This foundation seemed right when I bought it, but turned out rather disappointing. I have to say I did some research online before going to the MAC store and was actually kind of predisposed to buy it. Maybe that's why I overlooked the fact that NW15, which for some reason doesn't exist for Pro Longwear, is actually my right colour for most of the year. I got the NW20 because the SA told me it worked and because it seemed to work when applied to my cheeck. But in daylight, when I have a full face on, it just doesn't look right. It probably will during those two months of the year when I am tanned. But for now I lighten the colour by mixing it with my Pro Longwear concealer in NW15. Which makes it even more expensive stuff.
But moving on. The lasting power, one of the reasons I wanted this, is actually quite good. Only on my nose does it gradually disappear during the day, but then again I have allergies so the stuff would have to be like glue in order to keep from transferring into my hankies.
But apart from the colour, the reason why I wouldn't repurchase is actually the finish. It looks pretty natural and soft-focus when viewed in soft light or from some distance. But up close it gives me that heavy makeup look and it emphasizes the irregularities in my skin. Even though I apply it quite lightly and really buff it in. That's obviously NOT what I want.
Another small con is the smell. I has something acidic in it, smelling as if some ingredient in it has gone bad ... Not a dealbreaker for me, but not very pleasant either.
- long lasting
- looks good in pictures
- looks far from airbrushed up close
- no NW15!
- bad smell
- pump bottle (always dry clumps at the pump & I imagine it will be hard getting the last bit out)
i tried foundation based on all the amazing raves and reviews i've heard about it. It is a great foundation with pretty amazing lasting power with a natural finish. But i find that it has sort of a greyish cast kind of undertone (for my NC 35 skin) throughout the day, and looks extremely unatural in the sunlight, which is very flattering. However, its a good night time foundation for artificial lighting and photographs quite well which i'll probably just use it for. I would not re-purchase since there are so many better foundations out there that does not have that grey cast.
Background: NW20/Combo skin (oily t zone, redness, occasional blemish)
I *liked* this foundation but I feel that I can do better for the price. I picked this up after watching some of DulceCandy's Youtube tutorials. It is the longest wearing foundation I've ever used and definitely lasts from morning to night. It's an "I'm wearing makeup" foundation, which I don't mind for going out but I like a more fresh-faced look for the office so I don't use this as my every-day. Like all my liquids, I apply with a damp sponge, then blend/buff with a Sigma F80.
-Perfect colour match (NW20)
- Great for nighttime wear
-Too "makeup-y" to use as an every day for the office
- I know I can find a better value for the same performance. Have yet to try Revlon Colorstay as it's actually pretty pricey ($20ish) in Canada, but will be picking it up on my next visit to USA. If I can't find a dupe with Colorstay, I would repurchase. Will update.
Application method: dry makeup sponge
Setting powder: Addiction by Ayako's loose powder compact (Medium) or Prep + Prime pressed powder
-colour is more neutral and not as yellow as Studio Fix, so it suited my skin tone very well
-little scent (if any)
-glass bottle (nicer than plastic, I suppose)
-Hasn't broken me out (Mac's MSF Natural breaks me out)
-Lasts throughout a workday
-heavy jar for travel (solution: I use a contact lense case and fill that with foundation)
-drying and sometimes makes my face patchy with dry skin/streaky foundation (solution: better moisturising skincare regime)
I am just generally not a fan of MAC products as I don't feel they have lived up to the hype when I actually buy and use them. This foundation is reminiscent of Revlon ColorStay (which is about a third the price), but is definitely a big more full-coverage. The problem I've had with this foundation is that it doesn't blend nicely enough in the skin (could it be the SPF? not sure) to make it look "flawless" despite all the different application techniques I've tried. It always looks very "masky" which is NOT a look I aspire to.
I know many people swear by MAC but I just don't find it to be a worthwhile investment, at least with regard to the products I've tried. I prefer more natural products (both in look and in formulation). I doubt I'll go into a MAC store again for any kind of concealer or foundation product.
Got a sample of this last week. Tried it just to see if it's worth the splurge. Nope! The quality is lesser than Revlon Colorstay foundation. It stinks into my pores and doesn't cover anything. Makes my skin looked worse than without any foundation. I had to wash it off. I don't know about the staying power but I won't find out because it can't stand this foundation. For a $30 foundation, I expected more. I am going to stick with my colorstay foundation.
I have a very oily and sensitive skin, with dry patches. This foundation oxidises within minutes of being put, dries to a very matte unnatural finish and wears off in patches (T zone). It gets darker as the day goes by, emphasises dry patches. Very difficult to put on, works only with a beauty blender for me (tried all sorts of brushes) or with hands, but you have to work very fast as it dries quickly. Overall, not impressed. I will stick to my ELDW and diorskin forever.
Was really surprised how much I like this foundation. It's like a light version of double wear. It would be drying for dry skin, but great for my combination skin in the summer. Runs dark. I am usually NC30 but actually got NC15.
When I got a replacement Mac Powerpoint eyeliner yesterday the MUA suggested a new blush for me -- Mineralize in Warm Soul. Love it! I was so happy I thought maybe I'd try their long-wear foundation to replace mine. I've used Dior Forever forever, but thought maybe I could do better...
Hah! When I got home and looked at my face in my 7X mirror, the Mac foundation was in tracks all over my face. The next day, I tried to carefully apply it myself. Same experience.
If you want flawless, long-wearing foundation, go for the Dior Forever Fusion Wear. It's amazing.
Okay coverage, okay lasting power.
Just okay, NC colors are too orangey. What just cause you're warm toned means you're an oompa loompa?