MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation Swatches & Review - Light, Medium Plus, Darkest Deep

mac pro longwear pressed powder foundation review

MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation

MAC's Pro Longwear line has grown a great deal this spring with the addition of 11 shades of pressed powder foundations and waterproof foundation (coming soon to the blog). This pressed powder foundation is meant to wear for up to 12 hours while preventing shine. Coverage is meant to be light to medium.

I have 3 of the 11 shades to share with you today!

MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation Swatches - Light, Medium Plus, Darkest Deep

All swatches were applied to clean, bare skin and taken in natural sunlight.

mac pro longwear pressed powder foundation swatches light, medium plus, darkest deep
L to R - Light, Medium Plus, Darkest Deep

Light - fair shade (not really visible on my skin

Medium Plus - peachy-beige (somewhat hard to see on my skin)

Darkest Deep - dark slightly red-based brown

I always swatch on the inner part of my forearm as it is by far the lightest bit of skin on my arms (my face, for example, is around NC30 during the spring/summer). 

As you can see above, Light is extremely light and therefore not super visible on my skin. Medium Plus is a bit darker than my inner arm and somewhat visible, but had it been more pigmented it would have contrasted more with my skin here. Darkest Deep is a fairly dark brown with great pigmentation.

Textures varied on these three shades with Light having the smoothest texture, Medium Plus being the stiffest and Darkest Deep being the most pigmented, but also slightly more powdery in the compact (kicking up some extra powder when swatched) than the other two.

MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder Foundation Review - Light, Medium Plus, Darkest Deep

Product Type - pressed powder foundation
Finish - matte 
Shades - see above
On the Skin - formula on the somewhat "dry" side, but given it's meant to reduce shine I'm not surprised; lightweight once applied
Price - $26
Final Thoughts - I was surprised by the difference in textures in all 3 shades. Light definitely had the smoothest texture of the three (offering decent coverage despite how light it was) while Medium Plus was quite stiff and offered less coverage than the other two. Darkest Deep was smooth in texture, but it kicked up more powder when swatched than the other two. I think for someone with dry skin, these would probably feel a bit uncomfortable as the formula is a bit on the "dry" side. However, if you struggle with shine, I could see how they could potentially keep skin more matte with wear. 

The colors themselves seemed a bit more versatile than some of the liquid/cream foundations, probably largely due to the fact they were not quite as strongly warm and coverage was light to moderately-light.

As I cannot personally wear drier powder formulas on my skin without issue, I was unable to test for wear length, but I find that's very personal regardless. I know quite a few people that love MAC's powder complexion products and I'm sure these will be a hit, if they wear as long as they're meant to, with those hoping to prevent shine throughout the day!

Have you checked out these pressed powders? What did you think?

Note: Products int his post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own.

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