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on 9/12/2015 9:24:00 PM
More reviews by perfumista1
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
There is a reason MAC never discontinued this formula, and MAC artists rely on it so much for their clients. It works. It's a great medium coverage foundation that sheers out to a creamy texture, then dries into a soft matte finish. It looks like real skin. It does not oxidize, and there's no flash effect. It feels considerably lighter than other compact foundations, yet it covers dark circles and discolorations well. It's not heavy unless you pile on layers, but that's not necessary. A little goes a long way; maybe some reviewers don't realize that.MAC makes a hydrating version called Mineralize compact foundation. I tried it and didn't like it. It was heavy and sticky with a light application. I don't get pimples on my mature skin normally, but I did with this one. I went back to Studio Tech right away.Shade NC25 is my perfect match. I apply it with fingers over a base of moisturizing lotion, then set it with MAC select sheer pressed powder in NC25. In the summer, I use the same shade with bronzing powder over it. It travels well. I took it on a 15 day trip to Europe in 2010. It looked great indoors and out. It stayed on in the rain, heat and humidity. I have used it for years with no breakouts. Every time I stray from this foundation to try another brand or type, I always get disappointed and come back to Studio Tech. My search for the perfection compact foundation is over.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 7/2/2015 8:52:00 AM
More reviews by Fararri
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Just switched to this product (NC42) after using Jane Iredale's BB cream and couldn't have made a better decision. It goes on smooth with a brush and feels light. Coverage lasts all day and feels smooth. I set it with the MAC pressed powder. Only down side is that it can be streaky but I will try blending better. I have acne prone skin but no issues yet. I've only been wearing it for a week so we will see.
on 11/8/2014 2:44:00 PM
More reviews by Nstupak
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I absolutely love this product. It gives great coverage. I use an airbrush foundation blush to apply it. Only problem is that it can look streaky if you don't gently go over it with ur fingers or a beauty blender after ur finished. I have dark circles and acne scars but this covers them perfectly. Would highly recommend it for someone looking for coverage!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 7/4/2014 2:34:00 PM
More reviews by Seemi
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
I have combination oily skin and this foundation just glides on like silk. I know it's aimed at dry skin people but I love it. I'm of asian persuasion and shade nc42 it's lasted me a good while and the shade matches me perfectly. It's quick and easy to use and I would highly recommend this fabulous product.
on 6/10/2014 2:09:00 AM
More reviews by ericasurvive
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Straight, Fine
I bought this foundation looking for something with an "airbrushed" type finish for when I go out. Although the shade matched me perfectly and gave me the finish that I like by using a duo fibre brush, I started getting breakouts on my cheeks. My skin was 100% clear before using this product, and I had never had pimples or clogged pores on my cheeks. My skin is not acne prone and because of this, I will not buy this product again.
on 4/19/2014 5:43:00 PM
More reviews by bunniluv88
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Other
I was at the MAC store recently,because I had ran out of blush and needed to pick up a new one.I noticed the studio tech foundation section,and I decided to give it a try.This is a full coverage foundation that can feel cakey and heavy if not applied with a light hand.I use the skunk brush (145) to apply.It gives a flawless even finish when applied with a brush.I highly recommend,and would purchase again.
on 3/24/2014 4:11:00 PM
More reviews by LolaKandler
Age: 18 & Under
This foundation can be very heavy, I use NW23 and I'm naturally quite tanned, however this foundation is quite orange, and I found it didn't rub in too well. It's expensive, and I don't think I would buy again.
on 3/19/2014 11:00:00 PM
More reviews by swtlitchi
Skin: Very Dry, Tan, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
Erp, I wasted my money on this fdtn... I used to love MAC's Studio Stick which has been discontinued for a few years. After I used that up, I bounced around between brands and fdtns, and decided to give MAC Fdtns another try. I was erroneously thinking that this foundation would be kind of like the Studio Stick but in pan form when I bought it. Boy, was I wrong! This foundation is undoubtedly a medium/full coverage, and reminds me of those girls in HS who used to pile on the fdtn to cover up acne (done poorly). It is a creme, but doesn't sink into the skin at all, instead I feel like it sits on top of my face and feels heavy. The foundation transfers easily and seems to accentuate any imperfections from dry skin, even though it should supposedly be creamier than a powder foundation. I've had this foundation for a year or two? Had started to hit pan but lost interest in it, and switched to another foundation. ALSO, I have very dry, eczema-affected skin on my face that can flare up during seasons, stress, etc. During most of the past year or two, I have not been wearing a lot of makeup because of my eczema... but before that period of time? I was using this foundation. I am not sure if it was a contributing fact to my skin drying out even more, but I don't associate this foundation with good skin. I also saw more acne pop up on my cheeks- near my cheekbones (and I am in my mid-late twenties who predominately would break out only on my nose and chin from hormones). I am sure that there are better full coverage foundations out there! I give it two lippies more for the wide range of colors because I am so yellow/warm and it is hard to find a match sometimes.EDIT: After revisiting this fdtn a while later I found some tips that helped me improve the wear. I had instinctively known not to use the puff that it comes with- that is useless in my opinion because it makes the foundation look heavy on the skin. I had been using a few types of foundation brushes prior- tried the classic synthetic paddle shape, and the more densely packed Real Techniques brush. As it turns out, a plain old cosmetic wedge/sponge works best WHEN WET. Essentially, this stuff is too thick on it's own, and needs to be sheered out with water. I soaked the sponge and squeezed it out for a damp sponge, then dipped it into the pan for product. This makes it less cakey by far. I am sure that a beauty blender will work just as well for this- In general I am too lazy to clean it right afterwards (hence, the use of disposable sponges). I've gotten used to setting it with a powder. After using it more consistently in the last month and a half, I haven't noticed any breakouts from this product specifically, and I think it is due to the amount of coverage- less product=less breakouts. I have bumped the lippie rating up a notch, but I am still not in love with it, nor with the price.
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 2/23/2014 5:28:00 PM
More reviews by LittleViolet
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
MAC's color matching is great, but the makeup can be heavy.I used this product when I was in my early 20s and living in gross, humid, Houston. I was also waiting tables. So I was usually a sweaty, shiny mess. This makeup does have great coverage...my transvestite friend was actually the person who turned me onto this--he used it to cover his beard once he shaved for performances! So that tells you how much coverage this offers.I am just too oily to work well with this heavy of a foundation. Even with a blending sponge, it was too suffocating for my skin. Didn't lead to breakouts or streak, but I had to switch to something else.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 12/29/2013 9:19:00 PM
More reviews by kalihagen1
Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure
MAC Studio Tech is officially my HG product! For years I had worn MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and had been unhappy with the way it settled on my skin. While at the MAC counter looking for a different shade of the Studio Fix Fluid, a woman stopped the MAC artist and told him that in her experience as a makeup artist, she found that the MAC Studio Tech creme foundation typically works the best for my skin type. I have never been so thankful for a piece of advice in my life! I quickly fell in love with this product. At first, I found that the product was thick and cakey. Soon I learned that the brush or sponge must be wet to achieve the desired, stunning look. Nothing I have tried before or after this product quite compares. This is also the first product I have bought from MAC that matches my skin perfectly. MAC Studio Tech creme foundation is definitely a product that I would recommend to everyone looking for a good, consistent foundation!
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
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