November 17, 2010

You all know that I have a tendency to buy a lot of lip products. What you might not know is that I'm also always looking for the next best foundation. I have about 10 bottles in rotation and though that's probably enough, I still feel like there's something even better out there.

I acquired a sample of the newest addition to MAC foundation family, Pro Longwear, with skepticism. I'm very wary of MAC foundations in general as they tend to transfer and also never seem to have the exact colour match for me. But I'd heard so much rave about this one that I gave it a shout. I must say I loved the sample enough to go and buy a full size. After wearing this foundation for almost 2 months, I'm ready to do a review:

MAC Pro Longwear is hands down the best MAC foundation I've ever tried. It's definitely the longest lasting foundation in my stash. I do not need to set this with a powder and it still lasts with no shine on my combination type skin for over 1o hours. The coverage is closer to medium than full which I like. I find the application pretty easy and breezy. I use MAC 187 and it applies smoothly and evenly. I love how this foundation looks on my face, it's matte but not flat; like a beautiful satiny smooth finish. I also find that this foundation works best without a primer; wearing a primer made the formula a little slippery and the application more difficult for me personally.

My biggest gripe as I mentioned with MAC foundations is the colour matching. I find the line to lack in more neutral/beige undertones. I was matched to NW25 in this foundation (which is normally my match) back in early September and it worked pretty good. I do find it a bit orange on me now that my tan is fading though but manage with a lighter powder on top. It's slightly darker than Studio Fix Fluid in NW25 but slightly lighter yet more orange than studio sculpt in NW25. I would say definitely get matched before you buy even if you know your MAC shade.

Some pics for you:


studio sculpt (NW25) on top, pro longwear (NW25) on the bottom. Couldn't find my bottle of studio fix, sorry guys :(

picture of me wearing MAC pro Longwear in natural daylight setting back in late September

Have you tried MAC's Pro Longwear Foundation? How do you like it? What is your favourite foundations?

7 Responses to "Better Late than Never - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation Review"

  1. Laura Says:

    Pro Longwear foundation is amazing, but I agree with you on the lack of neutral shades. I was matched as an NW20 (my usual Studio Sculpt shade) which is almost perfect but ever so slightly too orange. It seems to be neutralised by my blotting powder though so all is not lost!

  2. Shadowy Lady Says:

    Laura - i agree, the NW's seem to be a bit orange in this foundation. But then the NC's are too yellow. Made mine work for now with powder but in the dead of winter it'd be dark even with lighter powder

  3. So Very Fabulous Says:

    This foundation looks great on you! I hope to try it eventually, though I just bought 2 new foundations at IMATS so it might not be for a while. I hear good things about the concealer as well.

  4. Shadowy Lady Says:

    Jen - It's a very good foundation. I just hope it also came in NW23, lol! I gotta try that FA foundation!

  5. Jennifer Says:

    I bought the ProLongwear foundation after getting my makeup done with it for an event. I went to a concert and I swear my makeup was still in place perfectly! I normally wear studiofix daily, but this is for going out. I love it.

  6. Shadowy Lady Says:

    Jennifer - u're right this stuff doesn't move!

  7. Bedalyz Says:

    I bought this a little more than a month ago. To me it is the best MAC foundation I've tried to date. The others (except the tinted moisturizer) have caused my skin to breakout.

    I have to say I'm still playing with it, looking for ways of application that really suit my skin. In ProLongwear I'm NC40, while in studion fix I'm NC 37. Def very yellow, which is fine with me.

    I find it a bit drying, have to moisturize more than ever when using this. Almost no transfer and last for a few hours.

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