Mac Foundations | Comparisons & Review

Like most makeup addicts I’m a huge lover of Mac. It’s definitely one of my favourite beauty brands and I can never resist splurging on their products. I’ve tried and tested numerous Mac foundations over the years so I thought it would be useful to give a quick review and comparison of the one’s I own.

mac foundations review comparisons studio sculpt studio fix waterproofI've tried and tested numerous Mac foundations over the years so I thought it would be useful to give a quick review and comparison of the one's I own.

Mac Studio Sculpt | £25.50

Mac Studio Sculpt was the first ‘proper’ foundation I ever owned. After the days of slapping Maybelline’s ‘dream matte mousse’ on my face every day (despite it being one of the worst foundations for my skin type!) it was a welcome change to experience a Mac counter. My mum took me a couple of weeks before my prom to buy me some makeup for the special occasion and I’ve never looked back since. It’s one of the only foundations that I find myself constantly going back to. I’ll never forget dancing so much at my Prom and nipping to the loo expecting to find a well and truly melted face, to actually see my makeup as perfect as it was first applied! It’s a gel based formula so it’s aimed towards drier skin types (though my oily skinned sister uses it non-stop and loves it), and it has a lovely satin finish. The formula is extremely thick and full coverage, but a little goes a long way so it isn’t hard to gain a natural finish from this foundation. Unfortunately since my eczema started a couple of years ago I haven’t got along with Studio Sculpt quite as much as I used to, I find it can sometimes accentuate my dry patches despite the hydrating formula – but it’s never forgotten within my collection and I always go back to it. I have this in shade NC30 from when my fake tan was darker hence the colour difference in the below swatches, but I’m usually an NC25.

Mac Studio Fix Fluid | £22

I avoided Studio Fix Fluid for such a long time after hearing how amazing it was for oily skin types. Having extremely dry skin I presumed there was no chance this would ever work for me but I’m so glad I took the plunge. I actually find myself reaching for Studio Fix Fluid more than any of my other Mac foundations. Studio Fix is a liquid formula as opposed to Studio Sculpt’s gel based foundation, but I actually prefer this as I find it really easy to work with. I love that it isn’t drying and actually find that it isn’t too mattifying in finish either. The coverage is medium to full so wouldn’t suit those looking for a super light base, but it never looks cakey on me. Another thing I love about this foundation is how long-wearing it is, Studio Fix lasts all day. Definitely one of my current favourite foundations.

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation | £25.50

This is the most recent addition to my Mac foundation family. I decided to buy it right before my holiday so that my foundation would be able to withstand the higher temperatures without dripping off my face within minutes. Unfortunately I never really got to test this out on holiday, I picked up my standard NC25 shade without hesitation only to realise this range runs very light so the shade is more towards an NC20. Nevertheless, I put this to the test properly when I was home and I can safely say it does what it says on the tin. After running for the bus one (very hot) morning, and then sitting on an even hotter bus for half an hour, my face was so sweaty – attractive I know! I sat there dreading to look in my mirror knowing my foundation would be near to non-existent, so when I saw my foundation looking well and truly untouched I was thrilled. The texture of this foundation is in between a gel and liquid formula but I find it can be quite difficult to work with, it doesn’t blend as easily as their other foundations and can be quite difficult to layer. It may be down to my eczema but I’ve also found that this foundation doesn’t bode too well with my dehydrated skin type. I do like this foundation but I think it would be far better suited to normal and oilier skin types.

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Have you tried any Mac foundations? Which do you recommend?


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1 Comment

  1. stashmatters 7th October 2015 / 2:38 am

    Great comparison! I don’t seem to get along well with MAC foundations even though I love their colour makeup. I prefer lighter feeling foundation – the only MAC liquid foundation I own is the Face & Body. I recently went to the MAC counter and got a bunch of foundation samples to test out to see if any of the newer formulations might work for me, I got the BB cream, the Mineral Moisture foundation and the Match Master foundation. Fingers crossed!

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