The formula is incredibly smooth and creamy. It feels a lot thicker than the original one perhaps because it's a matte foundation, but the coverage is about the same and is not heavy by any means. It's a light to medium coverage, but I honestly think it can be built up to full without looking cakey. It sets a lot more quickly and immediately feels velvety smooth (not sticky like how Mac Pro Longwear tends to feel before it sets).
Anyway, it was a good day to try out this new foundation because my skin clearly needed some covering up. As you can see in the before & after photos above, my blemishes were practically erased with just one layer, yet my skin still looks very natural. It concealed all the redness around my nose as well. What I love about this foundation is that although it has quite a thick formula, it doesn't feel like you're wearing any at all and you can still see your skin despite its impressive concealing properties.
|Before & After|
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love how this foundation photographs! There's no unflattering white cast and my skin looks smooth as a canvas. This is definitely something I'd wear to special events and photo shoots.
|5 hours later|
I'm extremely picky with foundations because I typically base my overall opinion on how long they last, or more specifically, how long the matte finish lasts before I turn into a greasy mess. If this didn't stay on for as long as I wanted it to, I actually wouldn't even care because I absolutely love everything else about this foundation, but I'm pleased to say that the staying power impressed me considerably. My T-zone didn't start getting shiny until the 5-hour mark, which I personally think is long enough for someone who has extremely oily skin. I'm surprised by how impressive it really is considering how much of a disaster the original formula was for me.
I think I've just found my holy grail everyday drugstore foundation! I certainly won't hesitate repurchasing this because it's only $6 and it does wonders for my occasionally problematic skin. I wouldn't consider it a dupe for Mac's Pro Longwear because they differ in almost every aspect, but if I were to choose between the two, I'd go with this one because it's a fraction of the cost and looks just as amazing on my skin.
Have you tried out this foundation yet and did you love it as much as I do? Let me know your thoughts!
'Til next time!