M.A.C. describes this twist-up stick concealer as a "colour-true" formula that provides medium buildable coverage with a natural satin finish", and that's accurate! The creamy-smooth texture glides on without feeling greasy, and although it stays a bit creamy once set, it has only a slight tendency to creep into lines around the eyes. You can almost completely negate this by smoothing results with a concealer brush and then setting with a light dusting of powder.
The fragrance-free formula provides medium coverage that layers well if you need more camouflage, while the light cream texture is ideal for use around the eyes (it's too thick for use on breakout-prone areas, though).
Matchmaster Concealer also works well to hide brown spots or patches of uneven skin tone, and it's shade range, while not as varied as what M.A.C. typically offers, is still commendable. All of the shades pull noticeably warm, meaning they're either to the yellow side of neutral, gold, or somewhat peachy. None of the 12 shades should be avoided outright, but shades 4–6 are going to be trickier to work with for those with medium to tan skin tones. No shades have what would be considered a cool (pink- or blue-based) undertone, but what's presented is workable for light to medium-dark skin tones.
Rating-wise, we're being a bit more generous with this concealer because there are so few true cream (instead of cream-to-powder) formulas that are this easy to work with and provide such great coverage plus enough moisture that the eye area won't look dry or drab. For those reasons and other points mentioned above, Matchmaster Concealer is worth a look!
- One of the few all-around great true cream concealers.
- Easy to apply and blend, especially around the eyes.
- Good coverage of dark circles and brown spots.
- Impressive range of shades for fair to medium-dark skin tones.
- Slight tendency to crease into lines around the eyes.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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