|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am almost done with my first bottle of this product. I love it. It matches my skin tone really well. It blends out pretty evenly and you can add more layers depending on how much coverage you need. It covers a couple of acne scars I have on my cheeks with only one layer. I use a sigma f80 brush to apply this and I get a flawless finish. It really does last all day for me. I can take a nap and wake up still looking fresh. It has replaced my former HG Make Up Forever HD foundation.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Once you figure this out, it's a GREAT product! At first, I didn't think it blended well so I would mix it with moisturizer or serum to thin it out. (I still do if I want a sheerer coverage.) But I FINALLY figured out if you put on your moisturizer, DON'T let it sink in, then apply this foundation, it goes on so smooth and looks fabulous. This is full coverage unless you sheer it with moisturizer. Wears like iron, yet doesn't take a garage tool to take it off. And I'm a fan of finger blending. Tried the brush, SK Beauty Blended thing, other sponges....
And those who complained about it feeling kinda tacky, give it a minute, that feeling goes away for me. Or I'll swipe a bit of loose powder over the top.
Coverage wise, this compares to Estee Lauder Double Wear, without the cystic acne.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight Eyes: Black
This is not the best foundation for dry skin. It settles around my dry patches and feels heavy on the face. I've been spoiled by how weightless the Makeup For Ever HD Foundation feels. Because this is a long-wearing formula, you have to make sure you blend it as quickly and as well as possible before it sets. It was such a pain for me to deal with this because I don't have enough time in the mornings to take a brush and carefully apply/blend the foundation. I would rather rely on applying with my fingers, which is something that cannot be done with the MAC Pro Longwear. Well, technically it CAN be, but the results won't look very good! Even with the Revlon Colorstay (a great drugstore alternative that lasts long and provides full coverage) I can smooth on with my fingers if I'm in a pinch because the texture is liquidy enough. In contrast, the texture of the MAC Pro Longwear is thicker and not as runny. I also got breakouts from this product, which was a another reason for me to return it. The only good things about it is that it has a pump, an SPF of 10, and there is a broad range of shades in the line.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Let me begin by saying that I have a lot of bias when it comes to this product. When the details of the Pro Longwear foundations were first popping up on blogs I was beside myself with glee that MAC was releasing a PPP shade. However, NC15 and NW15 really are much closer to a NC20 or a NW20, respectively. It is quite disappointing to be lured in by MAC's misjudgment of the shade of their foundation. Since this foundation is also full-coverage, it's not easy to "sheer out" to blend more easily into lighter skintones. That said, it does have a medium to full coverage. It's a bit on the dry side so it's probably ideal for normal to oily skin, but dry skinned gals could probably get this to work with a nice primer. It isn't sticky like other long wear foundations (IE Colorstay.) All in all, it was a very promising product, but a very big letdown in terms of MAC's quality control.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I love the fact that this foundation comes with a pump. I am a firm believer that every liquid foundation should either have a well functioning pump or at least come in a squeeze bottle. Now to the actual foundation. I wear NC15, which is a great match. I put a pea size amount and dab it all over my T-zone, chin, and any other problem areas, and then smooth it out with my ELF powder brush, (which, by the way, I HIGHLY recommend. Buy ten of them.) Anywho, with this method, I get an almost full coverage look, without looking fake. Pro longwear does not feel too heavy, and it does have nice staying power. Other foundation tend to abandon my face after a couple hours, but I get a considerably longer wear time on my oily skin with this. I like to dust some studio fix powder on my nose to help mattify afterwards. Is it an HG foundation? No, probably not. Maybe. I don't know. I do need a touch up or two during the day as it does smear a little bit on my nose, which is really the only reason it doesn't have a five lippie rating. Nice wear, nice texture, nice colors, easy to apply, and as of right now, I would definitely purchase again. Who knows, maybe in the fall and winter this stuff might make it up to a five lippie rating. I don't think any other foundation I've tried could stand up to the heat like this one has, so buy it! I dare ya!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have been using this product for about 4 months. I find that this product is best applied with a damp sponge by pressing the sponge lightly all over my face and concentrating on problem areas. I do wear a moisturizer/sunscreen under this product. I work outdoors and am exposed to heat, sun, humidity, sweat...you name it. My skin is very oily and acne-prone and I find that I have to blot about every 3-4 hours. Under these circumstances, at the end of the day this product is still on my face. It does not look cakey or turn into a different color.
I do have a lot of shallow acne scarring as well as hyperpigmentation from previous acne. Depending on the type of light, the scars can seem more obvious. It does cover hyperpigmentation-but not completely. I still have to go over the hyperpigmentations with a separate concealer.
In flash photography this seems to make my face look a little lighter than my neck---but this might just be from the sunscreen I wear underneath.
As far as breaking out I didn't find this to contribute to my acne. One piece of advice---remove this foundation really well. I use jojoba oil, which works amazing at removing long-wearing foundation.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I liked the pump and overall packaging. I also really liked the 15 hour wear (It really does stay on for a full 15 hours and beyond).
What I DIDN'T like was the fact that when I went to a Mac counter, I couldn't be matched because my skin color is nothing like any of the shades. I'm a fair skinned person with neutral undertones. If I'm not careful, my skin ends up looking orange/red or washed out/white when I try out new foundations.
Tested the NC15....looked off-white with a yellow tint. My skin looked dead and washed out.
Next, tested NC20.....looked like a pumpkin.
Last, tested NW20.....light reddish brown, made it look like I had a layer of mud on my face.
I ended up purchasing the NC15 because I was told that it "wasn't a perfect match, but close enough".
Conclusion: It was a decent foundation, but it's not worth the price and you may have a hard time finding a shade that works. Because I liked the staying power so much, I'm going to hold onto it so I can mix it with my other foundations to make them last longer.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Adjustable coverage =) Really depends on how many layers you decided to put on. I have some patches of ugly dark acne scars on my cheeks, but otherwise other parts of my face is fine. Using fingers, I will just dot 3-4 dots on various areas of my face respectively, then blend, using fingers. I will then do it again (or again) on my dark-spot-destroyed cheeks. I must say without primer, it may streak, especially at the forehead (near hairline) for me. With primer (currently using cover fx for acne), glides on perfectly and no streaking. If it still does streak, try using a foundation brush i guess. Oh yea it's long lasting. If you get oily and blot with tissue paper, you will indeed see color coming off. But a lot is still retained on my skin. After wearing for like 10 to 11 hours, it still looks fine. (yea I take late showers~).
On a side note, my face is like a crazy oil producing factory. To be honest, I think using the cover fx primer + this foundation can only control shine to a medium extent. My skin still oils up after 2 hours. At least for me. Then, I found MAC blot powder in Medium/Dark. (btw, forgot to mention, I'm NC30, asian). Miracle product sent by heaven. I use it for a set powder (it's a very translucent powder, almost no color). After 2 hours, NO SHINE. It's insanely good. After 4 hours, natural glow. Then I'll probably blot it with tissue paper, then leave it. Or you can brush on more blot powder. I won't suggest using the sponge that's in it though. I use a retractable kabuki brush by ecotools.
Anyways, back to the foundation (sorry~ i sidetrack a LOT in my reviews =p). After 2 weeks of usage, still hasn't break me out yet. It seems that it won't.
SPF: This foundation has SPF 10. So what I usually do is I'd pump some foundation on the back of my left hand. And usually since I'm in a great hurry, I won't even have time to wash my hands (i live in dorms and i do makeup in my room. bathroom is kinda far away). One day, I went to an outdoor event for like so many hours, i got sunburnt and all that, now my arm is peeling =( back to foundation~ so since i didn't expect it to be THAT sunny, I only put on this foundation and that's it (i know i know, i know that i'm suppose to put on sunscreen regardless of sunny or overcast~ my bad). I only got very slightly sunburnt on my face, and remember the back of my hand? After that day, there is a paler spot on it. I was just about to frantically wash it off then I realize it's the foundation. I guess this foundation saved me a bit during that sun-scorching day. Or else, my face will be peeling like dead tree bark now. But again on a side note, although my face is only slightly sunburnt, it's already damaged. I immediately break out that night =(( A lot more oil produced, acne INSTANTLY formed AGAIN at my cheek area =( so ladies, don't get your face sunburnt.
Color: Under natural sunlight, it does looks a bit too pinkish/pale on me when first applied ( i'm already using NC, so i can't possibly get a cooler color =( and I don't think i can really tell whether it's the pink tint of the actual color shade that makes it look weird ) but same as other liquid foundations, it oxidizes. Later on in the day, it looks better. After 1.5-2 hours i think?
Price: USD 26.5 Pretty fair i think. Compared to the kinda crappy USD 42 Fresh Croisette foundation I once had =(
Dupe: I'd suggest Revlon Colorstay. I am using Fresh Biege. They look VERY different when compared inside the bottle. But both look pretty much similar when applied on my skin. I'm using the one with soft flex in oily/combination skin section. The Revlon one has amazing coverage =) One con that I have for that is the weird smell~ it smells like weird perfume lol but otherwise it's perfect. A lot cheaper too! =)
sorry for sidetracking a lot =p
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Iím sad to say that my experience with this product has been a frustrating one. Let me tell you that I had heard a ton of rave reviews on this product and I really wanted to love it, but it just didnít work out for me personally =( . I picked this up in NC30 and upon first application it was just a tad darker than SFF and noticeably more on the orange side. Not a good look! I tried going a shade lighter (NC25) but to no avail as that was just too light. It seems that it only runs more orange in that particular shade. The application of this product was hell. There is just no blending this! It sets super, super fast Ughhh! The coverage is light, which is alright if you have good skin to begin with, but I wouldnít recommend this if you have anything at all that needs covering. Be wary if you consider doing a second layer as this stuff will get cakey very easily! The only positive things I have to say about this product are that I did find it to be long wearing as it claimed to be and the fact that it comes with a pump was niceÖ Overall this product was a fail for MAC in my eyes so I gave it 1 out of 5. I wonder if any of you other NC30ís out there feel the same way. Thank goodness MAC has a decent return policy.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Like other users, I broke out from using this product (with and without primers). I liked the coverage and the way it looked on my face, ( it gives a dewey complexion) but because I have combination/ oily skin, it is best to use oil-free products and this is obviously not it! Those of you who found your HG in this product is lucky because I did like the coverage, but you ladies with oily skin...BEWARE!!!! Pick up foundation that is oil-free or you will end up like I have now with a huge pimple on your face! :(