This foundation was probably the 2nd MAC foundation I purchased. I used this product for a few years before trying anything else. But the older I got, the oilier I got, and this foundation became near useless to me. It didn't do anything for my acne-prone and oily skin, especially during the warmer months. Primers and powders did not help keep the foundation in place in the summer. It would for the first 2 hours, but would have to re-apply blotting powder during the day - multiple times a day. If you have VERY oily skin, you'll probably have the same opinion.
This is the only foundation I use and will continue to use. I have oily skin and this foundation provides a wonderful matte and even glowing coverage. A little goes a long way. I suggest purchasing the pump and a stipple brush. Overall amazing coverage and quality.
I use nw10 because nc15 was just too yellow and this foundation give medium to FuLL coverage when used with the correct primer. It's not patchy but if you have dry skin you may want to use a good moisturizer though. Combo skin would just use a light primer. Other than that I love this foundation it provides much needed coverage to my acne scarred face.
I was recommended to use mac by many of my friends who adore mac. I went along to a store and said that I wanted something with fairly full coverage but not too cakey. They matched me to this Studio Fix Fluid and it looked great in the store and stupidly I bought it there and then from pressure from the salesperson.
The foundation just sits awfully, whether it is applied with fingers or foundation brush, with or without primer and moisturiser etc. tried many different ways but just sits on the skin and doesn't soak in properly. Shows up my pores on my cheeks hugely, never had this problem before either! Colour provides a good base but consistency is just awful. Also shows any sign of dryness that you have... I never see any signs of dryness usually but it showed up all around my nose and forehead and didn't feel smooth.
The colour is well matched to my skin. Wide range of colours available. Would be good for oily skin and people with very small pores. Suit cool tones.
Just awful, awful consistency. Bad for dry skin of any kind. Shows any signs of large pores on cheeks etc.
Would not recommend I'm afraid. Mac, I wanted to you to live up to your name!
I really wanted to love this product, I tried so many different ways of applying it but could not get it to work for my skin. It is the most expensive foundation I have bought, ($60 NZD) yet I found colorstay worked better than this. Many people have talked about it being a long lasting foundation, but i did not find this was true, infact it came off in a lot of places and settled into my lines and pore, it also made my skin look greasy despite the fact I do not have oily skin.
I feel when you first apply it, it looks pretty good, but half an hour later it has already begun to settle into your lines and pores.
The shade I purchased was the lightest shade ( i think) NW13 and although I have pale skin, there are many people with lighter skin than I, which leads me to believe that MAC need to introduce a better range of colours.
I liked the sleek look of the bottle, but didnt have a pump which could lead to hygiene problems.
overall I found it didnt do that much for me and I would not purchase it again, nor will I finish it (something I usually do) which is disappointing considering the price tag and it also means Im still on the hunt for my HG foundation
I've been using this foundation on and off for 3 years. I'm NW 25 for most of the year. Winter time I am NW 15. It has great coverage and is nataural looking. Even though it's nataural you can still tell you have makeup on. It's super pretty but not too much. It's completely buildable depending on your preferences. I do have acne prone skin and if I use this too much my skin will start to break out a little. I just take a few days off from wearing it and my skin is back to normal. I have combination skin and this and Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation are the only ones that compliment my skin. I apply the Mac Studio Fix liquid with the Mac flat foundation brush. However, when I forget my brush I use a simple white makeup sponge and it does the job too. It doesn't look as smooth this way but it still works.
It doesn't come with a pump but Mac does make one you can purchase to use with this foundation. I think the pump is around $7.00. The price is a little high but I've seen other high end foundations that are much pricier. One bottle of this foundation lasts me well over 6 months. I wear it 3-5 days a week. It doesn't take very much if you're just looking for a moderate every day coverage.
It's oil free, comes in a sophisticated bottle, build-able and natural looking. It suits my skin tone perfectly. I've been using this foundation for 4 years now.
However staying power is not so great. If it had good staying power, there's no doubt I'd rate this 5/5.
Studio Fix Fluid is basically everything I look for in a foundation. It has a very nice, creamy consistency that blends easily, medium to heavy-medium coverage, has a satiny finish and is long-lasting. The colors are spot on for my golden-yellow complexion and no matter what kind of skin day I'm having, I can always rely on Studio Fix Fluid to make my skin look airbrushed. I always make sure to have a bottle on hand, and it's probably my most re-purchased makeup item ever. *Side note: I always make sure to set with a powder when wearing this foundation as my skin can get shiny half way through the day...
Blemishes - They will be camouflages for the most part, but if you have dark or very red blemishes, you may find that using an additional concealer may be necessary for full coverage. Minor blemishes should be covered. Application - My favorite application method for this foundation is using a duo-fiber brush for the most natural finish. I also like using a flat top brush, but in order for it not to look too heavy on my skin, I'll usually moisturize skin beforehand or spirtz my face with water. With this particular foundation I don't like using my fingers because it can look too heavy/porcelain. I think the way this foundation looks really depends on your application method. Often complaints are - It causes breakouts, it has a chemical smell, it's too heavy/cakey, the shades are either too yellow or too cool - there isn't a good in-between.
In the past, I did get a pimple here and there when wearing Studio Fix Fluid on a daily basis, but with a proper skincare (cleansing and exfoliating) routine, I don't have anymore breakouts when wearing it. But it might also be because I usually don't wear it for more than a few days in a row (I have way too many foundations to stay loyal to one). Everyone has a different sensitivity to certain products, so this may or may not irritate your skin. I highly recommend washing your face well at night to avoid break-outs (which you really should be doing everynight with or without makeup). I would reccomend getting a sample of this before buying, only because its a hit or a miss with most people.
Last, i have to share this with you- I really despise liquid foundations that dont have a pump. I dont care how you apply the product- with your fingers, a pad/sponge, brush... its just so much easier to control the liquid with a pump, its more sanitary, its so much less messy... AND with that being said, Mac sells their pumps SEPERATE. So I spend a decent amount of money, and I am forced to spend an extra 8$ on a pump for the products that I buy from them. I had NO clue about this because my mom actually got this for me... it was only until i went back to get a new one that i found out about the pump being extra. I think that is so pathetic...
When asked if I would buy this product again, I wish I could select maybe. I am seriously considering giving this product a second chance, as I think most of the problems I had with it the first time I tried it were due to an incorrect color-match, & my previous skin care routine. The shade I was matched with looked perfect in the Mac store, but when I tried it at home, it was awful. I'm no amateur when it comes to foundations either. It oxidized horribly & looked like an orange mask on my skin. It was so dark & orange. I also was having severe breakouts shortly after I began using it, but as I said above that could have been from my old skincare routine. What I did like was how thick & buildable this foundation was. If it were in the right shade & didn't oxidize horribly, it would do an excellent job of covering up my skin flaws. I think I'm going to give this another chance, but I'm going to color match myself this time. continued >>
great coverage, matte finish. spf15.
although the foundation led to small milia breakouts around my nose and mouth, the finish of it was very nice. stayed matte even after 6 hour wear and was confortable on the skin.
a little goes a long way, apply too much of anything and it will look cakey!