Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quick Test Review: MAC Matchmaster Foundation and Pro Longwear Lipglass

A second blog post for me today. I usually don't do this but since I'm a bit behind on posts, I thought I'd do a bonus.

MAC's Matchmaster Foundation was available for sale today so I went down to check it out.
Picture from MAC website

The whole concept of the foundation is that it uses translucent pigments which enables it to match your skintone. Gone from this foundation is MAC's color numbering system using either NC__ or NW__. There is a coloring system to it but it's more for your skin's darkness rather than whether or not you are yellow toned or pink toned. It is supposed to be a moisturizing demi-matte finish with line reducing, soft focus powders. It is also supposed to be a medium buildable coverage.

I'm usually between a NC/NW25 to 30, with 30 being a little to dark for me. With Matchmaster, I would use a 3.0, which is comparable to NW22, NW25 and NC30. I googled and found a color comparison chart here at Since I knew ahead of time what color I matched up with, when I went into MAC, I was able to tell them what color I wanted to test out.

The MUA first applied Prep + Prime Refined Zone, which he said will mattify my skin. He also used Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Adjust, to even out the skin tone. He then used Select Coverup in NW 25 to cover my dark spots and under the eye. He said that it's really best to use concealer with Matchmaster Foundation because the coverage is on the lighter side due to the skin tone matching properties. I still thought that it was a light "medium buildable coverage".

The feel of the foundation is so light that it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing anything. With the concealer, I think that the coverage is quite decent enough. The color does seem to match well, which I'm really liking a lot. One thing that I personally don't like is my face being matte. I feel that it really brings out the fine lines. After several hours of wear, I do feel like my fine lines are showing and my skin actually feels a bit parched. There is absolutely no oil that I can feel. I think that this is partially due to the fact that I had to remove whatever makeup I was wearing with a makeup remover sheet. By doing this, I also removed whatever skincare products that I had on and no skincare products were applied before putting on this foundation. 

I was able to bring home a sample of the foundation so I will be able to give it a test after doing my regular skincare routine. I'm hoping that my skin will stay hydrated with my moisturizers under this foundation.

Also recently released (not sure if it was today as well or earlier) is MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass.

Picture from MAC website

This is a long wearing lipglass that is supposed to last six hours. It goes on smoothly and gives your lips shine and color. I used the color "Show Me', which is a mid-tone neutral plum. I loved the color but the feel of this is very typical of MAC's lipglass--sticky. I don't like my lips being that sticky. I thought that since it's long wearing that it might be transfer resistant but unfortunately it is not. I had sticky lip marks on my cup when I drank some water. The color has lasted, even after eating dinner although the color has faded significantly and the shine is gone. This will definitely not be on my "to buy" list.

Have you tried either of these products? What did you think?



Jamilla Camel said...

Thanks for the review! I may yet give this a try!

Anonymous said...

I like the color of the lip gloss. I have a similar lip gloss by Channel, which I purchased 3 years ago, and it is still like new. I know that sticky feeling of lip glosses, which I am not fond of. On the other hand, lipsticks usually dry out my lips, so I do prefer lip glosses. But I hate that sticky feeling. Ugh...


Anonymous said...

I never tried MAC foundation in my life.. I dont think I would since I tried their tinted moisturizer and it was a no-go lol but this foundation looks amazing on you!

Vanity-Fashionista said...

The foundation and lipgloss looks great on you!

I've never tried MAC foundations before too like Nic Nic, I find foundation is one product that I don't tend to branch out on :)

galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Gave it another good all day try today and I think that you might like this for when you're in humid Muscat weather. It's holding up very well without any touch ups.


galpal.hi said...

@Sandy--I really don't like sticky lipglosses. With the winds blowing here in Hawaii, it'll blow my hair into my face and my hair gets stuck on my lips.


galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--I used to use MAC foundation years ago and really liked it but have since never found another MAC foundation that worked well. I think that this one is going to work out well.


galpal.hi said...

@Vicky--You're so lucky that you have beautiful skin that doesn't need foundation. If there's no need to cover up, then don't use anything.


BV said...

I've ordered my MAC foundie from Nordies! Unfortunately I don't expect to receive my goodies until mid October but still, I'm excited!
The foundation looks good on you but it isn't good if it is too dry.

I think the lipgloss looks good! But I hate sticky lipgloss too. I don't like MAC lipglass for that reason although I do think it looks pretty!

Yin said...

I've tried getting matched at MAC but they always match me one shade orange LOL.

The counter matched you right though. I only really like cremesheen from the MAC COLLECTIONS. less sticky.

galpal.hi said...

@BV--I think that you are really going to like this foundation, especially since you like matte foundations. I'm finding that if I mist with Sana Uruoi Taishi Facial Mist to set my makeup and then later on in mid afternoon, it helps to keep my face hydrated the way I like it.

I actually bought the foundation and am so glad that I did. It'll work out really well during the humid summers for me.

Will be doing a follow up review soon, hopefully. It's been busy for me that I haven't been getting online as much as I'd like.


galpal.hi said...

@Yin--I always get matched with foundations that are too dark and too yellow whenever I get matched with foundations--any brand.

I have a cremesheen lippie and it's okay. I haven't found a lippie that I love from MAC.

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