Us ladies always have a way when it comes to makeup products. No matter what the occasion is, we always have the "what makeup do I wear?" question in mind. But other than wearing makeup just to go with the occasion or our outfit, we wear makeup to look beautiful and enhance our facial features, I personally go for they eyes but not too heavy. Sometimes, people tend to overdo makeup but unless you are a clown who needs extreme application of foundation, face powder, lipstick, and eye makeup, you are not excused from this boo-boo.
What is a foundation?
Makeup should make you look clean, fresh, and most importantly -- natural. This naturally clean and fresh look first starts with a foundation. Foundation is the first thing you apply when doing your makeup, of course after your facial moisturizer or primer. This evens out the skin tone, serves as a base for concealer to coverup blemishes, fine lines, dark spots, and other skin flaws.
Most of the time, people get confused with all the names and descriptions cosmetic companies has for their foundations. We'll try to go over and explain the basics so when a saleslady approaches you and offers you all this powder-based, medium foundation or sheer, mineral-based foundation you'll understand what she's talking about and you can probably ask questions about your own preference and need.
Let us start with the coverage, there is: sheer, light, medium, and full coverage foundation. The coverage is the transparency of the foundation. The least coverage, the least it can hide skin imperfections. The most transparent is the sheer, it doesn't hide any discolorations but it helps with minimizing skin discolorations from the skin tone. Light and medium coverage can help you even out skin tone, hide skin imperfections such as freckles, fine lines, pimple marks. It works for those with oily skin too because it covers blotchiness and excess oil too. Now, if you have scars or birthmarks on your face, sheer, light, or medium might not do the trick for you, what you would need is a foundation with full coverage. Sometimes referred to as "corrective" makeup, full coverage foundation has more pigmentation therefore can hide darker skin imperfections.
Now that you have an idea about foundation coverage, let us go to the formulation of foundation. Yeah, it rhymes too. There are several formulation from all cosmetic companies that it might be overwhelming for some (including myself). So instead of going through each one's description, let's just stay with the most common formulations which are: water-based, powder-based, and mineral makeup. Powder-based foundations usually provides more coverage than other formulations because it has more pigments which is good when you have discoloration and fine lines you want to conceal and oily skin you want to matte. This formula commonly comes in a pressed pan packaging and can also be used for finishing touches. Water-based foundations come in water-based cream, water-based oil-free, and water-based transfer-resistant. It's too much, I know. Basically, they are liquid or creamy in form and can provide sheer to full coverage. Their packaging also varies from tubes or jars. Unlike the pressed powder-based or the creamy water-based, mineral makeup comes in loose powder form.
The different MAC Foundations
MAC Cosmetics has a variety of foundation for everyone to choose from. If you have dry or oily skin, no need to worry because there is definitely a MAC foundation that would work perfectly for your skin type.
Here is list of MAC foundation, both for oily and dry skin. Read and find out which ones of these products is what you need.
MAC Foundation for oily skin
One of the problems that ladies with oily skin worry about is that foundation might make their face look oily and feel so icky and uncomfortable especially if it's cream-based. That is not a problem with MAC foundation.
• Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation - this demi-matte foundation offers medium coverage with translucent pigments. It comes in 12 shades: 1, 1.5, 2 - 6, 7, 7.5, and 8 - 10. 1 being the lightest and 10 the darkest shade.
• Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - unlike the MAC Mineralize Satinfinish foundation's coverage, this one is light and sheer enough to be a setting powder to finish your foundation.
• Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 - this foundation gives a long lasting result with medium to heavy coverage. Since it can last all day, it is good for oily skin and blotting excess oil.
• Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation - if you're skin is not that oily, studio fix powder plus will work on you. It has medium to slightly heavy coverage.
These MAC foundation for oily skin works several ways: mattes oily skin, covers skin imperfections, provides light to heavy coverage, and all these without caking or feeling uncomfortable about it. It is easy to blend and build up and finishes naturally.
MAC Foundation for dry skin
As much as it is worry-some for those with oily skin to find a good foundation, those with dry skin might also have some difficulties searching for a foundation that won't make their skin more dry. MAC foundation also has something to compliment and improve your dry skin.
• Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation SPF 15 - if you want a foundation with a seemingly pearl finish, this might be the one you'd choose. Light to medium coverage, this liquid foundation is best if you have dry to normal skin.
• Studio Sculpt SPF 15 - remember the different foundation formulations? Well, this one falls under the water-based foundation which offers medium to full coverage. Meaning, it works well with concealing those dark spots, freckles. It has that gel, water-like feel which makes it good for dry skin.
• MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 - because it's not matte or satin in finish, this MAC foundation can blend well on normal to dry skin and since it is longwear, you can expect none to minimal touchups needed.
MAC foundations has special formulations where there is liquid-to-powder foundations that is helpful to basically all skin types. You just have to test and choose the right one among all these choices available.
MAC Foundation reviews
Raves or rants aside, MAC foundation is a sure must have MAC product, and user reviews can back this up. The MAC foundations for oily skin and MAC foundations for dry skin can actually be tested and played around, sometimes those listed under the oily skin category can work pretty well for those with dry skin and vice versa. We can see this when we read reviews about MAC foundations.
To help you around, there are makeup bloggers who have first-hand experience with MAC foundations. If you are curious about what the current MAC foundation users has to say, here's a short list of some pretty good ones from makeup bloggers:
These reviews has the most common questions we all have in mind:
• does it work?
• does it have any smell whatsoever?
• how to apply the foundation?
• are there any irritations or benefits?
The reviews we shared along with a lot more on the internet has the answers to these questions but of course, nothing beats experience, right? These MAC foundation reviews are just here to guide and familiarize us about the different MAC foundations.