MAC Studio Tech Foundation Review

MAC Studio Tech Foundation Review

MAC Studio Tech Foundation : I was recently on the hunt for a compact foundation and went over to the MAC counter at my local Macy’s to buy the Mineralize SPF 15 foundation. I ended up picking up the Studio Tech foundation because I found it to be a better match for my skin.

MAC Studio Tech Foundation
MAC Studio Tech Foundation

Here is what MAC says about the product on their website:
“Totally tech. A tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder. Looks solid, glides on as a soft, creamy emulsion. Provides a natural matte, powder-perfect finish. Smooth to blend, easy to work with: provides a full range of coverage. Water-cooled – refreshes and hydrates skin. Light diffusing: softens lines, creates a fresh, flawless finish. Good on all skin types. Studio Tech is dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, non-acnegenic and safe for contact lens wearers”

Price: You get 10 grams or 0.35 oz for $29.50 or approximately 1750 INR

MAC Studio Tech Foundation
MAC Studio Tech Foundation

MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC 40 without flash.

MAC Studio Tech Foundation
MAC Studio Tech Foundation

With flash.

Here is what I think:

Pros of MAC Studio Tech Foundation

  • I have oily skin that is dry in some places (like flaky dry) and very oily in other places. The foundation glides over and creates and even finish. It’s easy to go around the nose and eyes and it settles well on the skin.
  • The foundation has a matte finish and buildable coverage. I found the coverage to be pretty natural and it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing foundation. It’s not “glowy” or “shimmery” at all, so it’s work/school appropriate.
  • You don’t need a concealer or powder with this. I use it on my dark circles and acne scars and I don’t need any other product to minimize those imperfections afterward.
  • If you use blush, it stays put on this. I’ve had a problem of my blush “sliding” off many liquid foundations; this makes it stay in place.
  • It’s a long lasting wear and you can easily wear it for 8 hours, but make sure you’re not working out with it on.
  • The packaging is light, and sleek and you can carry it around easily. Application with the sponge is easy and not messy at all.
MAC Studio Tech Foundation
MAC Studio Tech Foundation

The sponge applicator.

Cons of MAC Studio Tech Foundation

  • It is NOT sweat proof. I wore this to the gym and learned the hard way. Also, as soon as this touches water it does start moving around. This is a problem I’ve had with most of my MAC foundations. I think this is a problem with all water-based foundations.
  • It’s pretty expensive even though it is a “mid-priced” MAC foundation. I’ve already made a major dent in my compact and feel this isn’t going to last me more than 3-4 weeks, I’m still debating whether almost $10 a week for foundation is worth it.

Buy MAC Studio Tech if you want to simplify your life and want a good one-step foundation with a natural matte finish. It’s worked great for my combination skin, but if you have dry skin you might want to try Mineralize foundation instead. It’s pricey, but the quality is definitely worth it.

Overall Rating:

Quality: 5 Stars
Price: 3 Stars
Packaging: 5 Stars
Availability: 5 Stars

Have you used MAC Studio Tech Foundation? Please rate in the box below.

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64 thoughts on “MAC Studio Tech Foundation Review

  1. Nicey nicey.. :inlove: :inlove: and pricey pricey too 😛 😛 !!..he he..great review Devie :yes: :yes: :yes: !!…Me can’t be very sure about this foundation 😕 😕 . I have a tendency to stay at a very delicate state of equilibrium, as far as temperature around me is concerned..the moment it gets high even for a minuscule degree, I begin to sweat :sweat: :sweat: not for me!! :-(( :-((

  2. My question is why did you wear such creamy foundation to gym? 😛 I think this foundation would be great for oilies since you mentioned that it has matte finish.

    I love how MAC packs its compact foundations. Gives such a nice feeling. 😀 😀

    Great review :yes: :yes: :yes:

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  3. Just what I was waiting for!! thanx so much Devie for this review…I was confused between this abd Studio finish Foundation +Powder(or whateva it is…dont have the time to check the website right noew!!)… seriously any idea what to go for between the two??….i am oily in summers…actually now not much….and normal in winters…infact a bit on the dry side in winters..but definately blemish prone… confusing 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 .help!

    1. I’ve tried Studio Fix before and it ended up giving me breakouts and looked very cakey on me. So that’s definitely a :no: for me.

      If you’re just a little on the dry side, go for this! It’s non acnegenic too so you won’t have a problem with blemishes 🙂

  4. sounds like an amzing product except for the price. 🙁 At present I am pretty happy with my Loreal mineral foundation….though hated it in summers……used to make me sweat like crazy!!

  5. Hey this is my foundation 😛
    lol….I am using this since 3 months :O
    And I am not even half finished….may be ’cause I use it just 2-3 times a week.
    I love the matte finish it gives for my combination-oily skin. :-* :-* :-*
    When MAC MUA applied this on one side and Studio Fix on other….I knew that this is the one making huge difference with the flawless look and matched my skin tone perfectly. 😀
    Love it!
    Thanx for the review Devie :yes:

  6. Jinal,

    Hav u tried Mac studio fix powder + foundation…which one do u thnk is bettr?

    Even i hav combination + oily skin…n i had decided to buy Mac studio fix powder + foundation but after reading this review i m confused….. :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((

    1. Well honestly try both like Jinal did. For me this worked better. Studio Fix Powder + Foundation gives me little breakouts all over my chin and gives me really unnatural cakey coverage 🙁

      If I were you, I’d give both a shot! 🙂 Try it, before you buy it 😛

  7. This is my HG foundation – seriously loving it, the texture on the skin is soooo awesome – and you are right devie – absolutely no need for concealer – sometimes I even double it up as an e/s base but that might be pushing it too far 😛 😛 😛 😛

    Farah and Anupam – I prefer this to studio fix+ powder any day. Ive used that too – n it goes on very powdery and dry – dry skin people should avoid studio fix + powder – although it might work well for oily skin people in the summer – but it gives very sheer coverage so if you have scars n uneven skin, it doesnt do much at all….. Even if you have blemish prone skin – studio fix + powder will not cover anything … furthermore the studio fix+ powder tends to get oily after a few hrs of wear even in an A/C environment. The Studio tech won’t get oily – if you set it with powder after a few hours it just gets nice n dewey looking …. Although since make-up is subjective – I’d say go to MAC n try them both, keep them both on for a while and then decide …..


    1. Lol, I’m going to try this as an eyeshadow base today 😛
      I’m anemic and have dark circles and eyelids and I hate concealer (well cause I’m also lazy)!
      This is gonna be my HG foundation for sureeee 😀

      Btw…Cetaphil is soooo weird…it didn’t foam on me! But it got rid of all my makeup in one go, except waterproof mascara and a little bit of fluidline. But everything else gone…!

  8. Oh and I was going to say – Studio Tech photographs like a dream – seriously. Like its shinning moments are on camera, so if you dont want to shell out so much for an everyday product, It might be worth while to consider keeping Studio Tech around for those special occaisions like weddings and stuff… because alot of foundations look fine in everyday life but look horrid on camera… Studio Tech photographs the best out of Studio fix + powder, studio fix fluid, and MAC mineralise .. in my experience …

    Devie – how come you didnt pick up the MAC pro- longwear, those are water resistant and MAC liquid foundations have a lot more qty for the same price, definitely more value for money ….

    1. Me want to go to US – MAC is soooo much Cheaper – same foundation 56 AUD and imagine the AUD is at parity with USD !!!!! 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

  9. Ohh and Devie I was going to ask – Do you set Studio Tech with powder ? Coz I do and while Ive never worn it to the gym, its never given me any problems with water and stuff – with all the crazy sweating in Mumbai and OZ… and my tendency to weep during films … it does a remarkable job of staying put …

  10. Thnx a tooonnnnnnnn Janhavi :-* :-* …..u hav cleared alll my doubts..U r a :star: ….n since i dnt use make-up on an evryday basis…only for occasions…dis may jst be my HG….. :fingersxd:

  11. You are welcome Farha – just do go and try at the MAC store before purchasing, make sure you check the shade in sunlight as well – also keep it on for a few hours to check if it darkens etc … If you are spending so much money its better to be super sure na ….

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  12. Janhavi…Yup after readinnn all da reviews n suggestions i will definitely try b4 buyin enethng…alll the morrree coz it will be my 1st MAC …. 😀 😀 …. :-* :-* BTW where do stay…

  13. Hey Devie…it sounds like my dream foundation….perfect in every way……… :-* :-* :-* :-* BUMTOAD ji….have we started getting this in India yet…..

  14. moi lub creamy buttery foundations , also mac mineralize will stay put even after ten hrs (from home, cab , office, cab and back home 😛 )

  15. Hi,
    I have got a very pimple prone oily skin with scars…I use studio fix compact and Foundation…Do you think anything is better than this which can cover up my blemishes and uneven skin tone..and give a flawless look..

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