I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!
Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams, though Light doesn’t really have any colors dark enough to use as a contour… The other three do, though!
The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.
Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!
You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.
There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).
These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.
For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:
W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)
NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)
N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)
NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)
C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
NC15: This is the lightest of the NC (Neutral Cool) concealers from MAC. It’s a pale, ivory beige with yellow undertones that is a good match for fair-light, cool skintones. For the most part, I like to use this to cover blemishes, as it helps neutralize redness, but you can also use this as a highlighter and to brighten the under eye area if you prefer a cooler toned concealer over the usual warm tones most people use to correct dark circles. That said, it can be layered over another color, just to brighten. NC15 is available to purchase individually in both refill pans and in the usual Studio Finish concealer packaging.
W10: This is a sort of new shade of Studio Finish Concealer… It’s a pale, creamy ivory with warm, pinkish undertone. If you’re very fair and have a warmer skin tone (NW or Matchmaster 1-1.5), you can use this on the face to correct. I personally love this color to brighten and highlight under my eyes. It’s just warm enough to cover my dark circles perfectly! This color is only available in this palette and in the W10/NC20 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.
NC20: NC20 is a light beige with yellow undertones. This can be used to correct on the face if you have a similar skin tone, or to counteract redness. You can also highlight with this concealer. This color is also available in the W10/NC20 Studio Finish Concealer Duo and can be purchased by itself.
NW20: This concealer is a light, warm, ivory/beige with peachy pink undertones. This type of color is ideal to correct and brighten under the eyes for anyone who has a fair to light complexion. It can also be used to conceal on the face if you have warmer undertones to your skin. NW20 is available individually, as well as in the NW20/NC25 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.
Pale Yellow: Pale Yellow is one of the corrector colors in this palette and is, well, a pale, creamy , cool toned yellow. It’s mostly meant to be used as a corrector for redness, but can be mixed with other colors to highlight with, too. This also works for some people under the eyes, though not most because the cooler tone can make you look a little washed out. This corrector is only available in this palette.
Pale Pink: This corrector is a pale, warm, pinky peach that’s best for correcting dark circles and other dark, cool toned discolorations. I use this quite often under my eyes if I don’t want to use something as light as W10. Most of the time when I use Pale Pink, I layer another concealer or I’ll pat my foundation over it so you don’t actually see this color (the whole point of correctors). This corrector is only available in this palette.