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I have recently swapped my MAC studio sculpt foundation for Boots No 7, as I didn’t find that the MAC foundation was good value for money. Once I had ran low and could no longer squeeze any of the foundation out of the tube I would often find myself cutting the top off to make it last longer. at £24 a tube, it’s quite expensive
Its packaged in a black cardboard box with white text. Inside this box is a long and narrow foundation bottle with a screw type lid. When squeezing the foundation out of the bottle try not to be too heavy handed or you will end up with load coming out.
There are a wide variety of shades available and the in store staff are very helpful and will assist you in choosing the right shade for your skin tone, be aware though that there make up counters can get very busy.
The MAC foundation is very thick, it left my skin feeling like it couldn’t breathe. I also found it difficult to apply, as it is so thick it clogged up my foundation brush and I ended up washing this out weekly. Applying with a foundation brush left brush marks all over my face but it wouldn’t blend in to my skin using my fingers. I ended up using a mixture of both brush and fingers to apply.
It was good for disguising blemishes on my face but as I have an oily forehead, by the middle of the day the foundation began to look cakey in this area, not a good look. I have dry skin on my nose the foundation went over this quite well and didn’t look as bad as some other foundations I have used.
I wouldn’t really recommend this product and find Boots No 7 to be much better, as well as better value for money.
Mac Studio Sculpt foundation, described by Mac thus:
'A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant'.
This is a liquid foundation with built in SPF15 designed to be long wearing and high coverage. Now this tends to be code in the foundation world for HEAVY and OBVIOUS, which I don't really need. My skin is uneven and tends to be pink with a blemish here and there, but generally nothing too awful. I had heard such rave reviews of this product, plus its minimalist tube looked so nice in the shop. I'm always switching foundations trying to find the holy grail 'light but full coverage/glowing yet matte/candlelit/long lasting' formulation, which I strongly suspect does not actually exist. I was in the market for a more expensive foundation (was just in one of those moods...) and decided to forgo the fabulous Nars Sheer Glow to give this a whirl. Error of judgement...
£24 for a tube, OUCH, although that is for 40mls while most foundations tend to come as 30mls, so it isn't completely outrageous for an upmarket brand and didn't make me weep at the till. I figured you get what you pay for. Hmmm.
You certainly aren't paying for the tube, that's for sure. It's a clear soft plastic tube with a matte black lid. It's simplicity was initially quite appealing, but it hid some design flaws. You squeeze the foundation out like toothpaste, which makes it incredibly difficult to control and it is so easy to squeeze out too much. I mean WAY too much. I feel like I've wiped half of this stuff off my hand with a cotton pad rather than applying it to my face. With a pump it is much easier to dispense the correct amount so i'ts a shame that they couldn't include one considering the price of the product.
An odd thing to be concerned with, but the smell really put me off this stuff. It doesn't smell like cosmetics, rather more like wallpaper paste or something, and it's quite obvious that I continue smelling it on my face while I'm wearing it. It adds to the 'paste' feeling of the entire experience.
MAC do a great colour range, and the girls in store will match you to your perfect shade. They have both warm and cool shades which most other brands don't take into account, meaning the shade will be a far better match for your skin tone and won't leave any orange glow or look strange against your neck. I'm super pale and got NW15, which is probably the most perfect match for my skin that I've ever found and the major plus point for this foundation.
This gel based product comes out looking quite thick compared to many other liquid foundations, it isn't runny at all which I suppose makes it less messy, but does lead to problems...
It can't be blended. I've tried with a foundation brush, and it is so thick that it leaves streaky telltale lines in the makeup. Using my fingers works better, but you can't simply warm it between your fingers and rub it in, no no. You have to painstakingly apply it to small areas bit by bit as it is impossible to blend out nicely. Once you have applied it, you can feel it sitting on the surface of your skin, suffocating and heavy, surprising as you don't actually need that much to achieve full coverage as it is so thick.
Awful. I have combination skin, with a dry forehead, chin and cheeks, and oily nose and down the sides of my nose. On my cheeks it looks okay, if rather heavy, but I can see it caking and chalky on my forehead, and it settles in the pores and makes them look worse. The coverage was almost TOO full for me, which is strange as I like full coverage, but it was so obvious I was wearing foundation. The effect was too fake, it didn't look at all natural, I looked like a completely masked porcelain doll. My skin had no dimension to it, just a blank, uniform surface. NOT good.
It was pretty long lasting, I must say. I tend to save this (not wanting to waste it) for nights out, when heavy makeup is more acceptable and the chalky finish would be less noticeable under dim lights. It serves this purpose quite well, as it certainly doesn't budge. I did, however, continue to feel it sitting on my skin, becoming progressively dryer and my skin getting tight and uncomfortable, as well as the aforementioned SMELL!
WOULD I RECOMMEND
In a nutshell: I was seriously unimpressed with this product.
I would go so far to say this is one of the worst foundations I have ever used, beaten only by the £1.50 Collection 2000 horror shows I used to buy as a teen. For £24, I'd expect something seriously better, especially when I can buy a £7 Rimmel foundation that looks much nicer. I hated almost everything about it, but decided on two stars for several reasons: the coverage WAS excellent, if that is your thing, the longevity was great, and the colour range is fabulous. I don't know whether it is my particular skin type that doesn't suit this foundation, or I've just gotten used to something lighter and dewier, but I did not get along with this at all. The constant rave reviews are a mystery to me and almost make me wonder whether I got a dud bottle, but I won't repurchase to find out.
I am currently using MAC Studio Sculpt foundation as part of my daily make-up routine. It is a liquid foundation.
~ Price and availability ~
This foundation is available in 21 shades from www.maccosmetics.co.uk for £24.00 for the 40ml tube. It is also available in Boots, Debenhams and most other department stores for around the same price.
~ Packaging ~
The foundation comes in a tall clear plastic tube with the 'MAC' logo at the top and 'Studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation' at the bottom in black. It has a black screw off lid with rounded edges so it is difficult to balance it on its lid, but I lie this down in my make-up bag so this doesn't bother me so much. The inside of the lid can get rather messy with foundation, which I have found a little annoying, but you get that with many different foundations.
The back of the tube warns to keep this product out of your eyes and to stop using it if irritation occurs.
I have found even when it is thrown around in my make-up bag the lettering does not scratch off the tube, which is what I find with many of my make-up products.
~ Use ~
To get the foundation out of the tube, you remove the lid and gently squeeze the tube. I went for one of the lightest shades of this foundation that is available as I have very fair skin. I find with this foundation, a little goes a long way and you do not need to use much to get a good coverage. The foundation is easy to apply with your fingertips or using a brush. It blends well and covers discolouration and spots very effectively without clinging to dry skin.
I find it gives a nice smooth flawless finish. I tend to use a matte powder to set the foundation, but this is not essential. The look that this foundation creates is not greasy at all and it is fine to use it on its own.
It is easy to remove with a wipe or my usual cleanser.
It is SPF 15, which means it provides your skin with protection from the sun, but to be fair I have found that most foundations that I have used are SPF 10-20 as well, even products that are a lot cheaper and I have almost come to expect sun protection from a foundation.
~ Overall ~
Overall, I like this foundation. It is a nice liquid foundation to use and it creates a flawless look with minimal effort. It is very effective, hiding spots and discolouration of my skin and providing a good even coverage. I am not the biggest fan of the packaging. I would prefer a shorter fatter tube to this long thin one.
I don't think it is bad for the price considering how well it works, but I don't love it and I suspect there are better foundations out there that I am yet to discover.
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
What does the brand say?
"A creamy, luxurious, gel based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water resistant. "
Price & Availability
This foundation retails for £23 and can be found at MAC stand alone stores, or stands in department stores such as Selfridge, Debenhams and House of Fraser. It can also be bought online, however be cautious of fakes.
This foundation comes in a long (holding 40ml) transparent plastic tube with a matte black lid. The foundation tube is also packaged in a black box.
MAC are very well known for their colour range. They offer foundations ( powders and concealers also) in cool and warm undertones to best match your skin tone. They offer shades light enough for fair skin but also light enough for darker skintones. I, with fair skin, opted for NW15 ( as advised by a MAC makeup artist) which is an excellent colour match to my skin .
** I advise you to test the colours in store and ask a makeup artist to match the foundations to your skin tone. **
My skin type
I have dry/sensitive skin and my MUA informed me about how moisturising this foundation was and I agree. It does not irritate nor dry out my skin however I still feel the need of a moisturiser to keep dry skin at bay.
The foundation is a gel based foundation that is much thicker than your average foundation, therefore meaning you only need a small pea-sized amount. The foundation is smooth and easily blends into the skin using fingers or a brush, though I tend to dispense a small amount onto my hand and apply with a brush otherwise I often apply to much to my face making it harder to rub into the skin.
Finish of the foundation/Coverage
The foundation, as stated in the description above, is a satin finish foundation with a medium buildable coverage. The satin finish leaves you with a healthy glow and transforms my dull/dry complexion however I don't tend to leave the foundation with this finish as I feel the need to set this with a powder. For the coverage, I usually only apply 1 layer to achieve a medium coverage but I don't see why there would be any problem applying another layer as the finish isn't cakey.
Lasting power/ Fading
This foundation is very long lasting, approximately 8 -10 hours, when set with a powder. It does not fade in patches so if you usually touch up your makeup, which you wouldn't need to anyway with this foundation, the foundation will fade but will look natural on the skin.
However, although it claims to be water resistant, I can't say how much I would rely on the foundation not to budge slightly.
I am a huge fan of this foundation. Although £23 may seem steep at first, you will only need a little at a time so the foundation will last a very long time. 5 Stars for excellent quality.
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I am to be seen most days wearing my Lily Lolo mineral foundation which I absolutely love. However I also have some other favourites which I wear too, and one of these is the Studio Sculpt Foundation by MAC.
This is one of MAC's newest products, and it is one that I have been extremely pleased with. It did however need quite a lot of research before purchase, which I why I think this review may be helpful to anyone who may be thinking about trying this product. MAC cosmetics are very popular with make-up artists, but you won't find them in Boots. Some larger department stores have a MAC counter and you can also purchase at airports and on-line at www.maccosmetics.co.uk. This lack of high street outlets makes mail order a very viable option, but you then have to be well informed to avoid costly mistakes as the range is not cheap.
The foundation is described on the MAC website as "A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant." I wanted something water resistant as I was going on holiday and planning to do snorkelling and swimming.
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation retails for £23 and I purchased mine from Debenhams clicking through first from Topcashback at www.cashback.co.uk. This yielded me 3% cash back, and as I am also a member of the Debenhams Beauty Club I was able to benefit from free postage.
I have to say this is the most that I have ever paid for a foundation. It was only because of the quality of several items from MAC that I had purchased in the months prior to this which were outstanding, coupled with some stunning reviews of the foundation that influenced my decision to pay as much as this. I also did a lot of research watching make-up tutorials on YouTube, and also by emailing a MAC consultant on their website before I decided this product would be worth trying. The latter is a superb individual service which I have found to be really helpful. An email always generates a reply within a few days and I have found the advice to be fantastic.
Choosing a shade is particularly challenging as MAC have, not only many shades to choose from, but each is also prefixed by two letters- either NC or NW. This confused me so much at first- it was what led me to contacting the MAC artist on the website as I was unsure which I would be. She advised me that I should clench my knuckles and if the skin went white I was NC- this stands for neutral cool. The shades range from 15 to 55- the higher the number the darker the shade. The shades and tones are based on an artist's colour wheel, so there is science in this, and it is well worth taking the time to ascertain precisely your shade, as I have found the correct colour and tone in this foundation to be absolutely lovely.
For more precise detail about this you need to understand that NC tones have 80% yellow tones with only 20% pink undertones. I was pretty sure that was me as my skin without make-up is quite sallow and has an olive tinge to it. NW (Neutral Warm) skin tones are 80% pink with only 20% yellow- in other words these skin types are rosier in appearance and may need a foundation to tone down red areas. Having determined my skin tone I decided to choose the second lightest shade NC20.
I was till worrying in my mind about my choice as I explained in an email to the artist that I wanted to look like an "English Rose"- a healthy look with pinky tones. I took her advice though and purchased the tone she suggested, and I am so glad that I did because I was able to obtain the look I wanted with my first purchase.
I was also able to ascertain other elements about the foundation attributes I was looking for by following the make-up tutorial on the MAC website which offers a step by step interactive guide to choosing the right foundation for what you want to achieve. This tool is superb, and I would recommend anyone to use this. It was the use of this tool that initially led me to want to purchase this foundation. The tool guides you through three steps- first the choice of coverage- do you want sheer, medium or full? Sheer is a light coverage which gives luminosity to the skin and is subtle but can't hide blemishes, medium will cover some blemishes and freckles but looks natural and full covers everything. Next the tool allows you to select the finish. There is satin which is very luminous and natural with a dewy look, and then there is natural which is between satin and matt, and finally matt which has no shine at all. Finally there is the undertone I mentioned before. In the tutorial it is mentioned that 80% of women are cool golden olive (NC) and only 20% are warm (NW) If you tan you are most likely NC and if you burn you are probably NW. MAC make so many foundations that this tool is so helpful as it makes suggestions based on your three choices.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
So to my experience with the make-up! The foundation is presented in a tube and for this reason it makes travelling easy. Described as a cream/gel I would say it is more like a thick cream, and you only need a pea size amount for each application. You can use a brush if you like to apply it. The MAC consultant suggested to me that the MAC 190 foundation brush would give a full coverage, and the 187 Duo Fibre Brush would be more for a sheer application. I have not yet taken the plunge and purchased these items as they are very costly, and YouTube reviews I have watched seemed to prefer either a damp make up sponge or fingers for ease of application. I use fingers and I simply apply to the face and neck working on each section before moving onto another. You can build up coverage easily so I apply it thinly, and then add more to areas where I need it. It is important to moisturise adequately first preferably a few minutes before.
I find the cream easy to work with and the coverage to be really good and the finished look is very youthful, dewy and moisturised. It really does a fantastic job of evening out skin tones and hiding blemishes, and in my opinion is a medium to full coverage foundation.
The foundation has no real fragrance to note- there are no flowers here or particular scents which stand out. It is pleasant though and feels lovely on the skin after application with no heaviness.
On my holiday I wore this every day and it was water resistant as the website promised. This was very impressive as I was snorkelling and swimming and the make-up stayed in place all day.
I suppose the real question is does this foundation really justify the higher price tag than its cheaper competitors? - And I would have to say yes it does. This is the best cream foundation I have tried in many years, and I really like the way it makes my skin appear- luminous and dewy. It also lasts all day and all evening with no visible difference to the finished look.
I don't add powder but you can set it of you wish. Occasionally I might apply a light dusting, but I really love the moisturised finish, and don't want to negate the look too much by applying powder which can look ageing if overdone. The skin has a lovely luminous, satin finish and it looks pretty and youthful.
The foundation has an added SPF factor of 15 which I also like as it provides extra protection from the sun. I would not recommend it for youthful skin which is prone to oily patches or breakouts as this is really designed to impart moisture, especially good if you have dry and or mature skin.
Although this product is expensive I have been using it now for over three months and it has hardly made inroads into the tube and I have used it many times. It is proving to be economical despite the high initial outlay.
I think this foundation is superb in every aspect other than price, and as long as you do your research before purchase I think it will prove to be an asset to any make-up collection. I am finding MAC products to be so much better than I ever expected. I think if you have a MAC counter near to where you live then so much the better as you should be able to gain helpful advice in person. Otherwise the online tools are a second best but highly sophisticated way of finding your perfect foundation.
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Longing to find a foundation that gives good coverage without drying my combination skin or leaving it looking so oily you can see your reflection in it was not a good feeling especially when foundation gives me the confidence to face the world masking my flaws and perfecting and radiating my skin to the extreme of no longer looking like a zombie.
Studio fix foundation is usually recommended for those who have dry skin so I was taking a risk buying it because it could of done what most foundations do to my skin- the shiny t zone look (not the most attractive of looks).
The shade I purchased was NW15 this is a light shade suitable for people with pale skin but not the porcelain pale I would say a little bit darker but not too far off.
Studio Sculpt IS £23 which is fairly reasonable for 40ml because a little goes a long way and you can expect to pay £30 for foundation from Chanel for 30ml. Also you are getting your moneys worth, the quality of the foundation is a lot better than just a drug store foundation. The consistency is much thicker and gives a much better coverage without irritating the skins surface.
The foundation is creamy and feels very hydrating when applied. It has a gorgeous satin finish which revitalises the skin.
I recommend using a foundation brush like the MAC make up artists use in the store. I use a mac foundation brush but you can use which ever you prefer or none at all.
The coverage is medium to full coverage in a gel based formulae , which is buildable and leaves your skin looking airbrushed.
The foundation is particularly good for dark circles it hides them even better than my double wear Estee lauder concealer, which I have sworn by for years. For areas that need covering more like dark circles I recommend dabbing those areas with the foundation with your little finger to give extra coverage.
The staying power of the foundation is incredible it stays on even after the gym and removes just as easy as it is applied.
I love the packaging of the studio sculpt foundation it is so much easier to use as you just have to squeeze the tube like you would with toothpaste tubes instead of messing about trying to get it out of a bottle
Overall, I am extremely happy with the studio sculpt foundation, it gives great coverage all day long and has a great choice in shades for light to dark shades. The foundation is one of the best foundations I have used because of its staying power and coverage so I would definitely recommend it.
Those who read my reviews, will know I have been on the lookout for a foundation which actually matches my very pale skin, yet gives an even, long lasting coverage. After being disappointed with my Boots 17 and Maybelline foundations, I finally caved and went to the Mac counter in the Metro Centre.
I had heard a lot of great reviews about the "Studio Fix" foundation, however after speaking with the Mac Make-Up artist who served me, she suggested I try "Studio Sculpt" instead, as apparently Studio Fix is best suited for oily skin types, where as I have quite dry sensitive skin. I was hoping she would try the foundation on my full face as opposed to a corner of my cheekbone ("owt for nowt", as my late Grandfather used to say!), however as it was a Saturday the counter was quite busy so there wasn't really the opportunity for this. Nevertheless, the assistant managed to match my skin tone perfectly with what I believe is Mac's lightest shade, "NC15". I jokingly suggested to my friends this may stand for "No Colour 15", given I am so pale and this is the lightest shade!
A tube of Studio Sculpt, set me back £23 which in my opinion is quite expensive, however I've found that with foundation, you do pay for the quality. I have also noticed that many professional make-up artists say they use Mac foundations for shoots etc, so again I was more comfortable paying that price because it is rated highly and is a trusted brand. As each tube contains 40ml, I am hoping that this will last quite a while too, and if it does then in my opinion £23 won't seem too steep upon reflection.
Mac Claims Studio Sculpt is "A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant."
So as you can imagine, I was dying to try out my new foundation! After cleansing and moisturising as normal, I applied the foundation using my Body Shop foundation brush. I should at this point mention the wonderful smell that came across from the foundation, sort of like an Irish cream/rum and raisin ice cream type smell... delicious!
As for the application, I found it to be one of the most workable foundations I have ever used. My normal method is to dab a couple of of drops to my cheeks, forehead etc and blend it. I found that the product really carried well wherever I took it with the brush, which made blending quite easy and seamless. I did find it a little tricky applying around the eye area as I usually use my index finger to do this, and it was a little tricky getting used to not needing as much product as I had used with previous foundations. Overall though, I found that with a good moisturiser as a base, the application is really easy.
The coverage is quite impressive as it does cover any skin imperfections, and blemishes to about 90% (you would perhaps need a concealer or dab a tiny drop more foundation for any really noticeable imperfections). However, as I have pale skin this could be why such things appear more noticeable on my skin. I would say it gives a mid-coverage, as it's quite thick yet doesn't look caked on, and really depends upon how much product you use in the first place.
Once all my make-up is applied, I find that it does last all day, although I always remove my make-up in the evening anyway. The maximum time I would wear a full face of foundation is 12 hours, and this foundation certainly holds up for that time, and removes easily with make-up remover and facewipes, or a hot face cloth.
Although I purchased this product partly because I had heard MAC cater for very pale skin, Studio Sculpt is actually available in 23 shades. If you can make it to a Mac counter, it is worth it to ensure you are matched with the correct shade as I don't think I would have picked the correct one just from looking at the website!
Finding a foundation which ticks all the boxes has become a bit of a minefield for me, however with Studio Sculpt, I think I have found a winning product. Granted, it is expensive, however I believe you are paying for a top notch foundation. Not only that, but this foundation also contains an SPF 15 meaning it helps protect your skin from harmful rays too.
I am also impressed with the tube the product comes in, as it means a sure end to the wasteful glass bottle designs most foundations seem to come in these days, whereby not all the product gets used because it ends up stuck on the side and you cannot actually open the top. The lid is also quite rubbery in texture, meaning it's easy to grip and tighten, which is a refreshing change from the cheaper plastic lids which can easily fall off in your bag. It can be a little messy if you accidentally squeeze too much product out, so you have to be quite careful.
Overall, I struggle to fault Mac Studio Sculpt, as I am very happy with the results this foundation gives me, and of course it actually matches my skin tone! If you are unhappy with cheaper brands of foundation which disappoint you, it may be worth investing in a Mac foundation to get the quality and finish you are after. This is the first time I have actually bought a Mac product after years of hearing about them and seeing the adverts in magazines, and I can honestly say I'm impressed.
this was my first product from mac i bought...and i love it. I love how creamy and light it is and how i can pare it with my studio sculpt concealer and my benefit earse paste and all my spots are covered. Its Like magic :) There Are a couple of downsides to the product iv found as well. Number 1 the smell... i cant place it like i cant say what it smells like but it does smell something, and of corse its a bit on the pricey side but i dont mind
I have to say I absolutely love this foundation. I have been using it for the year now and it lasts so long. I must be on my third bottle now, which is amazing for me as before I changed foundations I could use a bottle a month. It is said to be a "creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant."
I fully agree with this statement. Although, I do put a primer on before applying my foundation, it doesn't dry my skin out at all, or on the other hand, give a shiny finish. The bottle makes it easy to carry around in your purse if your wanting to reapply throughout the day. However, to be honest I don't think you will need to unless your going in the evening as the product lasts well and doesn't have many the results other foundations do, such as blotching. The bottle itself is easy to get the foundation out, with a small dispenser, meaning you can get as much or as little out at a time as you want.
The foundation is quite creamy and easy to apply, for best results I suggest using the Mac foundation brush, as it gives even coverage and you use less if you do. The foundation covers over your face well and gives a high coverage or myself. It covers every blemish, red mark, pimple you may have which I find to be a very strong point. The overall finish is strong, with a somewhat airbrushed look. I also find it best to set the foundation with a powder as if you don't it can looking shiny later on in the day.
This product is meant to be good if you have dry skin as it includes Shea butter which moisturises the skin throughout the day. I'd gives foundation a 9/10 overall as it is actually very good and I would recommend it to others
Mac's studio sculpt is my everyday foundation and I love it. I used to use their select SPF15 foundation but found the coverage a *little* less then I wanted and I didn't really like the fact it came in a glass bottle rather than a squeezy tube! I have fair, medium to dry skin and always get compliments about how my skin is 'glowing' and 'flawless' when wearing this foundation!
The texture of this foundation is much thicker and less fluid than other mac foundations. As soon as you apply it to the skin you'll see that you get more or less a full coverage without having to 'build up' the product. So even though it is expensive you'll find you'll have to use less product to get the desired effect.
I have to say though used on it's own it can make the face look a bit 'flat' because of the full coverage, so I tend to mix it with a tinted moisturiser and apply a bit of bronzer just to give my skin an extra glow! It's not a product you can just rub all over your face and dash out in, it needs blusher at the least!
I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants a full coverage foundation, go to your local mac counter and see if it works for you too!
I have always admired/lusted over MAC's make-up range from afar but quite simply ignored my urge to buy the products as 1. my closest MAC stand is over 40 miles away and 2. I could not justify spending £16.50 on one blusher.
Anyway, I have found that since I have had a baby that my skin simply reacts to most 'drugstore' foundations. I have also tried Lily Lolo and Bare Essentials but they break my skin out in a not so lovely array of spots. So, after discovering a beauty blogger on youtube (lollipop26) who expresses her love daily for all things MAC I decided to give it a go.
I went to Harvey Nicholls and approached the MAC counter. After speaking to the MAC artists I was advised that MAC studio sculpt foundation would be the best suited to my dry/combination skin.
The packaging of this foundation is a little plain (and to be honest this does disappoint me considering the foundation costs £22.50 but it does reassure me that I'm paying for a quality product rather than flashy advertising/packaging). It is a long tube with a screw top matte black lid. The tube holds 40ml of foundation. The tube is then packaged in a plain black box with MAC on the front and some information about the product at the bottom.
The foundation itself is described as ' a creamy, gel based foundation which will provide medium coverage (although it is buildable to heavy coverage) which should set to a natural satin finish'
Well, the foundation is quite creamy and I have found that this is best applied with a foundation brush (a duo fibre one not a flat brush) I originally thought that 40ml of foundation would not last long but you only need a pea sized amount to get decent coverage.
Anyway, I normally put the foundation directly onto the brush and dab it onto my face, i then blend it in quickly in circular movements. I find that this blends in the foundation perfectly and there are no noticable tide marks.
It definetely has a satin finish. For dry skin this is excellent as I find that matte foundations make my skin look worse.
~Does it last?~
Well, I have 2 jobs. One in an office with horrendous amounts of airconditioning and one in a resteraunt which can be quite warm so this poor foundation has a lot to withstand. Anyway, I was not hoping for miracles but I did hope that I would still look half decent by the end of my shifts.
This foundation came up trumps and my skin still looked as close to perfect as it could be. This foundation has real staying power yet still looks natural. It is also very gentle and I have found that even after 6 hours wear I do not react to it! **yay**
I can now say that I feel MAC products are worth the money as they are very high quality and last well. MAC also have one of the biggest colour selection of foundations that I have ever seen. They have selections for warm and cool skin tones which means there will be a shade suited to almost everyone. I would advise being colour matched by a MAC consultant if you have never done so before just so you do not make any expensive mistakes (i.e wrong colour shade)
Anyway, the point of my reveiw is to say that if you have never tried MAC foundation before then it is definetely worth making a visit to a MAC store/counter.
Oh, and please do not buy any MAC from eBay, there are far too many fakes on there and this means that you can never be too sure which ingredients have been used!!
I purchased this Mac Studio Sculpt foundation in Selfridges after a consultation with a member of the Mac Team there. I have very pale skin and she recommended the shade NW15, which I believe is one of the palest shade that Mac make.
The foundation comes in a thin black box which the usual Mac logo and product information on it in a white font. The foundation is contained in a thin long tube, the tube is clear plastic with a black twist cap which is a matt black rubbery plastic. The cap is easy to grip and twist. The tube contains 40ml of foundation. The tube itself has the Mac logo on it and all the product information on it in a black font.
With this product I would definitely say a little goes a long way. The texture of the foundation is quite creamy and thick, but when you apply it to your skin it does not feel too cakey, which is a problem I find with lots of foundations. I do tend to apply it with a damp cosmetic sponge because if I use my fingers I can't really blend it that well and can sometimes still see fingerprints! The foundation itself gives very good coverage and makes me feel as though I am properly covered. I don't wear this foundation everyday because I generally don't wear a lot of make up on a day to day basis. I do, however, wear this if I am going out in the evening and not returning home because it lasts, giving good coverage all day, especially if you have put powder on afterwards!
I am really pleased with this product and would definitely buy it again, despite the price tag. I think it is worth the price, since it gives good coverage and you don't need to apply too much product. I would however, say that if you don't really like the feeling of wearing make up everyday, this might not be the product for you. I tend to wear this mostly for nights outs or days when I want my skin to look really good, and I generally want to look well put together!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation. I use to be a fan of Mac studio tech foundation, until just after a couple of months, It really didn't cover my blemishes and felt heavy and cloggy. Not good. Also, i have quite dry skin and it didnt do anything for my skin!
Anyway, studio sculpt - just beautiful. Its a creamy gel based foundation, that blends perfectly into your skin with ease, that looks like im on a photoshoot when its applied! It covers all my blemishes, gets rid of my redness and evens out my complexion. There are loads of shades to choose from, so its important to check which one suits you before buying a tube, as you dont want to have a line under your chin.
It comes in a small squeezy tube, which is just perfect , because you can choose how much you want without wasting anymore. I feel that the £22 price tag ISNT expensive, because just a pea size amount can cover you completely, and this makes your tube last anywhere between 6-8 months with daily use. Like i said, a small pea sized amount will cover your face perfectly, and you can build gradually, but if you build up more, it doesnt leave you with a heavily covered look, and it still feels light and soft on your face!
This foundation doesn't leave your face all day and night, it stays in place, and doesn't run or get sweaty, so i have rarely used my blot powder i bought with it. I also don't need any concealer because it does the job all on it's own.
I use a Mac brush to apply my foundation, and this is the best way for me , as it applies evenly and perfectly. It also is extremely easy to come off with wipes/makeup remover.
I know this may sound crazy, but i believe that this makeup actually helps with my complexion. When i wear it everyday, it seems to get rid of spots that i have, rather than create them. I think this is to do with the gel based formula, as it moisturises your skin too, and its perfect for people with all different types of skin, as it works for my dry skin as its a perfect creamy combination.
I recommend this foundation to everyone. I'm actually so excited about this product after writing this review i am going to put some on!!
Don't be put off by the price tag (£22), it's worth it as it's long lasting and it will be the best foundation you have ever bought.
Ask your local Mac store to provide you with a free sample or a free makeover and see for yourself!
I am a big fan of MAC skin products mainly because they cater to my extremely pale complexion! I use this (and other MAC skin products) in NW15. Compared to some of the other items I have used, this does seem to go on a bit darker, or maybe just a little heavier.
I use a sponge to apply this product to my face, which I find means I can blend it around my jawline a little easier, which is important to me because of it's slightly heavy texture. This "heaviness" isn't necessarily a bad thing as it does provides a very even coverage, and a little seems to go a long way. I bought my bottle/ tube from the Brighton MAC store at the begining of December and I don't think I am even half way through yet, and I wear this almost every day.
For day to day use I don't wear a powder over this as I don't feel it's necessary. Only occasionally do I wear a little powder with it to give a slightly more matte finish, but on the whole it doesn't need it.
I have always used MAC's StudioFix Fluid, and would never have even been tempted to use any other foundation - it is the best I have ever found. However on Christmas Eve when I had completely ran out of it, so had the only 2 stockists in my area - House of Fraser and Fenwick.
I was in a total panic as I don't do the bare faced look very well, especially in the main party season, so I asked the assistant if they had anything similar. She recommended the StudioSculpt (which thankfully was in stock), saying it gave exactly the same coverage (described by MAC as medium but I would say more heavy but giving a very un-caked look) but rather than being matt like StudioFix it would have a more shiny satin finish.
It cost £22.50 for a 30ml tube, so it is a bit more expensive than StudioFix. I like the packaging as you can squeeze every last drop out, whereas StudioFix comes in a glass bottle and a bit ALWAYS gets wasted at the bottom. A small amount gives brilliant coverage, and despite my fears it does not make your face look shiny at all, it just gives a hint of a glow which is brilliant.
It comes in a huge range of shades (20) so there will be one to suit every skin tone. It gives fantastic coverage, and even when I have breakouts it makes my skin look creamy and totally smooth. It blends in very well, although it does feel quite thick when you apply it. It stays in place all day as well. I will be buying this in future as opposed to StudioFix as I love the fact it makes my face feel more hydrated and softer.
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation / A creamy / luxurious / gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish / Hydrating / instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth / soft and plush / Long-wearing / water-resistant.