GREATEST FOUNDATION EVAAAR. This is the first MUA review that I've been inspired to do even after being an MUA member for years now.
I have normal to combination Asian skin with yellow undertones and am in the shade C4. It has such a natural finish and photographs beautifully! Never has my face matched my neck and body so well after flash photography. So far, I've been applying with just my fingers, with primer underneath and then I top everything off with Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder in Translucent. I do love the light dewy finish the Face&Body leaves but I'd rather top it off with finishing powder (which results in a subtle matte finish) to ensure less makeup transferring (which I absolutely loathe!). The primer + foundation + finishing powder combo keeps my makeup looking flawless all day long! I even looked good after being extremely sweaty in 95-100 degree hot yoga. Water resistant indeed!
This is definitely my HG foundation now. It's so economical considering the amount you get for the price. Other liquid foundations I've tried are: Clinique Even Better, Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen, Neutragena Healthy Skin, and Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream. They all felt and looked heavy to me and I could never get rid of my fear that at any given time, they'd all transfer easily off my face. Plus, I was never color matched correctly in any of them. I absolutely love that I can put just one thin layer of the MAC Face&Body on and with sometimes, Josie Maran Argan Oil Pro Concealer underneath my eyes for extra coverage for my dark circles.
The best! I highly recommend to Normal to Combination skin. continued >>
This is my go-to foundation! I've been using it on and off for a while now and I've finally learned to appreciate this. Total HG status.
1. Coverage: I do see how some would call this sheer but this is wayyyy more than enough coverage! I don't have many pimples or discoloration so this is perfect. If you are looking for a medium to full coverage foundation this is a no-no! If you just need something to even out your skintone (like me) this is a win!
2. Color choices: MAC has such great color selections, this is the one thing that I love about them. I am an C2 and it has just the right amount of yellow for me without looking like a banana! However, for this foundation you dont have to get an EXACT match. It's sheer enough that it will blend with your tones beautifully.
3. Application: I sometimes use the Sigma F80 when I need more of a coverage from this. If you find that Face and Body is too much coverage I recommend using the Sigma F82, which is what I use. The F82 sheers it out more plus its my favorite foundation brush :) This foundation is so liquidy it will just glide on your skin.
4. Durability: Its a sheer foundation but I find it lasting longer than others I have tried. My day is taken up by school and work in the evening, I apply this at 8 in the morning and take it off at about 10 pm immediately after I get home. When I get home my skin still looks great, not super greasy (but my skin leans more to the dry side rather than oily) like for example when I was using the CHANEL Vitalumiere before this.
5. Ingredients: It does have Talc which makes my face itch like crazy but not with this foundation. I dont get any pimples, redness, or itchiness which is a major plus! I was using Ben Nye banana powder with F&B and I was breaking out like crazy but I am now using Ulta's Mineral Finishing Powder and it makes F&B amazing on me, plus no itches!
I would recommend this for someone who has a hard time finding a good color match, doesn't need much coverage, needs a quick and easy foundation, has normal to dry skin, buttttt get a sample before trying if you have problems with Talc! Another thing, I bought my second bottle of this online last month and I received a 50ml/1.7 OZ bottle. I remember I used to buy this in the 120 ml /4 OZ bottle for $33. I didn't know they came in different sizes now sooo if you want the bigger bottle Google: Mac Face and Body 4 oz and it'll take you the link where you can buy the bigger bottle. I dont see a way to get to the bigger bottle on the MAC website! That's the only downside for me, I was used to having the bigger bottle! continued >>
The best thing about the F&B is the ability to provide a sheer, flawless finish to someone with 'good' skin while looking like you've got nothing on. It's cost effective, waterproof, lasts quite well, blends beautifully blah blah etc.
HOWEVER, if you have acne-prone skin I'd avoid this like the plague. It contains several irritating and comedogenic ingredients e.g. cetyl alcohol. You're better off with Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturiser. continued >>
I keep straying then coming back to this foundation... Really love it, it gives a great dewey finish and so long as my skin doesn't have any obvious flaws or peeling from retin-a it looks great.
My only issue with it is that it does rub off very easily, makes my face feel kind of oily, even though I have naturally quite dry skin. I actually like the way my face feels oily(strange, I know, but if you've always had dry skin it's kind of like oooh look how moisturized I am) but it's not great that it rubs off onto my clothing.
I also tried to buy this in Australia and it's not stocked at many MAC stockists here, so I had to order it online... expensive... but it does last forever. I picked a couple of bottles up in the states from the MAC store and it was like $32 so that is pretty amazing value for how long it lasts.
SHADE: For reference, i wear Bobbi Brown Stick foundation in 5.5 Warm Honey, which matches me pretty well but oxidises redder. NC45 SFF in MAC is orange/red, NC42 is too light. If self-matched, i'm probably NC44. The MAC mua matched me to C7 in this, which looked forest green (no kidding) when pumped out but once warmed up went orange on the skin, and oxidised darker. She kept insisting this was the perfect colour: "you look tanner and glowing!!" Honestly, i'm already tan. Is it so difficult to understand that i just want a foundation that matches my skintone? C7 after oxidisation looks like a sheerer version of NC45, like really sheer. A friend commented when i applied a small patch to my arm: "It looks like a bruise"
C6 looked olive brown (not as green as C7) when pumped out but went yellow-brown on my skin (applied with fingers). It looked slightly off at first, but after oxidation seemed to match my skin. I say "seemed" because the colour is so sheer that it didnt look that different from my actual skintone. Tiny tiny bit lighter maybe? I honestly couldnt tell, even after taking photos.
C5 looked a rich yellow when pumped out, and went the same yellow on my skin (applied with fingers). After a while, it looked slightly whiter compared to my actual skintone, but the difference wasnt very visible because like i said earlier, the colour is very sheer.
COVERAGE: Sheer. Honestly it covers nothing. Gives you a tint maybe on the first layer. I was told you could let it dry and apply more layers to build coverage but i don't have time given this thing takes AGES to dry.
TEXTURE: This is supposed to be water-based (fantastic!) .... except it feels like oil =/ And looks like oil on the skin. Takes ages to dry, and even then doesnt matte out. You can still see this oily sheen (not dewy!)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Takes photos beautifully i have to admit. No white cast at all, given the sheer coverage, and the oiliness actually translates onto the camera as a glow. It is a real pity i don't look like that in reality. The oiliness also cancels out any shade difference from the actual skintone...because the line of demarcation is shiny! lol.
LASTING POWER: Fades in hours. Maybe if you set this with powder, might last longer. But that defeats the purpose of wearing F&B i feel.
PRICE: S$63, equivalent to US$48. For the amount of product you're getting, i think its alright. continued >>
It's amazing. Light on the skin, super long lasting and it can be built up in layers to achieve amazing coverage where needed. HG status!
Wow, I really hate this foundation, and I'm not usually very picky with foundations. It must be the worse one I've ever tried - for me, anyway. It's very thin and runny, but it's not at all easy to blend. It dries up as soon as it touches my skin. It doesn't do anything to cover or even out or make my skin look any better, really. I've tried different methods of application, without any luck. I imagine I could make it work by mixing in some moisturizer or a slippery tinted moisturizer, but as it is, it's a complete fail for me.
I've tried every popular foundations over the years, smashbox, makeup forever, tarte, l'oreal, revlon, josie maran, jane iredale, bare mineral etc I have to say this is my favorite foundation by far!! I love the fact it has no parabens and it's a water based foundation. I esp. love the dewy finish. It looks very natural and light yet it has the buildable coverage. My day starts at 4:30 in the morning everyday, I'd say when I get home around 7 at night, it still looks pretty good. I set my T zone with the Mac mineralized power, it looks great. highly recommended!
MAC Face and Body foundation (4oz for $33) is a sheer to medium-coverage foundation that has a nectar-thick consistency. It has a natural, dewy finish that is water-resistant. I have been using this foundation off and on for the past 3 months. I have applied it with a damp sponge, fingers, and brush. I really like using my fingers to apply this foundation as if Iím applying moisturizer, then taking a soft, dense brush to lightly buff the foundation into my skin. Make sure to shake it up prior to use so that the pigment is evenly distributed. I have C3 which matches well when I am NC25/30 (the lightest shade I am throughout the year). To darken the foundation without investing in more bottles of this foundation, I bought MAC Select Cover-up (0.33oz for $18) in NC45. I add one very small drop to mix into the Face and Body prior to application. The darker concealer may also be used to contour the face, but it dries quickly, so be careful. The two products mix together very well and stay put on my face all day, especially when I set the foundation with Ben Nye neutral set powder or MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural.
My skin is typically dry and this foundation works very well on me, but I have tried this on my friend who has oily skin and it didnít last 30 minutes before getting very shiny. I like how the bottle has a dropper since it reduces the exposure to bacteria. Due to the light coverage, it is necessary to use a concealer to cover any areas of hyperpigmentation.
LOVELOVELOVE this foundation! Definitely get a sample before you try it though.. if you like medium to full coverage and have oily skin, this product won't satisfy you. When I opened it to squirt some on my hand in the store, it squirted into my shopping bag and all the way across the room.. and I barely squeezed it haha I knew it was water-based but dang! So dispensing the product can be difficult, but it doesn't bother me. I put this on my arms because I have little bumps on them I've had my whole life.. so I do get some red color to my arms which I hate. But I put this on them when I'm wearing something that will show my arms and it evens out the skin tone. Sometimes I'll wear this foundation when I don't want a lot of coverage, but lately I've been putting this on then adding MAC studio tech on top.. & it looks great! The best thing about this product is how much youre getting for the price. All of the other MAC foundations are around the same price but are an ounce or less. This product will last a very long time. It also works with light reflection as well, when I bought it, the artist told me a lot of photographers and pro makeup artists use it and love how it turns out on camera. I love this foundation overall.. I wouldn't say it's your day-to-day foundation, but it's definitely something extra to keep around! continued >>