I have a love/hate relationship with this foundation. Its more like a tinted moisturizer without the SPF. Its water based so its a MUST that you shake shake shake that bottle! I store mine in the fridge so i think its doubled its lifespan, my previous bottle didn't last as long. If you are looking for something to even out your skintone this is it, very little coverage. I can't even really get away with using this anymore as my go-to foundtion because it won't cover my melasma spots but this was my favorite for years, I just wish it had a little spf. That being said, this is great for photography esp. outdoor. Looks amazing. it also works great in summer on normal/dry skin because it just lasts and is water resistant.
I currently have C1, C2 and C4. I mixed the C2 and C4 in summer so that my face matches my body when i have a bit of a tan.
The larger bottle is great, epecially if you use every day. I have used this several ways: my fingers worked best for the coverage i was looking to achieve. I have also used a flat top brush and a stipling brush with success. If you need just a little more coverage you can also layer and I think its been said here, but its best to apply one 'layer' then wait until it sets, apply a second, etc. I also like this with a powder and without.
Im a fan of this foundation. It works great for my normal to dry skin. I love the finish of this and always get complimented on my skin with this one. Its very light but evens out my skin tone and gives me a very fresh appearance. There isn't a lot of coverage from this foundation so i recommend it for individuals with fairly good skin already. I apply this with my fingers and find it looks best when done this way. However, 2 big things to be cautious about. 1. Because of the dewy finish, during the day be ready to powder every few hours as it can lean to the oily looking side. 2. Have a good cleanser and wash your face really well after wearing this foundation as it does tend to clog pores. I take quite good care of my skin but did notice that compared to other foundations, this does clog quite a bit despite the lovely finish. My sister is very low maintenance in the skincare department and hated this foundation. I on the other hand love it.
Finally found my holy grail of foundations! Definitely buying again and again, in a bigger bottle next time!
I bought Mac face and body after trying to find a foundation for my dry skin. I have a few premature wrinkles around my eyes and sometimes get flaky skin on my nose, and my skin is just dry. I always put on moisturiser and my skin just sucks it right up and asks for more! I recently tried moisturising straight after a bath while my skin is still wet and it helps a little... but 5-6 hours later, my skin will be dry again. I always have problems with foundations drying out my skin even more, looking patchy and uneven and settling into the lines around my eyes.
Before trying this product, I had tried all manner of bourjois foundations, rimmel and maxfactor foundations, various clinique foundations, a clarins foundation in a red tube (I forget the name now), and more recently I tried NARS sheer glow, and No 7 lift and illuminate. This foundation trumps them all! (The No 7 lift and illuminate is pretty good, especially for the price, but the colours don't really suit my skin tone that well.)
This product doesnt dry out my face at all! I'm so impressed. I decided to try it without putting any moisturiser on before hand, which for me is a huge thing. Normally if I did that, my face would look dry, wrinkly, and flakey. But this stuff just went right on and stayed dewy looking. Not oily, just a slight sheen, very natural looking. It doesnt settle into lines, gives only a little coverage like a tinted moisturiser, but is extremely easy to build more coverage with a couple of layers, especially with a stippling brush. Doesn't look greasy at all, even on my nose (which is the oiliest part of my face) and after wearing it for a full day, I can say that the staying power is great.
The squeezy bottle isnt the most attractive packaging I've seen but it isn't messy at all if you use it carefully. Just tip it up, squeeze gently and a little bit comes out....not much harder than using a ketchup bottle, I dont know what the problems that some people seem to be having with the bottle are all about....
ITS AMAZING IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN
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.