The best foundation I have ever tried! I have a terrible time with foundation oxidizing on my skin, and this one remains true to colour the entire time I'm wearing it. It's the first liquid foundation I have ever found that actually matches my fair, cool toned skin (I got it in NC15). The finish is beautiful and natural, not too shiny, but not matte. It barely looks like I'm wearing foundation, yet it has pretty good coverage (I would say medium coverage). I have combination skin, with some dry areas and some slightly oily areas and this foundation is super long wearing! It doesn't cling to or emphasize any dry areas, yet stays looking flawless all day. The only other foundation that is as long wearing that I've tried is Revlon Colorstay. But this one is long wearing AND moisturizing. The most amazing part is that when I wash it off my skin feels super soft! Like I was wearing a luxurious facial mask or something. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, and this foundation has definitely not irritated my skin or made it break out in any way. It's absolutely amazing!
Even though this foundation isn't an HG, it really gives me a great finish to the skin. It provides medium coverage leaning more towards full. Although its great, I still need a concealer when I use it. I used this product for three or four months and I actually never broke out from it. The only complaint is the staying power is pretty garbage to me. After about 5 hours my skin gets very oily which is fine depending on the season but during the summer it is not the business!
I really love this foundation. I gave it a 3 for price because it's pricier than I would like to pay for a foundation. (not as expensive as a lot of the high end brands- NARS, Chanel, Dior, Lancome, etc but not as a affordable as my Covergirl & Olay.) The coverage is fantastic, while still looking natural. I used to like the MAC Matchmaster for days when I want fuller coverage, but lately, that foundation has been looking cakey & like I'm wearing foundation (not a good look). I got a sample of this when I was at the big mall that has a MAC (45 min away) & I'm glad I got the sample. The MUA was very generous with the sample, it's lasted me over a week, and she matched me spot on. If it wasn't for her help, I would have ordered the incorrect shade (was going to get NC42, but I'm actually NW40). As soon as she saw me, she picked out NW40, and it was PERFECT. My friend who was shopping with me is brutally honest and will tell me if my makeup isn't right. She thought this was a great match & said it didn't even look like I had makeup on (YAY!! exactly what I was going for!). Covers everything. I don't need concealer with this. Doesn't look cakey. I really like the finish. It's not too matte, but it's not dewy either. Doesn't make me oily or cling to my dry patched. It feels very light on the skin, and the lasting power is fantastic. I usually put this on around 730am before work & at 11pm or so at night, it's still looking fresh. (I use Ponds makeup remover pads to take it off and then a cleanser.) I will purchase this when I finish the sample. Hope make doesnt discontinue this one.
update: 1/31/13- this photographs like a dream and covers really well, while still looking natural. doesn't look cakey and blends nicely. nw40 in this foundation is the best color match i've found in a foundation so far,
I really like this foundation. I bought it a couple of days ago and it was a bit pricey but it is worth the money. I have combination skin with oily t zone. I apply it with my mac 130 brush and it gives a flawless finish. I bought this in my country in Europe for 30 € This foundation is quite matte and it has medium to full coverage. After 4/5 hours it started looking a bit oily on my t zone, so i give this foundation 4 lippies. If you use a powder over your foundation i think it wil last longer.
I wouldn't recommend this foundation on people with oily skin. It's better for people with dry/combination skin who want a good coverage.
This foundation is fabulous
I have mostly normal to dry skin and was suggested to try this out at the mac counter and i'm glad I did. I would say it's more of a medium buildable to full coverage foundation and dries a natural finish - not too shiny looking, just fine. I've tried a heap of foundations while having this and I keep coming back, i'm not sure how it goes through summer as i've only used it in winter but i've had a few hot days out while wearing this and it lasted beautifully
I have really oily skin and didn't know much about foundation a few years back when I tried it so my bad really! I found it made me really oily and jus looked horrible on me I think this would be good for people with dry skin as it is very moisturising
I bought this because it was advertised as being good for dry skin - it is. When I apply this it does not show up any flaky dry skin at all. The texture is super thick so I sometimes try to mix this with strobe cream/moisturiser to make it less thick. It dries so quickly which is not ideal because when you put in on your face and go to blend it in with a brush it has already partly dried. It smells like paint and feels like paint on my face but has amazing coverage - it lasts for probably about a whole day (with primer and moisturiser underneath)! It breaks my skin out very badly when I wear it and for me it is too thick but it is great for dry skin - I only tend to use it when I'm going out properly. I am on the borderline to whether I would purchase this product again - I probably would as a special occasion foundation not an everyday one.
This is a full coverage foundation. If you have anything to cover, this will certainly do the trick. I was hoping, given that it was a gel, that it would have a lighter (or more natural texture). The overall texture had an artificial look (which one might expect from any full-coverage foundation. However, the heavy feeling was a deal-breaker. This felt a bit like cake batter on my face--so heavy I knew I couldn't last an entire day with it. I returned this one. On a side note, I've had better luck with MAC Pro Longwear (medium coverage, lasts all day, no breakouts). Pro Longwear felt much lighter on my skin compared to Studio Sculpt.
Most of my favorite products are love it or hate it products. I can see why some people may not like this. It is VERY moisturizing. It is a mousse-like, springy consistency. It's not like foundations that most are probably used to. But for the right person, this foundation is great! I have dry skin in certain areas and I have issues with makeup caking over those areas and highlighting my dry skin. This foundation adds moisture where I need it. It provides good coverage but is not too heavy. The only tricky thing I had with this is that I could no longer use the mineral powder over it to set it. The mineral powder in conjunction with this very moisturizing foundation left my face too shiny. I use the blot powder over my T zone to control shine with this foundation. Perfect combo for me.
I have a love hate relationship with this foundation. I first tried this out when the sales lady was trying to figure out why MAC foundations oxidized so bad on me. She asked me if I was Indian and told me Indian women have oily skin. I looked at her stupid (and as a cosmetologist I've worked in esthetics and know my skin types and many people of all ethnicities have oily skin) I told her I'm of Latin background and she told me foundation shouldn't oxidize on me so fast. She literally tried all foundations until she had two left Matchmaster and Studio Sculpt. When she tried matchmaster it was way too dark I hated it and it oxidized but not as bad as other foundations and the Studio Sculpt in NC20 it barely oxidized and it looked good so I couldn't make up my mind and the lady gave samples to try out and let me tell you that little container with studio sculpt lasted me a month and a half you really don't need much to begin with. I went back and bought the full size and the NC20 matches my skin perfectly the finish is beautiful as well it looks very semi matte and on me it's a medium coverage. It photographs okay I did notice it left a whitish cast on my face and after raving about this product I noticed my skin started dry out a lot I just didn't think too much of it. Then I started to notice it just sat on top of skin and made my pores so noticeable and my dry patches stood out so i stopped using this foundation and I started to hate it. I recently gave it another shot and liked it again it lasts all day doesn't shine at all. I hate the application how it just sits on top not even fix+ helps with that issue. Would I repurchase again? To be honest I really don't know maybe I will.