I've been watching youtube reviews on this foundation and reading about it online. A lot of makeup artists use this on photo shoots. The Jersey Shore girls wore this one of their promo shoots. The fact that it's a gel based foundation interested me. I like nice coverage, that still has a natural look & feel. I had been using MAC's MatchMaster foundation in shade 5.0 for days when I wanted good coverage and for special occasions, but lately, that foundation has been looking well "foundationy" (& I don't like to look like I'm caked with makeup). I wanted a change for days when I wanted medium to full coverage, without looking overly made up. I already have a foundation for light (everyday coverage). I was going to order this in NC42, based on recommendations from the online artists at MAC. I decided to wait, and I went to the MAC counter when I was at the big mall (45 min away) on Saturday. The artist actually found me the perfect match this time. (Usually, at that particular counter, I'm always matched either too light or too dark.) My MAC artist matched the side of my face (along the jawline) & said "Wow! I'm good!". I was impressed too. NW40 matched me spot on (her first choice for me). My girl friend who was with me even was impressed. She said it matched so well it didn't even look like I had makeup on. (& She would tell me if my makeup wasn't right.)
(a little bit wet from the constant rain, but surviving Sandy)
I have been wearing this for the past 3 days, and I must say, I'm impressed. When I asked the MAC artist what the difference between this & the MatchMaster were, she told me that the MasterMaster is more matte & oil-obsorbing, while the Studio Sculpt is more moisturizing (great cause my skin is drier in the colder months) and has better coverage. I like that it's water based. The coverage is fantastic, but it doesn't look heavy or cakey. This is buildable as well. A little goes a long way. You don't need much to get good coverage. This covers blemishes, dark areas, and even darkness under the eyes. I don't even need to use concealer with this. The MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder is nice to set this with, though I prefer wearing the foundation on it's own. It's been raining nonstop here since Sunday, with Hurricane Sandy in the works, but this didn't budge or get messed up in the rain (unlike the MAC Studio Moisture Tint). This stayed put all day for me & wore really well. I had it on for 10 1/2 hours yesterday, and at the end of the day, it still looked just as fresh as it did when I put it on in the morning before work. (I have no tried this with a primer yet). First Impressions: Overall, I really like this foundation. It's nice for normal to dry skin, has a natural finish & great coverage. It doesn't look or feel cakey & felt lightweight on my skin.
*I recommend always getting a sample of the foundation & getting color matched to ensure the correct shade. Everyone's skin is different & it's always smart to try before you buy.*
#1. Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab (shade 157)- LOVE this foundation! This is my go to foundation for everyday use. Feels lightweight, great coverage (buildable/medium), doesn't look cakey when built up, smooth finish, smooth application & blends like a dream. The finish is a natural finish (not matte). Easily accessible at drugstores & super centers (Walmart/Target). Affordable. Nice range of shades. My skin is sensitive & I can wear this consistently with no issues. I love this foundation for work because it lasts all day & has nice coverage without looking "made up". ($12.98 Walmart) #2. Mark Got The Goods Foundation Lotion (shade 6)- This is more along the lines of a tinted moisturizer. I've been loving this new foundation by Mark. It's similar to the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab but with less coverage. It has a very smooth application & is blends like a dream. This feels great on the skin & makes the skin feel very smooth and soft. The coverage is light but can be built up without looking cakey. (However, if you want full/matte coverage you won't care for this.) This has a dewy/natural finish. Perfect for days when you want a polished look with enough coverage to smooth away flaws but not be fully made up. I wear this when I don't want a lot of coverage. This did last for me all day, and I've been wearing this a lot lately to work. I switch off between the Covergirl & Olay & this foundation. I reach for the Covergirl when I want more coverage, but usually, I've been wearing this basically everyday to work. It is on the pricier side ($18)- more expensive than drugstore foundations but less expensive than department store brands such as NARS, DIOR, & MAC. #3. Make Up Forever Face & Body Foundation (shade 34)- First of all, I was just checking this out on Sephora's website & I swear that the price went up. I remember the price being in the mid to high $30 range but never $40! I love the lightweight consistency of this foundation. This is a liquid foundation that actually has the texture of a liquid (not creamy like a lot of "liquid" foundations). It has a runny, mousse like texture. It's not as runny as the MAC version nor does it feel sticky on the skin like the MAC one can Also, for as lightweight as this is, the coverage is fantastic. It's flawless & this feels virtually weightless on the skin, like you're wearing nothing on you're face. I wear this when I want something lightweight but want decent medium coverage. Lasts all day & is waterproof! This is a great Summer foundation & perfect for the beach/vacations. The downside is the price. It's $40 & avail at Sephora & Make Up Forever boutiques. #4. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (St. Moritz)- This tinted moisturizer has FANTASTIC coverage & covers better than most foundations. SPF 30 which is great for Summer & is moisturizing without making skin feel greasy or look oily. As I mentioned, my skin is sensitive, and I can't wear a lot of products with SPF because they tend to irritate my skin. I can wear this with SPF 30 with no issues. Great when you want something lightweight but with great coverage. This is pricy - $40 & avail at Sephora & NARS counters. I purchased mine at beauty.com with 20% promo code (they have tons of sales there!). #5.MAC Matchmaster Foundation (shade 5.0)- I love how these shades of this foundation as neutral (perfect for my skintone which isn't too warm or too cool). This formula is supposed to adapt to your skin tone & shade 5.0 is the perfect MAC. (In other MAC foundations, I'm NC40/42) . This foundation has amazing coverage (full with demi-matte/natural finish). It's buildable. I use this when I want FULL coverage, while still giving me a natural look. Also, it photographs beautifully. It's $33 (more expensive than other MAC foundations), but you also get more for your money. This is the only full coverage foundation that I can wear consistency without it irritating my skin. Covers EVERYTHING while still looking natural. Now that's a WINNER! (great shade range too for very light to very dark skin tones!)