M.A.C.'s Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer might not come with a slew of impressive claims, but what it does it does really well, which is why it earns our top rating.
This creamy, fragrance-free concealer comes in a small flip-top compact and is easy to apply and blend with your fingers, a brush, or a sponge. Though emollient, it's not greasy and sets to a satin finish, making it a good option for those with normal, dry, and combination skin. (Those with oily to very oily skin might find it too creamy.)
Coverage is medium to full, and it does a good job of covering dark circles, brown spots, and areas of redness without looking cakey. One caveat: The wax base makes it not the ideal option for covering breakouts.
This concealer wears well throughout the day without fading and with minimal creasing, especially if you apply a powder over it.
More to love: It provides broad-spectrum SPF 35 with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen.
True to M.A.C.'s other complexion products, a wide shade range is offered, with workable options for fair to deep skin tones.
Overall, this is a great concealer with a lot of traits to love, including impressive-looking coverage and sun protection!
Note: This concealer is virtually identical to Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 35 ($24), with the same type and amount of sunscreen ingredients, and the same inactive ingredients, only the Lauder product has a higher pricer tag (Estee Lauder owns M.A.C.)!
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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