Review + Demo| MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

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Availability/Pricing: $32.50

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MAC Online

What You Get:

  • A choice of 14 shades
  • 35 ml / 1.2 US fl oz

What It Does:

New foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.


  • Buildable coverage
  • Natural demi-matte finish
  • Blends well
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Wears well
  • Minimizes the look of pores, wrinkles and imperfections


  • Can be drying
  • Tends to cling to dry spots or patches
  • A little pricey
  • May oxidize with a orange undertone for some skin tones


First and foremost I will say that I have NEVER been a fan of MAC foundations. I’m all about looking as natural as possible and they’ve always seemed to be too heavy and mask like when it comes to their foundation coverage. I made this purchase on a whim (as always!) and was EXTREMELY and pleasantly surprised with this foundation. My shade is 5.0.

I received a nice (but still SMALL) sample from one my favorite MAC counters which lasted me a good week and a half, so I was also pleased to see that a little does go a long way with this foundation. Initially, for the first few days I used a foundation brush to apply this foundation and while I loved the overall look it gave I just felt that the coverage from using a brush was little too much for me, so if you’re a gal or guy that likes this particular foundation but want fuller coverage I would suggest applying it with a brush.

However, my favorite method is to use my Evian facial mist and Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge. Together they give me a flawless look without the added coverage that I don’t need and if I ever do feel the need to achieve more coverage the sponge helps me to do that without caking on too much product.

The idea of this product is that from the 14 shades that they offer, more than one persons with different skin tones should be able to use one shade and have that one shade “adjust” to fit their personal undertones. For example, my shade is 5.0 and according to MAC, those who use foundations in the shade NC 40, 41 and 42 would be able to use shade 5.0 and it would adjust to their skin to personally fit each person.

I’m a NC 42 and I love the fact that the foundation really did seem to even out my skin tone, reduce the look of imperfections and blend so seamlessly into my skin. I enjoyed the demi-matte finish that I got from this. It was a matte finish that still had a little glow to it that helped to make the coverage look a little bit more “realistic.” It also wore very well. I already have normal/dry skin to begin with so it didn’t have to control much oil which made it last through my 9 hour work day with no touch ups.

I did notice from reading and watching previous reviews that quite a few people did have an issue with their initial shade match and how it looked once it was on their face, I have two reasons for that.

One, the numbering or shade naming system is totally different than MAC’s traditional prefixes “NC” and “NW” so it may be a little confusing to know what shade would best match you. They do however provide a conversion chart on their website and at their stores and counters that they use to guide you to your right shade. Click Here For Shade Matching Chart.

Two, given the texture, formula and over all way this foundation works it does take a few minutes to properly oxidize or “adjust” to your skin tone. It may be a little light at first but if you have the right shade, once you give it a few minutes to settle into the skin it should match perfectly. Now even with all this information I still highly suggest asking for a sample and testing it out before you make a purchase.

My only complaints are that if you have dry skin you MUST heavily moisturize before using this foundation as it is a bit drying. Also, be careful if you tend to have dry patches, this foundation seems to cling to them and enhance them even more.

Overall, I enjoy this foundation a lot and it has since become apart of my staple foundation rotation!


Disclaimer: All products shown or mentioned in this video were purchased by me, with my own money. I am not being paid, sponsored or compensated by this/these company(ies) or any other company for this video. This is my opinion.

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One thought on “Review + Demo| MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

  1. Was searching for a link, reference page regarding conversions of matchmaster and other MAC foundations and this one was the only one that really provided me with the information I needed. Thanks!

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