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Sarah Starr
Posts: 507
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US


My skin is very oily and sometimes breaks out. Since I have this oily skin my foundation seems to always slid off or get shiny. I've had ENOUGH, I'm ready to spend any amount of money on an amazing foundation that will stay put all day, give great coverage and look great in photos.

I've used Revlon Photo ready, Neutrogena Oily Skin Blemish Fighter, Maybelline Super Stay Foundation.

My question about MAC is, is it really worth the money? I've heard that MAC products have some of the best foundations and stay matte the entire day. But I've also heard that they're too pricey and flake off.

Would you recommend a foundation from them?
Jan 16 13 07:17 am  Link  Quote 
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Lisa Berczel
Posts: 3,961
Corona, California, US


MAC products and foundations have been discussed adnausium.

Search and you'll find pages on the subject.
Jan 16 13 08:54 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ArtistryImage
Posts: 2,708
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Sarah Starr  wrote:
My skin is very oily and sometimes breaks out. Since I have this oily skin my foundation seems to always slid off or get shiny. I've had ENOUGH, I'm ready to spend any amount of money on an amazing foundation that will stay put all day, give great coverage and look great in photos.

My question about MAC...

Sarah; skin prep is an important component in achieving a flawless look...  for oily skin cleansing is important... using a quality toner is a good adjunct to your workflow here... keep in mind it is technique more than product in many instances... albeit since your not in my chair I can only generalize here...

As for MAC? I regularly carry some of their product in my kit, especially LOVE MAC's gloss brilliant which photographs amazing well on camera...

I do a considerable amount of corporate video work in which a significant number of male talent need serious "shine" a.k.a. oil control... MAC has a wonderful product, OIL CONTROL LOTION which indeed is highly effective... using this no-shine base primer may be an option for you... yes I recommend it...

That said, URBAN DECAY's DE-SLICK is my go to anti-shine product now... It works extremely well, and is highly effective... 

As to traditional base a.k.a. foundation? have used RCMA for many years, it is highly pigmented (can be used straight as concealer) and has excellent coverage.  Note: Best to set this product with a matte powder to keep it stable on the skin...

However for a truly elegant matte finish I prefer to use TEMPTU's Aqua  product... have found nothing can match the elegant velvet matte finish which is so delicate and light weight on the skin...  I especially prefer it on male talent in as their comfort level with airbrush is higher than with traditional application methodologies... 

hope this helps...

Jan 16 13 09:04 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
KDM
Posts: 369
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Mac's foundations aren't that great IMO. There are plenty better ones.
Jan 16 13 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Alivia Autumn
Posts: 606
Albuquerque, New Mexico, US


Mac foundations are great for photo shoots and the studiofix doesn't rub off.  It lasts all day.  I for one have pretty normal skin that rarely breaks out or gets agitated.  Mac did break me out at first.

The foundation I do think is worth the money and is great for every day where with build-able coverage for photo shoots is Estee Lauder's Equalizer.  I also use Urban Decays wet to dry powder foundation.

Most dept stores will give you a free ten day supply/sample.

Check them all out, Chanel, Clinique, Lancome, Clarins etc.
Jan 16 13 10:53 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Makeup Hair by Dani B
Posts: 720
Seattle, Washington, US


Many pro-quality foundations works for oily skin (IMHO): Cinema Secrets, RCMA, OCC Skin (can be applied with a brush or fingers as well as airbrushed), Illamasqua Skin Base, Cover FX, Makeup Forever Face & Body...

How well these work for you will also depend on your skin prep and application method.

It's important to know how much your foundation REALLY costs you. You need to price it out per gram or ounce to do this. You may be really surprised to see that some pro foundations are actually cheaper than their drugstore counterparts.

Urban Decay makes a setting spray called De-Slick that is light, sets makeup well, and controls oil. It's about $30 a bottle but really lasts a long time.
Jan 16 13 06:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Pinch of Pretty MUA
Posts: 46
Deerfield Beach, Florida, US


Sarah Starr  wrote:
My skin is very oily and sometimes breaks out. Since I have this oily skin my foundation seems to always slid off or get shiny. I've had ENOUGH, I'm ready to spend any amount of money on an amazing foundation that will stay put all day, give great coverage and look great in photos.

I've used Revlon Photo ready, Neutrogena Oily Skin Blemish Fighter, Maybelline Super Stay Foundation.

My question about MAC is, is it really worth the money? I've heard that MAC products have some of the best foundations and stay matte the entire day. But I've also heard that they're too pricey and flake off.

Would you recommend a foundation from them?

This may sound weird but a little milk of magnesia as a facial primer will block out shine to almost zero. Trust me, I know. Many other women use it as well. As for the MAC foundations, they are average in my opinion. I can find many drugstore foundations that I think can compare and even beat MAC foundations. However I love Studio Sculpt and Fix Fluid. Studio Sculpt it good for sensitive skin. Im combo/oily and sensitive. That foundation is gel based and I like it. But trust me, the milk of magnesia will help tremendously!

Jan 18 13 11:18 pm  Link  Quote 
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