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?