i think im nc35-40 in mac foundations so they lady at the counter matched me to a C5 in this. i think its just half a shade darker then me, im probably an c4 but once i have it on it gives a nice sunkissed tanned looking glow which looks great for summer. its light and easily blendable and has alot of pigment in it. in the winter id prob be a c4, but i like the tanned look in summer. i set it with a powder so considering i get a shiny t zone during the day it was fine and manageable. it doesnt give a matt finish, but i dont use alot, so i dont get all oil slick which some people probably do. i dab the oil off once in the afternoon and its fine...i would by this again, as it gives a lovely glowy golden enhanced look to my light brown skin!
I bought into the hype of this product last summer, and as soon as I could I ran to my nearest MAC store to purchase it. While it is a nice sheer but buildable foundation, it just does not have the staying power for the summer months. And if you have oily skin just forget about it, it stays on for a max 2-3 hours at most. While I've heard that this foundation will match most skin colors, I just couldn't find one to match my light olive tone. And I noticed tiny bumps on my cheeks two weeks after using this product. So I wouldn't recommend this product to people with acne prone skin.
I was always worried about purchasing this product based of the reviews of it breaking some people out. It does have oil in it from what I read on the ingredient list and that also contributed to my delay of purchasing this product.
But i decided to go for it and am on my second bottle now. This foundation as everyone has said is light but build-able to an extent. A perfect color for me, as i run more yellow around NC20 - C1 was dead on. I have tried MUFE face and body and though while different and good in and of its own, the colors ran to neutral or pink and dark.
Also a tip that i read on here or somewhere else for this foundation is to rub your hands together with the product until you feel it thickening up to an certain extent (the more product you use the longer that effect takes) then when thickened pat into your skin or rub gently. This allows for slightly better coverage and easier blending. Other than that the foundation is extremely natural, most people will probably need setting powder (lasts around 5-8 hours with some sheen later on) Also like i said it didn't break me out at all, but i cant attest that for everyone.
I use this foundation a lot for when I do wedding make up and Formals/Proms. It has a natural and flawless finish but you will need to powder in areas where you tend to get oily. It's a fantastic foundation which lasts all day, has buildable coverage and is waterproof!
MAC Face and Body foundation has be around for a long time, but for the first time since itís inception, MAC has finally permanently launched across all stores, meaning everyone can now try it out, not just those lucky enough to live beside a Pro store. Hate it when they do that!
Anyway, F&B is my go-to foundation in my kit; I use it on just about everybody and absolutely love it, so I thought Iíd share my thoughts and techniques on how to get the most out of this product.
For starters, F&B has a sheer to medium, buildable coverage. It is a very fluid runny formula making it a little messy to work with. The finish is dewy, and tends to suit a normal to dry skin best. Itís a waterproof formula and has great staying power, as long as youíre not excessively oily. I always set it with powder, as it can look quite shiny by itself.
This stuff is probably the runniest foundation you will have ever used, itís like water. But as soon as you start working it into the skin, the strangest thing starts to happen. The more friction or movement F&B gets, the thicker it gets, so the more you blend it in, the more coverage it has. A great tip I learned from my days of working on counter at MAC is to pour a little of the product into the palm of your hands, then vigorously rub your hands together. about 10 seconds you will feel the foundation begin to thicken and then you can either massage it on the face with your hands, or use a stiff buffing brush to blend it on. That way you avoid having the blend the hell out of you or your clients face.
The best tools for applying it are you mitts! Without a doubt, your hands will apply this foundation best. You can perfect the finish of it by buffing the skin with a brush after you have applied it with your hands, but there is seriously no point trying to get an even finish with a brush alone, itís just too damn runny.
Although the coverage is sheer to medium, really you can build this up to be full coverage, itís so malleable and controllable you can get whatever level of coverage you want.
The finish is dewy, and very smooth, skin looks pore free and perfect. The film formers in this product (the ingredients that make it waterproof) stop the foundation from sinking into pores and fine lines, and instead creates a second skin that sits perfectly smooth.
Because of itís very dewy finish though, this really isnít the best foundation for oily skin, I myself canít wear it, it goes very shiny very quickly, even with copious amounts of powder. Itís stunning on normal to dry skins though.
It will not cover tatoos or bruises or birthmarks! Itís a sheer finish, that you can build, but you wont get that level of coverage. Itís gorgeous to even out skin tone on the body, for example if you get very red and splotchy across your chest, or you have very pale translucent skin. Itís a waterproof formula, so it wonít streak if it gets wet, but itís not 100% transfer resistant. I wouldnít wear it with white!
Everything that I just shared has been with my experience and is my own opinion. This is an amazing product, but isnt right for everybody! MAC will give samples, so stop in and grab one... try before you buy! I hope you like it as much as i do. Nothing better than multi-demensional products that can be used in many dofferent ways. It makes you feel less guilty when you spend the money! :-)
I'm not sure how I feel about this foundation. I went into MAC looking for a lightweight foundation to wear during the hot summer months. The MA recommended this one to me and I loved the color match and how it looked after she applied it. I've been wearing it for the past couple days and feel like the dewy finish it gives makes my face look oily. I feel like this foundation would be better suited for the winter time when my skin is dry instead of sweaty.
So first off let me tell you guys what I personally was looking for in a product. I was looking for something that had a light coverage that left me a little dewy, something in a foundation that I have never gotten before, and wouldn't transfer onto my white work shirts. I thought about L'oreal Lumi foundation but worried it might still be too heavy. I've been using Revlon Colorstay mixed with my oil of Olay to create my own ' BB cream' so to speak but it still ended up mask-like and a type of full coverage finish. I have minor skin issues, a handful of acne marks, and redness but I'm at a phase in life where I don't care too much as long as I don't look like I caked on my makeup or uneven and blotchy.
BB creams, tinted moisturizers, they've all left me wanting. Till I went on Youtube to check out reviews for Clinique Mouister Surge on A Models Tips page and saw in the comments that someone suggest she try Mac Face and Body for a light weight look and feel. So I started searching that too, came here to look at reviews, and bit the bullet today. I was lucky enough to find out before I went that they repackaged the stuff so its in 1.7 oz instead of the 4 oz. The 1.7 is 27.00 and the 4 is 32.00 so it was a no brainer fort me to go with a bigger amount. Break it down you are getting a steal here if the the foundation works for you.
The lady in MAC didn't try it out on me, she just immediately told me I was N1 or if i wanted a tanner glow i could go with N2. I'm pretty light, but with a tiny tiny dash of pink and yellow in me. There's N and C where N means its going to have mostly yellow with a splash of pink, and C is mostly pink with a splash of yellow. I still ended up buying the N1, kind of stupidly in hindsight not knowing if it would work out or not, and then went to the MAC counter in Macy's to get a double check. Yup, N1 it was. I couldn't wait to get home to try this stuff.
Upon opening it I wasn't surprised at how watery it was due to research. I rubbed a small amount between my finger tips and dotted it upon areas where I usually had troubles. Then I rubbed it in. What I wasn't prepared for? How extremely yellow it looked on my skin. That and the fact that it kind of stuck to my skin as I buffed it out with my fingers. It has that texture of the l'oreal liquid stains in the classy gold tubes, if you've tried them you'll know what I mean. Its kind of a tacky feel which is just helping it become resistant on your skin. As I buffed it in more and more the yellow disappeared and became my skin tone. I needed three tiny, smaller than a dime, dabs to cover my whole face to a point that you couldn't see my acne marks. One newish scar, its kind of purple, wouldn't cover till I lightly applied two more layers. That is not a fault of the foundation but the fact that the mark is so pigmented.
It really set to a beautiful finish and wears wonderfully through the day. I'd say I have normal to dry skin and it just looks beautiful.
So I still really love this foundation. I use it over Garnier Moisture Rescue or Oil of Olay and it looks good right now even though it has been rainy and muggy. Nowadays I am working 9 hour days and the glow that this originally leaves my skin when I put it on disappears when I look in the mirror at work by the end of the day. However, that doesn't mean that the foundation has worn off or anything.
The one thing I forgot to mention in my first review was that the smell is really strong. If you aren't good with smells this is just a tip to try to ignore it or not buy it. I don't really know how to explain it but it has a strange chemical sweetness smell to it. Ugh. That is my only turn off after all this time.
I use this stuff every day and I still have the majority of it left.
Okay, so I've broken out pretty badly on my chin lately due to going off the pill and having my hormones go out of whack. I still use this foundation but have found it doesn't do texture pretty well. My pimples are only slightly raised and dry but this stuff makes them look like gigantic hills on my chin. Also, when I apply the foundation to my skin it tends to almost ignore the areas with acne. I will run the stuff all over my face and massage it in and everywhere but my acne will be covered until I use a second or third layer.
I still love this foundation for summer, I really do, but I will say that you can have reddness, you can have just about any skin issue, even moderate acne, as long as it isnt dry and textured. Until my skin gets better I will need a different foundation but will come back to this when everything is better.
When I read such good reviews on makeupalley I was dying to try this foundation. The price, the value, and the foundation itself was pretty attractive for a light summer foundation and I thought this would work out for me, but it didn't. The smell is terrible, it makes me want to plug my nose every time I apply it (yuck, and I thought Studio Fix was bad), the coverage sucks, the staying power sucks (literally melts off in 3 hours). It's just a greasy, oily foundation and there's drugstore tinted moisturizers that offer better coverage and a nicer finish than this. People rave about the "dewey" finish but it just looks wet and yucky.
The value is good (almost twice the product for the same price as their other foundations) but most people use twice as much to get even what slightly resembles medium coverage. I'll be returning this and getting my money back.
There is no foundation that matches my complexion. That being said this one is a great blending aide. I have dark olive skin. My face doesnt match my body. As well as my face is at least 3 different tones. I have combination skin (dry nose, slightly oily cheeks and forehead)
I apply with studio fix then set with a darker shade of studio careblend
f&b doesn't last that long, i am constantly retouching (which results in an uneven cakey look) and gives me a very washed out look as it fades but for about 4 hrs it looks absolutely amazing.
will try with a primer (currently only using moisturizer) and spray finishing agent and see if its any better.
Yes this is a sheer foundation, build-able to a sheer medium. Great for those that have mostly clear skin to begin with and just wants to even it out. It will not cover any blemishes so bust out your concealer with this foundation. I have never used tinted moisturize so I cant say it comparable but some have mentioned its like a tinted moisturizer
I do agree this is not for oily skin but it might work out considering that this is more of a satin finish and I set it with powder. I used to have oily skin, but now I feel as though I have normal skin (I still classify myself to have oily skin tho when I purchase products) I moisturize well (night&day moisturize is argan oil) and I think that prevents the overproduction of oil, in my case anyways.
LOVE, that it looks so natural (like skin but better) and that is lightweight which is perfect for the summer. Its great for that everyday look. PLUS you get so much product 4oz - $35.
Ok..I do think it is long wearing, Ive had it on for 7 hrs now and my face still looks evened out and not shiny. Water-resistant, hmmm I dont know about that, I have yet to test that.
The foundation I find is easy to blend compared to my Nars sheer matte. It has a positively shocking smell - sweet. Not that industrial-plastic make up smell. I had no issue with it oxidizing.
Is it my HG? Maybe not but time will tell.