Hi everyone! If you’re a long time reader of my blog, you would know that the MAC Matchmaster Foundation is one of my favorites (the only foundation I’ve repurchased, ever!). Naturally, expectations were high when it came to the Matchmaster Concealer. Its a stick concealer and claims to offer a moisturizing, medium coverage that is meant for humid climates and all skin types. Let’s see how it worked out for me.
Price : $21 (approx. Rs 1400) for 3.5 g
This twist-up concealer comes in a slim tube packaging which is a little longer than a lipstick tube. The compact and easy-to-carry packaging makes this the perfect makeup companion that one can easily carry in a purse. The whole idea of having a stick concealer or foundation is that you could just throw it in a bag and use it easily and without fuss with your fingers when you’re on the go.In my previous experience with stick concealers, I’ve found them a little too dry (L’Oreal and Lakme) or too creamy (Shiseido) making them a little difficult to use. The Matchmaster concealer however has just the right amount of creaminess and slip and can be easily used with fingers, which is my preferred medium of application. I picked the shade 5.0 which matches my under eye area perfectly. I use the shade 3.0 in foundation which matches the rest of my face but is light for my under eyes. So for this reason, I only use the 5.0 concealer for my under eyes as it looks a touch dark on other parts of my face. The shade 4.0 is strangely, lighter than 3.0 and doesn’t have the yellow-ochre undertone that I prefer. For your reference, I use MAC Pro Longwear concealer in shade NC42 for my under eye area.
The formula of this concealer is just creamy enough to blend well and feels lightly moisturizing in the under eye area. MAC describes this as a ‘satin’ finish which is quite correct. It blends nicely as you dab it onto the skin and gives a very natural looking finish. It has medium coverage which is sufficient to cover up the dark inner corner and veining around my eyes. As is the case with all concealers, this does have a tendency to crease a little bit but it can be easily fixed with some powder and the creasing is minimal.
Overall, I find the formula quite ideal for the under eye area – it feels moisturizing but not too creamy, doesn’t emphasize dryness, doesn’t crease heavily and looks very natural and skin-like with its medium coverage and satin finish. The staying power is good as well and it stays put for 7-8 hours when set with powder. It holds up well in hot, humid conditions as well (though not as heavy duty as the Pro longwear). The formula is a little too creamy for covering up blemishes, which need something drier, but for the under eye and any other non-oily areas of the face, this is an excellent concealer. I don’t see this replacing my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, which I love for photographs and more dramatic looks but for day-to-day wear and touchup emergencies, I would be reaching for the Matchmaster Concealer!
Rating : 4.5/5