Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer; Review & Swatches of Shades

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer; Review & Swatches of Shades
Price: $19 for 9ml
(Approx $2.10 per ml/$58 per ounce)

Mac released their Pro Longwear Foundation SPF 15 a few years ago, and alongside it was side kick Pro Longwear Concealer. Both products are made of a long-wearing formula which claims the following:

"A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable natural matte finish. Color true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal & correct the look for under-eye discolorations & circles. Comes in a clear glass vial with a matte black pump."

Does Mac Pro Longwear Concealer live up to its claims? Keep Reading..
Shockingly enough, Mac Pro Longwear concealer is a relatively standard formula. It has a longwear composition and is best suited for oily skin, summer climates, or well prepped normal-dry skin because of its adhering nature. (It is a bit thinner than many of it's competitors which does aid in blending.)

I think its funny that Mac mentions the pump bottle in their description. I think that's probably because its one of the most unique qualities about the concealer, and not necessarily in a good way as it's one of the most complained about features of PLW Concealer.

While the pump is much more practical for daily use (compared to a ward & tube), if you're concerned about spreading bacteria, particularly on blemishes, the actual functionality of the pump, while a wonderful concept, could do well with some perfecting. 

Unfortunately, the pump dispenses too much product and because of the way it is made, there is really no way to dispense less product or put the excess back in the bottle.

Should you chose to pursue and purchase Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, I would highly recommend getting at least one extra sample jars at the counter so that way you can save the excess product.

Then before you apply you just pump one pump into the same jar and use that for 2-3 days. I know that this may seem trivial and cheap, but if you just dispose of all the extra concealer, you would probably only end up using 40% of each 9ml bottle, and then its not such a good deal anymore!

The shade range and the suitability for use on acne would definitely be the two best features of Pro Longwear concealer. The shade range is absolutely spectacular, the one thing to note is that the concealer does run lighter than Pro Longwear Foundation.

I actually don't have a shade match in Pro Longwear Concealer. I have to mix about 75% NC15 to 25% NC20 to get a shade which matches NC15 in Pro Longwear Foundation, although I rarely use the two together since I like to mix formulas. (Longlasting Foundation & Cream Concealer, or Long Lasting Concealer with a Cream Foundation.)

I also find it very interesting that the NW shades in the concealer run so much darker than the NW shades in the Foundation, at least on the deeper end of the spectrum. 

I'm going to keep it short and say that this is a good long wearing concealer. It takes a little longer to set than many of its competitors which gives you time to get it into place and it does build very well to full coverage, so if you have oily skin, its definitely one to consider!

If you're looking for a Cruelty Free option, try Mally Conditioning Cancellation Concealer or Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer. Both are slightly thicker when applied, but similar over all!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer; Review & Swatches of Shades NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37,  NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50,
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer;  Swatches of Shades
Pro Longwear Concealer: NC20, NC25, NC30, NC42, NC50
Pro Longwear Foundation: NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37,  NC40, NC44, NC45, NC50,
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Swatches of Shades:
Concealer NC20, NC25, NC30, NC42, NC50
Foundation: NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC40, NC44, NC45, NC47, NC50
Foundation: NW15, NW20, NW22, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW42, NW45, NW47
Concealer: NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50

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