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.
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 bought this in C1, I am usually somewhere between a NC15-20. For someone looking for a tinted moisturizer type coverage, this may work for you. The dewey finish was beautiful on my skin but I like to have a bit more coverage and something less transfer resistant.