MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review (Before & After)

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer £15.50 ($19)
Where to buy: MAC | Debenhams | House of Fraser | Selfridges

If there’s one thing I’ve owed you for a long time is this Mac Pro Longwear Concealer review. I’ve spoken about this concealer a million times and when I checked my Archives, there wasn’t a dedicated review for it – that’s just wrong! So when my brand new shiny new bottle of ‘perfect skin magic’ arrived a few days ago, I decided the time had come for a proper full on Ysis-style review.


  • No SPF
  • Warm (NC) & cool undertones (NW)
  • Long-wearing (up to 15 hours)
  • Creamy liquid consistency
  • Oil, talc and paraben free
  • Natural matte finish
  • Medium to full coverage
  • 16 shades – 8 warm and 8 cool
  • I’m shade NW20, for reference.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After


This is the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, a medium to high coverage and extremely long-wearing concealer with a natural matte finish. It’s oil, talc and paraben-free, and it’s available in 16 shades, being 8 warm-toned and 8 cool-toned.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Methicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid [may contain] (CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499/Iron Oxides).

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Texture & Finish

This concealer has a creamy liquid texture and a matte finish. Normally, concealers come in either a moist and creamy texture for the under-eye area or a dry and firm texture for blemishes and other areas of the face. The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer is, in my opinion, the best of both worlds – it’s moisturising enough for under the eyes and firm enough for blemishes. Despite being a liquid concealer, its thick & creamy texture dries and sets pretty quickly with a matte finish. After that, it won’t budge! I have literally put this concealer through hell and back, and it has never creased on me.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After


The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer has a great medium to high coverage; it covers dark circles, blemishes, scars, veins, redness and pretty much anything else that you throw at it. You need the smallest amount of product, as it’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Be gentle with the pump, or it will give you enough product to conceal your whole face! It is also relatively lightweight for such a full coverage and long-wearing concealer; as long as you moisturise your skin beforehand, it doesn’t cling to dry patches and it looks very good on fine lines. I only need one layer under my eyes and on any blemishes and redness to get a perfect full coverage look, but if I’m extra tired or with lots of blemishes, I can go up to 3 layers without it creasing on me. Pretty impressive!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After


This concealer works well with fingers, brushes and sponges. If I want a more natural coverage, I use my fingers; for a flawless look, I apply it with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, and if I want a perfected seamless natural look I opt for applying the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer with the Beauty Blender.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After


Mac Pro Longwear is thicker than most liquid concealers, which is what gives you that great full coverage, but it’s not too thick that it cakes up on the skin. This is the only concealer I’ve tried that gives me enough coverage and doesn’t crease under my eyes. It doesn’t contain oils, talc or parabens in its formula, and as far as I know, it’s SPF-free as well.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After


This concealer comes in 16 shades – 8 warm-toned (NC) and 8 cool-toned (NW). Logically, you would think that NC shades would be cool and NW shades would be warm, but MAC works with the colour wheel of complementary colours, so the NC (neutral cool) shades are meant for warmer skin tones and the NW (neutral warm) shades are meant for cooler skin tones. This way, the shade of your concealer or foundation will neutralise the tone of your skin.

Unfortunately, the Mac Pro Longwear concealer does not cater for plain neutral undertones, so if you’re neutral like me, you’ll have to find the closest shade to your skin tone or mix two undertones together. My shade is NW20, which is perfect to brighten my purple/brown dark circles and ok for my blemishes and redness. Ideally, the shade NC25 (warm) is a slightly better match for concealing around my face, but if I blend NW20 really well with my foundation, I can get away with it.

Here’s a list of all the shades available:

  • Cool: NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50
  • Warm: NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC42, NC45, NC50

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Lasting Power on Dry Skin

Mac claims that the Pro Longwear concealer lasts up to 15 hours, which I can totally vouch for. The biggest test to this concealer on me was my wedding day, and it performed superbly well. I applied my makeup at 7.30am, lightly touched up my concealer at 4pm and when called it a night at 2am my face still looked flawless! This concealer doesn’t crease at all on me and once it dries and it stays put for a really long time.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Flash Photography

As fas as I’m aware, the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer doesn’t contain SPF, which means it’s the perfect concealer for Red Carpet events, special occasions, weddings and photo shoots. But please correct me if I’m wrong, as I couldn’t find any concrete information online about SPF in its formulation. If you’re using this concealer on a day-to-day basis, remember to apply an SPF all over your face before your foundation.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Final Thoughts

I couldn’t recommend the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer enough! It’s longwearing, lightweight, medium to full coverage, it’s great for blemishes, redness and dark circles, it doesn’t crease and the little tube lasts absolutely ages. The only downsides for me are the pump that dispenses too much product and the lack of true neutral shades. Even so, I don’t think I could live without this concealer and I will forever repurchase it!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Video Demonstration

I’ve worn this concealer on so many of my photos and videos, so below are links to some videos where you can the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer it in action.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer Review Before and After

Price & Availability

The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer is priced at £15.50 ($19) for 9ml and it’s available from most Mac counters and department stores. Here’s a list of some sites where you can buy this concealer online in the UK and US.

Have you tried the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer? What’s your favourite concealer?

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  1. nazia shaikh
    1 May 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Great review, really appreciate the amount of useful info. thnks

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you like and I hope it’s useful :) x

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:48 am

      Thank you, Sisi! I really enjoy getting feedback on how my blog looks :) x

  2. 2 May 2014 / 3:10 am

    Seriously you are so beautiful! And the whole time I was reading I swear I had one of my eyes glued to your eyebrow because it is so perfect! This is a great review. I’ll definitely have to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

    Please check out my blog as well:

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:48 am

      Aw, thank you so much!! Glad you liked the review :) x

  3. 2 May 2014 / 5:32 am

    I love this too, but you’re right — the pump is a pain! Great demo photos :D

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:47 am

      Yeah, the pump is the only fault, but I guess I put up with it. Thank you :) x

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:47 am

      Me too. It’s just the perfect concealer for me! :) x

  4. 2 May 2014 / 11:50 am

    Wow what a great, thorough post, i”ll definitely be picking one of these up, sounds like great value too.

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:46 am

      Thank you, Josie! I’m glad you liked it :) x

  5. Alice Yeh (翠雲葉)
    2 May 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Such an amazing review and you’re pictures are picture-perfect! I might need to a trip to my local Mac store now! Any idea how this compares to the Nars radiant creamy concealer?

    Alice x {}

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:46 am

      Thank you! :) I haven’t tried the Nars radiant creamy concealer yet, so I don’t know, but I think Alix from I Covet Thee has spoken about it on her YouTube channel. :) x

  6. Lulillan
    2 May 2014 / 6:16 pm

    I totally forgot about this concealer, I have it somewhere…. I have to agree that the pump just dispenses too much product. I have to try it again though. I remember the coverage was really good. Perhaps mine is the wrong colour and that’s why I don’t use it… (NC15).

    • 7 May 2014 / 11:45 am

      Yeah, the pump is such an inconvenience, but I was looking online and I found a YouTube tutorial on how to remove the pump and decant the concealer onto another container. Might be worth a try! :) x

  7. Katrina
    12 May 2014 / 7:25 pm

    Great thorough review! :) I was wondering if you found that your concealer oxidizes at all? I was matched to NW30, but after an hour of wearing it, it becomes so dark, so I had to switch to NW25. Thank you!

  8. Samra
    28 May 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Hi ysis i’ve been eyeing this concealer ever since i first saw u using in ur tutorials.i luv ur blog btw I stalk it every time I get question though I read somewhere dat if i m NC 42,I shudn’t pair it wid same complexion foundation.concealer.I shud b using NC 42 foundation wid NW range concealer to even everything out.what do u think about it?

    • Robbie
      3 January 2015 / 7:20 am

      Hey Samra! I think you’re right – when I first bought MAC foundation (Studio Fix Fluid NC44), and was after concealer, the MAC rep paired it with an NW35 concealer. I think the reasoning is that as my skin is darker, blemishes, dark circles, etc. would need an NW to counteract the cooler undertones in blemishes?

  9. 11 July 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Wow, I just stumbled on your blog and you’re reviews are so in depth. I’m currently using MAC’s Select Cover Up but you’re definitely making me want to go out and buy this one!
    Martha xo
    It’s in The Details, Dahhling

  10. 3 October 2014 / 8:53 am

    Thank you for this amazing review! I’ll definitely get my hands on this concealer xxx

  11. Adams Jones
    7 February 2015 / 4:10 pm

    MAC pro
    under eye concealer
    is one of the best eye concealer in the world.Thanks for this information.

  12. Candy Makeup Girl
    22 February 2015 / 2:09 pm

    OMG Your brows are looking so beautiful!
    Thank you for the review it was helful :)

  13. 9 October 2015 / 7:11 pm

    omg!!! you are so beautiful..

  14. Divya Gulati
    9 May 2016 / 1:27 pm

    hi i m using mac studio nc 42 in foundation …i wanted to buy concealer..i have pimples on my cheeks and jawline,what shade should i buy in concealer

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