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Full Coverage Foundation
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$32
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Full Coverage Foundation is a creamy, thick compact makeup whose level of coverage is indeed full and more akin to a concealer than a traditional foundation. The concentrated formula blends out well, leaving a cream finish. It no longer includes sunscreen, and is best for normal to dry skin that needs serious camouflage. M.A.C. offers 18 shades for fair to dark skin tones, and most are quite good. The only troublesome colors are the peachy NW25 and pink NW30. Shade C35 is excellent for concealing dark circles on light skin tones.

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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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04.03.2014
A little goes a long way!

This is an excellent foundation for dry skin. It is full coverage, but can look absolutely natural if applied lightly. The tiniest amount goes a long way. I use a damp Beauty Blender and apply only where needed: a bit on my cheeks to cover rosacea, under my eyes to conceal dark circles, and on any blemishes. I top it all off with a light tinted moisturizer for a flawless no-makeup look. And what great value for money! The product will expire before I can use it all! Do not over apply!!

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