Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
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.

  • 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.

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.


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. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

When it comes to skin care 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!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products in recent years. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

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.

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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.

Reviewed by
Ilse de Wit

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!

Reviewed by
Jamie Lanford
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.

Reviewed by
Brianna V.
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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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.

Reviewed by
emerson c.
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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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.

Reviewed by
Wahoonito Z.
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