Did you have to read that post title twice? Yes, I really did make my very first MAC purchase yesterday. Shocking, I know! I'm a woman who genuinely enjoys trying out new products, speaking to make-up artists and sales associates, and playing the field when it comes to various brands. But up until this point, I've avoided MAC entirely simply because I find their collections exhaustingly extensive and overwhelming.
I got the wild hare to try out their foundation yesterday and had to spend 45 minutes (not kidding) at the counter learning about the finish/coverage/weight of each one and being matched (unsurprisingly, I am the very lightest shade they carry! Ha!). I left with their Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC15:
First off, I don't love SPF in my foundation. Yes, I am a huge sunscreen junkie because of my incredibly fair skin (seriously, SPF 85 reapplied every hour when I'm outdoors) but I wear powder with SPF 15 every day so to have sun protection in my foundation (which I feel negatively affects the formula and finish) is unnecessary. Does anyone else notice that foundations without SPF lay much nicer on your skin?
But moving on, I'm just not in love with this product. I know it's not much fun to read negative reviews and perhaps even less so to read a lukewarm one but I've gotta be honest, in my opinion, this foundation is just okay. I tried all but one of MAC's options when I was at the counter, so even though this one was the most ideal, it just doesn't float my boat (and I certainly won't be re-purchasing if I finish off the tube). I feel like the coverage was what I was after- to even out my skin tone and hide any small blemishes I wouldn't consider severe enough for concealer, but even with just a light, even sweep to address those issues, it looked too heavy and unnatural.
I've never been one to wear a lot of make-up. Sure, I own a ton of products but on any given day, my routine is actually fairly understated. Not because I'm afraid to take risks, but because I want my face to look beautiful, not made up or dramatic. I purchase cosmetics to emphasize the beauty and downplay the blemishes I already have, not apply a mask I think is prettier. I'm not saying every product MAC has out aims to do this (obviously I wouldn't know!) or that everyone who wears MAC has these intentions but the overall impression I've had for years now (and that was just confirmed with my visit to MAC yesterday) is that it's quite simply just too much.
Am I completely alone on this?