I have a very soft spot for MAC products. They were my first ever high end purchase as a budding makeup lover years ago. My first purchase? The wonderful Studio Fix Fluid for none other than that completely flawless, matte base I was after.
I cringe slightly knowing that my skin was actually pretty good back then and yet I was hunting for a full coverage foundation to just blank out my face. Only makeup lovers will understand.
Matte foundations are just, sometimes a necessity. We might be suffering with misbehaving skin and it gives us the confidence to go out everyday. For me it was like painting a canvas. The beginning of the art I wanted to create on my face.
So there I was excitedly standing at a MAC counter in Sydney’s CBD, gift card in hand from a generous friend and ready to spend my birthday money. $50AUD on a foundation was crazy sounding to me but all the same I thought if I was spending so much it had to be good right?
Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Laureth-7, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbic Acid, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol
30ML / 1.0 US Fl OZ also has a slight scent to it and unfortunately broke me out.
Note: I was wearing it everyday and I wasn’t removing it properly in the beginning stages. It doesn’t cause me any issues when I wear it infrequently and double cleanse.
However be warned as many people seem to react to this foundation. Remember! Patch test before if unsure.
MAC Counters in Myer, David Jones and Mecca and Mecca Maxima stores in Australia.
For all other countries https://www.maccosmetics.com/choose-location
Love at First Application
This is a very thick, buildable foundation. If you’re not into makeup on the heavier side then steer clear. You don’t need a whole lot to go a long way either. Apply one thin layer and see how you feel, add another if you feel you’re needing the extra coverage.
From memory I needed to thin layers to get full coverage. I.e no redness peeking through corners of my nose.
MAC has a solid range of about 50 shades so finding your match shouldn’t be too difficult. I for one was sold an NC15 which can tend to look a little too yellow on me (either that or I’m too heavy handed with my application). It just never looked correct. However over the years the shade range has been extended to include fairer and deeper tones. I haven’t been matched since the stone ages.
NC and NW Whaat?
This can be a little confusing. But let me break it down. The codes MAC use for their shades are;
- NC = Neutral Cool – for warm toned skin
- NW = Neutral Warm – for cool toned skin
No I didn’t make a mistake with those descriptions. It’s actually better to think of the whole NC and NW thing as;
- NC = Not Cool
- NW = Not Warm
Basically pick the one you’re not, either not cool toned or not warm toned.
After all these years I believe I am actually NW and a lighter shade. Alas I haven’t been back to be matched and only have this old bottle of Fluid in the wrong shade.
Recommendation and why I love it
- Gives you unbelievably, flawless skin
- Looks better as the day goes on
- Has a lasting power like no other
I’d recommend this classic. It’s truly one of the most popular bestsellers of MAC’s foundations for a reason and one that’s been around for years.
Have you tried this foundation and what are your thoughts?
I do hope you follow on to see more of my MAC favourites in this series.