I used to just dab some concealer here and there to cover spots and then notice later in the day that my face looked splotchy and horrible. I'm not a fan of heavy powders/foundations, so I avoided using it at all on a regular basis.
I decided to try Studio fix on a whim, and so far I think it is awesome. I am NC25 and it blends so easily and makes me look more polished and neat- not heavily made up. I apply it by lightly dusting it all over my face with a skunk brush, which works nicely bc it spreads evenly and lightly.
Overall, I highly recommend. I know it's pretty much a "classic" so my review wont make much of a dent, but im a new fan of Studio Fix :)
Studio fix is a staple for many MAC fanatics, and newbies. Powder/ foundation in one is usually the pull, but people sometimes give up on it too quickly. One word TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE. Make sure your face is moisturized, and or prepped. The powder glides on like none other, adhering to the skin. I recommend concealer app. first, as powder and concealer dry differently, thus being consistent with the texture all over your face. If you don't want to invest in a primer (preferrably MAC prep+prime), purchase MAC Fix+, it's substantially less. Drench your skin after moisturizing, and let dry. If Fix+ isn't in your budget simply purchase a spray bottle and pour some Evian water in it (A little extra moisturizer before, and it does the trick). The Evian water is perfect for those with highly sensitive skin. The hydration of your face (weather your face is oily or not) is fine as Studio Fix has silica and absorbs excess oils/water. Never apply with the sponge included, it disperses the powder in chunks and does not allow you to buff without going over it several times (plus it's very un-hygenic). Invest in a brush, the MAC 190 is the best pick as you can use it with any foundation; liquid, cream, powder. Make sure to set everyhting with sheer translucent powder. The pay off is great, and you have a lasting look. Go for it, it's worth it.
One word to describe my experience: Caked. This product has pretty much put my views of MAC's quality very low. It would cake on in areas of my face that I never knew were possible. It felt heavy and dry on my skin. Not to mention after wearing it for less then an hour the caked bits became orange colored.
I used Studio Fix for a couple years, but finally stopped when I realized I had other OPTIONS! I would apply Studio Tech, then would use Studio Fix on top. It was horrible during hot days, or nights of dancing, as this make-up really does just sweat off. I can't even explain how bad this product is when it comes to coming off when you sweat, or when it rains, or whatever.
I do give it some credit since it does have pretty good coverage, but I could never find a good color match. And yes, it did make me break out occassionally. It didn't make me break out as bad as studio tech, but even after I stopped using s.t., studio fix still made me break out every time I wore it.
There are better products out there when it comes to powder foundations, and foundations in general. M.A.C. is the best when it comes to eyeshadows, blushes, and glosses, hands down, but they let me down when it came to foundations and powders.
Sooo, I recently broke down and went back to Studio Fix as most other powders just weren't giving me that full poreless coverage I love. I'm wearing NC30, and honestly, when it comes to coverage NOTHING comes close to the results Studio Fix gives! The only complaints I have is that it definitely turns shiney within the first hour, and I wish the matte results that you have when you first put it on lasted all day. This seems to start melting off after the first few hours, which I've never had with any other powders, so this just seems so greasy for being a powder...and this is even with my wearing a primer and waterproof foundation!! You'd think with all that staying power it wouldn't melt off, but it still does. But the good news is if I just keep blotting every few hours, it won't "melt" off...just never let this get that oily, wet, or sweaty, and it shouldn't be too much of a problem. The only other thing is that it is definitely drying and chalky too-greasy and drying, how strange! It emphasizes dryness and fine lines, so make sure you're face is in top shape before wearing. And whatever you do, DON'T APPLY MORE THAN TWICE!!! Once in the morning, and touching up in the evening is fine, but anything more than that and it will just turn into a cakey, face drying, line emphasizing mess! Blot Blot Blot if you need to and use a good primer and it should last the day. I've noticed that I have been breaking out more since I started using it again, and well, nothing much I can do about that.
THIS IS AN AMAZING STUFF in fast breaking out...i just apply it in the morning and 5,6 hours later i have already small pimples on my chin...never any product break me out soooooooo fast....The cover is good for a WHILE ..but heavy ..I am going back to JI & Caron...
I've been using Studio Fix for 5 years and I love it. The coverage is superb and it lasts me all day long without having to reapply during the day. It is convenient to use. I'm definitely a BIG FAN.
I have used MAC for years. This is a product that is very heavy, but I used it for a long time and it has never been the cause of a breakout. Good if you want moderate to heavier coverage for a powder; great for covering up blemishes with one sweep. Some people can go with lighter coverate; others who have more flaws to cover and want a natural look can achieve it with this produt. Additionally, it lasts all day without the need for a retouch, and goes on lighter if you use a powder brush. This covers blemishes and uneven spots without concealer, so its great for those early mornings tot he office! Not messy like foundation but gives coverage similar to one. Also, I use this with skin treatments, and while [any makeup product] can lessen the effects of a treatment on bare skin, this still allows others to work, surprisingly. I say this from years of experience with the product.
I like the sponge being in the bottom of the container, and I LOVE that this powder rarely BREAKS if you drop it in your purse!
Price is $26.50 for a compact, which is kind of pricey but it lasts for me at least 3+ months and that was when I was using it 25-30 days out of the month.
This is a staple makeup product for me, I will buy it forever.
Note, the product is one of the few that oxidizes and after the oils from your skin settle with the product, it will turn darker/redder/grayer/different shade, so I would recommend testing with two colors (one on one cheek, another on another) and wearing it around the mall for an hour or so before buying at a department store. Also, check your color in the daylight. Some MAC employees are great at matching, others are horrible. Oh, and once you find your winter/summer shades...WRITE IT DOWN. :)
I no longer use MAC, as I grew older, my skin changed and this was way to heavy, clogging my pores. I switched to Makeup Forever and Bobbi Brown cosmetics for skincare, with excellent results.
I wasn't planning on buying this product when I went to the MAC counter. I've never liked powder foundation because I tend to be dry. But when I said I have acne he suggested it. So I tried it and I really liked it. I use it more like a powder because it doesn't cover up trouble areas but it works well on clear skin! When I'm not feeling high maintenance I use it. I love the packaging, the sponge applicator and the fact that it stores seperately from the powder. It's nice! I would recommend it.
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.