MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

3.7

444 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

(Original formulation - September 2011): ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octinoxate 3.40%, Titanium Dioxide 1.00% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Algae Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Peg-10 Crosspolymer, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Silylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, [ /- Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288)]


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Overall I love this foundation. It covers wonderfully throughout the day. I have combo skin and this foundation doesn't leave my T-Zone looking like an oil slick. I of course use a primer that matches with this foundation(silicone based), setting spray and blot when I see my nose getting more oily than I would like. I ended up getting this foundation after I couldn't find a match to my shade with studio fix. I'm glad I purchased matchmaster instead because it has a demi-matte finish, medium coverage, has SPF 15, is supposed to absorb oil, and is supposed to refine skin to minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections. I have not had any breakouts thus far and I've been using it for a few months.

On a random note I wish MAC would stop going up on the price of their stuff on what seems like a yearly basis but business is business and they provide quality products more times than not...so whatever I guess.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am in love with this foundation!!! The coverage is great and it's not like super thick foundation. I use a buffing brush and a little goes a long way. It's great for my super oily skin. I also use NYX matte finishing spray with this


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I had been using a foundation from a company that starts with a T and ends with an E for years. It was so hard for me to find a perfect match and always felt like the shades were a little off on me despite trying all different types/shades. I have light skin with slightly golden undertones, medium pores, and not too many wrinkles or blemishes so I don't need a lot of coverage - just something to even out my skin tone and hide pores. I finally decided to try out some MAC foundation. First I tried the Mineralize line which was great at first but throughout the day became too dewy on me. Then tried Studio Fix, which was too thick and heavy looking. Finally I tried Matchmaster and fell in love. (I feel like Goldilocks...)

The foundation is pigmented but not heavy, has a great semi-matte finish, and looks very natural on my skin. It spreads easily with whatever brush I use and after spraying a little Fix+ it melts right into my skin. I went back to Nordstrom's twice to be matched. First I was matched to shade 1.0 which, with my summer tan, was a bit too light. The 2nd MUA matched me to 1.5 and it works for me now that I have a lingering summer tan but I think it will be too dark in the winter. In the store I thought it looked too orange but when I got home 15 minutes later I couldn't stop staring at my skin - it looked so perfect! The MUA had set it with MSF powder in Light Plus which works wonderfully with this foundation.

I don't get blemishes too often so I usually just use an extra layer of foundation if I have an area to conceal but this foundation does not work the best for that - the 1.0 shade looks too light and the 1.5 looks too orange. I think I am going to wind up buying both 1.0 and 1.5 and mixing the two, and perhaps I will pick up the concealer as well for when I really need it.

Overall I highly recommend this foundation. I am loving the way my skin looks with it. It does not settle into my fine lines or pores, doesn't oxidize, and keeps its beautiful finish for most of the day. Any oiliness is easily fixed with a light dusting of powder.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I was first introduced to this product a couple years ago when I had my make up done for an event (during the winter months) at MAC and she used this foundation in the shade 3.0. I wasn't looking for full coverage but I didn't want light coverage either. This is a really nice medium coverage foundation that is buildable. A few months later I needed to buy a foundation and now it was summer time so I was a lot tanner and I was recommended 4.0. At the time it seemed fine but I really lose a lot of my color during winter so it way too dark to be wearing. This past winter I went to get color matched and they recommended 2.0. It did look a little light but I think it was because of the setting powder she used. I have the MSF Natural in Medium Plus and it helps make it a little darker but not too much. Now I have been using the same shade since then, even though I got tanner. I just applied a little bit of bronzer to help match my neck and body. I tried using what I had left of the 4.0 and it just seemed way too dark, I'm not sure I just didn't get as tan as I did last summer but it didn't work out. I probably won't finish that bottle.
Overall, it's good for a medium coverage. Getting the right color can be tricky, it's just trial and error. I will most likely repurchase in the same shade (2.0) when I run out, but I also want to try out other foundations to find "The ONE."


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I am not sure the whole concept of color adjustment works. It took me some time to pick the colour, and still I doubt the colour was right for me.
Not too happy about the finish. I am more into light textures and natural finishes. Yet this foundation provides a medium coverage which is quite visible on the skin. My skin looked somewhat mask-like wearing Matchmaster.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I just finished my bottle and I did repurchase but I decided not to keep it because I was given 1.5 instead of my usual 2.0 now the 2 was great it matched amazingly if I didn't over apply it if I put too much on then it would look orange and you be able to see the line of demarcation. Also I couldn't go overboard with bronzer either because it would get too orange idk so I just used this as my everyday nothing fancy foundation. This has a matte powder finish if you prep and prime before hand and let that completely soak and dry before putting foundation on. sometimes I did have issues with this foundation but it was because of the type of moisturizer and primer I was using. Make sure to just follow the recommendations of the Mac person and you should be fine because this was a okay foundation it wasn't perfect and full coverage and not all concealers work well with this so like I said follow the advice given and it should be good!


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Matchmaster, huh? Yeah, sure....If you're a PUMPKIN. Never has ANY foundation I've ever tried oxidized as bad as this stuff. I looked like an Oompa Loompa! And I have DRY skin too. I must have 20-30 bottles of different foundations, high-end and some drug store, and not one has a color range as bad as Matchmaster. MAC must've hired a whole bunch of people who are COLOR BLIND!


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I received this as a sample in a Mac store, in the shade 8.5 which was a bit too dark for me.
PROS
-Made me really break out
-Too expensive
-Oxidises very quickly

Cons
-Feels very light on the skin
-Blends well and isn't cakey


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Matchmaster foundation provides a medium coverage, lightweight feel that looks natural. You can see my freckles through it. I apply it after my primer with a Real Techniques buffing brush then set with a translucent loose powder.
I find that it starts out with a natural matte look but on my oily skin I have to blot 3-4 hours after and it starts to look more like a natural/radiant finish. By the end of the day (12 hrs later for me) the foundation has worn down to more of a light coverage and there is mild caking in between my eye brows and around blemishes.
This foundation is $43 in Canada and that's about average for a "high end" brand. Overall I'd recommend this foundation to someone with normal to combination skin who wants a natural looking coverage. For anyone with oilier skin I'd recommend either a mattifying primer or moisturizer first.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Uuuuummm I don't know what I was expecting, the review looked soo good, stating that it adjusts to suit your skin tone and all of that nonsense. Ok maybe it does but this foundation was £30.00 in the uk. 30. I'm sorry but if a foundation is 30 pound plus and my skin is not resembling the quality of Kim kardasihan west then it is nonesense. This is not special and is not worth any hype. It's mediocre and it closely resembles the studio fix in finish so if u have the studio fix and are thinking about purchasing this product think again my friend THINK AGAIN. It's not that this foundation is bad, it's not bad I wear it on a day to day basis, it has a matte finish looks good enough covers my imperfections buuuuuuuuuuttt there's nothing that tells you yep that foundation has to be expensive it's that good, my friends comment on my makeup looking good but trust me that's just down to my skills not this foundation. £30 of pure mediocrity that is what mac matchmaster is. I mix it with mac face and body and sunbeam by benefit just to give it the life it should have had for stealing 30 pounds out of my birthday money. I understand why some people might like it but this just isn't for me and sure if you have 30 pounds just to be frittering away then go ahead but this product😑😐 I am not content at all with it ( sombre shake of head)


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