I started trying the MAC products again after I fell in love with their fluid line. I'm asian with combo oily skin and this did nothing for my complexion. It has a rough feel too it and it didn't blend in well and coverage did not last. My cheapie Covergirl Aquasmooth goes on much better (although it doesn't last that well either) but atleast it's a fraction of the cost and great for quick make-up.
This is actually a really good product, it just takes finding a specific way to use it.
The reason I like it so much is that it's quick: I can just apply and go. After application I like to buff it out for a more flawless look. My main trick for keeping it in place is putting a bit of extra loose powder under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and under my chin. I let it sit there when I do my eyeshadow, and then I brush it away. Not only does the product last longer, I find that I keep oil at bay a little bit better. With MAC's Prep + Prime for the face as the base, it lasts even longer.
This is the first powder foundation that I have ever been able to wear. It goes on light and doesn't make my skin dry at all. I start with the prep and prime for face and I think that it makes a difference with the powder. Also, use with a brush and not the sponge, I find that the sponge puts on the powder heavier than I would like.
I was hesitant to buy this product because my skin is oily/combination, and i've been splurging on many different new foundations that don't work. i also read reviews and found that some people thought it made skin look flawless (yay) and some people thought it would look chalky..but it isn't! it applies wonderfully easy, especially with the proper brush. i also spritz some mac spray on afterwards, so it looks like my skin. this is a truly great makeup. im sold. im never going back to liquid foundation!! it does not feel heavy. (Oh, and i love how theres little holes on the bottom of the container so that the sponge can "breathe.")
On the bright side, it does cover and blend well... it's okay to use for a short duration of time. (2 hours max) It does nada for oil control... and everytime I wear it longer then 2 hours, I break out! I'll stick with bare mineral from now on!
I really enjoy Studio Fix...however, it does have a slightly "chalky" appearance. I have very dry skin, but I found that by wearing Satin Finish Foundation under Studio Fix gives my face an extremely flawless appearance. By themselves, both products are pretty average, but together, they are terrific!
I liked this foundation overall but I just wanted something more luminous for my face. I felt like it was more matte/powdery and you could tell i had makeup on. I loved that it had lots of shade variety and that they matched you up very quickly. I paid around $32 Cdn. It comes in a posh looking black flip-up/open compact with the actual foundation inside and a sponge underneath the foundation. I would buy again maybe in the wintertime when I don't want to get my hands goopy with tinted moisturizers, btw, I'm an NC25. Oh, and I apply this with a kabuki brush, not with the sponge because that way it looks more natural. The coverage is excellent in my opinion although I have pretty good skin with a few discoloration and undereye circles here and there.
I've been using this for the past 5 years and realized this might be the cause of my pimples so I switched to Px anywear compact. It's been a couple weeks and I still have the same amount of pimples and I really miss the color match (NC30) of the studio fix. I did get pretty oily with Studio Fix and it didn't hold its color as long but the initial made up face was flawless! I'm still deciding which is better or if there's a powder foundation that's better than these out there!?!
Good coverage but made me BREAK OUT like CRAZY!
They gave me the wrong shade. It took me 2 trips of going to
their counter to finally get a shade thats closer to my color. Ad I'm still not sure if its right.
EDIT- After years of wearing this I gave up on it. I got C3 recently and when I wore it ourside the true color appeared. Ompa lompa orange- oxidized like crazy on me. The makeup artist tried every excuse under the sun as to why it turned that way on me. No thanks, still passing. I'm now using the liquid version in NC35 and it does not oxidize.