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.