I went back to MAC on Saturday and swapped out the foundation and Mineralize Skinfinish that I got last Friday. The products I was “matched” for were way too dark. I also felt that the Skinfinish was too shiny and made my pores look large, while the foundation didn’t provide the coverage I asked for. My dark spots and old scars are not very extreme, but they still showed through the foundation. I swapped the Studio Sculpt foundation in NW20 for Studio Fix Fluid in NW13 and the Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Plus for Mineralize Foundation Loose in Extra Light. I kept the concealer, as I felt that it was a good color match for my skin.
The verdict? MUCH BETTER! I no longer have the dreaded orange “neck line”. Shudder. Proof that even the professionals get it wrong sometimes, and it always pays to keep your receipt, especially when buying foundation! I had coworkers tell me that my foundation was too dark, something a makeup lover NEVER wants to hear! Makeup 101, do not wear foundation too dark or too light for your skin! Luckily, I only looked like an amateur for a week, and now I’m back to rocking the correct color for my oh-so-fair skin tone.
Side note: I hated the smell of the Studio Sculpt foundation. It smelled like maple syrup to me and made me grossed out every time I put it on. The smell faded quickly on the skin, but man…not my favorite scent in the world (I’m not a huge maple fan). I didn’t think that was fair to include in my review of the product, since it’s not a lingering scent, so I just put it here instead.
Second side note: When we got to the car, I told my husband that the girl who helped me the second time at MAC had a lot of makeup on (serious pancake/stage makeup type of foundation). He looked confused and said, “They ALL had a lot of makeup on.” It made me laugh. The girls at MAC do pile it on…all in the name of business, I suppose.