I have been using this foundation now for 2 years and it's definitely one of my all time favourites. This is one product I don't think I could be without in my makeup collection. I still remember the moment the makeup artist at mac applied it on my face and my skin just looked like it was glowing from within. I want my foundation to have a dewy glow (as in I don't prefer the matte look on my dry skin) and this is just so perfect for that. If you're looking for super full coverage and a matte finish then this foundation is not for you.
As in coverage, this is where I think the product sells itself because its so buildable. Most of the days I can get away with a single layer, but if I'm having a bad skin day and I want to pile the foundation on in layers for extra coverage it never gets cakey on me! It just melts into my skin, provides the coverage I need no matter how much I pack on, doesn't accentuate my dry skin, gives a lovely dewy glow without me looking like a greaseball. For reference I'm an nc35 and I wear the shade c3 - c4 depending on the seasons.
Also I realized you can apply it pretty much any way you like, I didn't notice too much of a difference. Any brush, sponge will do. I even remember reading a review where someone said they had much better results using their fingers.
Overall I highly recommend this foundation if you like light - medium coverage thats easily buildable, and prefer a more natural looking effect. I will repurchase over and over and over :)
While I enjoyed using this product, I found the coverage to be very light - almost too light, only lasting about 3 hours before it looked like I was wearing no makeup at all! It did help me feel like my skin could breather beneath my makeup, however, and the packaging is effective, but overall I wouldn't buy this again; the smell of paint isn't something I want to wear on my face either!
Live this foundation it's amazing gives your a really glowy look without looks overly greasy ! I have pretty dry skin ! I can't really see this working for oily skins tho ! ... I have it in c3 and in an nc30-40 ... It just looks like your own skin ! I get so many compliments when I wear this foundation ... Usually all mac foundations are awful there way to caky and smell gross ... But this is the exception ! There's a reason all makeup makeup artists use this for photo shoots and runways !!!
i was hoping i would like this product but i didnt. mostly because i have oily skin and by the end of the day my face looked awful!! it would slip and slide on my face all day and i would look so oily, even with a powder. DO NOT buy this if you have oily skin!!!
I really did like this product the only problem is my skin didn't. I normally prefer a full coverage foundation as I have acne prone skin and due to this I have a good amount of staining on my cheeks. Typical full coverage foundations would just show up the dryness and flakes caused by my acne medicine so I decided to go with something lighter. When I first tried this I loved it! I believe I purchased this in the lightest color and the match was pretty spot on. The finish was natural and dewy which is what I prefer in a foundation. I would apply two layers of this.I would apply the first layer, let it dry while I did my eye make up then apply the second. I had no problems at all with building the coverage. The consistency of this is very liquidy which I didn't mind, I found this easy to apply with my fingers. The look this provides is very natural, almost like you have nothing on at all. However the downside is my skin didn't like it and this almost always broke me out. I was getting new pimples more frequently so I stopped using this and then my skin cleared up. Now that I stopped using this all together, my skin isn't breaking out nearly as much. This was a nice product, I would say its more a tinted moisturizer than foundation. If you aren't prone to acne and like a light to medium coverage I'm sure you will love this. I would just recommend being cautious when trying this if you are prone to acne like me.
This product deserves SO much praise, everyone needs to try it, I like a full foundation, I live in a very hot and humid country in the summer and it's the only foundation that doesn't melt off my face, even though it is sheer, it's easily buildable and looks incredible all day.
Let me be reviewer 1000 to say this is THE foundation to own.
My shade in this is C4.
I do like this, as it gives a dewy finish and a very sheer natural coverage, which is certainly buildable! Perfect for days where the weather is way too hot to wear a full face of makeup. I usually apply concealer then put this on top, and I'm good to go!
It is extremely water resistant, and I love that.
As this foundation is very thin and watery, I find that this is the only MAC foundation that is actually great to apply with your hands.
I usually squirt the product onto my fingertips of one hand, then rub both of my hands together, to the point where it doesn't feel so watery and you can feel the resistance from the foundation, then quickly apply to the skin. Call me crazy, but I found that it gives it a better finish when I apply it like this.
AND you get more in the bottle! Brilliance!
Mac Face & Body is one of the staples in my makeup kit!
I have quite a dry skin and this foundation is quite hydrating and feels comfortable even when I wear it all day long.
Texture: is very liquid, so you always need to shake it up before pouring on the back of your hand.
Application: I prefer to apply this foundation using my hands, because the product is so liquid - I find fingers to give the best finish. The key is to massage the product into skin and later set it with a sheer coat of powder, just in case if it gets a little shiny in the T-zone. I also pair it up with my Studio Finish concealer, just in case if I have a blemish here and there.
Finish: this foundation is buildable, so you can always get a medium coverage finish with this when needed, it will only consume more time. The final look you get with this is a dewy, natural coverage that still lets your skin show through which I find nice! This product won't ever look caked.
Body? Never used it on my body, so can't really say whether it transfers on your clothes or not.
Conclusion: great product for a dry skin type and those who love natural look to their makeup. Only minus is that it doesn't contain SPF - so won't protect you from the sun light, but is going to photograph beautifully!
For the lack of full coverage this has, this isn't a fool-proof product. The texture leaves many hanging, and perhaps wanting more, but I think that it is suitable for my skin and doesn't irritate it or tamper with its condition in any way!
One thing I adore about this foundation, flat out is the lack of sunscreen. This doesn't create further imbalance with sunscreen I am already using underneath, nor does it mess with photography.
It is a sheer to medium coverage (for me.). This is good for those who want to even out their skintone, mild redness, and are willing to cover other blemishes and dark circles with a separate concealer. If you're a shade too light, or a shade too dark, it will be immensely noticeable. Especially if you're going for the big bottle, make sure you get color matched properly! (I got C2, because I thought I'd get darker in the summer. Let's just say, I never get past a C1.)
My skin is dehydrated, or normal on an ordinary day. I do find that this leaves my skin with a dewy finish, and rather strange to the touch. If you are oily, you may not enjoy this.
The texture, and the filminess is probably coming from what prolongs the foundation for long wear, and the "setting" of the product. There's this goopiness that will be on my brush, and I find it a need to wash the brush after using the foundation.
I do not powder over this, because once the powder hits the foundation, it will not set and be transfer resistant.
I own C1, C2, and white, and I find that depending on the day, or the look I'm going for, I will always be able to find a perfect match with these. Mixing with other foundations doesn't cause a problem for me either. That being said, I think you would be fine with just one shade.