MAC Matchmaster Foundation: Images, Swatches, Review, Comparison Chart / by Erin Baynham

IMG_0799 Edit: This post has been edited on 1/23/15 with new images, before and after photos.

Product Description: Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 features innovative patented pigment technology, which encapsulates micronized pigment particles in translucent spheres. The technology gives true-to-life shade perfection and unprecedented coverage while allowing the skin’s natural shade to show through. The result is a customized shade with a demi matte finish, giving skin the natural colour without looking ashy or chalky. Featuring 14 shades, Matchmaster contains the lightest and darkest shades of all M·A·C’s foundations, giving artists and consumers more versatility than ever before.

Comes in the following shades: 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0

This range of foundations includes the lightest and darkest shades that MAC has ever made, plus some new shades in between. This is a BIG plus for MAC. When I used to work for them, there were many people I'd have to turn away because there were no shades for them. Please pay attention to the half shades toward the end of the spectrum. This is really great for us brown girls, because they've given us way more options. That's almost 10 shades for us. Very nice.

MAC Matchmaster 7.5

After I applied the foundation all over, I got a much better feeling about it. While it was still a little yellow, I really like that I had such a fresh look. Normally I'd apply a powder with some red in it (see the Makeup Up For Ever powder that I'm obsessed with) to even out the look, but when I review foundations, I like to see what the product will do for me without using anything else to alter it.

Here is a comparison chart that I found via Google search from There may be more information available there, click the image to head straight over to their site.

MAC Matchmaster 8.0

Here's a picture of me wearing Matchmaster foundation in 8.0 at the Oyin Handmade store. The foundation looks very natural (but very shiny--it was very hot that day), even though I did a medium-full coverage. I'm sure a mix of 7.5 and 8.0 would be a great mix. You can see that there was a big difference in my face and chest. I took the picture with natural light and no flash, but it looked as if the foundation had gotten darker throughout the day. I'm trying to take my tan into consideration, Also, my forehead is oil-slick city! This foundation wasn't created specifically for oily skin, and I didn't blot or apply powder throughout the day. I can't really be mad at the situation on my nose and forehead, can I?


MAC Matchmaster 7.5

Here's what my face looked like six hours after I applied my foundation. Since it's Winter, I don't get craaaazy oily.


I did like the foundation, but I own so many that I adore, so it won't be my go-to. I'd say this is a good everyday foundation, but I don't want to scream while jumping down in excitement over it. It is definitely an awesome concept. This entire post might change if I go to the counter to find my exact shade. If you decide to purchase, I'd definitely say to get matched professionally. Hopefully the above conversion chart will help. If you have a skin tone that's hard to match for foundation, this may be your answer

Price: $34, Available September 22nd

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Note: This product was sent for possible review consideration. This gave me the ability to touch, swatch and accurately review the product. This post reflects my honest opinion. The Gilt link is an affiliate link.