This has been my go to foundation since MAC first came out with it. I'm NC 35 with oily combo skin and this foundation is a dream come true. Easy to blend, as long as you work quickly with it. Dries to beautiful semi matte finish and OMG def last a good 6+ hours when set with either MSF Natural or any other great setting powder. Like all MAC foundations you gotta know how to use it and then everything will be fine.
I'm going to start of by saying this was absolute HG status for me. It gives medium but buildable coverage, a natural finish and seriously lasts ALL day! The colour also matched me perfectly, for reference I use this PL foundation in a nc35 and the studio fix fluid in a nc30 as it runs 'oranger/darker' so I would recommend this foundation in a shade darker than your usual SFF shade. It has a sort of a 'sticky' but smooth formula which isn't a total bad thing as that's what helps it stays put all day. I apply my make up 7 in the morning and it starts put for a good 12 hours, I tend to powder once or twice a day. So it definately lives up to its long lasting claim. 1-2 pumps of this stuff is enough for my whole face so this bottle has lasted me a while! I bought it for £24 last year and I think it's worth the money as it also comes with a pump! Having used this for a almost a year, I'm coming to the end of my bottle and having loved this foundation so much I will however not repurchase this for the following reasons. It's extremely pore clogging! I had near perfect skin before I started using this and over the past year I've broken out so much more and I'm left with acne scars. My skin is nowhere as near as naturally nice as it used to be :( it's not horrifically bad as I've stopped using this for a few weeks and I can already see an improvement. I wore this foundation 2 days ago and I got a spot! After numerous trials I've concluded that this foundation is really bad for my skin. Everyone's skin differs but my advice is that the longevity of this foundation makes it extremely pore clogging therefore I would not recommend it. I found it really hard to apply and blend in when I first got it, had to to half my face then the other half but over the year I've gone used to it but it requires effort even applying. Also I find that it is impossible to apply concealer under my eyes OVER this foundation as it leaves a tacky sticky cakey mess! I have to always apply it under and let it dry a bit. Also it may have oxidised in the bottle over time as I remember it being a little too light for me when I first got it and now it's sort of too dark. I have combination skin and i find this product rubs off my nose quite a bit theoughtout the day. i don't like reading bad reviews that put me off a product like this one but I wish I'd been given this advice before I started using it so my skin wouldn't have been ruined! Also, this product is very similiar to Estée Lauder double wear light. Except with a much wider shade range.
My HG foundation. I love the packaging pump, I love the finish of this foundation - covers all my flaws adequately without looking like a mask, I can wear it with or without powder, and it really lasts all day without transferring. I will die if they discontinue this one!
This is my HG foundation! Over the past year I tried more than 20 foundations, high end and drugstore (Estee Lauder DW, Revlon colorstay, Chanel mat and perfection lumiere, Mac studio fix fluid and many others), and this is the best one on my oily skin!
SHADE: NC20 (winter) and NC35 (summer). This range of NC's is a bit on the orange side, but they blend nicelly on my yellow-olive skin anyway. I didn't noticed any major oxidation at all.
COVERAGE: Light-medium. With a very thin layer you can get light coverage, which is nice for good skin days. With a regular layer you get medium coverage. It is not very buildable.
FINISH: Natural, demi-matte. It is not the easiest foundation to blend, I like to use a flat top kabuki brush since it's easier and faster. It feels sticky after application, so you can't set it right after you apply it, otherwise it will get cakey! Do your eyebrows and eyes first and then set it with a powder to make it last longer and control oil even better.
LONGEVITY: It lasts all day on me, +/- 12 hours (I set it with a powder).
OIL CONTROL: FYI my bare skin becomes very oily in 2 hours. With other foundations I have to blot after 4-5 hours. With Pro Longwear I only have to blot after 6-7 hours which is very good!
TRANSFER RESISTANCE: All foundations transfer on tissues and napkins when my skin is getting oily. This one definitely transfers less than any other foundation I've tried.
I'll keep trying and testing other foundations because I am a foundation junkie - but always asking for samples first of course. However I think Pro Longwear will be the best one on my oily skin during a really long time and I'll definitely keep repurchasing this foundation.
It getting cool in the east, so i decided to switch back to a thicker foundation. I start using pro longwear again, and it start reminding why I loved it in the first place.
Usually I dont really use foundation from MAC, because I heard mix reviews from others. Yet, this is the only one caught my eyes. I love how its easy to blend, but still provide good coverage. It could be really long lasting if you pair it up with a makeup setting spary. (I tired w/ UD DESLICK and UD ALL NIGHTER, both work wonder.) It will keep my face matt all day long yet I wouldn't feel like it is drying my skin out, specially when it's winter.
I don't really have much negative to say about this product. The only down side I would say is I couldn't use it all year around. I tend to have more oily skin during the summer and this foundation is a little too thick.
A pump is enough to do my whole face, so I think it's worth the price, and it's still cheaper than most of the highend foundation, so i highly recommend it :)
A good foundation nice coverage and long lasting, I prefer this to studio fix, but still prefer esteelauder double wear, but mac make better colours, I love the pump too.
Currently at a bonfire and damn does thos product last. I am nc25 nice shade match and love the coverage. Will definitely be re-purchasing!
By far my favourite foundation from MAC! Lasts from morning til evening like it has just been applied. The coverage is anywhere between light and full coverage but you can definitely feel it there, its not a lightweight foundation.
But I love it
I was wondering why the coverage wasn't lasting all day... A Mac makeup artist told me with the pro long wear that u shouldn't use a face primer. Which I was stunned... Also said its all about the application. I was just using 1 pump and covered well, but now using 2-3 pumps and building more and that seems to do the trick and now lasts all day. At lease 8 hours!
-i really liked the natural finish
-it controlled my oils for a good amount of time, maybe 4 hours before i had to blot
-but once the oils did come through...that's when everything goes wrong. Where i got oily it did not look good I'd have to blend it again because the foundation just separated.
-it did oxidize on me. it'd be darker at the end of the day and i never found my shade so i had to mix and apply a bit more of the lighter foundation so that it matched my skin during the day
-And unfortunately, i have the most sensitive skin that reacts to every foundation and this made me breakout so bad especially on the cheeks and left bad scars.
How many foundations have I bought in my life? Tons. This is second best only to the late, great Lancome Maquicontrole in Clair II and Ultima II Wonderwear.. The color match in Pro Longwear is odd, I use NW20 but have never used NW in the past but NC just looked dirty. It lasts a very long time and takes powder touchups really well. Doesn't irritate my skin (ALL other MAC foundations and powders except Blot powder do). Coverage is medium and now that I use my Real Techniques Expert Brush, looks wonderfully smooth and very natural. I've repurchased and can't say that about many foundations! Not five stars, that's for the elusive truly oil-proof shine free foundation of my dreams but I like this very much.