It feels like this review is long overdue- blame the lack of decent sunlight to take proper pictures. Anyway I finally feel like I'm in a position to give a review of Mac's Studio Sculpt foundation- now I try not to throw the term "holy grail" about that often, however I think it’s safe to say I have finally found a potential HG foundation for nights out. I honestly can’t fault this foundation- well maybe there is a slight fault, I’ll get to that in a bit.

Studio Sculpt is a gel based medium coverage foundation, which can easily be build up into a more high coverage. It also contains SPF15 so be prepared for white face if your too close to the camera. I got this shade in NW25 as that is normally the shade I am after a coating of St Tropez (normal and dark versions). What I love about this foundation is that it adapts pretty much straight away to my skin colour so I don’t have to worry about buying more than one type of foundation depending on my tan. I think this is a major selling point of this foundation.

I always apply this with Benefit’s PoreFessional as my primer and then buff into the skin using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush (review here). Now I find that you only need a very small amount to cover your face, so I normally apply a pea sized amount to the back of my hand and work into the skin, and then add more if I need it. For nights out I always use a light dusting of my Mac MSFN normally Medium Deep depending on how (fake) tanned I am and my foundation stays put for a good 7 hours.


The picture above gives you an indication of how the coverage is on the skin- its worth noting that the foundation colour is slightly darker as I swatched on my natural pale skin. This is also what I would consider a more “heavier” swatch- I personally don’t wear it this thick. Now I have never ever had this problem before however the other weekend when I ventured into Sunderland with Laura for a night out after the Nelly Shoe Event in Newcastle I did have some shinyness on my nose and had to use powder- however this had happened a good 3-4 hours after applying my foundation. I'm blaming having to drive through the one way street systems in Newcastle.

The foundation costs £24 which I am more than happy to pay as I know this will last quite a while and is available from the Mac website, as well as Debenhams and Selfridges.