M·A·C 'Matchmaster' Foundation SPF 15
Tried this on a whim and I love it! Put it on in the morning and my face still looks flawless when I'm washing it off before bed! I have dry skin that has some sun spots as well as dark spots from a bout with cystic acne years ago and I am always struggling to find a foundation that covers these flaws. I've found many great foundations that cover well initially but wear off throughout the day....NOT this one! Lasts ALL day.
I wear Strobe Cream underneath, and then finish off my face with Fix+. Matchmaster can look slightly "dry" on my skin initially but with a spritz of Fix+ it turns the look into a beautiful healthy glow.
You barely need any product, it covers incredibly well with about a pea to dime size amount.
My skin color is light to medium (medium when I get a spray tan) and I was matched to 1.5, which works well, but I can imagine jumping up the next level once summer rolls around.
Try it! You won't regret it!
Mattifying but not drying
I was looking for a medium coverage foundation with SPF and the Mac Associate recommended this.
FINISH: It goes on matte - looking powdery without the itchy dry feel of powder. And it stayed semi-matte all day (applied at 6am). I never had to blot or powder during the day; but I could have used a touch up around 5pm for a matte evening look. Even though I have combination skin (oily t-zone, dry cheeks), I never felt tight as with other "mattifying" foundations. And I never got the oil slick look as I did with MAC's Mineralize Foundation. If you have evenly slightly oily skin, go with Matchmaster, not Mineralize.
COVERAGE: I am happy to report that this covers my large pores, acne scars and sun spots, without giving me the overly made-up look. And I can skip the concealer.
VALUE: A little goes a long way...used with a MAC 130 brush, you only need 2 pumps to cover your whole face. I pump into a small dish, dab with the MAC 130 brush, and dab into my face, then spread or brush down and outward. Follow with a dusting of Mineralized Natural Finish powder and I am set to go all day. Follow with Fix Spray if you want a "dewy-er" look.
COLOR MATCH: My normal MAC color is NC30, so in Matchmaster I am a 3.0. But I would recommend going to the counter to get a good match. The associate said I could use 4.0 if I tan easily.
NC vs NW: The associate also taught me about the difference between NC and NW. NC is for cool undertones #yellow, golden skinned Asians like me#, while NW is for warm undertones #fair blondes generally fall into this category#. So for me, I get an NC foundation but my concealer would be an NW color, a shade or two lighter than my foundation shade. The NW is to warm up the redness I am trying to hide....Learn something new everyday :)
When I first tried this I returned it because my skin is a bit on dryer side on my cheeks. I also have rosacea and wasn't finding it to have enough coverage. However, I LOVED the fact that it doesn't settle into the lines on my face so I was really torn.
I've since given up eating too much sugar that was contributing to drying out my skin and have also switched to La Mer moisturizer. Expensive but my skin is better.
I decided to give the Matchmaster a 2nd try because I just loved it's flawless look. I'm now loving it. I find that if I apply it with a sponge, it's more buildable. I finish it with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural face powder and I have a total flawless look. It stays on all day. Feels soft and light.
I am an NW20 with pinky cheeks from rosacea and I use 1.5. 1.0 made me look like a ghost.
I Finally Found it!
I finally found the perfect foundation! I love the coverage it provides. Creamy, matte finish is such a plus. I highly recommend this product.