Battle of the MAC Foundations

I’m comparing the MAC Studio Sculpt, Matchmaster, and Studio Fix Fluid.


First up is the Studio Sculpt Foundation.  $30.00 for 1.3oz

MAC description:  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. Offers broad spectrum SPF 15 protection.

My thoughts:

Packaging:  Squeeze tube, 6in tall 2in across.  I like the tube, it’s easy to control how my product is dispensed.

Formula:  It has a gel-mouse like consistency.  It’s medium to full coverage, but feels surprisingly lightweight.  A dime sized amount gives medium coverage.  I’ve found that if I apply too much I get a weird finish to my skin (like, you can tell I’m wearing foundation).  It’s gel-ish formula works fine with my oily skin as long as I wear primer.  Dry skin types would probably like this.

Longevity:  8 hours with primer.

Application:  This doesn’t set right away, so after you apply to your skin you have a little time to work with it.  I like to roll my wet BeautyBlender over it, or use a stippling brush blending out with circular motions.

Second is the Matchmaster Foundation.  $33.00 for 1.18oz

MAC description:  New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish with line-reducing soft-focus powders. Medium buildable coverage offering broad spectrum SPF 15 protection.

My thoughts:

Packaging: It’s a pump measuring 5in tall, 1.5in across, and 4.5in around.  The outside part twists to securely lock the pump.

Formula:  It’s a nice balance of not being  runny, but not being thick either.  It almost has a gel-like consistency, but not as much as the Studio Sculpt.  You can achieve full coverage without looking too “made up,” and it layers without getting cakey.  It tends to stick to dry patches of skin, so this would work best with oily skin types.

Longevity: 8 hours with primer.

Application:  I’ve tried several different ways, and a stippling brush works best.

Last is the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.  $27.00 for 1.0oz

MAC description: A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients. Oil free.

My thoughts:

Packaging:  Bottle, measuring 4in tall, 1.5in across, and 5in circumference. This doesn’t come with a pump (although you can purchase one separately) so you have to actually pour the product out.  It’s very easy to pour too much!

Formula:  Runny.  One you apply to the face it sets up quickly, so you have to work fast. It had medium to full coverage, but tends to get cakey if you apply too much.  Dryer skin types may want to steer clear of this, but oily-combo skin may benefit from it.  This is very similar to Revlon’s Color Stay foundation.

Longevity:  7 hours with primer.

Application:  Stippling brush, circular motions to blend out.  Work fast!


All of the foundations are different in terms of finish, but they’re all medium-full coverage and contain SPF.  They’re also the pretty close in terms of price (Matchmaster is slightly more expensive for less product).  I really do love all of these for different reasons, but if I had to chose one overall it would be:

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

The Studio Sculpt works for most skin types, oily or dry, and has a nice satin-y matte finish.  The Matchmaster and Studio Fix are best suited for oily skin types.  That being said, all three of these work great on my oily skin :)

Have you tried any of these foundations?  What’s your favorite MAC Foundation?

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