MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review & Swatches

I must have been living under a rock all these years because I have just discovered what could be considered the best concealer of our time! OK, I am exaggerating a bit here but seriously, if you are a concealer junkie, you have to try this one! :)

I was introduced to MAC Pro Longwear Concealer when I was at a MAC counter picking up my favorite facial mist (MAC Mineralize Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist). I was looking for a heavy duty concealer that I can use to hide my blemishes, redness, acne scars, discoloration, and under eye circles. I thought she was going to laugh at me because surely no such thing exists! But she actually went behind the counter, grabbed this concealer (in NC30, which matches my current skin perfectly!), and started applying it on different areas of my face. And at that moment, I realized why this product is such a cult favorite! Because it really does cover e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30)

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is a full-coverage concealer with a thick and creamy consistency. It is thick but it spreads really well and is super easy to blend. I like to apply it with my fingers because the warmth from the fingers helps “melt” the product into the skin. I dab it in an upside down triangle shape under my eye and blend outward and downward to the side of my nose. I gently and carefully pat down the product until everything is blended right in with my skin. Sometimes I will follow with a small fluffy brush (I like Real Techniques Setting Brush) to diffuse any uneven edges. A damp Beautyblender (especially the mini one) works well, too, if you want a truly seamless skin-like finish.

Since it dries down and sets to a natural matte finish, setting is not necessary but being an oily girl, I always set my base makeup. These days I like to use Benefit Hello Flawless! Custom Powder Cover-up; the combination of the concealer and this powder is the bomb! It gives such a beautiful, super smooth finish that I often skip foundation altogether!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30); unblended (L) and blended (R)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30); unblended (L) and blended (R)

I am amazed every time at how good it makes my under eye area looks. Not only does it brighten, it also smooths out fine lines to give an illusion of youthful and flawless skin. It is thick but it never feels heavy, cakey, or drying, given that you apply it on well-moisturized skin (it can be drying and accentuates dry patches if applied on completely dry, un-moisturized skin). It doesn't even crease or lose its coverage later on in the day!

It is excellent for covering redness, too! I have this persistent redness around my nose that even my all-time favorite Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer sometimes cannot keep up. This concealer keeps everything under control and I don't have to worry about the redness seeping through again.

Besides covering up imperfections, I also like to apply it on the center of my forehead and on my chin to brighten and awaken my complexion. :D

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30) on bare skin; before (L) and after (R)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC30) on bare skin (under eye, forehead, chin, cheek, and side of the nose); before (L) and after (R)

One thing that I'm not too crazy about this concealer, though, is the packaging! It comes in a glass vial with a pump dispenser. Looks nice and very hygienic alright, but for the life of me, I cannot control the amount it dispenses no matter how carefully I try not to put too much pressure on the pump! It always dispenses too much! I end up wasting the precious product every time as a result but lately I have learned to keep the leftover in a small airtight jar so that I can use it again the next day. It also has this strong smell of something that I can't quite put my finger on what it is but it reminds me of alcohol. It dissipates quickly upon application, though.

Do you use concealer on a regular basis? What consistency do you prefer?


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  1. says: Carolyn

    Great review as always, Jaa! :) Now I really want to check this out for myself next time I’m at the MAC counter. The color match really is perfect for you and it looks so natural!

    1. says: Jaa

      Please do, Carolyn! I’m curious to know if you’ll like it, too! I can’t believe how natural it looks on my skin! ^_^

  2. says: Divya

    Who needs a concealer on skin like that !!? This is the only concealer I have and I love it! Although the color I have right now is a tad too dark so I am planning to buy a lighter one for winters.. Great review Jaa!

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh believe me, I do need a concealer, haha. I remember it being your favorite concealer! Do you use it only for the under eye area or on the face, too?

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you, Chen! It is not, trust me. ^_^ The studio lighting kind of makes everything look better than it actually is. Haha. ^_^

  3. Oh man, this used to be my go to concealer for like at least a year! No concealer could come in between me and the MAC Pro Longwear! Not sure what happened… I emptied it and then just didn’t bother to repurchase, for some weird inexplicable reason. The MAC counter it is then, I guess! ;-)

    1. says: Jaa

      Maybe you have too many other concealers to try and kind of forgot about this one? I’m sure it happens to a lot of us beauty bloggers. LOL.

      One question: can you get every bit out of the glass vial? I don’t know if the pump reaches all the way down to the bottom….

  4. Waw ! Great review !
    My problem with concealer is most of them tend to go into fine lines, especially under my eyes and that makes me look older !
    I’m using a concealer from HR and i like it a lot. But i keep my eyes open to try new products. I guess my concealer quests would never end !
    Sounds this one is really great !
    Need to try it !
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  5. says: Dee

    This was ok for me, but the packaging was such a deal breaker ( especially because I do have a concealer that literally has the full package EL double wear concealer). I used to dispense small amounts into a little airtight pot and use it from there….only used it one straight via the pump. Having said all that, it does look very good on you Jaa ( was slightly drying on me) and as usual…love the photos:) !

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Dee! Yeah, I wish they would improve on the packaging for sure! I’ve never tried the EL concealer. Is it full coverage? Can you use it on blemishes, too?

  6. says: Fiona

    Glad that this one is working perfect for you! I bought mine in a wrong shade and the pump was frustrating to so just tossed it away! May be il give right shade a try. Nice review Jaa

  7. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, wow this thing looks great on you! Not that you have a lot of concealing to do at all, but I can see how it blends into your skin well. I prefer a liquid for my undereye area and stick for everywhere else. For the moment I’m on NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the CdP concealer stick. I have to replace the NARS one soon though. It’s getting a little dry.

    1. says: Jaa

      I prefer liquid under my eyes, too! I have the Nars Creamy Concealer somewhere… for some reason I stopped using it. I don’t remember why. LOL.

      (((((((((((Sunny & Kissa))))))))))

      1. says: Sunny

        Did it also dry out a little too much for you? At least that’s the problem here. I’m thinking about mixing a little ANR with it every time I use it though. I heard it really helps!

        Thanks for all the love, Jaa! xx

        1. says: Jaa

          I think that was it! I think it was a bit dry at the time but now that it’s summer it might work better. I have to try it again.

          How’s Kissa doing today? Give her big smooches from me!!! Tell her I am Jaa and I love her very much!!! Though we haven’t really met yet. Haha.

          1. says: Sunny

            Aww you’re too sweet, Jaa! Kissa is doing better every day! Today she can jump onto the sofa/chairs and down without falling. At this rate she’ll be observing the world from the windowsill very soon :) I’m going to give her a big cuddle from you now xx

            1. says: Jaa

              That is so nice to hear, Sunny! I know how much you love her so it must be a real joy to see her doing well! HUGS!!! :D

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  9. says: Kin

    You should try the Nars radiant creamy concealer! It’s imperceptible on the skin if you use the right shade. IMO nars gives more coverage than this mac, although it’s not as water resistant.

    1. says: Jaa

      Hey Kin! I stopped using the Nars one a while ago. It’s a bit drying on my skin but I’m going to give it another go soon and see if I can get it to work this time! :)

  10. I tried a sample and I like it, but because of the packaging, I think I’m gonna try Studio Finish when Nordstrom accepts something I returned and gives me my money back.

  11. says: Sylirael

    Balls. :-P I saw you reviewd this and I was happy, because I know with your thorough reviews and excellent photos I’d get the full story!

    But now I just want this concealer! T_T And I can’t buy MAC! And I’m actually on the lookout for a good undereye concealer that actually conceals! T_T

    I can’t make a big enough T_T face… let’s try:


    (does my face look fat like that? :-D)

    My only hope now is that they don’t make a shade light enough for me… ;-)

    1. says: Jaa

      LOL that’s a pretty big face, Syl! Nope! I don’t think you will find your shade! Too expensive anyway to buy MAC in NZ. Packaging is a pain in the butt, too! Am I helping? ;D

  12. Great comprehensive review as always, Jaa! I’ve never tried this one! I’ve tried MAC Select Cover-Up (love) and the concealer in a pot (also love for blemishes) but never this one. I was thinking about getting it when I hit pan on my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as I think that time could be drawing near. I don’t know though, the only thing that gives me pause is the dispenser. I love the doe foot of the NARS! You have the NARS concealer, don’t you? How does this one compare?

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh the Nars packaging wins hands down! LOL! Though I find the texture of the MAC Pro Longwear a little easier to use for me. It is less drying in my experience. However, I haven’t used the Nars one for a long time. I should start using it again to see if it changes my mind. :)

  13. says: Alice

    Wow, I had a lot of catch-ups to do, oops! And WOW again because I might really need this concealer! Your skin looks even and flawless really. I have to say your dark circles aren’t that dark! I’m definitely heading out to the MAC counter as soon as I can, you enabler! ;)

    X Alice

    1. says: Jaa

      I’m lucky I didn’t have crazy dark circles and I hope it stays this way, lol. The concealer does a great job at brightening up my skin and concealing redness, though, which is my main purpose of using it. :D Do give it a try, Alice!

  14. says: Erika

    I’ve been looking for the perfect concealer for some time now and totally wish I found out about this sooner! I might have been the one living under the rock all this time, lol. Unfortunately I just got myself Benefit Boi-ing. Maybe when I run out of that I’ll head straight to the MAC counter for this!

    1. says: Jaa

      Boi-ing! Ahh… I have that one somewhere! I don’t remember the last time I used it. LOL. I think I stopped using because it creased on me. I should try it again this winter when my skin is much drier. :)

    1. says: Jaa

      It is my favorite concealer at the moment! Yup, when applied sparingly, it looks like skin (but better of course ;D).

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