Wednesday, 16 May 2012

MAC Studio Fix Foundation!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid - available from store/counter/online - £19.50

MAC says: 'A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients.'

You can see how well it covers that burn!
This was the first ever MAC foundation i ever bought and for a long while i completely fell out of love with it and abondaned it in my 'unused makeup box'. But recently i have seen a few bloggers wearing this foundation and looking completely flawless (jelous!) so i thought i'd give it another shot..

This foundation covers up imperfections with ease but the problem with this is it can look a bit cakey - not a good look. But with the right application i think this is great for nights out or days when you want to look flawless! I used my Sigma F80 (flat top kabuki) to apply this with a few spritz of MAC Fix+ on the brush. With this method i find i can apply less and buff it in to a nice, medium coverage for the day time or build it up to a full coverage for nights out. There really isn't much need for concealer with this foundation which is definitely a time saver. 

In terms of how long it lasts; i found it coped with my (very) oily skin for around 3/4 hours which isn't great but my t-zone is extremely oily so this is expected really! I think with a good primer and setting powder this could last a few more hours easily and people with normal/combination will find it last longer also. Even though my nose was really oily and shiny the foundation did not slide or disappear - i just patted away the excess with oil with a tissue and it still looked great after 7/8 hours - not bad!

I have this is an NC45 which is slightly to dark for me which means i can't use it daily! But i do think it blends into my skin quite naturally and i don't look like i have an orange mask on (at least i hope i don't) so it's more than great for nights out! My only problem with most MAC foundations is the yellow undertone is very strong and well, yellow so it doesn't look as natural as it could otherwise. 

There is not really much more i can say about this foundation - the coverage is great, with the right application it doesn't look 'fake'. It lasts a decent amount of time considering how oily my skin is - people with normal/combination skin will probably find it lasts slightly longer! I don't recommend it for people with dry skin as it is quite thick so will more than likely cling to any dry patches. It does dry to matte finish, but its more of a natural matte as MAC rightly claims. 

Would i re-purchase this? Probably not - Revlon Colorstay lasts just as long, the coverage is about the same and it's around £7 cheaper too! The only plus is MAC's huge colour range so you will get a perfect match, whereas with Revlon it may be slightly harder! 
Do i recommend it? For normal/combination skin it does make a good full coverage foundation and for £19.50 its cheaper than other MAC foundations.

Oh and i have heard this can dry skin out and makes people break out so try to test this out before committing to a full bottle. I have a got a foundation tester from MAC in the past when i have purchased another item - so just ask! 


  1. This is my 'go to' foundation. I absolutely love it! Mine stays put all day but I have dry skin so don;t worry about it sliding off. I love it on a night out. I agree that it can look caked unless you spend a good while buffing it in. I've recently done a blog post on it too!! :)
    x x

    1. it is great for a night out definitely! aw i've just had a look, glad it really works for you, shame for my oily skin :( <3


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