I went to a MAC counter for a new foundation. I told her I have oily skin, but don't like matte finishes. She recommended me this, the first foundation of MAC I've tried and I don't really like it.
What I dislike most about it, is that it doesn't blend into the skin. It gives me a mask sort of feeling. It's a heavy foundation and has a little bit of a mousse-like consistency. To apply, I switch between real techniques buffer brush and real techniques stippling brush, and I like the buffer brush slightly better for application. The staying power is not great, cause it lies on the skin more than blend in, but with a good primer and finishing spray it's okay.
After I powdered my face, my blush still applies somewhat streaky. I don't know what it is, but my full face makeup cant seem to turn out flawlessly.
It comes in a tube, what I do like about the packaging. You can squeeze the tube until you have the desired amount, which is harder with foundations in a pump packaging.
After you think you finished it, you can cut the tube in half, cause there's still a generous amount of foundation left in the tube.
I will never buy this foundation again, it's not for me.
This was my first mac foundation and was desperate to find something that would cover my hyper pigmentation , acne scarring and redness. I also have quite dry skin so the woman recommended this foundation as it is meant to give a full coverage plus moisturise. I went home and tried it and it just wasn't working for me at all. I tried the real techniques stippling brush, foundation brush, sponge it didn't work. That's when I purchased the real techniques expert face brush. The foundation was then able to cover up all my scarring and redness leaving a lovely dewy finish to my dry skin. I love this foundation now and definitely am glad I bought it!
I absolutely LOVE this foundation! At first, I was super weary of purchasing the foundation due to all the horror stories I had heard about MAC foundations. However, after trying a sample and not experiencing any breakouts, I decided to buy it. The foundation is 40 mLs or 1.3 oz. and comes in a squeeze tube. It is $31 as of September 2013.
I have normal/combo skin, with an oily nose and dry cheeks and chin. This foundation makes my skin look like.. well, better skin! It has a very natural, satin finish and it provides a medium coverage that can be built up. I apply the foundation using a flat top buffer brush, and a little goes a long way. I do not have acne aside from the monthly 1 or 2 pimples but I do have redness and uneven skintone on my cheeks and chin. I usually find that one coat does the trick for me, and I am incredibly happy with how my face looks with this foundation on.
This foundation does have a weird smell, but the smell does not last once applied. The formula is thicker, almost a cream, but I find that it doesn't accentuate my dry patches like some liquid or powder foundations can do. This foundation does not oxidize on me, and I find the color NC20 is very well matched for my light-medium yellow undertoned skin. I always set my foundation with powder, but I actually prefer how my skin looks without the powder when I wear this foundation. It just gives me that nice healthy-skinned glow without appearing greasy. The wear time is great, I can get about 8 hours out of it before it starts looking kind of patchy around my mouth.
I've been wearing this foundation for 2 weeks now, and it works great for the colder weather. I do not think that this foundation would work for the months, however. It has a very moisturizing formula that I see could melt off my face when it gets hot.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with this foundation, and I can see this being a staple in the colder months.
I absolutely LOVE Studio Sculpt foundation. I have combination skin that tends to get dry in Winter, but this foundation never flakes or cakes. It's coverage is buildable, and a little goes a long way. I've use EstÃ©e Lauder in the past, but this is definitely my HG in foundation!
Lol we have a hate and love relationship lol sometimes its a you know what and sometimes it makes me look glowy :) i think you def have to wash face and stuff to use it just saying lol
First of all let me tell you that even though I don't have perfect skin, I have pretty good normal-combination skin, it very rarely gets dry & also isn't oily but I do get the occasional few spots, nothing major just a few now and again - usually around "that time of the month"! I was on the hunt for a new foundation, something to give me that flawless & airbrushed look. A few of my friends wear MAC foundations & their skin always looks good so I thought I'd give it a try! So off I went to a MAC counter & after the consultant tried some on my face, I was happy with the colour match & the way it looked, she convinced me studio sculpt would be perfect for me with it's dewy, flawless, medium-full coverage so it was sold!
Unfortunately this foundation sounds a lot better than I found it to actually be, after just two weeks of wearing it I noticed I was getting more and more spots, I thought I must of not been cleansing thoroughly enough so I stepped up my cleansing & made sure every trace of make-up was removed before bed as well as exfoliating every few days. But every day I was noticing my skin was getting worse. So I stopped wearing it & switched to BareMinerals & my skin was soon clear again :-)
I then made a huge mistake - A month later it was my brothers wedding & I wanted flawless make-up for the day! So I spotted the
tube of studio sculpt in my make-up bag & thought even though it gave me spots last time I used it, I did like the way it looked with it's dewy full coverage finish & I also knew it photographed well so thought it would work well for a one off just for this special occasion! How wrong was I - throughout the day & night of the wedding I noticed my face felt itchy & I could feel painful spots coming on, when I got home at the end of this very long day I ran straight to the bathroom & washed my make-up off, as I looked in the mirror I was horrified with how bad my skin looked - the worst I have ever seen it!! I had painful acne like spots coming up all over my chin, around my mouth & on my forehead and also a dry red rash around my chin & mouth!! I was so mad at myself for giving this foundation another chance - I had no idea it would make my skin this bad!! Once again I switched back to BareMinerals, it took two weeks for my skin to heal & to get rid of all those nasty spots & rashes!!
I'm not saying that this foundation will do this to you, it may be perfect for some skin types - just not for mine! I would say be careful of this foundation if your skin is prone to breakouts or even if you just suffer from the occasional spots like me, it is a heavy sticky conciestancy which blocks the pores!
I do like this it's very heavy but blends nicely because of the humidity where I live it's just too heavy but in a dryer climate I would enjoy it more :) looks great on!
I really like this foundation I have this in NW20 and for the winter it definitely too orange for me but for the summer its perfect. It's really full coverage and you only need a small amount of it. It perfect if you have acne as it completely covers them and you don't need concealer so it doesn't look cakey. This lasts all day and even when it's hot and you get sweaty it still stays put. But it is of kind of pricey but to be honest I would get it again
This foundation is a FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION.
I use the tiniest drop, which is enough to cover all my blemishes, and entire face. Using the 187 Duo Fibre Brush, I start by covering my blemishes then gradually cover the rest of my face using that ONE TINY DROP. A little goes a long way and it is a high-quality foundation that can last you a long time. Seriously, I've had it for a year now and it's not even close to being finished. I like to brush over Mineralized powder to set and then spray with Fix Plus or wet a beauty blender to smooth out any cakey-ness.
If you have a lot of blemishes/hyperpigmentation/scarring, this is the product for you because it provides great coverage.
However, I'd only recommend using this to conceal scars/ not acne. This is because I have noticed that my acne gradually becomes worse after using this product.
I've bought MAC shadows and blushes but this is the first foundation I've bought from MAC.
I've always stuck with DS brand foundations but I've been looking for a foundation that gives a flawless look along with a dewy look. I've done a lot of research reading reviews here. I even got samples of Teint Idole 24hr and even though I love the flawless finish and lightweight feel, it emphasized my dry patches. It looked really good at the beginning but as the day went on, it made my skin look dry. I was about to give up when I suddenly ran into some videos on youtube about MAC Studio Scuplt. So I went and asked to be colored match. The MUA that helped me was soooo nice, I wish I remembered her name but I know I will be looking for her again whenever I shop at the store. But anyways, she color matched me to NC42 and applied this on my face and along with Sunbasque blush which I will be purchasing later cause I love how it looked after she applied it. The color match was perfect. It's the first time that a foundation color really matched my skin. It also gave me this dewy finish that I have been looking for but have never found, even with foundations that claim to be dewy. I applied this with the small elf stippling brush just cause the MUA used a stippling brush too. I tried it with a sponge but I didn't like how it looked so I think this foundation for me at least works better with a brush. For me this stays on for at least 6 - 8rs. I've never worn it for longer than that but I set it with fix +, not sure if that makes any difference though. The one most important thing is that it doesn't dry my skin. I have dry skin especially my cheek area and this foundation does not emphasize it at all. It doesn't feel heavy at all but I think that depends on how much you apply and I usually just apply one layer and that gives me enough coverage. I think it's medium to full coverage. After buying this, I've been using this every time and I still have some DS foundations that I need to use up but I just can't keep myself from it. $31 is kinda pricey but it's not as pricey as the other higher end brand foundations out there but I will still buy this again and again just because I love the look and the hydration it gives my skin. This has become my holy grail foundation and this is the first review I've done on here just because I love it so much. Even my sis said she likes it and she's really picky when it comes to foundation. Definitely worth trying out.