This is my first posting...YAY!! After reading all the comments, I was a lil hesitant to purchase, but I am always looking for a different texture in foundation (I currently use MAC Studio Tech). So, I purchased the NW 45. While this product is supposed to "apply and go", I put a little effort into my application. I use Prescriptives Traceless tint underneath the Fix...and I use a powder brush and never will I use the sponge. Nevertheless, my app lasted all day with little touchups and I have combo oily skin. While it is not my HG, it is good substitute when I do not wear the Studio Tech. Beware, some of the other comments where correct where you may need to wear a good primer as it will enlarge the pores.
Awwwwww.... i heard compliments of this fr my friends, online communitys n stuff. I thought i gotta try it! But Mac Studio Fix is not for everyone. It made me breakout, n its really bad, coz i don usually break out w foundations, It also only lasts for less than 5hrs and i can see my face being oily! It's also a lil drying on the skin on sensitive areas like juz below the nose. yuck! i'm actualli quite surprise that there a number who actualli loves it. bud yeah mayb its suitable for some skin types. coz i had 2 other friends using it, one of them like me breakout! the other who is a fan of mac makeup is okay/likes it, doesnt give her breakouts. You can prolly save ur cash, i only use it for less than a week and after that i have to like calm down my skin back to its original state.
I want to love this.....I SOOOO want to love this....but I don't. I love the way this looks when applied -- great coverage, smooth, matte, flawless. The problem I have is that my oily skin does not take kindly to it. EVERY time I have tried this, I have been plagued with breakouts that take weeks to heal. I didn't want to believe that it was Studio Fix that was causing this so I would end up repurchasing again when I was in the Mac store (I have bought this 4 times! NC30-35). This last go-around, I was told by the Mac associate that it was probably bacteria growth on the applicator sponge --- I tried using it with disposable sponges and it *still* happened. I only took off 1 lippie cuz I know sooo many ladies (friends, family) who use this and swear by it. I guess it's just not compatible with my skin type. *sigh*
I bought MAC products this week for the first time. I bought this foundation, the Splashproof mascara and the Liquidlast eyeliner. The eyeliner is fantastic and the mascara is quite nice as well, but I really don't care for the foundation. I'd hardly even call it a foundation. It's a light-medium coverage powder at best, even when you build it up. It's not a terrible powder but not much better than the "play makeup" types I used as a kid either. Most of the powder "foundations" seem pretty much the same to me. If you just apply a bit of the Studio Fix, there's almost no coverage (and I don't even have much to cover) and if you apply more, it goes all powdery and cakey-looking. It highlights dry patches, which I absolutely can't stand. I never have that problem with my Revlon Colorstay liquid. Studio Fix isn't very long-wearing either. It brushes off easily if you touch your face or anything and after a few hours (if you wear it thicker for medium coverage), it starts looking kind of gunky and gross (and I don't really even have oily skin). I'd almost consider buying it if I was looking for a sheer powder (I'd just apply it thin) just to make my skin matte, but then again, if I was doing that, I'd probably just buy CoverGirl's Fresh Look powder because it wears longer and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I'm going to stick with my Colorstay liquid. I also like the more natural finish that Colorstay gives you (I get medium-full coverage with it but people can't tell I'm even wearing makeup). The overly-matte look of the Studio Fix made my face look kind of blah. It made the dimensions of my face (like cheek bones, etc.) less noticeable because it was so incredibly matte. Anyways, I wouldn't buy it again.
I use this mainly in the fall/winter, in the summer it's just too much. The coverage is great, and I don't need a foundation when I use this powder. For the money, it's a great buy.. one of the best full coverage powders I've ever used.
First off, I love the comments negatively towards MAC employees just because you don't like the Studio Fix? Very mature on your part. ANYWAYS, this foundation is for OILY SKIN. It contains oil controlling things such as talc (which many people are sensitive to, including myself) in high doses. You shouldn't find this settling in your lines because you shouldn't be wearing it around the eyes, or if your face is lined overall you probably have a dry skin type and would be better suited for Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. You can change the coverage on this like any foundation depending on how you apply it. For lighter coverage use a brush like the 150 instead of the sponge. A heavier coverage can be obtained with a kubuki or using the sponge in a pressing motion all over the skin as opposed to rubbing it on. This does have a tendancy to look heavy at first until it settles in with the natural oils of your skin, therefore if you aren't oily it will sit on top of your skin. Also, keep in mind this is a powder foundation. Therefore if you use to over top of a liquid you will get a very heavy coverage. You cannot use this wet to dry but you CAN spary yourself with Fix + or another setting spray to cut down the matte finish after your makeup is done. Hope these tips help some of you with application of this product.
The best powder I have ever used. Only one reservation which is that it cakes on skin, especially in the T-zone, if you don't mosturize.
Otherwise, a great powder with excellent coverage!
Well I think is the best powder ever! I donít get pimples like all the other brands I can apply it twice a day and still look good and IT DOESNT GIVE ME PIMPLES! I am now on my 5th Studio FIX NC30 Powder!
okay well i bought this about a month ago to use as a concealer and not so much a foundation. i use the studio fix fluid for my foundation, anwhoo this works really good for me as a concealer.....i tried using it as setting powder over my liquid foundation and it ended up looking to orangy and cakey. it looks okay when i put it on alone but it gets oily on me really fast and feels weird. . for reference i have combo/oily t-zone and use NC25 in studio fix fluid and medium in blot powder... i might repurchase again but i use very little (since i only use it as a concealer) i think it might last me a very long time.
I can't believe I've never reviewed this before, and I have used it off and on for the last 7 years or so. I stopped using it a while ago because it didn't give me the "glowy" look that a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer would. When you first apply this, it gives a very powdery look, and if you apply too much, it can get cakey. You also have to make sure that you get a good color match because otherwise, it can look heavy and unnatural.
Also, since I last used this product (I had one back in 2004/2005), MAC had not yet released their Prep+Prime SPF50 base (which is now my favorite makeup primer), so the color of the powder had a tendency to turn a bit orange with the oils of my face.
With the Prep+Prime SPF50 underneath, and applied with a sponge, StudioFix powder makes my skin look fantastic and perfect. It goes on evenly and does not cake at all. The coverage is medium-to-full. The lasting power is good, and most of all, the color doesn't oxidize or turn.
For reference, I just bought the NC25 color, which is a good match for my light-yellow skintone. continued >>