I have a love/hate relationship with MAC products. Translation-I'm one of the (many) who isn't a huge fan. And it's mostly because I always get treated so badly at their counters. So when MAC's Face and Body Foundation in C7 showed up in my Christmas stocking (I've been putting this review off for a while OK?) I rolled my eyes. But I'm a big girl and I rise to challenges like this (especially when there is no gift receipt) so let's take this to the ring and see how it does.
Round 1: Price. If you're anything like me you probably balked at the price of MAC's Face and Body Foundation. $33 for 4oz seems absolutely insane. Until you do the math. The cheapest MAC foundation is $27.00 for 1 oz. The average drugstore foundation will set you back about $10.00 for 1 oz. This foundation, or at least the large bottle of it? 4 oz. If you got the cheapest MAC foundation in that size you'd be looking at a bill of $108.00. The average drugstore foundation in our hypothetical 4oz bottle? $40. So $33 for this size isn't that bad. Boom, MAC is suddenly budget friendly. Face and Body: 1, Alice: 0.
Round 2: Packaging. Face and Body comes in a plastic squeeze bottle with an applicator. Which is an excellent idea since the product is water based and super runny. Any other kind of packaging would have been an absolute disaster.The only downside is it's nearly impossible to know how much product you have left. I'm not sure if this is because the foundation "stains" the inside or the bottle or the fact the bottle itself is cloudy but you can't see into it. Even if you hold it up against a bright light. I've been using the 1.7 oz bottle since Christmas and I have no idea how much I've actually used. I might be half way through it or almost at the bottom. I won't know until noting comes out. Face and Body surrenders one point to Alice bringing the score to 1:1.
|It's so runny!|
Round 3: Shade Selection. This foundation comes in 12 shades, which is disappointing because most MAC foundations come in 20+ shades. But since it's so sheer, I think the range of skin colors each shade can work with it much wider than your tradition foundation. Also, this does not follow their standard NW/NC shade system, which makes figuring out what you should get a little difficult especially if you can't get down to a MAC store or counter to pick up a sample or swatch it on your skin. One more thing: your local store or counter may not carry all 12 shades in house, so you might have to order online if you're an in-betweeny or on the "extremes" of the spectrum. This round is a tie: Face and Body: 2, Alice: 2.
|I'm weird and like to put my highlight on before my foundation-I'm wearing Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer Blush & Eye Shadow in Waikiki on my checks and brow bone. I'm also greasy and my eyebrows need some help. Opps.|
|Foundation sans powder and/or highlighter with Urban Decay's Theodora Palette|
Face and Body wins this tournament and a spot in my makeup drawer. Take your trophy and celebrate Face and Body, you earned it.
Price: $27.00 for 1.7 oz, $33.00 for 4 oz
Ingredients: Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Tea-Stearate, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Talc, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood), Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben