As a fan of MAC products I was looking forward to trying this concealer as past ones I've tried (from different brands) have tended to dry out my skin.
It comes in the cutest little glass pot and black lid - very charming and expensive looking. I guess in a way it IS a little expensive; many of my previous ones were only about £3 to £6!
You have to use a little brush (which doesn't come with it) as it is a kind of a block of cream, not a stick or liquid like others. This helps with precision so I prefer it.
There is a range of colours (my current one is actually a little dark as I got it in the summer when I was a little tanned) so you can find your tone easily. It goes on very well, very creamy, and doesn't dry out my skin. I find that in some cases I have to reapply it if I have a particularly bad break out or naughty spot so that's a bit of a pain, but in general it covers very well.
I've been a fan of MAC cosmetics for around five years now & I absolutely love a majority of their products. However, this concealer is one of the very few products that I have been incredibly dissapointed with and it has been barely touched in the six months or so that I've had it.
I bought this after one of my favourite beauty guru's recommended it on her blog and I was really excited to try it out (sad I know!) I bought mine from Debenhams and paid around £15.00. While £15.00 is quite expensive for a concealer, it's actually a reasonable price for a MAC product and had it actually being good quality and up to the usual standard of MAC products I'd of happily re-purchased it, but as it is so poor quality it is just sat in my make-up bag barely used so it was essentially a total waste of money!!
The concealer, according to MAC's product description is 'a creamy concealer that provides full coverage with a natural matte finish.' They also claim that it can 'conceal any size of blemish' amongst many other claims. It is available in fifteen different shades so it's suitable for any skin tone. As I'm naturally quite pale I opted for NW15. The concealer comes packaged nicely - it looks and feels very expensive. Like all MAC products it comes in a black box and inside there's the little jar which is tranparent with a black screw-on lid.
The concealer itself looks much darker in the pot than on my skin so I'd highly recommend swatching it before you choose a shade. The consistency is very thick - weirdly enough it reminds me of thick, pastey body butter - it is very heavy as well and just sits on my skin like a thick layer even after I've spent ages blending it. Blending it is time consuming and pretty pointless, it just doesn't blend well, and as a result it doesn't look right at all.
It looks unnatural, cakey and very dry and it creases and fades ridiculously quickly (2hrs max) and easily as well - especially if it's warm. It does cover dark under eye circles, however I feel like it kind of highlights the area even more as the finish is not natural. Same with spots - it disguises redness but the spot isn't completely camalouged and it just doesn't look right - my cheap drugstore concealer does a better job!
Overall this is a heavy, cakey, poor quality concealer. It is a nightmare to blend and feels heavy and drying on my skin. It does not look natural and the lasting power is rubbish. I'm very dissapointed with this product and I give it 1/5 stars.
Compared with my previous review of a MAC foundation that was a little under my expectations with its results this MAC concealer I could not rate high enough.
[SHADES OF THE CONCEALER - 10/10]
Firstly I am so impressed that MAC have such a huge range of shades in their concealers which you can get in the exact same shade to the foundation you buy. This means that the extra cover up from the concealer can never be seen. In all there are 15 shades of this particular concealer. Majority of concealers from other brands tend to do just light, medium and dark in concealers and I never find it to be the right colour with my foundation or my skin when not wearing foundation.
I bought this concealer due to having read on the website that it can 'conceal any size of blemish'. Now that is exactly what I want if I have the odd blemish that I need to disguise for a night out. I actually bought the concealer at a MAC counter in House of Fraser (not over the internet) and I asked the MAC girl what she thought about it and she rated it very highly in comparison with other concealers MAC do. So I went for shade NC15 (N=neutral, C=cool and 15 is the shade depth).
[PACKAGING - 8/10]
I absolutely love the packaging; it is by far the nicest packaging I have ever seen a concealer come in. It is in a round glass pot with a screw on black, velvet looking lid which matched my foundation. However, there is always a downside to a glass pot... if you drop it, it will inevitably break! So because of this factor I rarely take it out in my makeup bag unless I have a whopper of a spot that may need a touch up. However, it is very rare that I touch up with the concealer because it is water resistant as well as being extremely long wearing.
[WATER RESISTANCE PUT TO THE TEST - 10/10]
I took the dog out for a walk the other day and just had the concealer on and no foundation. Half way through the walk it started to throw it down with rain and I was completely soaked since we still had around 20 minutes to walk until we got home. I was amazed to see when I looked in the mirror that my concealer barely looked like it had moved. It had stayed amazingly. So a definite 10/10 for long wear and water resistance.
[CONSISTENCY, LOOK AND FEEL OF THE CONCEALER - 10/10]
It is quite a thick, creamy concealer almost with a balmy feel. I hate dipping my finger into it and ruining how nice it looks. This would be the perfect concealer if you have a concealer brush to gently dip into it. It can be used under the eyes (however, I think it is possibly too heavy for around the eye area so I use YSL's Touche Eclat highlighter concealer). A little bit of the concealer goes a very long way, I think it will take me over a year to finish using the one pot. It gives a full coverage which is natural and matte. I am amazed at how natural it looks despite it being so heavy.
[PRICE AND AMOUNT IN POT - 10/10]
This concealer retails at £13.50 which is not bad for a pot containing 5.5g / 0.19oz. This is quite close in price to the regular self serve cosmetics in Superdrug and Boots which are gradually creeping up in price. There seems to be no massive difference between the price of some makeup items in the self serve counters to the premium cosmetic prices now which I think is a great shame.
[OVERALL - DID ITS SCULPTING MATCH UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS?]
I think this concealer is fantastic I cannot praise it enough and it gets nearly 10 out of 10 from me on every factor:
Shades of the Concealer - 10/10
Packaging - 8/10
Water Resistance Put to the Test - 10/10
Consistency, Look and Feel of the Concealer - 10/10
Price and Amount in the Pot - 10/10
Additionally it actually seemed to clear up individual spots, compared with other MAC products which have brought me out in spots. I was not led to believe by the MAC lady that it contains any ingredients to reduce the redness or size of the spot but I have found it certainly does that.
I decided after success with my Studio sculpt foundation, I decided to team it up with the concealer. At £13, its pricey for a tiny pot, but I was determined it was worth it. I was wrong.
I have never really been let down by a MAC product before, and this was just a huge disappointment. It works for some times, and others, just cakes over my skin and is thick and just looks awful with my foundation. If it works, it covers my redness or spots well enough to wear, but it doesn't last as long as the foundation, which is also disappointing.
For something that is touch and go, it is too expensive, and wish I never bothered and just used my foundation with extra coverage to cover skin irritations, because it does the job so much better than the concealer.
If you still wish to purchase, get a MAC makeover with it at the store, and see if you get the same results. Don't be tempted by just the brand, there are better concealers out there.
Slowly I am making my way reviewing my MAC collection and the next on my list is the MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer. This for me was a buy it and try it for the first time with one of my previous orders to see which products I would get on with and which ones were best left well alone. Perhaps not the most clever way or cheapest way to do this, if I had a MAC store near me I would have gone instore to try these products as the staff are always happy to give advice and colour match for you.
So MAC's Studio Sculpt Concealer is a high coverage formula designed to give even and flawless coverage, with little product needed. This in theory is great as layering concealers and foundations etc under the eye doesn't hide dark circles and can actually show up creases and make 'bags' more obvious.
This product come in a small black box with the MAC logo, inside is a small glass pot with a black lid, no logos but a sticker on the bottom shows the shade (this one is NW15) and the product name.
Inside there is a light slightly greasy looking concealer, and I need to get a brush out for application as the put really is small and fiddly. I apply the concealer over primer to achieve an even finish. Whilst applying the concealer, it spread and blended well but wasn't what I would class 'high coverage' at all. I needed a few layers to acheive the desired effect. The colour was wrong for me as NW15 is very pale and would be suited to naturally very pale skintones. Colour aside, the product did last a long time and as a good concealer shouldn't be noticeable, I did have to look carefully and remember how my eyes looked before application to judge this. The concealer is greasy so you do need a quick sweep of a neutral powder or eyeshadow to seal it if you are appling eyeliner to stop it smudging.
At £13.00 a go I wont be buying again, although it held up well it was not high enough coverage for my liking and it was too greasy. It lived up to it's claims just about, but really didn't wow me. Disappointing, would have considered buying again if it was half the price.
I have already reviewed MAC's new "Studio Sculpt" foundation so I thought I would do the 'matching' concealer too.
I have generally clear skin so when it comes to concealers I am primarily looking for something that can conceal and brighten undereye circles quickly and effortlessly (but also be creamy enough to cover the occasional pimple). I have always found MAC's concealers to be good quality and long lasting so I didn't mind ordering this product sight unseen.
"Studio Sculpt" is marketed as a 'creamy concealer that provides full coverage with a matte finish". It promises to 'brush on with enough time to conceal any size of blemish'. The rich formulation allows you to use only a micro sized amount to even out skin and it is water resistant and long wearing.
It retails for £11.26 for 7.5g of product and it is packaged in a small glass pot (the same pot as the MAC Paintpots come in / a slightly larger fluidline jar if you're familiar with either of those) with a screw on black lid. It is available in 15 shades.
The concealer has a smooth yet kind of powdery texture, not as creamy as other I have tried so I was curious to how it would apply / look.
To use I took my MAC concealer brush (#195) and dippd it lightly into the product before warming it up on the back of my hand. Upon pressing it onto my undereye area I noticed that although it was my regular shade, it was a little light and yellow toned so bare that in mind if ordering. The dry texture means you have to blend quickly or it grabs onto the skin too much and will not budge. Once I had blended sufficiently I looked at the results in natural light and was dissapointed. It dries with a flat, unnatural finish and looks very cakey.
I set it with powder and decided to leave it for a few hours to see if it settled to a more natural finish - it didn't! After the hours had passed it had not only faded but it had also settled into fine lines around my eyes that even I didn't know I had!
I tried it the next day and had the same results so decided not to bother using it again and went back to my trusty old Benefit concealers.
However, luckily (well not really!) I woke up to find a pimple on my cheek a few days later and thought I would see how well it conceals spots. I dabbed it onto the blemish using a brush before blending it quickly to cover the redness with a clean fingertip. For small areas like this it works well camoflaging the pimple well, but I rarely break out so it makes very little sense to keep it for such occasional use.
I will probably give this product to a friend and see how they get on with it but I will not repurchase again for myself as I have much better concealers.
It caked, faded and settled so I won't be recommending this product to those wanting to conceal circles, but if you're looking to cover spots maybe give it a go. Just remember the shades don't correspond with other MAC concealers so maybe try it out at your local counter / store first :-)
A creamy concealer that provides full coverage with a natural matte finish /