ABSOLOUTLEY LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!!! It's definitely the best MAC foundation by far. It's more of a medium-full coverage, and stays on for a long period of time. I have combination skin and get very oily on my T-zone and this foundation is matte in all the right places without looking "cakey." It looks very natural and not too heavy, I rarely have to use powder with it to set it. It's just the best, definitely worth the money!
I wonder if the "magic" in all this color-matching is the mere fact that it comes out light and simply oxidizes darker. Because after 3 hours, it turned almost brown on me. Granted, I am extremely oily and I don't use a primer (I don't believe in primers, don't get me started).
This smells like Studio Fix Fluid, which initially had me worried it would perform like Studio Fix (cakey, not long-lasting). Coverage with this was medium-full, but not as much as SFF. Finish is matte. Come on, let's cut it out with all these ambiguous terms like semi-matte, demi-matte, natural, radiant matte. It's just matte, okay?
Face got shiney within 4 hours, which is average for most foundations on my face. So I'm not mad at that.
Now on to the main point: the color. I'm a neutral leaning NC/NW20-25. I've usually gone for the NW20 shades from MAC. In this, I chose 1.5 but could've gone for 2.0 I noticed both seemed very yellow. This went on initially as a pale yellow color, probably a tad lighter than my real skin. About 2-3 hours later, using no primer and no powder, I noticed this had oxidized 2-3 shades darker. Granted, it was not totally noticeable from my neck but it was definitely darker. It looked as if it had oxidized from NC20 to NC25-30. Once again, still very yellow so I wonder if a cooler-toned person would be able to use this. I am not that yellow, I am neutral, so don't tell me "it was just working it's magic and adapting to your skintone."
The main selling point of this was the pigmentation and that failed to impress me, so I will not buy it again. Performance wise, this is the same as any other baisc foundation. Probably very similar to SFF except less coverage.
If you really wanna get a kick out it, go test this in the store. Swatch the same shade on a paler area of your skin and a slightly darker area of your skin. If it is the same on both areas and doesn't truly adapt as it promises...that means MAC is full of crap.
This is a really good foundation. It's creamy with a natural satin finish. The coverage is medium to full. It is perfect for my combination skin and isn't greasy nor drying. My only problem is the color. Unfortunately I didn't have enough courage to disagree with the MAC salesperson regarding the shade. I bought it in 7.5 and that color is fantastically wrong and oxides to a shade I have never seen before in real life. The 7.0 shade is terrifying pale and does not match either. Bummer. It way too late to take it back now. I really like this foundation, but unless I mix it with white foundation or my skin gets darker, this ain't gonna work. Three and 1/2 lippies for almost getting it right.
This is the only MAC foundation i have ever liked. I find that this stays, has a satin finish and the colour doesn't oxidise. Its actually not a heavy coverage foundation but l like the fact that it dries down quickly. Primer optional and doesn't pool in my oily parts in the PM. This is by far their best foundation but still not as good as Shiseido but pretty good for the price.
Great product! I bought this as my very first MAC product ever, and I gotta say that I'm very impressed. Great coverage with one pump all over my face, and doesn't make me look cakey or too fake. With primer and setting spray (which I use for all foundation due to my super oily skin), lasts all day without transferring. I love that it's a neutral undertone but doesn't look out of place on my Asian skin (I'm pretty yellow for an Asian as well). Easy to blend and doesn't dry too fast so I can work with it without rushing.
I usually use a very dense, flat brush to blend this. Doesn't accentuate pores, covers well--what more could I ask for? Other than lower prices, I suppose, but I'd say it's worth the money.
I love love LOVE this! It's very light and it looks very natural, you can't even tell that I'm wearing foundation! I got compliments on my skin, something that has never happened before! I have rosacea so my skin is red most of the time (Which is SO embarrassing!) and when I purchased this it completely covered up the red, which gave me a lot more confidence in myself, because I felt like everyone would always think I was embarrassed or something because my face would always be red, even if I was completely calm. Anyways, this is not cakey at all, and I also have really sensitive skin, and this didn't really break me out... you just have to make sure you wash it all off before you go to bed!
Even thought I have just recently purchased a new foundation, I have used this in the past and I have to say this was the best color match for me, ( am #5 in this formula) bar none. Not drying or caking, no pimple when it was new to announce it/s arrival when I first started using it. I personally found it a bit heavy although I am partial to ultra sheer foundations or tinted moisturizers. I think this offers a lot to women who prefer a more medium- heavy foundations and it can be sheered out nicely with moisturizer.
I have been a fan of MAC cosmetics before I was even allowed to wear them! My first purchase was the MAC Pro Longwear foundation (full coverage), I was in love! However, I didn't know much about makeup then and could not realize that the color was off from my neck and the "full coverage" look just gave me a cakey and "too much makeup" look to my skin. I have always been told that I don't need a lot of makeup, my skin is not as bad as I think (we are always our worst critics). I've never tried any other buildable (or light to medium coverage) foundations so my excitement for this may just be out of inexperience but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the coverage this gives. It's so light on my skin and looks so natural. People are always looking to wonder if I have on makeup or not, my skin still looks FLAWLESS just without any product on it. I love that the 8.5 matches my skin tone completely (I was a NW45 or NW46 in Pro Longwear) and I use the MAC 187 Foundation brush and "buff" the foundation into my skin for a flawless, airbrush look. Definitely recommending this to anyone that listens and definitely buying again!
This is my favorite foundation so far! Although the coverage is light-medium depending on method of application, I feel like this foundation really does a lot to match my skin tone, which is not an easy feat (I'm of east indian descent, but much lighter than most other indians). One tip: when applying this foundation in layers, wait a few seconds in between to allow it to dry and oxidize. Like all my foundations, I apply this with a stippling brush. As long as you properly remove this foundation, it should not cause break outs. I mix mine with bb cream to get my desired color and consistency.
For quite a while I have been wanting to try a MAC foundation. I have been wanting to try a name brand and reliable foundation. I have one MAC blush and love it so much since it's so pigmented, so I was hoping that a MAC foundation would cover my acne scars. I do have sensitive, dry skin so I tested this foundation at a MAC counter and was matched as a 5.0 (this foundation goes from 1.0 to, I believe, 10.0. As for what this shade is around? I'm an NC35). Anyway, I loved it! It was pigmented and didn't dry my skin! Plus, it did not break me out! It has a twist and pump style dispenser and you only need one pump (even that can be too much!). Now, as much as I like this foundation, I also found that I don't LOVE this foundation. It tends to oxidize and become quite dry/cakey looking throughout the day (even though it did not feel like it). You need to bring this foundation down the neck because once it oxidizes, you can tell where your foundation is. With that being said, I was satified enough with this foundation; however, I am thinking of trying other MAC foundations and seeing what my thoughts are of them. So, I will be repurchasing another MAC foundation; I just won't be repurchasing a MatchMaster foundation any time soon.