MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Light review

MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Light review

MAC Cosmetics just added a new product to the permanent Studio Sculpt line: the Studio Sculpt Defining Powder! This is a true innovation in face powder because it has a gel powder formula that works for both oily, combo and even dry skin! I received a sample in the shade Light to try.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder 1

Barely-there gel formula provides sheer coverage in a weightless application. Extremely silky and cream-like, it encompasses the best properties of liquid and powder for a sculpted look without a heavy makeup feel.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder swatch
Shown here swatched fairly heavily, left side is wet application and right is dry. On my NW15 skin, it is slightly lighter but not by much. It gives a gorgeous sheer glow and doesn’t stick to dry patches.

MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder review face

LEFT: Foundation only. RIGHT: Studio Sculpt Defining Powder buffed over entire face.

Well you can see for yourself. It evens me out and gives a soft diffused effect without being too chalky or cakey. With the cold weather fast approaching, it’s important that any powder I use is slightly hydrating, and this is.
This kept my skin shine-free for about 5 hours. It did not cling to any of my dry skin at all. And it photographs beautifully!

The compact also comes with a built-in mirror, great for touchups during the day (and you can grab a MAC powder puff for easy application on the go).

The MAC Cosmetics Studio Sculpt Defining Powder comes in 8 shades and is available at all MAC Counters and online at for $37 CAD. 


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  • This sounds just about perfect! Though I really finish up my Skinfinish Natural before buying another MAC powder, ha.

  • Do you think this product aims to work similar to the Hourglass Ambiant powders or is it more about providing coverage and even skin tone like a regular powder?

    • It doesn’t diffuse and blur as much as the Hourglass, it has heavier coverage though. This is more of a light foundation.

  • KinksCurlsandLOVE

    I am so interested in getting this. What kind of brush did you use? Can you use a flat kabuki brush or a face powder brush?