When I bought this and started using it, I didn't know it was a powder foundation. I used it as a setting powder lol! over my MAC studio fix fluid and was wondering why I looked so cakey. I read some reviews and figured out the best way to apply this is to moisturize first then work it in well with a good buffing brush. It looks pretty good that way! I like the coverage but I think this makes me oilier faster (must be one of the ingredients?) especially on my T-zone. I'm afraid to wear this on naked skin because I remember it did break me out if I didn't cleanse thoroughly afterward.
I like to wear this in the winter when it's not so hot out, or if I use this in the summer, I wear it with a primer underneath (takes a bit more time to buff it out smooth, but it works). I took off one lippie for the price (I think all MAC is overpriced) and because you have to really work with it/ingredients aren't the best.
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If you break out easily, definitely DO NOT use this product. I wanted to like this powder so much, but I literally broke out in 6 hours upon applying it. We just weren't meant to be. Then again, MAC doesn't really use good ingredients in their products so it doesn't surprise me anyway. It's meant for photoshoots instead of everyday wear, and I envy people that can wear MAC everyday without suffering clogged skin. I do like the packaging though and I'm glad the bottom is ventilated for the sponge.
This powder works pretty well although it does not have as much coverage as i would like it to have. It also does not stay on for too long but it does make your face look clear at first.
After I stopped using MSFN I gave and another try for MAC powder product and I am really impresed. I have my second package now and I can not be more happy. It also covers imperfections, stay all day long and don't break me out as MSFN did. It does all what powder have.
Oh, Studio Fix, I don't know why I quit you.
I've been away from Studio Fix for a long time, I guess hoping to find the perfect foundation. Recently I repurchased, expecting to immediately discover why I'd quit using it in the first place. Instead, I found that while it's not perfect, it's closer than most of the other products I'd been using, and more convenient.
Application couldn't be simpler -- I prefer a soft kabuki brush and just quickly swipe it around for a nice medium coverage. A foundation brush can give a sheerer effect, or the sponge provided gives total coverage. And no need to follow up with powder, like liquid foundations and even Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which was too dewy for me. If I have a breakout, I can use a concealer brush and make sure everything is nice and even.
I think perhaps I used to find Studio Fix too dry-looking without moisturizer. Now that I always use a moisturizer with sunscreen, it's fine. I get oily in spots later in the day, but I have that problem with every foundation. For touch-ups, I don't recommend adding more Studio Fix unless you really want to build up coverage. Instead, Blot powder or any sheer powder is better.
Love this<33 I use it everyday without touching up((: Ive used the Nutragena skin clearing powder n I really loved it n obviously this doesnt have any skin clearing ingtedients so.... Yeah still great(: continued >>
Great product. This is the only foundation I can use that 1) matches my skin tone (I am NW 15) and 2) doesn't cause crazy break outs.
I had so much trouble finding a good foundation that met these criteria when I first started wearing make up (age 12, so roughly 6 years ago). I liked Clinique because it didn't break me out, but even the palest color looked orange on me. So I tried multiple other make ups, from expensive to drug store brands, and finally found MAC when I was 14. Hallelujah!
Be aware though, you really need to moisturize before you put this on. I use either CereVe ($16 a bottle) or creme de la mer ($150 for 1 ounce). The make up pad it comes with does a good job applying it, but I use my Bare Minerals Kabuki brush to put it on. It gives my skin a lovely, airbrushed look. The compact generally lasts me about 4 to 5 months before I need to buy another one.
LOVE this product!! BEST foundation I've used from anywhere from Revlon to Dior. Most people giving bad reviews do not know how to properly apply it, there is more to applying powder than swiping it on. I also have acne prone skin and it is the most easiest I've had on my face. To apply you must moisturize and have a good primer on your face for about 20 minutes to absorb, then take the sponge that comes with it (never use a brush) and pat on your face and pushing it into the skin. Lastly spray a "setter" such as MAC's fix plus spray and it will make it last all day, take away any powder look and keep your skin hydrated. Using these steps makes a huge difference!
I wore this powder (NC25) from the ages of 13-20, and always had incredibly bad, broken out skin. The second I switched to something a little less harsh, my skin cleared up magically (so much so that the guy at the local Starbucks mentioned something...awkward...) I would never, ever buy this powder again and would not recommend it to people who tend to break out.
This is my everyday foundation that I use, it's a light coverage if you apply a considerate amount, obviously it's going to be "cakey" if you apply it over and over. So, a little goes a long way & I don't use concealer, but it still covers a lot :) . I've been using this for such a long time, it's def. a must have continued >>