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).
ÉDIT: 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.
This foundation gets a bad rap for a lot reasons that I understand. It's one of those formulations that makes a lot of people scratch their heads and wonder why anybody would really care about it since it has characteristics that most people don't look for anymore. It's full coverage, thick, and pretty heavy on some skin types.
However, I recently gave this foundation a third chance after returning it a few times and figured out how to use it properly. I will stress that having a dry skin type will make this foundation perform better, and the finish won't get ruined in cooler, drier climates.
You could skip primer, but my skin looked much more alive when I used Prep + Prime Natural Radiance underneath this foundation. One makeup artist used the 190 paddle brush with it, and I highly recommend using that or a similar brush that has that level of control. The MAC makeup artists who insist on using the 188 or another floppy but popular brush aren't doing the formula justice since its viscosity requires a lot of control (damp sponge, paddle brush, duo-fiber brush with short/densely packed bristles, etc). Spritzing your application tool with water, setting spray, MAC Fix+ or Mineralized Charged Water will also get this foundation to behave. I don't think this foundation will set without powder, so use one that caters to your skin tone and type. I switched from MAC Mineralize Skin Finish to Studio Careblends and got a dramatically different result - more hydration, and the yellow-toned powder made the foundation melt into my skin better instead of clashing with my skin tone.
Despite having to go through all these steps, it only took about 3-5 minutes to do my foundation. I got a smooth, lively looking finish, and my face in makeup matched my neck for once. My skin is incredibly difficult to match for some reason, and I finally got it right. On top of that, my face was happy instead of getting all the moisture sucked out of it. I may have gotten one small pimple on my face after wearing it, but that was most likely due to sleeping in my makeup after a night out and not washing my face until almost a day after applying it.
This review is far too long, but I want to give everyone an idea of how this foundation can perform. It performs well if you have the skin type it targets (dry), and you need to know how to work with it. Playing around with different primers, tools, and setting powders will change what you get out of Studio Sculpt. For some, it's worth the effort.
Got this foundation today because I've read so many great things about it. The MA in the MAC store matched me to be NW15 which is such a good color match. I really like this foundation on, not too matte and not too shiny, very pretty finish and great coverage. Smells really good, too. The MA applied it with a sponge and the finish was amazing, but since I think using a sponge wastes a lot of product, I just use (clean) hands, and it still looks good! To get an even more flawless finish, I finish off with the Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Plus, love it!
Will definitely repurchase this when I'm out!
I think this is a great foundation if you have dryer skin. I initially loved this foundation because it makes your skin look very dewey and beautiful. It gives AMAZING coverage that can be sheered down or built up without looking too cakey. However, I find that this foundation feels incredibly heavy on the skin, making it slightly uncomfortable to wear. Other foundations such as Estee Lauder Double Wear and Lancome Teinte Idole give similar converage as Studio Sculpt but do not even feel half as heavy. I can look over the heaviness of the foundation because it does look soo beautiful on the skin but this foundation keeps giving me slight break outs so I will have to stop using it :(
I got a sample of this foundation when I bought some stuff at MAC. The texture is pretty nice but I feel it looked a bit cakey after some hours. My cheeks are a bit dry so I need my foundation to be a bit moisturizing. This foundation has alcohol, so maybe that's why it dried out my cheeks. Also, the color was a bit off. I was matched at NW15 by the MAC lady but I feel it is a bit too pink/orange for my skin tone. And the problem is, NC15 looks too yellow on my skin. I wish MAC had a selection of neutral tones... not everyone has a yellow or pink undertone ;)