I've been using this as my main liquid foundation for about 9 months now and I love it! It matches my complexion perfectly, it doesn't make you look super made up, just like you have naturally nice skin. I think the formula is a bit on the drier side -I'd describe it as a liquid foundation that looks like a powder when you put it on. If you have dry skin you probably need to moisturize A LOT or use Fix + before using this. I have normal to combination skin and it works for me, but I try to work quickly with it as it seems to dry quickly, making it harder to spread and blend. To help it blend you have to hydrate your skin or use the beauty blender sponge or any other moistened sponge applicator. But aside from that, it's my go to, day to day foundation. I'm in the market for another foundation that is more glamorous, when I want to look made up and dewy, as this is great, but it's for if you want to look more natural and I'd describe it as very matter. I suppose though you can build it up to give full coverage.
I also really like the packaging!
Update: Basically what it came down to is that the colour oxidizes badly. Like... really bad. I would only apply it to the areas that I really needed it and after a long day, it looked like I had perfectly painted circles on my face. If you're going to wear this foundation, you really need to wear it. Not good for oily skin types, I had heavy, cyst-like breakouts after a month of use.
If you are completely, 100% sold on buying this foundation, it is important to check a few things before spending the money:
*Not meant for oily skin types, better suited for dry
*Starts off matte, but at the end of the day it looks like you have smothered yourself in oil. it basically separates itself from the skin
*Be 100% certain on the colour. It oxidizes quite yellow.
My first MAC purchase and my first high-end foundation :). So I have Dry-Combination skin and I told the sales assistant this so she picked this out (the most expensive MAC foundation at the store, of course). However, the sales assistant was very nice and taught me how to apply the foundation (yay! New application technique!). I absolutely love it! It's not as expensive as other high-end foundations and actually covers my acne without getting cakey. I bought the 1.5 (warm, I think? I thought I was cool toned), and even though the bottle looks orange, it's my perfect fit :) I'm so buying this again.
I had this prejudice against MAC products, like they're being too expensive and not that great. I've always gone for the drugstore brands. But one day I had the courage to actually step into their store. The SA was really helpful and I explained the situation with my skin. I have T-zone oily skin, no acne problem but have blackheads and uneven skin tone. He recommended this for me, the shade 5.0 since I was quite tanned and even when I'm not tanned, my natural skin tone is kinda dark, with yellowish undertones. He applied it on a primer with a brush and blended it well. At first I thought it was too orange for me, but he told me to go out and look in the daylight and I could see that it was the perfect fit for me. Most of the foundations oxidize on my skin, turning to an orange colour but this one, after four-five hours, was still the same. The price is much lower than I expected and it kinda surprised me. It was almost close to those drugstore brands that I used to buy and comes in a bigger bottle. The bottle is easy to use, practical, it locks itself when you turn it around, which is a plus since my products gets all messed up in my make up bag. He said that I may have to buy a lighter tone for winter. I also tried the compact foundations but they kinda got flakey and cakey, but this one was much better. It is my first MAC product and I'm definitely going to keep buying it, and I also want that primer too, I think I'll have another visit to the store next week :).
My favorite liquid foundation. It gives good coverage and never feels heavy. I love the gel-like consistency, it's almost hydrating. I have #2 (I'm NC 35 in foundations) and it seems to match my skin tone perfectly. You only need 1-2 pumps for your whole face. It might be a little too drying for those with dry skin. It works well and the SPF is always a nice added bonus.
I had a sample of this after trying it at Nordstrom. I was wearing makeup then and the MUA applied this on top of my already made up face. My face didn't look like I had a different shade on where I had this applied. This foundation adapts to ur color that's why it's probabaly called Matchmaster. I like how it's non-greasy and the color really matched me, however, I still consider Studio Fix as the better one coz it stays on me for more than 12 hours with occasional powder touch-ups. I will purchase Matchmaster coz it's a go-to matching foundation that's blendable, no need to worry about getting shades lighter than ur skintone coz it does not oxidize..on me at least.
I had high hopes because this was my first MAC purchase. I personally thought it was awful!! It looked really orange at first but it did look much better after I blended. I thought that this would cover my flaws on my face but I felt as if it made them look worse. It darkened my scars and blemishes. I have really good skin except for a few blemishes/acne scars. So this did nothing that I wanted to! I guess all I needed was a really good concealer instead of a foundation.
I purchased the shade 1.0 in this foundation after it going to the MAC counter at my local Nordstroms and having one of the SAs match me. I have drier, semi-sensitive skin, slight acne (on my forehead) and she picked out Matchmaster after hearing this.
I've been wearing it for about 3 weeks now, and I don't believe it has caused me any breakouts, provides light to medium coverage (but cannot be used as a full coverage foundation) and generally lasts about 8 hours (without primer, set with powder), without fading away in patches. I like this foundation, but I feel like there are better ones out there. I'm generally too light for most foundation brands though, and have pink undertones to my skin. Matchmaster works well on my skin and is a pretty good match.
In the pictures I posted above (they're at the end), I'm only wearing one layer of Matchmaster, fresh out of the shower with no other makeup. I applied it with Sonia Kashuk's Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush.
I'm able to achieve an airbrushed & flawless finish with this foundation, which is important for me. I do get a little cakey around my forhead, but that's my own fault. The foundation itself works wonders. The bottle is big so you get your money's worth. Definitely buying again!
I really wanted to like this foundation!!!
I have a love/hate relationship with MACs foundations. I've previosly tried the Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 and while I loved the way that it felt on my skin I thought that it made me TOO yellow.
So I was told about Matchmaster which is supposed to be more neutral - you could wear it whether you are an NC or NW and thought it would be perfect! But it's not; I still look ridicoulously yellow!!!
I use the shade 2.0 and apply it with a Beauty Blender sponge. I do still like the coverage that it provides I just wish that MACs foundations in general did not run SO yellow or pink. Where's the in-between ground? Why do you have to be one or the other.
At any rate I know that some people actually like to look really olive-y and therefore enjoy a more yellow based foundation - I'm just not one of them!