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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Swatch and Review

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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

By Contributor: Saraswathi Sneha

Gone are the days when I had to face the world with an obvious cakey and artificial look. Ooops ! Wait.. I haven’t committed any crime but yes it is a crime which ruined my beauty quotient since years. My days would begin with a morning mantra from my pals “Have you applied foundation? It is clearly visible!” Huh. Sometimes wrong choice of foundation absolutely ruins your look from head to toe no matter how beautiful you are. Alas! I managed to move a milestone in my beauty quotient (this time not backwards!) by discovering the most suitable foundation for my skin MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 in Shade 4.0. Today’s review and swatches are on      it.

I am in love with this foundation since the day I purchased it and I have been moving around swiftly to promote this foundation to my friends. Trust me ! I do not have any deal with MAC for doing this. It is just that I have experienced the best results through this foundation and I am considering this post as a platform to express my contentment to all lovable ladies out here.

So here is the closer look of MAC Matchmaster Foundation.

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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

Shade Intelligence Technology: Every individual has a unique shade of skin tone; the best thing is with the range of customized foundations introduced in MAC you will definitely be able to spot out the right foundation for your skin tone as they have shades ranging from 1 to 10 based on your skin tones. When I first entered the store they immediately got me the Matchmaster foundation looking at my skin tone. And to my surprise I purchased it in the first go without taking a second chance.

However I was on cloud nine when I came to know that it is an award winning foundation and most of our favorite Bollywood Stars are patched up to this foundation as it gave them the best results on screen. It creates a positive feeling to know that MAC uses Shade Intelligence Technology to introduce a wide range of customized shades which gives the best coverage with sun protection. The only task from your end is to seek expert MUAs in the MAC store for getting you the right foundation that suites your skin tone.

Make sure that you never choose the wrong shade for it might leave you an unhappy experience which is purely a blunder. I was confused between 3.0 and 4.0 and finally with the help of experts I went home with shade 4.0.

Coverage: This shade of mine gives a medium coverage and an natural look when applied. The best thing about MAC foundations is that it blends with your skin tone no matter which shade you fall under. When I apply it on my face, it gives me a semi-matte finish and covers all my pores instantly. There is no cakey layer or any flakes caused due to this foundation and it lasts for almost 8 hours a day. My T-zone also remains natural and it doesn’t end up clumsy as I generally do not have an oily skin nor I sweat.

Sometimes I find it necessary to wear an extra layer as I generally pump a little for the first time. A little touch up with the powder is necessary for the found ation to obtain a perfect finish. As you can see below, there is very slight difference with my ordinary skin and post the foundation application the latter seems to be brighter. Both look natural and people often mistake that latter is my original color, I consider this as a victory from my end.  Take a closer look at both the photos (especially the neck region in the second photo) to identify the slightest difference for it has blended very well with my skin tone. The slight white cast you see is because of the flash since it has spf in it.

Packaging: What I really liked about the foundation at first is the packaging done with the help of a pump. Firstly I am bad with caps; I tend to lose it most of the times. But this kind of packaging really impressed me as there is no scope for the caps being lost and also you can control the quantity of foundation used when you pump it. This means of packaging assures that your foundation is going to last longer than usual.

Usage Tip: Here is a simple tip to get your foundations blend very well on your skin. I am yet to purchase a professional foundation brush however the sponge that is right down here helps me with a good blending when you actually swipe it in a circular motion.

Price: Rewinding a little, in the store I was so thrilled that I was all set to purchase my first product from MAC. So I asked the person to bill it and he came up with this reply – Rs.2100 ( Inclusive of all Taxes). I was like, Whattttt? Did I hear it wrong, you mean “Two thousand one hundred”. He replied ‘Yes, Ma’am’.

That moment I was little hesitant and slightly embarrassed too thinking of the situation how it would appear if I withdraw the purchase right away. I still made up my mind giving fake promises that post this I wouldn’t shop anything for a month, however I broke those promises the next day itself!

On a serious note, the price gives us a little thought right up there on our minds for not many will be able to afford it. But if you seriously wish to experience a high-end product at-least once in your life then you must definitely take a look at this product. It is worth every penny.

Let’s check the photos and swatches:

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MAC Matchmaster Foundation 4.0
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MAC Matchmaster Foundation shade 4.0
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MAC Matchmaster Foundation Review
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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Review
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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Swatch under artificial light


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MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Swatches under artificial light


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MAC Matchmaster Foundation swatches on sponge

Pros of the Mac foundation:

  • Blends very well with your skin tone.
  • Gives a natural finish
  • No cakey/artificial/unnatural layer
  • Nice packaging
  • Medium coverage with semi-matte finish
  • Quick Drying
  • No allergic reactions
  • Absorbs excess oil
  • Comes with Sun protection
  • Minimizes pores and covers instantly
  • Stays all day

Cons of the Mac foundation:

  • Price (Quite high)
  • Exfoliation is necessary after usage as it clogs pores instantly
  • Is complete only when you set it with a powder

Price: Rs.2100

VNA Rating: 4.5/5

Conclusion: Mac Matchmaster Foundation is the best foundation I’ve ever tried. The texture is smooth and buildable and lasts all day. The coverage is medium and looks extremely natural. It has this shade intellect technology in which the shades adjust to match your skin tone. Since this is light, it can be worn everyday. Highly recommend!

I hope this post has given you some useful information, will be back with much more information in future. Thanks to VNA for giving me this privilege of writing guest reviews. Feel free to drop in your comments if any.

Editor: The shades of matchmaster are named a little differently than the rest of Mac foundations. For reference, I’m nc37-40 and my shade in it is 4.0. You can calculate accordingly.

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189 thoughts on “MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Swatch and Review”

  1. haha it must have been so embarrassing. mac foundations are so high priced! a very detailed review Saraswati. I like it a lot too.

  2. Fabulous Clicks Saraswati. i was initially eying the Matchmaster foundi as well but after hearing it has average staying power i decided to skip it :/ Now im tempted again!

    • Wow ! That’s so quick :) Before you lose the temptation you must definitely give it a shot. Juz get into a MAC store and ask them to suggest you a perfect shade..check out how long it lasts and then take a peek again to grab the piece if you are really impressed.
      On an average as I had mentioned for me it lasts for about 8 hours a day since I don’t sweat at all. It must vary from skin to skin and especially if your T-Zone gets too oily, I think you must look for the perfect foundation/shade from Mac :) :) :)

    • Yes Tamanna, absolutely; infact oily skin is more benefited since this foundation dries too fast. It is instantly absorbed into pores and so people having an oily skin can go for it without second thoughts as is more beneficial for them.
      Regarding Matchmaster Vs Studio Fix ; if you are looking for medium coverage then Match Master works; but if you are looking for full coverage then you must opt for Studio Fix..Usually for heavy make up, studio photo shoots and TV shoots people go for Studio Fix..but for regular daily wear and medium coverage I think Match Master works perfect.

  3. amazing review! i own only a few things from mac yet, n the most expensive one is the MSF powder for approx 1700 n that gave me a shock too but it really is worth the price :)

    • Thanks Poorva ! Me Too :P Me Too :P I just wanted to try MAC at least once and I purchased foundation, compact and spray. This blocked my shopping quota for next whole month :P However I felt it was totally worth it.

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  8. This is a fantastic article! The swatches and review of the MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 are very helpful and give readers a good idea of what the product looks like on the skin. The inclusion of the SPF factor is also a great touch and highlights the importance of sun protection in our daily skincare routine. Well done!


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