MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Swatches & Review - NC15, NC30, NC35, NC42

mac pro longwear nourishing waterproof foundation review

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

As we recently mentioned, MAC has expanded its Pro Longwear complexion line this spring. We reviewed and swatches a few of the new Pro Longwear pressed powder foundations and will now take a look at the new Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundations.

These foundations are meant to be used as concealers or foundations, wear for up to 24 hours and remain waterproof throughout wear. It is meant to be lightweight offer medium to full coverage and set to a satin finish.

I have 4 of the 16 shades from this collection to share with you!

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Swatches - NC15, NC30, NC35, NC42

These were all swatched on clean, bare skin and photographed in natural light.

mac pro longwear nourishing waterproof foundation swatches NC15, NC30, NC35, NC42
L to R - NC15, NC30, NC35, NC42

NC15 - fair with a peach undertone

NC30 - medium peachy beige

NC35 - dark medium beige with peachy undertone

NC42 - warmer than NC35 with more of an orange undertone, but not much darker

I found these photographed a little cooler than they were in person as all 4 were somewhat warm, with NC42 being the warmest by far.

I also found that these set to a slightly darker shade (about half a step deeper), so keep that in mind when color matching for your own complexion.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation Review - NC15, NC30, NC35 NC42

Product Type - waterproof foundation (can also be used as concealer)
Shades - see above
Finish - MAC describes the finish as satin, but I found they were more demi-matte; not flat matte by any means, but subtly dewy.
On the Skin - fairly lightweight; moderate to full coverage easily; waterproof; requires strong makeup remover to fully remove; blends fairly easily
Price - $32 (.85 fl oz)
Final Thoughts - I was completely intrigued by this foundation as soon as I heard about it. Finding a truly waterproof consumer foundation is no easy feat, especially finding one that's also comfortable to wear. The texture of this foundation is smooth, but fairly thick. I found it to be easy to apply and blend out. It easily offered medium to full coverage. Each shade I swatched set about half a step deeper than it first appeared while still wet. The finish wasn't super dewy, but it wasn't flat matte either--more of a subtly dewy finish. The foundation itself was moderately lightweight on the skin, but I think it will really depend on how heavily it is applied as to how much you'll find you feel it. Given how full-coverage this foundation is, I can see how some may choose to use it for spot-coverage versus full-face coverage.

As far as the shades go, I found them to be predominantly peach in undertone, which may work beautifully for those with slightly warmer complexions, but may not be the best match for those with cool complexions. I found the shade NC42 really interesting as it wasn't so much significantly darker than NC35, but just far more orange-toned.

The question you're probably waiting for--was it waterproof? I personally found it was not only waterproof, but required a really good dual cleansing oil makeup remover to fully remove it. I tried water, soap and water, makeup remover wipes for sensitive to normal skin and then a dual oil cleanser. Does this mean it will wear well in a pool or in the ocean? That I can't tell you, but I was very surprised by how budge-proof it was with straight water!

As per 24 hours of possible wear, I never review wear as I find it greatly varies based on each person's skin, prep, etc. I did personally find it to be very long-wearing. 

Have you tried this new foundation from MAC? What did you think?

 Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

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