It’s a rather dull day down here on the Island, which is a shame given we are in the middle of a move and don’t want our packed boxes to get wet. So I’ve decided to sit down (figuratively) and write a post I’ve been wanting to write for ages.
MAC Cosmetics are a brand which have been around for as long as I remember. I actually first discovered them when I visited New York back in 2011, and first walked down a Brooklyn street. They had a store there with every single make up item you could possibly ever want. The same goes for the beauty counter in Macy’s. It’s a brand that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time ever but just never got around to actually doing it.
So last month I finally bit the bullet, attempted to shade match online and ordered from ASOS. Did you know they added MAC to their already large portfolio of suppliers? If you didn’t, go and check it out here.
Before I start into the foundation I bought, here’s a run down of my skin type:
- I have combination oily skin. My cheeks are often dry and my t zone is awash with oil. I have serious shine control issues.
- I’m typically pale with hideously red cheeks so I really need a full coverage foundation to cover this.
- I’m 26 so fine lines and wrinkles are unfortunately expected.
So here goes:
I purchased the Pro Longwear Foundation in shade N18. As pale as I am, I am rarely ever the palest foundation shade. For example, I’m an F3 if I use the new Makeup Revolution Fast Base sticks. It was £27.50 which is quite pricey for a foundation but I knew that the MAC ones were well worth the money. It carries an SPF of 10 which to be honest isn’t too bad but you should always remember to use some form of sun protection underneath when the sun comes out. Each bottle contains 30ml of 1 US fluid ounce, which seems to be the standard quantity these days.
The Pro Longwear range is pretty much as it reads: long wearing. Because of my oily skin and overly red cheeks, I always opt for a high coverage foundation that also contains some resistance against oil. According to the write up by ASOS, this foundation will last a trip to the gym or a swim. Personally I haven’t tried it at the gym but with the number of boxes I’ve packed over the last few weeks, I can vouch that sweating doesn’t seem to make this one budge! It also has an oil free design which should last up to 24 hours. I can vouch I’ve worn it 12 hours plus and it still looks just as good, although I do need to powder the oily areas.
I tend to apply my foundation with either a beauty sponge or a brush. It all depends on my mood at the time and this foundation applies well under both options. Although if you do use a brush, I highly recommend going over it with a beauty sponge just to get rid of any streaky areas. The formula is really luxurious and it is so easy to blend. I tend to use 2 or 3 pumps dependent on how full coverage I want to go, and this is something which is generally personal choice with most people.
The formula is a matte finish but if you have oily skin I would always recommend setting those areas with a loose or set powder. This helps to control shine and can help your look last longer. I’ve never had to add more foundation at any point during the day, only powder to combat shine. So this one definitely doesn’t budge during the day.
So what are my overall thoughts?
Well this foundation is definitely one of my absolute go to items in my makeup collection. It stands the test of time against my oily skin even thought I have to powder the area. No foundation will ever last the day without getting at least a little bit oily. It is a bit on the pricier side for a foundation but I don’t see this as a downside. You get a lot for your money and the quality is definitely there. MAC is an iconic brand of our time with a reputation to match. It works well with other products layered on top e.g. bronzers and highlighter. The quality of their products is definitely there and I cannot wait to try some eyeshadow palettes next.
If you want to give the foundation a try but your worried about shade matching, most Debenhams shops seem to have a MAC counter.
Let me know if any of you have tried this foundation and what your thoughts were in the comments section below!
Until next time