Hi Friends,
The most confusing step is opting for correct foundation and concealer when it comes to perfect makeup.
With so many products to choose from, buying the right product actually becomes nothing less than a Rocket Science.
When it is a brand like Mac, which offers an enormous range of foundations and concealers, the confusion surges.
Here I am sharing a quick guide to Mac Foundations and Concealers:

A Complete Guide to Mac Foundations

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation:

 
  • Packaging: Glass Bottle No Pump (buy Pump at an extra cost of INR 500)
  • Texture: Thick Liquid foundation, marginally towards being viscous.
  • Coverage: Full Coverage.
  • Finish: Matte.
  • SPF: 15
  • Skin Type: Oily & Combination Skin.
  • Staying Power: Upto 8hrs.
  • Price: INR 1800 for 30ml.
Personal Note: Personally I feel this foundation is little heavy for me, I can’t see myself wearing this foundation in routine. It makes a good party wear and photo-shoot foundation for me as it covers my skin like a dream. If I wear it as a day wear, I feel like I have a mask on. This product oxidizes a bit, sets a bit darker than it actually is.
Concealer used separately
Concealer used separately
 

Prolongwear SPF10 Foundation:

 
  • Packaging: Glass Bottle with in built cap pump.
  • Texture: Liquid foundation with light consistency.
  • Coverage: Medium Coverage.
  • Finish: Natural Finish.
  • Skin Type: All
  • SPF: 10
  • Staying Power: 10 hrs +
  • Price: INR 1700 for 30ml
Personal Note: This is my current Favorite foundation. I love its natural finish. For me it’s a very versatile product, I sheer down its coverage for day to day wear and build it up to more full coverage for party wear. For extremely dry skin you would need to wear a moisturizer before using it and for Oily skin, using an oil control primer will be a good idea. It is water based foundation and is water resistant.
Concealer is used separately

Mac Matchmaster Foundation:

 
 
  • Packaging: Glass Bottle with in built cap pump.
  • Texture: Liquid foundation with light consistency.
  • Coverage: Medium Coverage.
  • Finish: Natural Matte.
  • Skin Type: All, not for very dry skin type.
  • SPF: 15
  • Staying Power: 9-10 hrs
  • Price: INR 2000 for 35ml
Personal Note: Another excellent foundation from Mac. Light to Medium Buildable foundation, gives a very natural matte coverage. It blends in perfectly with the skin and adapts to the skin tone. It has a very light texture as if you are not wearing any foundation. It’s good for Oily skin as it keeps skin from getting oily throughout the day. It does not comes in NC or NW coding. It’s a neutral toned foundation.
Concealer used Separately
Concealer used Separately

Mineralize SatinFinish Foundation:


  • Packaging: Glass Bottle with in built pump, has an interesting hour glass shape
  • Texture: Liquid foundation.
  • Coverage: Light to Medium Coverage.
  • Finish: luminous Satin finish
  • Skin Type: Normal, Combo Dry .. Not for Oily skin
  • SPF: 15
  • Staying Power: About 6 hrs
  • Price: INR 2250 for 30ml
Personal Note: Light to medium coverage foundation with a dewy finish. I personally am not a fan of this product. I makes my dry –combination skin look very oily in couple of hours. The coverage is not very high. This is more meant for flawless but dry skin. I feel otherwise the dewiness exaggerates the pores and pigmentation. This product oxidizes i.e. when it sets it gets a little darker.
Concealer is used separately
Concealer is used Separately


Mac Studio Tech Foundation:

 

  • Packaging: Tub Packaging with build in mirror and a sponge.
  • Texture: Liquid foundation.
  • Coverage: Medium Coverage.
  • Finish: Cream to powder finish
  • Skin Type: Normal to Dry Skin
  • SPF: No SPF
  • Staying Power: upto 8 hrs
  • Price: INR 1800 for 10gm
Personal Note: Use with a buffing brush for a good coverage. It looks good on skin and but feels slightly sticky. Needs to be set with a powder.
Creaminess around the eyes is cause of the concealer,

Please note the finish of the foundation on cheekbones and jawline

Select Fix Powder Foundation:

  • Packaging: Tub Packaging with build in mirror and a sponge.
  • Texture: Powder foundation.
  • Coverage: Medium to full Coverage.
  • Finish: Matte powder finish
  • Skin Type: Normal, Combo, Oily skin
  • SPF: No SPF
  • Staying Power: 5+ hrs
  • Price: INR 1800  for 15gm
Personal Note: Always use a primer while applying this foundation. A person tends to confuse it with a compact but is a full coverage powder foundation. Looks good on oily skin.



Mac Select SPF Foundation:

  • Packaging: Glass bottle packaging without pump.
  • Texture: Liquid foundation.
  • Coverage: Light to Medium (buildable) Coverage.
  • Finish: Natural/ Matte finish
  • Skin Type: All
  • SPF: 15
  • Staying Power: 6-8 hrs
  • Price: INR 1800  for 30ml
Personal Note: Water based liquid foundation. Can look cakey so you need to blend very carefully.
Concealer is used around eyes. Please note the texture around cheekbone and jawline

 

Mac Face and Body Foundation:

  • Packaging: Plastic bottle packaging with a nozzle.
  • Texture: Liquid foundation.
  • Coverage: Light sheer Coverage.
  • Finish: Natural Dewy finish
  • Skin Type: All
  • SPF: 15
  • Staying Power: 8hrs
  • Price: INR  1700 for 50ml
Personal Note: At first I didn’t like this foundation at all; I never even used the samples I got. But recently I retried it and fell in love with this one. It has a very liquidy texture and goes on very sheer but more you blend it gives better coverage and changes the texture. It gives a slight dewy finish which doesn’t look unnatural like Mineralized foundation.
I haven’t reviewed Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation.
I hope this might sort out some confusion while choosing a Mac foundation.
More details on foundation will in another post.
A Mac concealer post will be coming up next.
Stay Beautiful :)
Shweta