MAC Full Coverage Foundation


197 reviews

70% 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.

on 2/11/2015 7:02:00 PM

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...

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

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.

on 10/15/2014 3:09:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This foundation is by far my most favorite of all the foundations I have tried. I like the texture, I love the coverage, and the compact is travel friendly. I find this best applied with a duo fiber brush. Results look great in photos. This product can transfer, so be sure to set it and/or buff off excess if necessary. That being said, the coverage and finish are very worth it if full coverage is your goal.

on 8/14/2014 12:39:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This is my HG founation. I have gone through hundreds of foundations and this one trumps them all! It was recommended to me by a local MUA, she told me she uses it for all of her photoshoots and the photographers love it because the shoot goes uninterrupted because they rarely have to retouch the makeup. I use a spatula to spoon out a small amount, put it onto a clean flat surface and use a beauty blender to buff it into my face. Can be low coverage if you use a small amount, and can be sheer if you apply a small amount with a damp sponge, but can also be extremely full coverage. You need to play around with it a bit to find out how much you need. Love it and will always buy it.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 7/29/2014 8:45:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This used to be my holy grail foundation. The coverage is nice, it isn't cakey at all(or it can be if you like). My skin is normal, doesn't get oily/dry and I never get spots. It is an emollient foundation and this is my issue, I live in Scotland and the air is cool so the foundation usually stays intact, but oh my god in summer when it's warm, this actually melts on your skin, it goes extremely wet, and the transfer it absolutely ridiculous. You can set it with a tub of powder as soon as there's slight heat it with melt, separate, go patchy and blotchy. I don't understand how this could be used on photoshoots or TV when stage lights pack immense heat, you'll look like an oil slick!! Very bizarre. Impossible to apply with fingers, go with a beauty blender and it clogs brushes and causes streaks.

Edit: I feel like I was unnaturally harsh in my last review!! Must have been in a bad mood.
Although it is true it doesn't work we'll in heat, this foundation is actually very HD, it is one of the most undetectable foundations in the skin, it isn't drying so it doesn't accentuate fine lines and actually diminishes the look of pores, you cannot argue with the coverage, powder+setting spray over this foundation work so well. I have actually repurchased this foundation after buying other full coverage high end foundations and have come straight back to this. It does transfer and fade, and after a 6 hour day it does settle in places and cake around my nose. Therefore 4 lipsticks.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/1/2014 3:39:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

First let's start with the NEGATIVES to get it out of my chest: The packaging is absolute garbage! I dropped it once, now it's loose and I had to pop it back together. I know this is intended for professionnals and I don't mind the lack of design or applicator, but they could have made it sturdier.

Now to the POSITIVES:

- The color NC15 is absolutely perfection for my very fair skin. It runs paler than most NC15 by mac and doesn't contain any peach undertone.

- The coverage is excellent and looks really natural if you prep according to your skin and blend it properly.

- It feels really good on my dry skin

How I APPLY it:

I start by prepping my skin. I apply a light weight lotion, then my mineral base sunblock and I tap a bit of jojoba oil all over my skin. This foundation is oil based and it's much easier and more natural to thin it with oil than with water. If your skin is naturally oily than use your own oils to your advantage for the blending.

I then dab the foundation on with my fingers, this way I don't loose too much product in the brush. After that I blend it with a small goat hair brush (zoeva paint brush) doing downwards strokes to avoid accenting peach fuzz. I finish with a dry sponge on my areas that needs more coverage by stippling it.

I lightly powder my face and I'm good to go.

I also uploaded a picture of me with a montage of three pics. The first one bare face, second with the foundation only and the third with a full face. HTH

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 5/23/2014 3:37:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

So I brought this foundation a few days ago online. I brought nc35 thinking would be an ok match (usually wear nc37 but they don't offer this shade in f.c). The colour is slightly paler than what I tend to use so they run slightly lighter. The coverage however is "WOW". I could easily build up coverage to hide my freckles-- yes some ppl love em but I'm not keen on mine. I applied the prep and prime underneath they so kindly sent me a sample of and I've purchased the real techniques brush to push into my skin which leaves a lovely finish :). Easy to buff in and you don't use a lot of product. So far I'm loving this foundation and I've tried most!. I gave it 4 because of the colour but I'm going to purchase c40 next see how that one goes. Fab and this foundation is for you if you want fuller coverage without feeling too heavy. I do set with mineralise powder

on 5/6/2014 2:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

I will never be able to understand how people can use this foundation every day. It is basically solid in the container, the only way I could apply it was by scooping some out with a spatula and rubbing it around the back of my hand so the warmth would soften it. Once you apply it to your face it feels like you have just slathered paint on your face. Not at all natural looking or feeling, I couldn't wait to wash this sludge off my face. I tried sheering it down by mixing it with moisturizer and applying with a damp beauty blender but it was still thick and cakey looking. Not surprisingly, my skin broke out HORRIBLY in places on my face I don't even break out!! The only reason I gave this any lippies is because I am using it now for spot concealer and it does an alright job. Will NOT repurchase. Going back to my HG foundation Kat von d !!!

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I had been wanting to try this foundation since gossmakeupartist raved about it but since MAC doesn't sell my shade, NC25, I hesitated for a long time. I finally decided I was going to get it and I thought to myself, "I can either get NC20 and add bronzer to my face or get NC30 and apply a lighter shade powder to balance the shade to match NC25. I decided to get NC30, since the online store was offering free 2 day shipping and free returns. I really had nothing to lose. Just want to say that I'm thrilled that I got NC30 instead of NC20. The shade is not that much darker and I almost want to say that the Full Coverage foundation might run lighter in comparison to other MAC foundations. I apply it with a duo fiber buffer brush, Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture Kabuki brush (limited ed.) which is similar to the Coastal Scents Classic Buffer Large Synthetic but smaller in size. This brush is perfect for this foundation. It picks up the perfect amount to buff and doesn't leave a heavy application. I use MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus on top to set and it's a great match for my NC25 skintone. The foundation doesn't transfer. I became aware of this when I had to blow my nose and I normally get some foundation from my nose on the tissue but that didn't happen with this foundation. Overall, very happy with the foundation and the shade I selected.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/18/2014 11:40:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I just bought this after I ran out of my MUFE HD liquid foundation in 117. I've used MUFE for the past 4 years but lately I've been looking for more coverage since I am pregnant and having horrible hormonal breakouts. :(

So I don't even want to talk about how horrible the customer service at MAC is, but I was just glad to grab it and get out. No wonder I never shop here, my husband pointed out, he was with me and got to experience it.

Anyway, I got home with shade NC15 and at first I was kind of afraid it would be too light but I really did NOT want to go back to that store!


After trying it in the morning with a clean, primed face, I noticed that my face looked awesome! Haha it's perfect and actually after slight oxidation it matches me perfectlyyyy!!!

I love this foundation and my favorite part is I can apply it super quickly, much better than the liquid! and no streakiness, very buildable coverage, not that I need more!

I will def rebuy but ONLINE.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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