Writing this review makes me really sad. About a year ago, I converted from drug store foundation to studio fix fluid in NW20. I loved the way it looked. It was absolutely everything I wanted in a foundation. I was so happy. But then I started noticing my skin changing. I was breaking out, I had an oily T-zone (I've had dry skin my entire life). I bought setting powder and even that didn't fully de-oil me. I switched to other foundations but found myself coming back to SFF because I loved the finish and coverage that much. For awhile I forgot how badly my skin broke out, until it started acting up. It had to go. Ill miss you, SFF... But I'm leaving you for studio tech
I purchased this on a whim solely due to the fact that MAC now has a foundation LIGHTER than NW15.... which is too dark for me in all their products. NW10. Now, my Holy Grail foundation is Kat Von D's Lock It Foundation in #42; perfect color match, my skin looks flawless, no issues with my dry skin... this is what all other foundations WILL BE compared to.
Studio Fix NW10 is... not bad but not great either. First off, it IS lighter than NW15 but still not light enough. Second, it is NOT full coverage; at least not with one application. I used my Trish McEvoy foundation brush to apply all over my face and waited for it to dry (which is quite quickly). NOT full coverage, so I applied a second layer, waited for it to dry and.... NOT full coverage. Applied a THIRD layer, and then light buffed with my damp Beauty Blender.... ALMOST full coverage but still, not like get with Kat Von D's. I applied a light floof of pure white powder over it and finally, somewhat full coverage...... but not completely.
If applied with a Beauty Blender, I believe one would go through this bottle VERY quickly, applied with fingers, yes, I believe I would achieve fuller coverage a bit quickly. But this is a liquidity product that doesn't smell all that great (strong chemical smell) so I'm not sure how it is supposed to be full coverage right off the bat.
Color match will work for summer, so I'll use it then. It feels good on my dry skin despite this review being done in the cold, dark days of January... impressive. I have to say that this reminds me of Sisleys liquid foundation.. at a 1/4 of the price and with much better color options. Just saying.....: )
For I high end product I really expected more with covering up my acne on my forehead it covered it up quiet well but not as much as I hoped for It last about 7-8hours then it will start going oily on your skin even if u don't have oily skin as I don't and it happens to me I don't really like how it comes in a glass bottle with no pump but it dosnt really bother me
With all that's said I do really like this foundation and I guess if you used a high end primer and powder instead of me who used revlon photo ready primer and maybelline dream matte powder it would really work for you if u have really bad acne I wouldn't suggest u buying it but if u have clear skin or even a bit of acne I'm sure It would cover it up I won't be repurchasing this product again as I'm gonna try the Mac Pro longwear foundation and concealer
Gosh i've heard sooo many good reviews about this product i feel bad writing a bad one! but my experience with this hasnt been great :/ i bought this to cover bad acne and scarring with use on combination skin, the color i used was nc20 :) Needless to say i wasnt happy with the results, the texture did not suit my skin, it looked cakey on and i tried many methods of application, i really wanted to make this foundation work for me! but it didnt, it just separated on my skin and didnt give me the desired look i wanted, i did however get on a tiny bit better with the mac studio sculpt foundation!
This foundation is one of my holy grails for full coverage! I love, love, LOVE it! Covers all my imperfections and does not make me look cakey at all. The way that it looks on you depends on the way that it is applied. I don't understand why many don't like it. I use a MAC 187 stippling brush to apply this foundation ( do not use your hands as it will make you cakey) and i spray the brush with Fix +. Fix + helps the foundation blend better with my skin and it makes me look refreshed. I have combination skin and it does not make me break out. I'm currently on my 3rd bottle and wil continue to repurchase. I recommend to buy a pump for the foundation because it'll make the foundation more hygienic to use, which will prevent breakouts, and it allows for the foundation to not be wasted. I took one lippie of because of the packaging not for the product itself.
I wanted so badly to love this product, mostly because it has the MAC name- one of the most popular and trusted 'professional' cosmetic brands. I bought it on a whim while browsing the MAC store, and using BareMinerals over the summer wasn't cutting it anymore, as my skin began to break out like crazy on my cheeks and upper lip. I have hormonal acne, so for the entire summer I had zero acne marks, scarring or breakouts and once September rolled around, I began breaking out worse than I had in years. Since my skin was acting up, I needed a full coverage foundation, and a drug store brand wasn't going to work for me. To give you an idea of what type of coverage I was searching for when buying this product, the skin on my forehead is relatively clear and balanced, if not a bit dry. My cheeks are very dry but covered with dark pink and red hyperpigmentation spots from acne, some tiny raised bumps which are skin colored (cystic/below the skin), flat, blackened pores and worst of all, large reddish pink bumps with no white head on them. So, I was looking for something with a nice finish that also moisturized some. Since my acne is hormonal, my skin is not oily, is sensitive and requires some hydration from a foundation or else it will look flaky and uneven. I was told by the MAC employee who assisted me that the Studio Fix Fluid was the answer for me, and that it was full coverage.
I eagerly paid around $30 for it, which I would expect to pay for most department store foundations. I have been using the foundation for about four months now, and while it hasn't made my breakouts any worse, I really can't stand the way it looks. It is thick, which I expected for full coverage, but it literally spreads on like paint. Unless you use a ton of it, it will never look even. It is also a very dry formula, if your skin is dry it will get stuck in the skin where you apply the first large dab, so it is not easy to blend unless you put so much that it acts as a second skin. Secondly, It is NOT build-able at all. My skin has calmed down quite a bit in the past couple of months and I still have a lot of product left. I'm trying to get rid of it and I have to use almost as much product now with my fading acne scars and smooth skin as I had to when I had huge bumps on my cheeks. OtherwIse I will have large, lighter patches and other patches that have no foundation on at all. Putting on a 'bit' of foundation is not an option with MAC Studio Fix. It's a full cakey face or nothing. It legitimately smells of paint, which is not a huge issue in itself but definitely reflects how it looks and feels when applied. It's so thick that it compromises how well it can actually cover; When I apply it using my fingers the foundation immediately settles in my finger prints and is impossible to wash off. So, it does give decent coverage, for a while. It tends to really oxidize over time and leave you with an orangey look. The foundation was definitely my right shade, but the color changes after wear, and even when first applied it just doesn't look good. I look fake. While the coverage is really matte, which I usually prefer to a more dewy complexion because I feel that tends to draw more attention to blemishes, it really does look like paint. I have a face like I'm about to perform in a ballet or walk on the runway, and most people I talk to will not be yards and yards away from me so to look like that in daily life is just unattractive. I don't want to look like I am obviously wearing foundation, that's the point of wearing makeup- to enhance your own beauty! Unless you are on stage for a broadway show and your skin needs to look like a white beacon, you will not look natural at all. While the coverage is thick, dry and cakey, the finish is sort of shiny, like wet PAINT. I don't understand how a foundation that spreads on and has a dry finish can look so wet when applied to the face. It doesn't look good in any light. It takes forever to dry, much like PAINT. If you have acne and need full coverage, it had better stay that way because this is not a flexible foundation for coming and going breakouts.
This product was awful. It smelt disgusting and felt so thick and heavy even if I only used a tiny amount. To top it off, the sales assistant at Myer helped me match it to my skin and to my horror, it turned out to be several shades too dark in 'normal' lighting and in addition, gradually turned orange throughout thee day. The packaging is awful, it's basically a glass bottle with no pump so i had to pour it out which was messy and wasteful.
I'm giving it one as a rating purely because it didn't break me out or cause me to get a rash. But otherwise, terrible foundation, never going near MAC again.
Blotchy, un-even, hard to blend, expensive! That's all I have to say about this! :/
I know some people rave over this product; it was the reason why I purchased it in the first place...but I was disappointed. I love Mac's Studio Fix powder, but this...was just not fit for my skin. I wore it for a total of 10 hours. I liked when I just put it on, but later on in the day it oxidized, made me look orange, and broke me out terribly. I thought this product would make my skin look dewy and fresh, but it did the opposite. I do not recommend this to anyone who's skin type is a mix of oily, and dry. I'm afraid it may not work out for you.
I have mixed feelings about this product, but not because of the foundation itself. Let me begin by saying that while I consider this my HG where foundation is concerned, I do take issue with a few things, the most important of them being:
-The scent: This truly does smell like paint - repeated use will of course dull it down to a faint aroma, but until it is used that frequently the smell lingers for quite some time and is mildly obnoxious to the senses.
-The packaging: I felt personally victimized when my HG foundation was the only one in the MAC line that does not come in the standard pump bottle. I had to buy a separate pump, which ran me about $7. What's irritating about having to get the pump, though, is that you have to remember not to throw it away/exchange it in the Back-to-MAC program when restocking on this foundation, if you choose to do so. I've had quite a few close calls with this particular problem.
-The price: A little too expensive for my taste, but this typically lasts me about 3 months with daily wear, so I'm willing to put that aside. Besides, I'd spend the same amount trying to stock up on cheaper foundations that would ruin my skin, so the cost doesn't really seem too outlandish if you think about it that way.
Now, onto the foundation itself; this is most definitely a full coverage product, though whether or not it appears dewy or matte depends on how moisturized your skin is prior to application. In my personal experience, this is the only MAC foundation that does not oxidize and turn orange on my fair skin, which is huge for me. I find it has incredible staying power, yet removes quite easily at the end of the day. It covers everything I need it to cover, and, when my skin is properly hydrated, looks very natural and doesn't feel cakey. I will say that if you use too much, it has a tendency to look/feel like a mask, which is even more obvious if you aren't using the right shade.
All in all, the pros of this foundation heavily outweigh the cons, and it will forever and always be my HG foundation :)
UPDATE: I recently decided that after 8 months of non-stop wear of this foundation, I needed a change. I realized that because I have clear, normal skin there's no reason for me to wear full-coverage foundation on a daily basis, so I switched to Lancome's Teint MIracle and WOW. It is incredible. I recently wrote a review on that as well, so check it out if you're also thinking of switching from a full to medium coverage foundation.