I have combo, sensitive skin. When my skin is dry, this soaks in nicely and gives a dewy, natural look. However, on most days my skin is oily and this foundation just doesnít work. This is unbelievably watery and provides just a smidgen of coverage. This foundation makes my skin feel slightly tacky/sticky- even after I apply powder. Not surprising since the consistency of face&body is sortof oily upon touch. Really! That canít be a good thing. I used a foundation brush & sponge to apply this but nothing worked. My skin was always left looking oily. Who wants to touch an oily face??? It looks ok layered but the more I do, the oilier I get. You get the idea. Lastly, this caused whiteheads on my face. I wore this for weeks and the whiteheads wouldnít go away. I went off this foundation, began using MUFE matte+ and my white heads cleared. I tried using this recently and the whiteheads came back again! AH. I never learn. If you want something long-wearing with moderate coverage do NOT purchase this. I am convinced mac foundations will never work for me. Iíve since moved on to Makeup Forever matte+- love it!
Face & Body by MAC is a Pro-only foundation, sold at Pro stores. It is housed in a big plastic squeezy bottle and is quite economical compared to MAC's other foundations - 4 oz (120ml) for $31USD or thereabouts.) Squeeze-top bottle is very sanitary and durable, a little goes a fair way, but don't shake with lid on - you'll end up with foundation all caked in the lid, eww.
This foundation is very watery - think thin thin lotion. If left, it tends to settle, but a good shake mixes it all together again. As with all 'sheer' foundations, this does tend to look odd and cake when applied with a heavier hand, but it is intended for a NATURAL, SHEER & DEWY finish, which it does indeed give. This foundation will NOT cover festering pimples, but it will even your skin out and has the appearance of no-makeup.
C3 blended into my skin very well - very minor blemishes were covered up, but I could see that an extra concealing step would be needed for undereye and a slightly bigger blemish. I'm usually an NC30 in MAC's other foundations (NC25 in Studio Fix Fluid) and a Chanel 30. The smell is slightly off-putting - a kind of weird, sterile scent, but it goes away.
Wear-wise, performance is average. It is not really waterproof - it came off onto a napkin after slight sweating. You would definitely need to set this with powder. The water-based formula is (so far) noncomodegenic, and I have not noticed any unusual breakouts while using this foundation.
Taking it off, about 12 hours after I applied it, I still had foundation on my cotton pad. In photos, my skin looks even and it does not flash white. Overall, I am very satisfied with this foundation. It's a great foundation to wear for everyday - the sheer coverage is lovely. I would like it to wear better and longer, though, but you have to allow for the formula itself. I tend to mix this into my moisturizer every day and then add powder on top. I've had this for four months and am about a third of the way though.
I am NC25 (Studio Fix), C3 (MAC Face & Body), 30 (Chanel), 2 (MUFE Face & Body, winter) & OC02 (Lunasol Intellectual Powder foundation, winter) Combination skin.
I use this in C2, and it is amazing! I apply it by shaking the bottle and smoothing it on w/ my fingers, then I apply some concealer under my eyes and on blemishes or red marks and then I lightly set it with JI Pure Pressed base (in Warm Sienna)...this gives me a flawless but non-made up look. I have never received more compliments on my skin since I have started exclusively wearing this. I was very nervous to try Face & Body, since my skin is highly sensitive and acne prone and every MAC foundation I have ever tried has caused problems. I have been using this for over 4 months and it hasn't clogged my pores or caused ANY breakouts. I just wish I would have tried it sooner!! Face & Body definitely gives a "dewey" and "glowy" look, and I happen to like that look, but I still powder it a little to matte out the T-zone and it's perfect. It's long wearing, lightweight, has a great color range, and best of all, comes in a gigantic plastic squeeze bottle that will last forever...really good for the price which is around $28 US. I would highly recommend this to anyone with fairly good skin (it will even out your skintone but it probably wouldn't cover anything major), and anyone with sensitive or acne prone skin looking for a good, everyday foundation. I think this would also work for just about any skin type, from oily to dry, because the texture is so lightweight and easy to blend.
I had to give this another go so I after a long chat with a MAC SA she gave me a huge sample in the shade N1 which is THE perfect color. I test drove this setting it with powder and holy cow it looked amazing. Somehow it isn't breaking me out this time. My skin is pretty good but there are days when I want a tad more coverage and 2 coats of this is cover enough. I can skip moisturizer with this but even with Embrolisse it looks great also found that a flat top brush works best. Oh and buff it in, seems the more you buff this stuff the better it looks.
Man, oh, man. Where do I begin?
I was first introduced to this stuff through a makeup artist I frequently worked with. I've always been a cream foundation sort-of gal, so when I saw this and the consistency of it, I thought, "OH NO!" I thought it was going to be this sheer foundation that was going to do nothing but sit on top of my skin and show all my little imperfections.
When I saw the end result (before powder was dusted on), I was more than amazed. It's amazing-- how a foundation so light and thin-- could even out my skin tone so well and make me look like I had a full-coverage foundation on my face.
A little goes a long way with this stuff. I also find the price ($30, I believe) to be more than acceptable, being you get quite a lot of product in the bottle.
Unlike the other MAC foundation products, I didn't have ANY pore-cloggage or funky irritations with this one. Nothing but glowing, radiant skin. It's like the real me, but much better!
The coverage can start out sheer, but it's easily buildable. Once the makeup sets it looks gorgeous! I love the way my skin feels every time I wash it off. Not sure what the ingredient contents are, but my skin always feels silky and moisturised.
One thing I have found is an oil-free moisturiser works better with this (my HG is LUSH Dream Cream-- the combination is far too oily and slippery). It's especially nice with a good primer underneath (I use Smashbox Photo Finish).
I use this all over my body, as well (not on the tattooed spots, at least). I have a bit of scarring on my legs that's hung around for many years-- they tend to have small red blotches on 'em, and this sorts 'em right out. I usually don't use a moisturiser on my legs prior to application-- just to make sure the colour grabs on. It does a magnificent job of moisturising them, I think!
I think this is the best foundation MAC makes, hands down.
There isn't a wide range of shades available, but I feel that this stuff is very versatile. Working on photoshoots, the MUA used the same colour on four different girls with varying skin tone and it flattered us all. I've been matched and re-matched with MAC's usual palette of colours and have never found a suitable match, until I tried this stuff.
Go on, treat yourself!
I got a sample of this foundation and immediately fell in love with it. I am NC42 and the C5 F&B is the most accurate colour match I have found to date. The consistency is thin and takes some getting used to. It also sets quickly so you will need to apply it quickly. I have tried applying this with my 190 brush and with fingers and find that the brush gives the most natural effect. Coverage is sheer and the finish is flawless and dewy. Oily girls may want to use a dusting of powder over it to cover shine even though it does not need powder to set. It photographs beautifully, with no ghostly whitish cast as there is no SPF in the product.
This would have HG status if the coverage was a little better but I can see I will have to buy another foundation to fall back on for bad skin days. For this reason, I do not recommend it to those who need medium or heavier coverage. You do get 120ml of foundation instead of the usual 30ml so I consider it good value and it comes in a hygienic squeezy bottle.
Edit: I finally bought a second 187 for foundation and it works so much better at applying this.
This foundation has beautiful finish, not matt, not shinny, but soft satin texture. The color has lots yellow in it and great for redness in the face. If you have uneven tones in your hands and arms, it's perfect for covering it up as well. It's my staple foundation for sure.
I used to use Make Up Forever's face and body foundation because it is waterproof and sweatproof, but I discovered this and I like it better. It costs less, there is a MAC store 10 minutes away (this foundation is not available at MAC counters in department stores, it is only available at MAC stores and online) and the packaging is better; the plastic bottle and the nose-like opening allows you more control over how much comes out. My only complaint is that it doesn't give very good coverage.
wow i love this foundation!
after fighting frequent battles with breakouts, oiliness, lack of staying power i decided to switch from a variety of liquids (laura mercier,vincent longo, virtual skin, traceless, tient idole, colorstay, almay w/kinetin) to mineral foundations. i tried bare minerals and l'oreal bare naturale. bm broke me out and looked metallic/shiny and the bare naturale was never the right color. then i jumped on the tm bandwagon - loved tarte so, but the silicones broke me out.
decided to pick up mac f&b after talking at length with my hairdresser. the color matches great! i am copper red hair, green eyes, but greek and irish heritage so i have very pale yellowish undertones. c1 matches my skin to a "t". the product is *very* watery out of the bottle. you need to shake it reallllllly well, then pour slowly, and spread quickly. it dries fast! so you do not have a lot of time to work with it... once you master the application, you set with a very light dusting of powder (i use the 'mineralize' by mac) and voila! even skintone, natural airbrushed finish, light-med coverage, but not cakey at all. more coverage than a tm i'd say...
the bottle is huge and the product is so liquid-y that i bet it will last a very, very long time. i used maybe the size of a nickel to do my whole face. love the tiny nozzle tip. could apply with a brush or sponge, but i'm faster and more accurate (and use less product) with my fingers...
my skin is normally on the sensitive yet oily side. but this has pretty good staying power so far. i will update if i start to break out after using this. highly recommend. will def repurchase.
I purchased this after it being recommended to me by an MA at the Boston store. While the color matches my skin tone much better than many of the other MAC foundations (which I find to be generally too orange), the foundation was overall disappoiting. It seemed to clump up in random areas of my face and didn't blend well at all. I tried applying with a sponge, a brush, my fingers, NOTHING worked. It has a watery consistency in the container but for some reason just sticks to the skin and doesn't want to blend. I found the finish , which the MA described as "dewy," as waaaaay beyond what I would consider dewy and straight up shiny, making me look grease-tastic unless I layered on more powder than I would have liked to. It did nothing to even out my skin and mask the redness i get around my nose during the course of the day, and still felt awkward and heavy on my skin. MAC is a great company, but I find their foundations lacking.