I bought this in NC42, but it pulls very warm/yellow on me, and a lot brighter and pigmented than my skin tone (similar to Bobbi Brown Honey concealer, but easier to apply). It was bought for concealing and does a fantastic job. Sometimes thick cream concealers are difficult to work with because they require careful patting or a brush. Since Sculpt is liquid, it applies like a slightly thick foundation. It also sets nicely, which is something that cream concealers don't do - if you're overzealous, they smear.
All in all, easier for spot concealing. I'll wear this with the Mineralize Cream Foundation (NC42) or Face & Body (C4+C5) because a full face of Sculpt is unnecessary, unless I want super-heavy coverage. Both the Mineralize and F&B are better matches for me, in general, because the undertones are more neutral and they look lighter when applied. But I think the brightness/colour of Sculpt makes a difference for concealing. I could use it on my entire face without looking strange, if I focus on the centre of my face and thin it out on the cheeks and jawline.
The finish with light / spot applications of Sculpt is still quite 'full' and opaque. I'm keen on this look at the moment, despite having decent skin, because I go through phases of liking different finishes. It still matches my complexion, so I don't look like I'm doing theatre or anything. This product sets well with Careblend powder, but I also feel it will be fine with my Guerlain Meteorites or Mineralize setting powders. A new HG!
Found this at a Cosmetic Company outlet store for about $20-26. Happy I found a spring/ summertime darker shade NW50 ( i assume this Studio Sculpt shade is discontinued). Studio Sculpt has fuller coverage which hides my imperfections and its kinda thick. I am drawn to the smell of MAC foundations, lol idk why...I usually apply with a foundation brush to my problem areas or may apply with a powder brush for allover application. I've been wearing it most of the week & have a painful zit on my jawline. But not sure if its mother nature wanting to be seen or if its the product. Definite recommend but using it w/primer will be better! continued >>
I have never had acne-prone skin before, But this foundation really brought out the worst in my skin :( When i first began to use it i really enjoyed the product. It does give good coverage and blends well into the skin but I became totally covered in spots. Since I am in my teens i just put it down to hormones etc. I changed everything to try and get rid of them during my usage of the product: my skincare routine, my hair products.. but the spots still remained all over my face. This foundation clogs up my pours and makes me feel cakey and fake when i wear it. I found that i had to use A LOT to be able to cover up all the spots i was getting. But since I've stopped using it my spots have instantly begun to clear up and my skin feels so much cleaner! Sorry MAC, didn't like this foundation, and will not be repurchasing.
This was the first MAC foundation I tried.....and ......hmm it did the job. I guess I wasn't bowled over by it as much as I hoped I would be XD I bought this after partying my non existent brains out in Magaluf so I had a little tan, barely, but still, I got matched up to NW20 when in fact I later got matched to NC15...not the make up artist fault, she matched me up perfectly, just that it was my sunshine face. And, what is very good about this foundation, is that it last soooo long, seriously, I can get through some foundations in about 4 months....I'm on the 8th month now folks....and the tiniest bit can really cover my face, strangely enough I can get lots of different looks with this. A little for a sheer, natural finish- dewy even! Or I can build it up to a matt full coverage look.
I probably would buy it again. The right colour! Lol....because it does last all day on my combination skin. I apply this with a foundation brush, and I like it being in a tube, most drug store foundations are 30ml and this is a 40ml. You can see the product running out and you can get every last bit out of it.
I cant get full coverage with this foundation and the lightest shade is WAY to dark. I mix it with Illamasquas rich liquid foundation to lighten it up and get fuller coverage.
Been using this since christmas and I do like it but it's not my favourite.I think the secret here is not to use too much, or it will settle into pores and look messy.The gel texture is heavier than a liquid which makes it more moisturising , so I would say this is good for dry skin or for those who want a bit more moisture in winter time I'm combinatin skin, but I wouldn't recommend this for oilies, it would be too heavy..It's not for a natural look, you can tell it's there.It's fragrance free , but there is a smell to it, not a perfumey smell, probably just raw ingredients which I prefer over fragrance anyway Perfuming the face be it in make up or moisturisers is madness too me.Good spf, contains both titanium diooxide and znc oxide so good UVA protection in this one. Although I wouldn't rely on this or any foundation for spf alone, you'd need to use too much. I wear sunscreen underneath. I'll say goodbye to this for just now as it's spring here in UK, but I would purchase this again next winter..
I went through a good three tubes of this, and for a long time I thought I loved it. I think a lot of it had to do with the colour, which was perfect for me despite my hard to match skin (NC15). I also love the packaging, the tube is so convenient and you can really get to all the product. Now for the bad, this product is a gel formula, which tends to feel very cakey and sticky on the skin, and also as it wore off I found the wear down time made areas around my t zone look awful. One nice aspect about it though is that i found it lasts for ages, you don't need much at all. Also now that I am off it I have noticed a big improvement in my skin, which must have been quite clogged from the formula. I liked this foundation for a long time, and there are certainly worse products out there, but there are also many foundations far better than this. For reference, I now use MUFE HD foundation and like it much much better.
This is the foundation I'm going to stick with for now, but it's not holy grail. It does a good job but it's not ideal for my combination skin, personally. It's buildable and good coverage but ehhh. No complaints, it's just not absolutely everything I want out of a foundation, though I haven't found a better one (yet).
I really can't write much of a review because this stuff turned me orange within seconds after putting this on. I noticed, as with most MAC foundations, that this was like putting paint on my face. It was heavy and gross. I am not a fan of MAC foundations at all. I do, however, LOVE their Prep n'Prime.