MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

BY MAC
3.5/5     4 Reviews

Product Description

MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation is built with Shade Intelligence Technology. The technology offers color pigments that adjust according to your skin tone, providing flawless coverage. The pigmentation is true to color and does not appear chalky or ashy. It reduces excess oil to remove shine and refines your skin to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections. The foundation also contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15/PA++ protection. It is available in 12 shades.

Product Reviews

3.3/5

4 Ratings & 4 Reviews

80%

Would recommend this to a friend

PROS

Oil-free

Non-acnegenic

Ophthalmologist-tested

SPF 15

Long-wearing

Dermatologist-tested

Shade Intelligence Technology

Demi-matte finish

Ideal for all skin types

CONS

Expensive

Not sweat-proof

Might accentuate pores and fine lines

I wish it didn’t give me breakouts!
3.5/5

PROS

Absorbed quickly

Lightweight

Oil-free

Easy to blend

Good for everyday use

Perfect skin tone match

CONS

Not long-lasting

Acnegenic


Honestly, I love this foundation! The water-based foundation is great for everyday use and does not feel heavy on the skin. It absorbs quickly and improves the texture of the skin. The packaging is also good. But, it is acnegenic.

I have acne-prone combination skin. I do thorough research of every cosmetic before I buy it so that I don’t regret my decision. This product, according to what the reviews and the official website have to say, is suitable for normal to oily skin and is non-acnegenic. I wish this were true.

I bought the shade 4, and it is a perfect match. The first time I used this foundation, I put it all over my face and neck using my fingers and blended with the beauty blender. My skin absorbed it pretty soon, and the coverage was good too.

After some time, the texture and appearance improved and it looked even better. My face looked so radiant and flawless and like I had nothing on it- like this was my natural skin. I used it over my moisturizer (without primer), and it lasted for about 5 to 6 hours, after which I could see it disappearing.
The next day, I had breakouts, and not 1 or 2, a total of 5 bumps all over my face. This was not a good sign. I used the foundation once again after a few days, and my acne came back.

There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation except for the fact that it is acnegenic and people with acne-prone skin should be very careful.

A disaster for dry skin
2/5

PROS

Easy to blends

CONS

Not for dry skin

Accentuates fine lines

Makes skin cakey and patchy


I have never used a primer. My skin’s dry and I use heavy moisturizing cream to prep my skin and then go ahead with my makeup. I bought this foundation because I ran out of the last one I had and I didn’t like it very much. But, this foundation is a disaster for dry skin, especially if you do not have primer on.

I used this foundation like I use every other foundation and soon it settled into the fine lines of my face, appeared cakey and patchy. It made my skin appear drier than what it actually is. I wanted this foundation to work. So I also invested in a primer. But primer also didn’t help.

I don’t know if it’s the foundation or my skin, but something is really off about this foundation, and I regret spending my money on this one.

Holy Grail for my oily skin!
4.7/5

PROS

Water-based

Non-acnegenic

Convenient packaging

Matte foundation

Oil-control

SPF

CONS

Primer is a must


I matched with shade 2, and I have been using it almost every day since the day I bought it. This water-based foundation comes in this great functional packaging. Just two pumps are enough for sheer coverage. I use it all over my face and neck and blend it using the kabuki brush.

It has SPF, so I skip the sunscreen. I use it on top of my MAC Prep+Prime, and it stays for the entire day. It really does control the oil of my face and makes my skin appear glowy.

A little too drying!
3/5

PROS

SPF 15

Lightweight

Water-based

CONS

Makes skin cakey and patchy

Drying

Doesn’t get absorbed


I have combination skin type and water-based foundations work really well for my skin type. I bought this foundation after trying it at the MAC store. It looked great when I tried it on. But the first time I wore it for the entire day, it made my skin feel very dry.

It did control oil, but it was a little extra. I do not like my skin feeling so dry. The thing about this foundation is that it does not absorb very well and sits on the skin like a layer. I think I will return it.

Top Questions And Answers

March 22, 2019

What are the shades available in MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation?

Pakhi SharmaMarch 23, 2019

Pakhi SharmaMarch 23, 2019

The foundation is available in the following 12 shades:

  • 1 - Light Beige with Neutral Undertones, for light skin tones
  • 1.5 - Peachy Beige with Neutral Peach Undertone, for light to medium skin tones
  • 2 - Golden Beige with Golden Peach Undertones, for light to medium skin tones
  • 3 - Rosy Beige with Rosy Undertone, for medium skin tones
  • 4 - Neutral Rose with Neutral Undertone, for medium skin tone s
  • 5 - Midtone Peach with Golden Undertone, for medium skin tones
  • 6 - Golden Tan with Neutral Undertone, for medium to dark skin tones
  • 7 - Tawny Beige with Rosy Undertone, for medium to dark skin tones
  • 7.5 - Deep Bronze with Red Undertone, for dark skin tones
  • 8 - Deep Bronze with Golden Undertone, for dark skin tones
  • 8.5 - Rich Mahogany with Red Undertone, for dark skin tones
  • 9 - Coffee with Neutral Golden Undertone, for dark skin tones

March 21, 2019

For what skin types does this foundation suit best?

Aparna NairMarch 22, 2019

Aparna NairMarch 22, 2019

The MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation is suitable for normal to oily skin types. The foundation, if applied on bare skin, might not suit people with dry skin. However, using moisturizer and primer beforehand can fix this issue.

March 20, 2019

What are the ingredients in the MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation?

Sarah MalikMarch 21, 2019

Sarah MalikMarch 21, 2019

This is the list of ingredients:

  • Silica
  • Lecithin
  • Laureth-7
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Tocopherol
  • Dimethicone
  • Chloroxylenol
  • Algae Extract
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Water\Aqua\Eau
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Octinoxate 3.40%
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Peg-10 Dimethicone
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Dimethicone Silylate
  • Sorbitan Sesquioleate
  • Triethoxycaprylylsilane
  • Trimethylsiloxysilicate
  • Hydrogenated Lecithin
  • Titanium Dioxide 1.00%
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer
  • Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone
  • Laminaria Saccharina Extract
  • Dimethicone/Peg-10 Crosspolymer
  • Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer
  • Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
  • May contain: [+/- Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288)]

March 19, 2019

How to use the MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation?

Rinatha PaiMarch 20, 2019

Rinatha PaiMarch 20, 2019

To use the foundation on face and neck:

  • Apply to face and neck using a sponge or foundation brush.
  • Blend with fingers, sponge or brush.

March 18, 2019

What kind of coverage does this foundation offer?

Aisha IsmailMarch 19, 2019

Aisha IsmailMarch 19, 2019

This foundation offers medium to full coverage. It is buildable and can be used until desired effects are achieved.

March 17, 2019

How long-wearing is this MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation?

Pia MukherjeeMarch 18, 2019

Pia MukherjeeMarch 18, 2019

The foundation is long-wearing and has a staying power of 7 to 9 hours.