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 Footluxe.com. 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?