MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 (NC44) – Review


Once in a blue moon I like to wear full coverage make-up. This is my favourite MAC foundation and for a good reason too. It makes my face look flawless without looking cakey and is perfect for photography. I chose the colour NC44 which is slightly warmer than my face but it matches my neck and chest.

Taken from the MAC website, Studio Sculpt is “a creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant.”

Packaging and price: This foundation comes in a 40ml frosted tube and costs £25. I prefer tubes for foundation as this stops oxidising and is more hygienic.

Formula: This formula contains both chemical and physical sunscreen: Octinoxate 7%; Titanium Dioxide 2%. The sunscreen you get from this is not sufficient on it’s own and you will have to wear SPF underneath if worn during the daytime. I’ve also noticed that this formula feels less oily doesn’t give me comedogenic breakouts like a lot of other MAC foundations do.

Fragrance: This has no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Texture: When squeezed out of the tube this product is very thick. It is a gel based foundation which becomes easier to work with once it warms up. I find it almost impossible to blend with a beauty blender, so opt for a face buffing brush or stippling brush. It buffs out to a powdery finish.


Look: Studio Sculpt gives medium to full coverage depending on how much you use. I am obsessed with the satin matte finish this gives me, it is perfect for combination skin. It also looks awesome in flash photography as it doesn’t give any flashback/ashyness (brown girls rejoice!).

The only negative about this foundation is that when you first apply it you can feel it on your skin, it takes about an hour for the foundation to “settle” and allow some oil to come through.


Longevity: The longevity of this foundation is really impressive. It lasts around 12 hours on me and doesn’t oxidise nor fade. Over the course of the day I probably need to powder my T-zone once at most.

Removal: This product requires an oil-based make-up remover. I usually have to double cleanse after wearing this.

I personally rate Studio Sculpt above Studio Fix which oxidises and gives me breakouts. This product is perfect for those with normal-combination or combination-oily skin who want a full coverage natural looking foundation.


No flash, natural daylight


 Flash. natural daylight

By the way I’m rocking 100% heat free curls in this review. I will be doing a tutorial soon! If you found this review useful or interesting hit that like button 🙂 Until next time loves.

Jay x