I use the NC 20 and I think this is a great foundation. It provides full coverage, it doesn't enhance oiliness and -contrary to what some think- it doesn't look cakey on my face. The packaging is great for travelling and hygienic. However, after 10 or 15 days of use I have hit pan but I think that's the only negative thing about it. I'll see how long it will finally last.
Edit:It feels qutie cool, fresh and dewy on my skin not in an oily way. Much better thanthe studio fix.
I have mixed feelings about Studio Tech. I used it every day for a year (NC25, with matching Select Sheer pressed powder and NW25 Select Cover-Up concealer):
- It is the BEST foundation I've ever used, in terms of colour variety (it's MAC after all :)) and coverage. It makes me look like I have flawless skin and lasts all day.
- Eyeshadow and blush cling to it like magic.
- It's a bit cakey if you put too much on, but you can do with less if you're careful with streaking.
- My biggest problem:
I used to have close-to-perfect skin, with a few pimples here and there. But during my year of daily Studio Tech, it seemed like I needed to use more and more foundation to cover up my new rough patches and red spots, which I never used to have. (I was a bit lazy with my skincare at the time, but I still used makeup remover and night cream every night.) I've stopped using foundation altogether for 2 years now, and have only just regained my original skin quality.
For me, it's now a special occasion foundation, but it's definitely the first one I'll reach for. Proceed with caution and an immaculate skincare regimen.
This foundation is thick and provides full coverage. I use a primer and setting spray underneath before I apply it using a buffer brush. This gives me a flawless application. It does last throughout the day but I do use a finishing powder over it and setting spray. If I don't go through these steps it does not last as long. This is not an everyday foundation. It will run out fast. I went through about half the product in 2 weeks so I stopped using it and now only use it on special occasions or when I need to apply foundation in a short amount of time.
I tried using this with a beauty blender, my beloved sigma flat top, fingers, with or without fix+, with or without primer (mac prep&prime and laura mercier oil free).... and now I'm still trying to make it work...
What a horrible product! It's greasy, it looks cakey, it doesn't stay for very long on a face. Good coverage - I wish! I won't buy ever again.
I love this foundation! It is seriously amazing. The coverage is great, i barely need concealer. And it looks amazing in pictures. This was the first MAC foundation i ever tried and am so glad i did. Im usually not into cream foundations but this one is so smooth and blendable, you dont need much for a flawless face. Will most defenitly repurchase when im out!
It did give amazing coverage. If you want a natural look this is not for you. I recommend using a moisturizer because this can become very dry and cakey if you don't. If you like a dewy look this is not for you. I didn't lime this because it dried my skin out and even with the softest application it was too much. Good though for events when you need more coverage.
I wanted to try this foundation because I saw Pixiwoo (beauty guru on YouTube and professional makeup artist in England) using it. She sprayed her face quite heavily with Fix + first, then used a 190 brush to apply it. I did the exact same application except with a 187 brush. I used barely any of the product because I knew it was going to be very full coverage and heavy on my skin. After a couple of hours, my skin got oily (more than normal) and I could see the product "melt" off my face. I set it with MSF natural. Not my first choice for daily makeup. Although I will say that it is pretty good when being photographed. I am a rollergirl and we took professional pictures, and my skin looked great, almost flawless in the picture.
As someone living a preforming arts lifestyle, I think my opinions may be slightly different in regards to this foundation. This foundation is very heavy, and can easily become cakey. I tried really hard to use this over and over as an everyday foundation. I tried to apply it with a brush, my wet beauty blender, regular cosmetic sponges and even my fingers. I think that as an everyday foundation, this is far too heavy for my skin. Especially as someone with dry skin, it becomes heavy, cakey, and can clog pores easily. However, as a foundation for performances, it really does make the skin look flawless from a distance. I think it looks obviously like makeup if you're getting up close, which is another reason it wouldn't work for every day use. I would purchase this again because of my preforming arts background, but if you are a person who doesn't need a lot of coverage, and who does not preform, I would say this foundation would probably be too much for you.
This gives such great coverage, I use it whenever I've got a big night planned. I find if I apply it with the sponge it looks too cakey on me, especially for daytime, so I use a foundation brush. takes a bit longer but if i do it that way it doesn't look like a mask. I don't even use concealer under my eyes when I wear this, just dab a bit with my concealer brush. Dries to a powder soft finish and stays put. The packaging is great I love compacts, this one is a bit thicker than I'm used to but can still throw it into a bag or clutch and don't have to worry about it going everywhere. Another fantastic mac product :)