Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35

by M.A.C.  
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$17 
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Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Concealer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 has a formidable sunscreen that's in-part titanium dioxide, and the creamy texture is smoother and thus easier to blend. This is still a full-coverage concealer, and it takes practice to achieve the level of coverage you want without using too much product. It is excellent for concealing redness, dark circles, and other discolorations, but too emollient to use over blemishes. A wide range of shades are available, and almost all of them are exceptional. NC42 is too yellow for most skin tones, while NC45, NW35, and NW40 suffer from peach overtones. NW45 is too coppery for most dark skin tones, but the deeper NW50 is ideal. Fair to light skin tones will find more than one suitable shade, so be sure to test this at the counter before making a purchase.

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. Shekinah S
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great Creamy Concealer With SPF!
    • I've used MAC's Studio Finish Concealer for years. I have fair/medium skin, and use NW20 under my eyes (the SPF is a perk for that area and it doesn't crease!) and NC20 to cover spots of redness and fill in acne scarring. It's opaque and creamy so not ideal if you want something with a lightweight texture. I use brushes to apply and pat it in with my finger, I wouldn't recommend putting your finger in the product. It's a little pricey but if you keep the lid closed the pot will last forever!

  2. Aneta D.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 03, 2014
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      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love it!
    • This is my go to concealer. It is thick, but it blends easily, so I have no issues with it looking unnatural. I apply it with a small synthetic brush. It doesn't accentuate my lines under the eyes and it is a little moisturizing. I love the fact that it contains a lot of mineral sunscreen. It's hard to find a concealer with high SPF that does a good job.

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