In the end I decided to go with the MAC one, because even though I love Bourjois somehow their foundation colours never work on me, turning me kind of grey coloured. Grrr...
|MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC25 (left) and NW25 (right)|
Initially I was colour matched to NC25 (as I thought), which I bought... then 3 days later I went to the beach and despite me slapping on sunscreen everywhere I managed to get a tan. Oops. NC25 no longer looked good on me, but because I liked it already I thought I'll visit MAC again and get the next shade up. Except when I tanned instead of going NC30 I somehow turned into NW25.
Anyway long story short, I now have 2 foundation colours! My tan has faded a bit now but not enough to wear NC25 alone, so I just mix the two to get my perfect colour. I don't mind that at all as I've always mixed my foundations shades, so all good.
|Swatches of MAC Studio Sculpt foundation in NC25 and NW25|
Coverage & Consistency
It's kind of a gel / cream consistency. You only need a little bit to get a really good medium to full coverage. I wouldn't say it's a matte coverage, more like a satin one so there's still some sheen. I apply it with my fingers as I find it blends better that way. I'm happy to say my skin is no longer as dry or flaky as it was a few weeks ago, but even in its driest phase this foundation did not emphasize any flakes.
I apply it around 7 am in the morning and my foundation still looks fresh when I'm taking off at night. I always set it with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder, which helps it last that long. I don't get any shine at all, except maybe towards the end of the day when the sides of my nose get a bit oily.
|MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation on face - Click photo to enlarge|
Aahh the smell... It's a bit of a weird one. It has a somewhat sweet alcoholic smell, kind of like sweet sherry. At first I really liked it, then as my pregnancy hormones played havoc with my sense of smell I couldn't stand the smell, but now I'm fairly neutral to it. So if you have a sensitive nose, definitely have a sniff before buying it!
Overall I'm extremely happy it and will re-purchase when it runs out, but I'll probably try to buy it online as I don't want to be paying the Aussie prices for it! ($51AUD). It has SPF15 in it which is a plus, and even though some foundations with SPF give a white cast to the face in photos, I don't find that the case.
Have you tried this foundation before?