MAC Monday: All About Foundations

It recently came to my attention that I now own every MAC foundation... 
*not proud of that*
MAC do SEVEN different types of foundation (not including creams) It can be a little bit overwhelming trying to find which foundation is the one for you, which one suits your skin type, just generally which one to go for. So I thought i would write a blog post and try and narrow it down for anyone who is thinking about trying MAC foundations.



MAC foundation definitely has a reputation of sorts. And truly I believed that too, until I found the *one* for me. I can't use some MAC foundations as quite simply, they don't suit my skin type and I think the mistake people tend to go for is going straight for studio fix (MAC's best seller and the one most people know about). But don't rule out every single one, there is definitely a MAC foundation for everyone. 



The MAC foundation EVERYONE knows about and the MAC foundation with the best and worst rep. For me generally, I love using Studio Fix, its my go-to when clients want full coverage and have oily skin. Its almost effortless, super easy to apply, full coverage in one application and when applied correctly, can look natural and flawless. I think the misconception with this foundation comes about when used incorrectly. You need the tiniest bit (almost half a pump) for the whole face. When over applied it can go cakey, overdone and look like a mask so good prep and careful application is vital. I would say only oily skins can really use Studio Fix. I have extremely dry skin and it makes my skin look dry as a desert, I simply cannot wear it and I think thats where the bad rep comes from. I have so many women come into me and say their friend uses it and recommended it, but they actually have very oily skin so its great for them, but not for their dry skinned friend. I do love how very smoothing Studio Fix is though. It glides over open pores perfectly.



Think of Sculpt as Studio Fixes faraway cousin. So similar yet so different at the same time. Sculpt remains full coverage like its distant cousin but is more of a gel based formula. Its mousse-like in texture so be aware it feels very different to liquid. I quite like the texture, its very hydrating if you have dehydrated skin but drier skin types may find its not great for them. Dry and dehydrated are often easily confused as the same thing, however on dry skins (like mine) I do find this emphasises dry patches. Do your research into whether you are dry or dehydrated before investing into sculpt. It has a dewy finish on the skin (which I love by the way!) It looks natural, not oily, but be warned on oilier skin types you might find this fades very quickly and can look shiny. 



This, this right here is MY foundation. This is my jam. I absolutely love it. MAC's most recent foundation release, I loved it from the second I tried it. Its quite lightweight, providing a medium coverage yet feeling like you have nothing on. The result is a close to perfected skin look which doesn't look like you are even wearing foundation. The finish is quite dewy, sometimes I powder, sometimes I don't depending on my mood. I find it very blurring on my pores and very hydrating all day, it almost feels like a serum going on. Its just so comfortable. I use this foundation mainly in my kit, as every single client has loved it. It just looks great on everyone. 



One of MAC's more expensive foundations in the range is Mineralise Moisture. This is again one of the ones I don't get on with but I do find on some clients this is literally perfection. I find it suits older ladies more and those who have naturally perfect skin. On myself, it makes my pores stand out like no other and separates super fast. But I love using it on others, especially women of colour who always have such naturally glowing skin. Mineralize is more of a medium coverage with a very dewy finish. Its intensely hydrating and excellent on very dry skin types as it glides effortlessly over dry and flakey patches. 



Face and Body is an absolute gem and probably my most used MAC foundation next to waterweight. If I'm having a good skin day, face and body is all I need. Its intensely hydrating on both dehydrated and dry skins, looks like skin, feels like skin and stays all day. It does have a very very dewy, almost borderline shiny look to the skin so I always find I need to powder this one. I love using this in both my kit and on myself, I just can't fault it. I think if MAC ever discontinued it i'd be beside myself. 



Another cult MAC foundation. I used to be an avid pro longwear user in my day, but now reserve it to every now and again. Saying that, when I do wear it I get a tonne of compliments as its very smoothing and great mixed with pro longwear concealer. Medium in coverage, this foundation WILL NOT MOVE. Its brilliant if you find foundation fades on you throughout the day as it won't come off until you take it off. 



I'm all about life with the waterproof. I absolutely love this for days where I need full coverage flawlessness. Absolutely no SPF make this perfect for photography however it does suffer the same problems as Studio Fix in that a little goes a long way, so be careful with over application. This stuff is thick and dries quick, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it. I adore applying this with a beauty blender, just to make it go on a bit more hydrating. Its super nourishing anyway which is nice to see in a full coverage foundation which on me always tends to be on the tighter side of things. This was my Florida foundation, it literally will not go until you remove it!



Possibly my least favourite MAC foundation, I just don't reach for it. You can generally find what you need in the others that matchmaster gets sort of left out of things. It has a very natural matte sort of finish, and pigment technology which means it adapts to your skin tone (however generally MAC is very good at having a foundation to match your skin tone). I do find Matchmaster is absolutely flawless on darker skin tones, it just makes their skin glow from within. I also love the shade range for darker skin tones in the matchmaster range so do have a couple in my kit. It is probably one of MAC's more natural foundations that gives good coverage while still looking natural, but I do think others (cough cough waterweight) simply just do it better. Great on oily skin I find, but drier skins like mine
should give it a miss. 


Lastly is the Lightful tinted cream. Don't be fooled, this isn't your average tinted moisturiser. Its very full in coverage compared to its tinted counterparts. I do love this and pull it out every now and again. Super dewy, it makes skin look healthy and fresh. It has a nice high SPF too, which I love in the summer. I like the skincare benefits this one offers, full of hydrating components to help skin improve in radiance and hydration over time. Never a bad thing. Super good for drier and dehydrated skin types.


And that is my MAC foundation review! I hope you found this useful. The only one left out is the BB cream which sadly I don't have (but great if you want something light!). I'm making this into a weekly series now, since I have a lot of MAC in my stash and some opinions which I hope can be useful. So do comment below with anything MAC related you would like to see next Monday :)

Kayleigh x

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Comments

  1. OMG you are a saint !!! Never seen this in a post before breaking down the MAC foundations. You have made my life so much easier, I've always wanted to try MAC foundations but I've heard so many mix reviews. But with you little break down I think I know what ones I want to check out, it all comes down to a sample or not because my skin is combo/sensitive. Which let me tell you hard to find a base. Thank you so much for a great break down of all !!!

    Katie | http://ktmcgworld102.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you, so glad you found my post helpful! Definitely go in store and grab a sample of what one you think sounds best! And if you need anymore help, don't hesitate to ask :)

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  2. I am a huge fan on Pro Longwear, for heat and humidity it is brilliant. Fantastic round up, very informative!
    Beauty Wanderer

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    1. I love pro longwear for exactly the same reasons!

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  3. Blimey! MAC have most certainly branched out. I've used Studiofix, Studio Sculpt and Face & Body. I much prefer the Studio Sculpt and I have oily/combo. The only thing was that they oxidized on me, waaaah!

    Lima

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    1. I have a love hate relationship with sculpt. I find I have to have really really good skin to use it on me! My skin is weird!

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  4. Oh gosh, sounds like you have a tiny addiction, haha! I want to try a MAC foundation. I heard that the studio fix was cakey, but if it's the way it's applied, maybe I will try it. This post was definitely useful!

    Chloe x
    Beauty and the Girl

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    1. Definitely go in and grab a sample if you can!

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  5. Oh gosh, sounds like you have a tiny addiction, haha! I want to try a MAC foundation. I heard that the studio fix was cakey, but if it's the way it's applied, maybe I will try it. This post was definitely useful!

    Chloe x
    Beauty and the Girl

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  6. This is such an interesting post, I don't think I've ever seen anyone write a post like this of all the foundations a company does, in detail. Very helpful especially with them being £20+, you want to know you're getting the right foundation for your skin type. Xxx

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    1. Haha thank you :) I thought I had never seen a round up of all of them so added my 2 cents :)

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  7. This is such a helpful post! I use Pro Longwear but have been thinking about branching out and trying another MAC foundation with lighter coverage.

    Emma | EMMAMATTHEWS.CO.UK

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    1. Thank you Emma! Maybe go for waterweight or face and body :)

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