Can't believe I discovered this only now! I had my doubts about this compact at first because I thought I bought the wrong shade (I'm an nc40), but found that throughout the day it sort of smoothens out to blend properly with my skin. It lasts for quite a while and gives my face a nice, even finish. I use it with my MAC concealer and between the two, my imperfections are hidden quite well for a good part of the work day.
I've had this stuff for years and I can't belive I have written a review yet. I really like this stuff. When I first bought this I used it as a setting powder Lol. But now its in my emergency make up kit! Since its so full coverage and fast to work with it perfect for when I'm running late to work or school! I use a costal scents powder buffer for this. If you use anything else like a sponge or that god awful puff it came with it will look cakey.
I can't live without this.You really need to play around with this one to see how good it is.Applied with the sponge properly it creates a flawless look. Applied with a brush you won't get any coverage.If this cakes on you, just apply a lighter moisturizer underneath and wait for it to dry so the product doesn't stick to it. I buff it in real good with the sponge and then spray with water and it looks flawless. I have many foundations because I'm a foundation junkie but this one beats them all and it's so quick and easy. IF you spray it with water or clinique moisture surge spray it leaves a satin finish.IF you're oily this will soak up oils.If you're dry just spray with water on top.Sometimes great products like this need to be experienced and properly applied to know how good it really is.My pores disappear with this completely.I just buff it in with the sponge provided.Work with it and see this could easily be the only foundation I own if I had to choose and I have way too many.
I wanted full coverage foundation I could keep in my purse and apply on the go to my extremely ruddy areas. They are so red that they are constantly very warm and eat my foundation, no matter what primer, foundation, or setting spray I use. I figured this had to be so popular for a reason and picked it up in my shade, NC15.
Turns out, my favorite way to use this is to apply it wet as my base layer. First I apply my regular silicone based primer. I mist my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush with plain water, swirl it in the powder, then brush it on like I would a liquid foundation. The result is absolutely flawless skin. NOTHING else gives me the same effect, and I do mean nothing. I have no pores, I have no wrinkles, I look like I simply won the genetic lottery and have perfect smooth radiant skin. It is BEAUTIFUL. I haven't found a con yet. I'm sure next week I will be like "how could I ever use MAC Fix Plus? This other thing is sooo much better" but for now this is my HG base layer. My boyfriend even agrees my skin looks spectacular with this on.
As a touch up in my purse it's excellent as well. I use a retractable kabuki and buff it as needed, then take a tiny mister of rosewater and glycerin and mist over it. The result is great! Redness is gone.
I have been using it for about 2 weeks now and haven't had any breakouts or irritation. I haven't slept in it and don't plan to.
I have had this powder for awhile now.. When I first bought it I didn't think it was anything special. I have tried a few powders since, and a few day ago I went back to the studio fix.. It covers everything.. I have always had oily/acne prone skin, so I have always used liquid foundation, powder and concealer. With studio fix half the time I skip the liquid foundation all together.
UPDATE: This was short-lived. I returned this powder a few days ago. I realized that it didn't give me that flawless look I was hoping for. It also looked like I had a lot of makeup on, although I did not use much. I guess that was part of the full coverage effect. I noticed in different lighting, I looked like I definitely had a lot of make up on, worse of all, other people noticed it too. Going back to my sephora powder. Haven't re-purchased it yet, but have heard they changed it a bit so hopefully, I won't have that orangey look this time around.
I just purchased this powder yesterday in NC 42. I read the other reviews and was very mindful about the amount of product I used, as many people said that it can appear cakey if you apply it on top of full face foundation. (Very Helpful!)
I am an olive skin tone, a few acne marks from a recent breakout, and have oily skin. I was looking for a good powder that was buildable enough to cover up the few marks I have right now, but did not leave me looking orange and as if I were wearing a mask, which I started looking like with my regular sephora matifying powder in walnut. This was really surprising to me because I have been using this Sephora powder for over 6 years now. I guess it was time for a change.
So I bought the MAC studio fix. I put my Loreal True Match foundation on just the spots with marks, very sparingly. I pretty much used it as a concealer but was wary of using a concealer in addition to this b/c I am afraid of that cakey look. I applied the studio fix with a brush all over my face and then used a makeup sponge to go over the spot with the mark. I noticed this precision, left the spot a little noticeable, so I stuck with my brush instead. It looked flawless in the mirror in my home, but I awaited the ultimate test: the car visor mirror. It was just the same. Now, it's about 4 hours later and still looks the same. I can't say that my face is oily or looks cakey at all either. I'm happy with this so far.
I am interested to see how it will look 4 hours from now. I will leave an update about this later.
I have been using this for many years. I am nc25. I like how it helps my oily skin by keeping me matte a longer compared to liquid foundations. I wear this over my moisturized face with a 182 kabuki brush and buff it in nice and smooth. It is a medium to full coverage. This last a very long time. Definitely will continue to buy.
I like how this foundation looks but after a while it just vanishes on me. I know I have oily skin but come on! If you have oily skin stay away. It's a shame because the coverage is fairly good.
I just want to start off by saying that I think this product would be perfect for women of color that have oily skin. I feel as if this product is way too orange for people with light/medium colored skin. It looks very unnatural and cakey as well. This is definitely a big no no for people with dry to even normal skin. I have dry/combo skin and this made my skin look extremely dry and pasty. My friend uses this powder as well and it makes her look so orange. It looks so thick and gross but I haven't summed up the courage to tell her since she seemed so pleased with her makeup and confident. I think this makeup is best used for the stage like it's suppose to be, hence the name STUDIO fix. Definitely not an everyday foundation. Besides that, it did do a good job of covering up my acne scars, imperfections and preventing shine. I still would not re purchase this product though. Just to throw this out there, this is not a powder to set your foundation with. There are too many girls/women out there who are setting their MAC Studio Fix fluid with the Studio Fix powder. THE STUDIO FIX POWDER IS A FOUNDATION ON ITS OWN! That's what's giving these ladies a super cakey finish. I hope that cleared things up for some of you. My heart drops when I see girl's saying that they set the fluid with this powder. Overall this product would be perfect for women of color that have extremely oily skin, or to be used as stage makeup.
I love this stuff, and I lost my last compact while traveling. After 18 months or so, I am looking to replace it, having realized that this is the ONLY makeup I could ever use for concealing.
When I say that, do NOT use this under your eyes (far too powdery and dry for that), but only on blotchy portions of your skin or blemishes, if you happen to have them.
I would never consider using this as a foundation, as it is truly heavy, heavy, and will look like a mask. (If there is another method of application, I do not know about it.)
Simply put, I pulled out this compact a number of years ago before going out with some friends in sunny daylight, and my girlfriend commented, "Oh my God, it really works." I of course responded, "Well, of course it does."
I use this as a concealer only in the areas where I need it. It lasts and lasts. I am not one much to fuss about details, but I do require that a makeup look natural. Although I have not fussed much in that last few years, I am treating myself to another one of these compacts. Believe me, if you find your color, this will be the best concealer investment you've ever made. It could conceivably last a lifetime. And because it is a dry powder, you needn't worry much about longevity. Just keep it dry, and it will stay fine.
Best application: Use clean fingertips and dab it on and blend around imperfections.