About me: I'm very fair-skinned (I would normally be lighter than NC15, and I'm 1.0 in Matchmaster). My skin is very normal, neither oily nor dry, and is not sensitive. I don't deal with skin conditions like rosacea or acne, so I can't comment on if this makeup would aggravate those conditions.
- Semi-matte finish is very natural-looking.
- Very easy to blend.
- It looks and feels just like skin, not like makeup.
- Evens skin tone exceptionally well.
- Light to medium coverage makes it feel very lightweight, doesn't feel heavy or mask-like at all.
- The shades are exceptionally forgiving with Matchmaster, which is a good thing, given the name. The shades are mostly forgiving in that it would be rare for you to get one that was too orange, too peach or too pink. They seem well-balanced and match a variety of skin tones. Also, the fair-skinned tones are much improved over former foundation shades that MAC has brought out.
- A little pricey compared to some of the other MAC foundations.
- While the coverage is buildable to an extent, you will never get more than medium coverage with this foundation, it's simply not formulated to be full coverage. It will not cover a particularly bad case of acne, or other skin imperfections.
- Semi-matte finish can be too dewy for people who might have oily or combo skin. It is not the best foundation if you want oil control.
This is my favourite foundation, and has been upgraded to my HG. I've been using it for a month or more, and I can't get enough of how this stuff looks, feels, and performs on me. It's by far the best I've ever used (and I've used two MAC foundations in the past - Studio Sculpt and Studio Fix Fluid, both of which were nice, but not as nice as this).
MAC has finally made a shade that matches me perfectly - 1.0. I previously was wearing Studio Fix Fluid in NC15. While I could wear it and have it look okay, it gave a somewhat unpleasant orange tone to my skin, so I had to blend it out really well in order for it to work (and that stuff sets fast!). Studio Fix is really good for controlling oily patches, so if you have oily skin, you might prefer that one. It was my favourite until I tried this.
Matchmaster is a beautiful foundation. I find that it applies best with a sponge, it allows for smooth and flawless blending. If you're having trouble finding your perfect match, especially if you're pale like me, you should give this one a go. I was amazed and incredibly happy with the results!
I tried this for 3 months and I wanted to like it. I have combination dry skin. The coverage was I would say light to medium if that. After an hour of wearing it it got splotchy like it had chipped off in places. Weird. The color match was good except for around my forehead where it seemed to oxidize and turn orange around my eyebrows no matter how much I blended. I've tried this foundation all sorts of ways...with primer, without, with setting spray, with lotion, without, with powder,everything! It never stays on and it always flakes off. Also, it feels very heavy and stiff. It shows every pore,too,it dried my skin out and worst of all, it broke me out BAD. Thank goodness MAC has an awesome return policy.
This is my very first MAC foundation which I have been using for a week now. I got a sample from the SA after she tried it on me m it looked flawless with the stippling brush. I moisturize my face well b4 this cz it's a lil too matte for me n mix one pump of this with one pump of strobe liquid. I spray fix + on the brush then apply all over blending n stippling. Over all it gives a good medium coverage. I'm using 2.0 which is a lil yellow for me but the 3.0 was too pink. I'm giving this 3 lipped cz I think they should have a 2.5 shade as well. The lasting power is about 5 hrs n it doesn't transfer to my phone(thank God) though iv noticed it clings to dry areas if I don't moisturize well. It sets pretty quickly so iv to apply one area at a time. The smell is a lil synthetic but goes away in few secs. It's a good foundation for summer time. Would recommend it.
I bought this in level 5.0 when I was going to the tanning bed a lot. The coverage was awesome but, it made my face look so orange. I have an olive skin tone and its been really hard trying to find the right shade for my light to medium olive skin. This also darken throughout the day which is fine when you go tanning everyday but, anyone who isn't addicted to the tanning bed is going to have issues with this.(I'm not addicted anymore)
This is my first MAC foundation and I LOVE it. I'm very fair and was matched to the shade 1.0. It suits my skin tone perfectly. I'm really surprised at the number of people who say there face gets orange from this! The packaging is great because with the pump you can get an exact amount without wasting product and it locks to prevent spilling..It looks EXTRMELEY natural on me..it doesn't even look like I have makeup on..but it covers all of my redness and any blemishes.. I wear this without a primer or a setting powder and it lasted me almost 12 hours. And it doesn't transfer onto my phone like my old foundation...Anyway I have nothing bad to say about this foundation it is amazing. <3 HG!
This is my everyday foundation!!! I love it for my combination skin! you dont need much product so this will last you a good time... the only thing negative about this its it price.. it kind of expensive and one you put the foundation on your hand or in your face it dries very fast so you need to blend it quickly with your hands or brush!>
Leaves a natural look and covers all my blemishes and blackheads!
I like how this is matte and not too heavy. It looks great when I first apply it. However, it is quite dry, as it gave me some flaky patches within a hour. I rarely ever get bothered by scents, but the scent of this foundation gave me a headache, and it didn't seem to fade even after four hours.
I love this foundation. It's not too pink and not too yellow. I use it every day and it doesn't hurt my super-sensitive skin. I also love the spf 15 for my fair skin. The pump is really helpful to get the right amount.
Pro: this foundations lasts all the day, really. No transfer. Medium coverage. Matte. Perfect color on me: I've a very light skin tone (NC15), so number 1 suits on me.
Con: not so easy to apply, use a stippling brush or hands, it dries quickly.
Note: this foundation is perfect for combination/oily skin types, not for dry skin.
Conclusions: I think
Soooo sadly this product didn't work for me... I wanted to try something new and after reading great reviews about it on Youtube and on MA, I thought that this was it.
I have a veeerryyy oily skin, and as soon as I put the foundation on my face, the color starts to oxydize (I'm not kidding there, I'm thinking about taking a picture so you could see.) I don't know what's wrong with my skin, maybe the ph of it is prone to change foundation color or whatsoever, but it really is frustrating me.
I bought it in color 1.5... Hmmm I guess I'm gonna have to find a use out of it or swap it..