MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

3.5

1166 reviews

58% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7%; Titanium Dioxide 2%, Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polymethylsilesquioxane, Isostearic Acid, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinylmethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Shea Butter, Yeast Extract, Quercus Suber Bark Extract, Phytantriol, Dextrin Palmitate, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Cellulose Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG -10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Stearate, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

love, love this foundation! i was giving up hope on finding love with any mac foundation but this changed everything! i bought this in nc44 online (nc40) being the darkest ive ever been matched to at a counter but the colour looks fine on me- healthy, tan and polished. i think the fact that the foundation itself is medium coverage , which i sometimes sheer out to low coverage makes it very forgiving.
the actual feeling of studio sculpt on the skin is moist and comfortable without being too shiny, it feels very flexible , like a second skin.. non-heavy. lasting power is good too.. although i dont know about this by itself as i usually set with studio fix powder.
the packaging is lovely, luxurious feeling with the mac velvety lid and in a strong plastic tube. good value for money too with 40ml rather than your standard 30ml. will repurchase!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I really like this foundation. It goes on very smoothly, and has a good amount of coverage (which you can build up if need be). It has quite a dewy look, so perhaps people with oilier skin should be careful, but I personally find it fine on my combo-oily skin. I've been using it over the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Enhancer Illuminateur (apparently an Asia exclusive, which is a shame because it's really good and I'm going to be sad that I can't buy it anymore when I go back to the UK), and it stays put most of the day. Without base, however, it doesn't stay so well, but that could well be my skin rather than the product itself.

A little really does go a long way with this product. It lasts forever - I bought my first tube in February 2010, and apart from a couple of months last summer when I used a lighter foundation because of the heat, I've used this exclusively every day and am only now moving onto a second tube (end of May, 2011).


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I CRIED! I really wanted this foundation to work for me, i told SA i have mild oily t zone with few dry patches, she also recommended the 130 brush to apply. It took three attempts of removing and reapplying before i could walk out the door but i wernt happy, This made my skin look cakey around t zone and went abit patchy, i didnt feel the coverage was that great but i couldnt build as it was looking cakey already, my face looked awful i cried, brush was ok but had to use fingers in end. i felt this was heavy, felt like a mask, looked rubbish, slid off my face, i looked shiney shiney and broke out in spots, felt relieved when i finally cleansed my faced, would suit someone with perfect skin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I tried mac prep+prime and clarins primer in this process and set with mac minrealize powder.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The overall foundation is gel based, it has a dewy finish. I recommend wearing a primer then putting on the foundation. This foundation literally transfers to anything, it slides off too easily. i also find i need to put powder on after the foundation to make it stay. the foundation gives you a natural flow, making you look like you have great skin. I really like this foundation but i just wished it didn't slide off soo easily.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I got this because it's gel-based and I heard it would be great for dry skin. It's very heavy, like someone has said below it feels like a thick cream.
My problem with this is that it's extremely hard to blend! I feel like it dries the second I put it on my face and if I add any more to even it out I look extremely cakey (using small amounts).
I exfoliate/moisturize/prime before putting foundation on, so it's really frustrating that it doesn't just glide on. The only way I can get this to work for me is using very small amounts and applying it with my fingers, and then setting it with pressed foundation powder.
Strangely enough, it gets better looking for me throughout the day. It seems to melt into my skin a bit and it looks less heavy and flawless. I have gotten small dry/cakey looking areas after a few hours but touching them up with powder does the trick perfectly. The packaging and SPF 15 are major pros, but I honestly don't think I will pick this up again.
I will definitely finish the bottle though!


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This foundation is "okay" but not something I reach for on a daily basis. The consistency is quite different, although formulated as a gel-based foundation, it goes on like a thick cream and really needs to be worked into the skin. I tried using several different brushes, but for this particular formula, using my fingers seemed to give the most natural result.

The coverage is medium, and can be built to full if you layer (thin layers). The problem I have with this is that it is that it never seems to fully dry. Even when set with powder, this foundation slides around and transfers to anything it touches. I tried using many different primers as a base, and evenjust on bare skin, but the foundation never adhered to any of them. I don't know if this is due to the gel-base or what, but I could not get this to work for me.

I give 2 lippies for the practical packaging (good for travel, sanitary purposes) and shade selection.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

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.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

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.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

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 product
Cons:
-started to break out after a week of using the product
-hard to blend
-looks cakey after 4 hours...
-accentuates dry areas
Others:
-dewy finish


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

acne-prone/ oily-combination skin
NC 25

PROS
best match for my skin tone (ever!)
no breakouts
pores seem smaller
great staying power
no strong fragrance
tube packaging
comes off with cleanser and water


CONS
have to blot in the middle of the day sometimes


It 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.


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