Mac Face & Body Foundation Review

by mehak on November 26, 2012

in A+, Foundation, MAC, Reviews

I had begun to think that my dream foundation was like a unicorn- didnt exist, and was only a figment of my imagination ! Everything i tried either looked great in person or great in photographs but never both. But thats until i started paying attention to a lot of Makeup Artist interviews.  There seemed to be one foundation that featured in 90% of MUA  favourite foundations list time and again and it was none other than the humble- Mac Face & Body Foundation. Intrigued, i hopped skipped and jumped to the Mac store only to find out that is infact a PRO product and is not available in the regular Indian Mac Stores. But, the makeup angel was smiling down at me because the Mac Face & Body Collection was in stores for a limited time and it had 50ml bottles of the Face & Body Foundation in it !!! Wooohoooooo!!!!!

The minute the MUA put this on my face, i fell hook, line and sinker for it and haven’t looked back. Infact now that i recall, this is the foundation used on me on my engagement! But why am i writing a love note to this bottle of  beige fluid?..Well ill give you five  seven reasons why i love Mac Face & Body:

  1. It is so lightweight and breathable on the skin, its one of the most comfortable foundations to wear!
  2. The coverage may seem like its sheer but is actually really good, which is surprising given how light this is.  One layer- its very sheer, two layers is ok, but three layers and you have solid coverage !!!! I know this is cateorised into a sheer foundation but its very buildable.
  3. It gives the most natural look to the face, inspite of being heavy coverage and does not in any way look cakey (Mac Studio Fix Fluid can look quite cakey sometimes)
  4. It lasts long (i advise you set this though if you have oily skin)
  5. Its a dream to apply, because it just melts into the skin and the liquid formula can as easily be blended by your hands as with a brush.
  6. It is a GORGEOUS foundation to click photos in. Iv never had good experience with any foundation when it comes to clicking with flash at night, and this one is just amazing. No white patches, no ghost look. Just great looking skin
  7. It gives a healthy, glowing glow. The finish is somewhat dewy but very very slightly so- so dont worry you wont look oily
  8. It has a squeezy tube kind of packaging which is easy to apply

Phew. Thats it ! The BEST foundation iv tried till now!! EEEeeee Im so excited iv finally found Mr.Right in Foundations !!!! You dont know how hard that is okay, finding a groom is easier i think!

I use a C2 in Mac Face and Body.  It seemed too light for me initially , but it just blended very well into the skin. This is limited edition right now so you should go buy it !

*mac face and body used on me! (This is after four hours by the way)

Verdict: A+

Availability: Its currently limited edition in India as part of the Face & Body Collection. But bigger sized bottles are available at Mac Pro Stores in the US.

Price: Rs 1600/- for 50 ml

Recommendation: Mac Face & Body foundation is my favourite foundation of all the ones iv tried till now. Not only does it look so natural and fresh, it gives good coverage (medium), photographs beautifully, doesnt dry out my skin, and blends like a dream. What more can you ask for? I just wish this were made permanent in India.

PS: BEST way to apply: apply thin layers one at a time, even if you think you cant see any difference. Get a foundation brush- this applied much better with a brush, and you will see the coverage getting heavier only after the first two layers.

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Anusha November 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

Mehak can you please let me know can this replace your fav ponds TM, after ponds TM is discontinued and through your reviews i have thought i should settle for something like Maybelline BB cream. Is MAC only a foundation or can v use it like a TM (i mean daily wear), please help.

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mehak November 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hey Anusha,
I wouldnt really wear ths everyday honestly. Theres nothing wrong in that but personally i dont like foundation for everyday wear…

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mehak November 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

But its really your choice….if you dotn mind weaing a foundation everyday then go ahead. This is light if you use just one layer.

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ramya November 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

nice review.love the foundation.

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Pooja@IBC November 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

I just got MAC pro long wear foundation,that seriously good as well.You are spot on finding Mr. Right is easier ;)

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Anusha November 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

okie, thnk you. I jus realised tht u alrdy mentioned tht this is ur *special event* favourite. I love your blog and it is my daily bread, i hav been wanting to let u know tht u make super saviour beauty blogger. Sorry for the rain of praises but these were bottled up inside since long n couldn’t help sqeezin ’em out. :)

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mehak November 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

Hehe ! Squeezing out praises is more than welcome!!!!

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Shikha November 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

I have heard all good things about this one, put a full length pic too, no OOTD for a long time

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CSP Ballal November 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Nice review….U look lovely…..

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IndianGlamPrincess November 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Great post, Mehak!

I love MAC face ad body too. I find that it is perfect for everyday. It doesn’t weigh the skin down, and yet it is able to even out the skin tone.
I just found your blog. It’s very informative. Good job!

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Sukanya November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

oohh nice..thnx for sharing ! i hope i can find this one in mac’s kolkata store !

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Eesha November 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Wow that does wonders…no doubt its fav of leading MUAs.

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ANCHI November 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

hi could you tell me which shade are you wearing in your engagement pics?

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ANCHI November 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

is`this foundation good for oily skin?what shade s u skin tone?(according to MAC):) bcoz mine s almost d same tone n m always confused about the foundation shades.most of them make me look ashy!!!

do mac stores in india offer sampls for foundation trial??

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mehak November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

i usually wear an NC 40 from MAC…but this one is numbered differently, im a C2 in this one.

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Insiya November 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Hi Mehak can we buy this Mac face & Body foundation online?

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Avz November 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

Hey Mehak, after I read this article today I headed for the MAC Store ( Juhu – Mumbai) straight. But apparently its yet launched in Mumbai. My colour is NC 27 in Studio Tech. Does this thing come is all sort of colours? Wondering what’s my colour in this one? Also would this be an alternative to my current BB Cream for daily use?

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mehak November 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

Hi Avz,
You could use it daily if you want to bt considering this is one foundation thats good fr photography, i keep it for special occasions. Yeah it comes in about 4 colors, but they blend with a lot of skintones.

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Karishma November 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

And i didn’t know about this.. I am out of foundation and was thinking about buying Lancome’s foundation, now i am confused :/. Have you tried any of the Lancome’s foundation Mehak?

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mehak November 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

Yes i have the tient miracle is really great !!!

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Anshita @Vanity No Apologies November 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

girl you have great skin. all of them look good on you!

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mehak November 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

No yar…i think age is catching up with me, im getting solid uneven-ness in my skin . Have had to totally revamp my skin care routine

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Bhumika November 27, 2012 at 3:29 am

This sounds fab..and finally the Mr. Right in Foundation..!

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Dollie November 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

This foundation sounds wonderful. I was in love with Studio Tech and when that got over, like an idiot I switched to Mineralise spf 15 (the cream one). Totally killed my love for MAC foundations. Now that’s lying neglected while I’m romancing Lancome Teint Miracle and Idole Ultra.

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Chris November 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

I suppose I should try F&B. It gets a lot of raves, but I put off on getting it because I want to try other brands besides MAC.

My skin has been acting up lately. I should stop making excuses and just buy this. LOL.

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Riya November 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

You look radiant in the pics. is your current skincare regimen?

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Riya November 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

typo, what is your current skincare regimen?

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Richa Saxena November 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Great Review! And you look very pretty….

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Marathi Weddings November 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great review.. So tempted to buy this one!

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Deeb10 November 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hi Mehak,

I had actually tried this foundation a month back and bought it today after reading your review! Now i am a complete novice on make up so went by the shop girls recommendation of a N3. She said that the one she used on trial was darker (C something i think?) and i should go for N3. Is that correct? as in is N3 for a medium to light complexion? just curious to know before i start using it.

another question: is it absolutely mandatory to use a concealer before using this? i have a mostly clear complexion apart from a oily t zone. so if i need to use on at all, does one use MAC or can any other brand do? once again never used it so no clue!

and one last question- as a general rule one does the whole cleasning, toning, moisturising ritual before applying make up right?

phewwww..i am done. sorry for the long list of questions but looks like you’re the pro!

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mehak November 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

hey if u have good skin and minnimm dark circles then no need for concealer.
yes, cleansing toning moisturiing is a good ides but i usually just skip the toning striaght…but def moisturize before.Let me figure out the C and N thing n tell u.

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Deeb10 November 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

Thanks this helps a lot :)

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Sayujya November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hi Mehak,
I love your blog soo.. much. Although I am not a makeup person, i love reading your posts…:).. Keep going…

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Sayujya November 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Oh sorry..I forgot to mention…
”You look so pretty Mehak”

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Saloni November 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi Mehak,

Nice review!! I have super oily skin and have been on the look out for a good foundation. Will this work for my skin type? I hope it can at least help in winters :)

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mehak November 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hey dont worry this is not oily or heavy at all so should be great. But set it with a powder if u want it to last lng.

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Saloni November 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thanks a lot Mehak :)

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Deeb10 December 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Mehak

So i asked this this girl in the MAC store, ambience mall vasant kunj about the shade issue. according to her the C series have yellow undertones and the N have red undertones-which are apparently more neutral as well.

would be good to hear what u think about this!

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Preetha December 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

i hav heard alot about this foundi mehak….it hasnt come to the mumbai stores yet..:(..u really think it suits oily skin?? am so tempted now

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mehak December 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

I think it will Preetha, But try it out.
Just set it with a powder!

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Shruti December 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

hii MEHAK!! this is my first comment ever on any beauty blog… and must say, i just love all your posts and have been a regular follower past few months. I was finding a good foundation since long time, will definitely try this one now..!! :)

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mehak December 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Shruti :)
Im sure yll like it !

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shivani December 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hey between boujois healthy mix and mac face and body, which do you prefer? I ask because I read other reviews as well and this is supposed to have very low coverage. Do you agree?

PS you make this foundation sound like a dream and if this is all that was used on your engagement makeup, I am getting this right now!

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mehak December 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Hey,
This has low coverage, but the coverage is buildable. One layer is sheer, two layers is ok but three thin layers and its really a dream!!! I guess it depends on how much coverage u need. I dont need much

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Tanya January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I ran out of my foundation and concealer a couple of days back and wanted to try a new one but ONLY after i read your reviews! And so i did , but i’m extremely disappointed to read that it was a limited edition. Any chance it’s available in any of the delhi stores still? :((

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mehak January 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Dont think so… What type of foundation are you looking for ?? Heavy/light/medium coverage i can suggest some great alternatives!

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Anjali May 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Hi Tanya,

These are available in Gurgaon Mac store, you can buy from there

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smitha January 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Agreed ! Its the best of foundations I have tried too !!!
hey but tks for letting me know its a limited edition will stock up

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Nithya March 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I used this for my wedding.. Its so light and photographs well.. Love it.. Nice review (y)

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monika April 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

HI MEHAK !
DID U USED FOR OVER THE FACE ONLY FACE AND BODY FUNDATION COZ YOUR SKIN LOOKED LOVELY ON THE PICTURE :) I REALLY LOVE IT :) WHAT DID U PUT ON YOUR CHEEKS THEY’RE AWESOME GLOW. YHANKS VERY MUCH AND BEST OF LUCK

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Anjali May 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi Mehak,

You look lovely in the pic. I wanted to know how many layers have you put in the above pic…. will get an idea on coverage

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mehak May 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hi Anjali,
this is 2 thin layers…but my skin behaves pretty well on its own as well..so some may need 3

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Twinkle July 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hey , I have recently started using this foundation , wen I tried it at mac store I was very happy with the results but now that I use it , I am not very convinced .i start looking dull and dark I don’t know where I am going wrong :/ I use my hands to apply . Shall I use a foundation brush ? Please help

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Tasha Yasmin July 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

@twinkle maybe try spreading on the foundation using your fingers but use a foundation brush to buff it into your skin. I use the Sigma F84 angled kabuki and I find it works really well and gets into all areas of the face to give a flawless finish.
please check out my blog http://www.tashayasmin.blogspot.co.uk
Tasha Yasmin x

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Madeeha August 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

You look lovely in the picture! I am also a C2. Did you use a setting powder after you applied the foundation?

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roshan August 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

it give shine or not?and it cover black marks like concealer?you looking awesome in picture.

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twinkle August 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hey mehak ! i religiously follow your bolg and i truly love it . The reviews are amazing and very helpful . I wasnt really fond of make up and stuff but after following peachesandblush , i love every bit of it.
Anyway about Mac face and body foundation , i got mine from Juhu and the girl who looks after the counter gave a C3 shade for my skin tone ( im medium fair ) and i think it make me look dark :( even in pictures ! actually wen i tried there it looked perfect !
i really dont know where im going wrong .
Help!

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mehak August 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hi twinkle, C3 would be dark…im C2 and im wheatish! Get it changed- tell her its too dark for you if she creates an issue ask to speak to the senior manager. They generally agree -mac has good customer service
The lights in the store are very bright soyou cant tell how it will look in real life.

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Twinkle August 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Hey ! Actually i dont live in mumbai .. And i bought it two months back :( so i think
Im stuck with it :/ ! Anyway i have a dry skin so can u suggest me a good dewy foundation, that gives a glow :)

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puja October 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hi mahek,

you look so preety in this pic…

i gone through all the bolg comments, i am writing first time here…i guess MAC foundation is very nice for skin ..can you please tell me with which shade i should go ahead, bcz my marriage is in next month, i am looking forward to use MAC products.
Puja

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puja October 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My skin is bit oily…

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mehak October 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I would not recommend this for oily skin ! you can try mac studio fix fluid.

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shwetha November 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

hi mehak..
can i know wat is the perfect shade for wheatish skin…n pls suggest me online sites to buy it..

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mehak November 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

His hwetha,
Mac is not available on oonline sites sadly..

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anshul December 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm

is it still available in India? I put up in Delhi,nd desperately on d look out for it after reading the much raved reviews.

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keerthi April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

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anu June 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

can you do a tutorial on this look of yours.. ??

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