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MAC Pro-Long Wear Waterproof Foundation Review

Hi my loves! A few days ago, I received an email about the launch of the Mac Cosmetics Pro-long Wear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation and if that doesn’t intrigue you already then you probably won’t be interested in this post. I’ve said previously that I don’t wear foundation anymore, maybe the odd occasion when I’ll pull out my Makeup Forever HD Foundation but generally speaking, I wear BB cream. I wear BB cream because of its high SPF and also because I haven’t really found a foundation where I’m absolutely mad about. Like with everything, everyone has a preference and there are a few criteria that I look at when judging whether a foundation is good or not…

 

1. The colour match

2. The formula

3. The scent

4. The coverage

5. The staying power

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There was a slight confusion over this foundation because the email claims that the foundation lasted up to 16 hours but the website itself claims that the foundation stays up to 12 hours. I’ve also watched some youtube reviews where some beauty bloggers said that they read somewhere that the foundation even lasts up to 24 hours. That’s quite a claim to make especially for foundation because even the thickest foundation with the fullest coverage always seem to disappear around my nose and mouth area as the day goes on, and I know I’m not the only one with that problem. Now let me review this foundation based on the criteria mentioned above:

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1. The Colour Match

This foundation is available in 16 different shades. The great thing about Mac foundations is that you know your shade and pretty much everything in your shade will be the same colour. I used to be NC 20 but I’ve tanned slightly on the face so I decided to pick up the NC 25. It’s pretty much an exact match to my skin currently.

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2. The Formula

I expected this foundation to be quite thick and creamy but it’s actually not. It is creamier than their Fluid Fix foundation but still fluid enough that if you squeeze a blob on the back of your hand, it will slowly run down. In fact, I quite like this formula because it’s not too thick so that it cakes on your face but it also isn’t too runny that you have to layer it up to get a full coverage.

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3. The Scent 

I’ve always had a problem with the scent of the foundations, which is why I hardly wear foundation. Makeup companies always claim that a foundation is fragrance-free but it always turns out that there’s plastic type of scent that comes with it. Surprisingly, this foundation is actually fragrance-free which I really like.

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4. The Coverage

The foundation claims to be sheer to medium coverage and it’s buildable. I find that the coverage depends on the method of application but it is definitely not sheer, I think it is more medium to full coverage. If you use a foundation brush, it is more likely to be a fuller coverage than if you used a beauty blender or your fingers. I personally prefer using a damp Beauty Blender or variations of a Beauty Blender (I just buy mine from Dischem and it works exactly the same as a Beauty Blender for a tenth of the price) because it gives off a more dewy finish than a matte finish. The foundation claims to give a velvety matte finish but I personally don’t think it’s matte, I would say it’s more of a satin finish and I’ve tried both the brush and beauty blender method of application. One thing I do like about this foundation is that although the coverage is quite full compared to what I’m used to, it doesn’t feel caked on my face or thick, which is always good!

5. The Staying Power

Firstly, I must say that I do have dry skin so I can’t speak for those who have oily skin and secondly, I’m very impressed with this foundation. At the time of writing this post, I’ve worn this foundation for about 10 hours already, looking at all the areas that my foundation usually wears off such as my nose and mouth area, it still looks pretty good! The foundation has not moved much at all and I’ve only applied one layer. I feel that it does tend to cling and accentuate the dry patches on my face, such as around my nose and mouth area. In this case, I normally spray quite a bit of my Mineralized Charged Water Spray or my Prep and Prime Fix+ over the dry areas and it fixes the problem.

The foundation does claim to be sweat and waterproof. I went to gym with the foundation on to try it out, I wanted to see if sweating did anything to the foundation. I was surprised that the foundation barely moved at all. I did notice that if I wiped my face with a sweat towel, some product did rub off onto the towel but not entirely. I think in the case where there is water or sweat, instead of wiping your face, it’s better to gently tap on your face, this way the foundation is less likely to rub off.

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Overall I think it’s a great foundation, I definitely recommend it if you have issues with the longevity of your foundation when applied. The price is pretty reasonable too, it currently retails for R380 at all Mac stores for 25ml. At first I thought that 25ml was quite little considering the price but to be honest, you don’t use much product in one application. In fact, I think it may last a good couple months. I’ll continue to use the foundation and provide you with some updates via Snapchat 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this post and it answered some questions!

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With love…xxx

Hong Kong Beauty Haul 2015

Hong Kong Beauty Haul 2015

Hi loves! It’s almost the weekend! Yay! 🙂 Many of you have been asking me for a haul for all the beauty products I bought in Hong Kong, if you’ve missed my previous post Korean Beauty Haul 2015 – click hereI didn’t go to Korea but I decided to separate my beauty haul into 2 parts, mainly because it’s just too many things in one post and also I wanted to separate the Korean brands and the others. As promised, here is the rest of the beauty products I bought in Hong Kong, I decided to leave out the face masks because there’s just too many products, but if you’re interested in seeing me use all the products I bought, I’ll be uploading them on Snapchat so follow me – @lovemarylu 🙂

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I’m not sure if you’re fans of Maybelline products but I bought so many Maybelline products at the Maybelline store in Hong Kong! If you don’t know, Maybelline products vary between countries so some things that you get in Hong Kong are very different to what you can get here. I also feel that Maybelline products sold in Hong Kong and China are more suitable for my skin (or Asian skin) so although I don’t generally buy Maybelline products here in SA, I like to try their products when I go overseas. This is the Maybelline Pure Mineral CC Cream, I did take a swatch when I was at the store, it basically comes out white and adapts to your skin colour. I’ll let you all know how I like it when I start using it. I’m really trying to finish my BB creams before I open up a new one.

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I absolutely loves this Maybelline Babyskin Instant Pink Transformer, you can use this product alone or under a BB cream or foundation. It’s a light lotion with pink pigments, which is perfect to illuminate your face without it looking oily. It may look pretty similar to the Etude House Face Blur from my previous post but the texture is very different. This is much light compared to the Face Blur and plus the Face Blur is more of a primer and doesn’t have light reflecting pigments.

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Many of you already know about this product, it’s the Maybelline Babyskin Pore Eraser, I personally love this product! I always buy a few tubes when I go to Hong Kong because I know that you can’t get them here in South Africa. Again, you can use this product either on it’s own or under a BB cream or a foundation, it basically minimise the look of your pores or skin in general. It can feel oily as it has a silicone texture to it but I think it works pretty great!

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that eyeliner is my life (sorry not sorry). I’m obsessed with the Maybelline Hyper Sharp Laser Precision Eyeliner (the one of the right) and I always purchase about 3 or 4 every time I go to Hong Kong, just to make sure it lasts me about a year. I love that it’s super dark and pigmented, he’s a brush tip, which makes drawing the line so much easier and more precise. The Maybelline Hyper Sharp Wing (the one on the left) recently came out in Hong Kong, the applicator is also a brush but it is slanted to allow you to draw thicker line.

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I haven’t used any other makeup remover besides the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleasing Oil for about 3 years now. I got the Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Water as a free gift with my many purchases at Maybelline. I’m pretty excited to try it!

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This and a few others are my favourite mascaras of all time! There’s a drugstore/beauty store all over Hong Kong called Sasa and they have their own line of cosmetics with cute packaging called Sasatinnie, this is by far one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used. I always go back for more! AND it’s made in Italy 🙂

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I LOVE my eyelashes, I love falsies and the different effects it has on your eye makeup. I always like to purchase my lash glue from Hong Kong because they sell many great Korean and Japanese brands. What’s great about these lash glues, besides their lasting power is that the applicator is a small brush ensuring a no-mess application.

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I was supposed to insert this into my previous post but I totally forgot that I bought this! It’s a refill for my Etude House Anycushion Precious Mineral, it’s basically a BB cream but in a tub form and it’s refillable. You apply it with the gift sponge that it comes with (mine is a little dirty) but they also sell those in Etude House too.

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Again, I totally forgot that I bought this! It’s the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream, the colour matched me perfectly before I went to the Philippines but since I went 3 shades darker from tanning, this is currently a little too light for me so I’ll just be putting this away for a while until winter 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post! Remember, if you have snapchat, follow me 🙂 Have a great weekend!

With love…xxx