I ended up really liking the foundation so I went ahead and purchased it in shade 3. While when I first apply it the shade seems like a great match, it does oxidize a bit over time and gets to be darker than I'd like. I did go back and try shade 2 but it was definitely too light. Depending on the popularity of this new foundation, MAC may make a 2.5 shade, which might work out better for me.
The way that I counter the darkness is to use a powder slightly lighter and/or with a luminous finish. I also make sure to highlight the area around my eyes (high cheekbones, nose bridge, above eyebrows and around the sides, between end of eyebrows and hairline).
The nice thing about this foundation is that it has a pump dispenser, unlike most of the other MAC Foundations where you have to actually purchase a pump dispenser separately. It is also a twist-lock type of cap, which is also very nice.
I mentioned in my quick test review that I thought that the coverage was a bit light although it's stated by MAC that it's a buildable medium coverage. I've since changed my original opinion of it. It definitely does give a good medium coverage. The MUA used the MAC 187 brush to apply the foundation in store. That brush is a very soft bristled brush so it would give a light coverage. I use my flat top Sonia Kashuk multi-purpose brush and since the brush is much denser than MAC 187, I do get a nice coverage, which I like.
MAC also says that the finish of this foundation is demi-matte and I generally do not like matte finishes because it usually means that the formulation isn't moisturizing, although matte finishes do tend to have longer wear time. In order to add more hydration to my skin while using this foundation, I added Sana Uruoi Taishi Facial Mist to my skin before I apply the foundation and then again after I've put on all of my makeup.
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I will also usually mist again mid afternoon. This has helped to keep me hydrated and no settling into and bringing out fine lines. This foundation is also very long wearing on me. Here's a picture in which I did absolutely no touching up except to mist with Sana:
The picture was taken at 11:45 p.m., approximately 17 hours after I initially applied the foundation. (You can see what the foundation looked like when it was first applied in the Quick Test Review post.) There is some fading, especially around my nostril area. That's because I kept sneezing during the day and had to blow my nose a few times.
I think that this foundation is excellent for humid weather conditions and will be a great summer foundation for me. It's been really hot and humid here recently so it was perfect to test drive the wearability of it.