MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation Review
August 6, 2012 § 7 Comments
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation ($36.5CAD for 40ml) is actually the first (and only) MAC foundation I’ve ever tried. I was looking for a full coverage cream foundation when I was at MAC, and the SA suggested this and matched me with NC25. (Woohoo! I finally know what MAC shade I am!)
MAC describes this foundation as a creamy, gel-based foundation with medium to high coverage. It is also supposed to be hydrating. Now I have a question.. is gel-based foundation the same thing as cream foundation? Because I was looking for a cream foundation and this was recommended to me. Anyways, back to the actual foundation. It has quite a strong scent to it, an almost paint-like smell, although it’s not noticeable when applied. It is harder to spread than all the liquid foundations I’ve tried (MUFE HD, Lancome Ultra Teint Idole, and LM Tinted Moisturizer). It does provide superb coverage (better than MUFE HD), and lasted all day (which is 8+ hours in my books), even after an hour of intense table tennis. It was also great for controlling oil on my T-zone, yet still being moisturizing. Also, I like how it has SPF!
I had some problem with application in the beginning. When I first got it, I squeezed out some foundation on the back of my hand, and dipped my Sigma F80 brush, then dotted it on my face and buffed it in. It looked quite unnatural and I put this foundation aside for a little bit, until I went to a MAC foundation class, where the make up artist used a flat foundation brush to apply it. So I gave this foundation another go, this time using a flat foundation brush like the Sigma F60 foundation brush (I can’t justify buying MAC brushes), and it looked really natural! So this foundation can look really natural if applied properly (and still have great coverage).
On my face, this foundation does feel more heavy than other, possibly because it “clings” better to the skin providing the great wear time. I don’t think I will be using this for everyday application because of this reason, but it’s definitely the foundation I will opt for for special events!
Package wise, the foundation is housed in a plastic see-through squeeze tube, with a black twist off cap. So far I have no problem with the packaging at all.
tl:dr version: Great coverage foundation with equally great wear time, best applied with a flat foundation brush, has a strong scent, feels heavy on skin, probably better for special events than everyday wear.
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Have you tried out MAC foundations? Which one do you like best?
Disclaimer: All products mentioned are purchased by myself, and everything I said are my honest opinions! I am not affiliated with any of the aforementioned companies.