MAC Face & Body Foundation – Review, Photos, Swatches

Product Breakdown:

MAC Face & Body Foundation is a part of the MAC permanent collection, however is only available in Pro stores. In September 2012, MAC is releasing a limited edition Face & Body Collection, making this foundation readily available (in a smaller, consumer-size bottle) at all MAC locations.


Unblended Swatches

MAC Face & Body offers very light coverage that is comfortably buildable to medium, and potentially even full coverage.

Blended Swatches

Ease of application:

Face & Body Foundation is quite versatile and easy to apply. I usually use my fingers to work it into my skin, although I will occasionally use a buffing brush. Both application methods offer quite light coverage – more an evening of the skin tone than anything else.

I have also applied this foundation with a stippling brush (used to stipple, not to buff) and with a beauty blender. Both of these applications will offer a higher level of coverage immediately.

A single application of this foundation does little more than even out my skin tone, drying down to a texture that perfectly matches my skin. A second layer, applied once the first layer has dried, disguises all redness in my skin, while still allowing my freckles to shine through.

I can continue layering this foundation up to 5 times before it starts to look cakey, although I would definitely suggest using a buffing brush if you plan on layering it this heavily.


MAC claims 8 hours of wear with Face & Body Foundation, and I would personally say this is a conservative estimate. I am very comfortable to wear this all day, and I never feel like it’s melting off my face. Having said that, I would probably wear foundation for a maximum of 11-12 hours before removing my makeup. If you tend to work all day and party all night, you’ll probably need to reapply your base before you hit the town to ensure your skin looks it’s best.


MAC FandB_0

I own MAC Face & Body Foundation in both the permanent pro-size and the limited edition size being sold on-counter as part of the Face & Body collection, as pictured above. One of the things I appreciate about the MAC Face & Body foundation is how travel-friendly the packaging is. The bottles are made of a soft, pliable plastic, making them smash-proof, easy to dispense, and easy to jam into an overcrowded kit.

MAC FandB 2

I also appreciate the minimalism of the packaging. There are no bells and whistles here, evidenced by the fact that the pro-size contains LITERALLY 4 times the amount of product that you get with most foundations, and looks roughly the same size as most foundation packaging.


I absolutely cannot criticise any aspect of the packaging of this foundation – if I had my way this is how all foundations would be sold!

Anything else worth mentioning?:

Here are some action shots of Face & Body Foundation – my apologies for the varied lighting.

Bare Faced
Bare faced except for eyebrows.

MAC FandB C1
Wearing MAC Face & Body in C1

MAC FandB C1 2
Wearing MAC Face & Body in C1

MAC FandB C1 3
Wearing MAC Face & Body in C1, with a touch of bronzer (Ye-gods! Sara-May wearing bronzer? The end of the world is nigh!)

What they say:

​About the Face & Body collection

Three formulas: Face and Body Foundation’s water-based, antioxidant rich liquid goes on smoothly for up to 8 hours of natural-looking wear. Pro Sculpting Cream, in two original and four new limited-edition shades, creates dimension and definition using natural tones. Lightweight, soothing and vitamin-rich. New Pressed Pigment in six limited-edition, pearlescent shades are creamy and highly concentrated. Apply dry for a subtle and sophisticated translucent finish or wet for high-shine, dramatic dimension.

​About Face & Body Foundation

A water-based, water-resistant foundation that provides long-lasting, natural coverage for face and/or body. Ideal for all skin types. Face and Body Foundation provides sheer, natural looking coverage in an easy to blend, water-resistant formula. The long-lasting formula is available in a wide range of colours and contains several emollients to help moisturize and condition the skin. It delivers professional looking results that meet the exacting standards of beauty photography and is ideal for perfecting the face and body.

My verdict:

One of the great things about the permanent size of Face & Body foundation is the sheer volume of product. You can get 120ml or 4 fl oz of product for $60. To put this into perspective, I have 5 other foundations within arms reach as I type this, and they are all sold as a standard 30ml or 1 fl oz. Just for fun, I made the following chart:

Foundation Cost per 30ml Cost per 120ml
MAC Face & Body Pro Size 120ml $15.00 $60.00
MAC Face & Body Ltd Edition 50ml $29.40 $117.60
Revlon Photo Ready Liquid Foundation $36.95 $147.80
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation $33.95 $135.80
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation $32.00 $128.00
Illamasqua Skin Base $60.00 $240.00
Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme $59.00 $236.00

I really love all the foundations mentioned above, but I LOVE the fact that Face & Body is not only my favourite formula (and has been for years), it’s also the cheapest, beating out many drugstore foundations!

It is worth considering though, that 120ml of foundation is a LOT to go through, and makeup has a shelf life – I recommend trying to find someone with the same skintone as you, and splitting a bottle.

Please note: I was recently provided a 50ml bottle of Face & Body foundation for editorial consideration, however I have been purchasing and using it myself for YEARS.

Available from:


120ml – $60.00AUD, $33.00USD, 26.50GBP; 50ml – $49.00AUD, $27.00USD, 20.50GBP
This is a review of a purchased product. Makeup Utopia has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.
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