Studio Moisture Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $33
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Studio Moisture Cream contains ingredients that are a good source of linolenic and linoleic acids, as well as several plant-based antioxidants. What a shame this product is packaged in a jar, as from the first use those important ingredients will begin to break down (not to mention jar packaging for a water-based product like this isn't hygienic).

On the upside, if you're willing to go for a smaller size, this moisturizer is also sold in a 1-ounce travel-friendly tube for $10. The original jar packaging product earns an AVERAGE rating; the tube packaging propels it to GOOD. Studio Moisture Cream is best for normal to dry skin that's not prone to breakouts. It can be great under makeup, especially if your foundation isn't all that moisturizing (a truly moisturizing foundation is a rarity).


A super-rich creamy moisturizer boosted with skin-nourishing extracts including passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea, algae, wheat germ and coconut. Moistens, feeds, firms and protects the skin. Promotes a healthy radiance. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines.


Water Purified, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Passiflora Alata Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Spinach Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coconut Extract, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Acrylamides Copolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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Get in 1oz. Size.

I got this by mistake instead of strobe cream I didn't notice until second use. 1oz. Trial size comes in stable packaging. Better value. I liked. Not moisturizing enough on own. But I did like. Returned because not what wanted wasn't hydrating enough on own and didn't know ingredient list but regret decision to return it. Definitely get it but in trial size better for pocket book and for the skin. Because of packaging.

Reviewed by
Annette D.
I'm confused! Contradicting information!

My sister just bought this and struggles with acne. The review gives it a poor rating, says it contains a large amount of Aleurites moluccana oil(tung seed oil) that causes sweating on contact and can cause acute contact dermatitis but the ingredient dictionary gives this oil a best rating, says to see kukui nut oil which says it's a non-fragrant plant oil and research has shown it has anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing and wound healing benefits. Please clarify! Is this ok for her to use or not?

Reviewed by
Tasha P.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! We're updating this review to better reflect research on this ingredient. We appreciate the information!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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