MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Match made in heaven?

Even though I keep telling myself that I’m going to stop using MAC foundations I still get intrigued whenever MAC releases a new foundation. The latest release is the Matchmaster foundation which is described as (From the MAC website) ‘A virtually “invisible” foundation with coverage influenced by your own skin tone. A breakthrough patented formula technology with a spectrum of 14 light to deep dark shades. Discover shade intelligence!’ and  ‘New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.’

The MUA told me that this foundation is supposed to work with your skin’s undertones to give you a perfectly ‘matched’ foundation. As soon as I heard this a ‘gimmick alert’ warning siren started going off in my mind but I thought I’d hold my judgment until giving it a go for myself. I’m sick of having a MUA try something on me and tell me ‘it’s a perfect match’ when the colour is clearly wrong so I got a sample of 3 of the 14 shades available to try at my own leisure.

The shade numbering doesn’t follow the standard MAC system of the NC’s & NW’s (because your own undertone apparently shows through) and are simply numbered from 1 to 14. I picked up a sample of shade #4, #5 and #6. I was told that as an NC42, I was most likely to be shade #5 but that some people fall in between so to try the other two as well.

Swatched below is Estee Lauder Double Wear in 5W1 Bronze, MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC42, MAC Matchmaster foundation in shades #5, #6 and #4.

From left to right: Swatches of Shade #4, #5 and #6 when wet ( on the top) and when dry (on the bottom)

I applied shade #5 on to my face to show you how it looks. I don’t know if it’s ‘matched’ my undertone or whether it just happened to have the right amount of yellow in it for my skin tone but I think #5 was a pretty good match. I just thought it might have been a tiny bit too light in person but not so much that it’s an obvious difference. I’m really curious whether those in the NW shade range who are matched to #5 will find that it shows up with cooler undertones to match their skin. If you know the answer, please let me know below.

Even though I can’t tell you one way or the other whether this actually does what it says colour wise, I can tell you that MAC hit the nail on the head with the ‘demi-matte’ description. The texture of this foundation is really light weight which is unusual for matte finish foundations and it actually feels really good on the skin. I have normal to combination skin and I found that my skin felt really comfortable without the tightness or flaking that I associate with matte foundations.

The coverage is definitely medium buildable and in the picture above I’ve only used the equivalent of one pump. It covers my scarring quite well with minimal product so I was happy. The only thing I will say is that, as a matte foundation, if you apply too much this stuff can start to look really heavy and powdery so just exercise some caution. Like they always say, it’s easier to add more makeup if you’ve put on too little than it is to wipe away makeup if you’ve added too much.

I wore it out from 8 am to about 5 pm (about 9 hours) and it wore really well with minimal fading as you can see in the picture above. This is pretty impressive considering I only set it with a tiny bit of translucent powder. I get quite oily in my t-zone like a lot of people but I found that this foundation controlled the oil quite well so I can see this being a good option for those with oily skin.   I don’t know how this would work on people who have dry skin but generally mattes don’t really play well and something with more moisturising properties is usually better. It also has SPF 15 in it which is either a pro or a con depending on your feelings about the effectiveness of SPF in foundations.

This product is selling for $32.50 US/$59AUD for a 35ml bottle which is slightly pricier than most MAC foundations but you do get about 5ml more. I would recommend this foundation granted you can find a colour match. All in all, even if the ‘matching’ aspect might be a gimmick, this is a pretty solid release by MAC.

Have any of you tried this foundation yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know below.

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5 Comments on “MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Match made in heaven?”

  1. October 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM #

    Oooh it looks lovely on you! I'm so pleased other people are liking it as much as me, considering Temptalia's luke-warm review. I really, really like this one and have worn it nearly everyday since I bought it last month! I can't wait to see how it performs as the weather gets colder too, as my skin will be a lot less oily.

  2. October 18, 2011 at 12:09 AM #

    Thanks Cami! I went and looked at her review and you're right she doesn't seem super impressed with it but I think it's really nice. I think it's great as long as you don't pack on too much of it because then it starts to look really mask like!

  3. September 11, 2012 at 5:45 AM #

    i have 5.0 & i love it!!! looks flawless on you =)
    have you done a review on the estee lauder double wear foundation 5w1 yet??? im interested in it but id love to see it appliedon your face like u did hear! =)

  4. Dia
    March 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM #

    The foundation looks good on you, liking the creaminess. I’m an NC42 as well, what would be the perfect BareMinerals original foundation corresponding shade?

    • April 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM #

      Hi Dia,

      Unfortunately I haven’t found a match in BareMinerals. I tried it but the colour pack I got didn’t suit my skin tone and I didn’t like the formula so I never bothered to try and get a proper colour match. I hope you find your match!

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