You know the saying “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it“? Well that’s pretty much sums up my review but read on to see why.
To say that I squealed with excitement when I heard about this foundation is an understatement. I finally found my HG with the original Pro Longwear and nothing I’ve ever tried since has come close. This new offering of an “upgraded” version from MAC had everyone intrigued as to know a foundation that was sweat proof, tear proof, rain proof and lasted 16 hours, would not have a cakey look or feel like a mask on the skin. I had to find out more. It’s wasn’t that my usual Pro Longwear didn’t really do any of this in the first place, apart from the 16 hour wear (like who needs that anyway!!) it pretty much stayed put all day.
I bought this foundation through Brown Thomas online as unfortunately I knew I wasn’t going to be near a MAC counter anytime soon. (Probably best for the aul bank account though!) I’d read from other bloggers that it ran quite light in shades and it was advisable to go a shade up from what you would usually use. This had me worried a little as an NW20 in Pro Longwear is a completely different shade to say NW20 in Studio Fix! I done a bit of homework and went with NW20 as I generally use NW15 and it’s a perfect match for my skin.
The foundation arrives and the first thing you notice is the size of the tube, much smaller than I imagined. You only get 25ml of product for the same price as the original Pro Longwear (€36.50) which is the standard 30ml. This peed me off a bit – you kinda feel a bit robbed! Like seriously MAC give us the extra 5ml, we paid enough for it!! I was assured though by different make-up artists that only a little is needed to get good medium to full coverage.
The formula: This was the first thing I wasn’t too gone on. It’s definitely not the same as the original and if anyone has tried Vichy Dermablend Liquid, that’s the closest foundation consistency I can compare it too. While you have to work quickly with the original formula, I think you need to be extra quick with this one to really get it buffed into the skin. It’s by no means a thick consistently, I just find the original much more easier to work with.
The coverage: To get the desired coverage I needed, I had to use quite a bit of product, more than I was expecting! I would generally use 4 pumps of the original, with this I needed around the same. If I was using this everyday I would get a lot less out of it than the original for sure. When I buffed it all in, it did cover everything and certainly didn’t look masky, just left a slight sheen and looked really good. Unfortunately after this it all falls apart. After about 5-6 hours this stuff just looked really shiny and pretty awful to be honest. I’ve dry skin so with this being aimed towards someone with more oily skin, it’s a bit baffling! Some redness started to show through and it also showed up (horrifically!!) some faint lines at the sides of my mouth! This NEVER happened with any foundation before and to be honest I didn’t even notice I had lines there! It also began to go patchy on my chin and when I tried to blend it all back with a brush, it made it worse!
This photo I took on my phone will give you an idea what I’m on about. This was after 5 hours and it just got worse as the day went on.
I used this foundation in so many different ways to see could I find something that worked. I tried it with a primer, without a primer, with powder, without powder, with extra moisturiser, with a radiance balm, with a setting spray….everything! The same thing would happen…..it looked awful after 6 or so hours.
The verdict: I’m at a loss as to why this didn’t work for me. The only thing I can think of is that it’s not really suitable for us drier skinned gals (which I know it’s not aimed at) but by even trying extra moisturiser and good skin prep it still didn’t fix this issue. At the moment I am using a small bit of this foundation on my cheek area, then the original Pro Longwear all over and it’s working pretty well.
Every single review I’ve read only have great things to say about this and I’m so disappointed that it just didn’t work for me. This is by no means a crap foundation, I just don’t think we were meant to be friends. I do honestly think though, that Pro Longwear should have been left well alone. As I said, “If it’s not broke…..don’t fix it!”
Have you tried this foundation yet? If it worked for you I’d love to know what skin type you are and if I’m doing something wrong?