Phew, here I am! Gosh, I know its the same for everyone at the moment, but life is a bit hectic, what with illness, parents meetings, visitors, christmas shopping and so on.
But I’m managing to squeeze in a blog post. Here’s my Mac Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation & Pro Longwear Concealer Review. I’m sorry things are a bit Mac-centric at the moment, after a long absence from the brand I’m really having a great time discovering some of their newer products.
I absolutely love Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and you can see my review here but I like to have more than one foundation in rotation, so I can match according to my skin on the day.
So I found myself at the Mac store, having a consultation to find my colour and perfect finish. I walked away the Pro Longwear Foundation and as the concealer was out of stock in store, I ordered the matching Pro Longwear Concealer online when I got home.
I was matched as shade NW15 and the first thing I noticed was that the concealer is quite considerably paler than the foundation. (Concealer on the left)
Now this is perfect for me for reasons that I’ll go into in a moment, but it’s definitely something to be aware of when purchasing. I love my concealers to be paler than my foundation for two main reasons. The first is that when applying to under eyes, or indeed any shady areas of the face, it doubles up as a highlighting product (no shimmer naturally), and secondly, when I’m spotty I tend to layer on my products, often in multiple layers, and things can end up orangey, even if the products I use are the right colour to start with. When layered, it can all end up a bit orange. Using a fair concealer tends to minimise this, and when using it alone on small blemishes, a sweep of Mineralise Skinfinish Natural tends to bring any lighter spots (and once blended its not terribly noticeable anyway) into line.
The foundation promises to deliver up to 15 hours of wear and I’ve been amazed by how well it stays in place, all day. I don’t think I’ve ever had a foundation that looks as perfect at tea time as it did when I applied it at 7.00am. Some don’t even make it to lunchtime. I’d go so far as to say there have been days I’ve removed this at bedtime and its still looked perfect. The only times I’ve found this varied is when I’ve had a day of touching my face a lot! It also applies like a dream. I can’t say whether it does that thing on my dry nose because since I’ve been using the Mac Primer (review here), that problem is history.
It blends perfectly, no streaks, no dry patches and the concealer blends perfectly into the foundation. In fact I’ve had something of a revelation when it comes to concealer application, thanks to the lovely girl in the Mac Store. I’ve always applied concealer using a traditional concealer brush, like a small paint brush, I just paint on the blemish and then sort of press it in with my fingers to blend. However, the girl in Mac used a fluffy brush, like a fluffy eyeshadow brush. So I’ve been applying with an old fluffy blending brush and its a revelation!!! Works a treat on under eye areas, as well as allowing you to build up on blemishes, which blending it perfectly into your base. Its magic! Oh and the other thing… it doesn’t settle in fine lines at all.
There is however something I don’t like about the Pro Longwear Concealer. It’s incredibly pigmented (a good thing!) and the tiniest amount covers everything with ease. I’m talking about maybe two pin heads worth to do every bit of my face I want to conceal, but its a pump bottle and pumps out far too much product. There is a lot of wastage. Other than that this has replaced my trusty Cover Fx concealer as my go to. Its a dream, and the combination of both products is amazing.
Coverage wise its sheer to medium, definitely buildable and using the concealer too offers a very high level of coverage on bad skin days or very dark circles.
Here’s me today in a couple of different lights.
Would absolutely recommend both of these to anyone. Amazing!! Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation is £25.50 and comes in a pump bottle, while the Pro Longwear Concealer is £17.50. I bought mine from the Mac Shop in Exeter, and online.