I was able to try MAC's new offering for pressed powder called the Studio Careblend, which is from the Future Face collection. I used it in tandem with the Studio Moisturetint SPF 15 and I was pleasantly surprised that they worked well in tandem with each other.
Let me start off with the Studio Moisturetint SPF 15.
This is MAC's version of the tinted moisturizer, since a lot of brands have already come up with their own take on this hybrid product. It's sunscreen, moisturizer and light foundation in one. This caters to modern, busy individuals who cannot apply separate products of sunscreen, moisturizer or foundation in the morning for lack of time.
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MAC itself has stated that this product has light coverage to keep it from entering into mask-like territory. Thus, if you have skin that needs major coverage, this might not be the product for you, although you can always layer mineralize powder or foundation over it to add coverage, although that defeats the purpose of the 3-in-1 product.
A couple of years ago, MAC came up with five shades of the Moisturetint SPF 15, but now, there are just two of these shades to choose from: Medium Plus which is a tan beige, and Dark Plus which is a neutral tan beige. I wonder why they whittled down the choices; maybe because the other shades didn't sell well? I don't know. But anyways, a couple of years ago, I swatched the five shades on my hand. Here there are so you can see the finish and the shades. Medium Plus (the shade available now) is similar to Medium Dark, and I use both shades:
EDITED TO ADD: Per Sylvie's comment below, Medium Plus and Dark Plus shades are in addition to the shades launched in 2009.
Anyways, I was surprised that I actually like the Moisturetint foundation better now than two years ago. It might be due to the weather. When I first used Moisturetint, it was summer here and it was really scorching hot. The heat melted the product within a matter of a few hours. This time, though, the weather is cool and nice and the product stayed on my face the whole day, and didn't make me look greasy at all. It also helped that I sealed the makeup with a light layer of the Studio Careblend pressed powder. It set Moisturetint for a day-long performance.
Application is very easy. I place a small amount on the back of my hand, take my Coastal Scents's kabuki-on-a-stick brush, and apply the product on my face in circular, buffing motions till it is blended seamlessly. I apply another light layer as needed. I apply concealer and set the makeup using Studio Careblend pressed powder.
Used Studio Moisturetint SPF15 in Medium Plus with Careblend pressed powder applied on top.
As I said, this is great for winter and spring in my neck of the woods, but definitely not for summer as it melts off quickly. This is good for those days when I can't be bothered with separate foundation, sunscreen and moisturizer. This product has all three. Right now, with the nice cool weather, this is the perfect makeup for me.
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
I'll be doing a separate review of the Careblend pressed powder.
Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are 100% mine.