I have tried all concealers by MAC, and this is the best one by far. I use this more as a foundation than as a spot concealer.
MY SKINTONE AND CONDITION: I'm very pale with yellow undertones (~ BEHOLD, other brands, one must not be pink only because they are pale! ~), about NC10 if that existed. I can use NW10 which is available in Studio Fix Fluid. Other foundations I have found that matched my skin tone are MUFE Mat Velvet in 115 and Shiseido Radiant Lifting foundation in OO0.
At the moment, my skin is good (knock on wood) with just a few spots of discoloration, like freckles or old acne spots. Nothing to cry about. I had bad acne before and this concealer has been with me all this time *sentimental*
SHADE: NC15 in foundations is always too dark for me. The only one that comes close is the Studio Sculpt foundation in NC15, but still too dark. I usually find a match in concealers though, except this one. (read comparison at the bottom) It's already too dark when I put it on, and then it oxidizes like nothing else and becomes about two shades darker. That sucks. Though, I mix this with a white foundation (Illamasqua Skin Base) to match my skin tone, so it's never a problem as long as I mix it.
COVERAGE: Really full coverage, even when I had acne this covered it all. Now I sheer it down as much as I can, for example by mixing with a primer and using my hands/ a stippling brush.
APPLICATION/TEXTURE: I usually dot this on my face with my hands and pat it into the skin, and then I even out the uneven edges with a clean stippling brush. I am not a fan of sponges or flat foundation brushes so I haven't tried that one. I like how it melts into my skin when I use my hands. Can be a little hard to blend, but I often mix primer in so it glides on better.
FINISH: This was hands down my favourite concealer (used as a foundation) when I had acne. This was the only thing that could actually fully cover my discoloration, and actually evened out the skin texture a little - with other words, didn't emphasize bumps or dryness. It just leaves a soft matte/natural finish, no signs of dryness and still controls oil than anything I have tried.
LONGEVITY: Lasts well over the promised 15 hours for me! Let's put it this way: I took the train to my neighbour country, walked 3 miles in rain, went to a sweaty concert, walked 3 miles in rain again, took the train home, walked in rain home, and it looked perfect in the mirror. That was like 12 hours of rain and wind. Then it has lasted about 26 hours on me before, when I had a horrible day and had no chance to take my makeup off. So, yeah, it's like concrete. Controls oil better than anything else I have tried. If I usually have to blot after 2 hours, I only blot this once every 5 hours or not at all.
PACKAGING: Oh mother of God I hate this packaging. I have several "empty" bottles with plenty left on the bottom that I CAN'T GET OUT. So frustrating. Except that I like that it's in a pump bottle, but I would love to be able to take the top/pump off.
CONCLUSION: This was the only thing that could make my acne skin look decent and the only thing that helped me feel pretty again. Now that the acne is gone this is still a staple of mine, and I still use it when I want my makeup to last all day/all night. I will continue to buy this as long as MAC doesn't do anything stupid and discontinue it. ♥
MAC CONCEALERS COMPARISON: - MAC Select Cover-Up - sheer coverage, runny/watery liquid, ashy shades but pale enough for me. Creases, doesn't last. Comes in squeeze tube. - MAC Studio Finish - full coverage, thick texture, the shades are great - pale enough for me. Looks cakey, lasts but looks awful after a while. Comes in pot. - MAC Select Moisturecover - sheer to medium coverage, liquid (thicker than Cover-Up), shades I find too pink (both NC and NW), a little too dark for me. Creases incredibly, doesn't last at all. Comes in tube with wand. - MAC Mineralize Concealer - light to medium coverage, liquid (same as Moisturecover), great shades and pale enough, lasts a little better than the others. Doesn't crease that bad. Comes in a tube with a brush-like wand. - MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer - incredible full coverage, very thick and dry texture, the palest shades of all. Looks cakey and awful on me, but could be great on others. Came in a pot. (Discontinued) - MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - full coverage, liquid but thicker than Moisturecover and Mineralize. Love it.
I have dry super sensitive skin. This concealers is perfect for it. Its not a dry concealer so it helps my skin look hydrated, it covers like no other concealer, and its not too yellow for my very pink undertone. This also works well for contouring if you buy 2-3 shades darker.
Best concealer ever.
If you don't like this product, than there is something wrong with you! A light weight concealer that is full coverage. I'm in NC15, (super pale girl) and it covers up my dark circles as well as my blemishes. Easy to blend in with your fingers, beauty sponge, or any concealer brush!
As I have dry skin, when concealer is added to my face it tends to look caked up, but with this product I haven't had this problem. I also have freckles too which are a pain, but this concealer has excellent coverage. With this product a little goes a long way. I love the scent of the product!
It is just irreplaceable, nothing comes close, I have very dark circles under my eyes and that area is so dry, so my biggest problem has always been creasing and not enough coverage... that is until I discovered this magical product, I can't say enough good things about it, just very high coverage and lasting power. Absolutely worth every penny!
If you love a highlighted look under the eye but have issues with creasing, you absolutely need this. There are complaints that one pump is too much, but just take your time pumping the product and you can control the amount. I sometimes even use this as a foundation! The texture is thick but lightweight on the skin and doesn't look cakey.
I use this concealer for my under eyes as well as a highlighter. It brightens everything up and blends like a dream! One pump is more than enough to cover everything up and is full coverage- I do set my under eye concealer with a powder because everything creases but I love this still!