Review – MAC Studio Sculpt

Studio Sculpt lines up for inspection

Studio Sculpt lines up for inspection

This was the week I finally bit the bullet and spent my Christmas MAC voucher. I elected to visit the Covent Garden branch (NB – MAC’s gift vouchers are only redeemable in free-standing stores, not in department store concessions or online). One of the items in my sights was the new Studio Sculpt foundation from the Well Defined collection.

The general noises made online are that Studio Sculpt is a love it or hate it product. Some find it cakey, heavy and comedogenic. Others love the gel-based formula and medium buildable coverage. I was attracted by the addition of SPF 15, the easy application, and the packaging – a squeezable toothpaste-type tube with a wide screw cap and a precise nozzle. (At £22 a go, it’s nice to know you won’t be wasting any product.)

Isn’t there something about the light in MAC stores? Something at once halogen-bright and candlelight deep. Maybe it’s tungsten bulbs or maybe just the aura of cosmetic prestige. I don’t know. But it makes everything look just a little more intense and perfect than it actually appears on the grey British street outside.

For this reason I enlisted the help of one of the makeup artists in choosing my shade of Studio Sculpt. There’s a great range to choose from – the usual gamut from porcelain to espresso, with warm, cool and neutral casts catered for. My shade was NC15, and it was applied deftly by my makeup artist with a foundation brush. Out on the street, a hand mirror confirmed that the shade was spot on and the coverage thorough but happily natural-looking.

At home, I replicated the matte, smooth effect easily enough with fingertips, and was pleased to find that it lasted all day and wasn’t too prone to transferring onto collar, gloves and other nearby fabric items. As a not-at-all-morning person I’m not a great wearer of foundation, preferring to just conceal and run out of the door. However with coverage good enough to stand alone without powder or concealer, I could definitely see this becoming a habit.

Verdict – a versatile foundation with plenty of coverage and easy wear

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