MAC has a new waterproof foundation, and I know that it’s waterproof because I had a meltdown in the middle of Target a couple weeks ago while wearing it, and this stuff did not move.
I mean, who hasn’t had a meltdown in the middle of Target at least once (well, other than three-year-old children)?
I’d been waiting in a long checkout line when some busy fancy-pants dude in Spandex bicycle shorts totally cut in front of me.
The fact that he didn’t bother to make eye contact with me or even acknowledge the existence of my cart — which was full of ladies’ accoutrements for a visit from “Aunt Flo,” mind you — sent me into Rage Mode. El Hub saw the look in my eye and knew something big was about to go down, so he did his best to calm/soothe me.
I guess it worked… Instead of doing what I really wanted to do, which was yell obscenities at the rude guy while foaming at the mouth, I just burst into tears, and that’s when the new MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation had its first boss moment.
Instead of being the girl who had the meltdown in the middle of Target, with her makeup streaming down the side of her face onto her pink pineapple sweatshirt, I was just the girl crying her eyes out like the protagonist in a Nicholas Sparks film.
Like, it was the most beautiful public display of sobbing I’ve ever had. The tears poured down my cheeks, but my foundation looked fine, so if you anticipate doing any public crying, seriously, grab yourself a tube of MAC Pro Longwear Nourshing Waterproof, and cry with class.
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation: Briefly, what is it?
It’s MAC’s latest long-wearing (24 hours, holy crap!) foundation. It’s $32, comes in a 0.84-oz. tube, and has an oil-free liquid formula with medium-to-full coverage and a satin finish.
Oh! — and you can also use it as concealer.
It’s available now in 16 shades — NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC42 (here’s mine), NC45, NC50, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45 and NW50 — and designed for all skin types, including oily, dry and combination.
Don’t be discouraged by the smallish size of the tube/bottle. While a bottle of MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation costs the same $32 but nets you 1.3 ounces of product, this gets you a little more than half that much (0.84 ounces) for the same price.
But you only have to use a little. A small pea-sized drop of the shade I use, NC 42, which I blend out with a BeautyBlender, is enough for my entire face. I usually like coverage right on the border between medium and full, and with this, one drop is enough.
Does it work well?
Does Tabs like gravy?
That’s a HUGE yes. 🙂 I think this stuff is brilliant. It’s one of the best liquid foundations I’ve seen from MAC in years. It performs as well as the much more expensive Dior Nudeskin does and does many of the same things — it’s lightweight, blurs pores and evens out my skin without appearing heavy or fake. It also lasts longer when you wear it without powder (Nudeskin needs powder to last me a full day), and I think the satin finish looks a little more natural than Dior’s flat matte.
I do have a word of caution about layering this, though… I’m always tempted to keep building up the coverage because of how easy it is to blend, and the first few times I wore this, I layered the living crap out of it just because I could. But every time I did, at some point it started to look heavy and fake, but I didn’t realize it until the foundation had completely dried down.
Does that make any sense?
I’m not sure…
In other words, when you apply MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, use as little as possible, and blend it out with a BeautyBlender. Then let that dry (I usually wait about 5 minutes and work on my eyes during that time) before gauging whether you need to keep going. If you do, just repeat the process. I really like how natural this foundation looks when I apply it this way, but having to wait is a bit of a downside in a way. If you dive right in and keep layering while each layer is still wet, you can easily go too far.
This foundation looks beyond beautiful, by the way, with a touch of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder buffed on top. I’ve been wearing the two of them together pretty much nonstop for the past two weeks and have been very happy with how they look in person and in pics.
With MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, MAC has a real winner on its hands. Highly recommended if you want a flexible long-wearing liquid foundation and medium or full coverage.
PRICE: $32 for a 0.84-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the permanent collection in 16 shades online and at MAC stores and counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,