Photograph taken from MAC website
Today I have a first impressions post for you, it is my first impressions of the MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. My skin has always been dry and dehydrated but recently it has become extremely dry and dehydrated and I have been struggling to find a base that looks nice and doesn't cling to my very dry patches.
My eldest daughter is a professional MUA and suggested I try the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, so she picked me up a sample in the shade NW20, the sales assistant gave me a little pot full to the brim of the foundation which was very kind of her and I'm hoping to get quite a few applications from it.
Studio Sculpt foundation is described by MAC as a gel based foundation that offers a medium to full coverage with a natural satin finish.
Before applying the foundation I had applied my usual skin care routine and used the Smashbox hydrating primer (full review here) and the Pixi Glow Mist (full review here) I used my Beauty Blender to apply the foundation dabbing a little of the foundation onto my forehead, each cheek, my chin and my nose and then blended it out using my Beauty Blender.
The foundation applied well and blended beautifully onto my skin, it gave me a medium coverage which can easily be built up to a full coverage and it left me with a satin finish to my skin, not matte but not dewy either. The shade NW20 is a good match for me, I thought it looked as if it would be a little dark in the pot but it looked fine once it was applied. The foundation did dry and didn't feel wet at all which I like, I don't like my base to feel tacky or wet, this dried and looked nice on my skin, it hadn't clung to any dry patches either which I was very pleased about, I don't think it made my skin look amazing but to be honest I don't think any base is going to give me a nice flawless looking finish at the moment because my skin is so dry and dehydrated, but my skin did look nice and my acne scarring and blemishes covered well, the foundation didn't settle into my fine lines around my eyes which I was really pleased about as most medium to full coverage foundations would.
I took some photographs of my skin before I applied the foundation and afterwards to show you how it looked and the difference before and after application.
Before Foundation - No Makeup
After Foundation Application - Wearing Only Foundation
I liked the way the Studio Sculpt foundation applied and the fact it didn't cling to my dry patches despite my skin being very dry at the moment, but I do think that was helped by me using the Pixi Glow Mist and not down to the foundation entirely. I think I will definitely purchase this foundation, it gives a nice coverage and feels light on the skin and I don't feel as if I am wearing foundation which I like, I don't like the feeling of makeup on my skin. My powder and blush both applied nicely over the foundation and it lasted well all day without oxidising or going patchy, I can lose my foundation on my nose and chin for some unknown reason, but I didn't when wearing the Studio Sculpt.
After my makeup was fully finished
MAC Studio Sculpt is a nice foundation, it applies well, covers well and dries to a nice medium coverage, it doesn't settle into my fine lines or dry patches and doesn't look powdery or cakey when dry. I would recommend you try this foundation, especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin, it is a nice foundation and definitely worth a try, if you would like to try it you can pick up a sample from your local MAC counter or MAC store if you have one.
I will be continuing to use the Studio Sculpt foundation since I have quite a lot left in the pot and think it will last me quite a lot of applications, I will update you when I have used the foundation a few more times but my first impressions are really good, I am really pleased with everything about the foundation, the application is lovely, the finish is nice and it stays in place all day without going patchy or oxidising and looks just as nice when I take it off as it did when I put it on, I would give the foundation 8 out of 10 based on my first impressions, if my skin improves I would imagine I would get a flawless finish from the foundation, and if that is the case it will definitely be a 10 out of 10 but I will keep you posted so watch this space for updates.
You can find the MAC Studio Finish foundation on the John Lewis website HERE or the Debenhams website HERE for £22.95.
I hope you found my first impressions post helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to ask me in the comments.
Thank you for reading, much love as always