Monday, 13 January 2014

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC20 Review

After having a horrible reaction to MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I was very sceptical about trying their concealer, but... I had some Debenhams points on my card so I decided to give Pro Longwear Concealer a go. It was mainly for camouflaging my under eye circles and blemishes, so I didn't expect it to cause any problems. 

£15.50 for 9ml isn't cheap, but I guess it's ok.... Although... as soon as I started using it, I was really annoyed about the pump. It dispenses far too much product and you waste about 80% of what comes out each time. I manage to control it sometimes, but most of the time I squeeze out enough to cover my full face, which is just pointless. I would recommend dispensing some product into a little pot and using it that way, or maybe unscrew the pump each time you want to use it? It would be a little bit unhygienic though. 

Moving on... The product itself is amazing, covers imperfections really well and conceals dark circles better than any other concealer I have ever tried. It is super pigmented and gives very good coverage. I got mine in shade NC20, which is the perfect MAC shade for my skin tone. I apply the concealer with my fingers and the finish looks very natural. It stays put all day, with just a tiny bit of powder on top (I use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder) and it doesn't crease on me, unless I apply far too much of it. Without a powder, it lasts for 8-10 hours which is great too. I was very impressed when I first used it but... just like the Studio Fix Fluid, Pro Longwear Concealer broke me out terribly.

When I removed my makeup after trying the concealer for the first time, I noticed small bumps on my forehead and on all the areas where I used the concealer. The next day, I had new (very sore and annoying) spots around my old blemishes and... even under my eyes! Not directly under my eyes, but really close to the eye area and exactly where the concealer was applied. I knew right away that it was a reaction to the concealer, because the spots looked the same as the ones I got after using Studio Fix Fluid. It's such a shame, because I love the high coverage and lasting power of this formula. It took my skin over 2 weeks to get back to normal and I wore no makeup 5 out of 7 days to let my face breath and recover.

I am very disappointed that I can't use MAC base products and I will definitely avoid them in the future. I will have to stick to my Collection concealer, because it doesn't break me out. I might try the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer under my eyes again, as it does an awesome job at covering dark circles and stays put all day, but I will never use it on blemishes again, because it makes me break out even more and the spots take ages to heal and leave me with scars :( 

Just like I said in my Studio Fix Fluid review, if you are fine with MAC bases - lucky you! Longs you can put up with they annoying pump, you will probably love this product. Unfortunately, my skin is far too sensitive for MAC foundations and concealers :(

L-R: The first photo shows how much product comes out with each pump- far too much (10 times more, than I need)!The second photo shows  my hand when I wiped off the excess, leaving me the amount I actually need to conceal dark circles and blemishes. Third photo -blended out. 



  1. So sorry to hear about this! It's honestly the worst when something you hope to love breaks you out so badly! I've almost tried mac concealers so many times but have always decided against it at the last minute because I seem to hear such mixed reviews on them!

    Carly | CBH

  2. That's such a shame! I loved the MAC foundation that broke you out! I wonder what it is that's in it that does it...makes me wonder even though I react fine!

  3. Aw, I'm sorry to hear that! Woah, that pumps too much product!

  4. I have really sensitive skin, I wanted to try this and the Mac foundation you reviewed not anymore.

  5. I tried this out in store one day and really liked it...but I preferred the Mineralize Concealer, I felt that was a lot better =D You could try it out, since it's mineral makeup it might not break you out..

    Rosie's Life

  6. Oh what a shame, I'm yet to try the world of MAC x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  7. I've never used this concealer before as I've heard it's rubbish by loads of people and can't justify spending £16 on a concealer. I hate MAC base products as they break me out and clog my pores. If you're looking for a good concealer and cheap try the Seventeen Phwoar one. It's for under eye circles but you can use it on any imperfection, plus it's only £4!

  8. This is such a shame as they are not cheap products at all. I'd like to try some bits from MAC, all I have ever tried thus far are lipsticks so the concealer in particular does appeal to me. I'm quite worried that I too could suffer the same reaction though.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  9. I have a ton of stuff to cover so I was looking at this concealer but I was quite worried it would break me out. Now I'm going to stay away because it probably will! But I don't know what other drugstore concealers are a match to it.

  10. I've heard so many comments about the pump and how much product comes out.

    RIKKI //

  11. I'm so sorry you aren't able to use the products especially as you do like the formula! Hopefully you'll find others that compare without breaking you out. I've luckily never had a reaction to a foundation or concealer yet but I can't imagine it's very much fun. Still, thanks for your in depth review!
    Lovely Notions

  12. I have only tried the MAC studio fix powder and that doesn't break me out. I've recently wanted to pick up this MAC concealer, but you really make me think twice... Thanks for the review!

    xoxo Anine

  13. I didn't have problems with breaking out but the pump is really annoying and it goes bad quite fast and starts to smell funky!

  14. Really want to try this, I've actually not tried anything but lipstick from Mac it'd be nice to try more products this may be a nice way to start x

  15. I learned a good trick from the MAC beauty gal that applied this product on me. She took a tiny MAC sample container with a screw top lid (the kind you would get a foundation sample in) and she dispensed the concealer into that. I am able to use the same bit for the next couple of days, I just screw the top back on. It wworks great and if you need to throwit in your purse it works out great. Hope this makes sense.


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