This is an edited review for studiotech, April 26/03. For some reason this looks totally greasy on me now. I don't know if I am hormonal right now and more oily or what, but I don't think I will buy this again on second thought.
No luck with this one. When the MA put it on at the counter I looked absolutely flawless. Although I think she may have put a bit too much on as I had to smooth out the extra foundation on my face. Well, I went to the movies after that and went home. Looked in the mirror and the foundation had started to cake up and was blotchy all over my face. Plus it made my pores look HUGE! Will be exchanging this for perhaps the hyper real foundation or the satin liquid. I just don't have much luck with cream foundations. *sigh* as I really wanted this to work for me.
this foundation is great for me! at first i didnt like it but then i started to after i figured how to use it. its probably the best foundation i have ever used so far, im still trying to find the perfect foundation for me but so far studio tech is great. the only down side for me is the fact that it runs out quickly. they have to make a way where they could put more product in the packaging so it doesnt run out so fast.
This didn't really stay put too well. My biggest thing is just that I don't like compact foundations because 1)they don't seem to give as much proudct as a bottle or tube and I run out so quickly and 2) with the convenience of a compact, I use it to touch up during the day yet I feel like that contaminates the remaining product if you are applying foundation to skin that has oil and dirt on it. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if the product did a good job of staying put in the first place. I started to break out from this after about 2 weeks and I could see the bottom of the pan, so I discontinued use. I love most other MAC products though, so I can take a miss on this one.
This looked good on but broke me out terribly, so I took it right back. It would probably be good though for someone who's not blemish prone -- certainly not me.
After trying Stuido Fix, which i thought was too dry, the MA tried studio tech on me. NC20 on slightly oily skin... and since i was in a hurry, and i knew i could return it if i didn't like it, she applied it, and without letting it set, i bought it and rushed out the door. Well, first of all, she applied it very poorly, undertrained maybed? i don't know, but it looked terrible on me. however, i took the sponge out and smoothed it around, and it still looked very caked on and very unsettled. my pores looked huge and my face felt so much more oily than before. so far, of these two mac products have not impressed me at all.
update - this still is the same, tried it again and just never looked right. continued >>
I bought this product right after it comes out. I love the texture and how it feels on my skin. It looks so natural and good for the summer weather. When I fist use it, I apply it with a sponge after a week..boy..it's gone down very fast..I think sponge is not the best way to apply this foundation. You will waster a lot of product. I now use foundation brush from perscriptive. All in all, I am impressed and will buy it again..
This is so far the best foundation I've ever used. The coverage can go from light to medium and it doesn't cake on my normal to dry skin. I also like the fresh feeling I get each time I apply it. I've been using it for about 3 months now and haven't experienced any breakouts.
I can't decide which I like better -- the Studio Tech or MAC Sheer Coverage. Studio Tech feels so nice going on -- cool and smooth. It provides good coverage and "last-ability". Others have reported break-outs, but I did not have this problem at all, and I am prone to break-outs sometimes (though not a big problem). The only problem I encountered with Studio Tech, which may be my own fault, is that I went through too much product too fast. LOL! Perhaps I'm using too much or it is absorbing into the sponge (???). I run between an NC15 and NC20, and got NC15 since it had been reported that lighter shades work better with Studio Tech. It was a good match, but when I buy it again, I think I'll try the NC20.
I was a little hesitant to buy this, only because I was afraid it would be more like a powder which is not what I wanted. Well, it's completely true to its word: cream to powder. When I opened it up, there were actual drops of moisture on it! I was so happy when I put it on - it was extremely creamy and smooth, and not at all dry (good for me, because I have dry skin). I love the color too, I got it a few shades darker than I am to enhance my tan, and it blends beautifully. I was all set to feel guilty about spending $26, but that feeling quickly went away...I will definitely keep buying this in the future.