MAC PRO LONGWEAR MAC claims that this is a long wearing foundation for up to 15 hours, that can control oil in hot and humid conditions and applies smoothly with a “natural” finish. I have finished an entire bottle of this and can attest to the mattifying and long wearing claims. I NEVER have to top this off with powder, if you did, it would be too much and can look cakey. I’ve worn this for over 12 hours and it looks almost the same as when first applied, no oxidation, just some slight shine on my nose. This is medium coverage and has a natural finish-it looks matte but not overly dull or super dry to the touch. It never felt heavy on the skin but does well in covering redness and enlarged pores. You do have some time to blend before it dries completely and applies best with a stippling or a flat top synthetic brush. Now some cons, I have oily combo skin and this was great to wear in the summer but in the winter time my cheeks and the area around my lips flake. This will accentuate any dry patches so if you have dry skin, avoid this completely. Also, I don’t think this foundation photographs well, it washes me out and my face looks dull with flash photography. The color selection is wide but does lean towards those with yellow undertones so those with cooler undertones might have trouble finding a match. These cons however do not take away on what a great foundation this is for those with very oily skin. This was a life saver in the 100 degree Texas weather.
MAC MATCHMASTER MAC claims this foundation uses technology to cover yet allow your “true” skin to show, it’s a demi-matte, medium coverage, and has line-reducing soft focus powders. MAC does away with the NC/NW colors and replaces it with the range of 1-10 shades. This is definitely more neutral than their other foundations and appeals to a wider range of undertones (it matched me perfectly). This has the finish and feel if you combined Studio Fix Fluid and Pro Longwear together. The demi-matte finish is not completely dry to the touch and I always powder at least my T-zone with this. The application is fantastic, it’s very smooth, easy to blend and looks the most natural in real life. I find this is best to wear at the end of summer and early winter. It doesn’t control oil as well as Pro Longwear but does pronounce my dry patches when it starts to get really cold. This never oxidizes and it’s my favorite so far for a night out or when I know I’m going to get photographed. My face really does look very smooth and almost airbrushed in my pictures, although I haven’t really noticed any of the line-reducing claims. I love the natural finish and lightweight feel but wished it controlled oil better.