MAC Face and Body Foundation in C2: A Dual Purpose Base

by lyn on April 14, 2014 · 6 comments

in Foundation, M.A.C

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The MAC Face and Body Foundation was something I’ve had on my to-try list for a long time but it wasn’t available in our local MAC stores until recently. I don’t usually step into a MAC store but when I saw this foundation on display, I knew I had to check it out.

mac face and body foundation

The foundation comes in a simple plastic squeeze bottle and I can see how practical the packaging is especially for makeup artists, who will not have time to deal with delicate glass bottles. For a regular consumer like myself, the light plastic bottle is travel-friendly and easy to store.

mac face and body foundation

I purchased the shade C2 and it is quite a good match on me. In MAC terms, I am in between an NC20 to NC25 and tend to prefer slightly yellow undertones as I find that it helps cover the redness on my face better. I can’t wear anything that is too yellow or warm though, so the yellowness needs to be somewhere around the neutral territory, if that makes sense.

The texture of this foundation is smooth and blendable. I have used my fingers and sometimes a brush (for a heavier coverage), and the foundation works perfectly with these two methods. I don’t think I’d recommend using a sponge because the consistency is rather liquid and the sponge may absorb more product.

mac face and body foundation

* wearing MAC F&B in C2 with a tiny dab of NARS concealer under my eyes *

The MAC Face and Body offers light to medium coverage and is buildable. It feels lightweight on skin, so it’s ideal for those who can’t stand heavy foundations. I have not had any break outs after 3 weeks of regular use but I’d recommend that you test this before purchasing because MAC foundations are notorious for causing break outs on some people.

It is a fairly long-lasting foundation and stays on me for at least 5 hours before showing signs of fading. I don’t find the oils on my skin eating away into the product causing a cakey or pooling effect. It does oxidise slightly on me but just dabbing away some of that excess oil seems to freshen it up a bit.

mac face and body foundation

The colouring system on the Face and Body foundation is different from the regular MAC ones. They start with C1 (yellow based) and N1 (pink based) and have around 13 shades available locally. I won’t recommend judging by the online swatches on MAC’s website because they look inaccurate. And oh, speaking of website, did you know MAC Cosmetics Malaysia offers online shopping?

mac face and body foundation

And finally, the MAC Face and Body foundation costs RM100 for a good 50ml. That is definitely value-for-money because most foundations cost something ridiculous these days. Also, most foundations contain 30ml of product so you’re getting an extra 20ml in this bottle for a pretty good price. I am very satisfied with this purchase and don’t really have much to complain about.

Have you tried the MAC Face and Body foundation before? Do you like lightweight foundations and which do you currently use? Do share your thoughts as I’d love to hear from you.

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Paris B April 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Woman, I hate MAC but you have me super curious about this foundation coz the texture sounds lovely! Now the big question is, how on earth do I figure out my shade WITHOUT having to brave the monsters at the MAC store?! :P
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lyn April 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Hey PB, I would not have stepped in too if not for seeing the foundation on display. I think you may be more suited to C1 or N1 but erm… very hard to say because the colour codes are different than the usual. C2 will be a tad bit dark on you and this stuff does oxidise slightly (but I can live with it). I hate to say it but best to test at the store first and also to check if you have any adverse reactions because MAC foundations are known for causing break outs. I haven’t had any with this one (touch wood) but you just never know.


Victoria April 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I have used MAC foundations for quite sometime and this foundation sounds quite interesting. I would definitely check this out at a MAC store because I like the texture and it is definitely value-for-money compared with a lot of other foundations out there.


lyn April 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yes, please do and see if you like the texture and can find a good colour match. But if you’re looking for a last-all-day foundation, this may not be the right one because it does fade over the day. I’d recommend testing for a few hours first especially if you have sensitive skin. I’ve had rather bad experiences with other MAC foundations and just tend to be a bit cautious.


xin April 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

i am not a MAC fan either but i feel like there’s a need for me to see this product! and i don’t know my shade either, which means i have to endure the stress of handling the SA. damn, and there is BB eyeliner on my list already. ><
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lyn April 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I’ll pass you a sample the next time we meet. PB also requested for it :-) So no need to stress out la…


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