I really wanted to try this foundation as so many people on youtube bragged about it. So I finally brought it. I got skin matched at the Mac store for NW10.
First of all, the smell of this foundation is horrible. It smells like paint. It also felt like paint on my skin. When first applying this foundation it didn't look very good. As the night/day goes on it settles a bit better on the skin and looks okay. Unfortunately, it irritated my skin so much that I had to take it off. The Mac consultants said that the ingredient in the foundation that most likely irritated me was called Talc. It also made my skin break out within hours of using it.
Major cons about this product is that the lightest shade was my exact skin colour, so that made me look even more pale than I am. They don't have many light shades for pale skins as a lot of them are too yellow. Another con is that the design of the bottle is not a pump. You have to buy the pump, which is silly as all liquid foundations should have a pump or the pump Mac supply should be free if you are buying a $50+ foundation to begin with...
Overall, I was disappointed with this product and would not recommend.
I have really oily acne-prone skin so for me a lot of the time foundation tends to slide off easily even with setting powders etc& finding a foundation with good enough coverage that doesn't look too fake is hard... I also have an unusual skin tone so getting foundation for my colour is hard. However I bought this after being recommended by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised.. it applies nicely and makes my skin feel really smooth and the coverage is fantastic and doesn't look like you've plastered loads on because you really don't need to because of the coverage and it generally lasts me all day, it sets 5 mins after application and the range of colours is phenomenal, I am NC15 and it's great because NC is just the right tones for my face as I often find that foundation is too pinky or orange for my skin. This product is a little on the expensive side costing me £22.00 but it was definitely worth it! Overall this was a good buy and although it is a little expensive, it works like a dream, covers well, matches my skin tone& most importantly stays on.. would definitely buy again!
My Skin tone: Pale with pink undertones, Skin type: Oily/combo, acne prone.
I decided to try this foundation despite what i had heard about it e.g. the smell, people breaking out etc. as everyone's skin is different.
I went for this particular foundation because A) It has a pretty good colour range B) matte finish C) Oil free D) Long wearing.
I got colour matched by a really nice sales assistant and i was NW10. I made sure that i could return it if i'd opened it and had a skin reaction, luckily i could.
When i applied it the next day the first thing that hit me was the smell! It is strong and not very pleasant, i don't understand why it smells, as so many other foundations don't! The colour was good and i liked the texture, coverage and matte finish. It also was build-able. It lasted pretty well throughout the day and still looked ok at the end of the day (fyi i have to blot my skin throughout the day as i get very oily). But after a few days i started to notice new spots and also spots that had started to dry out, came back again. I was annoyed and upset because i had finally found a good colour and i liked how my skin looked when wearing it! But i decided to return it as i don't want to add more spots to the ones I've already got lol! Something else i didn't like was that they don't sell it with the pump, you have to buy that as well! Its ridiculous! Anything to make money!
Overall i liked the foundation but i would not buy it again as it broke me out!
this arrived this morning and i was so so excited. after previously trying (and HATING) studio sculpt i wanted to give mac another chance after seeing people on instagram saying they swear by it.
i have just finished scrubbing my face raw to get this off and slathering on moisturiser to try and save my face.. this is like some kind of acid. i have NORMAL skin. not sensitive, i only break out at my time of the month, my skin is not dry, nor is it oily, its just normal. never in my life has a foundation given me this reaction.
MY SKIN IS STLL BURNING AS I WRITE THIS. i put it on about 10am, and it was fine, pretty average coverage, didnt cover any discouloration or redness in my skin, just looked like my normal skin, which was dissapointing because i paid £25 (including the pump) i could feel it on me. then my face started getting abit itchy but i didnt think to much of it. i looked in the mirror 3 hours later and it had completly dissapeared (it was still there, but there was no colour too it other than a greesy orange tint. so much for nw10!) so i put on another 2 pumps and bam, the itching started again. about 15 minutes later i noticed my skin going red and it felt warm, and then it went from warm, to burning, so i washed it off and what the foundation had been hiding was a bight red itchy mess. i washed it off, used my clarisonic and all, and this stuff was still burning my face. i look awful and i have came straight on here to say this because i am so so angry and upset and want to save others from this. DONT BUY IT.
If you have sensitive skin and are acne prone this product may severely break you out.
The studio fix foundation + concealer irritated my skin.
The PROLONG wear concealer works, and if you mix with a moisturizer it can be a tinted, full coverage moisturizer :)
WILL NOT BUY this product again. Will return it.
I love this foundation. NW10 works perfectly for me, and I have absolutely no complaints. Full coverage, lasts all day, and stays put. I apply this using my MAC 187, and set the foundation with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. I have combination skin (very oily t-zone) that is sensitive to just about everything. However, I've had no issues with this foundation (no irritation or breakouts). It's great to be able to wear this foundation to work, and not have to deal with touching up throughout the day. By the end of the work day I have some dewiness, but it's not a greasy mess (which is what happens to me with other foundations I own). I will definitely be purchasing this again when I run out. I only wish the pump didn't have to be purchased separately (that's the only real negative).
I really like this foundation. I'm an NW10 and that seems to be the perfect match in foundation I've ever found. I've used it for a few weeks now and I haven't broken out because of it like some reviewers have. It offers excellent coverage and it works wonderfully with my combination skin. The only things I dislike are the price, but that won't deter me from buying again when I run out, and the packaging. I think it's stupid that you have to buy the pump separately. Other than that, this will be my go to foundation for a while!
Recently came back from college, and my mom donated this to me. I brought my studio sculpt home to use, but one night for a party i decided i wanted something with fuller coverage and luckily my mom had ssf in nc30. On it went.
Does it look like skin? No. It looks like perfect velvet skin, the sort of perfect skin with no blemishes, spots, discoloration and yet manages to glow. Its creepy how perfect my skin looks with this that i dont dare wear it on a regular basis because it would just be unfair to other women in the room. Just kidding. What i mean to say is, you can tell that im wearing makeup, but only because my skin looks so flawless. I cant see a single pore.
I like how it holds up in the summer weather. Yes, it does pill if you over apply or layer on too much. Yes, my t zone gets a little oily if i dont blot, and i dont even have oily skin. But for summer i dont have any other foundation that holds up as well as doesnt require any touch up for the full 8 to 10 hours i keep it on. I just blot and relax.
I was mad to find out it doesnt come with a pump included and is another 8 bucks. My mom went out to buy a new bottle for herself and paid 35 bucks. What.
Nc30 is a perfect color match, very yellow toned without being sallow.
Smells like paint, blech. Guess it sort of is paint.
Thick consistency, i use a beauty blender to get this baby well blended into my skin and use only one full pump for my face and neck.
Overall, a very good foundation when i want the focus to be on my skin, and yet not on my skin. Its hard to explain. I look too perfect with this on. Ill stick to my studio sculpt for every day.
I really like this foundation, although i reckon my skin is abit too dry for it. It's really smooth, full in color and easy to blend in. It's GREAT coverage which i love. Main thing i don't like about is that it absorbs really fast so you gotta apply it quite fast... UNLESS you got a really moisturising base first (which i normally don't cos i have a crappy moisturiser atm) then it'll work great. It also will look cakey (or won't even blend in) if you have dry skin or don't moisturise before hand. I wore it the other night for a family dinner and my skin looked so flawless and pretty. It leaves a soft matte finish. I just needed one layer and wa-la! I don't have any major flaws just dark circles and i look quite tired and dull... so this is my go-to to fix that. It's a great shade which i am in nc42 and it doesn't have that greyness or chalky look that drugstore brands have!.. it just goes on smooth and covers everything. I think it's a great reliable foundation =)
For someone with oily acne-prone skin this is a fantastic foundation. It is a heavy coverage but its also easy to get a lighter finish by mixing it with moisturiser! I find it gives a really good finish when photographed and doesn't go oily as quick as many other foundations I have tried. I always go back to this foundation. If you have dry skin or want a very natural look this probably isn't for you but if you want a flawless matte finish then definitely give it a go!