Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mac Pro Longwear Foundation [Review]

The Most Long-Lasting Foundation Ever! 
Finally, I have found you!

I present to you Mac Pro Longwear Foundation!
Mac Cosmetics website describes it as....
"A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection." 
I absolutely love this foundation. It is my HG! I love the formula and the lasting power. It comes with a built in pump. The finish is a "natural" look which is really in between "matte" and "dewy" finish. As it is medium coverage, it evens out my skintone beautifully and I love that it's not sticky at all. I found Studio Sculpt foundation (cream) to be sticky if you didn't put a setting powder. A great thing about this foundation is that you don't even need setting-powder at all. least for me that is. How awesome is that? The finish of this foundation is just amazing!  

My aunties even noticed my skin more and mentioned that I looked more "fresh" and I should always stick to this very foundation. They kept asking what brand and where they could get it. lol I also love that the formula is transfer resistant so you can easily hug your "significant other" without them getting annoyed at you. =P

I believe this is great for people with oily and combination skin. Although, people with dryskin can always sample this foundation first before purchasing. I find it very oil controlling and it doesn't make me look greasy unlike other foundations. Again, I only used it during the fall/winter season.

NW 35 & NC 42
The only negative aspect of this foundation line is that it did not match me correctly. 
I love this foundation formula so much that I was willing to purchase two bottles of these just so that I can get a decent match and be satisfied.
So here is my shade matching dilemma.....
They did not have an NC 43 and NC 42 seemed too yellow and too light in certain areas of my face. The MUA suggested NW 35 to me initially but when I got home it seemed too dark for my entire face. I decided to also purchase NC 42 so I can neutralize it and mix these two shades to achieve a good colour  match. I simply pump NC 42 once and then add a small amount of  NW 35 and VOILA! Also, I did like to additionally apply NC 42 to the cheek (middle areas of my face) since they tend to be the lighter skin areas. sure can sound complicated with the shade mixing and matching! lol 
The price can be an other factor.  It is about $35.50 Cdn. As you pump this foundation out, it can feel thick but you must work fast during the application as it can dry blend away! I apply the foundation with a foundation brush and then use a stippling brush to buff it all out. 
I still have yet to try this foundation out during the summer. It sure was great during the fall and winter season. I hope it continues to satisfy me throughout the spring and summer seasons. 

This is my face after 10 hours of having this foundation on....(No Flash - Pictures taken a few months ago)
I reapplied my lippie here...I cannot exactly recall but I think it was Mac Soar Lipliner pencil all over. I think I had Mac Peaches Blush on as well.
Let's get down to the real deal now....
-Excellent lasting power up to 15 hours
-Medium coverage while being lightweight 
-Foundation bottle comes with a built in pump
-Oil Controlling
-Not sticky
-Transfer resistant 
-Amazing flawless finish (in between matte/dewy)
-Photographs beautifully despite the Spf 10

-Foundation shades are not exactly the same when comparing it to the same numbers in the different foundation lines (ie some shades are more darker, more yellow, more pale)
-Not enough foundation shades, to make a better you may end up mixing the shades to get your exact match (can be pricey with the purchase of two bottles)
-Must blend fast during application as it can dry up quickly
-Hate how Mac is increasing their prices so significantly! 

 Overall Rating: 4/5
 I would've given this a perfect but the shade selection was a bummer.

Overall Thoughts: I love love love this foundation! It stays put while lasting so many hours. I did not mind buying two bottles of this foundation as it truly satisfied me. It was worth the purchase! This is much better than Studio Fix Fluid as I found that foundation to be too thick and cakey for my liking. This foundation finish makes you look radiant and beautiful while having the long lasting power make it even better. I will definitely purchase this again in the future. Although, I still want to try out other foundations like Giorgio Armani for sure.
 Have you tried out Mac Pro Longwear foundation yet? 
I suggest you go sample it today!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Smokey Smokey Grey Eyes FOTD

What I Used
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
Smashbox Primer
Mac Pro Longwear Foundation NC 42 mixed with a tiny amount of NW 35
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer NW 35 mixed with tiny amount of MUFE #10 Full Cover Concealer
Mac Espresso Eyeshadow (Eyebrows)

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eye Primer)
Mac Black Greasepaint (Eye Base)
Mac Vex Eyeshadow (Inner Corner)
Mac Knight Eyeshadow LE and Mac Knight Divine Eyeshadow (Lid)
Mac Saddle Eyeshadow (Above Crease)
Mac Honeylust Eyeshadow (Above Crease)
Mac Print Eyeshadow (Darken Crease)
Mac Shroom Eyeshadow (Highlight)
Mac Feline Eyeshadow (Smudged Eyeliner on lid and waterline)
Asian Brand Lashes
Fresh Look ColorBlends Contacts in Grey
Maybelline Mascara

Mac Blunt Blush (Contour)
Nars Luster Blush
Mac Medium Dark Duo MSF (Highlight Side)

Mac Creme Cup Lipstick
Mac English Accents LE Lipgloss

We're having some bad weather in Toronto and the surroundings right now. I hope everyone is safe throughout this terrible winter storm. Drive safely everyone! =)

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