I love MAC products so I hate to give a bad review but as I was picking up my refill of Studio Fix Fluid the girl at the counter suggested I get a sample of the Studio Sculpt. She said I would love it. When I put it on it looked nice and Matte, but my face felt very oily and sticky. I tried to put my studio fix powder over it but my skin was so sticky the MAC 134 powder brush's bristles kept coming off and sticking to my face. my hair also kept sticking to my face, it was horrible. I figured I'd give it a few days but it was horrible every day. My face felt dirty all the time and all I could think of was going home and taking my makeup off.
Okay, I chose "yes" to buy again even though I won't. It's a good foundation, but it doesn't wow me. Still, props to the wide shade range. This is always important because the most important thing of a foundation is the color. So, back to the foundation: a classic, very MAC foundation, a little harsh on the skin (I get a bit itchy and can't wait to get it off at night), but it delivers. A very doll-like finish, semi-matte. Smells slightly nauseating but it has a masking fragrance that I like. It's not very rub proof, but it's really easily blended. A great color match for me in NC35, medium yellow toned Asian skin.
I LOVE this foundation! This is my night time/ event foundation. It has great staying power. When I go dancing it doesn't budge. For events like family get togethers when I'm chasing all my nieces and nephew around and messing in the hot kitchen, again it stays put. I really like the formula and you need very little. You can build coverage but don't over do it because it can become cakey. I don't use it for every day mostly because I have very temperamental skin that can act up for no reason at all and it's also very dry so I rather a light liquid or tinted moisturizer for daily use. After vacationing in extremely hot and humid weather during the summer my skin has been a nightmare due to acne and dryness but this is the only foundation that covers it up. I picked this up before my skin went crazy and it's awesome that I can still use it effectively even with problem skin.
This is the most long lasting foundation ever! I used it when working in hospital and it stays perfect all day. It looks a little bit chalky on application and can take a bit of blending, using a brush or fingers and even with a primer underneath, but after a few minutes when it sinks in it makes my skin look AWESOME and doesn't go patchy or slide off regardless of the temperature or how much I'm rushing about. The colour match is perfect and all in all I cannot find a longer lasting foundation
I loooove this foundation it covers well but isn't cakey and it's perfect for my combination/dry skin. I apply it with the 187 and it covers Faaabulously. After a setting powder it literally isn't going anywhere.
I love this foundation. It doesn't make my normal skin break out, but then again I rarely break out. It covers my sun spots on my cheeks and near my eyes well, which is the main reason I love this product. It doesn't sink into fine lines like concealers tend to do, especially around the eye area. I don't use concealer anymore since I found this product. With Studio Fix foundation, I needed an extra concealer for my sun spots. An added bonus is that there is no masklike appearance with this product; it lets a little bit of skin show through. Overall, for someone with normal, generally problem free skin, this is a good foundation.
Edit: I don't reach for this much lately. I only pull it out when I really want to cover everything. Plus, I've realized that this foundation really does not photograph well. I've changed my mind and will definitely not repurchase. I'll save this for occasional use and buy something lighter next time. I have never broken out from MAC foundation and considering the price I'm going to try another MAC foundation.
Edit: The gel formulation makes this foundation seem to float over my hyperpigmentation/freckles which I found do better covered up with MUFE Full Cover concealer. I've been using concealers instead of foundation. I don't think I'll ever wear this unless I really want to go all out and look really put together. I'm losing my initial infatuation with MAC skin concealers and foundations. The price may be right but the tones are too orangey for me or in this case the formulation isn't just right.
i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation. the gel texture is nice to apply and the finish looks totally like skin - not too matte or cakey - just like real skin. The coverage is also very good. i have eczema, so i often get really red dry patches on my face. with studio sculpt, i just look like i have really flawless glowy skin. it is truly amazing. my skin is extra dry from the eczema, so extra care exfoliating & moisturizing beforehand is totally key. I've tried applying it a few ways. the MUA at MAC recommended patting it in with the 190 brush. i thought this was a little heavy and it would clump a little on my dry patches. so i also tried stipling with the 187 brush with pretty good results, but by far the best for me is to apply it with a damp sponge - again, patting it & not so much smearing it. it looks & feels really sheer & even that way, even though it is seriously covering up my red patches. i use the MAC mineralize skinfinish natural with my 150 powder brush to set it. it feels like i'm not wearing anything & random people who don't even know i have bad eczema have commented on my really great looking glowy skin. a little goes a long way - i just use a little pea sized amount. i actually think the more you put on, the worse it gets, so minimal is good. the coverage is so good that i rarely have to use the studio sculpt concealer. I find that if i need to remoisturize my dry patches later in the day, a little dab of olay age defying revitalizing eye gel is magic. it moisturizes without disturbing my foundation at all...not sure why i even tried this, but for some reason i just had an idea that a gel would be good since this foundation is a gel. NC42 with the medium plus Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is such a ridiculously good match for my skin tone that if i'm not covering up a red eczema patch, i have to really look hard to make sure i've applied this to my whole face. this foundation has seriously completely changed my life after struggling with the embarassment of eczema for so long.
Basically if they stopped making this foundation I would slash my wrists.
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.