I have a love hate relationship with this makeup. I love it for the perfect colour match. I'm finding lately that I'm not enjoying the finish this foundation gives me. It's winter and the foundation is showing up any dry patches. The lasting power of this foundation is average. I compare everything to double wears lasting power. This doesn't quite give me as long wear as double wear. This foundation is heavily scented and I'm suspicious that it has broken me out in the past. Overall, I do use this foundation from time to time, but there is nothing amazing about it.
Like other people, I really wanted to like this product. Being my first high-end foundation purchase, I like how it has a fuller coverage (medium and buildable) compared to the drugstore brands that I've tried. Plus it covered up my large pores nicely.
I like how it has a wide shade range, but it was too bad the sales person didn't match my skin tone to the appropriate foundation shade.
I found my skin becoming oily after 3-4 hours, so frequent touch up might be needed for those with oily skin. I had no problems with it breaking out my skin, which is surprisingly pleasant seeing as I have acne-prone skin. There have been some nights when I fall asleep with this product on (whoops) and find no breakouts the next morning.
It's a bit too thick and heavy for everyday use, but it would be great for an evening or a night out. It didn't do a good job covering up my pimples, and made some of the skin around my acne stand out.
I bought this in Australia for $50, so I don't think it's worth the value. There could be other foundations that are better for my skin at a cheaper price.
I would recommend this to people with normal clear skin.
I think MAC is a great brand and have a number of their other products, but my skin does not react well with this foundation and I appear to be too fair for the MAC colours. I have combination skin that's neutral/slightly pink undertones, and I was matched as NW15. The finish and coverage is brilliant and at night time looks incredible, but during the day it's far too yellow and dark for me. I've heard MAC introduced NW10, however I won't be trying it because my skin responded quite badly with really horrible breakouts along my cheeks and jaw line. This also happened to a friend of mine, so perhaps it's not suitable for people with sensitive skin? I'm now using Dior Nude and really like it.
This isn't the right foundation for me, but if you find a good colour march and you don't have sensitive skin then this is an amazing foundation for medium to full coverage.
This is my holy grail foundation. i fund this product gives medium to full coverage and is great for covering acne prone skin like mine, I generally have bad skin and this product makes it look flawless. The product is quite heavy but i like the coverage it gives.i would not recommend it for those who have good skin as it could be too heavy. i wear the colour NC35 as i have yellow based undertones,the colour matches my skin really well and makes me look more radiant. It wears really well and do not find myself having to reapply as i work at a beauty counter you always have to make sure your skin looks great and this does just the job.Iif you are going to wear this foundation you definitely have to wear powder so it mattifies the skin
DESCRIPTION OF ME ~ Light yellowy/olive complexion with a tendency to get redness on my cheeks and around my nose. MAC C2ish/NC20. Large pores, oily and prone to blackheads and occasional acne. Mid-thirties, some sun damage, (melasma) and fine creases on my forehead.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION~ "A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium, buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily and evenly. Comfortable and long-wearing, helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish." From the site and well, I can't argue with that one bit. It does all those things!
PACKAGING~ Glass bottle, screw top, general pain unless you buy the pump which is essential and makes using this a breeze!
CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE~ Creamy, thick liquid foundation.
APPLICATION~ Pretty blendable actually. It's not a hard foundation to work with at all. I use it over a silicone primer.
FINISH~ The finish is matte but not cakey. I use powder because I like a refined-no-pore look but really, it doesn't need a whole lot of powder. Over a primer this will look natural. On lightly moisturized skin or no primer type base this might not look at well. It's a pro product to some extent and not meant to be used just out of the bottle. I use 1 pump, so, it really is a base. I'm not using this for total coverage or anything, that's what concealer is for. So, if you were to use more than 1 pump you might indeed end up with a bit of cake.
COVERAGE~ With one pump and if I use my fingers I get a naturalish medium coverage and a stippling brush (I'm currently using an ELF!) and 1.5-2 pumps and layer it can get pretty close to full. Not quite like an emollient foundation might but that's what concealer is for!
STAYING POWER~ With a good dusting of finishing powder it lasts all day without fail all day on my oily, dark pored skin.
SCENT~ It still smells like alcohol tbh and that's fine by me. It fades after it dries so not an issue.
COLOUR~ Ok, this is where MAC gets dicey or rather, other reviewers. I actually do NOT find MAC foundations "orange" like so many people seem to. You have the wrong shade if you do. NC is yellow based and being that our skin (dare I say ALL skin) is yellow to varying degrees, this is perfect and very well thought out makeup. Just got to a lighter shade than you think you might need! I find myself having to go darker in drugstore brands because it's only the dark shades that aren't darn pink. :| Also, it's not "oxidizing" you are using the wrong shade!! And, if NC15 "oxidizes" it's because MAC's lightest colour is not light enough for some people. So, that said, NC20 is perfect for me.
OTHER NOTES~ To those saying it breaks you out, it is unfortunate. As far as I can tell any thick foundation like this might have the tendency to. So, it's not the foundation it's your skin, ladies. If I stopped wearing makeup I'm pretty sure I would never breakout. It's not going to happen (for me) I adore makeup so I live with the occasional breakout and I do not blame my makeup. Even if I used something rich and oily like MAC's full coverage (grease pot basically) I would not BLAME the makeup. That stuff is not intended for every day use, it's occlusive to a large degree, of course it's going to break me out! I still break out once in awhile and I don't think this foundation has anything to do with it other than that's the nature of makeup.
OVERALL~ I've used this foundation exclusively for over 2 years now and repurchased many times I adore it. If you are oily and want a long lasting foundation and love yellowy shades, this is a wonderful option. I have just ordered Estee Lauder's Double Wear on a whim because I think I'm in the mood to play around. I have 3 backups of this foundation though and have no intention of trading or getting rid of them.
Thank you Seclusae2 giving me permission to use your great reviewing format.
INGREDIENTS~ ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Octinoxate 2.50% Other: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lethicin, Hydrogenated Lethicin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Laureth-7, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, BHT, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)]
I sit on the fence with this foundation to be honest! I like it because for the first couple of hours it makes my face look flawless and then when I check a few hours later, it looks like my face slided all over the place! The coverage it fantastic but the smell puts me off for some reason, it smells like paint to me! Maybe it's just me? It's quite a thick foundation but quite easily blendable into the skin. I was matched to an NC30 but varying on what lighting I'm in, I look a little orange. Other than that, I think overall it's a good foundation depending on what skin type you are but it just wasn't for me.
Great for oily skin with blemishes, scars or pimples to cover ! My Gil grail foundation at the moment and does not break me out if I wash it off properly :)
I am 38. This makes me look like a masked 50 year-old. Every line shows. It's cakey. The color was good on me....but that's about it. I also hate using a pump. It's wasteful. If you are over 35, and have good skin, this is NOT the foundation for you.
This is my HG foundation. It became my HG foundation when they finally starting making this in NW10,
Foundations have always been a tricky thing for me, I'm very pale and I *love* the pale look, so I need something that is light enough and also has a full coverage because my face very easily becomes flushed/red. NW15 was too dark for me so for a while I strayed and had to use MUFE HD because it was lighter, but the coverage wasn't as great as this. This foundation doesn't require a whole lot because it covers everything the first time around. It has a nice matte finish so my skin never looks all dewey and shiny and stuff. I have dry combo skin and this does not dry me out nor does it break me out. I've been so completely satisfied with the colour and the formula that I haven't even considered looking for any other foundation. I hope they never discontinue this or I would have to start my search all over again!
After so many foundations, countless money spent and many break outs afterwards, this foundation worked great on my skin. Its not oily, it doesn't clog my pores, it matches my yellow skin, and it last long. I like it.