I promised in my last post that I would review Mac’s Studio Sculpt foundation so here I am!
I have used Sculpt in the past and not had the best experience but after seeing so many makeup artists working with this and getting such beautiful results I had to try it again.
I’ll start by saying if your an oily girl like me this is not a breeze to work with! Its not to say however that this can’t be a gorgeous foundation if your prepared to put a bit if effort in and work with it!
Sculpt is a gel based foundation so its not as runny as your average liquid foundation. For any of you that have used the Clinique Stay Matte its a similar texture to that but much fuller coverage.You only need a pea size amount to cover the whole face in fact I always forget and squeeze out too much and have to dispose of the excess.
I like to apply Sculpt with a regular flat foundation brush either a Mac 190 or Real Techniques foundation brush. It took me a while to figure out the best way to apply this foundation; My first choice would usually be the Beauty Blender but in this case I found it made the foundation look much to heavy. My second choice would usually be the Real Techniques Buffing Brush but I felt this moved the foundation around my face too much and wouldn’t set.
I wear Sculpt in the shade NW35 and as previously mentioned in summer I tend to switch from usual NC to NW to compliment my tan. I would definitely say that the shades in Sculpt are not as exaggerated as the Studio Fix the undertones are not as strong which suits me just fine as I do think the SFF can be overly yellow or orange.
I apply a thin layer of Sculpt with my foundation brush in small strokes and gradually build up until I’m happy with the coverage which can be anything from sheer to full. The finish is demi matte and oily girls will definitely need to prime and powder if you want to use this. I apply Studio Fix Powder Plus over this in the shade NC45 which compliments the foundation perfectly. For reference I always use Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer which is a must for my oily skin.
I love how this foundation looks when its applied-slightly glowy but with enough coverage. Oily girls will most definitely need to blot throughout the day and you will find that this doesn’t last as long as a true matte finish foundation but that said it is a really gorgeous foundation and a great alternative to the Studio Fix Fluid. After all you are meant to glow in the summer!