I went to Mac to get my refill of NW47 Studio Fix Liquid Foundation but…they didn’t have any more left! “Damn it! damn it! damn it” I thought. I had totally run out of foundation, I had to get some. I would have settled for NW46 but they didn’t have any either. So the lovely Mac Lady offered an interesting alternative: why not try the brand new Matchmaster foundation? She then proceeded to remove the makeup on one of my cheeks and try the 9.0 shade on me. It felt light on my skin, the coverage was okay, the color looked perfect under the bright Mac lights and she said the magic word: “mattifying” – I was sold. I didn’t think about it twice; I immediately proceeded to the cash and threw 44.43$ at them (the price including taxes) and went home happy.
[box]Here’s what MAC says about the Matchmaster SPF15 Foundation
With our all races credo, we’re redefined what a perfect match should be with new Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 technology, using translucent pigments to create a formula that enables a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin tone. Adding to Matchmaster’s true-to-life appeal is its moisturizing demi-matte finish, medium buildable coverage, and line-reducing soft focus powders. Add the fact that this formula reduces excess shine-creating oil, and who could resist?
I was happy to try something new but I had, with my usual enthusiasm for new makeup, forgotten my cardinal rule when it comes to picking a foundation: “Let the foundation rest on your skin. Look at your face under the sun and other types of lighting…”
So, the first day, I put on my foundation and it looked great. The 9.0 shade maybe was a bit dark for me but it gave me a nice chocolate color. I felt like I looked real yummy lol. (I would randomly shout “Hey there Miss Sexy Chocolat” at my reflection in the mirror…anyway…)
Then, one day, I put it on and my friend said “You look red” Damn it. I did look red. So the end of the story is: I have the wrong shade. – #Fail –
Now is it too dark or is it just wrong? Difficult to say. See, with MAC you usually have to determine whether you are a NC or a NW. NC stands for Neutral Cool and NW for Neutral Warm. Warms are more peachy/pinky and Cools are more of a bluish/yellow. Then you choose the darkness of your shade. But first, it’s all about the tones of your complexion. But see, Mac Matchmaster foundation is a cross between the NC and the NW range. Meaning that it is MAC’s first neutral shades of foundation and that all you should care about is finding the shade that is as dark (or fair) as your skin.
So why doesn’t Matchmaster really work for me? Is it because the 9.0 is too dark for me? Is it because I am a real NW and that is the only type of shade that will work for me (I had the same “red” problem with the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet). I’m not sure.
But, to be fair to Matchmaster I still like the foundation. I shine less than with the Studio Fix and the foundation looks and feels very natural…when I’m under the right lighting. I am still using it but I put less than usual and build up the coverage a little on my dark spots. I then blend it all with the Pressed Studio Fix NW45 and the result is pretty good and looks pretty natural.
Will I buy it again? The shade fiasco is kinda pushing me away. I will go back to my NW shades (I plan on trying the Pro Longwear) but I will definitely pick up a sample of 8 and 8.5 and see how it looks on me.
UPDATE: DEC 2011 – I got the shade 8.0 and it ended working for me even though it still had a little bit too much red in it for me. So, it’s worth trying if you find the right shade for you. I suggest you get a few samples and see how it works on your face for a whole day. Don’t trust the 5 minute test under the counters bright lights!