Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch, Review, FOTD and Demo

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Review Swatch FOTD

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15

By Contributor: Tejinder Kaur

Today’s review and swatch is on my favourite foundation which I have been using for most parties and functions. I bought this foundation in January this year and its almost finished so would be getting another one soon. I love it to the core as it suits my skin very well.

Mac Claims: MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation – 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 h. Long-wearing, water-resistant and offers broad spectrum SPF 15 protection.

Understanding the concept of NW and NC in Mac Foundations:

Before starting with the detailed review I would like to share some tips with you. First you need to understand what NW and NC actually mean. NC stands for Neutral cool and NW is Neutral Warm. If you have Pinkish tone in your skin then you should choose NW shade of foundations since they correct the coolness in your skin. And those with Yellow skin tone need NC foundations to counter act the yellow in your skin. So basically Mac terminology is opposite. Cool skin needs warm foundation and warm skin needs cool foundations. You really need to take the time out at your local Mac store to find your actual skintone. The MUAs there are very helpful and would tell you about your skin tone. Always go with less or no makeup and try the foundations in natural light instead of the store lights. Test the foundation on your face or jaw line instead of arm while matching as there is always a difference in the tone of your face and hands. As I have pinkish skin tone, I was recommended NW35 by the MUA. And it totally works for me.

Now back to review.

Texture and FinishIts creamy in texture and blends very nicely. It’s neither thick nor runny which I like the most. Finish is not heavy at all although it depends on how much you apply and how well you blend. It’s better to use a foundation brush to blend it flawlessly. I use the Real Techniques pointed foundation brush. It settles to a matte finish and glides effortlessly on the skin and provides a natural finish.

CoverageIt gives medium to full coverage which is very buildable. You can create a more matte finish by applying powder afterwards; I always use my Rimmel London Matte Pressed powder after applying this foundation to keep the oil at bay and set the foundation. It is the perfect formula for both film and digital photography. Although it does have spf 15 which might not work very well with flash photography.

Packaging: MAC packaging on whole is very classy and simple. It comes in a long clear squeeze tube which is very light weight and can be easily kept in your bag. The shade is mentioned on the back side. You have to be careful when squeezing it because when the tube is full, it squirts out way too much product. The colour can be seen through the tube and lid is a screw top so its secure and won’t spill out. It is very sturdy and travel friendly.

Lasting power: On my normal skin it lasts all day. On oil skin, it  would last for almost 5-6 hours without any oil. In fact it gives perfectly matte finish to skin.

It’s perfect for me in terms of coverage, lasting power and finish. This foundation covers all the spots without looking like a mask, I love the natural finish that it gives, which is matte but still looks flawless. You can add any highlighting liquid to add the dewy effect. You only need a small amount and buff in it creates a natural base which lasts all day. For dry skin beauties I would recommend using a good moisturizer before applying the foundation. I have normal skin but in winters I found little dryness so prefer to apply a heavy moisturizer. The gel formula works best as it covers everything from dark circles, pimples acne spots/dis-colouring and scars on face. I have dark circles as you can see in the pictures which it covers nicely. This is the best MAC foundation after my Estee Lauder one. It suits my skin perfectly and looks great all day. It evens out my skin tone and does not make me look cakey or dewy. I use Real Techniques pointed foundation brush or sometimes just fingers to blend and it blends very easily and effortlessly. It has SPF which is a point. It’s a bit expensive but totally worth the price. The pleasant fragrance would not bother sensitive noses.

Let’s look the photos and swatches:

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Review
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Review
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Review
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Review


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 NW35  Review
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 NW35
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Photo
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Photo


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatches
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatches


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatches unblended
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatches unblended


Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch unblended
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch unblended
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch blended
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch blended

 And here is a little demo of how I apply it:

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Demo Swatch Application Tutorial
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Application Tutorial

 I use a tiny amount and use the Real Techniques pointy foundation to blend it. You can build it up to get more coverage.

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch on face - before after photo
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 Swatch on face – before and after photo

In the photos I’m wearing nothing but a lip gloss

Pros of Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation:

  • Gives a flawless and natural look giving a matte finish
  • Great coverage and easy to work with. Very Buildable.
  • Feels light and very comfortable on skin. Easy to blend.
  • Hides a great deal of imperfection even without concealer
  • Lasts a long time
  • Contains SPF15 protection

Cons of Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation:

  • Doesn’t with a brush or sponge. But who am I kidding!
  • A bit expensive

Price: Rs.1900 approx

VNA Rating: 5/5

Final Verdict: Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation Spf 15 is the perfect foundation for my normal skin. I love its finish, coverage and texture. It works great as a concealer too but I use MAC select cover-up concealer to hide my dark circles. It appears heavy when applied at first but is really light in texture and settles to natural matte look. The foundation can give a beautiful finish if applied correctly. I highly recommend this foundation.

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  1. Your skin is so flawless that I did not discern much difference in the before and after photos. But my! It does give such a natural finish! What is the gorgeous lipstick you are wearing?
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    • aww..Thanks nivi <3
      I just have dark circles nt much visible though..but this foundation does give a natural finish and must have…do give it a try .<3
      and I am wearing Crazy in love Mua Power pout..:)

  2. OMG tej you have flawless skin <3 … very subtle and natural finish!! Great review tej :)
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    • Good for oily skin beauties too.. In fact it gives perfectly matte finish to skin…
      Thank you gow <3

    • ha ha ha.. trust me my pics doesn’t come out good without smiling…Glad u loved my posts ,that means a lot to me..Thank you <3

  3. Wow! This is amazing :D Superb review Tej!! Looks so so good and the coverage is decent too ^_^
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    • Yeah arpita this foundation is perfect in terms of coverage, lasting power and give it a try…thank you dear <3

  4. wow! I agree with Ansh that It’s so good that you actually did a demo to show how you use it and shared your entire foundation routine with us.:) Thanks for this Tej and Lovely review! You look pretty as always.<3
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  5. Most MAC foundations are awesome.. thanks for clearing that NC, NW, ABC waala fundas :p hahaha
    U know ur foundation well.. good review n pics Tej <3

  6. Very Nice & detailed Review Tej! you have a beautiful skin btw….Allready very flawless skin & this foundation makes it even more flawless… :)
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  7. Nice review Tej… N u r looking B’ful :)
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  8. Teju I love your flawless skin Honey <3, I will buy this foundation soon :) Lovely review :D
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  9. That is a nice detailed review, very helpful, Tej.
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  10. Nice clicks, demo and detailed review Tej ! Keep shining :D :D :D
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  11. you look pretty teji actually i also can’t figure out much difference in both pictures because you have beautiful skin !!!!!!!!! lovely review

    • so sorry u cant figure out the difference because i have dark circles which nt much visible though..But this foundation is perfect in terms of coverage, lasting power and give it a try..i am sure u will love it :)

  12. It sounds great! I would love to try it.
    You look fantastic even without make up!
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  13. Now this looks like a perfect foundation for parties.. Buildable coverage and what a staying power.. Liking it.. The coverage is just amazing.. I promise next foundation is going to be from MAC only!! :)
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  14. Looks like a good foundation for oily skin
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    • yeah candy On oil skin, it would last for almost 5-6 hours In fact it gives perfectly matte finish to skin… must try this one..highly recommend..Thanks :)

  15. wow how nicely u review it …nice tutorial :) it is on my must have list now :)
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  16. Wowww Teji your face looks soo glowyyy.. Your review has tempted to try this.. FOTD are gorgeous as always. :)
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  17. Nice detailed review Tej…I’m going to buy this soon.
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  18. You dont need a foundi Teji. You are a beauty queen :)
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  19. Hi Tej!
    i must say its a very detailed review…very well thought and you got this so cute smile :*
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  20. Hey tej your skin is naturally flawless and radiant ! Great review dear :)
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  21. I was under the impression that it would not be suitable for oily skin…in fact that’s what all MAC ppl told me- That Studio fix ( powder or liquid) is the one for oily skins, nothing else… What do you say?
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  22. Awesome review… esp the before/after pics :)

    Btw you have really gr8 skin!
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  23. wow.. teji u got such clear skin!! nice review dear..
    i so want to buy a mac foundi :)
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  24. Nice review. This is my go to foundation. I like using my fingers or a damp sponge to apply this.
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  25. This foundation is just perfect! Beautiful piccys Tej. Your skin is glowing :))) I need this foundation now ^_^
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  26. Very nyc, infact awesum tej…. but d thing is my skin tone is medium n i have some dark patches around my mouth. So will dis foundation help in reducing dose dark patches…n ya need to say ur pics r really good.