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.
All I can say is WOW! This stuff is so easy to put on, and it lasts the whole day. I just use a big powder brush, a few swipes over the face and you're done. So quick and easy, especially in the mornings when I'm rushing out the door. I have combo skin and tends to get quite oily on my T-zone by mid afternoon, but the silica really does help to absorb the oil. The colours are great. I'm NC25 and it looks very natural on me. It evens out my skin tone and redness really well. It feels really light on the skin, good for everyday use. When I want to pump it up at night, I just put liquid foundation underneath and put the studio fix powder on top to help it set.
good coverage but feels heavy and itchy =(
it just so happen "in the name of beauty"
I have oily acnegenic skin. Good coverage but made me look like a powdered donuts. Sat on skin. Too matte. Afterawhile it lookde gross and cakey. Wreaked havoc on my skin. I used it once and got 2 cystic pimples and clogged pores!! I'm a makeup artist and have used it in photos before- doesn't photograph well either...Yuck...
This product is perfect for applying right before you present the weather forcast at your local TV station and/or pose for the cover of Playboy.
When used with a light hand, this does a great job...unfortunately most people use this like they're trying to cover up a terrible case of chicken pox. It's sooo frustrating seeing girls piling this on, making themselves look like a piece of suede!
Yes, I know you've used this along with your Twig lipstick and concrete eyeshadow since they came out in the early nineties, but please move on!
Mac makes so many amazing products that are better than this..now have a glass of wine, wash your face, and go try them.
PS: Please disregard this review If you are in fact using this to cover up your beard stubble before performing on stage as Diana Ross, Cher, or Madonna.
I've been using Studio NC-35 for several years....
I keep a compact in my purse and in my train case -- I'm Eurasian, with some olive/yellow undertones, and it's tought to find colors that compliment my skintone.
Luckily for me this one, matches pretty well and doesn't feel heavy or "cakey" or too made up in the application -- and its nice that it's multifunctional --- concealer, foundation...
Definetly a MAC treasure!
I've been purchasing this powder for three years now, and I've only had to buy 3 compacts so far. So, as far as money is concerned, it's not too overpriced. ;) As far as the foundation is concerned, it's the best I've ever tried, and I've tried a lot.....liquid and powder. It's light, but gives you a good medium coverage. I have oily, acne prone skin. It's still oily, of course, but I have treated my acne. But, I still get the occasional breakout and am left with some post acne marks. (Red spots) Thankfully, this doesn't break me out, it covers my red spots, and it evens out my skin tone. I've heard people complain that it's too matte, DON'T USE THE SPONGE! I use a nice, soft, big, fluffy powder brush to apply the foundation. I just run the brush over the powder, dust off any of the excess powder, and apply. The result is beautiful flawless skin. Everywhere I go I get complemented on how beautiful my "porcelain" skin is. This is, by far, my HG foundation. I just have one, simple complaint...I wish the packaging was nicer! For $25 the powder should come in a sleek, chic compact. Oh well, it's what's in the inside that counts. ;)