Studio Face and Body Foundation

by M.A.C.  
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$33 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:
9/5/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Studio Face and Body Foundation comes in a 4-ounce bottle and is very liquidy and sheer. It takes some patience to blend on because it tends to slide around a lot before drying. This can be layered for more coverage (as can most foundations) and is reasonably waterproof due to the film-forming agents it contains.

For body makeup it can be a problem, however, because it can come off on clothes, and it’s not a great choice for major flaws you want to fully conceal. There are several shades, and most are neutral and workable. The deeper shades can be sketchy because most of them have a slight peach to red cast that won’t work for many skin tones. Select shades are available exclusively from the M.A.C. Pro line, available to makeup artists. This also contains a couple of fragrant plant extracts, though likely not enough to cause irritation. What may be sensitizing are the sunscreen ingredients this contains, as some people will have an issue when these ingredients are applied around the eyes or on eyelids.

Water Purified, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, TEA-Stearate, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Talc, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, Santalum Album, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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  1. Yichen Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Extremely heavy and not breathable
    • It feels lightweight when applying it and the finish looks lightweight and skin-like as well. However, my oily skin feels extremely heavy under this product and totally un-breathable, since it is not oily free and it sets into a paste-like opaque finish. With two layers, I will have a perfect skin-like medium coverage. But it just feels like a mask that need to be rinse off. I probably will wear it for special night since it looks nice. But it is not an everyday foundation for oily skin.

  2. Joy
    Reviewed on Friday, November 01, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    The best liquid foundation I've used
    • I just love the shade selection and the sheer finish of this foundation. It was nonirritating for me and has never caused break outs. It's best blended with a beauty blender like sponge or a brush. You can build your coverage, and it's easy to mix shades if you are in between.

  3. JR
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 08, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Awesome Foundation!
    • I have to agree with the other reviewers. I have tried just about every other foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream, you name it. This ultra thin liquid foundation for "face and body" is one of the best Ive ever used in terms of texture, finish, natural/non caked makeup look. I would also recommend setting this foundation with a touch of powder, and 100% agree with Paula's rec for Urban Decay's Razor Sharp Powder (esp if dry skin like me) to complete this natural, sheer, beautiful makeup!

  4. Sal
    Reviewed on Friday, February 01, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Oh yes it did..
    • The grapefruit in this foundation gave me a bad allergic reaction. It took days to calm my skin down. I have sensitive skin with very mild rosacea. I can wear Clinique's Moisture sheer tinted moisturizer with no problems even though the stuff has menthol in it which always was a no, no for me, go figure...

  5. OLIVIA F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    a good foundation!
    • I think this is a great foundation for people with normal to dry skin who want SHEER coverage. It evens out and enhances my skin really nicely. It feels a bit liquidy but if you apply it with a good damp sponge (I use beauty blender)it applies evenly and it sinks into the skin, and doesn't look like your wearing makeup at all. It looks just like your skin, it's amazing! Then you can put a bit of sheer powder over it and your set, my face looks naturally perfect without looking like a bunch of makeup is sitting on my face. I also don't find that it transfers onto clothes easily. A great "everyday" type of foundation. I wear colour C2 which is slightly darker than my face but it's a perfect match to my neck and the rest of my body so I can get a uniform, enhanced complexion.

  6. Shani A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 23, 2012
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Most beautiful finish
    • For whatever reason, the two foundations I've found to be as perfect as possible for my skin are both "Face and Body Foundations". Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation gives me "airbrushed" skin, but for a truly "natural" look, particularly during hot weather, I wear MAC Face and Body Foundation. I use both of them only on my face for the most part, but they both work well for covering random bruises, veins, tan lines, etc. MAC Face & Body is a light foundation that gives more of a "dewy" look than MUFE. I have to powder my nose right away with the MAC, but for the rest of my face, the finish is so lovely, and real-looking, it's a summertime staple. I wear shade C4 which isn't an exact match, but it's a radiant shade that enhances my own coloring while evening out my skin tone. This foundation wears best over bare skin, but in the daytime I wear it over SPF 30. Most foundations are a mess over SPFs, but this works.

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