Hey there bow friends,
I am a huge fan of MAC Pro Longwear concealer, but I haven’t repurchased it in sometime. After I shattered the bottle of it on my tile floor, I decided to dabble in some other concealer options. My interest in the Pro Longwear range peaked recently when MAC released the new(ish) Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know I can appreciate a good MAC base, so I had some high hopes for this one.
Let’s talk about my skin for a second before we get too far into it. I have oily/combination skin and at the time of my trialling this foundation I’ve got a lot of blemishes under the skin on one of my cheeks and a lot of redness going on. When it comes to a foundation, I’m looking for long-lasting coverage that doesn’t look too much.
I like that the packaging is a simple squeeze tube with your typical MAC matte black with soft sparkles. The cap is sturdy, but easy to remove. The entire product is relatively more compact than most of my foundations so it travels well without any accidental spills. This foundation is definitely liquid and I find it comes out a little quickly so I try to dispense it as slow as possible.
According to the MAC site this can be used as a concealer and a foundation to achieve a medium or full coverage. As far as coverage goes, I expected a lot having been in love with the Pro Longwear Concealer. I think saying it can be built to a full coverage is a little generous. When I try to build up coverage I find it begins to look a little cakey. As far as using it as a concealer goes, I think I’d rather just go for the actual Pro Longwear Concealer. I find the foundation definitely gives decent coverage, but it’s nothing miraculous like the coverage offered by the Pro Longwear Concealer.
Time to get out application on. I have the foundation in NC30, which would typically be much too light for me, but this base definitely oxidizes a few minutes after application. Although it does oxidize, I find that it doesn’t turn to a strange orange or anything offensive. I apply the product slowly to the back of my hand and dot it on around my face with clean fingers. As you can tell in these photos, it’s already started to oxidize quite a bit, but it does end up matching my skin well.
I’m a huge fan of the finish I get once blended and I prefer to use the Up and Up Complexion brush over any other tool. I find I get a splotchy result when I use a sponge and I don’t think it blends in well when I use my RealTechniques Expert Face Brush or the Buffing Brush. I’ve even tried to use my fingers and I feel like it just looks like a mask and it needs a brush to be properly buffed in.
When I first apply it, the finish is smooth and velvety. It offers good coverage without looking unnatural or fake. The claims say this foundation is long-wearing and should last for 24 hours. The first time I ever wore it, I worked on blog photos and cleaned for 3-4 hours and then went out to grab food with B. When I got home, I was disappointed to see that it had gotten a bit shiny and started sitting strangely around my nose as well as my pores on my cheeks. One night, I went out for drinks with friends and was outside for quite a bit. When I got home I found it had done the same strange settling around my pores and looked pretty shiny. I always set it with powder and on this long night I even hit it with some Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, but it still got to shine town pretty quickly.
As far as the waterproof claim goes, I’d say that’s pretty spot on. It doesn’t transfer and after hitting it with some water and even after crying, I find it doesn’t go anywhere. Actual removal is pretty quick and easy. I find after a makeup wipe it’s basically all off, but I still double cleanse just to make sure.
You might be thinking that after my two not so fantastic trials of this foundation, that I wasn’t too happy with it’s performance. The important thing about bases is figuring out how they interact with your primers, moisturizer, sprays, and skin in general. I couldn’t get this foundation to last well and stop settling into my pores with my usual primers and moisturizers, until I found the NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray.
This setting spray is currently rocking my world (There will be a review soon, I promise!) and it makes this foundation workable for me. I mist my skin before foundation application and after and I find that it helps add longevity to the foundation as well as keeps it from getting funky in my pores. This combo allows for me to really enjoy the foundation as well as the velvety finish it offers. Someone with dry or normal skin will probably not have any issues with this foundation, but if you are oily, consider a matte setting spray to help give you a fantastic base.
We shall talk soon!