Review of MAC Face and Body Foundation by actionaction17
I have (had) super dry and (later in the day) super oily, acne prone skin.
I was working with a flakey red face pretty much every morning. To wash my face I only use the OCM, (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, and some essential oils) My skin has cleared up A LOT since switching to the OCM a month ago, but I still had some break out issues. I fair skinned, but tan very easily to a warmer tone. I stopped tanning 8 months ago, and decided to embrace my pale skin. The only problem is, the whiter my skin gets, the more apparent my facial flaws are. Redness, breakouts taking weeks to fade away, a few light brown freckles, just overall splotchy looking skin. Again, my OCM has done wonders for my complexion, but I couldn't get rid of the flakes an small steady amounts of breakouts. I had to finally attribute to my previous foundation, MUFE in 115 Ivory.
Before switching to F&B
I had just started using the Beauty Blender Sponge during application. Even with the beauty blender making my foundation application look flawless, my MUFE still seemed to make the flakes on my (very pre-moisturized) skin appear out of no where.
In the past, I've literally taken off my foundation RIGHT after putting it on, just to lightly exfoliate those flakes away, and try again. :/ (even though I know I shouldn't exfoliate and apply makeup directly after) I could NOT walk out of the house knowing flakes were visible. I've even done the tweezer method too, tediously pulling the little flakes away :/
So anyways, I decided to start looking for a water based foundation, and decided F&B had enough good reviews to try out. I ordered N1, and when I received it, I was upset at the shade. I thought it was too dark when I applied some to my wrist. So, I went to Walgreens and got a much lighter shade (W1) of L'oreal true match (it's also water-based) so I could mix my own shade. BUT, it turns out that I didn't even need it, the N1 turned out to be the perfect shade! I've read in a few reviews that it looks dark, but dries a little lighter.
Either way, my first time, I put on 2 light layers of F&B and was so pleased at the results. My face had NO FLAKES. So I took my kabuki brush and lightly tapped some bare-minerals to set my foundation. I didn't want to add too much powder, because I thought that F&B did such a good job all by itself. BAD IDEA. If you have oily skin, try putting on a lighter application of your F&B, just to even out your skin tone, then make sure you REALLY set this foundation, otherwise you will look like a grease ball in less than an hour. (not the runny-makeup separating-grease look, just shiney)
I was pretty upset, assuming I would have to stop using my F&B because of the greasy look it gave a few hours into the day.(I live in Houston, so the humidity doesn't help)
BUT I gave it a few more shots with a different application technique.
The trick is, LIGHT application of F&B, concealer, and a nice even layer of powder. (F&B isn't good for oily girls if you feel the need to put more than 3 layers.) I blot my T zone once in the middle of my day, but let me tell you, I would rather blot 3 times a day, than stare at little flakes on my face all day.
My skin HAS NOT broken out, and my skin is much more moisturized, no more dry patches! I also used my skindinavia setting spray before and after applying F&B and it makes a HUGE difference for oily skin, somehow convincing my pores to chill out on the oil production through out the day.
I love F&B and I will def. be buying again. If you don't go get matched at MAC, and you order a shade too dark or light, I suggest getting the L'oreal true match shade to mix, instead of buying another bottle of F&B.
(you have to use another water-based product, if you don't, you'll run the risk of your mix separating on your face mid day...gross -_- I learned that lesson a long time ago)
I use my beauty blender spong to put on one light layer of just N1, and then mix a TINY bit of my true match, with 2 drops of N1, and use that as a highlighter, under my eyes, under my cheekbones(to make my blush application minimal), and the center of my face. So all in all 2 light layers of liquid foundation on my skin and a few taps of powder.
(I've previously been scared of my powder because it only highlighted flakes that the MUFE would make magically appear, so I only used it to lightly set.)
Sorry for the lengthy review! I wanted to explain in very lengthy depth for all the ladies with my type of combo skin (because I never seem to find any reviews from us)
:] Hope this helps!