I really love this foundation for a few reasons. Mainly, I love the fact it gives really good full coverage with a nice finish to it and literally with or without a primer will be there all day. I also love the packaging as it comes in a tube which I find a lot more hygienic and easier to get the right amount rather than some bottles when you end up with far too much. Also, the consistency of the product is really nice, quite thick, and like most people have said in their reviews a gel like substance. I have dry skin so its really good for me, it gives me a nice sheer glow to my face, though I could see this for oily skin being slightly problematic. The only thing that stops this foundation from getting top marks for me is that the shade of the foundation isn't too good. I'm and NC15 in all mac foundations and normally thats fine but this one goes on too dark for my skin. My face literally looks a different colour to my neck when first applied! It looks quite yellow toned to start with then suddenly starts to look orange. I have to really buff it in with my brush before it starts to lighten up. I normally solve this by using a few pumps of Soap & Glory Hocus Focus and buffing in a really pale setting powder and it seems to do the trick. But still, its a hassle having to do that just for the sake of flawless, full coverage foundation, but it is worth it because it looks good. Overall, I'd definitely buy this again, because it is my most favourite foundation, but if you're pale expect it to be hard work getting it to look natural! continued >>
The consistency of Studio Sculpt is unlike any other foundation Iíve ever tried Ė itís gel-based so itís thicker than my Estee Lauder Double Wear, and you only need around a 10p sized blob to cover your entire face. Coverage wise, it really does deliver a medium-full coverage on the skin, yet unlike Estee Lauder Maximum Cover, the finish isnít totally matte, itís more of a satin-glow, which I suspect is where the Ďhydratingí part of the description comes into play. It covers all of my blemishes, redness and problem areas, but it never feels heavy or as though itís sitting on top of my skin. Drier skinned ladies will appreciate the fact that it does not cling or emphasise dry patches in the slightest. I have a slightly dry area under my bottom lip and am pleased to report that no flakes were visible Ė bonus! However, it does not keep my oily skin at bay all day long, around 6 hours later it slides around my t-zone and wears off my nose. Compared to Estee Lauder Double Wear, Studio Sculpt is long-wearing, but not to the extent that Double Wear or Maximum Cover is. I actually donít think anything comes close to beating those foundations! Having said that, it does say pretty fresh for around 6-8 hours on itís own, but if you wear powder over the top, you can easily extend itís longevity for a couple more hours.
I'm really liking this foundation! It gives a medium, buildable coverage and lasts all day. I LOVE the finish! I would describe it as a demi-matte finish. It is matte in all the right places, yet has a sheen along the high points of your face. I like the formula of it as well. Its creamy- so it's super easy to blend into your skin. The application process can be tricky with a brush, so i use my fingers. Overall, great foundation!
A decent foundation with standard MAC shades to choose from (I can always count on my NC 15 (NC 20 or even 30 in summer). Buildable coverage (You can lay it on thickly in areas where it is required) that lasts - and good for my dry skin (Not sure if an oily skin person could use this.). Photographs well. (No chalky flash from the SPF, somehow.).
Amazing coverage varying from light to heavy (build-able but if used sparingly can be sheer)
- Has an SPF of 15
- Is relatively long lasting when set with powder and primer is used underneath
- Gives face a flawless look
- Packaging comes in a toothpaste like tube - with a twist top and is smooth, sleek and hygienic
- Amount of product lasts for a long time
- Smells amazing - Like coffee in my opinion! has like an old book vintagey sort of smell... hard to describe.
- Colour range for MAC foundation is terrible NC15 is about 4 shades too dark for my snow white skin so I have to add white foundation in it to match.
- Is one of MACS more expensive foundations, retails for around $60 Australian so about $30 American or around there.
- Is incredibly sticky and Dewey finish wise - needs to be set with powder even if you have dry skin - I often feel I need to wear a lot of powder in order to keep this foundation from melting off me completely and being almost shiny.
I wear this on days I know it's going to be pretty cold outside because my skin throws me for a loop in the dry/cold weather.
The texture of this is on the thicker side, almost like a BB cream. I find it takes a long time to blend into my skin well, even when using over a primer.
The coverage is light/medium but does not do a good job of covering my redness or acne scars.
It feels a bit heavy on the skin but once it settles after a few hours it feels very nice and comfortable. Delivers a satin finish.
Overall, I like it but I'm not gaga over it. I feel like since it's such a thicker consistency it should cover my redness more than it does which is a drawback because my $8 CG aquasmoothers does a better job and is half as thick as this stuff.
Would not repurchase.
I love this foundation time and time again i go back to using it. its brilliant for dry skin types and its gel base blends well and adds to a good finish. i would say it provides medium coverage but is definitely build able for full coverage. Great product would recommend to anyone.
I really like this foundation. I understand why it doesn't agree with everyone. It is a gel base so it is more moisturising and if you have a more oily skin type it probably would not bode well. My skin is normal so after applying moisturister I put this on and it spreads so easily. Some foundations I find harder to blend in with my skin but this one smooths on well and looks so even. I then set it with powder and I love the finish! It lasts for a long time and I get surprised with my reflection hours later (lol) because im use to foundations rubbing off or getting dry and patchy! After purchasing my friend told me I was glowing when she saw me a few days later so I highly recommend it!
I'm a NW15, and this foundation blends very well with my skin. The MAC salesperson recommended it because of my dry, sensitive combination skin, and while it doesn't dry out my skin, I feel that it really accentuates dry, flaky skin.
It has nice coverage (medium to full), and is easy to build up. I use concealer as well, to cover red spots and acne. It has to be set with powder, or else it looks very shiny on me, but sadly, I feel that it often gets cakey, especially on my forehead and my nose. Without primer, setting powder and urban decay setting spray, I barely get an hour of wear before it looks cakey, but with primer, setting powder and setting spray, it lasts for at least 8 hours. I wish it lasted longer and caked less.
My first foundation EVER. I use to go with the studio fix powder before but now, in winter, my skin is too dry for powder.
I love this foundation, perfect finish. Apply with a MakeUp sponge (Quo/pharmaprix are the greatest in my opinion).
…DIT: OK, I have now switched to Laura Mercier. MAC foundation are way too yellow for me. Laura Mercier's foundations are more ''beige'' so it's a better match for me.