinced her to get herself some good makeup. And good makeup she got.
Anyway, I tended to “borrow” her Timecheck Lotion from time to time, as the feeling and texture of the product were so incredibly smooth that I just could not resist using it. One month after that I received my final paycheck and bought my very own holy-bottle. 

Have you ever heard of the Mac Mineralise product line? Or maybe you even own some of it yourself? Whatever it is, I would love to hear your opinion down in the comments!


The product:

Mac Mineralize – Timecheck Lotion/ Lotion Visage

All of the products in the Mineralize line have stunning product design. They look very sophisticated and you can see the similarities between each product. Each of them has very smooth lines and rounded edges.
Another observation I did make during my research is, that the shape of some of the products actually even have a shape vaguely resembling an hourglass. Which, if it was done on purpose – which I greatly suspect it was – was a brilliant decision on the side of the designers. 

The Timecheck Lotion itself plays a lot with the contrast of matte and shiny and the bottle itself is made out of matte glass. There is one other thing I really like about the design as a whole, which is the dispenser, which can be switched between open and closed. Convenient if you travel a lot or take the primer lotion with you.

Mac Mineralize Timecheck Lotion review



Water / Aqua / Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-1, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Centaurium Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Yeast Extract / Faex / Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Ceramide 3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trehalose, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Magnesium Chloride, Rhodochrosite, Beeswax / Cera Alba / Cire D’abeille, Diamond Powder, Laureth-9, Laureth-23, Silica, Silica Silylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Phosphate, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

Linked from

Water: Water is the most important skin component and our human body mostly consists of water. It is also the most common ingredient in cosmetic products. To tell the truth, in comparison to other ingredients, water does not have that many positive effects on our skin in regard to our skincare products. It is used to eliminate the hardness, minerals and to avoid product contamination. And to stretch out some of the products.

Glycerin: Is also known as Glycerol or Glycerine. Glycerin is an ingredient that is found naturally in the skin, helping it establish its natural balance and hydration levels. Products that contain Glycerin help the skin maintain a natural healthy look.

Pure Glycerin takes the water from the skin and therefore is normally only used in a concentration of 5% or lower, in order to prevent that from happening.
Sodium Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-1: This is a polymer that Estee Lauder patented and they defined it as a water-absorbing polymer that acts as a “high thickening effect in aqueous solvents” that blurs the fine lines of the skin. The polymer appears to have really low health risks and reduces pore size.
From what I can gather, this is the perfect ingredient for pore filling primers or primers in general, as it assists a smooth spread and good skincare.
Vinyl Dimethicone: Is a silicone based polymer, used in shampoos, skin care and cosmetic articles. Companies use vinyl dimethicone to adjust the thickness of liquid makeup products to their liking.
If you are looking for long wear cosmetic products you should check for silicones in the ingredient list, as they are known to have good effects on the longevity of your looks.


How to use it:

  • Apply directly onto face until absorbed.

Linked from the official MacCosmetics website. 

To be honest, the application of the Timecheck Lotion is really straightforward and I definitely see no problem with the simple directions mac gives you. But as always, I have a few things to add, because why do it simply if you can do it effectively? 😉

There are two different situations I would like to elaborate on a bit further: 1- Applying the lotion as a primer before the makeup and 2- Applying it as skincare by itself.

1- The Timecheck Lotion does not need that much time to settle, but you should be careful with the amount you use, as it tends to build a small film over the skin if too much product is used. For my – admittedly rather small face – two pumps are the perfect amount, so I feel like an average of three pumps for the whole face are a good starting point.
You can also mix it into your foundation to sheer it out a bit, make the application smoother or just add a bit of a skincare-effect to your makeup.


2-  If you only apply the lotion for your daily skincare you can use more pumps than the recommended three in 1. You will have a small film over your skin but that will get absorbed after some time. My only tip is using any other liquid-ish products like toner before the Timecheck Lotion.

Do you have any application tips and tricks for us? Or maybe just a way of applying your lotions you really like? I would always love to hear them down in the comments and add them to the list. 

Mac Mineralize Timecheck Lotion review


 What it claims to do:

  • Smoothes Skin
  • Instantly reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrating
  • Instantly reduces appearance of pores
  • Soothes skin
  • Improves radiance
  • For all skin types
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Ophthalmologist tested

Typed down (by hand) from Mac UK

A lot of claims. Some of them really, really ambitious. Let’s see whether I, and the people whose opinion I asked for, agree or not…

Did you see my little rant back at the Etude Drawing Eyebrow review? Even if you did not, I had to type down all the product claims by hand again, because for some reason you cannot copy stuff from the Mac Website. Well, it can’t be helped. 

What it really does:


Let’s begin with the “Smoothes Skin” claim: Right after applying the Lotion, the area on which the lotion is spread out on definitely feels pleasant to the touch and is really smooth. But after it had some time to settle this effect lessens until you cannot tell the difference between “with-lotion” and “without-lotion” areas. Still, all in all, it feels nice so all is well.

Although one can definitely see fewer wrinkles and fine lines when foundation is put onto the areas the Timecheck Lotion is used on, I would not say that it “immediately reduces the appearance of pores”, because, without foundation on top, nothing changes visually.
If you have big pores, this primer-lotion will help you reduce the appearance of said pores though and your makeup will look a lot smoother than with many other or even no primers.
The reason my mother initially bought the Timecheck Lotion is that she struggles with rather big pores on her nose, which made her makeup look unrefined and her feel uncomfortable wearing any beauty products. The lotion was recommended to her by a Mac-Employee and now she does use it every time she puts on makeup.

I am sure the Lotion is, in fact hydrating – just look at the few ingredients I analysed in my ingredient sections, many of them are known for their hydrating properties. And we all like some extra hydration for our skin, so this is a win-win situation.

The “improves radiance” claim is one I do not agree with. The product is a liquid, so obviously it would shimmer when you first apply it, but after that, you will not be able to see any radiance at all. I did ask a few people whether they see a difference between the two sides, but again, the results were the same as above: nothing.

And then there is one last thing I would like to talk about: The infamous “For all skin types”- claim. Personally, I really dislike this claim as there will always be someone who does not react positively to some ingredients inside the cream and this would make this sentence null and void.
What do you think? Can a product really be “for all skin-types” or are you like me and distrust this to a certain degree? 


The cons: 

Con 1: Mac products are expensive. I paid 40€ for the bottle and I am about halfway through after two and a half months so I would not call the Timecheck Lotion student/broke-person friendly.

Con 1: This might be only me, but I feel like all those product claims are a bit presumptuous. Mac makes the Lotion sound like a miracle-worker, which it is not. I love all the positive effects the product has on my makeup, but they are mostly visual.

The pros: 

Pro 1: The Timecheck lotion is the best pore filler that I have ever used. It does combine the lightweight feeling of skincare with a well-working primer. It feels light and smooth on the skin and improves the spreadability of the makeup you put on afterwards. It also really reduces the pores’ size and improves the overall look of your makeup.

Pro 2: Bottle and dispenser are both perfect for the product. I did list the price-point as a con, but at least you get visuals and practicality for your money. The glass bottle is beautiful and has a high-end makeup feeling and the little suspender pump spurts out the perfect amount of product. It also helps you keep everything hygienic and clean.

Pro 3: The lotion has little to no odour. If anything, it just has this nice “skincare” smell some products have. So if you have a sensitive nose or really dislike strong smells, you will not have any qualms with the Timecheck Lotion.



Even though I did critique many things about the Mac Mineralize Time Check Lotion, I still love it to bits. Every single morning I put on the Timecheck lotion and there is no way I will do my makeup without prepping my face with it before.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons, so once I run out of the bottle I currently have, I will have to save up for another bottle.


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Would I recommend it? Definitely! Even though it is rather expensive, this is a holy grail in my opinion and if you are at a mac store you should go and check it out. Maybe even use it underneath a foundation tester to see what I am talking about.


My Alchemiin Tip:

I did mention mixing the Timecheck Lotion with your foundation in passing, but I would like to elaborate a bit.

If you have a high coverage foundation you really like but do not feel like doing a full-blown glamour makeup but rather something sheerer, just use one or two spurts of the Mac lotion and mix it into the foundation. Not only does this enhance the spreadability of your foundation it also feels so pleasant on the skin.

If you have ever done that or think about doing it after reading it, drop your opinion on it down in the comments! I would love to read your thoughts on it.


I am really sorry about the lack of posts last week, I was really busy and also concentrated on my Inktober project (head over to my Instagram to see what I am talking about) but here we go, another holy-grail review. 


Have a lovely weekend (or whatever day you are reading this on) and do chat with the community down in the comments! Love – Eden.

2 thoughts on “MAC Mineralize | Timecheck Lotion Visage – Review

  1. hoiyinli says:

    I actually tried a bit of this on my hand the other day in passing! I would definitely like to try more Mac skincare but I think I’m not so intrigued by this. I’m looking to try out their Fix + for sure though (if that counts as skincare). I tried out their Lightful C Cleanser and it was okay – not my favourite but not bad either.

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    • alchemiin says:

      Oh really what a coincidence! I did the same and was more like “meh, nothing special” but as my Mum purchased it first, I had some time to try it out.
      Yes I also got my hands on the Fix+, I quite like it, even though I am not the fondest of setting spray yet. I had a bad reaction to the first one so I am quite biased though 😉

      I will check it out the next time I am at a Mac store. I am always intrigued by other skincare lovers opinions. Thank you so much for the comment love ❤


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