MAC Cosmetics Well Defined: New Studio Sculpt Foundation, Concealer Hits Stores Next Week

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Heya, MAC-aholics! My friends over at MAC just sent me some tidbits on the new Well Defined collection.


It features a new line of gel-based concealers and foundations called Studio Sculpt, which will be added to MAC’s permanent product arsenal.

I haven’t had the greatest luck with MAC foundations in the past (Studio Fix broke me out like *WHOA*), but I love their concealers. My dark circles and I will be all over that lil’ pot with a quickness. 😉

Studio Sculpt Concealer, $16.50

  • NC 15, NC 20, NC 30, NC 35, NC 42, NC 45, NC 50, NW 15, NW 20, NW 25, NW 30, NW 35, NW 40, NW 45, NW 50

Inspired by the needs of M·A·C makeup artists, who demanded a full-coverage concealer that never becomes dry and cakey, the gel-based cream formula slips onto skin, effortlessly hiding imperfections. Its silicone coated pigments help retain color purity for superb coverage that blends easily yet covers completely with just a small amount of product.

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, $28

  • NC 15, NC 20, NC 25, NC 30, NC 35, NC 37, NC 40, NC 42, NC 44, NC 45, NC 50, NC 55, NW 15, NW 20, NW 25, NW 30, NW 35, NW 40, NW 43, NW 45, NW 47, NW 50, NW 55

Every drop contains uniquely formulated micronized silicone-coated pigments that keep color true, so it appears to sink into the skin without ever becoming mask-like or cakey. A cushiony gel base helps color slip onto skin for a medium-coverage silky finish.

Made for all skin types, this lush formulation is especially suited for dry, sensitive and mature complexions; with continued use, skin becomes increasingly hydrated and supple.

191 Foundation Brush, $32

  • A large, flat, square-shaped synthetic fiber brush with a fine, firm edge for distribution and blending of liquid, emulsion or cream products on the face or body.

Concealer Brush, $22

  • A flexible, synthetic flat brush with slight pointed tip for application and blending of all concealer formulas and other emollient products.

Prep + Prime Skin, $23

  • An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones that calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.


Q: How does this formula perform differently from other foundations in the M·A·C line?
Studio Sculpt is incredibly versatile, which makes it unique for many reasons, since its texture is silky and creamy, gliding effortlessly onto skin while providing a natural, velvety finish that’s both modern and natural. It can be blended with moisturizer for a more sheer finish that’s never streaky, or combined with concealer for more full coverage. Create a matte finish by applying powder afterwards, or use Studio Sculpt alone to emphasize skin’s natural sheen and highlights.

Q: Why was this product key for you and your team during fashion week? Has Studio Sculpt been used in any photo shoots?
We have anxiously wanted to offer a foundation that leaves skin looking well-hydrated and completely nourished, and can stand up to being used in various ways. Studio Sculpt can be sheered out or used with powder; it always looks flawless, which is a backstage dream. It is the perfect formula for both film and digital photography, in black and white or color. It’s extremely user-friendly, and the finish remains true and consistent in both color and texture.

Q: Is Studio Sculpt appropriate for HD TV use?
It’s absolutely perfect for High Definition television, because the texture is flawless and it helps skin read as real looking, not overly made up. More importantly, Studio Sculpt’s coverage can be easily manipulated into something very sheer, or layered to offer more coverage where necessary, while remaining even-toned and consistent in texture.

Q: What are some application techniques for the non-professional user?
Begin with a pea size amount on the back of your hand, and use any foundation brush to apply onto hydrated skin. Mix in a bit of your favorite moisturizer (try Strobe Cream or Strobe Liquid), which will create a sheer, luminous finish that makes skin appear to be candlelit. Use any M.A.C concealer over areas that need additional coverage.

Q: In your experience, what skin benefits have been shown with continued use?
Skin becomes more plump and hydrated, it give a youthful look.


Q: How does a medium-coverage foundation like this work well with today’s makeup trends?
What’s most important is versatility in creating perfect-looking skin. It needs to appear fresh, flawless, and polished, but the products used to achieve this effect should be indiscernible to the naked eye. A medium coverage like what’s offered by Studio Sculpt allows you to sheer down the formula with various creams and mixing mediums to create glowing skin, but can also be layered with concealer to create a more opaque finish.

Q: Some people can be wary of a product labeled medium-coverage, so who would you say is the ideal person for this foundation? What are their needs?
Studio Sculpt is ideal for anyone wanting to look flawless, but without seeming like they are wearing anything. In essence, this formula is for everyone. It can be easily sheered down to create a light veil of coverage, mixed with luminescent products to create glowing effects or layered to conceal any imperfections. Studio Sculpt will make your complexion look perfect, whether you’re dealing with dehydrated skin, unwanted oily areas, fine lines or discoloration.

Q: You always say we can judge how well something will sell based on how many products are stolen by models backstage, where does Studio Sculpt rate on this scale?
By far, this was the product we most had to keep track of backstage. Makeup artists and models alike fell in love with this formula, and didn’t want to wait for it to be launched to get their hands on it. Studio Sculpt was definitely the number-one product that fell victim to “sticky fingers.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Diva Style says:

    Oh great…one more reason for me to splurge and try something new at MAC! 🙂

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  2. Glosslizard says:

    I’ll definitely try this on!

  3. Shefali says:

    I’m interested in the foundation and will check out the concealer. Nothing beats my HG Bobbi Brown concealer, but I will try it out and see 🙂

  4. Daya says:

    I’m 95% out of my Studio Fix, so the foundation is worth a shot especially since my skin is sensitive. Thanks for the heads up Karen! 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    i must admit i’m a bit upset about this lol…. i paid no attention to the fact that this collection was being released. I just bought the Studio Finish Concealer on Saturday and fell in love with it. Now i kind of want to try this concealer but I’m trying so hard to save up for Hello Kitty next month 🙁

  6. Natasha says:

    Awwh I wanna try the Studio Sculpt Concealer, $16.50 but I already hve two full jars of concealer…..damn

  7. I have never had luck with any of their foundation either. It’s always too sparkly or greasy or thick. This concealer looks promising though!

  8. Kelley says:

    I have never had any luck with their foundation either!!! Does anyone know if this has a dewy (read: sparkly) finish? I am interested to see the concealer versus other MAC concealers as well.

  9. Tiffany says:

    I am so excited about this! I love MAC’s huge variety of shades, and this new formula sounds pretty unique…I’ll definitely purchase.

  10. Rachel says:

    ugh. i JUST bought new concealer [stila]. i don’t wanna try this new one and have mac envy. i definitely wanna give the foundation a shot though! the guy can sell it…

  11. MiMi says:

    Hola Karen!

    Think I will try the concealer…how about the prep+prime skin? It’s so crazy I’ve never used a face primer, only for the lids.

  12. Jenny says:

    I cannot WAIT to try the concealer! i have horrible dark circles and new concealers just tickle my fancy! (even though I’ve tried like a million of em). I think I will pass on the foundation though… I’m not a big foundation girl, only on special occasions. I just like wearing concealer and powder afterwards. Yay I’m counting down the days till this hits the counters!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Diva Style,

    LOL! Are you excited about the concealer or the foundation?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Ohhhh yeahh! I know you are a Chanel Teint Innocence girl, too. I wonder if this foundation will win us over… ya never know!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    You are so lucky to have found a HG concealer… sometimes I think I’m on an impossible mission, LOL. 🙂

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    Yay! What good timing for you. 🙂 Do you think you might try the concealer, too?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Wow, can you believe that it’s finally (almost) here? I feel like we’ve been waiting for *forever* for Hello Kitty.

    I’m kinda wanting the brush holder now!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Shoot! Hmm, maybe you can just go and try it to see if you like it. If you end up liking it, perhaps you can get one when one of your jars runs out. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    Yeah! Which one did you try? I used Studio Fix and a few months my chin was a hot mess of pimples.

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Kelley,

    I dunno yet… I can’t wait to see if how it looks on the skin. I usually can’t hang with sparkly finishes either!

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    🙂 Cool! Do you currently wear MAC foundation?

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Oh, which Stila concealer did you get? I love the one in the tube.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi MiMi,

    Hola! 🙂

    I haven’t tried Prep + Prime skin… I have tried the one for the lashes and it’s okay (doesn’t hold the curl like I want it too).

    Are you looking for a primer?

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Jenny,

    You and me both, homie. Zombies are jealous of my dark circles. 😉

    Which concealers have you tried?

  25. TUPRNUT says:

    I’m in trouble. Although I’ve tried and failed to love MAC foundations in the past, I’m up for another try. The concelear sounds interesting… I’ll absolutley give that a try!

    Is this LE or part of the permanent line?

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Both are being added to the permanent line! 🙂

  27. Diva Style says:

    Hi Karen, I’m excited about both! But, like you, I LOVE the pot concealers…you could practically use those as foundation if you needed to! 🙂

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  28. Karen says:

    Hi Diva Style,

    Sweet! What brush do you like? I usually use the MAC 194.

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