Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Review; MAC Matchmaster Foundation

Good afternoon guys! 

It's official, I've finished my Alevels and I no longer need to go to school! It's really exciting but sad at the same time, as I will miss everyone who is leaving Newcastle to go to Uni somewhere else. I will also miss all my teachers as most of them have taught me for over 4 years - It seems really geeky and stupid to say that buts it's true! They are all great teachers and I will miss them and their lessons :(  The next time I will be in school is to sign off, then collect my results which is super scary to think about!

Today I will be reviewing another sample I got at MAC. When I had my makeup done in MAC (you can read a little more about it here) the lady used the Matchmaster foundation, which I then asked for a sample off as it seemed to be something  I would like. 

MAC promo image

What MAC says;
"With our all races credo, we’re redefined what a perfect match should be with new Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 technology, using translucent pigments to create a formula that enables a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin tone. Adding to Matchmaster’s true-to-life appeal is its moisturizing demi-matte finish, medium buildable coverage, and line-reducing soft focus powders. Add the fact that this formula reduces excess shine-creating oil, and who could resist?"

Typically, I match to NC15 or NW 15 in MAC foundations and the lightest colour in other brands, so in the Matchmaster I was matched with 1.0. I do think it is a really good match, more than my Studio Fix foundation anyway. 

As described by MAC, I would agree that this foundation has a medium coverage but I would say it was more on the lighter side of a medium. One layer didn't cover my imperfections such as my spots and redness so for me a second layer or concealer is a must. Layering the foundation doesn't make it appear cakey or mask-like, meaning you can build the coverage up easily.

Since Matchmaster is a medium coverage foundation, you can still see your skin. So it is great for those who maybe just want to even out their skin-tone but still want a natural look. The finish of this foundation is semi matte. It can be worn without powder leaving your skin with a glow, or with making it more of a matte finish. 

Matchmaster has a liquid texture, making it very blendable. I've didn't have a problem with blending this foundation into my skin and once applied, looked natural and matched perfectly. 

I have worn this foundation for up to 10 hours and it only needed a little powder touch up after 6 hours, it seemed to stay on my face really well, and didn't transfer unlike the Studio Sculpt which I reviewed on Monday - read it here. But I still don't think MAC can claim it "reduces excess shine-creating oil" as for me, it didn't

This foundation comes in 14 different shades, which are different to the normal system as all the colours have neutral under tones. 1.0 is the palest and 10.0  is the darkest. 

To be quite honest, this foundation didn't blow me away. Although it matched pretty much perfectly and stayed on well, I think there are cheaper foundations that do the same thing. Max Factor Lasting Performance is a foundation that does exactly what  Matchmaster does but for less than half the price. 

Max factor is around £10 and Matchmaster is  £24.50

Still don't get me wrong, this foundation is still lovely but I am not blown away to the extent where I'd rush out to purchase it. There really isn't anything that it does for me, that most of my other foundations can't. 

For now, I don't think that I'll be purchasing this foundation in a rush. 

Have you tried Matchmaster?

Leave me a comment, 

Emily X


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