MAC face and body foundation: review

MAC face and body foundation has been my foundation of choice since autumn. It works for me – it’s lightweight, easy to apply and blend, leaves skin looking flawless but natural and glowing.

It’s not the absolute perfect foundation – because it’s a glowy/moisturising finish, it does need to be set with powder and can need touching up towards the end of the day. It’s not a foundation for you if you like a matte finish.

N2 on the right, C2 on the left.

I now have two bottles of this, in shade C2 and N2 which I mix and match and blend together to suit my skin tone depending on how much fake tan I’m wearing/how pale I am. Shade N2 is the perfect match for my natural winter skin tone – this was matched by a MAC MUA at IMATS on a glance and is absolutely perfect. I wish I got the MUA’s name as he was fab, so friendly and helpful – despite the rugby scrum for attention going on around the MAC pro stand.

MAC Face and Body foundation
finished with powder.

I apply the foundation by pouring a few drops onto the back of my hand and using my elf Flat Top Powder brush to apply and buff into skin. I need to order another of those – definitely my number one brush, but it’s getting a bit ‘falling apart’ now.


I definitely recommend MAC F&B if you want a foundation that looks like a natural version of your skin, but better with coverage that is light to medium but does take some building (if you want heavy coverage then this isn’t the one for you). I also think that F&B is good, 120ml for £23.50 – it’s a big bottle of product and I have read reviews that the foundation tends to go off before you run out of product, it’s that big.


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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 14, 2011 / 9:31 am

    I really hope you will not take this in a bad way, because I love your blog, but I really think you should *definitely* quit mixing in the C2, it is very yellow for you and it looks very unnatural, I think it’s really obvious in the picture as well if you look carefully.

    Try the N2 alone, I’d say, or if you, for some reason, absolutely have to use the C2 as well, just put a teeny tiny drop of it..

    I really hope I did not sound agressive and/or offensive, and if I did I really did not mean to and I apologize.

    M.

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2012 / 12:16 am

      Hi

      I would second that and was going to say the exact same thing. If you look in the photo your face does look very yellow compared to your neck and chest which is pink toned. As a MU I would always match up as close to yoir neck as poss to stop the the face and neck looking two different tones. Again just a postive observation and not to criticise you in anyway.

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2012 / 12:23 am

      Hi

      I would second that and was going to say the exact same thing. If you look in the photo your face does look very yellow compared to your neck and chest which is pink toned. As a MU I would always match up as close to yoir neck as poss to stop the the face and neck looking two different tones. Again just a postive observation and not to criticise you in anyway.

  2. February 14, 2011 / 9:32 am

    Have you tried using this on your body? I’ve got a cut on my leg at the moment that is definately going to scar and would be interesting to see if this will help cover it.

  3. February 14, 2011 / 9:47 am

    Loved your review..
    Would this foundation suit oily skin? Have been thinking of purhasing it but it is quite expensive so wanna be sure I really need/want it first.

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2012 / 12:19 am

      No i think in the review it says not for oily skin. I have tried it on one of my clients who insisted on trying it and found after an hour she was getting alot of oiliness. Most of MACs foundations are suited to oily combo skins anyway so you should find a foundation in one of thier other ranges.F&B is one of yhe few suited for dry normal skins

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2012 / 12:23 am

      No i think in the review it says not for oily skin. I have tried it on one of my clients who insisted on trying it and found after an hour she was getting alot of oiliness. Most of MACs foundations are suited to oily combo skins anyway so you should find a foundation in one of thier other ranges.F&B is one of yhe few suited for dry normal skins

  4. February 14, 2011 / 10:50 am

    Hi Anon, thanks for the feedback & know what you mean about the pic looking a tad yellow, I’m only using a tiny drop at the moment to mix them up but the pic looks a bit orange toned as was taken on my iphone that magically seems to turn everything yellow! Do appreciate the comment tho – so thanks 🙂

    Lucy – not tried it on my body, but I reckon as long as the colour matches then it would work great as it’s really easy to blend.

    Miss A – I think it can work but would say use a anti-shine primer and set with powder to make sure it doesn’t slip off of oily bits 🙂

  5. Sami
    February 14, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    I’m a big fan of this foundation… and found that it gives me the loveliest dewy finish… looks fab on you too!

  6. beautydiarist
    February 15, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    Now I did not get on with this foundation at all, I think to be fair one needs a pretty decent skin to start with, but for me it was too sheer and too liquidy. I also find a bit of fault with MAC because I do not think that they cater very well for us with fair skin at the pinkier end of the spectrum. I find this with BB as well. It seems as if pink is bad and one must neutralise it with yellow – well on me I just end up looking yellow which I don’t want at all. Sorry I am ranting on your lovely blog, so I will stop. I am glad it works for you. Jan x

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2012 / 12:21 am

      I am the total opposite in that i find alot of companies dont cater for yellow tones, but what Ive generally found is that these are the French brands such as YSL, and esp Lancome.

  7. Anonymous
    February 17, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    someone’s been tango’d! 😀

  8. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 / 8:26 am

    Absolutely LOVE this foundation from MAC. we have to get Nordstrom MAC make up counter to sell it again (they discontinued selling it except at an actual MAC store). I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I literally randomlly searched the internet to find people giving reviews to add my 2 cents. It first looks so watery and weird but when you spread it on your cheeks and face it becomes so light. I literally look like a model when wearing it and i probably get 10 compliments a week on it. A few times i was asked if i got my make up AIRBRUSHED on. its that amazing! go buy it! also it lasts like more than a year for me using a nickel sized amount daily. ENJOY! XOXOX

  9. Anonymous
    October 24, 2011 / 11:10 am

    It’s not your iPhone. You can see the colour of your face is a lot more yellow than the skin on your neck. If it was the phone, then all your skin would be a uniformly yellow shade. It’s the foundation. Maybe you’ve gotten used to it so don’t notice anymore, but trust us. It’s too yellow.
    Otherwise, great blog and you’re really pretty 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    November 12, 2011 / 1:31 am

    use the n1

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