MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 - $33 at MACcosmetics.com or any MAC store/counter
(Photo taken from Temptalia.com. I believe it was the promo photo for the foundation.)
MAC’s website describes this foundation as having “new foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your skin’s own undertone." They claim that Matchmaster Foundation has a "moisturizing demi-matte finish with line-reducing soft-focus powders.”
First of all, this foundation technology is not new. This foundation was released Fall 2011. I’d say they’re about three years late on the “adjusts to your skin’s undertone” technology. In reality, this foundation does not adjust to your skin’s undertone. It is simply neutral. The MUA at the counter I went to told me it should turn pink to help even out my red undertones, but really it’s just beige. It’s not yellow, not pink, just between. Which is really, what I’ve understood, is what MAC was going for when introducing this foundation.
But be warned, if you’re looking for a foundation that will miraculously make you look like you have naturally flawless skin, this is not it. I didn’t have a problem with this being neutral and not actually adjusting to my skin’s undertone. I don’t really believe that line anyway, to be honest.
My biggest problem is that I was given this and told that it would be good for my dry skin. The website says that it is moisturizing, which is the biggest lie that I have ever run across in a foundation I have ever tried.
THIS IS NOT A MOISTURIZING FOUNDATION. By any means, it is not. It left my skin dry and flaky. My skin is dry, but it is not flaky dry. I only get flaky, dry patches when I have a cold and am wiping my nose with a tissue all the time. It’s actually been relatively mild and humid lately, so my skin should not feel like the Sahara Desert. I had to use a combination of moisturizer and Vaseline last night to keep some sort of moisture in, and when I woke up this morning my chin, nose, upper lip, and cheeks were still so dry.
After giving this two test runs, I will say: If you have dry skin, DO NOT USE THIS. No matter what review you see on YouTube that claims that this foundation gets “shiny” after a few hours, RUN FROM IT. It does not get shiny. I suspect it would only appear shiny if you have oily or oily/combination skin.
It does not disguise any lines. In fact, it settles into lines and emphasizes them more.
The finish is alright. It’s matte, not “demi-matte.”
Another problem I had with this foundation, that I’ve read that a lot of people do, is that it breaks me out. I’m not about to stick with a foundation that breaks me out. Nope. Sorry. I went through seven years of acne, I’m not doing that again.
The smell is a faint chemical smell, nothing super overwhelming. If you’re sensitive to smells, though, you won’t like it.
Overall, I’d suggest this for oily or normal skin skin. Don’t use it if you have sensitive or dry skin.
This was a disappointment for me. Back to MAC it goes.