Sort of love/hate with this foundation. I loved the coverage, it was the perfect shade and made my skin look so radiant. Except within a few weeks of using it, I had some pretty hellish breakouts. I've normally got dry skin and the girl at MAC recommended this would be the best foundation for me. But I found that it made my skin quite oily and shiny, hence the breakouts. My skin has never been so bad since I started using this foundation. It's heartbreaking 'cause I love it and I'm worried I won't find another one that will look so good. Kinda disappointing, actually.
Cakey, cakey, cakey. The only good thing was that NC15 was a nice neutral pale color.
What I do is that I squeeze a little out into a Mac sample container and use that for a week or two. IMO, putting this into a Mac container for a week or two doesn't change its performance as a foundation.
I use a Clinique foundation brush. I only use a LITTLE at a time, and build up the coverage, bit by bit. You might think this is time-consuming, but if you use quick, short swipes to spread it out, you can do your entire face in no time. It also helps if you're a visual artist (or if you're used to drawing quickly)
I use this over Mac's tinted moisturiser in Medium (the newer one with SPF)
Due to the fading (see below), I use Bella Pierre mineral foundation (which can be very opaque)
I set this with Palgantong theatrical powder
That said, pros:
-wide range of shades
-even if I don't get the right shade, I can easily return/exchange it
-can act as concealer (just pat your brush on problem areas; shouldn't be a need to add more product to your brush or it might look cakey)
-might oxidise (so get a shade or two lighter)
-fades out half-way through the day (perhaps the concealer is better? I dunno since I don't really use concealer)
-COULD become cakey if you accidentally apply too much (therefore, I use a Mac sample container and dip my brush in that)
-can be drying, especially in winter (so I use a thin layer of Anna Sui moisturising foundation)
Overall, alone, this isn't the greatest, especially for those with problem/acne skin. But if you have other OK products laying around, you can combine/layer them with this
This breaks me out. I don't mean to say that I don't cleanse my face properly and it breaks me out, but while I wear it during an 8 hour day schedule I begin to break out
Also fades before 7 hours
I have used 2 of these foundation tubes so far and won't change my foundation until the winter and only because my skin changes. The gel texture makes it a dream to apply and gives great coverage. I got fed up of the mess with liquid foundations. I think that the range of skin tones available is brilliant. I am very pale NC15 and failed to find a skin match with other foundations as they were all too dark.
I tend to stay away from liquid or cream foundations due to my oily/combination skin. I have always been an avid fan of powder foundation (Make Up Forever Duo Mat) for its great coverage and mattying effect. I recently tried out MAC's Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 (in Medium Dark) prior to applying powder foundation (by using this method, I'd use LESS of the powder foundation) and I was satisfied. While I liked the consistency of the product, I felt that the coverage wasn't enough for my liking. Once I finished this product, I went to MAC and tried out their new Studio Sculpt SPF 15 foundation. This foundation is not a liquid or cream, but rather a gel like formula. I went to test it out first by doing the following: I put some of the foundation on my hand and used my fingers to blend it out to see if I'd like the feel of it alone. The consistency of the product was not runny or hard to blend, which I liked. Soon after, I looked out for the coverage it provided. I would say that this foundation is medium coverage and can definitely be layered for more coverage. The steps I go by are below:
- Murad Oil Control Mattifer SPF 15
- Smashbox Photo Finish primer or MUFE's HD primer (usually just under my eye area as Murad for me both acts as a moisturizer and a primer in one)
- MAC Studio Sculpt foundation (applied with the 187, stippled first on my face first, followed by little circular motions)
- MAC Select Moisturecover concealer (in NW 20, for under eye area and blemishes [if I need more coverage])
- MAC Minerelized Skinfinish (in Medium Plus, buffed in with Make Up For Ever's kabuki brush, which I ADORE)
- MAC Prep & Prime translucent powder (applied lightly on oilier areas of my face with Make Up For Ever's kabuki brush as well)
Prior to applying MAC's Prep & Prime translucent powder, I would normally put on bronzer, blush, highlighter depending on how I feel that day, but I felt not to include this as it changes on a daily basis.
This foundation did its job fine by giving me a desired coverage that I want, without making my face cakey or an oil slick. I had to lightly blot once during the day, but I didn't mind it as I knew with my face type, I would normally do so anyway. To sum it up, while I am not a fan of liquid foundations, I am making an exception with MAC's Studio Sculpt SPF 15 foundation.
For reference I use this foundation in NC 35. I've heard from various people mixed opinions with the colors either being light or too dark (IE: if someone is normally NC 20, they'd go NC 25 with this foundation), vice versa. So my recommendation is to try it out first to get the correct shade.
Since I have combination skin, I actually love using this foundation for my oily areas, except my nose. I find that if I put the foundation everywhere, it looks too cakey, so that's why I actually wear a lighter foundation on my cheeks and nose. For oily areas, this foundation is great as long as you set it with a powder, because the coverage is amazing: it's buildable and matte.
I've found my HG foundation! I have acne prone/combination skin with an oily T-zone, some dry areas and acne scars. Plus I live in a really humid climate. It's lots of fun. Anyway I thought I'd never find the right foundation for my skin. I've tried a few including the very expensive Chanel Pro Lumiere. While the Chanel was okay, it wasn't anything really special, certainly no HG.
After reading so many negative reviews about MAC foundations I was afraid to try any, the stories of girls breaking out with cystic acne steered me clear for quite awhile. However, I went to a recent MAC Seminar where the Senior MAC Makeup Artist used Studio Sculpt on the model and it was truly flawless. I had to give it a try. I purchased it in NC30 and the color is a perfect match.
I've been wearing it everyday for a couple of weeks now and I love it! It looks so natural, it's like your skin but way...way...better! I look Airbrushed and Flawless! It's an excellent medium coverage, I don't even need concealer on my face anymore! Just a dab on my undereye area and that's it!
There's no issue with my pores or breakouts either, no clogging, no gunking up in my pores, not at all. Infact quite the opposite, somehow my natural complexion is actually looking healthier and less red and irritated. It must be the moisturizing properties in the foundation.
As for application I copied the Senior MAC Makeup Artist from the Seminar. She used Fix+, spritz your face and the brush (MAC 188 or 187) use just a dab of foundation (a little goes a long way) and stipple it on, blend and buff. I also set it with a light dusting of my MAC MSF Natural in Medium/Dark.
Five Stars for my new HG foundation, Studio Sculpt!
I give it a 4 rating based on the final performance, but I would give it a 3, based on how much I like using it.
The price is reasonable, especially after the pro discount is applied, and packaging is adequate and space saver! although my personal preference goes to the pump bottles~ and it stands upright!
those factors aside, I just don't like how it spreads...It doesn't feel very smooth. the coverage is great. I think if you were to go with a MAC foundation, this one is the best one they've got. the ones i have are in my kit for "backup," in case I suddenly run out!
I've been a longtime Nars/Stila foundation person but got frustrated with their coverage, color and consistency, so bought this a week ago. It's proven to be great for a) covering up ruddy areas to create a nice even tone and b) matching skin that's half pink, half yellow. The latter might be simply due to MAC's massive range of color options, more comprehensive than any other line (which is why decided to reconsider MAC foundation after years of being away).
But this product really works and I haven't found the need for any of the chemistry or complicated processes others have described below. I've used my regular Ole H moisturizer (MAC person suggested primer but I couldn't be bothered). I've had no problems blending it lightly and smoothly with my fingers but I also got talked into buying the MAC duo fibre brush (187) which turned out to be a brilliant purchase: it works beautifully with this, creating a very light even layer. Half the time, I've set it with the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder for a more matte look (used the same 187 brush) - yes, got talked into that too and glad I was - but have also left the creme applied as is.
--great cover that haven't even needed to be built on; first layer worked
--lightweight and durable - held up through some crazy 10-12 hour days when I needed to look fresh
--extensive color selection...meaning that while this is definitely a covering foundation, not a tinted moisturizer, its colors match so well that it doesn't look mask-like
Definitely will use again and have already sent 2 friends in to see it. Good MAC product that lives up to the hype.
This product is fantastic! I reckon it's one of those products you have to grow to love. At first I found application was really difficult because it seemed to dry so quickly and I THOUGHT the coverage was sheer. That was when my skin was perfect. Then I started to get stress-related acne in places and when I used the foundation over it, it covered beautifully. It didn't cover it all of course but that's what concealer is for. Sometimes I even dab it on like concealer and it conceals my spots! I then realised the foundation wasn't sheer, it was just ultra-natural looking. Its satin finish just looked like skin; not dewy but not matte. I look like I have perfect skin when I wear it...I wasn't used to it initially and thought I looked like a doll (which is a good thing).
I apply this foundation using the stippling method and for me, this is by far the best method. And you only need a pea-sized amount!
The texture is amazing, it's so creamy and luxurious. My only concern is that shades set a bit darker and are a bit yellow. In the summer, when I bought this I was a standard NC32 but got the NW25 because it's more neutral.
EDIT: I no longer use this as an all-over foundation as my skin has gotten better however sometimes I spot apply it before concealer as it makes cream concealer glide on easier. A colorless version of this would make an excellent primer.
EDIT: Reduced the rating from 4 to 3 because I feel that the foundation feels and looks far too heavy for the coverage it gives.