MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer was my first concealer ever. Primarily I purchased it because of the many great reviews and since it was full coverage I figured it would be great for covering my spots, anything that my foundation had missed. It was a total fail but this was my fault as I didn’t blend it well and blending is key with this concealer or your skin will look splotchy. I’ve since learned how to blend, blend and blend some more but find that Studio Finish works better under foundation. I put a small amount on my spots, blend with my fingertips and then apply my foundation as usual. This gives flawless results. This method also works great for covering tattoos, I use it along with Dermablend Cover Creme and set with Ben Nye Neutral Set and Ben Nye Final Seal.
I’ve also tried using Studio Finish as an under eye concealer. I would blend a dab under my eye, blend it out with my foundation and set with Ben Nye Banana Powder. It would look great at first but during the course of the day would crease and settle into my fine lines making me look older and tired. I’ve since stopped using it this way and only use it under my eyes if I have nothing else on hand and always a very small amount.
The best use I’ve found for Studio Finish Concealer is to clean and define my eyebrows. After I get the shape I want I apply the Studio Finish Concealer around the perimeter with a firm concealer brush and blend it out with a cotton swab. Works every time…
I alternate between the Studio Finish Concealer and my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer for my brows as since I have oily/combo skin the Studio Finish is sometimes too heavy and clogs my pores making the area around my brows break out. This mostly happens during the warmer months so lately I’ve been using the Pro Longwear.
MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer retails at $18 and can be purchased at maccosmetics.com or at a MAC counter near you.