Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence Foundation Review

Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence Foundation

Make Up Store is a brand that's pretty tricky to get hold of in the UK. They're a Swedish luxury cruelty free makeup brand, and oddly (for a European-based brand) is easiest to buy in the UK from Australia!

 I first saw their full-coverage foundation, Sculpt Excellence, on the beautiful Karima McKimmie's YouTube channel. She's not only excellent, intelligent, beautiful and irritatingly talented; she's also similarly olive-toned to me, and has the same shade struggles when it comes to base products. If you're a fellow greenish-tinged human, you'll know that loads of foundations are just too yellow/peach/pink/anything toned to actually look real on your skin. Many's a time store lighting has told me a foundation is on the money, only to walk out in the real world and look ill/deranged/colourblind/all of the aforementioned. First world problem.

Well folks - look no further. all your greeny skinned dreams have come true in this shade - Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence Foundation in Coconut.

Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence in Coconut Review

First - packaging. Chic, clean, mock-croc and matte black. The applicator is completely bizarre - a spatula? really? Not going to win any design prizes, but honestly, I got over it in about ten seconds. The formula is thick enough not to splodge everywhere, and it does the job, albeit in a messy way. NBD.

The formula - described by the brand as " Oil-free, creamy foundation with high coverage" and providing a "smooth and semi-matte finish". I'd pretty much agree with that. The texture is a thick gel-cream, and feels very luxurious. Given the thick texture, you'd be forgiven for dreading blending Sculpt Excellence out - do not fear. This foundation blends easily with a sponge or a brush. The coverage is definitely medium-buildable upwards - mixed with some moisturiser you can get a lighter base. The finish is satin-matte - quite a natural finish, in a full coverage formula. This is by no means no makeup-makeup (I'll point you in the direction of this BareMinerals beauty for that) but for fuller coverage occasions, this is a really nice choice. 

There is no SPF to my knowledge in this formula, and I've not experienced any flashback with photography - it's an ideal night out/event option. I get an easy 6-8 hours' wear without touchups (with primer, and a properly lovely powder over the top). 

Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence Foundation

What really sets this apart though, is that olive undertone. Woah there. It's the most green foundation I've ever seen (in a good way, you understand). If you're about the same skin tone as me, this is a really fantastic colour - you can see below how it's just melted in to my NC25ish skin in the swatch below. This is a really easy foundation to blend with other formulations - if you have any foundations that are just a bit too yellow, a wee blob of this added in and you'll be colour-matched in no time.

Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence Coconut Swatch

Have you tried any Make Up Store Products?

All products mentioned bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.


  1. Hello, i have consider ordering from australia but so scared that i will have to pay for customs afterwards! Did you have to pay customs at all? :)

    1. I didn't have to this time around thankfully! I think it can be a bit hit and miss however, so do factor that in to shipping costs! This is a lovely foundation though! :) x

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