December 11, 2011

Making Make-Up Work

I'm sure I'm not alone in having products in my collection that I hate or can't use. You buy things in good faith, based on copious reviews and research and, when you get it, you are royally disappointed that the product simply won't work for you.

One such product for me is MAC Studio Sculpt concealer. This is raved about on YouTube along with the Studio Sculpt foundation and, so, many moons ago, I got them both for Christmas. I loved the foundation and still do for it's full-coverage yet non-powdery finish. The concealer, however, was an almighty disaster that I have discussed before in my Products I Regret Buying post.

In short, it is extremely thick with an almost waxy consistency. It just slumps lazily over blemishes, making them appear bigger than they are and does nothing to conceal them. And, don't even think about putting this under your eyes. Ugh.

However, where there is a will there's a way and at 7:30 one morning recently, I was obviously feeling very smart because I finally found a way to make Studio Sculpt concealer work for me!

I was applying some Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint to any areas that could do with more coverage than my MAC MSFN gives when I decided to try buffing it in with the MAC 130 (incidentally, this is a brush I have never been able to get much use out of!). The finish it gave was great but, as Sheer Skin Tint is only a tinted moisturiser, the coverage wasn't enough for my out of sorts skin. I was reaching for my MAC Studio Finish concealer when I accidentally grabbed Studio Sculpt and thought, "What the hell, I'll give it another go."

Instead of applying it with my fingers or the MAC 195 concealer brush, I dipped the same 130 in the product and stippled it over any obvious blemishes. The result was remarkable. Everything was concealed without looking cakey or heavy and the stippling left it with a gorgeous airbrushed finish.

Needless to say, I'm delighted that I have finally found a use for Studio Sculpt concealer and my MAC 130 and I've been using these steps on the odd few blemishes I get since. Chuffed!


  1. How can you not love the 130?! It's my absolute favourite! I didn't like studio sculpt foundation, it broke me out. :( waaaah!


  2. I love it when a product and a brush come together :)

  3. I love it when you suddenly find a way to make a 'what was I thinking' purchase suddenly work for you after all :) Makes me feel like a genius, LOL

  4. hmmm.....interesting... i only used the 130 for lightscapade until now but i do find studio sculpt hard to work with, will definitely give this a whirl thank you :)

  5. Good for you! I have a eye primer (FY Eye) that I don't like and I wish I could find a way to make it work! Will try with different brushes.

  6. What number is this brush in Stigma


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