Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Long-wearing is the Name of the Game

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation ($29.50 for 1 fl. oz.) is the newest addition to MAC’s impressive range (at least in number!) of foundations, and it comes to the market with some pretty lofty claims. It’s designed to give up to fifteen hours of wear in any environmental condition while still being lightweight and delivering sheer to medium coverage. The finish is considered “natural,” which isn’t matte but neither dewy — it’s not Studio Fix Fluid (matte!) nor Mineralize Satinfinish (satin… dewy).

On color matching: I picked up NC30, which was my MAC match for a very long time, and I wasn’t sure if these leaned dark/light, so I figured that just might work. I haven’t been to the MAC store in a bit, so I don’t have full knowledge of the range’s shades, but NC30 was a little dark and a touch orange on me; luckily, it’s almost impossible to tell in the comparison photos. (Phew!) I think I’ll grab NC25 next time I’m at MAC, though. I did, however, compare the shade against some of the other MAC foundations I own. It seems in line with Face & Body (a little deeper, but it should be yellower), a definite shade deeper than NC25 in Studio Fix Fluid. However, when compared to Make Up For Ever HD in 140 (which, according to The Foundation Matrix, is equivalent to NC30-NC35), it’s a little darker but looks almost orange in comparison. All in all, like any foundation, try to grab a sample or get matched in-store to avoid embarrassing foundation face!

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 4.7%

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tribehenin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Laureth-7, Hexyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Polymethylsilsequioxane, Dimethicone Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin [ /- Mica, Iron Oxides (C) 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (C) 77891, Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

On finish: This foundation is definitely one of the best MAC foundations I’ve tried to date, and I do love Studio Fix Fluid, though I don’t currently wear it–but I did wear it for nearly three years. (So many foundations, only one face!) The finish is absolutely beautiful; it’s not flat or matte, but it’s not oily, greasy, or “dewy.” It really is natural; there’s a little of that lit-from-within glow going on here. It won’t accentuate your oiliness. However, if you have very dry skin, I think it may be too close to a matte finish and would advise trying before buying. Coverage is light-medium to me; I don’t think it’s sheer, but it can be built up to a more medium coverage. I find it is similar in coverage to Studio Fix Fluid.

On consistency, feel, transfer: It’s has lightweight feel–lighter than Studio Fix Fluid, heavier than Face & Body–with a thinner consistency than Studio Fix Fluid but not as watery as Face & Body. It dries down quickly (so work in sections or be quick about your business!) and doesn’t feel tacky or sticky to the touch. As far as I could tell, it’s pretty transfer-resistant, even ten hours later. I took a tissue to my face, and just pressing didn’t transfer anything, I had to rub it across my forehead to get any foundation to show up on the tissue.

On wear: But I suppose the best part about this foundation is that is really is long-wearing without being heavy, cakey, or thick. I wore it for twelve hours, and my makeup looked nearly as good then as it did when I first applied it in the morning. Normally, I get a little oily around my t-zone if I’ve worn foundation for eight hours or more. I’d say there might have been a touch more shine after twelve hours than when I started wearing it, but very slight, and it didn’t transfer.

All in all, a pretty stellar foundation!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’d give it a shot if you’re able to sample the shade range and find the best match for you.  It should be suitable for dry to oily skin, but if you have very dry or flaky/dry patches on your face, you may want to try it first, because of the natural finish (which isn’t quite matte but near enough to it) may accentuate dryness.


See more photos & swatches!

Face & Body (C3), Studio Fix Fluid (NC25), Pro Longwear (NC30) blended & heavy, Make Up For Ever HD (140)

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC30

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC30 + Setting Powder

No foundation / MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation

No foundation / MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation + Setting Powder

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation / MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation + Setting Powder

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation (freshly applied) and then 12 hours Later

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Will you review the Pro Longwear Concealer?

Yes, I will, once I'm ready to render a review, I will do so, but not before.

Is there NW15?

No, not at this time. I don't know why.

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215 thoughts on “MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Taran

    Christine- I bought this foundation and although my skin isn’t very dry, it did accentuate some dry patches within a few hours. Any good moisturizer I can try (under 40 bucks preferably) that would help this problem? Thanks!

  2. ofir

    is the concealer oil-free?

  3. Krishna

    Christine, I’m an NW 30-35 (varies between seasons) in Studio Fix Powder and an NW 40 for Studio Sculpt, and I know that Mac foundation colors vary with each foundation. What shade do you think would be best for me? Do these typically run darker than the other foundations?

  4. Kim

    Hi christine, i’m a nc 37 in both sudio fix and studio sculpt. What do you think would be a good match for me.

  5. Charlotte

    Christine I’m a NC30 for select-cover up.

    What should I get for this/pro longwear concealer? I’m based in Singapore and we aren’t getting this collection until next year :( so I’m going to try asking a friend to buy it for me in UK!

    My skin tone run olive/yellow being Chinese.


  6. Christina

    Thanks so much for this review! I went to my MAC store recently to get matched in this foundation, and we got it down to two shades: NW35 and NW40. The SA put NW35 on the left side on my face, and NW40 on the right – I couldn’t tell the difference! Even when I went home a few hours later, I couldn’t tell the difference.

    Which should I purchase, NW35 or NW40? I’m usually a NC43-44 in MAC SFF. I tried the NC42 in Prolongwear and it looked fine in some lighting but then garish and too yellow/masklike in other lighting. And the NC45 was too orange/dark. Would love it if you could advise me! xox

  7. Heather Salls

    I really really wanted to love this foundation but it is WAY too drying on my skin. I feel like I have normal to dry skin and I got a sample in NC15. The first time I tried it by itself and it was dry and cakey looking (my roommate asked me why my skin looked so crappy…) the second time I tried it with a primer (Tarte) underneath and it still didnt help. The last time I tried it I used Nivea cream moisterizer and a primer and it still looked cakey and dry, my husband even noticed… Looks like it is back to the drawing board for me… :(

  8. LC

    I love how you are so thorough with your reviews and pictures. Bravo!

  9. Angela

    Im in love with this foundation! I live in Hawaii where its warm and humid all year round and it keeps all day long!!! Best foundation from MAC!! I use mine with the sheer pressed powder and im set all day! I have oily skin by the way :)

  10. Shirley

    Christine, I was thinking about getting this foundation because of the “longwear” for a wedding, and there will be flash photography.
    How well would you say this photographs under hard flash?

  11. Kaoyee

    NC30 looks super orange in the bottle. I got colormatched to it at the MAC store, and I almost debated with the makeup artist, but I let her do her thing and it looked great. Of course, she’s a pro. So I bought the NC30 concealer and tried it myself at home, but it looked too orange. I’m surprised that I was matched to NC30 because I’m pretty fair. I’ve been buying NC15/NW20, but I was never professionally matched at the MAC counter before. I’m not going to return it just yet…been mixing it with a lighter shade concealer (non-MAC, though..) and it matches better. Hrmm…

  12. Christine

    I just purchased this foundation based on your review. I’m not sure what brush to use for this foundation. What do you recommend? Xoxo

  13. Anne

    Hi Christien,

    I have questions, I’m medium beige for Dior Nude skin and Make Up Forever in 118, Nars in Bunjab.

    What would you recommend for the shade of this pro longwear? Do you think NC 30 will be o yellow for me?


  14. I have this in NW20. Great foundation. I used to use Estee Lauder double wear, but the MAC Pro longwear is much better. Very natural (people were suprized to hear I have foundation on), lasts long. This is one I’ll stick with.

  15. Jasmine

    I was tested to be a NC20 at the counter, perfect match!! Then I go and buy other foundations which is also perfect match or near perfect match. So I compared all my foundations side by side and the Pro Longwear seems so much darker and yellower than my other foundations!!! WHY?? Lol

  16. Adele

    Advice anyone. I have been matched as a NC15 in the Studio Fix. I just purchased this in the same shade and it’s way too pale.. I’m not near a counter so don’t have the option of getting it checked. Do you think if I ordered the shade 1 up or 2 up I might meet somewhere where I want to be????

  17. Morgan

    I was wondering, how did you apply this foundation?

    I’m usually a fingers kinda gal when it comes to foundation, but when I I apply the mac pro longwear foundation with my hands it seems to set very quickly and winds up looking powdery/cakey even with out powder.

    So I was wondering how you applied it? Was there a special technique you used?

    Thanks so much! My email is [email protected] if you need that you replay to my question 😀

  18. tigatee

    Hi Christine, can I ask you a big favor? Could you do some swatches of the Prolongwear foundation and concealer in NC30 next to each other? You’ll be a life saver if you could :p

  19. lena

    I was looking at your foundation guide and I couldn’t find C3 Studio Fix pressed powder foundation, only the face and body had C3..what would I fall under for the liquid? NC25? Confused,,please help.

  20. Keerthi

    Thank you so much for the detailed review! This is going to be my first buy in a non-drugstore brand and your post has helped soo much! Thank you :)

  21. Zaza

    Hi Christine,

    What do you think if you have to choose mac pro longwear foundation over philosophy supernatural superbeautiful?
    I know it’s sheer-medium coverage and I want to use it for daily basis.

    I’ve read both of your reviews and still confuse which one that I want to buy.

  22. isabel

    Hi! Thanks a lot for your review, I’ve got the same foundation as you, I really like it. It was my first purchase of MAC though hehe so if you don’t mind I would love to know what concealer I need.
    I meant it has to be NC30? and what shade for the powder? I get so confused with that, I would really appreciate your help. I’m sorry if I bother you with all this questions.

    Thanks :)


  23. May

    Used this a few times and got really bad allergies! :( Can you please recommend light to medium coverage foundation for dry and sensitive skin? Buying and trying method is too expensive and, unfortunately, for some reason, samples aren’t given away in our country.

  24. Mikeyy

    Hello Ms.Christine, i recently got my shade in NC30. i noticed that when applied with a dense brush(i use elf flat top powder brush), it gives me a whitecast. Im not sure if i just got a wrong shade but when i use my fingers to apply it, its perfect! hmm.can i have your opinion on this?