I am loving MAC Studio Sculpt right now. It leaves my skin feeling dewy and hydrated, and the finish looks lovely. Like many others I wondered at first how to best use and apply this foundation. I've had good results by dispensing a pea-sized amount, dotting it all over my face, and then using a damp sponge to blend it all over my face. I finish off with a bit of loose powder. Lovely!
Love this! Not my HG, but I always make sure I have a tube of this in my makeup collection. I find that this is one of the only foundations that does not flake up the dry/dehydrated patches on my face ( cheeks, between eyebrows and tip of nose). Also, it is worth mentioning that a small amount of the product goes a long way. I find that I can get its best use by using a Stippling brush, or even a Kabuki depending on the coverage I am going for, definitely gives full coverage. Sometimes I find it looks a little cakey, but its nothing a little finishing powder can't fix.
I have combination skin, so i generally use this foundation when i feel my skin a bit dry in order not to make things worse with a drying matte foundation. It provides good medium to high coverage (it's buildable), leaves a nice satin finish.
It doesn't have a very good lasting power so i never use this during the summer months. The colors are lighter than the studio fix range, i have this in nc37 and it's lighter than my studio fix fluid nc 35 so try before buying!
UPDATE: This makes me break out each time i use it! i gave it to my mum
Afteri I finished my previous foundation, I decided to try something from MAC because people recommended some of their products to me.
Because you are able to see some fine red veins on my face, the SA suggested this full coverage foundaton for me. At first, I thought that the consistency was much thicker than the foundations I've used before, but it does provide you with good coverage, you can barely see my veins after application.
However, I think that because it is quick thick, it tends to leave a slightly cakey look after and feels slightly heavy on my skin. Also, it does tend to transfer really easy, and because I also wear glasses, it easily starts to slip off on the bridge of my nose and leave build up on my glasses too.
So the good thing is that yes it provides the necessary coverage, but it tends wear off and make you look cakey, so I think I would have to buy a lighter and less thicker foundation next time.
I wanted to purchase a good brand, to get away from store brands that made me breakout, clump, etc. This product was the exact same as any drugstore brand - maybe worse. It looked very nice for the first hour or so it was on, but after that it became a clumpy mess which made my pores stand out and made my face an uneven mess. To make matters worse, it also made me break out. Would not recommend.
I fell in love with MAC studio fix, it then began to dry my skin out, along with cystic acne my skin has been a disaster lately! a MAC SA advised i try studio sculpt... i'm an NC15, it works for me, needs a bit of bronzer, but I've heard its best to go a shade up with this foundation. To begin with i HATED and i mean HATED this foundation, it transferred onto everything, it was impossible to get right ( i used a mac 187 brush for application), it looked awful, and wouldn't stay on.. I tossed it in my make up drawer and there its been for 3 months.. I took a notion a few weeks ago to give it another try... application is key for this foundation, a buffer brush or 190 brush and its perfect! doesn't transfer & only needs a light dusting of powder! lasts all day aswel, its like a different foundation! Worth a try for ladies with dry skin, doesn't irritate mine at all! continued >>
I don't normally purchase full coverage foundations since I don't have a lot of skin issues, however I wanted to try this one out. The color match is perfect for me and this does provide great coverage. I just use a small little bit of this and it goes a long way. Long lasting and has a matte finish to it. I like the tube packaging. The texture is a bit more like a mousse rather than liquid so it is not as silky as I would have liked, making it slightly more difficult to blend. Not a huge issue, I just dampen my brush before blending.
Jury is still out on whether or not I would purchase again, but I do like it.
I first got this product about a year ago but the MAC MUA matched me up to the wrong shade (beware of this, they always seem to match people up too dark so try and match yourself!) so I eventually went back to get a lighter shade but I can use both, just the darker one in summer! This foundation is the only gel based one MAC do, and is not liquidy or runny at all. The tube is really easy to use and you will never squeeze out too much as it is easy to control. You can also ensure you get all the product out as it is a plastic tube not a glass bottle. The packaging also makes it good for travelling because there is no chance of breakage. The foundation is pretty long lasting, when I use it with a primer it lasts all day and I have oily/normal skin. I have seen some people saying it is extremely shiny but I havent found that at all. On my oily/normal skin, it gives a natural finish - not particularly 'dewy' but not matte either. I would say it provides a good medium coverage, but it is one of few foundations that I do find to be very buildable. I recommend applying it with a brush (I use the Real Techniques Buffing brush) and setting it with a powder. I do find that it can sometimes look a little bit cakey but usually its down to your application and how well you blend it. I think its one of those foundations which normally looks great but can have occasional slip ups when it looks thick and cakey but its all down to application. It costs around £23 in the UK which is the higher end of MAC foundations but its very reasonable for a 'high end' foundation.
I currently use this foundation, and I like that you get good coverage, but with that being said, it does end up looking way too caked on. I have super dry skin, so I love how cremey the foundation is, but I'm hoping to find something that doesn't make me look too fake.
I really wish I could love MAC foundations, but I haven't found my HG from MAC yet, a little disappointing. I found this product pretty great. Its definatly a full coverage foundation which is a plus for my acne-prone skin. Sort of on the more expensive side but not too bad. I don't really like to wear it all over my face though because it's very heavy and I dont find that my skin can breath (ugh) but I will use it to cover red spots on my skin. I got it in the colour NC37 and found it a little pink, I have yellow undertones so this wasnt the best for my skin colour. Now what I really HATED about this product was the fact theres no pump and it comes in a soft bottle, I find I waste ALOT of product this way. I probably would repurchase on sale but not for full price.