MAC Face and Body Foundation

4.0

1256 reviews

74% 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]


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Brown

No better deal makeup-wise. You get a LOT of product for 30 bucks and the foundation itself looks amazing on anyone.

I have very oily skin but I set this with my urban decay deslick powder and it lasts a good 4-5 hours before I have to blot again. I put the foundation on and then let it dry for a couple of minutes while I curl my eyelashes and eyeliner and such and then I do another layer to achieve medium coverage.

I had to switch to this recently after some horrible experiences with cyclopentasiloxane, the ingredient that covers your pores with silicone to achieve that flawless finish we all adore. My skin is veeeeeery acne-prone and I have a lot of hyperpigmentation not to mention my hormones are out of whack so there's nothing I can do to stop the acne. This doesn't break me out and it covers well enough to cover all the redness which is basically all I need. OH and there's no SPF in it which is another huge plus because my sensitive ass grill also hates spf.



UPDATE 07/02/2013:
I guess my face found a way to strike back and be allergic to ALLLLLL silicones including the second ingredient in this one which is DIMETHICONE. I'm totally mad because the two MAC foundations I've tried have been HG worthy in the sense that they work perfectly fine but the only problem is that my skin is really touchy. I still highly recommend this though.

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My Skin:
I have seriously clogged skin with closed comedones all around my face and large cystic bumps occasionally occuring around my jawline and neck. Unfortunately when I'm stressed I pick at my skin too which made my skin both combination-oily but also as dry and thin as paper too. My face is overall covered with hyperpigmentation from healing acne. When I wake up my face looks dull, lifeless and covered with red marks. My skin color is somewhere between NC25-NC27. But I find NC's to be a tad bit too yellow for my skin.

This product and its comparison with other foundations I tried:
I bought this product thinking that I would use this on the days that I stay at home or want to feel less heavy on my face because I always heard that it's sheer. I normally use Revlon Colorstay everyday and although it covers my acne enough I now realized that it made my skin look very unnatural and cakey in certain lightings. When I applied it in my room under artificial light it was okay but when I went out to natural light I realized that it looked lifeless, cakey and on top of that it made my skin much more drier and flaky. clinique Even Better foundation was great but the color honey looked too dark on me and it looked very thick on dry areas.I also bought Shiseido's Sun Protection Liquid in SPF30 and in sp60 but it was too dark on my skin (stupid SA) and accentuated the dry parts on my face. All these 3 foundations I tried before made my 20 years old skin look old, very ridiculous for my age. Lastly I bought this in C3 WHICH MATCHES MY SKINTONE PERFECTLY!! When I applied this in one layer it was very sheer but then I took a duo fiber Mac Foundation brush and started layering it by squeezing some product on my hand. By 2-3 minutes I had attained as much coverage as Revlon Colorstay gave me -making my hiperpigmentation barely visible- and it looked so dewy and youthful! I think the natural look of this foundation is due to its water base. I checked it in natural light which I never dared to do with Revlon Colorstay and it still looked like my skin but without all those imperfections! Also now I can feel my face breathing unlike with Revlon, Shiseido or Clinique. Another point is that this product is 120 ml which means 4 times more product than Shiseido but it has the same price with it. If you find it too sheer and want to set it the Balm transluscent powder works with this perfectly making it more suitable for humid weather conditions. So if you have problems on your skin which you always find that other foundations accentuated buy this and you will find that they are blurred. I will update if I see any cons to this product.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

After reading all the reviews and comparing price per ounce with a few other foundations, I decided to give this a go. I have pretty decent skin. Rarely get pimples, just have a little bit of redness by my nose and some uneven skin on my chin. The gentleman at the MAC counter applied this with a stippling brush and then dusted some mineralize powder over top. It looked great! My skin looked even and natural, minus the redness. I would almost say it looked airbrushed! I purchased it on the spot in C2 (NC25 in Studio Fix powder) and happily used it for about two weeks. I didn't notice any side effects or anything, so I kept on keepin' on.

The other day, however, while washing my face before bed, I found not one, but two painful cystic acne bumps. I was in shock! I then discovered three small pimples on my forehead and a few more by the corner of my mouth.

As I said before, my skin was not really an issue before using this. I should have known it was too good to be true. This really clogged my pores and made my skin freak out. I returned it. I really wish it would have worked out for me, but unfortunately no where on the packaging does it say, "Oil Free". I guess that's it's greatest downfall.

EDIT: After pining for this for several months, I decided to try it again. I purchased the small bottle and went to work. What I found out, is that I was washing my face too much! It wasn't the make up causing the breakouts, it was the washing! While I was pregnant I had to wash my face twice per day because it was so oily. Now, that's not the case. I didn't realize it until I decided to just wash my face and night on a whim. Anyway, this foundation is perfect. It can be built to cover, it's natural and dewey, it doesn't wear off and it's just, I just LOVE it! It's one of my HG products. I even use it on my chest and legs since I'm so pale. It really evens my skin in those areas that can otherwise be uneven very easily with such a light tone. I wear C1. I just repurchased in the huge bottle. LOVE LOVE LOVEEE!!

EDIT: This has become my HG foundation. After trying several other's, I always come back to this. It just looks so natural and pretty. I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and people don't believe me when I say I'm wearing makeup. I thought about trying Dr.Perricone's no foundation foundation, but why fix what isn't broken? This big bottle has really lasted me a good while. If I could only find a really good setting powder for this I would be good to go. So far I've tried MAC's Studio Careblend, Mario Badescu's Special Healing Powder, CG's Professional Loose Powder, MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and Physician's Formula Pressed Powder. I think I need to get MAC's loose powder for this. I really cannot explain how much I love this foundation though, seriously, try it!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

This foundation serves a very specific purpose. It's for people with few blemishes, dry or normal skin, and a skin tone on the warmer side of the spectrum.


This product is described as 'buildable', but that's only partially true. The best coverage you can get out of it is medium, no matter how much you cake on, For bad acne days, or days with a lot of redness, I put on primer, concealer, bb cream/tinted moisturizer, and then two layers of this to achieve decent coverage. Yeah, that's a lot of make up for my taste. The same effect can be achieved with Nars Sheer Glow and just primer. So, if you're never worried about imperfections, this product might be great for you. Otherwise, I'd consider something with a little more coverage, to save time and money.


Also, this product doesn't really stop shine. It needs a pretty standard amount of blotting or powder, even when worn on its own, or with just primer. I found it kind of annoying that such a light formula needed so much additional maintenance.


Finally, I think my skin colour is outside of the range of this product. I'm pale with a lot of pink undertones to my skin. In the store, I matched to N1, which is supposed to have a combination of pink and yellow undertones (as opposed to C1, which is more yellow). Still, after wearing it for a few hours, it made my face kind of orange. Didn't love that. It's weird, because I've never had this problem MUFE 110 and 115, or Nars Mont Blanc. So, it's either oxidation or a bad match to my skin colour.


This review sounds really negative, but this product is probably great for people with great skin and warmer skin tones. It just wasn't as all-purpose as I would have liked it to be. I definitely still wear it when I have a tan, and when my skin is behaving itself. The bottle is easy to use, and there's a lot of product for the price. I'd recommend getting a sample of this before committing to buying it.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It is a sheer foundation that gives a super natural look. The problem? It is so very sheer.

Do I feel like it can be built up to medium coverage? No. I feel like it can be built to light coverage by using two layers. The first layer seems translucent. I would prefer something a bit stronger but still retains the feel and look of this one.

There are a lot of good things about this foundation and it might work for someone with younger skin and a bit less redness. I will use up this bottle and then might try some of the BB creams like Missha.

Pros:
Natural looking
Natural feeling
Washes off easily
Doesnt get too stuck in fine lines
Water based and non-irritating
Lots of color choices
Like the squeeze bottle (can control amount, hygenic)
Like the plastic bottle (not glass)
Can put on easily & quickly with fingers in the morning (no streaks)

Cons:
Coverage is too light
Expensive
Gets shiny durning the day (need to blot and powder 2x)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

This foundation gives me a really natural look and does not give very much coverage, but it evens out my skin colour, which is really what I am after. For more coverage of specific areas, I prefer to use a concealer. I have tried to build it up the foundation for more coverage. The MAC artist told me to wait 20 sec. after first layer before I could apply a second layer, but I find that the finish looks and feels a little mask-like and the smell somehow bothers me. So for this foundation, I prefer a sheer layer applied with my fingers and a little concealer if needed. I sometimes add a very light dusting of powder to the nose and cheeks, which makes the foundation stay put better and gives a more even base for powder blush. I use C1, but I could maybe have used N1 - or a mix of the two - on my fair, but warm to neutral skin.
I recently watched a make up video on Lisa Eldridge's site featuring the renowned makeup artist Mary Greenwell who created a Cate Blanchett makeup look for fair skin. She used a mix of the MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1 and the MAC white base to get the perfect skin tone match, and I am a little tempted to try out something similar. I would really recommend the video too! I learnt a lot and felt quite inspired.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is my foundation for good skin days. It is very sheer, but covers up minor redness in my skin and in general just evens it out for a natural finish. I have oily skin, all I need to do is lightly powder it and I'm good to go. I love the very natural looking finish, not dewy not matte. It does need to be shaken a bit before use. The texture is strange, it's watery at first but as you blend it it thickens and becomes a bit more difficult to blend, but still blends easily with fingers or a brush. I recommend fingers though. I will buy this again. My shade is N1 and I am NC20.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

this foundation is perfect for those with minimal imperfections seeing as it is not at all medium to full coverage, only a light coverage foundation. i wear c5 in face and body and 5.0 in matchmaster. i bought matchmaster first but since trying face and body as a sample soon after, it shortly became my holy grail. i went out and grabbed a bottle and haven't looked back. i reach for this way more than i do for matchmaster. matchmaster feels so thick and smells a little funny to me while face and body is so much lighter and just what i need for an every day face as well as for going out at night. looks great with flash photography since it has no spf to it. all i do is set it with rimmel's stay matte powder and i'm good to go. i really like how natural this looks on the skin as well. i love this foundation and i'm looking to buy the bigger bottle when i run out.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Love this foundation, great for everyday when I want something quick. Staying power is pretty decent too. The price is very reasonable considering the amount you get.


on

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Love this foundation. The only fault I can pick with it is I get a bit oily throughout the day on my nose from using this. I wouldn't say this is a foundation for covering up blemishes, but it is amazing for evening out skin tone and looking natural, you could probably pass with having no makeup on. I would buy this again, I love it and think it's great overall. Holy grail!


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