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 >>
I had this applied on by the makeup artist in the mac store. I don't know if she applied too much but it just looked unnatural for the first thirty minutes. It oxidized and finally gave me the perfect coverage I've always desired. But the sad disappointing comment I have about it is, it broke out my face horribly. I have sensitive combination skin and it made my nose look soo oily. I'm just happy I didn't spend the money to get it. I agree that you could easily smooth the product on with your hands and get blendable coverage but, this foundation is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.
It oxidizes. Choose at least one shade lighter!!!
This product will only work if you meet the requirements. If you can't fulfill the requirements, you are not gonna like the result.
If you have perfect skin, sure it will work for you easily. You will have very natural finishing.
If you don't have perfect skin, make sure at least your skin is not oily. The product gives you a shine. I can't imagine people who already have oily skin want more shine to it.
If you don't have perfect skin but your skin type is not oily, you can make this product work if you combine it with a good concealer. You need to find a concealer that can do a good job concealing your dark spots or eye bag or dark cycles at least 50%. Otherwise, don't expect this foundation to cover anything for you. It only evens out your skin tone and covers maybe 10 to 20% of the discoloring. You need to have some skill to blend the concealer evenly, of course.
If you use Face And Body Foundation with a good concealer, finish it with powder to set and reduce the shine. It should give you a nice natural look. You will like the result because the foundation doesn't give you you a chalky look or sit on the fine lines making the lines more obvious.
One big problem is that it oxidizes, usually after 20 to 30 minutes, it will show and be obviously darker. Since the foundation is sheer, naturally, you want to apply more layers to build it up and cover more, right? The problem is the more layers you put on, the darker your face looks. Your face will be darker than your neck, that is not a good look at all. Even when I only applied one layer, it still oxidized and made my face a little darker than my neck.
When you just apply, you don't see it oxidizes and makes your face darker. Just wait for 30 minutes, you will see what I mean. Most people test in the store and find a shade that matches. They don't wait for 30 minutes in the store to see if the color changes, why would they? That's how I got my color wrong. It matched great when I was testing it in the store. Bought the product and wiped it off. When I actually started to use it at home, I found out how bad it oxidized.
I am very upset about the Mac Makeup Artists didn't even warn me about finding one shade lighter due to oxidization. How could they not know? They sell this everyday.