I've been needing a good quality foundation from ages now! I had 6 in my vanity case but they were all either the wrong shade or basically not the coverage I wanted. I was just so unhappy wearing them everyday and eventually started covering my entire face with concealer.
Now I usually don't give in to the hype for foundations but the reviews I read about MAC Face and Body really intrigued me to give it a go. I like the way people described it and how it looked on their skin. Plus spending £23 for 120ml did not seem that bad a deal anyway.
This was the first time I actually ordered from the MAC website and I have to say their service is fantastic. I got my product delivered in 2 days (or 1?) which is commendable.
I am not going to go into much detail but basically if you are a NC30-35 in MAC, C3 would be the perfect match for you. If you are darker, then C4 and if you are lighter, then C2 and so on I guess.
You know how daunting it can get to find a colour match for Asian skin tones but this colour is the only one till date which matched me so well and I could literally get away with applying the foundation only on my face, leaving the neck as it is.
Because this foundation is water based, expect it to be extremely runny and watery. You can actually see the exact texture of this below. If this is something you might find irritating then avoid this!
It spreads really well though and a little squirt can be blended to cover quite a large area really which is good, as it means you will end up using little product. Can you see how it just blended so seamlessly making the area on my hand look well moisturised and even.
Quite frankly, this is only and exactly what it does to the face too. The coverage is extremely light, even lighter than some tinted moisturisers (hello Laura Mercier!) in the market. So if you're looking for a tinted moisturiser, I highly recommend this.
The brilliant thing about this product is that you can build it up to a medium coverage and this is one of the reasons I love it. I like to use two layers of this on my face and it gives me fresh dewy skin in seconds.It helps you achieve well moisturised skin and this is what you should aim for, as heavy foundations can possibly age your appearance.
And a picture to give you an indication of how it looks on me.
No matter how much of this foundation I pile on, it will never and I mean ever appear cakey or feel heavy on the skin. Okay, now there are darker areas around the mouth and some blemishes that this does not hide but what's concealer for eh?
Holy Grail or Hyped? Personally this is Holy Grail for me. But that is because I have reached a stage where I would rather let my blemishes be seen then having people stare at my face looking for obvious traces of foundation. It lets my skin be seen through and does not look like a mask for a change. Its just my skin but better. I may be saying this because my skin's been surprisingly clear from a while and am enjoying that!
It might however seem totally hyped to some of you who may tried this. I took a lot of time getting used to it because of its coverage. You might not even want to waste you money on a big bottle of tinted moisturiser, fair enough. Some may feel this product defies the purpose of foundation which is meant to cover and not show your skin through.
How to Apply? I found the best way to apply this is with fingers and only fingers really. It gives maximum coverage that way, spreads easily and takes 2 minutes. However if you have a good quality flat top buffer brush, that will work just fine.
I love this stuff and its the best investment I've made in a cosmetic product till date. It makes my skin look great in day light and in flash. You can call me lovestruck ♥
p.s. I've heard this foundation separates and that you should keep it in the fridge and all that. I don't want the bottle to smell of curry now do I? We'll see what we can do when it actually separates shall we.