This product was a disaster for me from start to finish, I've tried dozens of powder foundations as I have pretty oily skin and liquid ones slip straight off, I decided to switch to studio fix so I could get a better colour match. I used the powder with a foundation brush instead of the sponge supplied to avoid looking powdery but the finish was still cakey and very un-natural. I washed the brushed religously in anti-bacterial liquid but still my face started to break out, this could only have been from the studio-fix. You get yourself into a vicious circle because the worse your skin gets the more powder you apply, then making your skin even worse. It also made my skin oilier and oxidised badly, especially on warm days. Just a couple of weeks after I stopped using this product my skin had improved and the oiliness subsided. Would never touch this stuff again.
I cannot live without MAC Studio Fix. It's a great powder foundation that really covers well (I have acne-prone skin) and it never makes me break out. It also doesn't have any sort of perfume-y smell to it. I bought a Lancome power foundation and took it back a week later because the smell was too much (plus it didn't cover well at all!!) It's very easy to quickly re-apply at the end of the day if you're going to go out or something. You don't have to wash your face to reapply, just put more on!!
I used to use this product often when I was in High school. I stopped due to some rumor that it clogs pores and breaks you out. I recently picked one up because I was having problems with my Bare Escentuals and was running out of my other powders that I was using at the time(Lancome and Estee Lauder). I would say that this is a pretty decent powder with decent coverage.
ALL THE WOMEN BELOW ME WHO HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT IRRITATION, ITCHINESS AND DRY SKIN IT'S BECAUSE OF FIBERGLASS!!!!
Hmm. Where to start.... I first started using this everyday when I was in high school (when I didn't know any better). At the time, it's only flaws were that even the lightest NW15 is approximately four shades too dark for me and it made my already oily skin more oily. No joke, the MAC counter employees all agreed on this.
Then a few years ago, a professor in a health class made us watch a clip (I think it was 60 Minutes) on make-up products and their ingredients. From that video, I learned that in Studio Fix, one of the main bonding agents is essentially fiberglass. A variation of the kind used to insulate homes, was being used on my face. Fiberglass, on my face, day after day... yes not good.
Fiberglass is not good for the construction workers that deal with it every day, and especially not good for women like me who rub it into our faces! While it does provide really good coverage like a foundation, it certainly isn't worth the damage to one's skin. The damage being fine micro cuts to the skin that can irritate and get infected, showing up like acne or redness to the skin. More commonly though, you really can't SEE the damage, but you better believe it is there.
I think you really realize how bad it is for you when you stop using it every day. When I stopped, my skin was less red, I has fewer acne breakouts, and there was a slight change in the amount of oil on my face. These results I noticed after about 4-6 months of not using the product.
I will probably always keep it in my car as a quick fix if I'm stranded with no other make up, because it is good for that, but I can't see myself buying again unless I was desperate.
I just switched to bare minerals, (we'll see how this goes...), because Studio Fix made breakout BAD! I had clear skin up until I started using it in March, then I just continued to use it cause i had bought it and I don't like to be wasteful and I loved the coverage...especially now that I had more to cover...lol. I would probably buy it again just for the coverage, but I would definately wash my face way more often to prevent breakouts.
i am Asian with very yellow skin and found that NC35 was way to orangey on me.. in the store it looked nice and yellow but once I stepped out into the sunlight i looked like i had a really bad tan. After wearing this for a day my forehead broke out in llittle bumps.. ek... a shame because the coverage was good. I am also very oily and this didn't really help control it either
I bought NC40 and the coverage was brllant! however it irritates my skin and I broke out big time I still have a new powder and it just sits there and collects dust I won't buy this again I would consider buying again if it came in a sensitive skin formula it's a pitty the coverage was great but the aftermath was frighting!
Overall, the shades match very well with my skin tone. I'm Asian and I'm paired with C3.
Works great as foundation, although I found that it tended to dry out my skin a bit around the nose area (I'm a dry-combination skin type). However, with Olay's moisturizer and Philosophy's The Present Clear primer, that's no longer a problem for me.
Good coverage, evens out my skin A LOT, and hides my blemishes. One compact can also last me ages and the price is fairly cheap.
Have already repurchased for my next Studio Fix outage :)
I´m another break out person....any of the make up gives me break outs...exvept for this one. I feel really sorry for it, because it covers perfectly and lasts for hours, but i must stop using this product.
Tried it with foundation, then without, then even without moisturizer - I thinks it works better on me when I apply it alone and also i think looks better after a few hours as initialy loooks kinda powdery and doesn't cover pores.
I found that with moisturizer gets patchy and looks darkand dirty, above foundation looks heavy and cakey.
Very difficult to find my color match - had to take it back twice before found one that looked not too orangey or too red on my skin (fair-medium complexion).
Would not repurchase.