Aug 07 2015

FF: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation


After stalking my local MAC store for several weeks, I finally managed to get my hands on the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. It was a frustrating situation because while they had received the foundations (earlier than I expected for this jurisdiction), they hadn’t received the testers. (Apparently the testers come separately, who knew?) I couldn’t wait any longer and gambled, opting for the shade NC 25.


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review


The Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation is MAC’s newest foundation offering. With promises to be a “waterproof formula that lasts for 24 hours [that] can be used as a foundation or concealer”, I had to try it. MAC claims that “neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.” It also claims to be oil-free, transfer-resistant, non-acnegenic, to stay true to color and hydrate the skin.

Packaging: A convenient, simple no-frills but sleek tube which allows for decent control over how much of the product is dispensed.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review (3)

Shade Selection: The usual MAC selection offering shades NC 15 to NC 50 and NW 15 to NW 50. As mentioned, I choose the shade NC 25 based on being color matched in a different formulation (Studio Fix Fluid). It was a pretty good match, but I did find the Nourishing Waterproof foundation to be tad lighter than the other formulations in the same shade category.

Coverage: Light/Medium but buildable to a more solid medium. To me, this foundation is by no means full coverage and as such, it’s difficult for me to see it as a concealer substitute unless one is accustomed to a lighter coverage concealer. In other words, this will cover some minor redness and unevenness but not necessarily acne marks or brown spots. I applied two light layers to the back of my hand to demo:


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review

Bare Hand (Left); Two Light Layers of the MAC Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (Right)


Application Notes: This foundation is a light cream formula and it’s kind of nice to use something that isn’t so fluid for a change. However, I did experience some minor difficulties when it came to blending the foundation on my skin. I’ve tried it with a Beauty Blender, flat top blending brush as well as a more rounded dense brushes like the Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I don’t prefer it with a Beauty Blender because I find that the dampness of the sponge does not mesh well with the foundation formula, leading to a less than seamless finish. In fact, this foundation doesn’t seem to play well with water-based products in general. Using a brush alone doesn’t seem to work that well either. For me, the best way to apply the foundation is to go in first with a dense flat top brush and then finish with a dry Beauty Blender. I’ve heard that fingers work great but you all know, I’m not into that. 🙂


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation NC 25


Finish: With it’s matte finish, I think oily to combination skin would prefer the formulation over those with drier skin types. Too many layers of the MAC Nourishing Waterproof Foundation and you run the risk of getting into “cakey” territory.

Wear: I haven’t gone swimming with this on or taken a shower, but I can attest to the fact that it holds up in rain, humidity and copious amounts of sweat (I’m in the tropics, people). Much like my beloved Clinique Stay Matte, moisture tends to gather on the surface of my face like little beads without penetrating the foundation itself. As a result, there is no breakdown or streaking.

The foundation is long-wearing as promised and manages to last through a work day and then some on my oily combo skin without budging and with no blotting required (unless I get really, really hot). It’s also pretty transfer-resistant which is always nice when you wear suits.

Other Notes: This foundation is fragrance-free and there is no discernible smell. No breakouts or irritations experienced. Does not oxidize. I’ve heard that the formula contains some skin benefits as well (anti-oxidants).


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review


Final Thoughts: I like but do not love this foundation, mostly because I think I have to work too hard to get a nice, smooth finish. I should point out (as I always try to do) that even though I’m oily-combo, I do suffer from dehydration and my skin is “maturing” shall we say, as I approach my mid 30’s. More and more with each passing year, I find myself drifting away from some of my long-time favorite matte formulations to more satin and ever-so-slightly “dewy” finishes. However, the MAC Nourishing Waterproof foundation is so fantastic for the hot weather that I have to give it a recommend if you’re an oily girl trying to cope with sweat and humidity.

Retails at MAC US for $33.00 USD, MAC UK for £25.50 and MAC Canada for $39.50 CAD. Available at MAC stores in Nassau, The Bahamas.


Have you tried the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation? How did you get on with it? Are you oily, normal, combo or dry?





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  1. Aww.. this could be a perfect foundation for countries like mine.. gosh seems like we’re going to have a forever summer here though its already rainy season hihi..

    Jhem |

    1. It’s pretty much like Summer year round here as well. 🙂 Though we do get the winds from being so near to the ocean.

  2. I’ve been on the lookout for a good foundation for dry skin…My skin has changed so much in the last few years, from oily/combination to dry.. But this sounds like an amazing foundation if you’re on the oily side and I like that it’s waterproof!

    Rosie’s Life

    1. My skin has change over the past few years as well. What foundations are you using now?

      1. I’m using the MAC tinted moisturizer or the Mineralize Foundation…but I feel that none of them do the trick right…

        1. I’ve been loving the NARS Luminous Foundation but I know that one is pricey….

  3. The trick is to go easy and use veeeeery little! If I use to much of this I also struggle to make it look nice and smooth and natural.

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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      Thanks for the tip, Melissa. I have used a light layer and still have problems. Choke it up to different skin types and conditions. 🙂

  4. Great review Kimmy! I was interested in this foundation but I think I won’t bother now as I’ve read also some other not so positive reviews. I am the same, used to use matte foundations all the time and now my skin is not as oily as before I actually enjoy some dewy foundations. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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      Hope the review was helpful, hun. Isn’t it amazing how our tastes change over time? 🙂

  5. Doesn’t sound like this would suit my skin given that it’s dry. Great review! xx


      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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      Thanks, sweetie. Yeah, I think drier skin types will have a hard time.

  6. There has been mixed reviews on this foundation with most leaning towards negative. I’ll have to pass on this because my skin flirts between dry and very dry. Great review, Kimmy.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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      Thank you, Shireen. I’m glad it was helpful. 🙂

  7. Great review Kimmy! I have been wondering about MAC foundations and see reviews on many different ones. I hadn’t really seen a review yet on this one but it sounds like it works all right. I have normal skin so I don’t know how this would work on my type of skin with it being more matte. 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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      If you have a MAC near you, I’d ask them for a sample. You never know, foundations can work differently on people. 🙂

      1. True! I would definitely want to try a sample first no doubt. 🙂

  8. When I first started reading this, I thought the foundation was going to be some sort of crazy high coverage, camouflage style foundation but it’s actually A LOT more sheer/medium! I haven’t tried any MAC foundations – my skin specialist told me to stay well clear of MAC because of my acne issues xx


      • Kimmy on August 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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      I’d also heard that MAC foundations don’t play with acne prone skill well. Granted, I’ve never tried one before this. I develop acne at a drop of a hat and I don’t find that his foundation is any worse at aggravating my skin than any other foundation I use. 🙂

  9. I have the original MAC Pro Long Wear which is thick in formula too but I do find that it blends well with a beautyblender, in fact it’s the only way I apply it & it lasts well also. Shame that you have to work so hard with it to get a nice smooth finish x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. Actually I haven’t tried the original (or any MAC foundation before this one….besides their powders….maybe I did years ago, but can’t remember. Hehe). I’ll bear in mind what you’ve said if I ever do, though. 🙂

  10. Awesome review! I think this just got released here, I’ve heard so many YouTubers raaaave about this, so its great to read your thorough review!! Ive got so many foundations on the go I dont think I can justify buying this guy!

    1. Thank you, Christina. I recently finished up a few bases so didn’t feel too bad about purchasing a few new ones to try (even though I probably still have way too many, hehe)

  11. Interesting. I use the other foundation and would love to try this one out! I have quite oily skin, so this may be a welcomed change for me! Thanks for sharing this.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    1. Hiya, Denise. If your skin is on the oilier side then this may work well for you. Give it a try (sample) if you can! 🙂

  12. I was really excited about this product when I first saw it but am left feeling ‘blah..’ Great review! It sounds like far to much effort for a semi decent formula. I also personally prefer a more dewy look to my skin, loved your honest review!! Thanks 🙂 xx

    1. If you’re after dewy, I definitely would say this isn’t it. 🙂

  13. Waterproof sounds like a nightmare to blend, I would have expected nothing else.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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      That’s a good point! 🙂

  14. Hey Kimmy, thank you so much for the review! I have heard great things about this, and I can’t believe it won’t be available here till SEPTEMBER (when summer is more than likely OVER already. Come on, MAC)! I am actually very impressed by how skin-like the finish looks. Sorry to hear it’s more work, but then again if it actually holds up, I think it’s a fair trade-off!

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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      That sucks! That’s worse than us…wow! You’re probably right, it is a fair trade-off. I’m just lazy most days, haha. But honestly, it’s not that big of a deal to work with it a little. I also wish the coverage was a tad higher.

  15. this is great! the heat can be so punishing sometimes. all this heat and humidity tends to melt my make-up. i’ll check this out. thanks for the review

    Jessica |

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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      Tell me about it. It’s sweat city over in these parts. 🙂

  16. Now I’m tempted to get it! I do want to use up some of my other foundations up before I buy new one, but it just sounds so good. The weather has been so humid here lately that non of my foundations want to stay on :/

      • Kimmy on August 17, 2015 at 11:54 am
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      This one is really good for when you are sweating (and for oily skin). Also the Clinique Stay Matte. 🙂

    • Christy Peeples DuBois on August 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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    After the foundation I used changed formulas years ago I haven’t found one I truly love and I have been determined to find one that works with my oilier than you can imagine skin and has gotten oilier as I age rather than the reverse which I read is the norm. But have about given up until I ran into your review on this foundation. It sounds like this is definitely worth getting a sample to try anyway. Thanks so much for your thorough and honest review.

      • Kimmy on September 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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      Which one were you using before that they changed? I’m so happy to hear this review was helpful, sweetie. If you do sample this, let me know how it works out for you x

  17. Hi Kimmy! I used to love this foundation so much but it got less effective the longer i had it. I started developing skin sensitivities to it and I later found out that a lot of people react to MAC foundations. Sorry it didn’t love it. I also like dewy foundations too 🙂

    1. Oh wow! Really? I’d stopped using it for a while but started again this Summer. So far, so good nothing bad has happened! Hope it stays that way. 🙂

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