Liquid -MAC - Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30

on 10/13/2017 10:42:00 PM

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See my initial 2 star review at the bottom before I figured out the best way to apply this foundation, and updated my review and rating from 2 to 4 lippies.

Since I had recently finished my bottle of MUFE HD foundation (which I enjoyed but I always want to try something new) and read so many glowing reviews for this makeup coming from people with all different skin types, I decided to try it out. I have fickle skin - acne-prone, oily-combo but dehydrated and I've been having a lot of problems lately with matte foundations ie. EL DW, Tarte Amazonian Clay, looking flat or cakey or separating on my skin and sticking to dry spots or blemishes, but many times satin foundations can just look greasy or transfer too easily. Always looking for that happy medium and this foundation sounded great as my skin has cleared up lately and I was in the market for a lighter weight foundation. This makeup is described as having light-medium, buildable coverage with a natural finish which is exactly what I was looking for.

**UPDATE:**
So I promised that before I threw in the towel on this makeup I would watch some youtube videos and see if I could find a better application method that would get this foundation to work and low and behold I did! When I first tried this foundation, I was using the regular, spread it on and rub it in with fingers and/or brush method that I normally use with foundation but that does not work with this makeup. By "working" this makeup into the skin with a brush and/or beautyblender sponge, it achieves the perfect satin sans greasy finish and keeps it from transferring so easily, although this makeup still definitely needs a setting powder.

To apply: After shaking the bottle, I dispensed a few drops on my hand and applied a few dabs to the center of the face, smoothing outward. To blend the foundation in, I found this is best accomplished by using a tightly packed synthetic foundation brush - the brush I have and the one the lady in the youtube video used is the Real Techniques foundation brush, which is an inexpensive but lovely brush that I highly recommend and use with all my liquid foundations. I must stress that in order for this foundation to look good, you MUST first buff and and then press it in so it melds with the skin. After thoroughly blending with my brush, I used my beautyblender dupe with a light tapping motion to further dab and press - not rub! - the makeup into my skin. Once this is done, then it is safe to add another layer of makeup which will give slightly more coverage. Coverage can go from sheer-light (one layer) to light-medium with two layers.

The woman in the video also set this makeup with MAC Mineralize Natural Skinfinish pressed powder which looked phenomenal - it gave her complexion the perfect satin-matte glow that I was hoping for when I initially tried on and set this makeup, and another beauty blog mentioned that these 2 products used together were a match made in heaven. I did exchange the too pink NW15 I'd initially bought for NC20 and purchased the Skinfinish Mineralize pressed powder in Light Plus as well to add some longevity and polish. Yes, it is pricey, but I am also not necessarily suggesting that you purchase both; I do not yet own the Skinfinish powder and this foundation still looked beautiful, so the Skinfinish is not imperative in making this foundation look good, but being the makeup junkie that I am I did go ahead and purchase both, so I will update once more when I receive it.

Changed my rating from 2 to 4 lippies, took one off because this foundation definitely takes practice and time during application to get it to look its best and it is certainly not a foundation that you can quickly slap on and go on days when you're running late, but I'm sure with practice the application will become easier and faster.

*IMPORTANT: Would definitely recommend new comers to watch or read a tutorial in applying this makeup because there is a slight learning curve, but once you do it does indeed give a beautiful natural finish. However, just to re-iterate: if you are normal-dry skinned this makeup is a yes, if you are oily-combo but looking for a natural finish again a yes, HOWEVER oily-skinned ladies looking for a matte finish, or anyone in the market for a med-full coverage foundation, this is NOT the one for you.*

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I really really wanted to like this product but it simply did NOT work for me and here's why:
- Unfortunately, this foundation felt AND looked extremely greasy and slippery on my hands and face. I REALLY did want to get this to work, so I tried a few different application methods -- with a mattifying primer, with a regular primer, with fingers, with a brush, but nothing made any difference. It looked like I had just dunked my face in crisco.
- I applied my favorite setting powder, which I was hoping would tone down the greasy sheen and leave me with a satin-semi matte healthy glow (I use Kat Von D Lock It loose powder which has a beautiful finish that's not cakey or drying at all), BUT instead the powder caused the foundation to cling to my dry spots and look cakey which has never happened before with this amazing powder that I have used with several other foundations. So my makeup went from greasy to cakey while still being greasy.
-Foundation was not only too greasy for me but also transferred and rubbed-off very easily. I work full time and need my makeup to have decent lasting power.
-Coverage for me was not the light to medium buildable coverage that I was hoping for, instead it hardly seemed to cover anything and layering it did not work. My skin has been pretty clear lately so I was looking for a foundation that was less than full coverage that I could still see my skin through, but I do have some minor discolorations and some very mild scarring and this did not cover anything at all. I ended up having to load up on concealer which I hate doing.

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Liquid -MAC - Face and Body Foundation

on 10/13/2017 5:22:00 PM

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this is my hg foundation. i use it daily because its light to medium coverage and very hydrating. it is a bit pricey in my country but u dont need much and it lasts pretty long time. the only problem is the shade range cuz im very fair i have to mix n1 with white to get my perfect shade and thats pain in the .. for everyday usage. i hope they produce more shades

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Skincare - Face -MAC - Prep and Prime Fix+

on 10/13/2017 2:34:00 PM

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I've been using this for over 10 years and I can't believe I haven't written a review yet! I love this spray. It sets my makeup, takes away any powdery-ness, makes everything melt into my skin for flawlessness, keeps my skin hydrated all day. I switched to the Evian spray because I wanted a fine mist spray but immediately went back to this because the Evian spray made my face dry. I'm not a huge fan of how it sprays out but I can live with it.

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Concealers -MAC - Pro Longwear Concealer

on 10/13/2017 12:32:00 AM

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Not impressed.
First off I did not feel the coverage was that great at all.
I have way better coverage using a single dot of NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer or L.A. Girl's HD Pro Concealer.
This also did not last longer than my Revlon colorstay concealer.
The only thing this had on Revlon was the shade range as Revlon only has about 4 shades....sad.
By midday, I could see this wearing off, not that the coverage ever looked that good, to begin with.
It also looked like makeup on the skin and not very natural. It slipped around on the skin in some areas too.
When I first heard of this concealer I was so excited because it had a pump but it is not very good.
I got pretty good at only pumping out what I needed but sometimes it would not come out at all and seemed empty BUT it wasn't, it ended up lasting another month from that point, thank goodness I did not throw it out or maybe I should have.
Clearly, will not be repurchasing.
1 lippie for performance 2 lippies for shade range

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Makeup Brushes -MAC - #168 Large Angled Contour Brush

on 10/12/2017 4:18:00 PM

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I use this brush a lot. The shape is good for contouring cheekbones and the firm white goat hair bristles can be used with cream products as well as powders.

Because the bristles are white, I generally wash it with Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo or Parian Spirit rather than the blue-tinted Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner.

Because the bristles are somewhat stiff rather than soft or luxurious, it can feel scratchy on sensitive skin. However, it does the job well and I personally have not had any issues with shedding.

I would only buy it again if it were on sale. I think $35 is too much to pay for this particular MAC brush.


Lip Liners -MAC - Lip Liner-Stripdown

on 10/12/2017 2:25:00 PM

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This is my perfect nude lip liner color. I an NW20 leaning neutral and this is my fav color in MAC lip liners. The pencil is a bit dry but workable. I'm surprised it has lasted soo long but I do use other liners. Pretty good value at this price point.


Eye Shadow -MAC - Pigment in Vanilla

on 10/12/2017 2:12:00 PM

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Forever HG!

I use this shadow, highlighter on face and body as well as polish.
This product is perfect!

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Makeup Brushes -MAC - #217 Blending

on 10/12/2017 11:00:00 AM

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When I first set out to buy nice brushes, I was recommended the Hakuhodo J5523 as an upgrade to the 217 or the sigma e25. I bought a few Hakuhodo brushes and used them all the time, but the 5523 was scratchy on my hypersensitive eyelids. I thought the 217 would be even worse, so I didn't bother trying it until I needed something that shape in my travel kit. I bought the 217SH (Short Handle) and I was amazed at how *not scratchy* it was! So the next time I had a MAC code, I bought the full length version, and again, much softer than my 5523. Since then, I've put the 5523 in my backup drawer and switched to the 217. I feel like MAC gets a bad rap much more than they should, because I love so much from the line, and this brush is a perfect example of how MAC is unjustly maligned these days.

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Lipstick -MAC - Matte - Chili

on 10/12/2017 10:14:00 AM

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This is a matte warm rusty red with lots of orange tones. It is the lipstick equivalent of the Burnt Umber Crayola crayon.

It's a beautiful shade. I highly recommend trying it on first though - it looks very different on me than in most pics I found online. (I have olive skin, and dark hair/eyes.) It can look like a straight up orangey red in photos, and it does feel like that when you apply it tbh, but it is more of a rust-brown-red in the end. This shade is super beautiful and flattering on me, and unique in my stash. It's exactly what I am into at the moment. The MAC matte formula is hit or miss in my opinion, and Chili is in the hit category. It applies easily (almost too easily, be careful!), opaquely, smoothly. It has a silicone-y feel to it, which makes it slippery and prone to smearing/transfer, which is why I am not giving it full marks - however a liner VASTLY helps. VASTLY. There is a matching MAC liner (Chicory I think), but I have a Revlon one in Sienna which is perfect, and there is a NYX one (I believe Ever is the shade name) that is supposed to be good too.

I don't find this lipstick *too* drying, and this is from a girl that literally cannot wear any liquid lipstick formula. I always wear a smidge of balm underneath; it doesn't ruin the wear of this one. But Chili is a knockout shade. It's vampy but not too much (I hate feeling like I'm walking behind my lips, if you know what I mean), and it just makes me look hot, which really, is all I can ask for. Also, I got this as a Back 2 MAC so it was a gooooood day :D

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Blush -MAC - Sheertone Blush in Blushbaby

on 10/12/2017 2:43:00 AM

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This is my holy grail!
The matte finish blush with soft pink shade and orang undertone is perfect for my Asian skin (NC35). NO DOUBT I recommend this and looking forward to buy this product again

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Eye Shadow -MAC - Velvet - Mulch

on 10/11/2017 11:38:00 PM

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Love this! I would describe it as a cool bronze or a rose brown, satin texture. I have brown eyes, and this is perfect for when I want to do a sultry brown smoky eye! It is important for me that the shadow is not too orange-bronze, as orange hues don't suit me, and that it's not too red - otherwise I can look tired. I also don't want a simple grown or even a greyish-brown because it brings out the yellow in my NC25-30 very yellow olive skin.

Some have said that they have a problem with the texture of this, but I don't find it to be problematis - mine is tightly packed but easy to pick up. I use a flattened, smallish, fluffy eyeshadow brush and put this along my top and lower lid, and it crates a very modern smoky, grungy look that is not too harsh for the day time, and lasts on me all day, even without a primer. Blends easily, can easily be used for many looks, definitely worth checking out :) Oh, and MAC has lowered the price of their pro-pans, which is awesome!


Lip Gloss -MAC - Viva Glam Ariana Grande

on 10/11/2017 4:00:00 PM

I love this gloss. It is the closest thing to my beloved and frequently mourned VGV lipglass, but this is more mauvey, less pink beige. I will be sad when mine is all gone. I am nw20, deep winter, almost black hair, brown eyes.

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Powder -MAC - Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 10/11/2017 5:16:00 AM

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I have been using this since the beginning of time and feel confident every time I repurchase.
I use this as a trusty touch up, if I'm Im going out after work, my daytime foundation has faded, I simply pat this powder over, and it gives good coverage to any blemishes that are on show after the morning fade. It's important to not go overboard as it can look cakey, but the coverage is great.
I have NC 35, NC41 and NC 42 depending on my tan levels. If you'd like a flawless finish to your makeup, and if your liquid foundation does not cover some blemishes, you can use a light hand to dust this on top to add to the coverage. One of my staple handbag items and it does last forever.

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Lipstick -MAC - Media lipstick

on 10/10/2017 3:39:00 AM

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My HG fall/winter makeup product.I absolutely love this deep wine color.It’s not too purple like Instigator or too red like Diva,it’s a perfect blend of both shades packed in nice satin finish.I love satins for cold weather since mattes really dry my lips out.I pair it with MAC lipliner in Dark out but it would look amazing with Nightmoth as well.All in all gorgeous shade with an amazing formula that is million times easier to apply than mattes are.For a night out I pair it with a bit of NYX lip butter in Black Cherry Tart.For mornings I apply it and blot which leaves gorgeous wine stain.All in all an amazing shade,by far my favourite from Mac.

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Lipstick -MAC - Lustre in Hug Me

on 10/10/2017 3:06:00 AM

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I think Hug Me is universally flattering, it looks great on fair to dark skin... I'm nw25 and it works for me.. I have over 25 MAC lipsticks, but only have 2 from the lustre line, and need to get more, because I didn't realize how much I like this finish... I'm 47 yo, so most of my MAC lippies are satin, creme sheen, or amplified finish. I only have a few matte, as It's not really my favorite finish on mature skin, but I will wear a matte lip out at night sometimes. Hug Me is the perfect nudish/taupey brown that doesn't look too brown. Definitely recommend.

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