I was really hoping to like this foundation but unfortunately it just didn't work for me at all. I tried the 1.5 which was soooo orange on my skin..I swapped it for the 1 but it made me look so washed out an pale. I definitely will not repurchase. Not a great MAC foundation, very disappointing.
Funny as it is... I have a very, very hard time finding a colour match in this foundation. I liked the NC/NW system A LOT better coz NC just matches me... Here no color matched my skin when I tried it on at a mac counter and this is weird considering it's called matchmaster. So I'd have to mix. Also I was surprised by the fact that in the mac store it seemed to be of a very thin consistency but when I tried out a bottle at home it was sooo thick (thicker than studiofix fluid).
Would have thought this was lighter and blended more easily and gave more of a glow. Hm. To me it was pretty similar to studiofix after all but the colormatch was worse (in my case). So I'm probably gonna stick with studiofix fluid.
I might edit this review in the summer when I tan a little (maybe then it'll be different).
Huge plus: Feels relatively light on the skin and did not at all seem to break me out!!! (Mac studio fix does during the first 5-7 days of wearing and then gets better).
For reference: I am an NC15 in studiofix fluid and in the matchmaster 1.0 is way too light and 1.5 is way too dark.
This is my winter HG.
It's a teensy wrong shade wise but because it's sheer, it works out on me. Gives me a glow of sorts too, I really like it. AND it completely covered my hormonal business happening on my chin. I was ready to tackle the SA when I saw that bit of magic happen.
I'm a combo oily NC 40, and remarkably I wear a 3 in this. I think I'm a bit washed out in the winter, which is probably why. I put it on with a stipple brush as I don't like reams of coverage; if I use a denser brush, the coverage goes up. Once it sets, I get no transfer; it fades a little bit after the 8 - 10 hour mark, which is par for my skin; the fading isn't obvious or patchy however.
Two thumbs up. Possibly my best purchase this winter for skin stuff. I took off a lippie as I'd love to have my exact shade (the 4 was too red / dark on me), but I'm loving it otherwise.
I have been on a search for a liquid foundation for years. I had basically given up and was wearing mineral foundation. Then I had a makeover at a Mac pro store and the freelance artist chose matchmaster. Needless to say, I love how it wears, feels on my skin, and how good it makes my skin look. It also covers pretty good, I would say medium coverage. Give this a try, to me, it's mac's equivalent to a really high end expensive feeling foundation. I rarely repeat a foundation purchase, but will this time.
So I went to a Mac ounter cause I wanted to see what all the hype was about …im a makeupartist n I'm always looking for the next best thing for my clients, I used my sample they they gave me n I'm pretty surprised by this foundation …im NC30 in Mac prolongwear n the MUA at the counter said I could use a 2-3 in this foundation, I like that its very easy to blend w my stippling brush n it like melted in my skin :) I also like that I apply it @8 am n when i take it off at the end of the day it looks as though I just applied it, I also like the lockable pump dispenser ;) very nice product :) u go Mac! !!!!
I'm having mixed feelings about this foundation as lil dry patches have become very visible on my cheeks ,I have gone back to using my pro longwear again n a diff moisturizer maybe after my lil dry areas get better I'll give it another shot !!!!! I wnt to love this foundation but we will see !!!!!
Finally I found a neutral color foundation that is light enough for my ultra fair skin!! I had gotten so frustrated trying to find a foundation that matches my skin tone. I tried almost every foundation out there but each one was too dark. The one that came closest was revlon colorstay but I was getting tired of the break outs and clogged pores. So I decided to try this since I read it was supposed to be good for fair skin. I also read that it's supposed to addjust to your skin tone which I thought was really neat technology. I also love how easy this is to blend with my stippling brush. Oh and I love that this comes in a locking pump. I think this is a great foundation and I will definitely get some more when I run out! ::UPDATE:: I'm not loving this anymore, it highlights my dry spots and fine lines and is too matte for my taste. It also fades very fast. The search continues...
Over the years, my biggest problem with foundations has been consistency. For example, my Revlon Colorstay looked great at night and in photos, but during the day in natural light, my face would look orange and streaky. Mineral foundation looks nice in natural light, but wears off drastically during the day. What I like most about Matchmaster is that I put it on in the morning, and my face looks pretty much the same after 12 hours. I have never found a foundation that did that. Also, it is super blendable and easy to apply. The best part about it though, in my opinion at least, is the fact that it helps covers my dark circles. I wear it over my regular concealer (revlon age defying concealer) and set it with my Ulta minerals powder. That combo consistently hides my dark circles better than anything I've found to this date. Also, when I used to wear Revlon Colorstay, I'd be able to see a major difference from my neck to my face. It was almost as if my face was orange! But with Matchmaster, there is no difference. There is no color variation in between the two areas at all. I've never been a fan of Mac before this, but this stuff is gonna make me a returning customer. Matchmaster is totally worth the price.
Its an ok foundation. I've had better foundations. It has the weirdest smell like gasoline or some weird petroleum smell.
I wanted to love this foundation and i did untill it broke me out...It's the first foundation that broke me out and i'm kinda dissapointed because i loved the colour match.The texture i'm not so fond of i like others better.The coverage is medium but i managed to cover mild acne on my sister using this and a max factor consealer...I think it's a foundation that could work perfectly on people with oily skin as myself but for me it did flake on my dry patches...
I love love love this foundation-- so much that I had to get a backup [ just to be sure ]. I was originally matched as a 9.0 while I still had my summer tan and recently moved up a shade to 8.5. This is like my skin but better! I love this foundation because it doesnt feel like I have on a full face when I wear it coupled with MSF in dark and prep and prime translucent to seal the deal. On average, I spend 4+ hours in the lab and at the end of the day, my face looks as great as it does in the morning. Usually my t zone is an oil slick by noon but with MatchMaster I havent had to blot period! This is my HG and im soooo happy MAC finally got some decent shades for the brown ladies :-)