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MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Review, Swatches, Photos
Launched on September 20, 2011. MAC Cosmetics’ newest foundation Matchmaster blurs the lines of what was normal for MAC foundations. MAC foundations before now were divided into two categories NC (neutral cool) and NW (neutral warm). This new foundation no longer solely focuses on the NC/NW but more on the numbering system. Matchmaster foundation comes in shades ranging from 1-10. This buildable medium coverage foundation is demi-matte in finish and has SPF15. According to the claims this foundation has “translucent pigments that enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone.”
Retailing for $32.50 this foundation is .2 fluid ounces larger than most liquid foundations offered by MAC. When I went to purchase this foundation I was matched up with 7.5 but, also was told that I could wear 7.0 if my skin altered any in the winter time. Honestly speaking I was very skeptical of this foundation. Why might you ask? Well when I was in the store the MAC MUA advised me that this foundation was very similar to Maybelline’s “Fit Me” foundation because of its innovative patented pigment technology, with translucent spheres. If you don’t know I absolutely despise Fit Me. Because it doesn’t last, transfers like crazy and simply makes me look a hot sweaty mess after just one hour of wear. So with a bit of apprehension I purchased this and hoped for the best.
Let me just tell you, I adore this foundation. It applies buttery smooth and last for about a good eight hours on me. Now I had read a few reviews stating that if you have drier skin you may notice your imperfections more or that it looked patchy etc. Well I have slightly dry skin and I didn’t notice any of those things but, I also prefer light coverage and don’t have flaky patches so that may be why I didn’t notice them. What I did notice was that while 7.5 matches me very nicely, I am probably a 7.4 if that color was available . When this foundation completely dried down it was a hint and I mean a small hint to red. So beware it did oxidize a little bit on me. But they may not happen for you. When using this foundation I only use one maybe one and a half pumps for my entire face and I apply with a moistened 130 brush. The 193 works well if you are looking for light coverage, for medium coverage you may want a bigger brush like the 109 or 190. There is a strong chemical smell when you first apply this but, it disappears quickly. Another good thing to note about this foundation is that it can be worn with or without powder.
Can you see the color oxidization?
Overall, this foundation is a nicely welcomed addition to MAC’s foundation line-up. Not having to try to figure out if you are NC or NW makes it easy to find a match and not be intimidated/overwhelmed by all the choices. I truly would suggest anyone, no matter your skin type test at least test this foundation out. This foundation looks very natural and is perfect for work or play.
Have you tried this foundation yet? If so, what do you like/dislike about it?
Here is a comparison chart to help figure out your shade number based on MAC’s NC/NW shadings.
- 1.0 | NC15
- 1.5 | NW15
- 2.0 | NC20, NC25, NW20
- 3.0 | NC30
- 4.0 | NC 35, NC37, NW30
- 5.0 | NC40, NC41, NC42
- 6.0 | NW33, NW35, NC44
- 7.0 | NW40, NW43, NC45
- 7.5 | NC50, NC55
- 8.0 | NW44, NW45
- 8.5 | NW46, NW47
- 9.0 | NW48
- 9.5 | NW50, NW55
- 10.0 | NW58, NW60
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