Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Mac Face and Body Foundation Review

It's been over a month since I purchased the Mac face and body foundation, I mentioned in my haul post that I was loving it, and now I finally tell you why! :)


Key Points:

  • Sheer coverage
  • Luminous Finish
  • Long Lasting
  • Water based liquid foundation

I have been using this every single day since I got it. I am absolutely utterly in love with it. It gives you the most natural finish which looks invisible to the human eye. Don't ask me how it's possible, but it's possible. It looks like my skin but better, you can't tell I'm wearing makeup at all. This is definitely holy grail for me. It knocks off my beloved Bobbi Brown moisture rich and Bourjois 10hr sleep effect out of the scene. There's one major reason why I love this and that is because it sets.

The fact that it sets helps it last all day, I don't even always set it with powder and it still lasts. It's also supposed to be transfer resistant and water resistant = Fabulous! Water based foundations are great for combo/oily skin as it moisturizes without upsetting the oil balance of your skin. It's also great for people with dry and normal skin as it provides hydration... win win situation!


The consistency is very watery and runny..

I apply this with my hands, it takes about 10 seconds to set. I have tried brushes but found the brushes absorb too much product and I get a more natural finish with my hands, plus it's faster.

If I need extra coverage on my left cheek for example, I apply another layer which works great or I just use concealer.


The 'Face & Body foundation' looks great in flash photography...


...and in natural light.


I would recommend this to people who like tinted moisturizers, light foundations and a luminous dewy finish. (Skip this if you are into a matte finish with full coverage.) This will suit all ages and there is a wide colour range to suit all races. I am a shade C4 (NC35) for reference. However, like I mentioned in my haul post, it's so sheer that if you got a shade too light or too dark it will not be noticeable. I have had a few messages from people telling me this expires quite quickly, I'm not too sure what the time limit is... but I'm sure I will finish this way before it goes off as I use it every day.

Have you found 'The One' foundation you can't live without?
I clearly have! :)

68 comments:

Linda Phuong Tran said...

This is a lovely review! I just recently got mine and tried it today for the first time. So far I'm in love with it. I hope it doesn't break me out or anything because I love how it's so comfortable and natural-looking on my skin. XXX

Melly said...

This is my favorite MAC foundation! Everything else breaks me out within a day!

Meowcake said...

I heard about this from lollipop26. Often with foundations like this it cakes on me, even on my oily skin. If I was to apply another layer, would it cake?
xxx

Muhsine said...

@Linda Phuong Tran - My skin is SUPER sensitive and it hasn't broken me out, instead I think it's helping my skin look better :) x

@Melly Yay, I don't want to ever try or go near another foundation ever again, mac F&B is the best! :)

Muhsine said...

@Meowcake It no way cakes, I use my fingers so it warms up the product and blends seamlessly into the skin. I would recommend setting it with a powder for oily skin.

Rosa Adores... said...

I purchased this foundation a couple of days ago, and i LOVE it! I agree with everything you've said in this review, and I can definitely see it becoming my favourite foundation too! xxx

missy_ellie_uk said...

I bought this a few weeks ago for my holidays as I wanted something light for when it's hot. I usually wear a much heavier coverage foundation but I'm very happy with it, just have to slap a bit of concealer on the bits that need it. I was surprised how well it sets and lasts, much longer than I thought it would.

Zoƫ (ROMEO AND THE LONELY GIRL) said...

I've been umming and ahhing about buying this for a while, purely because of its coverage - I do prefer a fuller coverage so I don't know whether to purchase or not!

Great review!
Zoe
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Chic Geek (Devs) said...

I MUST try this out! First lollipop26 raves about this and now you! It looks fabulous!

Donna ♥ Baby said...

ive been hearing such good reviews about this foundation so this is def going to be my next purchase!

Simarjit said...

ive read and watched so many reviews on this foundations.. but you have totally convinced that i need it :D haha. :)

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Shopperita said...

It's really nice. I wish there was a Mac store in Romania, too. :(

Blushingloves said...

I love Korres water based foundations though I have normal to combination skin so I guess I'll love that too!!Thanks for the review!!:)

Jade said...

I am so sold. Never tried a mac foundation so I can't wait to get this!!

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MakeupLoveer said...

I love this too, fab review. My review is up on my blog too.

Lu xo
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dani@callitbeauty said...

i've been really intrigued by this but i'm not sure it's enough coverage for me. i'll definitely give it a spin, though!

my current HG (can't be that HG if it's only "curren" is it? :p) is chanel vitalumiere. it just gives such an amazing glow to the skin and it feels absolutely fabulous!

-dani
http://callitbeauty.blogspot.com/

Sam said...

This is a surprising post to me as I heard that MAC foundations tend to focus on coverage while not caring much about a healthy skin condition (= suitable for spot-light usage only). I will have a further look at this foundation!

roshas said...

i want this now!! :) sounds perfect! btw you look stunning in your photos.. as always xx

Yarisse said...

Tried it several times about a month ot two ago and not liked it that much. I found it to be too sticky even after let it to set a while. On the other hand, I really liked the buildable coverage you can get with it.
I am not into full coverage at all, I am not wearing a foundation at all most of the time. However I have not noticed any difference with MAC Face and Body foundation on. I looked quite oily with it, to be honest.
If I would receive this product as a present, I would definately use it up. But it is really not worth my own money :)

prettyaspeaches said...

I definitely need to check this out now! Great review!

Schnelle Couture said...

i always love your reviews! since the coverage is so sheer, i'm wondering if it provides enough coverage for problems areas (ie: large pores, blemishes etc.)

The Bristol Beauty Blog said...

Looks flawless! x

sabina said...

im yet to find a foundation better than my nars sheer glow foundation,everything u have said about this mac one is how i would describe the sheer glow! p.s u always look so prety in ur pics xx

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Get Gawjus! said...

Superb review hun! Gota get this now :)

Kamani said...

Great review! I've been wanting to try this and now I want to try it even more! I have a serious phobia of cakey foundation so I love that this is cake-free LOL!

Justine @ Productrater said...

I love this too, glad it's finally catching on with other pepole! ;)

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Andee Layne said...

oh gorgeous! love the photo w out flash! ill def check this one out! xoox

Beth. said...

I definitely need to check this out now, all these rave reviews are making it impossible not to !!
- Beth x
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❤ilvoeshopping❤ said...

I want to try it. I have combination and sensitive skin. Have you tried MUFE face and Body foundation? Which do you think is better? Is it recommended for those who have combination or oily skin?

Thanks!

Raech

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raeissuchadoll ♥ said...

thank you so much for this review! hopefully i can get my little hands on this tomorrow :)

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Nadia said...

I've been wanting to try MAC's foundation for awhile due to some blemishes on my forehead but I'm afraid to since MAC Mineral skinfinish powder caused horrible acne =( Has it caused your skin to break out at all??

Jadegrrrl said...

Sooo on my wishlist right now :)

Princess Feef said...

great review ! i really want to get it ,, and it looks great on u in the pics ,, as u said it photographs well <3 love it .

Jade said...

this is defo on my list of things to buy - seems very popular again :) x

emmi said...

i found your blog 2 days ago, and just finished reading it all the way through. needless to say im loving it. you are writing about the exact products and brands i use and am interested in and although our styles are completele opposites from each other, i find this blog so inspiring and interesting. on top of that you seem like such a sweet person that i just want to squeeze your cheeks and hug you!
thanks so much for writing and happy ramadan next week :)

*~♥Giddy Princess♥~* said...

Gosh! No wonder you love it your skin looks beautiful x

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

I'm going to try this - I'm really into tinted moisturisers at the moment and I have really dry skin, so I think this would be ideal. I can feel a purchase coming on at the weekend! x

Andrea said...

Unfortunately this foundation does not come pale enough for anyone who is NC/NW15, you will need to buy the whote version from MAC Pro and mix your own. Other than that, it is a really nice foundation.

Becky said...

looks great, iv never tried a mac foundation but would love to give this a try xx

Sami said...

I totes agree with you! This foundation gives me the nicest dewy finish... and it's amazingly hydrating on dry skin xx

♔ E ♔ said...

That looks fab on you! I love it as well xo

Bethan Alice said...

i am so glad of your review
i've just ordered this and was a little worried
but reading such a good review has eased me especially as it is a nifty £23 and that's a lot to me haha!
thanks!
x

Bethan Alice said...

i am so glad of your review
i've just ordered this and was a little worried
but reading such a good review has eased me especially as it is a nifty £23 and that's a lot to me haha!
thanks!
x

Bernadette said...

Thanks for the review, I've definitly gotta try it! x

Muhsine said...

@Sam Yes, this focuses more on skin as opposed to coverage, I have never tried any other mac foundation.

@emmi That's really sweet of you thank you :)

@Yarisse everybodys skin type is different, you should set it with a sheer powder to help.

@Schnelle Couture yes it does, it takes away redness and smoothes everything out :) well for me anyway.

@Sabina lucky you, nars sheer glow was terrible on me.

@Andrea Oh no I didn't realise that, at least you have the option to make it lighter...

@Kamani Def cake free! :)

@❤ilvoeshopping❤ I havent tried mufes one, as this is water based infact any water based foundation should workd for oily combo skin. But, you may need to set it with powder on your t zone.

@Nadia I have been using this long enough, and thankfully it hasn't cause dmy skin to break out :)

Noris said...

Hi Mushine!! I'd really love to try it, but I'm not sure...After it sets, does it get sticky? x

Muhsine said...

@Noris Nope it doesn't get sticky, it gets dry.. it's hard to describe. swatch it at the counter x

asti1234 said...

I really thought that this would be far too sheer for me but after reading your review I gave it a try and swapped for it on MUA and I now LOVE it! I am C3/C4, which MAC concealer would you recommend for under the eyes Mushine? Thanks x

Muhsine said...

@asti1234 I like mac moisturecover - Check this post - http://bubblegarm.blogspot.com/2010/01/mac-concealer-rave.html

I like Bobbi browns creamy concealer too, but it can be too sticky and crease. water based liquid concealers are the best in avoiding that. x

fantastic said...

you've got me again on the foundation...i've now picked up one more bottle that i don't need..but am loving! xx

Desi and the City said...

Wow this is a great bargain. It is cheaper than the studio fix fluid.

mya.salehin said...

thanks for the review! cant wait to try this now. i dont live near a mac store, so i need to order online.. which shade would you suggest for an NC44/45, C% or C6? im unsure now that you've said how sheer they are! thank you xx

msbeautybitch said...

I've been meaning to try this for some time now. I think it would be a good change for me as someone who typically goes for a heavier more matte foundation. Its appealing because it comes in neutral shades and at such a large size for a low price. I've heard so many great things!

Joanna said...

Hi Muhsine! I love your review. I've just started using MAC F&B and it's the only fndtn I can use right now that won't break me out. However, I'm oily, so I do need a setting powder. MAC Blot and Laura Mercier broke me out, so I was wondering if you had any suggestions. I also can't wait to try your MAC concealer rec's. Thanks so much!

Sharon said...

HI your skin looks AMAZING. you look like frigging supermodel, for real. i was wondering whether if i should bobbi brown's skin foudnation or this MAC F&B foundation, which one should i get?

Mark said...

I was lucky -- I have dark skin and I found a makeup artist www.sanbernabecosmetics.com that is selling some MAC samples for cheap -- they're not used -- that would be icky. Dark skin saves some money on this one...LOL

Andreea said...

So I was wondering......have you ever used it on stretchmarks? Or do you thinks it's thick enough to cover them? So curious :)

Becks said...

I LOVE using this product on my legs and arms, covers every small imperfection. Not a huge fan of in on my face, it just slides off! Boo!

Beckie @ http://lipstickstainedcoffecups.blogspot.com/ xx

Beauty blogger said...

hi great review :) you said you used bourjois 10 hour sleep effect, how does this compare to that foundation? because i love the effect that the bourjois gives me i just hate how it only lasts a few hours on me, would you say that the mac gives about the same coverage? thank you :)

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Adriana said...

You look beautiful. Thank you for your review! It seems it would perfectly suit to my dry skin.

Adriana

Adriana said...

You look beautiful! Thanks a lot for your review. It seems it would perfectly suit the dry skin.

Adriana

Adriana said...

You look beautiful. Thank you for your review! It seems it would perfectly suit to my dry skin.

Adriana

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