MAC SPF 15 Matchmaker Foundation Review & Swatches

Last September Mac Cosmetics added a brand new foundation to their line -- MAC SPF 15 Matchmaker ($32) Foundation. The foundation uses technology using translucent pigments to enable a personalized finish. It works with your skin's undertone. It's a medium build-able liquid coverage foundation.

*Approximate Shade Matches from MAC* (courtesy of Temptalia)

1.0 | NC15

1.5 | NW15

2.0 | NC20, NC25, NW20

3.0 | NC30

4.0 | NC 35, NC37, NW30

5.0 | NC40, NC41, NC42

6.0 | NW33, NW35, NC44

7.0 | NW40, NW43, NC45

7.5 | NC50, NC55

8.0 | NW44, NW45

8.5 | NW46, NW47

9.0 | NW48

9.5 | NW50, NW55

10.0 | NW58, NW60

I was matched by an artist to 3.0 and in the store, the color looked great and wore well. The MAC artist used a stippling brush to apply. Once I got home I tried to apply it different ways:

1. Using my fingers -- I got the most compliments this way. It almost applied like a tinted moisturizer. It blended seamlessly into my skin and had super light coverage.

2. Using my MAC Pro Performance Sponge -- It applied like a medium coverage foundation, but then the color seemed a bit off -- almost too yellow. When I looked at the chart of shade matches, I normally wear an NC30 to NC35 and it also recommended shade 4.0. I'm debating if I should go back and try that one as well.

3. Using a flat foundation brush -- Results were the same as with the sponge.

4. Using a stippling brush -- It gave me a airbrushed finish, but the color still seemed off a bit.

Overall, I thought the finish was nice, but the shade issue makes me not reach for this foundation as much. 

Have you tried MAC Matchmaker Foundation?

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