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: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have had my MAC studio sculpt for about a week now and I have to say, after reading these reviews I'm stunned to see how many disappointed people there are...
I bought this to use as a concealer/highlighter (NC20) and I use it with the MAC pro longwear foundation (NC35) along with the MAC prep and prime. I have to say that this is the absolute best product in my make up bag. I was amazed the first time I used it how much of a flawless airbrush effect it gave my face. It's very pigmented and thick so it covers any redness or flaw you put it over. Also, I know that technically you're supposed to use a brush or sponge or whatever to apply this... I had much better results using my fingertips because it can be difficult to blend using the other tools. Definitely a win in terms of convenience. Another really cool thing about this is that I did a very intense cardio workout with a full face of make up and this stuff was completely in tact afterward which is totally unheard of. After the workout, I wiped it off and it came off evenly and easily. If you wipe your face while sweaty IT WILL COME OFF, but if you let it air dry it will hold strong!!! I realize that this is a rather expensive product at $33 a bottle, but don't let that be a factor in buying because a little goes a very long way. With all that being said, it's a little pasty in terms of consistency (which comes from it being so highly pigmented); I have normal skin and I don't break out so this isn't a problem for me. If you are prone to breakouts, you might want to look for something a bit more lightweight. I got some MAC products for Christmas and loved them all but I have to say this really sealed the deal in terms of me becoming a MAC junkie.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I brought this product after being recommended it by one of the MAC MUAs in store as I have dry spot prone skin.
To begin with the product matches my skin tone very well (I am Irish so fairly pale and was matched to NC13). I was told this is a full coverage foundation but I find it to be more medium coverage.
For the first while of using it I hated it! It went on cakey and felt very, very wet on my skin taking FOREVER to set even with powder. It slid off my skin within a few hours and what was left set into any lines or creases in my skin. With primer on underneath (I tried so many; Porefessional, Photo Ready, Photo Finish, That Gal) it seemed to slide off my skin even more. After the first week my skin had broken out something awful, really gross spots that the foundation just wouldn't cover!! I chucked it to the back of my storage and vowed never to use it again....

....until today (a month after giving up on it)

Instead of using my usual foundation brush or stippling brush I opted for the real techniques buffing brush to apply it. Taking small (so small) amounts at a time, I buffed it into my skin on top of a light moisturizer. This time it went on evenly with a nice smooth coverage. It blended really well and set quite quickly without the yucky wet feeling. So far nothing to report on the breakout front but my skin has been quite clear recently so I'll know what did it if I do.

I would purchase it again purely from my first experience of it, it may suit someone with normal skin but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone with oily skin. I would also prefer it in a pump bottle as the squeezy tube makes it very easy to use too much product.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

I used this foundation for a while, mainly because it has high coverage but can still give you a dewy finish.

I usually hate the packaging on MAC foundations, however this one comes in a plastic tube, which I just find so much better than those glass bottles. It's also a lot thicker and creamier in texture.

However, this foundation just sort of sits on top of my skin, I find it comes off on my fingers, hands, phone etc throughout the day and when I get home I literally can't wait to take it off. It makes my skin look very greasy, and never really blends into skin/face properly.

I would say that this is probably more suited to drier skin.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This was my HG for a while, I wore it day after day without fail.
It has one of my favourite finishes in a foundation ever.
It's a thick prouduct, I prefer a thicker foundation to work with rather then a runnier liquid.
It's a medium but buildable coverage with a very dewy finish.
It was hydrating and looked amazing in pictures.
This is deffo a good selfie foundation if you know what I mean makes you look aibrushed with no flashback.
But I won't repurchase this I'm afraid, it's almost perfect
I get oily throughout the day and the dewy finish on top of my oily t zone made me look greasy. It's also very sticky and doesn't really set without powder. I work in an office, I use the phone a lot and everytime I put my white phone down it was literally orange. If you touch your face you seem to get it everywhere.
I did really like this foundation and would say it would better on a dryer skin I'm more dry then combo , but it didn't really control my oils it also seemed to make my pores look a bit bigger ?

Won't repurchase for myself unfortunately, but I got some good selfies out of it !


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

I hate this product and don't know why I bought it really .
It broke me out into spots
It gave me rashes
Made my skin red, irritated and itchy
Clung to all my dry patches, flakey skin , and tiny hairs
It emphasised my spots
Didn't set and stayed sticky and moveable
Had a horrible smell
I tried to apply it in about 4 ways and couldnt make it work or look nice

Pros
Good amount of product
Decent packaging
Good if you don't have super sensative , acne prone , dry skin
Good colour match


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have used Mac foundation ever since I started wearing make up at 14, and 7 years later still haven't loved another brand for foundation more than Mac. I started with just the Studio Fix Powder, then started using Studio Fix Liquid and I still really like how both of those look on my skin. A few months ago, I was watching a Favorites video on YouTube and someone mentioned that the Studio Sculpt was better for drier skin type. I've always struggled with dry skin so I decided to try it. I love it. I love the texture and consistency of it. It's so easy to apply and control. It is full coverage but I usually set it with my Studio Fix Powder and it still never looks like I'm wearing too much make up. It's definitely buildable.
No other foundation has left my skin looking this smooth and almost creamy-like. I wouldn't recommend this product for oily skin types though because after long days with this foundation on, my skin tends to look oily.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

The sales assistant recommended this for my dry skin and matched me to NC15.

The range of shades is great and should suit most people. However, it oxidates, meaning that you're going to need to try it for a longer time when getting matched. Mine ended up being too dark.

I think this has the potential to be good for normal to relatively dry skin, but not as dry as mine. It ended upp emphasising dry spots on my face. Where my skin was nice underneath it looked great and had a good lasting power, but only looking good where the skin already is rather defeats the purpose of using a foundation.

I ended up getting pimples from this by the end of the tube. As I had used it for over 12 months then, I assume that was because the product went bad. It might be something to be on the lookout for though.

Would I repurchase? No
Would I recommend it. Yes. If you have normal-dryish skin without any flaking areas and find it hard to find your color, this might be worth a try.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My skin was really dry after an acne treatment so they reccomended me this foundation from the M.A.C store. It did a really good job back then. I recommend it only to dry/very dry skin types. Now that my skin is normal it feels quite heavy. It has a medium coverage but its difficult to built it up because it feels too sticky and heavy. It doesnt blend easily, it leaves your skin dewy and stays for about 8 hours.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

The texture is like a gel and when applying it to your face it feels cool and refreshing, the coverage is medium (but buildable) cos it didn't completely cover up my acne scars so I always had to use concealer on top. I always moisturised first so this foundation would blend out and sit better. The finish is dewy and doesn't set, it made me look oily especially in summer so I would powder to lock it in. I've applied it without moisturising it and it was hard to blend and made me look dry. In the end this foundation always made my skin look smooth, plump and dewy. The disappointing thing is that after 5 months of owning this foundation it completely separated so I had to throw it out.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This foundation is so amazing for my dry skin. I had previously bought the MAC Mineralize liquid foundation, hoping it would be medium-full coverage for my redness (like the salesgirl told me it would be) but it was quite thin. So once I ran out of that, I returned to the MAC store after something for dry skin with medium coverage and Studio Sculpt was recommended to me. Out of all the foundations I have tried (drug store and otherwise) this one is the best. It's got enough coverage when I use my beauty blender that I don't need to apply concealer over problem areas, and it doesn't flake over my dry areas.

A lot of reviews have commented on how it transfers/ doesn't dry and mine definitely does. But I was told by the girl at MAC that you need to use a primer AND set the foundation with a powder to stop that from happening. Would definitely repurchase this (despite the hefty price tag!)


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