When this foundation came out it was one of the few powder foundations that offered high coverage. When you first apply it, it looks nice - then turns into a mess. If your skin can tolerate it, lucky for you. It breaks me out terribly and turns into a grayish shade in a few hours. With the plethora of options we have in this day and age, I would say that this product should be retired, or at least renovated. Save your money and your skin.
This foundation is great for photos. I first purchased this in 1997 and used it for about five years. Back then I thought it was best to use a powder foundation because I have oily-combo skin, plus I wanted something low maintanence. At the time, I thought liquid foundation took too much time to make sure the application wasn't streaky and was well blended. If you apply this with the sponge and apply too much, it can very easily look unnatural. I found it better to apply a light dusting with a powder brush. Also, I am actually a NC35, but since this foundation tends to get a shade darker if you have oily skin, I wear NC30. I switched to using VLWC a few years ago, and I now use GA LSF which is my HG.
I'm a MAC girl but I have to say that this product is one of the most disappointing ever. The coverage is ridiculously thick. It made me look like some $5 hooker girl down the street. It also broke me out like crazy and clogged all my pores. What's more is that the color changed on me within a couple of hours and BAM! I look like I had a face full of dirt instead. It's ok, I still love MAC. I just hate this awful overhyped product.
I am a westcoaster so most of us are typically low-maintenance. I use this under blush and thats it. Thanks to a really great tinted sunscreen (Dermalogica) that keeps my face matte this together leaves my face shine-free and beautiful all day. I love how light it is and I find it goes a long way but I am loath to use the applicator as I find it cakes up easily and unless you plan on washing it daily it is a breeding ground for bacteria so I use it with a large brush to apply all over and voila!
Despite this being my second compact of SF, I'm still on the fence about it.
When I can get it to behave, it does a great job of giving me decent coverage in lightning speed. Sometimes it does give me the effect of having fallen face-first into a bag of flour but a quick spritz of Fix + usually corrects that well enough.
The chip-pan of grease I lovingly call my t-zone really doesn't play nicely with this stuff though. After a few hours it can look clumpy & cakey.
The issue that really causes me to rethink about this happened just the other night. A last minute getting ready session saw me grabbing for the studio fix as I couldn't be bothered faffing about with liquid foundation. I didn't stop to think about the fact that recently, due to the colder weather & the need to put the heating on, my skin around my mouth has been dried out & left me with a fine lines. I'd spent a good two weeks nurturing it back to a reasonable state of hydration and was happily watching the lines disappear again.
A spritz of Fix + and liberal dusting of SF & I was out of the door. Ten minutes later, I could feel the skin around my mouth drying out and feeling tight & just generally unhappy. I washed my face later and thought nothing more of it until I discovered a particularly ugly rash on either side of my mouth at the corners. Despite spending the best part of four days continually slathering my poor abused skin with my most moisturising products, the dreaded fine lines have re-emerged and, just to add insult to injury, my face is sore.
All Studio Fix does for me now is cause me to eye it's neglected compact & growl every time I see it.
I may use it to add more coverage over the top of a sheerer coverage liquid foundation but it certainly will not be going anywhere near my face under any other conditions.
I love the coverage and how it goes on but I don't like how it tends to change color throughout the day. It's not expensive and I think it's better than a lot of the higher end products that claim to do better or the same like Chanel's DP powder,Estee Lauder and Diorskin/forever in terms of coverage at least.The negative isn't really that bad-it doesn't turn orange like an Oompa loompa or anything but it does turn slightly darker so that's a good thing if you need a little color. If not then just get a lighter shade. Plus a lot of celebs use this so it's got to be good, right ? lol :p
I love this stuff. I have extremly dry skin and this is one of the few powders that I can use - although I have to use liquid foundation in the winter 1/2 of the time if my skin is flaking. I love the full coverage - it takes out all of the redness. I also like the convenience of only having to use one product.
Too 'fake' and plastic-looking for me. It's also too thick for my liking - it's VERY obvious I have make up on when I use Studio Fix. Coverage is not bad, but I don't like looking like I have caked layers of powder on.
This stuff turned orange on me and made my face itch and break out! Booooo! And the SA was a snob. I'd rather pay 1/3 of the price and just buy my CG powder from Walgreen's without the attitude.
As many of you can see I have oily/acne prone skin (mostly during my time of the month) and all i have to say is that I LOVE this product. The MANY of you who are getting BREAKOUTS from using this product probably arent changing your sponge or washing your brushes.
1)Your facial oils and bacteria are absorbed in the sponge and you are constantly reapplying that same nastiness on your face. Luckily you can gently wash and reuse mac sponges. By doing that im sure you will less likely get a breakout.
2) for those with DRY skin: try using a light moisturizer before applying studio fix
3) for those with OILY sking: USE A KABUKI BRUSH (and just tap and go lol)so you dont get oil slicks around your face.
4) If you are ACNE PRONE: STOP picking your pimples!! Get on a healthy skin regiment and try using a concealer or even a light foundation.
I HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY SF LOOKING DARKER IN SOME AREAS SO AGAIN TRY USING A KABUKI BRUSH IT IS AMAZING AND THIS PRODUCT HAS AMAZING COVERAGE. AND YOU CAN ALWAYS RETURN YOUR FIX AND GET A NEW ONE (WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME) IF YOU GO BACK TO THE STORE. ENJOY!!!