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MAC studiotech foundation offers a great level of coverage for the skin it is extremely easy to apply with a foam sponge included to help get even coverage when applying, for those who do not where make-up on a regular basis I think that this would be a great buy as it is easy to evenly cover the face. The majority of MAC stores I have been to are generally very helpful and if you are unsure of which colour is best for you they are there too help guide you in the right direction. I do not grudge paying extra money for this foundation as i feel that in comparison to previous brands i have tried it seems to sit much better on my face not feeling like a mask! My only concerns about the product is the length of time it lasts - I feel that I go through the foundation very quickly and I don't tend to use alot when I do use it. In addition to this i suffer from dry skin and occassionaly the foundation will stick to a dry area of skin leaving me with small patches of foundation (not a brilliant look) therefore for anybody who suffers from extremely dry skin on a regular basis i would not recommend this product however for those with normal skin (or only suffer dry skin occasionally) i would definitely recommend due to the great coverage for skin and easy application.
I have always been a tomboy at heart, but after a photoshoot I did with a friend 2 years ago, I became more and more interested in makeup and the kinds of products that are on offer. The makeup lady at the photoshoot used only MAC make up on me and I was very impressed by the results, especially with this foundation.
Since then I have bought this for 20 pounds from Selfridges in London (you can buy this cheaper online though) and the foundation compact comes with a small mirror and sponge hidden underneath. The sponge I found was great for applying the powder at first but did not last that long - before I knew it I had to resort to using my other brushes to apply the foundation. The sponge works really well for getting into small crevices and corners of the face (eg. sides of nose, around chin area) which my brushes do not do as successfully.
The foundation I found lasted for a long time and covered my face quite evenly, I have combination skin where my forehead and cheeks can be dry whilst my nose and chin area are quite oily. It was great for covering the many blackheads I have on my nose, something that I feel a bit insecure about. It also sorts out blemishes, dark circles and redness on the skin, but if I apply to much I can see that the foundation starts to look flaky and dry.
After about 2/3 hours I find the majority of the foundation stays on, my nose gets a bit shiny which can be a bit annoying though, especially if I'm in a hot environment. It also comes off very easily at the end of the night with some wet wipes too.
One unit has lasted me for over a year (I wear the foundation on average once or twice a week), so for 20 pounds its well worth the investment. They have a great range of shades to choose from (I'm very pale so I go for N4)...there's a shade for every skin type so MAC will have one for you!
Mac cosmetics used to be my choosen cosmetics range for several reasons when I didnt have a budget as a tight as i do now! This foundation was given to me as a birthday present but the colour match to my skin was not perfect so I went in store to get a replacement that better suited my skin. The price tag is high at £23.00 for a small 10g compact but I was willing to pay the price as I found Studio Tech to be less greasy than some of the high street brands I had previously tried.
The foundation comes in a stylish hand black compact complete with a mirror and sponge applicator (even though I have been told by Mac artists that it is much better to apply the foundation and blend with a brush). The foundation is covered with a foil lid to keep the product from drying out (it is recommended that you keep it covered with the foil when not in use (I have never had a problem with it drying out and I use sparingly now because i can not afford to buy on a regular basis). The foundation does give a really good all over coverage and if applied sparingly on the first application and can be built up without becoming over cloggy. I found it to be fairly long lasting (although it never lasted as long through out the day when I applied as it did when applied by the Mac artist but that is no critisism of the product) I did however find that it accentuated my fine lines. The foundation is creamy but dries quickly to a matte finishes and any look can be completed with concealer and powders also in the Studio Tech range. To use on a daily basis, like I used to you will almost certainly need to purchase a new one every 4-6 weeks!
I have very sensative skin and this did not irritate me at all nor did it cause any breakouts. The product has been dermatologically tested 9although this is no guarantee for sensative skin) Some (not sure about this foundation) in the Studio Tech range contains talcs and other ingredients that may irritate so research first if you have sensative skin. I did find that I had to use a concealer to cover under eye shadow and a couple of blemishes and I think the only way to get the "flawless complexion" it claims is to have a reasonably good complexion to begin with. My biggest gripe with the foundation was it made any open pores very noticable even after powder had been applied.
Buying In Store: The pros and cons
The service you get in store from the Mac artists is second to none in my experience and they will offer lots of help and advice with regards to all aspects of your make up from prepping skin to finished look. To buy instore is easier as you have experts at hand to help you choose the right shade and teach you application techniques. They will also offer free make overs (usually if they suspect that you may be persuaded into purchasing extra products). Once you are "made up" by the artist you feel that you need all the items they used in store to achieve the look (even though most of us will never achieve the same look as make up artists. To be honest by the time you have brought the face primer, concealer, foundation, eye shadows, blush, mascara, lipsticks and brushes (if you won the lottery) you could easily have spent over £300 and that is the biggest downside! Mac is only available at selected outlets and some of the department stores that stock mac do not stock their whole range.
Buying Online: The Pros and Cons
The website has for a few years now had the facility for uk customers to purchase online. It is regularly updated with current trends and how to achieve them, along with a full list of all their products each with a complete description and shade guide (where applicable) postage is free for orders over £50 but additional premiums will be charged for specified deliveries. The cons, as I see them is if you are new to Mac I would avoid buying products online simply because the colour reoloution on your screen can slightly change the shades of the cosmetics and you could end up buying a shade too dark or light for your skin tone and the NW (neutral warm) and NC (neutral cool) letters before the shade colour codes can be a little miss leading as more often than not you will have to mix shades to get a perfect skin match. Its a bit of a pricey mistake if you purchase a shade that si not quite right for you
Mac is for me the first and best of all the professional studio brands. Their products are pricey but they are balanced by good quality, service and expertise (if you want it). I use now only as a treat because of my budget and because I have changed to a mineral foundation but I still cheat and use their Studio Tech concealer! I love this product and if they were to reduce the price i might buy more frequently in fact it was the high price that led me to opt for only 3 star on this product.
My advice if you want to try Mac cosmetics is to choose a few choice products, such as this foundation and a concealer or powder or blow your budget on your main make up piece and shop high street for lip stick, eye shadow etc.
I ended up with this foundation when I went to MAC and my usual foundation was out of stock. The assistant said that this would be closest to by usual foundation (which was mac's studio fix @ this time).
I got home, tried it and actually really loved it! Coverage was great and it was really easy to apply, blended in really quickly and gave a natural finish.
In the pan this looks solid, but it's a thick creamy formula which makes it very easy to apply, it comes a useful little mirror in the lid and it's own sponge which has it's own little compartment underneath (which makes it perfect for use on the go).
The shade range for this foundation is the second largest in Macs current foundation range. With 27 to choose from, varying from the lightest NC15/NW15, to the darkest NC55/NW55 (For dark skin tones this, and the studio fix fluid are the only two foundations mac have available in BOTH NC & NW in their darkest shade available, bit unfair!).
NC = Neutral Cool. For skin with a 'yellow' undertone.
NW = Neutral Warm. For skin with a 'pinky' undertone.
You could actually need 'both' to neutralise your skin, I do sometimes mix NC & NW together.
Now, my issue with this foundation and why I wouldn't ever really have it as my everyday foundation is... it's £22 and after only a few uses the pan was already showing!
I'm sorry but when I can get studio fix for £19 and studio sculpt for £22.50 (which by the way gives better coverage) to last me absolutely ages then why would I pay £22 for something that only lasted less than 2 months? That'd be £132 a year roughly... ouch!
So yes, it's a nice coverage etc etc, perhaps something to carry about in your bag to 'touch up' while you're out. But in my opinion it's just not good enough value for money compared to the other foundations mac has on offer.
I had some vouchers left over from Christmas for a well known upmarket department store, and as they were about to expire they needed spending. Well I didn't have enough to buy any clothing, or shoes, or even a handbag so decided to go to the Mac counter and find the foundation I'd been searching for all my life.
I walked upto the counter and was approached by a friendly member of the Mac team, and after explaining to her that I was looking for a foundation that would suit my sensitive but very oily skin, and last all day whilst also providing meduim to high coverage she suggested Studio Tech. She then proceeded to apply a suitable shade on my jawline, after I commented that I thought it looked a bit yellow, (a common problem with Mac, as it can oxidise on your skin) she then found another shade that matched my skin tone perfectly. She explained that the best way to apply it by far was with a foundation brush, and to only use a small amount and blend it well, then build up coverage as and where you require it. As I do have oily skin, and foundations tend to slide off after several hours she also suggested using the Blotting powder they make over the Studio Tech in order to fix it, (see seperate review) and to use the Blotting paper to touch up during the day if needs be.
You get 10g of foundation in a compact carry case, complete with a good quality mirror, and a seperate compartment which holds the supplied sponge applicator. The carry case is robust, although quite bulky but does the job well, however I personally find Mac packaging rather outdated and not particularly appealing. At £22 it isn't cheap, but if it does what it claims to do, and lasts then it's good value in my book.
As instructed by the sales girl, I applied the foundation to a clean prepped face using a foundation brush, and blended it in really well then added a tad more over any blemishes with a concealer brush and again blended well. This is a cream to powder foundation, which is water based so suitable for most skin types. The overall finish is very impressive, my skin looks really healthy and flawless and the product feels light, if slighlty oily on my skin. It is definitely one of those less is more foundations, and when I used the sponge applicator to apply it, I found that it I used lots more and it looked quite heavy as it was a lot more difficult to blend. I wouldn't recommend using the sponge, it's pointless and seems to waste the foundation! I've found that if I wear the foundation alone, then my skin does look a bit shiny after a few hours, but if I use the Blotting powder over the top, it does last ages. I don't wear this everday, (as I don't want to waste it) so stick to cheaper mineral powder's, but for an occasion or a night out then this is a must for me. It's one of the best foundations I've ever used, and hasn't caused my sensitive, blemish prone skin to break out at all. The only fault I can find is that it doesn't contain any SPF, so you'll need to use a seperate product.
I've had mine several months now, and there's still loads left. As long as you don't pile it on, (or use the sponge) I would guess that this would last around 6 months of daily use for someone with normal skin. Therefore I find this to be quite good value, as it is a superior foundation in my opinion when compared to other mid-ranged foundations.
Overall, if you have dry to combination skin, then this is a fantastic foundation for flawless looking skin. I would recommend going to a Mac counter to find the perfect colour, (as there are too many to choose from) and building up the coverage gradually and I'm sure you'll be equally impressed.
I am always on the look out for a good foundation. I always seem to get the colour or the texture slightly wrong though and end up looking very unnatural. I decided last weekend that I would go in the MAC store in Westfield and try and get some advice so I could actually get a good foundation and stop wasting money on those I don't like.
I have used MAC products before and have always been quite impressed with how good they are, so I knew that I would be able to find something good. I went in to the store and spoke to one of the sales consultants and expplained the kind of foundation that I wanted. She chose the colour and suggested this foundation. She also tried the foundation on my face so I was confident that I was happy with the product.
The studio tech foundation comes in a black cardboard box with the MAC logo on it. It tells you the weight of the product, which is 10g. It also tells you the shade of the foundation on the top. The one I purchased was NC25. I would advise that you ask one of the consultants if you are not sure of what colour you need. The ingredients of the product are on the back of the box so if you have any allergies or want to check these you can.
Inside the box is the actual product. It comes in a really nice black little case that would look really attractive in your make-up bag. It says MAC and Studio Tech in silver writing. It is easy to open the case with a button on the front. Once inside there is a mirror on the top. This makes the product perfect to carry around in your handbag as you can apply it anywhere with it having its own mirror. In the bottom half of the case is the actual foundation. I must admit that you don't seem to get a lot in this. I haven't used this product before so I am not sure how long this will last me. If you lift up this layer there is a round sponge underneath for you to apply the foundation with. The product is very attractive and neat overall.
The product is very easy to apply. You just have to use the sponge to apply the product, then smooth this onto your face. I quite like the little sponge as I usually use my fingers to apply foundation, which can be messy and also doesn't always apply as smoothly I would like. The sponge though allows for a much more smooth application and also means my hands stay clean. The sponge does need regular cleaning though. MAC also do sell replacements so if you needed a new one it would be easy to get.
I think the foundation looks really nice on. It is very smooth and provides good coverage all over. It looks quite natural on so it doesn't look like you have caked yourself in make up. I also found it to be just the right thickness as well. It does not feel too heavy on your face but provides enough coverage to hide any imperfections. I find that I haven't had to use too much of the product in one go so this does mean that although it doesn't seem like there is a lot of the product it may actually last a while.
I was told that this foundation would last through going to the gym etc. I haven't put it to the test in reagrds to this but I have found it lasts me throughout the day. I have looked at myself in the mirror later in the day at work and the foundation i still in tact and looks as it did when I applied it. I find a lot of other foundations tend to have rubbed off or just faded throughout the day. I don't want to spend the day reapplying foundation so this is perfect for me.
You can buy this product for £21 pounds at MAC stores. MAC also have counters at some department stores. It may seem quite expensive but i personally think it is worth it.
Overally this is a great foundation. It provides all the coverage I want, looks natural and lasts all day.
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Let me preface this by saying I love MAC. There's something about walking into one of their shops or concessions and seeing a dizzying array of colours and products and brushes and those crazily made-up girls (and occasionally guys) who work there. And then working out what I want and waiting until an unsuspecting family member/friend goes on holiday and I ask them to pick it up duty free.
Anyway, the Studio Tech foundation is a creamy product which dries to a powder finish, giving good all over coverage and suitable for all types of skin. There are 27 different shades which means that it's likely you'll find one that matches your skin tone. The differences in shade are quite subtle, so you can even buy the next shade up/down for summer and winter, and it still loks really natural.
Yes, it's quite expensive - this compact retails at around £21.00 - but I do think you get what you pay for. Many of the high street brands price their foundation at well over a tenner (Max Factor, No 7) and I think MAC is in the premium range, along with Clinique, Chanel, Benefit etc
A sleek, solid compact in their signature black with a push button opening mechanism (I'm sorry I don't know how to describe it better) which I've never had a problem with over the 3 or 4 years I've been buying this product - some brands I've used have broken which means the lid is no longer airtight and dries out. The mirror is a good size and I've often done all my make up in it. The application sponge is stored underneath the make up, and the bottom is ventilated ostensibly so the sponge is allowed to breathe and doesn't encourage germs to breed.
10g of foundation with application sponge. I usually use a brush to apply it with as I think it goes further than with the sponge. Obviously how long it lasts will depends on how much you use, but I find that the silver print on the lid starts to disappear long before the makeup.
The creamy texture means it goes on easily and blends really well (no lines around the jaw!) and you can build it up in areas where you need slightly more coverage. Because it is a cream, it is slightly drier than a traditional liqud so I always make sure my skin is well moisturised before using it.
I have fairly sensitive skin which reacts badly to some products but I've never had a problem with Studio Tech. I don't have great skin - there are blemishes, dry patches, pores etc - but people have complimented me on how "lovely" and "perfect" it is. This is all the recommendation I need to keep using MAC.
The end result is an even coverage, which looks very natural and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. It last quite well, although I would retouch it if I was going out in the evening after I've been wearing it all day. I use many different brands of make up so I would be willing to change if I found something cheaper, that was as good. I just haven't yet, so I'm happily stuck with MAC! A great all-round foundation.
The description of this product is a cream foundation packaged in a black round compact with a separate compartment for sponge. It's supposed to be good for all skin types while provides a natural matte, powder-perfect finish. It claims to be dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, non-acnegenic and safe for contact lens wearers. It retails for around 15 GBP and there're 27 shades in total. This foundation is not oil-free and it doesn't contain SPF. I don't know a single makeup artist that does not use this regularly in their work. It photographs very well! The coverage makes it easy to layer and is very buildable depending on your application. Using your fingers will give a very full, heavy coverage whereas a brush will give a very sheer satin coverage. The sponge that comes supplied with this product will give you medium to heavy coverage you can use the sponge wet or dry. The finish is more satin than matte and dries like a powder.
This is not the best foundation for oily or very acne-prone skin due to the fact that it contains hydrogenated castor oil, silcones, and wax. Although I didn't experience any breakouts from Studio Tech using this foundation on a regular basis could cause you to become sensitised to its ingredients.
There is a wide range of shades that most people can find a perfect colour match easily. Overall a great product and would definately recommend.
I've tried 4 different MAC foundations so far and I'll compare this one to the MAC and other brands I've tried.
I'm currently more into the MAC mineralize range, as this feels very light, goes on like a dream and feels so comfortable, I almost forget I'm actually wearing foundation. The MAC studio tech is a creamy pressed foundation that you apply with a sponge. The sponge provided is hidden in a compartment underneath the foundation and is quite thick compared to say the Benefit sponges, but good quality and lasts quite some time. The foundation gives a medium coverage and goes on smoothly and lasts all day. However, I am so fussy about my foundation and I hate the feeling of anything on my skin that since I've discovered the mineralise products, I've never used this again. It's a good product if you don't mind a light feeling of foundation on your skin, but I just don't like feeling anything at all. I want to be able to breathe, and though this doesn't feel sticky or clogging, it's no good for me anymore. Sorry MAC, but your mineralise range is just too good!
I've also used benefit's some kinda gorgeous foundation faker, and though the shade goes well with most skin tones, I like the exact match or tanned match that MAC gives me. I've also tried Estee Lauder liquid foundations but they've always felt a little sticky on my skin and I didn't use powder before, so they used to run off with sweat or rain.
All in all, this is an excellent foundation that comes in a handy compact so you can apply and re-apply whenever you need to. It goes on smoothly and gives you a medium, buildable coverage.
This MAC powder really is fabulous. Again, like most MAC products you get a great matte finish without the make-up feeling to heavy. It's very easy to apply, and looks even better if it is applied with the MAC foundation in a bottle, as it gives an extra touch to the make-up making your skin look very smooth and soft. I think it is my favourite also because it looks so natural, and as it is so light you can apply it in a rush and it still looks good, with none of those annoying lines that you gett when the foundation is too heavy. Furthermore, the size is just right as it easily fits in a small handbag or clutch, so you can take it out and it isn't heavy at all. I have read on some reviews else where that it has caused some people to break out in spots, but i haven't experienced this. Lastly, my only criticism like with the foundation, is that it does need to be reapplied frequently as it isn't very hard wearing. Apart from this, i love it and would highly recommend it.
For my 18th birthday, my Grandma took me to the MAC counter & let me get what I liked :D I chose this MAC foundation because I was told it had good coverage, but without being as heavy as some MAC foundations. (I hear that some are notorious for making people break out, or being very difficult to remove)
Price - £22.00
Avaliability - From the MAC website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) or see a list of stockists, also on the website.
Packaging - comes in a neat, black compact with the MAC logo ontop. The compact has a good sized mirror at the top, then the foundation, then a bottom layer containing a sponge. I like how the sponge is kept seperate from the foundation & the mirror is very handy. The compact is also a good size to keep in your bag.
Range of Shades - there is a large range of shades that should suit all skin colors. I have NC15 which is good for pale skin, but if you go to a MAC counter they will be happy to help you pick out the right one for you, as the website shade chart can be abit confusing.
Performance - I also brought a MAC foundation brush, but you could apply this with fingers or a damp sponge. It glides onto skin, and feels very light & soft. The foundation is solid, but very soft & feels more like a cream going on. It's easy to apply and doesn't need a whole lot of blending. The coverage is very good - sometimes my skin can be very blotchy and this foundation gave me the appearance of smooth, near flawless skin. I use a concealer over the top for spots/a scar on my chin but it would cover minor imperfections very well. It's also light-reflecting which gives a well-finished appearance to skin & I use it under my eyes before touche eclat. You don't need to apply alot, but there isn't a whole lot of foundation - I brought this compact in August and had used it up by the end of November, which isn't too good.
This foundation is easy to remove with the usual cleansing routine, and didn't make me break out atall.
The only problem I have with this foundation is that it doesn't last all day & also doesn't mattify all day. If you put it on in the morning, by lunchtime your skin is quite shiny & it's rubbing off to the touch. A light dusting of mineral finish or powder helps with this problem, but it's definetly not a foundation that takes you from morning to night without the need to reapply.
It's also not very good in extremely hot weather. I got this foundation just before going to Paris & and it practically melted off the minute I stepped outdoors.
This is a real shame because I do like this foundation & if it had better staying power, it could be a real hit.
More info - www.maccosmetics.co.uk
MAC Studio Tech Foundation / Totally tech / A tri-system blend of water / emollients and powder / Looks solid / glides on as a soft / creamy emulsion / Provides a natural matte / powder-perfect finish / Smooth to blend / easy to work with: provides a full range of coverage / Light diffusing: softens lines / creates a fresh / flawless finish / Good on