11.25.2014
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Pro Longwear Foundation
Rating
$32
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
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).

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Ingredients

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. 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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12.21.2014
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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07.16.2014
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.
04.28.2014
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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