Like everybody else, I have been looking for the perfect foundation and I think I've found it. I have tried the MUFE Mat Velvet +, Revlon Colorstay, Mac Mineralize Loose Foundation, etc. and I wasn't completely happy with them. I have combination oily skin and itís prone to oxidize any foundation I put on, turning my skin orangy or making it look too cakey. Yucks! I've also had problems finding the right color to match my face to my neck as my face is a shade darker then my neck.
With the Studio Sculpt I managed to find the perfect match in NC20 (a little goes a long way) and it doesn't oxidize, maybe a little but at least it doesn't turn orange. I use it on top of the L'Occitane Velvet Face Fluid and either the Clinique SPF 40 City Block or the Prep & Prime SPF 50. I finish off with either the Prep & Prime Transparent Powder or the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium. But the true secret to set everything in nicely is to use the palm of your hands and pat it down.
Love it! Love love love it! It leaves my skin looking slightly dewy (which I like) and flawless.
- great for dry skin
-only need a pea size amount ( literally!)
- easy to travel with ( dont have to worry about a bottle breaking or leaking in your purse/suitcase)
- very sanitary
-not so great for oily skin
- kinda makes you look oily/greasy
-face felt sticky
- you have to blend the hell out of it
so far i like it. i wouldnt repurchase just because this thing is gunna last me quite a loooong time and i guarantee by the time i'm ready to purchase a new foundation something better will have come along
gave good coverage but unfort i broke out from it... it blends in like a charm and i love the texture. the fact my skin doesnt agree with it isnt MACS fault but i still took a lippie off as i wont be purchasing it again.
i used with 188 brush and got a nice finish, the 109 works well also if you dont go crazy over it shedding all over your face!
The make up artist tried this on me with the Mineral Skin Finish Natural. I looked so light and pretty! My skin looked flawless, glowy, and natural. I've only worn this one day but I can tell you how much I could tell the difference in my skin! I'm loving this stuff! I did get one small pimple since I wore the foundation, but it wasn't very noticeable whatsoever. No bad cystic pimples like the studio fix fluid! and I have dry skin so this kept me looking hydrated - but also didn't make me look like a grease-ball. Love love love this stuff :] My Holy Grail Foundation! I use it in conjunction with Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Medium. I'm an NC20 for reference.
I've been using this for about two weeks now. Overall, this is an amazing foundation in my opinion. I really do love it! It's very buildable coverage.There are a few downsides, though. I'll get to that in a minute. I've tested out a few different techniques in regard to applying this foundation and in my opinion the best is a stippling brush, or a "skunk brush". So if you have the MAC 187 in my opinion that works best. I actually can't afford a $45 brush so I went down to Target and got a Duo Fiber Stippling brush there for $6.99. The brand is "Studio Tools" and I really recommend it. It's very dense and perfect for buffing in the foundation. The other best way is to apply with my fingers. ANYWAYS, here are the pro's and the cons.
-Very Good Coverage
-Did NOT break me out at all(most MAC foundations break me out in horrible cystic pimples)
-Very good color match, I'm an NC20 and I do go tanning so when I get darker it's good to know I can easily move up the color chart.
-Looks very natural, blends nicely if you do one small area at a time.
-Covers the most stubborn redness, very buildable, looks beautiful in pictures.
-GREAT for Dry Skin like I have, doesn't accentuate any dry areas, doesn't look patchy, stays "fresh"
-Water resistant (I live in Seattle) & when I'm outside waiting for the bus/walking/etc and it's raining I don't have to worry about any drops of rain smudging my foundation off...as long as you lightly pat it off with a tissue it won't wipe off your foundation.
-A little goes a long way
-Very sanitary packaging and it's easy to dispense.
-Beautiful finish and really helps create the illusion of "flawless" skin if applied correctly.
-Settles into pores/fine lines, accentuating them. I don't have very large pores but this definitely defines them much more than I'd like and makes them look bigger unless I put a lot of powder over it.
-Not transfer resistant AT ALL. Literally wipes off, even after using a setting powder AND blot powder/blot sheets. If I accidentally rub my nose on a shirt or something this comes RIGHT OFF. Or if I'm using a sponge to touch up on areas that get oily for me during the day (like around my nose) the sponge wipes off the foundation, even when I have powder on it.
-Because it isn't transfer resistant this definitely affects the lasting power of the foundation. I have dry/combination skin (dry cheeks and sometimes around my jaw/nose) but I get shiny/oily throughout the day with regular sweat or perspiration around and on my nose ESPECIALLY. This kind of makes me a bit more oily than I'd like, but it's more of a "dewy" affect.
-It accentuates the texture of my skin (I have little bumps all over my face)
-It feels "sticky" even after setting it with powder :/
-It is very pricey. It's $29.50 for 1.3 FL. OZ (.3 oz more than Studio Fix Fluid)
Overall, this is my go to foundation. I really do love it. In conjunction with concealer this is the perfect full coverage foundation. I probably won't use this everyday but I will most days. I really recommend this, but it's probably not the best for oily skin types. This is better for really dry-normal skin. I do love this and will continue to use this.
Great product. love love. I have very dry skin and this foundation does not dry my skin out at all. You only need a very small amount for the entire face, for more coverage build up by layers instead of put all at once. It last all day. The tube is really handy to use, clean and no mess. The smell of this foundation is ok, not good but not bad either. Used this for more than 6 months now and don't think I will ever change back to any of the foundation I used before.
OK, so I go to MAC in the desperate search for a high coverage, non-orange foundation and the SA gave this to me in NC-45. The color was alright but as always MAC colors don't look the same when you're out in the sun, which I'm most of my day. I wore this and did find that coverage is very high; I didn't need a concealer anymore. The packaging is super hygenic and you can carry this with u everywhere in the tiniest purse.
HOWEVER, this makes me look like I just got out the gym, from so much shine on my face!! U need LOTS of setting powder and a primer to get the look. I'm still debating over whether or not it gave me the two zits I got in the week that I used it. I guess it doesn't go with humid weather conditions. Still, a very lovely finish and makes me feel flawless and no mask-like appearance. Althought, I ticked 'NO' for re-purchase, I might just give this another shot.
The makeup artist at the counter dispensed a sample like a pharmacist dispensing a dangerous drug.
Exfoliate, she warned, apply over moisturized skin and use only a little.
I followed her instructions and used less than I thought I needed and the foundation blended well and looked natural.
If used carefully this works. If not blended carefully, used over smooth skin or topped with a powder that goes on heavy, then the foundation gives my skin a dull, coated look.
I love this foundation. The tube is easy to squeeze it out. I use my fingers mostly to apply foundation because that it the easiest tool to blend out your foundation. The warmth from your hands helps glides it on your face better then a brush. That's only if you chose to not care if it's unsanitary. If using this on someone else, then ofcourse a brush is necessary. The foundation isn't cakey & does not slide off your face like other liquid foundations. This is more gel-based, which makes that sticky feeling after applying. Doesn't bother me though. Atleast it shows you where you've applied foundation and whereever you did not.
No matter which primer I wear under this foundation, or whether I skip a primer, this foundation starts to separate after an hour or so. It sinks into the pores, highlighting them. It actually looks like there's whiteish gunk coming up out of my pores. I've found a lot of moisturizing foundations do this. Such a shame, since it applies so smoothly and gives very decent coverage. Foundations tend to be either too drying or too slippy for me.
At first it looks so nice. The skin looks glowy and healthy. Then it just starts to congeal or something. Setting it with powder doesn't help. In fact, it just dries out the foundation and makes it look cakey. Fix + makes it look greasy, since it's already dewy to begin with. I've also tried different application methods, several brushes, sponges and even my fingers. Nothing helped.
I bought the Studio Sculpt concealer too and I like it even less than the foundation. It's much more yellow that the foundation, doesn't cover well and shifts too much. It even looks like it oxidizes a bit. Sorry, but as much as I love the texture of this line it just doesn't last for me. Would not repurchase, and that's disappointing. I was excited about this, and MAC worked a long time on it.
this foundation is pretty good, except that i had to mix an nc45 and nc55 to get my right match,that isnt a big deal because i have to mix 2 shaded of revlon color stay (rich ginger and caramel) to get something that works for me.but after its done and and settled in my skin theres this gorgeous glow and it lasts all day long.from school to work. I put it on at 4am its still going strong at 9pm with no touch ups...