11.26.2014
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Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
Rating
$35
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The selling point for this liquid foundation with reliable broad-spectrum sunscreen is the “translucent pigments” that are said to offer a “personalized finish” influenced by your skin’s undertone. M.A.C. may well be using translucent pigments, but we suspect many other companies are as well, given how much better foundations look today than they did even five years ago.

M.A.C.’s claim is really just stating what any good foundation does when you find the right shade: It looks natural, melds with your skin, and matches your skin’s undertone (which is typically yellow-based), rather than masking it or playing up what you see on the surface (i.e., redness or a pink cast).

Claims aside, this is an excellent option. It has a fluid, silky texture and a smooth creaminess that is a pleasure to blend. The finish is natural matte and it gives skin a dimensional rather than flat quality—very attractive. Coverage is in the medium range, but as with other foundations that provide this level of coverage, it can be blended sheer; but, keep in mind that the more sheer it is, the less sun protection you get.

The formula is best for normal to slightly oily or combination skin, and it is fine for breakout-prone skin. The shades are quite good, especially those for fair to light and dark skin tones. In fact, the darker shades here are some of the best we’ve seen from M.A.C. Watch out for shade 6, which has a strong gold tone that won’t work for most medium skin tones, and shade 7, which is very peach. The other shades are recommended.

Pros:
  • Smooth, fluid texture is easy to blend.
  • Beautiful natural matte finish makes skin look dimensional, not dull.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection with titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection.
Cons:

Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

Claims
Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate 3.40%; Titanium Dioxide 1.00%; Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol , PEG-10 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Algae Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7 , Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10 Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Silylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide Greens

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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08.18.2015
Loving this

I have very dry, sensitive skin and first tried the Mineralize liquid foundation in NW13 but it oxidized way too dark on me. I went back in and a different gal tried this on me and it looks so natural, and non drying on my skin. For those saying it's drying, maybe try using a damp beauty blender and doing thinner layers. I'm very light handed with this and finish with mineralize skin finish powder. I've never had a foundation look this good and flawless without settling into smile lines or pores

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Kristine M
07.11.2015
HG!!!

At first I wasn't sure on this product because I have really oily skin but if you use the Prep+Prime by Mac it WILL stay longer and use the studio care blend it well really help.

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Lily S
04.26.2015
I loved it!

I loved this product!!! It is a bit pricey, but it sure is value for money. It's definitely worth a buy.

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Ilse de Wit
02.20.2015
Oxidises

The way that M.A.C has decided to name the shade range of this foundation is so much better than the others. Instead of NW and NC, the numbers (e.g. 1.5 and 9.0) are a lot easier to identify. However, when you buy 1 shade and think its right, as it dries it oxidises, making the colour a shade or two darker. It is not subtle either, it is very very noticable!

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Jamie Lanford
01.31.2015
This is a winner.

It's a pretty big jump between shades 1.0 and 1.5, but I was not willing to buy two bottles, so I went with 1.0 and decided I'd mix in any of my darker foundations if needed. It goes on pale, however, within a few minutes of applying, this seems to actually blend into my skin tone quite nicely. It is a matte finish, but not flat, and is somewhat drying, which I love because I have oily skin and this really holds up. I apply it with my fingers and then buff it in with a small kabuki brush.

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Brianna V.
12.08.2014
settles into lines

I have combination skin with oily T zone area. The foundation applies easily, however once it dries it cakes and settles into fine lines. Made my skin appear drier even if I use a moisturizer underneath. I even tried using a primer which did not help.

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CT
08.22.2014
Drying

I am older and have dry skin and live in a very dry climate - which can make choosing a foundation difficult. I bought this at the M.A.C. store so I was able to try it on before I bought. It looked lovely in the store so I bought it. However when I saw the result in the sun I was less than happy. I thought I'd give it a try with using my own skin routine the next day, it looks even more dry and cakey. I feel like this foundation is very drying and sits on my skin. I will be returning it.

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emerson c.
08.17.2014
Great foundation

I've used this product for over a year now and have tried a few others that do not compare. The coverage is medium and the most natural that I've found, still giving ample coverage. I have combination skin - it works well with a powder finish. I don't put it under my eyes as it can be a bit drying. I love how it has a pump applicator - I only use one pump, sometimes 1-1/2 - last a long time so the price is worth it.

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Tina
03.19.2014
Not for oily skin. Not for sensitive skin. Not for extreme combo skin.

I have sensitive and extreme combo skin. The foundation separates and gradually disappears on my oily cheek and nose bridge areas in 4 hours. It is extremely matte rather than soft matte, making it quite fake and cakey if you try to build it. It easily set into lines in my dry areas (eyes areas) and accentuate dry patches. The coverage is medium. I feel stretch in dry areas (since it is super matte) and slightly itch.

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