MAC Full Coverage Foundation


205 reviews

69% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$


Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Alumina, Stearic Acid. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ultramarines.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This foundation really gives a full coverage. If you have an acne problem, you gonna love it. I'm using it with an oil-free primer and transparent powder, otherwise it makes my t-zone shiny because it has an oily and creamy formula. In my opinion, this is more suitable for normal and dry skin types.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Have resisted trying MAC foundation before now as I've always been told that they're not the best for acne prone skin, however I've also seen that their shade range especially for pale skin like mine - is amazing.

Price wise - £25 (I think it was!) I'm happy to pay high end prices for what I'm looking for, double wear comes in at heart £10 more, price isn't an issue - results are!

Was also looking for something full coverage, and this seemed to fit the bill.

Colour match is pretty much perfect, I plumped for NC15 - nothing else I've tried has suited me better.
Packaging is sleek and understated, I like that I can see the shade through the compact.
Odourless, opaque really full coverage - I love the finish it gives me when I've put it on with my real techniques expert face brush, or a damp real techniques sponge, and set with loose powder.

However, after 3-4 hours, it appears to go patchy, wear off and 'collect' around dry patches. Such a shame as I thought I'd hit the jackpot with this foundation after trying practically every foundation out there from 'drugstore' to high end.

I think I'll use it here and there as a blemish / under eye etc.. concealer as the coverage is perfect, but too many touch ups would be needed to keep this looking good full-face throughout the day.

I've tried applying with and without primer and BB cream underneath, with the Beauty Blender, real techniques buffing brush, using loose and set powder and setting spray, none of it makes much of a difference ..... me and MAC full coverage just aren't meant to be! :(

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Other

Eyes: Brown

Love this as concealer! I have it in NC35, and I am an NC37 in SFF. I do find that it wears away quickly, but I have that problem with almost all concealers. My KVD Tattoo concealer lasts on the skin longer than this one, but I prefer this one for touch ups or on the go because it is a cream, and not a liquid. I depotted mine so that the whole product would not be contaminated. For the amount of product you get, and because I use this as a spot concealer, this is such a steal!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Skin type - acne prone, active acne, scarring & pigmentation plus dry flaky patches.

My skin has changed quite a lot and I've had to stop wearing foundation altogether. (My acne is clearing up still active spots and dark purple scarring.) it has become so so dry that any foundation I use looks disgusting. (I use a strong acne cream and I'm very sensitive to the cold) Even bb creams start to flake. I've been using avene moisture mask as a daily moisturiser plus as a mask for bed; applying after I've used my acne treatment. It's helping.

Changed primer from standard Mac prep and prime to the Mac yellow natural radiance primer. (More hydrating)

Now for the foundation....
You can only buy online or at a Mac store. I went to a concession and asked for their advice on shade. Went for NC20 (in double wear I'm between ivory beige and desert beige). It arrived and it's a good match. Would probably need to mix NC30 as this is the next shade up if I had a tan.

Application - after watching tons of tutorials it seemed everyone used a buffing brush. I usually use a beauty blender but this product is so thick it needs the brush I think. Everyone said its like a giant version of the studio finish concealer but it feels lighter and hasn't got as dry finish. It's definitely not the same I promise. (I tried just using the concealer all over my face to see if I was wasting my money and it's not the same - looks awful!)

I applied to my face having washed it a couple of hours ago and it looked terrible. Patchy and flaky and didn't cover :(

I re washed my face, exfoliated, moisturised with moisture mask and then primed. Waited 5 mins to re apply.

It's amazing!!!!! Im never going to get perfect foundation with skin how it is at the moment, but it is the best it's looked in ages. It has a dewy finish, a lot of bloggers set it to matte with powder but if I used powder I would literally crack all over. It did cling to some flakes but I can handle that for the overall appearance of my face. It looks fresh, double wear started making me look old even if I used highlighters and such. It was too powdery for my dry skin.

Preparation is key otherwise you will be so disappointed but it does work. I will add to this review if my mind changes!!


Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I read reviews on here, and completely ignored them. Never again will I ignore these trusted reviews!

For every MAC foundation I can be matched to an NC15 (I'm 150 Buff for Revlon Colorstay). I had read reviews on here that the shades run a bit lighter for Full Coverage when compared to other MAC foundations, and even after using Findation, which matched Full Coverage to NC20 for me, I still ignored it and went for NC15 (I bought it online, as it is only available in pro stores,or online). In my head, I thought that if it was too light, I can just deepen it with some bronzer around the perimeter of my face to give a highlight/contour appearance, as I have never been able to use this technique before because I am so pale.

I ignored all the reviews, and alas, it was too light. I looked like Casper. I did a half-face comparison with Revlon Colorstay, and honestly, I could have gone about my day fine, because there wasn't much difference in colour. But it was lighter. It was too pale. And in fact, too pink toned. Revlon Colorstay has the tendency to oxidise, brining about a slightly darker, more yellow, yet more natural colour match for me. MAC Full Coverage doesn't oxidise, which is a very good thing, as long as you have the correct shade. So that is a very good thing!

It can be difficult to blend, and even though I love to use a damp sponge, it just wasn't working for me, and I found that the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush worked best.

It definitely is full coverage, but its not cakey, as long as you blend it well, really buffing it in to the skin. It's very buildable. It definitely does need to be set with a powder because it is very sticky. I really dislike using powder, even though I am very oily, because I have such large pores (check out my Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray review), so this was a big negative for me.

Furthermore, It sinks into my pores. Maybe it would work better with a pore filling primer.

Because of this, I can't use it as a foundation, but it works so well as a concealer. It's basically a giant version of the Studio Finish concealer, but without the spf. It has 3 times the amount of product, for much less than double the price. So I would highly recommend buying this instead if you like that concealer. Much more product for your money.

Overall, as a foundation, no. Concealer, absolutely.

But make sure to pick the right shade! One shade darker than you usually would be


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I recently bought this foundation as I wanted to switch from the studio fix fluid foundation also from Mac. This shit is FULL coverage. I get breakouts regularly and I have a few dark spots and this foundation covered it up no problem. The downside to this foundation is that you can definitely tell you're wearing makeup and if it isn't applied correctly, you can look cakey. In terms of texture it's easy to apply as it's so smooth, it's basically a larger version of Macs studio tech concealer. it does cling to dry spots horrendously and also slips off of oily skin within an hour no matter what primer or powder is used (I tried 8!). When I first used this I found it extremely hard to wear as it has a shiny finish and simply does not look nice. It made me look like I was wearing a mask and this was awful especially as I'm used to wearing full coverage anyway! No matter how much I blotted my skin or applied powder, it simply would not give a nice finish and I found that in little as an hour I would look shiny and just awful. It is not long wearing. I would recommend this foundation to people with normal skin if you're looking for full coverage however the price of £25 is definitely not worth it. It also gives flashback in photos. I definitely would not repurchase, although I love Mac products this was a let down for me.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I was a little skeptical to buy this after reading the mixed reviews but I am so glad I did! I was struggling to find a HG drugstore foundation so I gave up and thought I'd bite the bullet and just go more highend. It claims to be " long wearing, crease proof, none acnegenic and water resistant" and well it lives up to it's claims!

Here are the good points to the foundation; I have quite dry skin especially around the forehead and usually cream foundations stick to those dry areas, no matter how much I moisturize but this didn't at all, or even after several hours! Next thing is how blendable it is. I first went in with my buffing brush and it was quite hard to pick up and blend so I spritzed my brush with my mac prep and prime fix + ( because it was at hand ) and then I went in with the brush to the pan and it blended like a total dream! It didn't streak either. It claims to not crease either and it didn't crease. Not even under the eyes, or my smile lines which ALWAYS creases on me. I almost thought I was seeing things and couldn't believe how amazing it was! Now onto the packaging; I saw a couple of reviews saying that it was easily breakable but I feel it is quite sturdy! Also I like how I can see the product clearly through the lid. I was also worried that in the sun this would wear off or go a little oily however when I was out in the heat ( it was really hot ) it didn't wear at all or feel sticky or claggy! And finally, I saw reviews saying that it was quite transferable. I personally didn't feel this if I set it with a powder. Without a powder it does transfer a little bit but that goes with any foundation! I feel this is good value for money as you get 28g / 1oz of product for £25 which I thought was amazing! It gives my skin a beautiful flawless look which is kinda dewy but can be mattified with a powder.

In terms of cons I really cant think of any but the fact you may need to have a moist brush in order to get a good blend!

Overall I really love this foundation especially for my dry skin and it is fantastic value for money meanwhile it does everything that it promises excellently. On my first day of wearing it I had compliments on my I knew it was a keeper!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Okay, I've read mixed reviews about the M•A•C Full Coverage foundation, and to be honest - I couldn't find many. This is an indepth description and review.

It's a Mac Pro product but you don't need a Mac Pro card to make the purchase.

Packaging: It comes in it's usual black box telling you what the shade is. (mine's NC35) The product itself is in a compact. People have written that it's dropped and smashed, but that's never actually happened to me. It sadly dosent come with a mirror. Instead a clear plastic to replace it. Probably because it's a pro product used by makeup artists, who use spatulars and pallets.

How it goes on: this product is veryyyy thick, but once it's on, for me, I don't feel it. I'm not sure if that's cause I'm used to wearing makeup; but it's quiet light concidering it being like a whole face concealer. Some people like to warm it before using it. But I use a buffing brush (Kiko face 107) to apply it and it goes on nicely in circular motions. You MUST use a moisturiser under this ESPECIALLY if you have dry skin, I have dry skin on my nose and around my piercing and also around my eyebrows (probably cause I don't exfoliate enough!) and once I forgot to use a moisturiser and it kinda made it worse! And once I used a primer and, I don't know, it went on funny and weird, it still looked good but the foundation sunk into my pores (I used the W7 prime magic, which is normally really good!) when usually this foundation deletes the appearance of pores! So be carefull what you use underneath. It has a very high pigmentation also, a little goes a long way! It dosent really have a smell, I guess it just smells like your typical expensive makeup.

How it conceals: I've been searching for a foundation that covers, and this covers better than 'Cover FX' (which costs more) and 'Vichy Dermablend Foundation'. So that's a plus for me! I have some scarring on my nose and chin, dark circles, reddish cheeks and some freckles I dislike on my cheeks. And this foundation covers it all! It's buildable though! And can be sheer with a lighter coverage. You don't have to have it heavy like me! Which brings me to my next point, you MUST make sure you have the right shade before you buy! I wouldn't suggest going online to buy this product. If you want it heavy like me it could look a little bit like a mask. So it needs to be as close to your skin colour as possible. If you're used to buying a certain colour foundation from mac, think again, cause for different people the shade comes out different colours, so try and find a Mac Pro store and try out the colours before buying! Their aren't many shades so it shouldn't take that long.

Staying power: for some people this stays all day, others. Not. I use the Kiko fixing spray and that does he job for a few hours, but because I lay it on thick, the excess foundation sometimes transfers onto things, so I'm concidering buying a powder instead to mattify it. The foundation does give a dewy look, but others may say oily. So it may vary for different people what's best to use over the top to keep hold of it. At the end of the day or after a few hours, I sometimes use it as a concealer to cover the flaws coming through, that's seems to do the job

Other comments: a lot of makeup artists use this product for bridal makeup, so that's a good sign! And it gives a beautiful effect with the flash, but don't get too exited, cause if you use a basic phone flash to take a selfie, you get flash back and you could look like a ghost, but I like I said, I cover everything. So that could be why it looks like a mask, but if you don't use flash my face looks really good! And you can't even tell I'm wearing foundation at all! It's so fast to apply ! It takes me less than a minute to put on! My eyebrows take longer, honestly 😄.
I have a feeling I'm gonna have this foundation for months ! Cause when I saw the ones in the shop that have had bits taken out by a spatular, all I can say is that it's DEEP ! A good 28g ! (If you're not sure how much that is, the average compact is 10g which is way less than half of this foundation)

Although this foundation is high end and expensive, it's worth every penny! I would defo buy again! I'll continue to use it till I'm using a toothpick to get the scraps!

Thanks for reading Xxxx

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

NOTE: You can read the review complete with images at my blog:

I've always been a fan of Mac products, although I've not always been able to afford to repeat-buy. My love for Mac began when I purchased their Studio Fix foundation following a complimentary makeover in the duty-free area coming back from holiday one year. I loved it! So when I heard about Mac Full Coverage Foundation, I knew I just had to try it!

After watching lots and lots of YouTube demonstrations and being amazed by how it could kick the butt of any complexion problems, I went to the Mac website and ordered it in shade NC20. Looking back, I probably should have been more daring with my online purchase and gone a little darker. Hey ho.

I genuinely thought I would have instantly fallen in love with this product and, at first, I did. I used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (slightly damp) to apply the product, and could have jumped for joy as I watched my imperfections disappear. But all was not as it seemed...

Before I enlighten you with my findings, I'll tell you a little about the product. It's an emollient-based product which has been specially formulated for opaque coverage - in other words, it's like a concealer for use on your entire face! However, it's not so cakey if you use a damp sponge to apply. It has a smooth, creamy texture and you get a decent amount of product for your money - it looks like I've barely made a dent in mine despite using it quite a lot.

Now, I've been using Mac Full Coverage Foundation almost every day for a couple of months and I seem to have suddenly developed a problem with dry skin, particularly around the nose. I've never had a problem with dry skin before and can't say for sure whether this foundation has been a contributor to or the cause of this new and much unwanted condition, but I would definitely not recommend it to anyone with similar problems.

Despite performing my morning ritual of Benefit's many moisturisers and The POREfessional Primer beforehand, this foundation could not draw any more attention to my flaky nose. It looks awful! Before I put the foundation on my skin actually looks fine and the dryness is barely visible, but once it's applied it's like my nose is screaming 'Hey, look at me!!!' Gone are the days of it giving me the flawless looking complexion I had always dreamed of (and previously managed to get!).

All in all, I think this could be an amazing addition to your make-up bag if you've got the right skin type. It's most definitely worth a try, as when it works the results are like no other. But it and I are no longer friends for the time being...

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I love this foundation! It's creamy and it makes my skin feel so good, plus it blends in flawlessly and allows liquid bronzers and illuminators to blend in nicely as well! It offers full coverage which I like for special occasions and doesn't budge throughout the time being worn! :) I wish there was more product in the packaging though. Oh, and don't use the sponge provided in the packaging - I personally use the egg-shaped foundation brush from Sephora.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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