Pro Longwear Foundation
Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

A foundation that promises to wear for 15 hours is bound to prompt some curiosity, but does Pro Longwear deliver on its promise? Well, in the sense that it stays on your skin, yes. However, someone with oily skin won’t find this leaves them looking fresh-faced and matte all day, or even for a few hours. Still, this is a silky liquid foundation that provides medium coverage from the get-go.

It’s difficult to get light coverage from this foundation, so you have to be okay with medium coverage. It does go on silky and it’s easy to blend, but the matte finish feels a bit tacky. This foundation tends to sit on top of skin rather than mesh with it as today’s best foundations do. As a result, lines, large pores, and crevices are magnified rather than downplayed, especially if you’re not adept at blending.

Given this foundation’s mixed bag of pros and cons, it isn’t your best option. On a positive note, M.A.C. created options for fair to dark skin tones, and most of the colors are excellent. The ones to avoid, or at least to consider carefully, include: NW25 (peach), NC42 (too gold for most medium skin tones), NC45 (orange), NW30 (slightly peach), NW40 (very peach), and NW50 (consider with caution because it turns slightly ash).


Active: Titanium Dioxide 4.7%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Laureth-7, Hexyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

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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Can't knock colors for darker women

Whoa totally disagree with this review. I'm an Asian India female and nc42, nc44, and nc45 are all shades that ethnic women need. Unless Paula's Choice is living in a world of extremes where the only desirable shades are very white or very dark. The foundation itself is lovely and long lasting, you are so wrong on this one and I know MY makeup.

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Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your feedback! These particular shades are very tricky to work with, as most M.A.C. makeup artists we've spoken to over the years agree. Women's skin tones can run the gamut from paper-white to ebony, and we take all of those nuances into consideration when looking at foundation shades. Sometimes women with darker skin tones, whether Indian or any other darker-complected race, have to choose between two shades due to their skin tone being trickier to match, perhaps due to being uneven from sun damage or simply pigmentation issues that are more obvious when more melanin (skin pigment) is naturally present. As a result, they can end up choosing a shade that matches an undesirable tone in their skin rather than working to even their skin tone via skincare, which is what we recommended to make matters easier when it comes to shopping for the perfect shade of foundation. That being said, it's certainly possible that a shade we advise avoiding may work well for some people. To some extent, it's subjective, which is why we always advise trying potential foundation shade matches and checking the results in natural light to ensure it matches.

The best

This is the only foundation that will absolutely not rub off on me. I'm a doctor, I'm always taking my surgical loupes on and off, changing face masks, etc. At the end of the day, I still look like I did in the morning (well, my skin does anyway! Not sure about my eye makeup). This doesn't break me out, either. Love it!

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Don't buy this foundation

I took my list of PC Bests to the Mac store and the sales person talked me into this one, my fault I didn't realize this was NOT one of the 3 options I told her I was interested in. This is very thick, sits on top of my skin, dries super fast so blending is impossible and you end up using way too much and looking like a cake is on your face. I had to start mixing it with PC Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 just to thin it out enough that it's workable. Will try to return it today.

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Elizabeth H.
Save your money buy Revlon whipped color stay

I bought this foundation in NC20 and then returned it. This is a very fussy foundation. M.A.C told me I had to use a brush to apply, so I purchased a brush. The product was still difficult and would sink into pores, pill or ball up and not spread evenly. Then was told to use a primer, which I did and it sometimes helped. Then I tried a sponge, still very difficult. Then I tried the Revlon Colorstary Whipped and it is fantastic, so I returned this foundation. Save your money.

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K S.
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