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Pro Longwear Foundation by MAC

Pro Longwear Foundation

blends well(75)
finish: demi-matte coverage: medium coverage
Variation: N18
nordstromBuy ($0)

Top Reviews

staying power


i love mac and this prolongwear is hands down the best

- Macy's User

it lasts for 8 to 12 hours and then wears off

- Debenhams User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

the color remains true and doesn't turn orange or show break through oils

- M·A·C User

for the past year and half i have been on the hunt for a foundation that meets all of my needs - great color match (that doesn't oxidize), long-wearing, weightless and keeps my combo/oily skin under control (without looking matte/flat)

- M·A·C User



makeup comes with a pump so you can control the amount that you want, start light and then you can build up to whatever coverage you are happy with, so far i am really happy with it, light but great cover

- Debenhams User

not only are the color selections great but its a nice light to medium coverage that allows you to build your look(bronzer, highlighter, concealer, blush) with out looking too over done

- M·A·C User


good quality

i have been using it for the past 3 years and still use it - that should tell you something about the performance and quality of this foundation, especially with so many different foundations to choose from

- M·A·C User

and as for the price youre definitely getting a high quality foundation for a very nice price

- M·A·C User



pro longwear smooths on, covers very well and doesn't feel cakey or heavy, or oily

- M·A·C User

it feels lightweight & last the whole day

- M·A·C User



this makeup transforms my face to flawless, doesn't transfer once it dries, no need for powder, doesnt emphasize my wrinles, and i am not reapplying blush and concealer all day

- M·A·C User

this goes on like silk but dries to a matte finish and allows you to build more coverage when you need to; unlike most oil-free, long wear foundations

- M·A·C User


blends well

i love this foundation stays put all day blends well and lots of shades to suit all skin types

- Debenhams User

as someone who doesn't wear makeup often, i love that it blends perfectly with my skin tone (nc50), doesn't look like a mask, provides excellent coverage for my hyperpigmentation, and lasts all day

- M·A·C User



love my mac foundations never gives you break out always a smooth looking finish to your face this is my go to product along with my oh darling highlighter

- Macy's User

it glides on smoothly and makes my face look amazing with or without primer

- Macy's User


not creasing

pros- very long wearing- great oil control- satin finish- packaging- medium coverage- does not settle into fine lines- lightweightcons- sets quickly- clings to dry spotscomments: medium coverage foundation with a thick consistency and satin finish

- M·A·C User

pros - very long wearing - great oil control - satin finish - packaging - medium coverage - does not settle into fine lines - lightweight cons - sets quickly - clings to dry spots comments: medium coverage foundation with a thick consistency and satin finish

- M·A·C User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

when you add a couple of layers it is quite tacky for a few minutes but i have found if i wait (long enough to do my brows) then apply a setting powder the finish is perfect and really blurs my pores

- Debenhams User

i hate looking like a cake, this product looks very natural & at the same time covers my imperfection as red skin, pores & acne marks

- M·A·C User


non brightening

no sooner do i put it on my skin it starts to oxidize and turn a very bright orange

- M·A·C User

i would have a brighter cast on my face which i did not like

- Macy's User



smooth application, buildable coverage, leaves a natural semi-matte finish, doesn't dry and lasts all day

- Macy's User

i've been using this on and off and just love the cool semi-matte finish i get for my combination skin

- Macy's User


medium coverage

i love how it's medium coverage

- M·A·C User

if you're looking for a medium coverage foundation that keeps you matte all day this is it

- M·A·C User
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M·A·C userJune 17, 2013

Not for me

This is the first MAC product I have ever tried. I read really good things online about this product being great for oily skin. So I got a sample and gave it a try. The girl behind the counter intially matched me to NW25. Even though my insticts told me that NC25 was a better match, I went with her recommendation. It was way too orange. When I applied some on my inner forearm, you could see exactly where it was, and it looked orange. When I got home, I put the NW25 on one half of my forehead and another foundaiton on the other half that I knew was a perfect match. The NW25 was definitely way too dark for me. So I went back to the MAC counter and got a sample of the NC25 instead. When I did the same test on my forehead, you couldn't tell which was which. I have extremely oily skin especially on my nose and cheeks. I also have some redness and small bumps on my face as the result of a genetic disease. I was looking for a foundation that would look natural and not heavy or cakey. In that regard, this product definitely delivered. This makeup gave me great coverage and covered everything I wanted covered. It gave the the natural skin look I was hoping for. A little goes a long way. . It didn't last anywhere near 15 hours on me. It lasted about 7-8. Which isn't bad, but I was hoping it would last at least 12 hours. But it may have had something to do with the primer I used with it. I'm not sure. When I first applied it, I thought it would be a perfect match. But when it dried, it turned really yellow. It wasn't bad enough that I felt embarrased about wearing it in public, but I definitely noticed it. I think I'm going to try the MAC Matchmaster foundation instead. I've read that Matchmaster is very similar in wearablity and coverage to the Pro Longwear. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="6272216383800677966-full" data-show="6272216383800677966-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

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mira userJanuary 4, 2020

Will definitely repurchase!!! It comes with a lot of product and since I use foundation only once a week, this has lasted me over a year and it still doesn’t oxidize. Very bendable and can easily build up if needed. Starts out as a medium coverage foundation and sets perfectly with powder. Doesn’t irritate my skin either! Only wish is that it had a pump, as pouring it out seems to waste a lot of product and can’t control how much is used.

- mira
M·A·C userAugust 21, 2014


For the past year and half I have been on the hunt for a foundation that meets all of my needs - great color match (that doesn't oxidize), long-wearing, weightless and keeps my combo/oily skin under control (without looking matte/flat). It's a lot to ask of ONE product so I was beginning to give up...until I tried MAC's PLW foundation! O-M-G! I apply the foundation around 6:30am and don't get home until 7pm, and my face still looks great! No powder touch-ups, MAYBE blotting with a blotting sheet mid-day, but other than that, the minimal amt of oil that comes through makes it look super natural (I wouldn't even call it dewey). I'll only touch up with powder if I'm going out after work and want to look extra polished. This baby has met and exceeded all of my expections! A definite must-try! (BTW - I don't have sensitive skin so I can't speak to whether it would be good for those who do break out from certain ingredients). In terms of my shade and application method: I'm currently darker than normal, so I'm wearing NC44 but think I'll have to get NC42 and mix it come winter. Or I might try to mix it with the PLW concealer that I have in NC35. I use a flat top kabuki brush to apply and have been meaning to try it with my BB sponge. I moisturize with a yellow moisturizing gel (from a mid-price skincare line that starts with C and has a Q in it LOL), prime with MAC's Natural Radiance in yellow and set with MSFN in Medium Tan (thank you for this new color BTW! Love it!). I pair with the PLW concealer in NW30 for underneath my eyes (also lasts all day), and set the undereye with MAC'S translucent pressed powder. Hope this helps! #peace <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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M·A·C userMay 24, 2012

Absolutely LOVE!

This foundation has the perfect balance of everything. I can't speak for those with dry skin, but I feel like this would work amazing for the dry-skinned MAC fans, as well as the oily ones (such as myself). Oil still manages to break through during the day, but the easiest fixer for me personally is to apply a blotting sheet and then apply Studio Fix powder wherever I need fixing! The coverage on this is beautiful. It's really hard to look cakey with this foundation, and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all. I'm wearing it right now, and it doesn't feel like I have anything on. I lightly dust Mineralize Skinfinish Natural over the powder to set it, and that's enough to give the foundation even MORE long-wearing capability. The coverage is Medium-Full, just like the website says. It isn't a medium that's closer to sheer, it's a medium that's closer to full. It can hide so many imperfections that sometimes I forget acne was even there until I remove my makeup at the end of the day. I wear this in conjunction with Pro Longwear concealer (Both are NC20), and it will literally last FOREVER, especially under my eyes. I work out by taking Zumba classes, and I'm actually a Zumba instructor as well. After doing THREE HOURS of intense cardio exercise, the only makeup that I find missing is right near my temples, where sweat excretes the most. (NOTE: I also prime my skin with Prep + Prime Face Protect.) Definitely a beautiful product, I give it two thumbs up! Thank you MAC!♥ <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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M·A·C userAugust 6, 2011

Most Amazing Foundation I've Ever Worn

I just received my MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in the mail today, and I am... Amazed. I have acne problems and lately I've had fairly dry skin due to the creams my dermatologist has me using on my face. When I put the foundation on the patches that were dry, it looked like any other foundation: Patchy and uneven. I was scared to death because that was how my other Clinique foundation had been, but when I set the MAC with powder and buffed it out, it looked flawless. Normally I have very oily skin and my foundation and makeup slips of my face quickly throughout the day, even with the dry patches I have now. Today though, I have had my foundation on for... Probably five and a half hours. I have very little oil and my makeup looks the same as it did this afternoon when I put it on. I don't have any active breakouts now so I don't have anything to really cover, but the coverage it did give me was amazing. Oh! I forgot to mention that I have never worn a MAC face product, so I didn't know what color I was or what to expect. I'm very fair with a pinker undertone to my skin. I ordered online and decided on NW20. I was scared when I opened the package and the bottle looked pink, but when I put it on my face it blended right in! For anyone else, I would recommend going to a MAC store to get color matched, but I have no MAC store near me. I'd have to drive a long way. I don't think I'll ever use another foundation again. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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