M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation Review

MAC Matchmaster

I’m sure some of you remember my post about Estée Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. I still quite like it, but hot summer days (long gone ) forced me to look for something slightly stronger. Having used it for a while I’m able to share my thoughts on the product. Ladies and… probably ladies again 😛 – here’s the Matchmaster by M.A.C. This is what to expect:

Package: A glass pump bottle containing 35ml/1.2 oz of product (which is slightly more than regular 30ml bottles). Although it keeps the makeup clean and makes the application comfortable I’m not a huge fan of this packaging for one simple reason- to unlock it you just need to turn it right and the opposite direction to lock it. The blockage is not strong enough so it’s a nightmare when you travel, make sure to pack the bottle in a plastic bag so as not to get all your stuff messy.

Price: £29 /$38 which isn’t the cheapest but for the quality and amount of product you get it’s not that bad either

What I like about this product:

  • Shade! Finally something light! I’m using 1.0 and it suits me well, it’s lighter than DW. Matchmaster is available in 12 shades.
  • Matte finish, which does my combination skin a favour. It absorbs oil quite well, now when it’s not that warm outside I don’t even need to use my powder on it.
  • It has a creamy texture which is  smooth and easy to blend.
  • Medium coverage. It’s buildable but be careful, it may make your skin look dull and cakey when overdosed
  • It doesn’t oxidise so there’s no worry of turning orange
  • It doesn’t go in the lines/ wrinkles
  • It blends really well but you need to be quick, the product gets dry quite quickly. Works better with a flat makeup brush than the beauty blender too.
  • It’s long-wearing
  • It doesn’t transfer onto clothing
  • 1 pump is enough to cover my face although I did see a video on YT where the girl is saying she uses 6 pumps of the product… it sounds absolutely crazy, even if you want fuller coverage I just cant imagine how one can physically put that much on their face.

Warnings: It does enhance dry patches if overdosed, I won’t recommend it for dry skin. If you have combination/oily skin it will suit you, but still make sure to moisture really well! Oh, and one more thing- it doesn’t minimalise the appearance of pores which is the opposite to what M.A.C say. But then, which makeup can do that? If you use good skincare products you’ll be perfectly alright.

Summary: Matchmaster is a decent product with good coverage and wearability. The lightest shade is really light in comparison to the other brands. It tends to enhance dry patches though so good moisture is a must.

Have you ever tried Matchmaster foudnation? What are your thoughts?



  • Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Internationalcaty

    MAC is my favorite makeup line. My foundation is NW27. Love it

  • Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life

    I love MAC products but one thing I have noticed about the concealer is that about a week before it gets empty, my skin breaks out. I love the foundation and the powder. I find two pumps is perfect for me,but that is because I have sensitive skin and blemishes.

    • Hi Sheri, thank you for your comment. To be honest I’ve never tried their concealer (well, I just don’t use any) but it’s good to know if I ever consider buying one, thanks for this! And you’re right, if in need for some extra coverage I would want to use a little bit more too x

  • Saccharine Soul

    Never tried any MAC foundation – but I like that this one has SPF! Also, I agree that it can be a nightmare for travelling if it doesn’t close properly

    • Hi and thank you for stopping by 🙂 I guess I don’t pay attention to SPF in makeup as I’m using SPF 50 on daily basis anyway but when it comes to sun protection you can’t overdo it, right? 😉 x

  • Sheree

    Girl, you had me at, “Doesn’t transfer onto clothes.” I’ve ruined many of my boyfriend’s shirts with hugs. Not to mention clients and coworkers!

    • Haha, so now your boyfriend and all the gang around you can feel relieved I guess 😉 x

  • I’ve actually never tried MAC products before. I should check them out.

    • Well, I think you’ll be happy with the quality of their cosmetics. Make sure to check out MAC lipsticks, they’re iconic for a reason! 🙂 x

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I do really like their products, but I wish they were more cognizant of animal testing.

    • That’s a good point Heather, really sad that a huge majority of good quality products are tested on animals and us consumers constantly need to choose between quality and ethics. I personally think it’s not fair that brands who can afford to stop the practice keep doing it just because they know people will buy their products anyway x

  • I’m in the market for a new foundation for winter skin. Love the matte finish and medium coverage! Will have to give it a try!

  • Alexandra Kaufman

    Amazing tips! Thanks for posting 😀

  • I’ve never tried this foundation but I love my MAC Mineralize foundation which has a more dewy finish. I’ve never had any problems with the bottle closure when travelling, it’s never spilled. I’ve been looking for a more matte foundation so maybe I’ll give this one a try!

    • This one is definitely more matte. As for the closure it makes me think if there’s something wrong with that one particular bottle I’ve got as for the company like MAC this just wouldn’t make any sense. x

  • I love mac products, its the one brand that never lets me down!

  • Great review! My skin is getting dryer so it might not be the best choice for me. Is there another MAC foundation you’d recommend for combination to dry skin?

    • Thank you Lulle! What about Mineralize Moisture or Studio Face and Body foundation? I haven’t tried them myself since my skin needs something that absorbs oil better but Face and Body is one of MAC’s classics. Maybe this video will be helpful too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsN2oQsWs6Y

  • Blessing Boamah

    I haven’t tried MAC Foundation but I’ve heard good things about it. I have sensitive skin so I tend to be very selective on what I put on my face, I’ll have to look at this in the near future. Thanks for reviewing this, it was helpful.

  • ohmummymia

    Thanks for that review I think I need to give a tray to this foundation

  • Cricket Plunkett

    Looks so smooth!

  • Lizzy Paris

    Love MAC!

  • Sassy

    Great review and I looove MAC cosmetics!

  • Now that is getting cooler and my tan is fading I need a new foundation. I need to check this out

  • I don’t think I own anything from MAC, but this looks like it works really well!

    • It’s a matter of personal preferences but I personally think it’s a really decent product, I’m happy with it x

  • Shelby Bromley

    I was wondering if this foundation was worth buying. Great post!

  • I’m in need of a new foundation for winter! Thanks for the tip!

  • TheNewClassy

    My daughter is constantly on the search for a good foundation. I will let her know about this. She will be pleased.

  • I haven’t tried this… Your review is so helpful.

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  • Sasha Ticali

    I am actually not a fan of this one BECAUSE of that very reason : enhancing the dryness. For me it doesn’t even work well when I DO moisturize well!

    • Well, each skin is different and one product won’t suit everyone. If I had dry skin I’d look for something else.

  • Katrina Honer

    I have actually never tired MAC foundation (a big fan of their blush thought) but your review is so helpful I might have to do a test try next time I visit the store.

    • Glad to hear it Katrina, they are pretty decent! To be honest I’ve never tried any of their blushes and since I’m looking for one right now you have just inspired me! Thanks 😀 x

  • I am in the market for new foundation, my current go to is Nars Matte, so definitely checking this out!!

  • I used to use Mac foundation. But then I discovered Missha and even though Mac is a great product, I think Missha suits my skin better. I guess each product depends on one’s skin. 🙂 Thanks for sharing though. 😀

    xoxo, G

    • Missha is a great brand indeed. I’m a huge fan of Korean products in general (especially skincare!) however when it comes to foundation/powder I always struggle to find the right shade (my skin is very light) so I’m really happy MAC’s lightest shade suits me 🙂 x

  • Michael Kennerson

    Not a make-up users, but my wife enjoyed this

  • Hope you like it! x