I had this fdn in NC 35, I can go from NC 30 to NC 40 depending on the season. I got it in the pro shop which started selling this a week before its formal launch.
I was in love with the concealer immediately, but as for this fdn, I couldn't put my hand on it, simply put, I don't like it.
To begin with, the colour is too yellow, even for my skin, secondly, it doesn't "behave" like other foundations. I used it over moisturizer, over silicone primer, overall it doesn't improve on the appearance of the skin.
Then I watch Goss on you-tube, he had it right on the spot, this is more like a "stain" for the skin.
So, $40 went to waste, rarely a Mac product I am not happy with, I will keep it as a reminder.
Oct 2014: OK, 4 year later, my face is quite ruddish from some radio frequency treatment, and I dug out this product and give it another go, I mixed equal amount with Urban Decays Naked Skin liquid fdn. (5.5) , wow, it works wonders, it looks so natural and lasts all day (10 hours) without oxidation.
The moral of the story: cosmetics are so highly personal, even the same product on the same person varies from time to time. A dislike becomes HG, but still I am skeptical to use it all by itself; 2 lippies added.
i absolutely am in LOVE with this product. i am have oily, acne prone skin so trying out different foundations can be difficult. i also am a nursing student, so i need a product that will stay on for long hours and won't require much touch up. it does remind me of revlon color stay (which i love too), and these colors run a little darker than the mac studio fix liquid foundations, which works for me. my color is an NC 44 but the prolong foundation i'm an NC45 which is dead on color match to me. it does stay on for hours on end, from the beginning of my clinical shift till the end (8hr span). all i'd have to do is just blot my face, but it has a matifying effect to it, so i just blot maybe once or twice. awesome product! highly suggest for oily skin.
I have several foundations from MAC, and I can honestly say that this is hands down my favourite (so far!). It has great wear, and really does make a difference throughout the day in terms of oil production. I have very fair skin, and bought the NW20. This was a mistake, it is not overly dark, but I have to blend a ton to make it appear smooth with my neck. I am hoping to purchase the NW15 soon! I have combination dry skin, with occasional oil in my t-zone, and after using this foundation for a few weeks, I find it is a miracle worker!
This is the foundation I've been searching for (Holy Grail status!) I have horrible oily skin. Every primer, foundation, moisturizer that I've tried with anti shine has NEVER worked for me and my oily skin. I was honestly scared to try this product because I've heard the 'MAC foundations break people out' and a break out is the last thing anyone wants. And my luck with the studio fix powder just did not work for me. But I decided to take the chance and jump the gun. Best makeup foundation decision by far. I've tried Makeup Forever HD, Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus (I wanted to love this so badly), Revlon Colorstay and all continued to make me even more oily.
Please be aware that I am a college student and most of my time is spent indoors in air conditioning. So I won't oil up as fast as I would in the sun.
-I applied the foundation at 5AM and it's now 5PM (with some minutes to spare) and i'm still shine free.
-Pump is included.
-Pump is easy to control (some harder/easierthan most)
-It has SPF!
-No need for touch ups with MAC blot powder and blotting papers
-Color selection isn't like the the regular MAC color selection (No NC43, had to go to a NC45)
-I did see some cakey-ness on my forehead but that's a human error.
-Dries super fast and gets hard to blend out.
Overall, I'd repurchase it.
I am NC15, have a combination acne prone skin with acne scaring so I do require full coverage.
1. Full coverage, covers my acne scars but I use L'Oreal Primer first, which makes a HUGE difference!!! Without my primer I wouldn't achieve the same smooth base
2. Very long lasting power exactly as it says
3. Colour NC15 matches my skin colour perfectly
4. Allows me to skip powder! Yay :-) Leaves my skin looking matte all day even with no setting it with powder.
1. Relatively thick consistency, can be hard to blend and work into the skin. I use my MAC 187 for initial application but after that I have to switch to a firmer and denser brush to really buff it in and create smooth finish. Do you girls have any suggestions for a good brush to apply this with?
So my morning routine is a bit longer now as it really takes more time to work it in the skin. But it's worth it.
This foundation has made a huge difference in my confidence. My skin looks really good all day at work, don't need to touch it up at all.
I no longer feel self concious later in the day when my foudation usually used to slip off my face leaving my skin looking patchy and uneaven.
Girls, I do recommend this stuff.
I love this foundation.
I first bought this when the Venomous Villians like came out. The girl accidently grabbed NW20 when she checked me out instead of NC20. It was obviously a little too pink. I took it back and when she put the NC20 on my face, it was just.. amazing.
People say it's a little yellow, but for me it's perfect. The little bit of yellow helps tone out the redness in my cheeks and around my nose. I love it.
I work at a tavern, and it stays on all night, despite the kitchen heat, sweating from running up and down the stairs, and touching my face a billion times in frustration. It still looks good when I get off of work and isn't really oily, despite my combination skin. The other other foundation I've had come close is my Rimmel Stay Matte, but it didn't have the staying power that this does.
All in all I love this foundation and I will be repurchasing.
For ladies with NC15 skin - Now i'm a bit of a rock chick, old goth... whatever. Anyway, i also embrace my scottish skintone, which is white with a bit of pale yellow thown in there for good measure. After finding MAC several years ago, i thought i'd hit the jackpot. Now? Not on your nelly! I'd love to know why MAC are suddenly making their foundations darker. It all started with studio fix, which seemed to be about one or two shades darker than SPF15, (which broke me out). Face and body made me look as though i was wearing butter on my face, as did the extremely hygenic studio stick *cough*. I'll spare you the rant on that one. The shades are inconsistent and having tried Revlon and Max Factor's long wearing foundations in my teens (which were either too dark or too pink), i really wanted to love this.
The formula is fantastic, it goes on beautifully and lasts amazingly well. The coverage is perfect, buildable and the finish is natural. At first i thought they had sent me an NC20 but not so. The search for a true lemon foundation continues!
Generally I love MAC products, use several of their foundations, and so when the longwear line came out I purchased the foundation and the concealer. Used alone, I find the foundation to be a little runny with a slightly chalky consistency that doesn't feel that great on my skin. The coverage I find just adequate and frankly I don't find that it stays on any longer than any other good foundation I own. I now combine it with my Nars Sheer Glow or other MAC foundations to get a nice combination for my face, which works just fine but in terms of MAC it is far from my favorite foundation and I doubt I will purchase it again.
Slightly upscale version of Revlon Colorstay. I need moderate/full coverage, which it provides. The color (NW20) is great, though a bit darker than the same in StudioFix Liquid. I did find the feel slightly sticky, though as others have pointed out, a light dusting of powder eliminates this. On a side by side test with Colorstay this held up a bit better over time. I have oily skin and acne, and this has NOT clogged my pores or made any problems worse. Overall finish is very natural and not chalky, as are some transfer-resistant products. I would recommend this item to those with normal to very oily skin.
About my skin :
Very sensitive ( usually to SPF), combination but a lot more oily than dry, reacts to everything whether bad or good. Usually bad. Indian skin, but not dark at all, NC 40.
Prior to using this foundation I was using a drugstore one by Almay which worked great until I realized it would wear off fast through out the day and also made my skin a bit dry. Then I tried makeup forever HD which sucked. After reading the reviews about pro longwear, I decided to sample it, my first mac foundation ever, loved it, and purchased it.
This foundation does last long. After 12 hours it was still on and looked decent. It's not greasy or oily. It blends great, you only need a little, it's full coverage, good at covering redness and spots, it's buildable. I got many compliments wearing this, the first day I wore it at work five co-workers told me my makeup looked great. I haven't had any break outs from this foundation, which is surprising usually products with SPF kills my skin.
Overall love this foundation, leaves a nice matte but not too matte finish. I also love the pump, makes it worth the $39 CAD.