12.02.2014
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Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation
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$32
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This creamy liquid foundation with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen doesn’t offer the user any greater sculpting abilities than any other foundation. Besides, it isn’t foundation that plays a large role in sculpting the face via makeup; that type of detailing is done with contouring, blush, and eyeshadow placement (plus proper blending). Aside from the name, as a foundation with sunscreen, this is a workable option for those with normal to slightly dry or oily skin. It dispenses somewhat thick at first, but softens as it warms to skin temperature. Application is smooth and even, and this provides no less than medium coverage (you can get nearly full coverage if needed). It finishes satin matte with a powdery feel, and does a reasonable job of keeping shine in check.

Another attribute of this foundation is its long-wearing, tenacious nature.It holds up really well if you perspire (those in humid climates, take note) and requires more than a water-soluble cleanser when you’re ready to remove it. As usual, M.A.C’s shade range is extensive and mostly impeccable; there are equally good options for fair to dark skin tones. The shades to avoid due to overtones of orange, peach, or copper are NC45, NW30, NW35, and NW45. The NC35 shade is slightly peach but workable for medium skin tones. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation deserves a Best Product for its sunscreen, long-wearing nature, and blending ease. The formula also contains some antioxidants, but it isn’t packaged so they’ll remain stable during use unless you keep the translucent tube away from light.

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Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate 7%; Titanium Dioxide 2%, Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polymethylsilesquioxane, Isostearic Acid, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinylmethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Shea Butter, Yeast Extract, Quercus Suber Bark Extract, Phytantriol, Dextrin Palmitate, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Cellulose Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG -10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Stearate, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens

Brand Overview

M.A.C. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

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 in recent years. 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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05.27.2015
Stay away if you're acne prone

Flawless coverage, but gave me deep cystic acne that lasted months and left scars. Very disappointed.

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E. Q.
04.23.2015
Perfect for Dry, Sensitive Skin

This is my HG foundation and the ONLY MÁC foundation that doesn't break me out. Covers my dark spots and under eyes, and I only need a pea-sized amount. My best shade is a blend of NC-15 and NC-20. You need so little for a nice medium coverage. My preferred method of application is with a slightly damp Beauty Blender. And don't forget the pressed CareBlend powder -- a perfect duo for dry skinned folks with sensitive skin.

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Gail
04.19.2015
Needs More Fair Shades

This foundation provides great coverage, and it blends nicely over dry skin. I found it non-irritating and easy to wear. I did have a few issues with it however. It's very hard to avoid squeezing out too much product from the tube. I used an entire tube in under four months, and that was largely due to how much product came out even with a gentle squeeze. The other problem was that the NC-15 color was about two shades darker than would be ideal for my fair skin. No lighter shades are available.

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Anonymous
03.30.2015
Incredible coverage - but SUPER irritating

Made my face itchy, congested my pores within hrs.

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rubysubi
03.01.2015
Studio sculpt

Fantastic coverage for age spots, makes skin look flawless. I've tried every foundation out there, best I've found for dry skin and beautiful finish.

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Deborah
02.12.2015
love that couldn't be.

I wanted to love it, i really did. But it broke me out in a red and itchy rash all over my face in minutes.

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e.k
11.28.2014
Staying power

If you are having a bad face day this will help, coverage is pretty close to full. If you have oily skin use a decent primer like cover fx matte and even if you blot it stays in place. I have s runny nose almost constantly when I eat /drink and lesser foundations wear off that area pretty quick. Not so with this. It won't be your HG oily skin never have to powder foundation )but it is tenacious. One star off because MAC does a lot of things that annoy me

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