MAC Face and Body Foundation

4.0

1196 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Talc, Tocopherol, Tocopherol Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Fusanus Spicatus Wood oil, Xantham Gum, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens]


on 11/18/2012 4:17:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Hazel

****ABOUT MY SKIN****
--I have normal-dry skin. Dry around my chin, nose and mouth, pretty much normal everywhere else.
--I don’t really have acne (just a few acne scars), but I have horrible hyper-pigmentation and redness on my cheeks (which requires a medium-full coverage foundation to cover it up).
****SHADE REFERENCE****
--I am a MAC NW15, and NARS Sheer Glow "Gobi Light 3", and I bought this foundation in the shade N1(which is the lightest neutral shade available) This foundation has a different numbering system to other MAC foundations, so make sure you get colour matched first.
--The colour is a little too dark for me once it dries down(it's probably a NC20).
--This foundation also comes in a white shade, which is great! You can use it to lighten up other foundation that are a little too dark
****FOUNDATION CONSISTENCY****
This foundation has a very runny, watery consistency (which makes sense since it's water based). The kind of consistency that will drip down your hand if you're not careful. Also, it has a sticky kind of feel to it. If you're blending it with your hands, it will feel slightly sticky/tacky. Once the foundation has set/absorbed into your skin, that sticky feeling goes away, so don't worry.
****FOUNDATION FINISH****
This foundation has a semi dewy/glowy finish. Not sparkly or shimmery, just gives your face a nice youthful glow.
****APPLICATION****
I have tried many ways of applying this foundation, all of which worked fine. It works fine with a brush, sponge or your fingers. The way I prefer applying it, and the way I apply pretty much all of my foundations, is to start off working it in with my fingers (the warmth in your fingers helps melt the product better in to your skin and give you a more natural finish). Then I always use a damp beauty blender sponge to blend out any streaks that my fingers left, and to make the foundation look flawless and non-cakey.
****PROS****
+This foundation is very long lasting! It is marketed as being water resistant, which it definitely is. This means you can go swimming in it and it won't come off, but if you then wipe your face with a towel (while its still wet), the foundation will come off. It is also transfer resistant and sweat resistant. *MAKE SURE U USE A WATER BASED (OIL FREE) MOISTURISER/PRIMER UNDERNEATH THIS*
+Has a very light feel on the skin, and will never look cakey or heavy! Very natural looking
+This can be used on the face and on the body (hence the name). I get those red bumps on the back of my shoulders. I use this foundation on them whenever I wear a dress/tshirt where my shoulders are visible. It offers just enough coverage to cancel out most of the redness, and because its so long lasting it wont get on your clothes or transfer (make sure you give it a few minutes to set before you put on any clothing so u dont rub it off while its still setting). You can also use it on your legs, chest, back, anywhere really.
+Has a lovely glowy finish. This can be a con (see below) if you have oily skin, but I love the glowy natural youthful finish it gives your skin!
+Comes with a huge amount of product! 120ml/4 fl.oz (4 times more than you get with most foundations which is 30ml/1 fl.oz).
+Has no SPF in it (which can be a con, see below). I love the fact that it doesn't have any SPF. It's perfect for weddings/big occasions where you know you're going to be photographed. This foundation was made for special occasions, not as an every day foundation)
+Doesn't accentuate dry patches/flakes on the face
+Shouldn't break you out (as it's water based, not oil based)
+I use this foundation to lighten up any other foundation. For example, if I think a foundation is a little too heavy feeling on the skin, I mix in a little of this stuff, and it makes it a thinner consistency and beautiful!
+It's actually very reasonably priced for how much product you get.
****CONS****
-Has VERY little coverage (sheer-light). You can build it up to a light-medium, medium at absolute most, but it's not getting anywhere near full. This won't be a con for everyone, but since I have hyperpigmentation, I need a full coverage foundation to cover it up, and this can in no way provide that. So I never use this foundation by itself (I mix it with others or use it on my body). If you have very good skin and only need light coverage, this foundation can be great for you. But if you need full coverage, not the foundation for you.
-Won't be the best for oily skinned people (as it does have that glowy finish, and has no oil controlling properties)
-This stuff settles into fine lines. Because it's so liquidy& watery, it will get into every wrinkle on ur face (from what ive experienced)
-Since this foundation is water based, you NEED TO use products underneath it that are also water based (or oil free). So your moisturiser, primer, what ever u use under this foundation also needs to be oil free (otherwise this product won't last, since if you use a moisturiser/primer with oils in it, the water in MAC face/body will clash with the oils, causing it to separate)
-I hate the squeezy nozel! You'd think its practical, but the foundation just kind of always bubbles out of the nozel (after Ive stopped squeezing the bottle), and too much always comes out (wasteful)
-Even though it comes with a lot of product, coz its so watery I use a lot more of this foundation than I do any other.
-Lack of SPF means its not practical for daily wear (use an SPF under it if u do want to wear it daily)
-Can only be bought at a separate MAC store (not counter) from what I know (in Australia that's the case anyway)
****BOTTOM LINE****
I will purchase it again, because of how versatile it is! Great for people who don't need a lot of coverage, or who want a foundation for their body. Probably not for you if you have very oily skin (will need primer/powder), or if you have a lot to cover up you will need a lot

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This is a really, really nice light foundation. What I love about it is the application is so easy; it is so thin in texture that I use it with my MAC 187 stippling brush to gently smooth it over my face. It also dries very well, and does not transfer onto clothing (which, sadly, so many foundations do). My skin is combination but never feels oily, it gives you a dewy look, that's for sure. I do prefer this to tinted moisturisers, if you're look for a light coverage base. I highly recommend if you're simply looking to even out skin tone, and give a nice finish. This is great for those days where you do want to wear makeup, but not make too much of an effort. I use C1 as an NC20, and it's perfect.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 11/13/2012 10:57:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Green

I'm roughly an NC20 in MAC shades with neutral undertones and use the shade C1 in F&B, which is a near-perfect match for my skintone. I find it very difficult to buy foundations as most tend to lean too orange or pink or yellow on my skin but this is just right.


I like this foundation because it provides natural looking coverage, is easy to blend and is long-lasting. I have very sensitive dry skin so opt for moisturizing formulas, F&B contains several emollients and provides just the right amount of hydration for me. It's not oily or greasy in the slightest. Those with oilier skintypes may want to set with powder or use an oil-control powder though. However, I don't set it with any powder as my face doesn't get shiny throughout the day due to being dry. After 9 hours wear my skin still looks fresh and hasn't faded or slid off of my face.


I have rather good skin in terms of blemishes - my main issue is just evening out skintone. F&B does just that. I apply one layer of foundation with my hands (best way to apply in my opinion) and it completely evens out my skin and provides light coverage. If I'm going out somewhere special, I may opt for two layers of foundation for a little more coverage. It doesn't cake up or look too heavy when layered in comparison to a lot of other foundations. I always get compliments on how great my skin is when wearing F&B.


The only downside I personally have with this is the smell - rather chemically and not that pleasant, but bearable. It can also transfer a bit onto clothes if I'm not careful.


I have also tried the MakeupForever face and body foundation, which I do not like at all. It breaks me out, the longevity isn't as good as the MAC one, there is no decent colour match for my skintone, it smells bad and I find the coverage to be inferior to the MAC one also. Not to mention it's more expensive!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 11/12/2012 7:07:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Medium

Eyes: Black

---???Good foundation for those who don't like foundation???---
I know that sounds silly but I hate the feeling of having makeup all over my face. People say this is a really sheer foundation but for me personally it's still not even that sheer.


I mean that in a good way though, this product can give me a very variable amount of covergae depending on how much I put on and once I blend through I don't feel it on my face as much as I do with other foundations.
Even better is that I don't have to layer as much highlighter on top because the face and body has such a nice natural but glowy finish to it!!

Just to note, I usually use an nc43 foundation, nc42 concealer and have the face and body in C5 which I think is a good match.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 11/7/2012 12:52:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Love this foundation. It's sheer but not too sheer and feels nice on my skin. It doesn't break me out and it looks like real skin. I have it in 2 shades so I can mix my own color summer-winter, it's so thin so it's perfect for mixing into any other foundation too. Some say it expires fast but my bottles have not at all and I have had them for almost a year now.


on 11/7/2012 5:11:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Pros:
-feels great on your skin.
-light and hidrating feeling when you apply it.
-big bottle so more product for your money than other mac foundations.
-good for summer as it is not greasy at all.

cons:
-if you need more coverage you have to build it up and will still need concealer (I don´t need concealer or powder over my studio fix fluid though).


on 11/2/2012 3:44:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is seriously an incredible liquid foundation. I'd have to say it is my favorite foundation I've ever used. I have dry skin and don't really need much coverage, so this is the perfect foundation for me. It is so light, feels like I'm just wearing my skin. I use my Sigma F80 brush to apply and it looks absolutely flawless. I'm normally an NC40/42 with yellow undertones - got this in C5 and it's perfect.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 10/28/2012 12:57:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

AMAZING!
In general I hate foundations - the feeling, the look, just constant insecure if i still look good wearing one.
But not this one! It's my go-to. Light, invisible. But still there, making your skin look incredible, glowy, healthy. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate. i have pretty good skin, but when I have some pimple every now and then I use extra concealer (glominerals) and i'm done.
I wish the bottle was more cute and elegant, but that's ok. now MAC is making 50ml bottles that are so much more handy and good for travel.

Don't buy it if you are looking for full coverage, it's not for that .

Highly recommended

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 10/21/2012 5:09:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

GREATEST FOUNDATION EVAAAR. This is the first MUA review that I've been inspired to do even after being an MUA member for years now.

I have normal to combination Asian skin with yellow undertones and am in the shade C4. It has such a natural finish and photographs beautifully! Never has my face matched my neck and body so well after flash photography. So far, I've been applying with just my fingers, with primer underneath and then I top everything off with Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder in Translucent. I do love the light dewy finish the Face&Body leaves but I'd rather top it off with finishing powder (which results in a subtle matte finish) to ensure less makeup transferring (which I absolutely loathe!). The primer + foundation + finishing powder combo keeps my makeup looking flawless all day long! I even looked good after being extremely sweaty in 95-100 degree hot yoga. Water resistant indeed!

This is definitely my HG foundation now. It's so economical considering the amount you get for the price. Other liquid foundations I've tried are: Clinique Even Better, Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen, Neutragena Healthy Skin, and Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream. They all felt and looked heavy to me and I could never get rid of my fear that at any given time, they'd all transfer easily off my face. Plus, I was never color matched correctly in any of them. I absolutely love that I can put just one thin layer of the MAC Face&Body on and with sometimes, Josie Maran Argan Oil Pro Concealer underneath my eyes for extra coverage for my dark circles.

The best! I highly recommend to Normal to Combination skin.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 10/18/2012 12:10:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is my go-to foundation! I've been using it on and off for a while now and I've finally learned to appreciate this. Total HG status.
1. Coverage: I do see how some would call this sheer but this is wayyyy more than enough coverage! I don't have many pimples or discoloration so this is perfect. If you are looking for a medium to full coverage foundation this is a no-no! If you just need something to even out your skintone (like me) this is a win!

2. Color choices: MAC has such great color selections, this is the one thing that I love about them. I am an C2 and it has just the right amount of yellow for me without looking like a banana! However, for this foundation you dont have to get an EXACT match. It's sheer enough that it will blend with your tones beautifully.

3. Application: I sometimes use the Sigma F80 when I need more of a coverage from this. If you find that Face and Body is too much coverage I recommend using the Sigma F82, which is what I use. The F82 sheers it out more plus its my favorite foundation brush :) This foundation is so liquidy it will just glide on your skin.

4. Durability: Its a sheer foundation but I find it lasting longer than others I have tried. My day is taken up by school and work in the evening, I apply this at 8 in the morning and take it off at about 10 pm immediately after I get home. When I get home my skin still looks great, not super greasy (but my skin leans more to the dry side rather than oily) like for example when I was using the CHANEL Vitalumiere before this.

5. Ingredients: It does have Talc which makes my face itch like crazy but not with this foundation. I dont get any pimples, redness, or itchiness which is a major plus! I was using Ben Nye banana powder with F&B and I was breaking out like crazy but I am now using Ulta's Mineral Finishing Powder and it makes F&B amazing on me, plus no itches!

I would recommend this for someone who has a hard time finding a good color match, doesn't need much coverage, needs a quick and easy foundation, has normal to dry skin, buttttt get a sample before trying if you have problems with Talc! Another thing, I bought my second bottle of this online last month and I received a 50ml/1.7 OZ bottle. I remember I used to buy this in the 120 ml /4 OZ bottle for $33. I didn't know they came in different sizes now sooo if you want the bigger bottle Google: Mac Face and Body 4 oz and it'll take you the link where you can buy the bigger bottle. I dont see a way to get to the bigger bottle on the MAC website! That's the only downside for me, I was used to having the bigger bottle!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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