Looks very natural. Doesn't cover up redness fully but I'd rather have some redness and look natural then to have none and look like I'm wearing make up.
I went to the MAC counter looking for a gift and ended up buying myself a new foundation as well. After being disappointed with a couple of foundations lately, I decided go give MAC another try. I used to be obsessed with the HyperReal foundation that has since been discontinued so I figured that any/most MAC foundations were a safe bet for my super sensitive skin.
The MUA tested out the F&B foundation on my skin and I loved the subtle glow that it gave me. It has a really nice texture and felt so lightweight on my skin that I bought a bottle.
The color (C1) matched my skin tone beautifully and I was so excited to have found such a great new foundation.
Two days later, I woke up with a very itchy, bumpy rash all over my face, neck, and chest. Apparently my skin hates this foundation which really sucks since I really loved the way it looked and felt. Now, I'll have to soothe my very irritated skin for the next week! Ugh, such a PAIN.
Before any of you sensitive skin ladies give this a try, test it out on a small spot first! I'd hate for someone else to go through this :(
Sorry MAC but you've lost my faith in your face products...
For me this is a big no no. I have combination to normal skin and its been some time now that i've been in search for my HG. I've tried Lancome Teint Miracle (not bad but I was suggested the wrong shade) EL Invisible Teint (so far the best) and Wow Flawless from Benefit (ok but not exactly happy with my Honey shade). So there I go and read the lovely reviews of Mac Face and Body along with that of a famous makeup artist I adore and I head to the Mac counter. The unbelievably impolite Mua handed me a C2 and there I go.
Comments: the shade is yellow, very yellow and after days I understood why I just wasn't feeling right. I looked pale and sick. The texture is somewhat in between dewy and non, and it has turned out terrible for my combination skin as it's just not suit for withholding any kind of oiliness. I've ended out powdering my nose every 45 minutes!
Maybe this is good for photo shooting or for skins far away from being oily, but for me this product has unfortunately turned out to be a waist of money. Too bad because I love MAC and its products!
If you have moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, blemishes, or scarring and you want to rely on your foundation to cover those (rather than concealer), this is NOT the foundation for you.
If you are very oily or very dry, I don't think this is the right foundation for you either.
This foundation works if you have quite mild hyperpigmentation and need something that just generally evens out your skin. I think it works for normal to combo skin (I have slightly oily t zone and dry patches).
The bottle- is a plastic squeezy bottle. Plain and simple. The amount of foundation you get for the money is unreal, and it'll last ages. It takes me about a eighth of a teaspoon on a bad day and less on a good one to get the coverage I want.
The scent- is mild, inoffensive, and goes away.
The texture and application- is very cool. It's a very thin, watery texture and needs a good shake before dispensing for application. The texture reminds me a bit of the cornstarch and water experiment that simulates how magma works. It feels thin when first applied and then, as you work it in, it seizes up for a moment and then becomes workable again. I've found that it works best going by section and applied in thin layers. It needs some working in, but I haven't had any issues with streaking unless I try to apply too much at a time. I apply this over my sunscreen (Loreal Sublime SPF 50) and I use my fingers for application.
I have discovered that skin prep is the key to this working well. If I use an especially oily moisturizer or sunscreen, or use too much of those products before I apply this or don't wait for them to absorb into my skin, this foundation *will* slide right off my face. Also, ime, it generally doesn't play well with silicone based primers. If your life is not complete without a primer I've found that (for normal to combo and dry to normal) both the Korres primers work, and if you're a bit on the oily side, the black opal invisible oil blocking primer works.
Afterwords I typically use: a concealer like the light reflective undereye from Neutrogena, and Vichy Dermablend for any blemishes, a creme highlighter like elf, Benefit, or Becca, liquid stain or creme blush like MUFE HD, elf's dupe of said, benefit, or tarte, a long wearing creme eye makeup like Maybelline's color tattoo, and a long wearing mascara. My 'face' looks fresh and natural and lasts for hours and hours.
The finish- looks like natural skin. It's not especially shiny or matte. This has no pore refining/diminishing properties that I've noticed. If skin texture is an issue for you, this isn't going to do much to help you out. It looks like *my* skin, just more even.
The coverage- is very light. it will help even out some minor variations in skin tone, but it's not going to cover much of anything. It layers well and slightly more coverage is possible with a second thin layer, but still, nothing even moderate is going to be covered here.
The wear- This wears for 7-8 hours before I need to go over my t-zone again to even it out. I don't use powder or blot papers because I can't usually be bothered to have them with me. The foundation removes well with a double cleanse. It claims to be water resistant, but I've not had the chance to try that out. I have done some serious sweating with this makeup on and it doesn't move or transfer for me.
The color- I am a C2 in this foundation and it matches me very well. I'm generally a NC 20-25 in Mac foundations. I think that the coverage is sheer enough that if you match your undertone (either yellow/pink or pink/yellow) you could probably go one shade lighter or darker than needed in this foundation and it wouldn't really matter.
A word about sunscreen- This does not have an SPF listed. I don't understand why this is an issue for some of you. 1. This foundation is made to be photographed, naturally it doesn't have an (appreciable) spf in it, so it won't 'flashback'. 2. Why would you rely on the sunscreen in your foundation to protect your skin? Hopefully nobody applies the amount of foundation needed for sun protection, because ick and/or gross. If you want sun protection, use a separate SPF product before you put your makeup on.
Overall-I was looking for a light coverage natural looking (similar to TM) foundation that was also long wearing. This has the coverage I wanted and wears well on me. Definite repurchase.
Great foundation & color. Perfect for my difficult dry skin
HOlY GRAIL foundation. Foundation is meant to even skin tone not wash it out and this evens out my skin tone perfectly. I love how natural the coverage is and it really stays put! I have dry patches and this helps moisturize those spots so they aren't obvious. I also get a oily nose and this keeps put with that as well. Great, amazing....I love this foundation!
I tried this foundation about a year ago and didn't like it. I felt like the coverage wasn't what I wanted and threw it in a drawer. After trying multiple highend/drugstore tinted moisturizers, bb creams, and foundations I was ready to give up. My skin is dry, sensitive, acne prone, and pale yellow which makes it difficult to find something that can work for me. I was cleaning out my makeup drawer and rediscovered my Face and Body in C1. I LOVE this foundation. I use an oil free moisturizer, since the foundation is water based, and apply two-three layers of base then set with a very light dusting of Mac Mineral Skinfinsh in Light. The first layer I apply with my fingers and any additional layers I buff on with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.The result is medium coverage, natural, glowy skin. There is no settling in my pores or clinging to dry patches. I know this process may sound lengthy but I've got it down to no more time than applying other foundations. If you have serious skin concerns, this won't be for you. I do get occasional breakouts and my under eye circles are quite dark. I use my NYX concealer/Bobbi Brown corrector for any problem areas I am having. Several bloggers made up charts to show how inexpensive this foundation is. If you compare price per ounce, this base is cheaper than most drugstore ones. I think this is a great lightweight foundation and worth a try.I think application is key to get the results you want. Don't give up if you aren't crazy about it at first, read some blogs or watch some youtube videos on how other people apply it.
**Tarte's brightening water based primer works great with this foundation! The foundation lasts longer and has a more natural finish
I really mostly got this to use on any minor body blemishes as it is to sheer and minimal coverage for my liking. The colour match is quite good, but personally I need more coverage then this. Would better suit someone wanting a very sheer finish with good skin. Consistency was also a bit thin.
I am in that funny space of nc50/nw45 and I always have issues finding a color that suits me. Basically I am orange and a straight nc50 looks ashy/sickly on me and an nw45 looks like I have a fever. This is where face and body comes in. I got n9 and I actually use in with my studio fix nc50 and my elf tinted moisturizer in almond because it really helps to warm them up a bit. I can wear n9 on its own but If I do I have to use my MSFN in dark to compensate for the additional warmth. I err on the oily side so wearing this as my sole foundation is a rare occurrence. Also I really can't stand the cap. It got really messy for me. I will probably albeit somewhat reluctantly buy it again because on its own, I could care less about it but in conjunction with other foundations it's actually really nice.
Mac Face & Body should be a foundation that I don't like, and that's the reason I kept away from purchasing it for so long. However, I wanted to try out a lighter base for spring/summer so purchased this in the N1 shade. This was a tad light for me so I moved to the shade N2 which is a much better match for my skin tone. But I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this foundation. Granted it would be absolutely perfect for someone with great skin.....however I have redness, a few blemishes and very dark circles. BUT, I can still make it work and Iove using this just to even out my skin tone if I'm popping to the shops, or even if I just want a light foundation to wear indoors. It is quite a runny liquid foundation and is very sheer, and for me personally I need to use two or three layers to get it to adequately cover my redness. If you are looking for medium to full coverage this is not for you, but it can be built up to a medium finish. I like to apply one layer, let it dry and them pay on a second layer, the patting motion helps to get a bit more coverage on the areas if the face that need it. Staying power is good and of course I've got to mention the value for money - the 120ml bottle is so much better value than the 50ml bottle and there's only $6 in the difference. I will continue to use f&b on days when I just want a little coverage, however Mac Studio Sculpt remains my favourite foundation.