Prior to using the Matchmaster I've consistently used Revlon Colorstay, MUFE HD foundation, and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I have really oily t-zone and I sweat very very easily at work and all of my foundations leave t-zone look like a greasy mess within the first 3 hours of wearing regardless of what powder or primer I set it in. Matchmaster, however, was the only and STILL the only foundation I've used thus far that leaves my skin semi-matte through the whole day at work. Yes I still sweat, but for some reason my t-zone does not turn to a grease pan with the Matchmaster. I notice Matchmaster does move around towards the end of the day unlike Colorstay, but I generally don't have too much of a problem with it. This is definitely my HG foundation for work or during hot summer days until I find something else that's better for my insanely oily skin.
I wear a 4.0 during the winter time and I'm typically a NC35/37 around this time.
This is the first MAC foundation I've ever tried. I went in to get Studio Fix Fluid because I have heard it's a great foundation. However, after talking to the representative and telling her I needed pretty good coverage because I have light freckles, dark spots, acne scars, all kind of junk I want to cover (lol)--she told me I should try the Matchmaster foundation, and to get the best coverage result, with the Studio Fix Powder foundation.
She swatched it over my jawline and matched me with 2 and powder C30. It looked pretty good in the store.
However, since I've used this for a couple of weeks, it just seems waay too orangey. I try the foundation without the powder and it still seems dark/orangey. I like the powder. I use it by itself sometime when I'm super rushed.
Revlon Colorstay in 180 Sand Beige matches me pretty well and it looks nothing like the Matchmaster color.
As for coverage alone, it does pretty well and it applies easily.
I do notice some weird splotchy patches on the sides of my face but I'm not sure if it's due to the foundation, the bronzer I use/d, my stupid skin. Dunno. On that front, I wash, gently exfoliate, and moisturize daily so I don't know what the deal is with that.
I'm a little disappointed, to be honest, but I think I may go back and get 1.5 to give it another try.
I'm pretty impressed with this foundation. My skin is NW20 and combination - very oily in the T-Zone and I'm wearing this in 1.5. The coverage is light to medium - you can get more coverage by applying additional layers since it is buildable. I have mild rosacea and this does a good job of covering the redness.
The color does seem to adjust a bit after you initially apply it but it does not oxidize on me later in the day. When I initially apply it's a little orangey but this goes away. It also wears well - even in my oily areas. I generally wear a foundation primer under this but forgot to apply it today and 4 hours later, it still looks good.
It's drags a little when I apply but using a stippling brush seems to make application easier. Sometimes I wet the brush with Fix+ to help feather out the foundation around the edges of my face.
For me, 1 pump is enough to do half of my face. I've been using about 3 pumps total and it looks like the bottle is going to last me about 5 months.
The only other liquid foundation I can compare this to is Chanel Matte Lumiere and I can't decide which one I like better. I really think their about equal to me only MAC Matchmaster is less expensive so that's a nice plus!
Overall I like this foundation and will probably continue to use it. Warmer days are going to be the real test . . . I'll update if my opinion changes dramatically one way or another.
Okay, so I reviewed this on another website recently and gave it 1 star. I think I may have given it a hard time as I think it was the condition of my skin at that time that was making me dislike it, but now my skin is in its usual condition and looking good again I'm going to give it a honest review.
Firstly, I don't think this gives medium coverage, for me its low coverage, studio fix fluid is classed as medium coverage and that gives a lot more coverage than this. For me this cannot be applied with the stipling brush it just doesn't work with this foundation so I would recommend using a flat brush with this. My problem with matchmaster is I just can't get it to blend and finish nicely, the colour is fine I am NC15 so therefore was matched to shade 1 with this. When I use a brush I end up having to use my fingers to blend this is on my nose etc which therefore leads to the foundation coming off on my hand..so whats the point!? Anyway when all thats sorted this does look okay, the other problem is, it doesn't last even a few hours on my skin. The MAC consultant told me this foundation was fine for oily skin but I really disagree, I can make it last longer using the mineralize studio finish powder but even then it slides off.
So overall I think its an average foundation that doesn't give great coverage and it doesn't even last the day. Studio fix fluid is definitely a lot better.
I usually use studio fix foundation from MAC and when i went online to buy it again i saw match master. I pondered, read reviews and tried to decide whether to take the risk and try something new...i did.
I chose shade 1.5 (i am NC20/25 in studio fix) and the colour matches PERFECTLY!! If not, better than the other. And its just gorgeous...a little goes a long way and it works beautifully into the skin...not covering but almost perfecting as it goes! I like to let it sit on my skin for a while and then powder over it to achieve the dewy matt look i like.
This is my new HG foundation and i am totally hooked!! BUY IT!!!
Despite extreme hesitation, I decided to try this foundation per recommendation of my sister who has similar skin to my own. I got this in 1.0 which is a touch too light but matched my skin better than my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which was always a bit too yellow for me. It leans neutral but isn't that grey/beige most "neutral" foundations tend to me. I wasn't a huge fan at first because my skin has been pretty dry from the winter and this foundation leans toward the matte/dry side, but I've noticed that this doesn't actually cling to any of the dry patches on my skin or exacerbate flakiness despite that. The finish is very creamy and natural looking and long wearing. It's one of the only foundations I've used that still looks good by the end of the day (I always use Urban Decay's all nighter setting spray, but never powder). I've also gotten a lot of compliments on my skin since I started wearing this which is nice. I wouldn't recommend it if your skin is VERY dry, but if it's combination like mine you should be fine. O that note, I think it would be really great for oily skin. The packaging is nice and easy to use (I like that it has a pump) but I'm not a fan of glass as it can easily break.
I was matched to 7.5. When I put it in on, it looks ok. But after abt 5 mins it turns darker and redder. I have strong yellow undertones and this makes me look weird. NC50 SFF was always a perfect match for me but I just wanted to try this becuz of all the raves. But no...hell no!
This doesnt hold a candle to SFF...granted SFF is not HG for me...but comes pretty close. This crap is goign back...Oh and it also exaggerated my pores and acne marks and made them more obvious.
As an NC 40, i use this in 5. I love that it is yellow, as my neck is lighter than my face. I used to set this with mineralized skin finish in medium dark but like i said earlier my neck is lighter and i feel with the mineralized it makes it too obvious. Now i set the matchmaster with the prep and prime transparent powder in loose, im still waiting to finish it so i can buy the presse one. I love that it has a pump, i only need one full pump (which that might be too much at times) and its perfect. I usually do my foundation first then apply concealer, i feel this works for me.
First of all....Dare I say this may be my holy grail foundation?! *Fingers Crossed* Soooooo...If you are an oily girl, like me.. This is like the best foundation ever. You will not look like an oil slick, and it even helps to camouflage and hide over sized pores! I think it's great! It softens out my skin and makes me feel super beautiful!
UPDATE: This stuff BROKE-ME-OUT. Go ahead and buy it if you want to be left with mountains of acne. I didn't want to believe it was breaking me out at first. But I stopped everything else I was using and used only this.. This is the culprit. It's a shame because I really loved it otherwise. But it is not worth the acne OR the SCARRING that it will leave me with. I am changing the rating to a 1. Yes a ONE ...Number 1.. Numero UNO! NOT-WORTH-IT if you love your skin. I even wore it today for the last time, and I came back home to see about 3 new break outs. IN-ONE-NIGHT. What in the world?! This stuff is horrible. STAY-AWAY! You have been WARNED.
Disclaimer Ė Not a true product review; mixed foundation with MAC Face & Body White to find suitable shade.
Coverage - reduces redness, light but buildable if needed
Packaging Ė no fuss pump
Smell Ė non-floral
Longevity Ė 7+ hrs wear without touch up
Color Range Ė 1.0 (NC15) is much too dark for me
Skin Type Ė Combination, Extremely Sensitive
Coloration Ė Cool toned and very fair
MAC is an amazing brand, though I tend to shy away from their foundations. Their foundations are typically too heavy and too dark for my liking. Iíve been using Face & Body in the shades N1 and White with great success for three years. Face & Body is my go to fall/winter foundation because it gives my skin a needed pick-me-up during the cold seasons.
I needed a good foundation for the hot, southern summers and havenít had much luck until this product came along. As with all of my foundations, I must mix them with Face & Body White to get the right shade for my skintone; itís no different with Matchmaster SPF 15. I tend to get oily gradually along my T-zone, the area around my mouth is on the drier side, and above all my skin reacts poorly (allergic) to almost every product. Matchmaster SPF 15 is a dream on my skin. It doesnít cling to dry spots, it lasts amazingly well on my T-zone, hasn't clogged my pores, and it hasnít given my skin a rash. I donít suffer from acne, just the occasional blemish, so I donít know how well it covers acne and/or scaring.
This is one of MAC's best foundations in my opinion. When I run out down the line, I will defiantly purchase another bottle.