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.
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.
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:
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. 🙂
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).
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.
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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