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on 5/16/2011 7:51:00 AM
More reviews by sandib315
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I bought this foundation yesterday after having an allergic reaction to Dior Sculpt on my eyes due to the perfume. I normally used Mac NW 20 in Studio Fix Fluid but i find that it cakes on and is very orange to my skin. The girl at the MAC counter tried NC 20 on me and was orange and then tried NC 15 which is a bit light but can darken it with bronzer. The girl told me it would last like the Studio Fix but it doesnt, it has came off my nose so far and it has gone funny on my chin and forehead. Applying it was grand i used a normal foundation brush tried the skunk brush but it went on awfull so changed quick. I wanted something light not masky got that but after 5 hours it doesnt look good....I dont think I will get this again quite disappointed.
on 5/13/2011 4:51:00 AM
More reviews by EuphoricMadness
Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm
Hair: Black, Other, Coarse
I really tried to make this work. I was looking for a hydrating foundation that wasn't too expensive, wasn't too dewy, that had a match for me, had decent coverage, and didn't have a ton of drying ingredients (alcohols, and iirc, silica, talc, and mica. This does have mica though). This one seemed to fit all the criteria according to the research I did and reviews I read. My skin gets pretty dry depending on the season/weather.. but that does NOT mean I want a dewy foundation! It's just not my kind of look. Unfortuntely it isn't easy finding a foundation that is both moisturizing enough and not greasy looking. I prefer semi-matte finishes, but I've accepted that I can't really make them work when my skin gets this dry. All the claims of this being a hydrating, but still natural looking, foundation had me interested so I wanted to check it out.I loved the shade (perfect), the finish was nice (from a distance. And not under harsh lighting), and the coverage was great. However, it feels really thick and heavy on the skin, and it looked cakey no matter how I applied: foundation brush, buffer brush, flat top brush, stippling brush, sponge, Fix+ spritzed before and after, with and without powder, with and without primer, different combinations of the aforementioned... The best way I've found to apply this (the way that makes it look the least gross) is with a sponge, after a few spritzes of Fix+. This foundation actually makes my skin look drier, and it emphasizes flakes, even if I'd exfoliated. I think the thick gel texture has something to do with it? Really disappointed with this one.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 5/9/2011 5:50:00 PM
More reviews by ck93yv
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
When the SA put this foundation on my skin it looked very good so I got a sample but after a week it broke me out really bad...Pros:-looks very good on photos-packaging makes it easy to squeeze out the right amount of productCons:-started to break out after a week of using the product-hard to blend-looks cakey after 4 hours...-accentuates dry areasOthers:-dewy finish
on 4/30/2011 6:19:00 PM
More reviews by missyace
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
acne-prone/ oily-combination skinNC 25PROSbest match for my skin tone (ever!)no breakoutspores seem smallergreat staying powerno strong fragrancetube packagingcomes off with cleanser and waterCONShave to blot in the middle of the day sometimesIt blends in seamlessly. Putting it on in conjunction with the Fusion Beauty acne-prone primer magnifies its coverage and staying power. Even without primer though, it stays on all day. I live in a very dry climate and my skin tends to be very oily, but I was pleasantly surprised to find no flaky spots and at the same time, an overall, decent natural-looking matte face. Admittedly, you might have to blot throughout the middle of day, maybe once or twice.. On days, I forget to blot, it still looks fairly decent when I get home. By fairly decent, I mean, yes it's somewhat shiny, but I don't look like a complete grease face whose makeup is falling off. I'm guessing if you do the whole primer+foundation+powder deal, this would be perfect! I have never tried it with a powder on top though.I have had no breakouts with this and I've been using it since December 2010. When I have breakouts, the coverage for this is good as well. I just have to put on some concealer on the bigger pimples and the smaller ones, sometimes not at all. This covers my acne scars (hyperpigmentation) just as well without concealer. I can also layer it when I need more coverage than usual.For me, this is definitely better than Select SPF 15 and Studio Fix. HG foundation for sure.***Awesome situation: I was stuck outside and it was raining a little bit... walked a good deal for about 25 minutes. All that time, I was thinking my make up must have been toast already. I got in to the restaurant to find that it was still there and my face still looked the same! I don't even know how.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 4/29/2011 4:14:00 PM
More reviews by JChrisBee
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I will review Studio Sculpt and the Mac counter, but the rating is only for the product itself. I went to the MAC counter at Dillard's and asked for a medium to full coverage foundation. A girl covered in tattoos, tight clothing, trendy haircut and flawless yet bold makeup stepped out to help me. She suggested Mac Studio Sculpt and applied it with their foundation brush. She then told me I could take their mirror to the entrance where the natural sunlight was coming in so I could see what the makeup was going to look like. It looked pretty good. She suggested their mineral powder, but said I didn't need a concealer. She didn't offer to let me try their eyeshadow, mascara or any other product. One bad thing about their counter is that it is almost always busy so some of their girls don't want to spend a lot of time on customers. I went ahead and purchased the powder, foundation and a lipstick for around $70. I got home and my husband and mother-in-law noticed the foundation didn't quite look right which I secretly didn't want to believe. After using it twice along with the powder I realized that the shade was too pale and yellow for my light, slightly warm toned skin. The product is thick and hard to apply with fingers. Also, I couldn't wash it off with my regular face wash. It took three times to get all of the makeup off. I went back to the counter, receipt in hand and avoided the original girl and went for a hispanic girl with a ton of makeup on. Told her the problems with it being too yellow and not washing off. She said, "What, they didn't tell you it was waterproof?" I said no. She said that Studio Sculpt is more for when you want to get photos done. News to me. She offered Studio Fix Fluid in NW 15 (which I'll also do a review for) which had a touch more pink in it than the other girl gave me. NW 15 was perfect for me. Didn't look pink or yellow and blended flawlessly with fingers. She suggested also that I use a bronzer in the summer if I wanted to look more tan instead of purchasing a darker foundation. I purchased Eco Tools foundation brush for when I want to have a little more coverage. We'll see how that works.The problem with being light skinned and medium brown hair (people mistake me for Hispanic), people look at me and probably think cool tones. But, I'm actually in between and it really depends on the product and how yellow it is. I'm very happy Dillard's has a good return and exchange policy. For me, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to find the right person to help me get the right product. Second time was a charm. Find someone who is willing to take a little extra time with you to help. Still, neither girl offered to help me try other products to help complete the look. I'm not sure if they're trained to be cosmetic conservationists or what.So: to sum it all up. This foundation is too thick for my taste, difficult to find the right color - no leeway there because of the thick coverage, good for photos but not for everyday, waterproof - doesn't wash off easily and probably requires buying their specific makeup remover, and absolutely requires a foundation brush to apply it with. Will not buy again.
on 4/28/2011 2:18:00 PM
More reviews by Rhonda2010
Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure
This foundation left my skin with a dewey and fresh appearance, and felt comfortable. It's medium coverage, and when I first bought it, I blended with my fingers, which left it looking too thick in my hairline. I used a foundatin brush, and it looked smooth and seamless. It looks nearly identical to Clinique's supermoisture foundation on me, only a thicker coverage than Clinique's sm, and NO GLITTER/SHIMMER. Clinique's has shimmer, and this one doesn't. Which is good, because I like to use a highlighter on my cheekbones, and bridge of my nose, so this helps me avoid shimmer overload, but still maintain a dewy medium coverage. It's hard to find the Medium and buildable, dewy, no shimmer combination. Usually the dewy look comes with shimmer, or sheer coverage. It's important to note that I don't think this would work on very oily skin at all. I have normal skin that's dry in the forehead area. It does look moist and dewy in the t-zone area all day, which works great for me. I bought nw40 and it still looked a little yellow on my face, but when I cover it with mac select sheer pressed powder in nw43, it looked tan, and matched my chest and arms perfectly. I wear this foundation on days I want a heavier coverage. It only lost 1 lippie b/c it does look a little yellow on it's own, and I have pink/red undertones.
on 4/27/2011 2:38:00 AM
More reviews by desertmom4
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
Awesome fndtn! Me: NC30 ~ normal / dry skin, not prone to breakouts. Redness around nose / mouth, chin area.Pros for SS fndtn~ covers well ( med), matches skintone, blends easily, wears all day ( water resistant), stable s/s protection, contains antioxidants, doesn't break me out or enhances any dry areas, looks natural w/ a slightly dewy finish.Cons for SS fndtn ~ still need a lil concealer around nose ( broken caps), finding the right way to apply can be a pain ( narrowed it down to MAC 168 or blue peep sponge for my best results).Overall, very impressed with this fndtn. It has replaced my EL DW. Will definitely repurchase ;)
on 4/18/2011 8:22:00 PM
More reviews by Ambrielle15
Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Medium
Loved the packaging and loved the consistency, but that's where the love ends. The MUA recommended this to me even though I told her I had oily skin. DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN! It looked alright right after I put it on, but it had a really dewy finish and already looked a little greasy, and about an hour after that, my face was shiny and gross with oil. I took it straight back and the MUA who did my exchange told me that he was very surprised someone recommended this foundation for oily skin because it's a gel and meant for dryer skin types. So yeah, this didn't work for me. :/
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 4/16/2011 8:32:00 PM
More reviews by Makeuplvr111
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I love how this foundation looks in NC 25 applied with the 187 brush. This foundation and the 187 brush provide an air brush look with coverage. I have a light to medium complexion with combination normal skin. In my oily areas and dry areas this performed very well. Again I really recommend the brush for application. When I first tried this I did not use the brush and was not impressed at all. This did not cause me to break out or have any allergy break out of red bumps which certain products cause me to have.
on 4/12/2011 3:09:00 PM
More reviews by welshgirl100
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
i bought this foundation a while back at my local mac counter, i usually use the mac studio fix fluid but i decided to give this a go, the one thing i would say is if you are quite pale skinned and fine the other mac foundations dark on you give this a try i was really suprised i am lighter than the mac range but this in nc15 was perfect:Pros:really nice coveragebrilliant for pale skinwont transfer that muchlasts a long time (you only need a little amount)cons:settles slightly into pores and lineslooks very dewy unless powderedexpensivefor the price you dont get much in the bottlehope this review helped if you need anymore info on this let me know
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