Studio Tech Foundation
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Studio Tech Foundation is a next-generation cream-to-powder foundation that offers a lighter, almost weightless texture, smooth application, and a soft satin finish that tends not to grab onto dry areas. It combines the super-light feel of a water-to-powder makeup with the slip and smoothness of silicone-based cream-to-powder makeups. Studio Tech applies easily and provides light to medium coverage. A staggering range of 27 shades is available, with suitable options for very light (NC15, NW15) and darker (NW50, NW55) skin tones. Although the majority of the shades lean toward neutral, six of them are too orange or peach for their intended skin tones: NC40, NC45, NC55, NW25, NW30, and NW40. This formula is best for normal to slightly dry and dry skin—the non-matte, non-powdery finish won’t do much to temper shine, and even though this is not traditional cream-to-powder makeup, enough waxes and thickeners are present to make it problematic for those battling blemishes. If your skin fills the bill for this makeup, it’s certainly worth checking out.

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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I'm in my late 20s, combination skin: oily t-zone and extremely dry skin on my cheeks; break outs every now and then and sensitive skin with eczema. I like the way the makeup feels. It feels like I have nothing on my skin. I love that it doesn't feel heavy. It also does not look caked on. It does give light to medium matte coverage; so its buildable. The NC45 only looks orange, when you put it on it changes to the yellow/golden undertone you are supposed to have for your complexion.

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