Sunday, January 26, 2014

REVIEW: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

Today, I'm going to be reviewing one of the most talked about concealers in the makeup community. It's the MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in NC30. I got this concealer a few months back and I've definitely used it regularly. Keep on reading for an in depth review of this product. 

WHAT IT CLAIMS: A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains silica to help absorb the skin's oils. Concealer has broad spectrum SPF 35 protection and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush (try the 242 Shader Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips.

New packaging is being phased in for this product. Your shipped product might look slightly different than the one shown on this site.

WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT: I got this concealer on my trip to Dubai because I wanted one with very full coverage for my under eye dark circles. I have REALLY bad ones and the SA there recommended this concealer to me. I got this in the shade NC30. I use an orange corrector underneath my concealer, which I think works better for me than pink toned concealers, so that's why I didn't get the NW shade. 

This concealer is not suitable for the under eye area, especially for me since I have oily skin as well. It has a very thick consistency and it settles into my fine lines and wrinkles. I do have a lot of them because my eyes are deep set and they're prominent when I smile, so using a concealer which gets cakey and settles into lines easily is a big no no. Setting it with powder will help prevent creasing, but I find that this settles so quickly on my skin that setting it with powder doesn't really help much. 

The MAC Studio Finish concealer is very pigmented. That's why, in my opinion, it's much better for concealing skin problems. Due to it's thick texture and excellent color pay off, only a tiny bit is needed to cover up any flaws or blemishes. It is slightly drying, so I imagine oily skinned people will love it more than people with dry skin. It also dries super quick, so you need to work quickly when using this concealer.

Since this concealer contains SPF, it causes a slight flashback in flash photography. It gives a grey cast where ever it's applied, so I really wouldn't recommend using it when you know lots of pictures are going to be taken. 

In terms of longevity, I get about 6 hours of wear on my oily skin. I imagine it'd wear longer on those of you with combination/ normal/ dry skin. 

PRICE AND AMOUNT: This is priced at USD $18 and it contains 7 oz or 0.24 US oz of product. 

AVAILABILITY: This is available on and you can also get it from MAC stores as well. Folks in Pakistan can get this from Rouge or Makeup & Accessories. I got mine from the Duty Free MAC counter at the Dubai airport. 


-It has excellent pigmentation 

-It covers problematic skin 

-It lasts a long time on your skin 

-There is a huge color range 


-It sets too quickly, making it hard to blend 

-It creases and settles into fine lines under your eyes 

-It has a dry texture 

-The SPF in it causes flashback

OVERALL VIEW: I mainly bought this concealer for my under eye area. Unfortunately, it creases and settles under my eyes. This concealer is perfect for covering flaws on the skin, but since mine isn't too problematic, I rarely get much use out of this concealer. Therefore, I won't be repurchasing it. 

Have you tried the MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer? What do you think of it? Don't forget to comment and follow me via GFC! :) x 



  1. After reading your review I think there are excellent drugstore concealers that work better than this and are available on for a fraction of the cost. Love the thorough review!

    1. I completely agree! Drugstore companies have definitely upped their game. x

  2. you are settles into fine lines....xoxoxo......:)

    1. I really wish it didn't! I so wanted to love this concealer. Maybe I'll have better luck with the Pro Longwear one. x

  3. Oh this looks just like the catrcie camouflage cream in terms of packaging and texture... Blending such thick concealers can be a bit tricky.. Great review :)

    1. I've yet to try the Catrice Camouflage Cream. I've heard good things about it, though! x

  4. seems like a disappointment. Finding a perfect concealer is probably the hardest task :/

    1. It really is, I so wanted to love this concealer! It is so hard for me to find one that I love because of my extremely dark under eye circles. But, I've made it my mission to find one that suits me perfectly! x

  5. Oh.. sad to know it didn't work well for you. It might be that cream-to-powder formula that settles really quickly. Thanks for sharing. Will steer clear of this.
    P.S. for dark circles, use the orange corrector (from NYX, Kryolan, etc.) before applying the concealer.

    1. I was really disappointed that this didn't work for me, either. I do use an orange corrector before my concealer, it works wonders! I use the NYX concealer in a jar and it works wonders. :) x

  6. My sister covers redness with it , in shade nc15