|Product Name||Pro Longwear Concealer|
|Focus||Face and Eyes|
“A lightweight, fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Gives a smoother, flawless-looking finish on skin. Helps to conceal flaws, dark spots, skin discoloration and under-eye circles.”
My first ever MAC concealer!
Full disclosure, I did tons of research before going in to buy this product, because MAC keeps hiking up its prices, and as a student, I can’t exactly go around spending my money on fancy stuff which won’t do my skin justice.
Thus, I already knew that this was a widely liked concealer, and well, my beauty guru Jaclyn Hill loved it, so buying it did not even require a moment’s hesitation.
For reference, I was matched to NW35. Now, I know that a lot of people are confused about the NC/NW thing, and let me just point out, that NC (neutral cool) means that you have pink undertones, whereas NW (neutral warm) means that you have yellow undertones.
I really do recommend that instead of ordering the concealer online, you go into the store and get matched by one of the employees. This is because they do a perfect job of finding the correct shade and undertone, and also because I feel that the colors of most of the products are misrepresented on the MAC website. For an added bonus, take your foundation/BB cream along with you, as lighting always differs, and you may get mismatched.
So, going into the actual review, no surprise, I absolutely loved this product! It really was longwearing, and did not budge from 6 am to 11 pm- and that’s a whole day. The texture was light and runny, and the concealer matched my skin tone perfectly, and blended in really easily. It gave a medium to full coverage, and was really buildable. I would definitely recommend it to somebody who has a lot of discoloration, spots, or acne scars.
As I had mentioned earlier, the concealer is quite buildable. Thus, you can definitely mix some in with your moisturizer, and work it all over your face.
It is ideal for people with oily/combination skin, as it is quite matte. If you have extremely dry skin though, I would recommend you go for a more hydrating concealer.
In terms of usage, I would recommend that you blend it in using a dense brush for a more natural look, and using a Beauty Blender for a more airbrushed look. You can also use a tiny concealer brush for spot-correcting. Since it’s quite matte, it does have a tendency to settle into fine lines, but as a college-aged student with quite young skin, I would say that you can just set it with some powder and you’re good to go.
There are only two minor complaints that I have with this concealer. Firstly, it comes in a glass vial, and hence, is more susceptible to breaking or cracking. Secondly, and you’ll notice that almost every user has this complaint, the pump dispenses too much of the product at once. Thus, there is a lot of wastage, since a small amount of product really does go a long way. Hence, I do suggest that you look up some YouTube tutorials on how to transfer this product into more makeup friendly containers.
It is an absolutely great product, and my current Holy Grail. Except for some minor issues (including the price, but then again, it is M.A.C.) it does justice to what it claims. I will definitely repurchase it.
The L.A. Girl Pro HD concealer is quite similar to this one in many aspects. It is also comparatively quite cheaper and has a comparatively better applicator with which one can easily control the amount of product that comes out. The L’Oreal True Match concealer comes pretty close as well.