MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Images, Swatches, Review, Comparison Chart

Product Description: Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 features innovative patented pigment technology, which encapsulates micronized pigment particles in translucent spheres. The technology gives true-to-life shade perfection and unprecedented coverage while allowing the skin’s natural shade to show through. The result is a customized shade with a demi matte finish, giving skin the natural colour without looking ashy or chalky. Featuring 14 shades, Matchmaster contains the lightest and darkest shades of all M·A·C’s foundations, giving artists and consumers more versatility than ever before.

Comes in the following shades:
1.0
1.5
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
7.5
8.0
8.5
9.0
9.5
10.0

This range of foundations includes the lightest and darkest shades that MAC has ever made, plus some new shades in between. This is a BIG plus for MAC. When I used to work for them, there were many people I’d have to turn away because there were no shades for them. Please pay attention to the half shades toward the end of the spectrum. This is really great for us brown girls, because they’ve given us way more options. That’s almost 10 shades for us. Very nice.

Note: I would love to see every shade, but only received a few. My review is based on solely on the colors that I was able to touch, feel and wear.

Read on for detailed swatches and a review!
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Courtesy of footluxe.com

Here is a comparison chart that I found via Google search from  footluxe.com. There may be more information available there, click the image to head straight over to their site.

Here’s a picture of me wearing Matchmaster foundation with Mary of My Hair My Way yesterday at the Oyin Handmade store. The foundation looks very natural, even though I did a medium-full coverage. I didn’t have my exact color, so I mixed 7.5 and 8.5. I’d like to think it was a pretty good match, but probably could have been better.

MatchMaster on My Face

I was traumatized when I took this picture, because I never get to see my bare skin this close up! Anyway, here’s swatches of the foundation on my skin. I think that 8, or a mix of 7.5 and 8 would be awesome. When you blend the foundation in, it’s not a loud. My jawline is the darkest part of my face, so I rarely test for color there. I almost always wear more than one color as well.

MAC Matchmaster Foundation

Erin's Outfit of the Day

Here’s a preview of my post on Friday (dress is from Gilt, love this site!). You can see that there was a big difference in my face and chest. I took the picture with natural light and no flash, but it looked as if the foundation had gotten darker throughout the day. I’m trying to take my tan into consideration, Also, my forehead is oil-slick city! This foundation wasn’t created specifically for oily skin, and I didn’t blot or apply powder throughout the day. I can’t really be mad at the situation on my nose and forehead, can I?

Conclusion

I did like the foundation, but I own so many that I adore, so it won’t be my go-to. . I’d say this is a good everyday foundation, but I don’t want to scream while jumping down in excitement over it. It is definitely an awesome concept. This entire post might change if I go to the counter to find my exact shade. If you decide to purchase, I’d definitely say to get matched professionally. Hopefully the above conversion chart will help. If you have a skin tone that’s hard to match for foundation, this may be your answer

Price: $34, Available September 22nd

Where to purchase: http://www.maccosmetics.com

Note: This product was sent for possible review consideration. This gave me the ability to touch, swatch and accurately review the product. This post reflects my honest opinion. The Gilt link is an affiliate link.


Erin Baynham

My name is Erin Baynham, and I created Scandalous Beauty in December 2005. I love sharing my favorite makeup products! I'm a huge Orioles & Ravens fan and I have to have iced coffee everyday.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great post! I still have yet to try any MAC makeup. How bad is that, especially since I’m a beauty blogger and on YouTube!  lol. Unfortunately whenever I go by Nordstrom or MAC, they’re too busy, or I’m in a rush (on my lunch break). One of these days I’ll go in for a full consultation. Any suggestions for first-time MAC’ers?

  2. Anonymous says

    Great post! I still have yet to try any MAC makeup. How bad is that, especially since I’m a beauty blogger and on YouTube!  lol. Unfortunately whenever I go by Nordstrom or MAC, they’re too busy, or I’m in a rush (on my lunch break). One of these days I’ll go in for a full consultation. Any suggestions for first-time MAC’ers?

  3. LOLBeauty says

    This is a great overview of the foundation! I liked that you showed the 3 different shades on your jawline to compare. 

  4. says

    I’m curious to see what this foundation looks like and how it wears throughout the day.  I’ve been hearing about it for months.  I would love to get super excited, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high and then be disappointed.  I’m glad that they’ve expanded the color range but looking at the chart, I still may get stuck in the middle.  I don’t wear Studio Fix Fluid b/c I’m stuck in b/w NC45 and NC50. I’m not mixing colors just to say I’m wearing MAC liquid Foundation.  I’ll wear other brands who have colors that match me.  I’m guessing I’ll either be 7.0 or 7.5.  Hopefully I don’t end up being a 7.25 and left out again. LOL! 

    Thanks as always for keeping us up to date with the latest info. :-)

  5. says

    I’m curious to see what this foundation looks like and how it wears throughout the day.  I’ve been hearing about it for months.  I would love to get super excited, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high and then be disappointed.  I’m glad that they’ve expanded the color range but looking at the chart, I still may get stuck in the middle.  I don’t wear Studio Fix Fluid b/c I’m stuck in b/w NC45 and NC50. I’m not mixing colors just to say I’m wearing MAC liquid Foundation.  I’ll wear other brands who have colors that match me.  I’m guessing I’ll either be 7.0 or 7.5.  Hopefully I don’t end up being a 7.25 and left out again. LOL! 

    Thanks as always for keeping us up to date with the latest info. :-)

  6. elleboogy says

    i think your bare skin looks awesome. :) I was excited to go into MAC a while ago and see that they had SFF in NW48 (new shade) – it matched me perfectly! but I was intrigued to see the variety of shades in this new foundation..hmm

  7. elleboogy says

    i think your bare skin looks awesome. :) I was excited to go into MAC a while ago and see that they had SFF in NW48 (new shade) – it matched me perfectly! but I was intrigued to see the variety of shades in this new foundation..hmm

  8. says

    I so want to try this, but although I currently use nc50 which is a bit dark and I definitely cannot wear throughout winter I am skeptical at getting a perfect match. I feel I am more for a nc47. I just wonder if it would be better to get the lighter shade 7.0 and finish with skin finish in dark or chance the darker shade 7.5. it is so touch and go at the mac counters in the uk. I might wait to see more reviews as already I have seen someone who is suing 2 shades for one application

    • angie says

      I too would fall in the “illusive” nc47 category. depending on the formula, i’m nc45 in some foundations/ nc50 in others.  i’m wearing 7.0 and using the dark skinfinish.  i think you might like that; especially since winter is coming :-).  hope this helps.

  9. says

    I so want to try this, but although I currently use nc50 which is a bit dark and I definitely cannot wear throughout winter I am skeptical at getting a perfect match. I feel I am more for a nc47. I just wonder if it would be better to get the lighter shade 7.0 and finish with skin finish in dark or chance the darker shade 7.5. it is so touch and go at the mac counters in the uk. I might wait to see more reviews as already I have seen someone who is suing 2 shades for one application

    • angie says

      I too would fall in the “illusive” nc47 category. depending on the formula, i’m nc45 in some foundations/ nc50 in others.  i’m wearing 7.0 and using the dark skinfinish.  i think you might like that; especially since winter is coming :-).  hope this helps.

  10. zonkosworld.blogspot.com says

    Oh wow its really got darkend through the day.
    I’m an NW45 girl but I tryed matchmaster in nr 7 and thought that I looked very  light at first but then as you through the day It looked just fine.

  11. zonkosworld.blogspot.com says

    Oh wow its really got darkend through the day.
    I’m an NW45 girl but I tryed matchmaster in nr 7 and thought that I looked very  light at first but then as you through the day It looked just fine.

  12. says

    I have had no luck with MAC foundations because my undertone is more yellow (red around the perimeter) and their foundations ALWAYS oxidize on me and make me look orangey. Does this one do that, too? Thanks to your video, I’ve discovered Bobbi Brown, ( Warm Almond-Almond shade) and I love her line.

  13. says

    I have had no luck with MAC foundations because my undertone is more yellow (red around the perimeter) and their foundations ALWAYS oxidize on me and make me look orangey. Does this one do that, too? Thanks to your video, I’ve discovered Bobbi Brown, ( Warm Almond-Almond shade) and I love her line.

  14. says

    I’ll have to stop by and pick up a sample, judging by the foundation matrix above, i’ll be a 7.0, but I agree with Erin, I have so many other’s I like, i’ll have to truly test this and see how it wears before I make a sound decision…. still I don’t think anything can replace my Guerlain #25.

  15. says

    I’ll have to stop by and pick up a sample, judging by the foundation matrix above, i’ll be a 7.0, but I agree with Erin, I have so many other’s I like, i’ll have to truly test this and see how it wears before I make a sound decision…. still I don’t think anything can replace my Guerlain #25.

  16. Sunshyne_girl83 says

    But, I does match you legs and arms with you face. So maybe it is just you chest doesnt get to the sun as much. Do you still use MUF Face and Body as your fav? I need to get away from mac foundations bc my skin hates me for it lol!!

  17. Sunshyne_girl83 says

    But, I does match you legs and arms with you face. So maybe it is just you chest doesnt get to the sun as much. Do you still use MUF Face and Body as your fav? I need to get away from mac foundations bc my skin hates me for it lol!!

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