Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

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. Cosmetics 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. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare 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!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

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.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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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!

Reviewed by
Shekinah S
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.

Reviewed by
Aneta D.
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