This is the first foundation I ever used that literally melted off my face. Melted. Off my face.
Let me start off by saying I LOVE MAC Studio Fix line. The Powder foundation, and the concealer are both HG for me.
But this foundation melted off of my face.
This is an aside but: At the time I was wearing Revlon CS in Buff which is a *perfect** match for my skin. An SA matched me in nc20, which turned me orange. I've seen again and again people say that nc20 is a match for buff and nc15 is like ivory. But it's not true, Buff is like nc15. The SA didn't agree with me until I actually pulled the bottle of Revlon CS out of my purse and held it up next to a bottle of nc15- voila! perfect match. Sorry for the digression, but yeah. MAC foundations run a bit dark...
Anyway, after a little bit of work I found a color match. I wouldn't say it was an ideal match, but it was workable.
I always use primer so I applied this foundation using a primer first. One one occasion I used Benefit poreprofessional, On one occasion I used Smashbox color correct green (my HG), and on one occasion I think I may have used Smashbox photo finish light.
Anyway, it literally made no difference, the product melted off of my face anyway.
I tried applying it in different ways: stippling brush, dampened sponge, and just simply using my fingers. Didn't matter-- still melted off my face.
When I say melted, I mean like it would literally form beads and come off, and then I would have just random patches of makeup. I *never* seen anything like it.
I used this with setting powder and without. The setting powder I used was either Loreal Natural Match W2 or MAC studio fix in either nc15 or nc20. No difference. Foundation still melted away.
I totally do not understand how anyone with oily skin could find this product usable.
My HG foundation!!! I have oily skin so this works wonder for me leaving me perfectly matte. I've been using this foundation for centuries lol and still haven't found one that can top it. For spring/summer I have to use this foundation if I don't want my makeup to melt. I have never had a breakout from using it like some people that I know have. I wish it was a little cheaper since it doesn't come with a pump but of course you can always purchase one separately. This foundation is very buildable, I prefer full coverage so I usually use 1 1/2 pump sometimes even two if its really hot outside or in a night club. My color is NC44 in the winter and sometimes NC45 when I get a little tanned. I love it because it doesn't oxidize on my skin and I don't come out looking like an oompa loompa like some foundations have done to me in the past.
This is the best foundation if a medium to heavy coverage is what you're after without looking really matte. It has great coverage without looking chalky and it doesn't drag either. Have repurchased well over 4 times and I'm somewhere in between NC25 and NC30 which are both cool toned (yellowy). Also much better if you buy the pump, makes for easier application. Lasts all day and actually gets better as the day goes on in my case. Great foundation, can definitely see why it's a product the professionals use.
MY HG foundation - covers really nicely, lasts all day - covers redness and blemishes. I've tried every single foundation (ok almost every one) - and this works best for my combination skin.
I went to the MAC store in an attempt to find a good coverage foundation to hide my red cheeks and chin, the sales rep color matched me with Studio fix fluid in the shade 'NC15'.
Now, this foundation isn't light, so you WILL feel it on your face. So if that bugs you, steer clear of this. It also does not come with a pump, I paid an extra 6 CDN dollars for the pump.
I used this for I'd say maybe 3 months before I realized the color match wasn't good at all. I am really very pale, and this would always make this stark orange-ish ring around my jaw/neck that wouldn't go away no matter how hard I blended!
I also don't find this foundation stands up to the summer heat well either, since it's not a light foundation you kinda just sweat it off, even if you set it with a powder.
I guess I would say it isn't horrible, but It wasn't for me and I won't repurchase.
Maybe my experience would have been better if I had been properly matched. Even then the mask like feeling it gives on your face wasn't very nice.
One of my holy grail foundations!
I've been using MAC studio fix fluid for about a year now and I'm still absolutely in love with it. I'm NC15 at the minute (it's winter where I am) but in summer I go up to NC20. I also own NC25 for when I'm fake tanned, which is more often then I'd like to admit. This foundation applies like a dream when buffed thoroughly into the skin (I use Sigma's flat kabuki F80 brush for this). It claims to last for 8 hours but I find it lasts for about 6-7 on average when not touched up. Studio fix is not heavy in the slightest, it is actually very light for a liquid foundation and applies smoothly. It is a medium coverage, but is very buildable. It gives a very nice matte finish which is fantastic for people like me with oily skin. This foundation has never broken me out in my time of using it, which has been through all of the seasons and under all sorts of conditions. Due to me living in Australia, it is not unusual for foundation to become trashed after a few hours in the heat during summer. However, I have never faced this problem with studio fix when it is set properly with powder. Studio fix does not oxidize on my pale skin, which is honestly a godsend, as most foundations I have used do tend to go one or two shades darker by the end of the day in my experience. I honestly don't have one complaint about this foundation, it's absolutely fantastic. I would recommend it to anybody with combination/oily skin. I'm not sure how it would fare on dry skin as the foundation does absorb oils. I will continue to repurchase this product and I would recommend it to anybody interested.
LOOOOOVE this foundation! If you use too much it IS cakey, you really don't need much of this foundation to cover :) The texture is a little oily and doesn't feel too nice on my skin before I put mineral powder over the top but it's pretty worth it for the coverage and how little you need to use and it's staying power. It lasts all day even though I use a pretty crappy primer. :)
I love my mac studio fix fluid. It has a natural finish so its not Completely matte but my oils dont destroy my makeup so i like that I just blot every couple of hours which im fine with im a latina so i have trouble with matching my skin because i have a olive Complexion and literally no drugstore foundation matches me perfectly and trust me ive tried them all from revlon to rimmel from loreal to covergirl Neutrogena even garnier and nothing matches me so ive turned to high end and mac has the most shades and i love it in my opinion its not full coverage but a medium coverage I love how smooth this looks i love applying it with a beauty blender to make it look more flawless and i would 100% recommend this foundation its my holy grail foundation ❤ some people complain about them braking them out but i just really clean my face everyday and tone it and you should be good to go
The best foundation by a country mile! I have been on a long and painful quest, my friends. Been trying a lot of foundations until I found this bad boy. I'm NC15 naturally with sensitive combination skin prone to a few breakouts so as you can imagine every foundation is too dark, too thick, too thin, gave me breakouts, wore off after a few hours, too oily... This list goes on.
I work in a chemist so naturally have access to free samples, we stock Max Factor, Rimmel, L'oreal, NYC and Vichy foundations and because I've gotten used to testing before buying I've gotten as bold as to request samples from other beauty counters I've come across. So I have tried every single foundation in my closest shade in Rimmel, NYC, L'oreal, Vichy, Max Factor plus any other samples I've gotten my hands on and zero satisfaction. Some came close and I made do but there was always something that annoyed me and I had gotten to the stage of mixing foundations for the right colour or texture. I tried this because all my friends raved about it and then there was peace. As much as I love experimenting with different products, foundation is just too much heartache.
I have absolutely no complaints about this, it's a little pricey but totally worth it. I also think it's a bit cheeky having to pay for the pump extra but I'll not dwell on this.
I'm not saying this is gonna be THE foundation for you, I am suggesting to try it. Seriously!
I've been wearing this foundation for over 5 years now and it's my favorite. I wear it on a daily basis and one bottle lasts me 2-3 months. The coverage can be built up to you liking, I usually do 1-1.5 pumps and apply it with my fingers and then buff it out with a kabuki brush. This foundation provides a very smooth and full coverage so a little goes a very long way. I wear NW 35 in the summer and NW 30 in the winter. I don't have sensitive skin or acne prone skin so I don't find that this foundation acts like a irritant on my skin- however my sister had a opposite experience. My sister, who is prone to acne break outs, completely hated this product because it did cause her to break out severely. If you have sensitive skin then this foundation may not be for you.