Orangey claggy gunky greasepaint. Maybe perfect for being on stage but not suitable for everyday use. Got matched with the second lightest shade in the warm range and was still the wrong shade, too orange and clearly too thick and greasy on my skin. The mac girl applied it so thickly that I could see streak marks on my nose with my white skin poking through the mask of make up. Professional application? Debatable. She tried primer to prep my skin but it still was shiny not dewy and she told me not to look in the main mirror as was unflattering. She took me over to a side mirror which was partially lit so that the foundation looked better. She added mineral finish as I said it was shiny not dewy but then it looked really caked on. I asked for a tester thinking if I applied it on my own at home and much less thickly it might have possibilities. How wrong I was. On walking into my sister's house she noticed straightaway that my foundation was thick and the wrong colour. Now I had been frugal in application and blended it really well but it is quite unworkable for my skin type. I am oily on the t zone with cheeks that are slightly dry but the MAC girl kept telling me I was dehydrated and needed primer and studio sculpt for my very dry skin. Dewy? No. Good coverage? Masking coverage. No matter how thinly applied it still gives a caked on appearance. Gave it to my sister to try as her skin is lovely and slightly oily on the t zone. She has perfect skin but it looked awful on her as well. Gave her a Vaseline like sheen. Not for me. Also the smell is off putting, one of those which had the potential to induce a headache, like toilet rim cleaner.
I bought this product a couple months ago and just ran out a couple days ago.
With this foundation you will want to put a light moisturizer on, since you should always wear moisturizer. Then apply the foundation with a stippling brush. Its much faster to apply then just using your fingers and blends nicely. I highly reccomend using a finishing powder after applying the foundation and then using a pressed powder to even everything out. My face has felt sticky with this foundation if I dont use enough powder and I hate that feeling. I have acne prone skin and i'm sure this is probably pore clogging but in return it does cover my blemishes very good and gives your face a nice look. I actually really like that its creamy rather then liquid. Its not as messy and it is easier to blend in and not get a big mess everywhere!! You just need to make sure you wash your face twice a day to ensure all makeup, dirt an oil are off of your face before you go to bed!! Its very hydrating which is nice for dry skin but like I said to get the best results you need a finishing powder to set the foundation and can wear that alone or wear a pressed powder. I use the MAC pressed powder and love it!!
As a certified foundation hopper, i'm constantly changing my foundation trying to find a better product for my combination/dry skin. Currently using NC15 in MAC Studio Sculpt, I have to admit that i'm incredibly impressed with the overall finish and feel of the product.
Use: Moisturise, Concealer, Foundation
With Studio Sculpt, I use Olay Anti-Wrinkle cream due to its thick consistency and non-greasy finish however If used with oily skin, I'd say no pre moisturising would be needed. Teamed with Benefit Boi-ing Concealer under the eyes and to conceal any spots; Studio Sculpt glides over the other products giving a light finish.
Finish: Dewy not Greasy
As I have freckles, I look for something with medium buildable coverage that doesn't give a thick and heavy finish. Studio Sculpt quite an average work time, allowing time for one layer to finish drying before going over where I maybe need more coverage. The overall finish is dewy, not greasy like some "dewy" foundations claim to be however the gel base reflects light, gives a weightless finish and glides over dry spots perfectly.
Colour: A tad lighter than other MAC Products
Previously using Studio Fix and finding it was far too dry/heavy for my skin, the colouration in Studio Sculpt appears to be lighter than that of other MAC products. NC15 is incredibly pale, good for my skin but no where close if I had even an ounce of natural pigmentation from the sun. Sometimes I mix this foundation with NO 7 Stay Perfect in Cool Ivory to give a touch of colour using the ratio of 2 pumps of MAC to 1 pump of NO 7.
Price: £24, Great for MAC
Personally, having paid in excess of £50 for some foundations I have tried, £24 is average and I wouldn't say overpriced for the product - I wouldn't pay any more for the foundation but wouldn't expect to pay any less.
This foundation completely broke me out! And my skin isn't sensitive ! It was perfect the way it covered and stayed on, but it would clog my pores like there was no tomorrow!!!
I am so disappointed/annoyed. This foundation is literally PERFECT for me. Hydrating (i have extremely dry skin), flawless finish, long lasting, water resistant, looks like skin and not cakey, easy and quick to apply, comes in a useful tube. My reasoning behind buying this is because even though I have good skin and no spots so technically don't need foundation, sometimes I would love that flawless look for nights out, special occasions or whenever I feel like it. The SA told me I can use a pea sized amount all over my face for everyday wear and it would be just as good but use more for special occasions. (multi-purpose... I like!) She applied it with a stippling brush but i prefer it with my own elf powder brush. As long as you get a flat brush it will work well. I found using my fingers was hard but I guess you have to warm it up for a while. This product actually has Shea Butter in it which the SA said would change the condition of my skin within a week and make it more moisturised. Well you know what this foundation broke me out!! (Not really badly broke me out, but it gave me spots) The first day i wore this I noticed my skin was bumpy and I prayed it didn't give me spots but it did. The spots died down a bit the next day and nearly went away. I tried again but again more spots in different places.Each time they go away a bit and then I put on this foundation and more come back!! To put this into perspective, I hardly EVER break out. Only in certain times of the month. That's it. What's more is I really love the finish of this and even my mum complimented me on my foundation and she pretty much hates every foundation I've ever worn lol. True to the SA's word it has changed the condition of my skin and it is softer and more moisturised. But I actually think the spots are from the Shea Butter as it is too heavy for the face. (think about it, you are putting thick butter on your skin!) So if this is the case I would rather have dry skin :( Anyway I still haven't decided if the spots are from my pillow or not as theres more on one side of my face (but this is a long shot. The only thing I changed was this product) and whether or not I will still use this for special occasions or put it up for swap. I will update but for now I feel so annoyed :(
EDIT: I find that heavily powdering the foundation (i used rimmel stay matte) really helps stop your skin from reacting to it and breaking out. As another reviewer pointed out, this stuff feels extremely sticky on your face after it is applied. I think thats causing it, and I find that if I powder till the stickiness is gone I have less issues with the product!
I think I began with MAC back in the late 1980s. My skin was younger then and even more prone to breakouts than now. Even then, MAC was hailed as "the industry" makeup line and I had to wear their products on camera. Thank goodness that wasn't often as the color selection then was not as good as today and the products really clogged my pores. After 1994, I stopped using their foundations altogether.until a friend reintroduced me to the newer, more extensive lines that exist today.
I don't know how they do it, but I mentioned multiple skin issues, combination skin, discoloration, need for sunscreen, my rather unusual skin coloring, and pooffff: they deduced I needed Studio Sculpt. They were correct - it makes my skin look great.
The shade matches so much better and the formula hides most sins. It is one of the few foundations that does not flatten my Asian face. Somehow, it adapts to my contours and adds light where I need it.
However, after a few days, I do start to notice small bumps below the skin and realize I need to take a foundation vacation. The bumps clear faster than they arrive but I would hate to see what would happen if I didn't take many foundation breaks.
I have very dry skin during the winter and most foundations tend to disappear on me throughout the day. This foundation holds up very well, giving me great coverage and wear. Not sure if I will be able to wear it during the summer, though.
I bought this product as I was on the look out for a new foundation and even after doing my research and deciding against this one, the lady in the store convinced me it was right. I told her my skin was usually oily but I have just come off acne treatment so I have a couple of dry patches and I was looking at either matchmaster or studio fix fluid. She then convinced me and colour matched me to this, and in the store it looked okay, a bit more dewy than my usual choice but alright. So I took her word for it. And I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't! I look after my skin very well and use a good moisturiser and primer and apply with a real techniques buffing brush and after 4 hours it would just slide off my face and fill up my pores on my forehead, chin and nose. Before I would have said my skin wasn't that oily really, but this made my skin feel greasy even after I'd properly cleansed my face at night! It also broke me out, not a lot but a little. Also even though I asked the sales assistant if it had flashback and she said no, I wore it on a night out and hello ghost face! Off in tomorrow to swap this bottle for the studio fix I think, just goes to show they're not always right and you should go with your instinct! A
I had to give this a go although I knew it wouldnt be good for my skin - I'm extremely oily, so of course this foundation would just slide right off after about an hour. I gave it a few tries because I think it looks so great on, I tried with different primers and powders, but it just wont stay on my skin. This is absolutely great on drier skin types though, it looks so good on.
I really like this foundation. I initially went into MAC looking for their tinted moisturizer, but purchased this instead. I have it in NW43, and I am in love. This foundation is perfect for my dry skin. It gives me a flawless finish, and lasts for about 5 to 8 hours. I like that it leaves my skin looking like skin, instead of makeup. Good Job MAC!