Maqpro Cosmetics ~ Swatches & First Impression

maqpro cosmetics haul review and swatches

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I recently watched a video by Makeup Artist Wayne Goss on his youtube channel gossmakeupartist about his all-time favorite cream foundations, among which included the Maqpro Foundation Palette:

I am very easily persuaded… plus I love trying new makeup so I decided to purchase a few Maqpro products  after doing some research on the brand. Long story short, Maqpro was started over 30 years ago by the famous makeup artist Michel Deruelle and makeup specialist Pierre Brunner to expand and to fill gaps in the professional cosmetics industry in France. Their core values include: “product quality, traditional production methods, creativity, and team spirit.” They have a HUGE range of cream colors to choose from, over 200 based on their 2012 newsletter.

I purchased three of Maqpro’s most popular products on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website - the make up mixer ($13), the fard cream foundation palette in Asian 2 ($42.99), and the lip palette in R01 ($31.99).

maqpro cosmetics haul review and swatches

maqpro cosmetics – make up mixer, fard creme foundation palette asian 2, and lip rouge palette 1

maqpro make up mixer - moisturizer, thinner, mixing medium, makeup remover

maqpro make up mixer – moisturizer, thinner, mixing medium, makeup remover

The make up mixer is a very interesting product. It can be used prior to makeup application as a moisturizing primer, during makeup application as an emulsifier to blend different colors together, and after makeup application as a makeup remover. It feels really moisturizing on my skin without being greasy. I think I’m going to use this product primarily as a primer.

maqpro make up mixer - moisturizer, thinner, mixing medium, makeup remover

maqpro make up mixer – moisturizer, thinner, mixing medium, makeup remover

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – the colors clockwise from the top left: 141, 90, 52, C.I, 95, 143.

The Fard Creme foundation palette is the main reason why I wanted to try the Maqpro brand. According to their 2012 catalogue, the “Fard Creme” foundation is wax based, has build-able coverage, and may last between 12 to 15 hours. I’ve never tried a wax based foundation so I wanted to see how it differed from an oil based foundation.

I applied it with a MAC #130 duo fibre brush and it created the most natural glowing complexion I’ve ever seen in my life, no joke. The only thing is that my face is extremely oily in the t-zone so by the early afternoon I could see the foundation separating and creating an unsightly cracked look on my upper lip and chin. It happens with other foundations as well, like always I just used my finger to smooth it back out.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – the colors clockwise from the top left: 141, 90, 52, C.I, 95, 143.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – colors shown from left to right: 143 – 141 – 90 – 95 – C.I – 52. Taken without flash.

Here you can see the swatches on my left arm without flash in the picture above  and with flash in the picture below. None of the colors match my skin tone exactly, but C.I actually does match pretty well with a little bit of 95 mixed in. The colors are extremely opaque, so I really didn’t need much to create these swatches. The smallest amount goes a long way, especially on the face. The make up mixer may be used to thin out the fard creme foundation prior to application, just scoop a little bit of the foundation out of the pan and squeeze a small amount of the make up mixer onto it and mix the two together until there is a smooth consistency.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – colors shown from left to right: 143 – 141 – 90 – 95 – C.I – 52. Taken with flash.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches – from top to bottom: 52 – C.I – 95 – 90 – 141 – 143. Taken without flash.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches – from top to bottom: 52 – C.I – 95 – 90 – 141 – 143.Taken with flash.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – colors shown from left to right: 143 – 141 – 90 – 95 – C.I – 52. Taken without flash. Blended out.

Here I have blended out the swatches I had placed on my left arm to give you a better idea of what it would look like blended out into the skin. I think the wax base of this creme foundation does a great job of creating a natural looking finish on the skin. Even though the creme is extremely opaque, it still manages to look natural, and I can control the coverage based on need.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 – colors shown from left to right: 143 – 141 – 90 – 95 – C.I – 52. Taken with flash. Blended out.

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches

maqpro fard creme foundation palette in asian 2 swatches – from top to bottom: 52 – C.I – 95 – 90 – 141 – 143. Taken without flash. Blended out.

maqpro rouge a levres palette in number 1

maqpro rouge a levres lippalette in number 1

Here is the “Palette Rouge A Levres” aka lip palette in R01. I was really impressed with the range of colors and amount of product for the price ($31.99 for 10 colors). The colors are super pigmented and creamy. The left-most colors on the top and bottom are glossier than the rest and may be used in conjunction with the other colors to add additional shine to the lip. I LOVE the orange-y color in the middle of the bottom row (#249). The packaging is perfect for travel since you’ve got a variety of lip colors and products in one perfectly compact and organized palette. I’m definitely taking this with me when I travel next.

maqpro rouge a levres palette in number 1

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1

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maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1 swatches

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1 swatches – the colors clockwise from top left: 263, 260, 261, 262, 257, 218, 258, 249, 256, 257.

Here are the swatches of the lip colors. The colors are SUPER pigmented, and they look absolutely beautiful on the lips. My favorite is most definitely 249 (bright orange), followed closely by 218 (the darker of the two glosses on the bottom left). I’m definitely thinking about getting some of the other lip palettes now because there are so many beautiful colors I have yet to try out.

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1 swatches

maqpro rouge a levres lip palette in number 1 swatches

All in all, I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the Maqpro products that I purchased on Camera Ready Cosmetics’ website. Since this brand is created in France, it’s definitely harder for people in the US to get their hands on the full line of products. What I would recommend is trying one of their palettes first to get a feel for their products before investing a whole ton of money on their 36 color palette (which I want BTW … it’s AMAZING).

Anyway, I hope this initial review helps some of you out there that are considering the Maqpro brand. I’m most definitely going to invest in more of their products (particularly the lip palettes and maybe their 36 color palettes…).

Talk to you all soon!

~ Deb

7 Comments

  • Reply October 3, 2013

    Santwana

    Great review! could you please tell me what shade are you in Mac? I am around nc 37 to 40 and I am seriously considering buying a palette from this brand.. Do you have any idea what palette would suit me? whether it is the Asian 2 or Ethnic palette? Your answer would help me a lot..

    • Reply October 9, 2013

      DHa

      Hi Santwana!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! Regarding your question about my shade in MAC, I’m normally NC 20, although I guess it also differs based on the formulation. In terms of the Maqpro palettes, I think for your NC 37 – 40 range, either Asian skin 1 or Asian skin 2 would probably be your best bet. I think the Ethnic palette would probably be too dark for your skin tone. However, I can’t say for sure because I would need to see your skin tone in natural light to determine what colors would match your undertones the best. I know it’s annoying to try and guesstimate what color would look the best without actually trying it on. If you do get any of the Maqpro products though, make sure you also get the mixing medium so you can mix the colors together and create a color that matches your skin tone the best! Sorry if this isn’t the answer you were looking for.

      Deb

  • Reply October 6, 2013

    Sarah

    Just want to say thanks, very useful review…

    • Reply October 9, 2013

      DHa

      Hi Sarah!

      Thank you for stopping by! I had a hard time finding information about the Maqpro line prior to purchasing it, so I wanted to make it easier for others who wanted to try it out as well. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about their products or any other products for that matter! I love reading and responding to comments, it totally makes my day! I hope you have a great rest of the week!

      Deb

  • Reply November 2, 2013

    sofia

    I’m so tempted to buy this for my freelance starting kit..gorgeous! Thank you for your review! Would this palette suit both yellow and pink undertones, or would you suggest buying 2 different palettes? I am around..nc35 strong yellow undertones.. How many hours did it last on your skin before it starts to get oily? Would it stay put the whole day for weddings in hot & humid weather if i put on primer and set it with setting powder? Sorry for bombarding you with so many questions lol, trying to research more about this palette but there are very few reviews about this brand on the internet, and its hard to get it in asia…*sigh*….please help me!
    Thank you!

    • Reply November 11, 2013

      DHa

      Hi Sofia!

      Thank you for visiting my blog! I had the same concerns as you when I purchased the palette because there were so few reviews of it when I bought it … I pretty much just took a gamble on it haha. If you’re thinking about trying this product, I would recommend purchasing one palette first and see how you like the texture and consistency of the wax based foundation on the skin. It won’t look great on all skin types, so you’ll have to experiment and see how to adjust it for different people. For your skin tone, I think the Asia 2 palette would be okay. I think it’s a more versatile palette in comparison to the other palettes precisely because it has both cool and warm colors to choose from. One thing I don’t like about it though is that the color variation is very large, so to get a perfect match you’ll have to scoop some out of the varying colors and mix them together with the emulsifier to get the color that you want. In terms of oiliness level, it’s definitely not ideal for people with oily skin because the wax base doesn’t really diminish the look of oil on the skin, particularly if you live in a more humid part of the world. Also, it definitely lasts longer with primer and powder; particularly on the t-zone.

      In which part of Asia are you located? I know how frustrating it can be to get certain cosmetic products when they’re not available locally … I’ve been eyeing the entire Makeup Atelier Paris collection, but it’s not yet available in the US :(

      Thanks again for visiting!! Please let me know if you have further questions about the Maqpro products!!

      Deb

      • Reply November 13, 2013

        sofia

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I’m still torn between the Asia 2 and the Caucasian palette. As you said, the Asia 2 has wide variation of colors, and me being a novice in mixing foundation colors….i think it’ll be a disaster hahah! Maybe the Caucasian palette would be better, since it has more of the “in the middle” shades of both yellow and pink tones ( I think ). The Concealer/Lip/Cheek Petite Palette looks nice as well…….Wayne…Wayne….my wallet hates you so much right now…=p

        Any other brands that I should explore? I’m waiting for the camerareadycosmetics’s sale to splurge, maybe the prices for rcma and kett will drop to a “reasonably cheaper” price. Sorry for the quotation marks hahah. Habit.

        I’m from Malaysia! Summer all year long. Since it is always so hot and humid here, I need to find a good foundation that is waterproof and has good oil control. Drugstore foundations are just not good enough, and not that cheap either. The total cost would definitely be higher than purchasing 1 maqpro palette + shipping.

        Again, thank you for the review and for answering my questions! I am interested to see how you use both palettes. Tutorial maybe? =)

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