M.A.C was my first makeup love, and it will always hold a special place in my heart and on my drawer.
During my first year of building a collection, all I bought was M.A.C.
I am a little embarrassed to admit I own at least one piece of every LE released in 2012, sometimes waiting in front of the store with other addicts on release day, just to make sure I would get my hands on the desired item.
And even though these days are long gone and I stray and buy other brands on a regular basis, MAC eyeshadows and lipsticks will always be a big part of my stash.
|M.A.C. Matchmaster Foundation in 1.5
My first ever highend foundation was M.A.C., and I keep going back to try another one, even though I have never been overwhelmed.
My most recent purchase was the M.A.C. Matchmaster Foundation in the shade 1.5.
Unlike other M.A.C. skin products, the shade range isn’t divided in NC and NW colors. This foundation claims to be neutral, neither warm nor cold, and thus suit every skin color equally, something that instantly drew me in.
My skin is light, but with yellow undertones, leaving me looking sickly when I am super pale and limiting the shade range at the drugstore dramatically, as light foundations there are usually pink-based. The warmer shades, however, are too dark most of the time.
What M.A.C. claims:
„Uses Shade Intelligence Technology to bring customized shades in a flawless demi-matte finish with medium, buildable coverage and broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection.
Gives perfect color purity without looking ashy or chalky, reduces shine on the skins surface and helps to absorb excess oil. Conditions and soothes the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections.“
It comes in a glass bottle with pump (thumbs up for that) containing 35 ml (1.18 fl oz) and retailing for 37,50 € here
. There are 13 different shades to choose from, ranging from fair to very deep.
The formula is quite thick, but easy to blend and doesn’t settle into my lines or pores. It feels a little silicony, but not too slippery, very lightweight, and there is a faint chemical smell that disappears after blending.
I need one pump for my entire face, maybe a second if I want extra coverage.
Titanium Dioxide is used as sunscreen, so be careful as it may flashback in photos.
As it claims to „condition and sooth the skin“ I looked for active skincare ingredients, something I usually don’t do in foundation.
– Tocopherol (Vitamin E): antioxidant
– Sodium Hyalorunate: locks in moisture
– Lecithin: lipid balancing
– Xanthan Gum: smoothes
Now lets see how it wears:
1. No makeup, just under eye concealer and eye makeup done:
Spot marks on my right cheek and chin, and a nice zit on the left side of my mouth.
|No makeup except eyes.
2. One layer of M.A.C Matchmaster, no added concealer or powder:
My skintone looks even, it is mattifyed without looking flat. The spot marks and the zit could use extra concealing.
|M.A.C. Matchmaster foundation in 1.5
3. After six hours of wear, no concealer or powder:
There still is some coverage left, but the shine is back on my forehead and the imperfections are more visible. If set with powder, as I usually do, it would have lasted longer.
|After six hours of wear
Does it live up to its claims?
I already talked about sunscreen in foundations here
, so I will not go into detail now, just know you will not get a SPF 15 using one pump of this.
The finish is demi-matte, the coverage is medium and buildable and it works very well with my skin tone. The oil-control capabilities during the day aren’t sufficient for my skin, I have to go back in with powder after two or three hours.
It contains more skin care ingredients than I would have thought, which is a bonus, and my skin feels nice and hydrated when wearing it.
Will I rebuy?
I would, if there weren’t so many other foundations waiting for me to try out. During the winter months, 1.5 is to dark for me, but it is a great match in the summertime.
Who would I recommend it to?
People with normal to combination skin. If you are very oily, the sheen will be to much, and if you are very dry it will cling to your dry patches, as it isn’t that moisturizing on its own.
But if you don’t have severe skin concerns, and are in the market for a medium coverage foundation with natural finish, this one is for you.
Have you tried Matchmaster before?
And which finish do you prefer? I admit, I am all about matte finish. A little old-fashioned, I know…