December 7, 2010 § 1 Comment
MAC STUDIO SCULPT SPF 15
DESCRIPTION: Gel based hydrating foundation with medium coverage.
COST: $29.50 USD $51 AUD
PERFECT FOR: Those wanting a foundation that’s hydrating and leaves a natural finish.
APPLY WITH: Foundation brush (189,190,191,187), sponges or fingers.
REVIEW: I purchased my Studio Sculpt (SS) from the MAC website. I am quite pale with yellow undertones, so I decided on NC15.
SS comes in a clear squeeze tube which is great for squeezing just the right amount out. MAC describes the consistency of this foundation as gel based, but I would call it thick mousse like (like the dessert!).
I found the NC15 in SS to be slightly paler and less yellow than NC15 in Studio Fix Fluid (SFF). I do prefer the coloring of NC15 in SFF, but NC15 in SS is still a good match on my skin.
I’ve applied SS with both my fingers and a 190 foundation brush. I found this product takes quite a bit of effort to blend and if you use your fingers it takes AGES to get right. A foundation brush certainly delivers a better result and dramatically speeds up the application time.
After applying and blending this foundation, I find it can look a little streaky. Just leave the foundation for a couple of minutes to settle, blend some more and any streakiness should fade. I then apply Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light over the top with a 129 brush to set it.
I would say this foundation has light to medium coverage. I would not use this foundation if you are after high coverage because this foundation does not look good if you over apply it.
I was nervous about trying this foundation because of it’s moisturizing properties. Anything moisturizing usually leaves me quite oily, but this foundation gave me a nice natural finish that was in between matte and dewey. If you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend using a finishing powder.
OVERALL: This foundation looks nice and natural on my skin. I think i’ll stick with my Studio Fix Fluid for the warmer months and use Studio Sculpt in the winter when my skin needs a little more hydration. The only downside to this foundation is that is takes quite a while to blend and get right, so I would not recommend this if you don’t have a lot of time to apply your make up. I would also not recommend this foundation if you have very oily skin, as it may emphasise any oiliness.
December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
MAC STUDIO FIX FLUID
DESCRIPTION: A medium buildable liquid foundation with a natural matte finish. Comfortable, long wearing, SPF15.
COST: $26 USD $48 AUD
PERFECT FOR: Normal, combination and slightly oily skins. I would not recommend this product if you have very oily skin, dry skin or any dry patches.
APPLY WITH: Foundation brush (190 or 187), wedges or fingers.
BACKGROUND: For about 6 years my HG for everyday use was Clinique’s Superfit Makeup in Cream. I stopped using the Superfit Makeup because Clinique changed the formula. The new formula is runnier and when it dried turned slightly orange.
REVIEW: I purchased the Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) off the MAC website. I am very pale with yellow undertones, so I decided to go with the NC15, which is a perfect match.
I have combination skin (slightly oily T-Zone and normal cheeks), with a few acne scars from my high school days. I wanted a foundation that would control the oil, provide medium buildable coverage and SFF does both those things.
The SFF comes in a glass bottle with a screw lid. I wish it came with a pump because sometimes I tip a little too much product out. Pumps are available for purchase off the MAC website which I think I will invest in soon.
The SFF is a medium consistency and I find it glides onto the skin with ease and kind of just melts into my face. It does not feel heavy on the skin at all and does not get cakey when I build up certain problem areas. I find it blends quite easily and looks very natural.
After applying the SFF I dust loose powder over my face to soak up any remaining oil and set the foundation. I find it leaves skin matte with a little bit of a natural glow and lasts all day.
OVERALL: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation! I have definitely found my new HG. I just love the way it looks and feels on my skin and the coverage is perfect. I have been using this for 4 months now and have not had any problems with breakouts. I find I need to cleanse my face twice after using it because it is quite a heavy foundation.