MAC Well-Defined Collection Reviews and Haul

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation ($28) is a new gel-based foundation that provides medium to high coverage with a natural satin finish. It is hydrating, long-wearing and water-resistant. I test drove this yesterday at the store and I have mixed feelings.

Initially, the foundation looked fantastic on me in the store and under indoor lighting. The coverage was invisible and it made my skin look so glowy and flawless! But once I walked out of the store into natural sunlight, I could tell I was wearing foundation and it made my skin look a bit dry and tight.

There are, however, a few things that I absolutely loved about it. For one, the coverage is great and really buildable so all you need is one tiny drop for the whole face. Having said that, a tube should last quite some time. Second, it does wear really well. I wore this for over 10 hours and my face still looked the same right before I washed it off. Lastly, the fact that it comes in a plastic tube – as supposed to a heavy glass bottle like the Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation – makes it super easy to travel with.

I think I might have to go back to MAC to give this another shot before I can come to a conclusion.

As for the new Studio Sculpt Concealer ($16.50), it is a cream concealer that comes in a pot about the size of MAC Paint Pots. The texture kind of reminds me of Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer, but a lot more blendable. It is thick yet creamy and provides great coverage. All you need is the tiniest bit and your undereye circles and any imperfections will disappear! I also love the fact that it is not drying and you do get a lot of product. I think this is going to become one of my HGs!

Prep + Prime Skin ($23)
This repromote is an ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones to calm and soothe the skin, blot away excess oil and even out skin redness. It also helps to improve the laydown and application of foundation or powder.

The product goes on pretty watery and feels very hydrating. Even though I do not see any evening out of skin redness or soothing of skin as claimed, I really like how it plumps up my skin in an instant leaving it feeling very supple. The finish is also pretty shimmery, in fact, a little too shimmery for my taste. If you have big pores or like the matte look, this is not the product for you.

The 195 Concealer Brush ($22) is synthetic fibre flat brush and a new addition to MAC’s collection of brushes. It has a slight pointed tip for precision application and blending of all concealer formulas and other emollient products. It works beautifully with the Studio Sculpt Concealer. I think I will go back for it later.

The 191 Square Foundation Brush ($32) is a large, flat, square-shaped synthetic-fibre brush with a fine firm edge for distribution and blending of liquid, emulsion or cream products on the face or body.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Phyl, I LOVE the Sensual Skin Enhancer. A lot of ppl think it’s too cakey, but I think it can be totally worked.

    but you’re making me want this too. Damn. does it cover redness or undereye circles or both well?

  2. Phyllis, do you think you could take a picture with using this concealer under one eye and your normal concealer under the other? I’m just wondering how much better the finish could get, since your undereyes always look so flawless already : )

  3. Oooooh yes Skyle! The Studio Sculpt Concealer covers EVERYTHING – circles, redness, zits and freckles – and only costs half as much as the SSE.

  4. Hello…me again =)

    I was just wondering, I am an NC30 as well and I’d like to know what shade you were matched with in the Studio Sculpt foundation. Btw, I picked up the Studio Sculpt concealer based on your review and I am so in love with it! Thank you!

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