Ok, so I was hunting for a medium to full coverage foundation and was having problems finding the right shade for myself so decided to go to a local MAC store and try a few out with the assistance of the sales person. I told her what I was looking for and she suggested this product. Great! She chose two shades. She cleaned the left side of my face and applied the first color. When I looked in the mirror I was horrified! I'm pale with a lot of pink and red undertones, and the shade made me look BROWN! She cleaned that off and applied the second shade. Better, but I think still too brownish. I dont like the fact that MAC doesnt have any neutral shades, just warm and cool tones. I decided to leave the second shade on and see how it would wear throughout the day before making any decisions (this is fairly expensive stuff as far as I'm concerned). It wore ok, nothing spectacular, but I still didnt like the shade. Cleansed my face as usual before bed and woke up the next day with a horrible breakout on the left side of my face! I have since learned that a lot of people have this reaction to MAC foundation, so its totally out of the running as far as I'm concerned. Wear at your own risk. My skin is not everly sensitive and I have never broken out this way before from any other product, so beware!
I always end up coming back to this for liquid foundation. It's kind of like my old faithful, when I'm not feeling experimental, because I know the results I will get from it. The color selection is awesome; I never have trouble finding a match in summer, winter, or in between. This foundation looks best when applied with a brush like the MAC 187 or 109 and I do find that it is important to set this with some kind of powder. However, the fact that I'm always on the lookout for something better means that this foundation isn't perfect, just better than okay.
I looooooooooooove this foundation.
i've tried using others but i always end up switching back to it.
and when i used with my 109 brush
OMG my skin looks like PERFECT :)
I love this foundation, but for some reason I did not realize that it was the culprit to my face breaking out in a major way. I as of today am going to stop using it. I party a lot and sweating probably added to the problem but still, my skin has never looked so bad! =( I am embarrassed to go without make-up. It's sad because I loved the coverage and the way it blended. I am a true fan of Mac products but Studio Fix is just not for me anymore...
Eeeew! After wearing this for a total of 4 days, my skin has broke out like crazy! I havent changed anything else in my diet/skin care/makeup so I am sure this is the culprit. The coverage was nice, but it isnt worth walking around with a face full of pimples!
I have read the reviews here on MUA and have saved money and potentially avoided costly mistakes. I have bought some products that I would not have even known about if not for you reviewers. So I thought Iíd contribute too and hopefully others can make some informed choices as I have. I'm quite impressed with this.
I tried a few different foundations in natural light on a quiet day at home and this was the one of the good matches on my NC45 complexion. It is not a perfect match though but in the meantime this is closest. If you donít have perfect skin then like me, you might want some coverage. This delivers and has good coverage without looking too made up. It costs around $45 SGD. I think £22 now in the UK
I own couple of MAC products such as eyeshadows, eye liners, blushes, MSF, and their brushes, but I have never purchased their liquid foundation. I am very careful on picking out liquid foundation, because I am acne prone, and I DO NOT want to break out! I've heard MAC liquid foundations are really thick and like cakey so I was/am still skeptical.
Anyways, my friend owns this foundation so I tried it and I must say I like the coverage. Moderate, yet buildable, but like others have mentioned, very thick. I might try it once more before purchasing this, but for now, I am going to stick with my Clinique and Lancome.
I really liked this foundation. Liked being the key word. Had great coverage, very matte [which I love], controlled my oily skin, but the color was off. For all the ones I've tried. Had to change over to Revlon Colorstay. Good foundation though.
I love this foundation. Here are the reasons why: It's the only liquid foundation that I've found (other than MAC Face & Body) which doesn't melt off my face half way through the day. The coverage is buildable. Unlike Face & Body, I've never had a skin breakout with this foundation. It provides an spf. The coverage is buildable. It controls the oiliness in my skin.
I can totally understand why some people would absolutely hate this foundation though. If you are at all heavy handed, it can look atrocious. It can emphasise bumps and lumps on your skin. The bottle can be messy. And I've also broken a bottle by dropping it on the floor.
I will share with readers how I apply this foundation. First I moisturise. I find that it's important not to skip this step with this foundation. In the past I've been lazy and just sort of "slapped" this on my face without moisturiser and it sort of drags across the face. It can also emphasise dry spots so it's important to exfoliate the skin weekly too. I then apply Studio Fix Fluid with a wedge shape sponge. I know sponges are almost obsolete and it soaks up a lot of the liquid, but itís my weapon of choice with this foundation! I find that I can blend well and not leave any streaks on my face, which sometimes happens with a foundation brush. I apply the foundation sparingly though because I donít like too much of it on me! It just looks too masky for my taste. The final step is to apply some translucent powder. I prefer to set this foundation lightly with a powder because in the past Iíve worn this without setting it and halfway through the day the foundation made my face look like an oil slick. My pores looked like craters and the colour had turned a horrible orange. If you have combination or oily skin I always recommend setting it with a powder (even if you donít like powder). Because even if it looks too powdery at the start, your skins own oils will mix with the foundation during the day.
So whilst I can understand the cons of this foundation, in my opinion the pros definitely outweigh.
I've spent SO much time, money and effort searching the drug stores for a great foundation. I finally got fed up and went to the MAC store. The SA did, in 20 seconds, what I've been trying to do for years. She suggested Studio Fix Fluid for me because it's a liquid to powder formula that will help control my oiliness with medium coverage. It CAN get cakey so be sure to use a light hand. A little goes a long way. I very much like the FLAWLESS, light, not quite dewy but not quite matte finish and that it doesn't come off on my hands and everything else. My shade is NW20 and, let me tell you, when I looked into the mirror I was blown away by how well it matched and I have not experienced any oxidation or breakouts with it. Every time I wear this I feel absolutely beautiful and for that reason I will gladly spend $26 on it again and again.