Review: MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

20 August 2011

As you may know, my favourite foundation is Diorskin Forever, and I am still trying to get used to my new Lancome Teint Miracle foundation (which I reviewed last month). I have never been a massive fan of MAC foundations but thought I'd give this one a go. It's MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC25.

Claims: A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing. Water-resistant.

First thing about this product is the packaging. It comes in a basic plastic tube, which I wouldn't usually associate with higher end products, but then again, it is what is inside the tube, and not the tube itself. However, the squeezable tube is very hygienic and means you don't squeeze out too much of the foundation, which is great news. 

When using this foundation, I found it was better to use my fingers and blend, rather than use my usual foundation brush. MAC says this is a 'gel-like foundation' and it's a really hard one to describe. It's definitely not fluid foundation, not at all a mousse, but not entirely gel like. It's much thicker than fluid formula and a lot more dry, something that a lot of people might like with a foundation. It blended really really well on my skin and did look natural. Another thing is that a little of this foundation goes a long long way. You don't need too much to give you coverage, which essentially could save you money.

One thing I really couldn't like about this foundation was the smell. I love how high-end foundations usually have a scent of perfume/freshness, unlike some of the high street brands. This foundation however, smelled strange..almost a mix of butterscotch, plastic and had a really fake smell? It's hard to describe, but it was the part of it I just couldn't get used to.

The coverage for this foundation was fantastic though. It lasts for hours which is great if you don't want to worry about touching up your make-up too often if you're out and about. At £23, if you're after a long lasting foundation which you don't have to worry about too much, I would recommend MAC Studio Sculpt. Plus it has the added bonus of being SPF15. Personally, I won't use this all that often as I really did find the smell hard to get used to (however this could just be me!) BUT as the coverage is so great and you only have to use a tiny bit, I think this could be a bit of a gem in my make-up collection for when I need it most!

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-Tamsin xxx


  1. Great review miss! :) Id like to try it for the coverage, but im stearing clear of makeup at the mo, my skin is not happy! *sigh* xx

  2. I don't think I could use it, mainly as I have a feeling if it feels like you say I'd hate the dryness of the product - hope that makes sense? One of my clinique foundations used to feel the same and felt really thick when blending, so much do it was hard to blend it. I've not tried any of the MAC foundations at all, I love my Chanel too much ;) Loved the review, Mel xxxx

  3. I love this foundation and use it everyday, great coverage! x

  4. I agree with you - the packaging could be better. Thank you for the review, i've always been curious about mac foundations. x

  5. Thanks for sharing this review - much appreciated!
    Nic x

  6. I love this review :) i really want to try it but was unsure but i think the consistency of the product sounds good, have u still like using it even though this was back in aug xo


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