MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 (NC44) – Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No flash, natural daylight

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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

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High-End Beauty Haul feat. Nars, MAC, OCC, MUFE and Ben Nye

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Happy Sunday everyone I hope you’re well. I’ve been on a bit of a make-up binge recently. I’ve always been more of a skin-care gal myself but I realised that I needed to update my make-up collection a little, so I took to the shops for some much needed retail-therapy. Here are the things that I purchased:

1) MAC Studio Sculpt PF 15 Foundation – NC44 (£25.00)

I’m going to be doing a full review on this foundation soon but it is a great product which perfectly matches my skin tone. It is gel based, satin finish and long wearing foundation which gives medium to full coverage. I prefer to use this product for special occasions as it is one of the few foundations that I can actually feel on my skin.

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2) MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters in Peach Lustre and Light Boost (£18.50 each)

The Peach Lustre is what I use to colour correct ashy-dark spots on my face before applying foundation, this works fabulously on my skin tone. I wrote about colour correcting here. I bought the Light Boost to use as a highlighter but I think it’s a bit too light for me. Any suggestions on what else to use it for?

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3) NARS Pressed Powder – Mountain (£25.00)

This is a really pigmented pressed powder that gives a surprisingly good coverage even when used on its own. It also has a soft focus finish which leaves an air-brushed look to the skin. The only disappointing thing is the “powder puff” that comes with it, it’s a flimsy piece of sponge.

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4) NARS Immaculate Complexion Concealer – Dark 2 Cacao (£19.00)

I bought this deep concealer especially for the purpose of contouring. It is the perfect shape for drawing precise lines and the colour has a cool tone which is great for NC 42-45 wearers. It is creamy and blends well for those perfect chiseled cheekbones!

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5) Makeup Forever HD Foundation – N173 (£30.95)

I’ve been meaning to try this foundation for a while. The colour is quite a bit darker than my NC44 Studio Sculpt, but it has the same undertone so I could probably wear this in the summer. It is a medium- full coverage foundation with a satin-finish and is also oil-free. Watch out for a full review soon. MUFE swatch is on the top, compared to MAC Studio Sculpt NC44.

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6) Makeup Forever Sculpting Blush – Satin Blood Orange 20 (£22.95)

This is such a pretty coral shade with a really fine shimmer. It has great staying power and doesn’t look patchy by the end of the day.

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7) Ben Nye MediaPRO HD “Banana” Poudre Compact (£18.50)

This is a pressed powder form of the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder. It is a bit more luxurious than the loose powder and is great to carry in your bag for touch-ups. This powder really does have a highlighting effect when applied to the high points on the face and under the eyes, it also absorbs extra moisture really well.

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8) OCC Cosmetics Lip Tar Matte – Hoochie (£11.95)

I am obsessed with this colour! This matte liquid lipstick is the perfect cool tone purple, definitely one for the brave. It takes a while to apply this product and you need to use a lip-liner and primer underneath to stop feathering/bleeding, but once it’s on it stays on and feels really nice and moisturising. What’s more is that the product is 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.

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Now that I’m poor again and counting down the days till the next payday please let me know if you’d like full reviews on any of the products featured. Also what products have you been buying recently? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x