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.
I am a blue eyed NW10 (NW20 when tanning from a bottle in the summer).
I wear this in NW15 (during the fall and spring), and I like it for it's buildable finish, and it doesn't make me break out like Studio Fix Fluid. It is actually not that moisturizing, my combination skin wears it well. It does not cover my under eye circles on its own, but does ok by itself. the texture is really unique, it feels like it has a built in primer, compared to other liquid foundations. NW15 also seems to lighten as I wear it, and looks lighter on my skin than in the bottle. Not a bad shade match compared to other MAC foundations.
If you have fairly good skin that is normal/dry and want a beautiful, FLAWLESS, healthy looking glow along with good coverage, this is the foundation for you and your skin will looks AMAZING. I realise this foundation isn't for everyone, but if you are any of the above, youre likely to be pleased with results.
Studio sculpt is different to the majority of foundations because it is gel-based, not liquid based, despite the make up alley description. This meana it is moisturising, so good for dry skin. You can test the gel concept out if you squeeze a small amount onto the back of your hand and see how it literally stands up on its own and doesn't fall flat like a liquid.
This foundation is proven to PLUMP skin up, and is particularly good on mature skin!
With this foundation you can have the best of both worlds - have it or dewy or matte. If you want the dewy affect, don't apply powder or apply a light amount of translucent powder over the forehead, nose and skin. If you want it matte, liberally apply powder all over the face and you'll get a completely different result, which is longer wearing and looks better on photographs.
This foundation is designed to make skin look good, and in particular give skin a beautiful glow, which is succeeds in doing.
If you've found you don't like it, it's probably because your skin is oily, spot prone, or you're not preparing your skin with the correct moisturisers (too moisture intensive - remember this foundation is moisturising) primer, or dirty make up brushes.
Visit your local mac counter and let the artist teach you how to apply this product for flawless results. It truly is another top product from mac.
This is an amazing full coverage foundation. I bought this wanting a foundation to use as a concealer and at the same time mix in with a moisturizer on days where I'd want to put a light sheer coverage all over my face. That being said, this is the 2nd MAC foundation I've tried next to Studio Fix Powder and the 1st liquid foundation. I have to admit, I was quite hesitant to get this because it is so notorious for breaking out some people or clogging their pores so I don't want to risk anything and simply use this on certain areas of my face rather than using this as a full foundation.
The product itself is very thick. I apply a really small amount on the back of my hand. And by small I mean, half a bead and use a small concealer brush to apply it under my eyes and round my nose and mouth. Being full coverage, I obviously skip concealer and apply a 2nd layer if necessary. I then use my real techniques buffing brush to pat on those areas to blend them in. I find that by doing this, It still gives that full coverage that I need with a more skin like finish.
I love this product. You get a huge tube which is thin enough to fit in your makeup bag for travel. It gives full coverage so you need the smallest amount and it lasts so long (without finishing it with powder or touching it up in my case because I have dry skin) so I find it is well worth every penny.
I was looking for something for full coverage and was recommended this by one of the workers at the MAC store. I have combination skin and it really makes my face look flawless. After applying this, I put the mineral powder by MAC over my chin and t-zone so there isn't any shine of oil as the day progresses. One thing I recommend is using a really good primer before applying Studio Sculpt.
This foundation doesn't work for me. It gives a pretty good coverage and nice looking skin, but after one or two hours it's swimming on top of my t-zone (I wear Neutrogena oil-free-mosturizer and a MAC primer), a big greasy mess. I give it four lippies for it might work well for others with a less oily t-zone.
MAC-shops in my country charge 75 dollars for it (MAC website price: 30 dollars) and don't accept returns.
Edit: don't use a telefone while wearing this, unless you want it all smeared up
I was actually really surprised at how much I hated this foundation. I started out with high hopes for this, and they fell so fast. When I first applied it, I liked that it had great coverage, it covered everything. Though, while trying to blend it in, I started to notice that it wouldn't blend in. I just sat on top of my skin. The texture just looked really off. So then I put my MAC Prep+Prime translucent powder on top, then it looked great. Well I started to notice about 30 minutes late that it still felt wet. At the end of the day, it still had that sticky wet feel, and you could see where the foundation had cracked from movement. I decided that I needed to try it again, because it had to have been a fluke. I tried it two other days, with the exact same results. It just did not agree with my skin. So after that, it went back to MAC.
I bought this product around a year back and in love with it since then, i have never really tried any much foundations and dont want to try much either as i have found this now. I like medium coverage a foundation which does not make me look dark or light jus smoothe my skin tone and this does exactly what i wanted. my face looks flawless, smooth and for my dry skin it lasts even when i put it over moisturizer only. It makes my skin look natural without any makeup on. I simply love this product.