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Which is the best M.A.C Foundation?

Which is the best M.A.C Foundation?
Team LF
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When it comes to the perfect foundation base, no brand does it better than leading makeup artistry brand, M.A.C.

With a huge selection of foundations to choose from, in finishes ranging from matte and satin, to dewy and natural, choosing the best M.A.C foundation for you is all about finding your perfect shade and texture.

As M.A.C is the face behind many a catwalk, photo-shoot and award ceremony, they know a thing or too when it comes to finding and creating your perfect foundation base. With a lot of their foundations as the secret weapons of many a celebrity complexion, we teamed up with them to break down what each foundation does, and how it can perfect your skin, for that coveted supermodel glow.

12 of the best M.A.C foundations

  • 1.M.A.C Studio Face and Body Foundation

    M.A.C Studio Face and Body Foundation
    3.83 Stars 6 Reviews
    This is one of the most cult and coveted foundations in the beauty industry, and is even a staple in celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge's cosmetic kit bag. M.A.C's Face and Body Foundation is loved by pretty much every beauty enthusiast all over the world. Unlike regular foundations, and like the name suggests, it can be used on the body as well as your face, making it the multitasking makeup miracle you never knew you needed. The coverage is quite sheer, but can be built up to cover minor imperfections and redness on the skin, and lasts for a huge 8 hours, making it perfect for everyday wear, and even those who have oily skin types. The formula itself is supremely hydrating and non-drying, making it ideal for drier or more dehydrated skin types, but don't be put off if you have blemish-prone or sensitive skin. The foundation has been dermatologically tested, and is non-acnegenic, meaning it won't block your pores or cause you to breakout. We absolutely love the M.A.C Face & Body Foundation for wedding day makeup as it looks natural on the skin but can be built up for a better coverage effect.
    • Best for: All skin types
    • Coverage: Sheer for when you're having a good skin day.
    • Finish: Natural finish with a satin texture for a "barely-there" makeup look.
    • Benefits: Helps to hydrate the skin.
  • 2.M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation

    M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation
    4.62 Stars 239 Reviews
    This high coverage foundation can be built up to provide a full and flawless finish that will leave your complexion looking completely even. Formulated with Silica, the foundation helps to absorb excess oil and leave the skin with a matte finish for 8 hours wear. Although it's suitable for oily and combination skin types, M.A.C's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation also contains nourishing ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate and Vitamin E to condition, soften and smooth the skin, making it ideal for dehydrated and blemish-prone complexions. As the formula is non-acnegenic, it won't clog pores or worsen existing breakouts, so you can wear it all day without any irritation. It also has SPF 15 protection, making it ideal for sunnier days when your complexion needs a little boost in addition to its regular sunscreen.
    Perfect for photo taking, this is a fantastic foundation for shoots or selfies. When on camera, you want to opt for very low SPF formulas as a high SPF will cause the well-known white-cast flashback. The M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is one of the brand's best-known products, and gives a gorgeous finish to the skin which translates well on camera.
    • Best for: Oily skin
    • Coverage: Full.
    • Finish: Matte finish.
    • Benefits: Ideal for oilier skin types as it helps to control oil production.
  • 3.M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

    M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
    4.23 Stars 22 Reviews
    This full coverage foundation is ideal for those wanting to cover up blemishes and skin imperfections without drying out the skin or causing it to become irritated. Formulated to be the most waterproof and water-resistant foundation on the market, the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation lasts on the skin no matter what the weather throws at you. Because of this, it's a great product to use if you are self-conscious of your skin in the summer, and know you are heading to the pool but still want good coverage. Even though the foundation repels water molecules, it's still intensely hydrating and helps to keep the skin moisturised while wearing it. Its oil-free formula makes it the perfect base for anyone with blemish-prone skin, as it won't block your pores or cause you to break out. The formula is also super long-wearing and won't transfer onto clothes or anything that touches your skin, making it ideal if you are wearing a white top and don't want it covered in your foundation.
    • Best for: Oily to dry skin
    • Coverage: Medium to full.
    • Finish: Natural satin finish.
    • Benefits: Completely waterproof and water-resistant.
  • 4.M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

    M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
    4.67 Stars 70 Reviews
    This full coverage foundation feels surprisingly lightweight on the skin despite its flawless finish. Thanks to its velvety smooth texture, it leaves skin with a full and even coverage without compromising on its ability to breathe. Formulated with a unique blend of powder and pigments, the foundation is suitable for even acne-prone skin thanks to its non-acnegenic formula which means it will keep your skin breathing through its long-wear coverage. Infused with Silica, it works to absorb excess oil on the skin's surface so your complexion appears matte throughout the day, without ever looking shiny. It's great for all skin types, but especially perfect for blemish-prone and combination complexions that need a little nourishment.
    • Best for: Acne-prone
    • Coverage: Medium to buildable coverage.
    • Finish: Matte finish.
    • Benefits: Can be applied with either a brush, sponge or powder puff, depending on the finish you want.
  • 5.M.A.C Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick

    M.A.C Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick
    5 Stars 3 Reviews
    This foundation can be used for either full coverage makeup or as a concealer, flawlessly masking any imperfections and evening out the skin's texture. Available in 33 different shades, the foundation perfectly blends into any natural skin tone using either your fingers, a brush or a sponge. The stick-based foundation is easy to apply and glides onto the skin, covering it in the creamy formula and creating a long lasting, seamless finish. The handy stick is perfect for carrying in your handbag and for on-the-go application.
    • Best for: Acne-prone skin
    • Coverage: Full coverage.
    • Finish: Matte finish. 
    • Benefits: 24-hour staying power.
  • 6.M.A.C Studio Sculpt Foundation

    M.A.C Studio Sculpt Foundation
    4.69 Stars 29 Reviews
    This uniquely textured foundation actually feels like gel on the skin, which helps to soothe irritation and provide an instant burst of moisture to dehydrated complexions. Formulated with Vitamin E and Tamarind Seed Extract, the foundation feels incredibly nourishing, helping to provide a full and flawless finish, without ever looking heavy, cakey or settling into dry patches or fine lines and wrinkles. As it's a gel based formula, it glides onto the skin beautifully and gives skin a natural, satin finish which helps to perfect the complexion. The addition of Mirconized Silicon Pigments allow the foundation to adhere to the skin without sticking to problem areas, so you can be sure your skin looks flawless. Although this foundation is great for dehydrated, dry and more mature skin types, its non-acnegenic formula also make it suitable for congested and blemish-prone skin too.
    • Best for: Dry skin
    • Coverage: Medium to buildable coverage.
    • Finish: Natural to satin finish. 
    • Benefits: Has broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • 7.M.A.C Studio Waterweight Foundation

    M.A.C Studio Waterweight Foundation
    4.25 Stars 12 Reviews
    The M.A.C Studio Waterweight foundation looks more like a serum bottle than a cosmetic product, but that's what makes it so special. The unique formula feels like a gel-serum and glides onto the skin beautifully to deliver a weightless and natural finish that makes the complexion appear perfected and flawless. Infused with Sodium Hyaluronate and M.A.C's exclusive Moisture Fusion Complex, the foundation adds hydration into your skin so that through its wear, your complexions stays nourished and well-moisturised. It also has broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 to help protect your skin against environmental aggressors and the sun's damaging rays. The formula itself is super-fluid, which allows you extra time to work with it on your skin until it has been perfectly applied, so you can be sure your complexion looks and feels its best.
    • Best for: Dry and dehydrated skin
    • Coverage: Medium to buildable coverage.
    • Finish: Natural to satin finish. 
    • Benefits: Feels weightless on the skin, so your complexion stays comfortable.

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