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If you love MAC’s Pro Longwear Foundation, you’re going to love its latest incarnation: MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation. Now the long wearing product you know and love is in a supremely portable compact, perfect for travel or touchups! If you’re looking for a lightweight, matte foundation that gives 10-hour wear, look no further, ladies.
The MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation ($32) is available in 17 shades, so most of you will be able to find a shade for you. We’ve swatched four compacts, so stay tuned to get an idea of the range of hues. Casper the Friendly Me is a wee bit paler than their two lightest shades, NC15 and N18, so if you’re beyond fair be sure to swatch these in person to find your best match, especially if you require a perfect match. And with a full range of shades, I think most every gal will find a great fit.
I’ve been on a compact foundation kick lately and I’d been looking for a creamier compact foundation to take me into the spring and summer and this really fit the bill – it’s creamy with a powdery finish. You can blend this foundation down to go sheer or build it up for more coverage – it’s great for giving a little bit of polish or for kicking things up to full-on glamour. Best of all, not only does this have a matte finish, but it helps keep oil at bay so you can pretty much skip powder. Hooray!
The Pro Longwear Compact Foundation is packaged in classic MAC black, with a few nice touches. There is a large, decent quality mirror so you can touch up on the go and the included sponge applicator is housed separately from the product. Hooray! This keeps things nice and sanitary and seems to add a bit of life to the longevity of the sponge.
Worth noting for the ladies with sensitive skin: the SPF 20 in this product is from octinoxate and titanium dioxide. I can be very sensitive to sunscreens (hives and blisters), but this product gave me zero irritation. My skin is also sensitive to dimethicone, but as long as I applied a moisturizer before applying this, I didn’t get any new breakouts. As someone who can’t stand it when a product promises long wear and doesn’t deliver, I found that the 10 hours of promised wear time was more like 8 hours on my oily skin, which is excellent in my book.
• Lasts 10 hours according to MAC, 8 hours on my oily skin–still respectable wear time
• Didn’t irritate my sensitive skin
• The matte finish banishes oil so well you can skip powder
• I wish this came in a paler shade so I could get a more perfect match.
Overall, I am fairly impressed with MAC’s latest offering. If you love being marvelously matte, check out MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation.!
we heartsters – Do you prefer a matte finish or a more dewy look? Do you have a holy grail foundation?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. Krista has been in the Bermuda Triangle twice and still hasn’t vanished. She is super proud of that.
skin tone: NW15
skin type: sensitive/oily
favorite beauty product: Blush, lots and lots of blush