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This is my super splurge that I picked up from Mac a few weeks ago and I just wanted to give a little lowdown on what I think. It’s the Mac Matchmaster spf 15 Foundation and is £27 which is the most money I’ve spent on a foundation before. The other thing to note is it is 35 ml bottle so a little bigger than the main Mac foundations which are normally 30 ml, except for Studio Sculpt at 40 ml and Mac Face and Body at 50 ml. It also has spf 15 so may cause flashback but I haven’t found that a problem let me know if you have.
Mac Shade Ranges and How Matchmaster Fits In
This is in shade 1 which unlike most Mac items skin tone shades are based on N,C and W codes shown below.
C – Stands for Cool. Best for yellow, golden olive skin.
NC – Stands for Neutral Cool. So is best for skins with a slight golden glow. Common color.
N – Stands for Neutral. Beige skin. Common color. (only available in Studio Fix Foundation)
W – Stands for warm. So best for pinkish skin.
NW – Stands for Neutral warm. Pink beige skin. If you have irish in your blood you could be W or NW.
The Mac Matchmaster is numbered on light to dark where each number can cover two or three shades. My Mac Select Cover-Up concealer is NW15 and my Mac Studio Fix Powder foundation is NW10 both are the lightest in each of those lines. So shade one covers between them that’s how it was explained to me anyway. They have 13 shades in total going from what I can see as very light to very dark skin shades
This is how Mac describes it:
New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.
Me with no make up just a clean face (above)
Me with Mac Matchmaster foundation on with Mac Select Cover-Up concealer underneath (below)
This is in it’s very basic essence the same concept as Max Factors Colour Adapt but to me it’s much more refined version. It is a thin but not runny consistency and with my new Eco Tools Foundation brush(I ordered through Ocado of all random places) this applied very easily. The coverage is nice it can be applied for a light coverage but then buildable to a medium coverage where it’s necessary without looking uneven. I would compare it to Max Factors Colour Adapt as it has that same velvet feel but can have a powdery look to it whereas the Mac in comparison is silky smooth on my skin which I really do love and I can see how it is described as demi-matte as it’s matte but with still some glow.
The only issues I can see are that it doesn’t seem to work so well with silicone & suits a hydrating primer instead . The other thing is I pretty sure it’s perfumed so could be an irritant. I haven’t had any reaction and the smell does disappear but while it’s wet it could be off-putting.