7 Mar 2015

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation-Review

Hello friends,

Today, I am going to review my first MAC foundation i.e., Studio Sculpt Foundation with SPF 15. I was going through that phase where I bought almost all drug store foundations right from Lakme to Bourjois. It was then, Nisha suggested me to spend wisely and get myself a mac foundation. She even accompanied me to the store to select one for me.

I have combination-dry skin and this happens to be the only foundation which would suit my skin type in MAC. MAC face and body is good, but since my skin is not that perfect, I require more coverage.  

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MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation - Review 
Finally, when the SA applied this one the right side of my face, I knew it was meant to be mine. I came home and googled about it only to find that not many were pleased with this. Read on to know how it fared.

About:

A luxurious, creamy foundation that delivers ultimate hydration while instantly revitalizing the look of dull and dry skin. Innovative gel-based system provides outstanding skin feel and a medium, buildable coverage with a natural satin finish. Micronized silicone coated pigments improve skin adherence and blendability while helping to maintain color purity. Offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15. Comfortable on all skins, but especially suited for normal-dry and mature skins. (source: maccosmetics.com)

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MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation - Review 
 REVIEW

Unlike other foundations in MAC, it comes in a tube form with a rubberized cap. I don’t prefer rubberized caps or packing as the fingerprints tend to look ugly in them. But apart from that I am happy that this is a travel friendly packing with no hassles of buying a separate pump etc like the studio fix one.

The foundation is a gel-based and creamy. When exposed to hot climates for prolonged periods, the transparent liquid tends to separate and seep out first when the tube is squeezed. But when I shake it well before use this problem is not there.

I would not call this foundation perfect for very dry skin. It did not do anything for my skin during the extreme dry episodes involving flaking etc. That’s okay. No foundation helps with flaky skin. I had to moisturize before using it. But now, as the climate is getting slightly warmer, this foundation is nothing less than perfect.

It feels like a second skin. No heaviness. It is easy to blend and insanely pigmented. It is quite astonishing to note how such a heavily pigmented product blends seamlessly. I have used it with my fingers, real techniques expert face brush and also with a beauty blender. It works well but with the blender, I feel there is slightly more product wastage. All the three methods impart more or less the same effect.

It conceals my moderate dark circles and all my skin imperfections. But for the heavy acne scar on my cheek, I had to use a separate concealer over it to get that perfect look. It is buildable but I don’t prefer to use more than the usual pea size. It still looks nice when layered but I just don’t like the perfect clear and concealed face.

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MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation - Swatch & Coverage
It did not break my skin out. I was so apprehensive about the fact that these foundations cause breakouts for some.

Staying power is awesome. It stays put throughout the day. I did not feel the need to powder my face throughout the wear time. And it does not slip or come off due to sweat which is a great thing. It did not oxidize and looked perfect even at the end of the day.

It has SPF 15 in it making it ideal for day-wear. I would have been happier if it had SPF 20 or above.

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MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation - Ingredients List
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MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC 40
 Key Highlights of the Product

Perfect match for my skin tone (NC40)
Perfect for my combination to dry skin
Imparts immaculate finish
Light weight
Did not cause breakouts for me
Imparts decent coverage. Buildable
Wonderful staying power
I require only a pea size amount for my face and neck. So will last very long.
Has SPF 15
The transparent liquid tends to separate from the pigment.
Costs a whopping INR. 2800/- for 40 ml tube

Indian Beauty Maniac’s Rating
4/5

I Love this. It feels good on the skin and stays put throughout the day. If you have combination-dry skin, do check it out.

It will take years to finish this tube for me. And if I did, I would love to try Estee Lauder or Chanel ones as the prices of these will only be marginally higher than MAC Studio Sculpt.

Hope you girls loved my review.

Raji

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