Pro Longwear Foundation
A foundation that promises to wear for 15 hours is bound to prompt some curiosity, but does Pro Longwear deliver on its promise? Well, in the sense that it stays on your skin, yes. However, someone with oily skin won’t find this leaves them looking fresh-faced and matte all day, or even for a few hours. Still, this is a silky liquid foundation that provides medium coverage from the get-go.
It’s difficult to get light coverage from this foundation, so you have to be okay with medium coverage. It does go on silky and it’s easy to blend, but the matte finish feels a bit tacky. This foundation tends to sit on top of skin rather than mesh with it as today’s best foundations do. As a result, lines, large pores, and crevices are magnified rather than downplayed, especially if you’re not adept at blending.
Given this foundation’s mixed bag of pros and cons, it isn’t your best option. On a positive note, M.A.C. created options for fair to dark skin tones, and most of the colors are excellent. The ones to avoid, or at least to consider carefully, include: NW25 (peach), NC42 (too gold for most medium skin tones), NC45 (orange), NW30 (slightly peach), NW40 (very peach), and NW50 (consider with caution because it turns slightly ash).
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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