Tuesday, 31 August 2010

MAC Face and Body Foundation - Holy Grail or Hyped?

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.

45 comments:

sabina said...

i really wana try this coz of the all hype,even though im happy with my foundation.uv made me want it more xx

*Creme Cup* said...

I want to try this too... I think it may be similar to chanels vitaluminare.

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

It looks fab on you. So glad you like it - I love it too. x

BottledBeauty said...

I'm excited to try this foundation! The bottle looks huge and so worth the price.

Pyxiee said...

I have also recently picked this up and I love it! I normally prefer a full coverage but whilst my skin is behaving this is my new fave! It is so easy to blend - I often wear it with 2 layers and set it with mac prep and prime =) it feels super light on my skin. £23 well spent for me xx

Get Gawjus! said...

@Creme Cup - I think this sets better than the Chanel but highly similar! The Chanel one has slightly more coverage.

Michelle (LipstickRules.com) said...

Thanks for such a thorough review! I have been intrigued about this foundation but have hesitated because I've broken out from MAC foundation before. I think now I will see if the Pro store will give me small sample to test out. Looks fantastic on you!

Adorable On Your Vanity said...

A lot of bollywood stars use this one their necks/midriffs/shoulders/arms/wherever your imagination goes. Is it waterproof?

Ansa said...

I need to try this. I keep reading great reviews about it.

welldressedbeauty said...

I really wanna try this!! it looks great on you :)

Simarjit said...

i really want to try this foundation nowww... its been gettin alot of good reviews. x

Get Gawjus! said...

@adorable on your vanity - You know, I've heard its supposed to be waterproof but it ain't quite waterproof in my experience :S It starts dripping!

@Michelle - I can send you a sample hun! Will message you about it :)

TiffanyMonet said...

I've been wanting to try that product! Thanks for the review. =)

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StyleFrost said...

Yes, I know how hard it is find foundation for asian skin! This looks great on your skin, really fresh and natural, would love to try this but not sure if I can give up the coverage I'm used to!

Cheryl♥ said...

Make sure you use this fast! Face and Body expires faster than other foundations...the formula started separating on me and breaking out my skin...otherwise, love this foundation!

sami said...

thanks so much for this review! i was asking myself the same question and i really dont like mac foundations but this definitely looks like something i'm after!

indianmakeupways said...

hey looks amazing on u. I dont know whether its for me as u urself said it acts like a tinted moisturiser. hmmmmmmm i may buy this sometime later when itoo give in to the hype. anyway great find! :)

Mehak said...

i really expected this to have more coverage !... Is the coverage the same as Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer? Or can it be built up to more?

Rakhshanda said...

Looks fantastic on you!thanks for so much for this review...but its sad that I can't get it in India right now.

Miss♥Nikka said...

It looks great on you. Give syou a nice fresh face finish. I want it now.

Computergirl said...

Oh an MUA applied this on me at a shoot one, but we still had to go for concealer too. I like the idea of buyign in bulk- it is a large bottle, but I dont think I'd like to get to the end of it as I woudl have put it all on my face!! Ha ha.
Emma x

Sami said...

I couldn't have put it better myself! I love this foundation for it's natural coverage xx

The Beautifier said...

It looks lovely on you!

Rhamnousia said...

Back before I was blogging I read that the Studio Fix line by MAC was made FOR studios, i.e. for photography and film purposes and wasn't meant for day to day normal wear. I don't know how true that is as it has never been verified.

I have heard a lot of good stuff about the Face and Body and I think either that or something by Bobbi Brown will be my next buy if I EVER finish my current foundation.

Get Gawjus! said...

@Mehak - I have only tried LMTM once and according to me they would be more or less the same coverage. The MAC one is more buildable though and you get more product for the price comapared to LM.

@Computergirl - haha! It would lovely for photoshoots actually!

MEVISH said...

ur making me wana try this one! which one are you using c3? x

Princess Feef said...

this look super gorgeous and flawless <3 ,, i need this in my life =)

"L" said...

This is the next foundation I will try out :)

Desi and the City said...

Thank you for the review. I will definitely buy this soon... :o)

graphology said...

It looks soo good on your skin, very gorgeous :-)

Cynthia Z said...

Great review! I like the HG conclusion coz I was gonna get it soon :D

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roshas said...

your skin looks flawless! i really want this foundation.. however lollipop26 said it would probably not be suitable for dry skin.. so i'm not too sure?? i've been covering up my face with concealer too :( i might head off to Mac soon to get this.. i used to prefer the matte look but now i prefer the natural glowey look.. it takes of years of the skin :) great review.. as always ;D xx

Linda Phuong Tran said...

i love this foundation! holy grail status for me =). i bought it a couple of weeks back and have used it since. i love how sheer it is =). I've heard it can seperate too... but i shake mine up everyday ^_^ ..so i hope that helps even if its just a little =.=' XX

Get Gawjus! said...

@Mevish - its c3 hun :)
@Princess Feef - get it now girlie!
@Graphology and Cynthia - thanks girls!
@Roshas - Infact I thought this behaved really well on my dry-combination skin rosh. It would look lovely on you :)
@Linda - oh! I tend to shake it everyday too hehe, hope that works!

nicoletta said...

I have this and love it too. Looks gorgeous on you x

GREEDS said...

I'm not really a fan of MAC foundation, but you've touched on some pretty good points when it comes to describing how well it's worked for you. Maybe one of these days when I'm in need of a new foundation, I'll actually give it real shot (and not just sample it).

Nice review.

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Miryam Oquendo said...

Good review, thanks for sharing! How long have you been using this product? Have you broke out since using it?

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

wow, that looks amazing. i love that you were able to find such a great foundation--it matches your skin tone so well. i still feel like i'm looking for my perfect foundation too. congrats!

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Amina said...

hmm ultimately this is what i want - tho in reality im nt sure id be comfortable with the coverage - tho i pretty sure im still going to buy this sometime in the future as i have tonnes and i mean tonnes of foundations waiting in my drawers to be trialed and tested

Great review - your skin looks great x

Zaza said...

LOL.. I love your comment on the foundation smelling of curry. xx

Ik said...

You know you've actually made me want to get this! I have heard a lot of good things about this.. But now, I really really feel like trying this out!

Tania said...

I absolutely love this foundation, it looks so natural and the bottle lasts for so long!

x

Cendana K said...

I was a bit unsure too when I was about to purchase this but I am so happy and so glad that I did!! Best foundation purchase! The price for such a huge bottle too! So blendable, so easy to apply and does not look cakey.

:)

Sanelle Vosloo said...

MAC face and body isnt waterproof as it is water based so thats a myth...
Im a make up artist and so many of my models usually have good skin this just makes it look more flawless it also moisturizes as its 70-80 percent water based (some people think it feels sticky) keep it out of he sun and in a coo area to avoid the expire problems - you can also mix these colors to match your skin tone as some can be to pink or yellow..
this is the best for girls prone to dry skin and make up breakouts as it wont mess with your skins ph...
i personally as weird as it sounds hate wearing make up... as i know what it does to your skin - this and macs tinted moisturizer for under the eyes and dry spots work so well together.. if you want extra dewyness and a natural glow ..I suggest using strobe creme on the high planes of your cheeks and eyes

Alma said...

Thanks for the review! I have heard so many awesome things about the face and body that I think I have to give it a go! I am an NC 37 so I think I'll try out the C4 :)