i love this foundation more than any other i've ever tried-liquid, pressed or loose powder. n3 really is a perfect match for my skin. i don't get any more breakouts than with liquid foundation. quite the opposite, really. it seems like certian areas of my face (cheeks, chin) have broken out less since using studio fix. i bought my comact in DECEMBER and have used it at least four times a week (usually more) and i still haven't hit pan. i get a nice matte, covered look without looking cakey or dead. typically, i apply moisturizer and concealer and then pat studio fix on with the sponge that comes in the compact. then i use my powder brush to buff it in and i get excellent coverage and a nice, not-too-heavy, nearly flawless look. when i finally run out of this, i will certianly be repurchasing! this is my perfect foundation, hands down.
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I really wanted to love this product, really I did. I love love love MAC stuff, and I've never really had any problems with their products, except for this one. Its formulated heavily with talc, which clogs pores and isn't the best if your skin acts up frequently like mine. Another thing is it cakes up. The sales woman said to apply it once in the morning and thats all- but I find that one application isn't nearly enough to last me all day- let alone a couple of hours. MAC- please reformulate this!!
AHHH!!! If only this product didn't make me break out like crazy. It looks great on your skin! Light weight and provides awesome coverage....however, for some reason, my skin hates this stuff. Wish it didn't.
I only recommend this product to those of you without acne or without sensitive skin.
UPDATE: Just want to let you guys know that I have once again caved and purchased Studio Fix. So far, so good...but we'll see! cross your fingers!
MAC Studiofix offers good coverage and a very matte finish -- too matte, however, in my opinion. My face ends up looking dirty, dull and very cakey. The end result is an unnatural-looking and one-dimensional appearance. Although I have oily and acne-prone skin, Studiofix is far too matte (not in a good way) for me.
This is my first posting...YAY!! After reading all the comments, I was a lil hesitant to purchase, but I am always looking for a different texture in foundation (I currently use MAC Studio Tech). So, I purchased the NW 45. While this product is supposed to "apply and go", I put a little effort into my application. I use Prescriptives Traceless tint underneath the Fix...and I use a powder brush and never will I use the sponge. Nevertheless, my app lasted all day with little touchups and I have combo oily skin. While it is not my HG, it is good substitute when I do not wear the Studio Tech. Beware, some of the other comments where correct where you may need to wear a good primer as it will enlarge the pores.
Awwwwww.... i heard compliments of this fr my friends, online communitys n stuff. I thought i gotta try it! But Mac Studio Fix is not for everyone. It made me breakout, n its really bad, coz i don usually break out w foundations, It also only lasts for less than 5hrs and i can see my face being oily! It's also a lil drying on the skin on sensitive areas like juz below the nose. yuck! i'm actualli quite surprise that there a number who actualli loves it. bud yeah mayb its suitable for some skin types. coz i had 2 other friends using it, one of them like me breakout! the other who is a fan of mac makeup is okay/likes it, doesnt give her breakouts. You can prolly save ur cash, i only use it for less than a week and after that i have to like calm down my skin back to its original state.
I want to love this.....I SOOOO want to love this....but I don't. I love the way this looks when applied -- great coverage, smooth, matte, flawless. The problem I have is that my oily skin does not take kindly to it. EVERY time I have tried this, I have been plagued with breakouts that take weeks to heal. I didn't want to believe that it was Studio Fix that was causing this so I would end up repurchasing again when I was in the Mac store (I have bought this 4 times! NC30-35). This last go-around, I was told by the Mac associate that it was probably bacteria growth on the applicator sponge --- I tried using it with disposable sponges and it *still* happened. I only took off 1 lippie cuz I know sooo many ladies (friends, family) who use this and swear by it. I guess it's just not compatible with my skin type. *sigh*
I bought MAC products this week for the first time. I bought this foundation, the Splashproof mascara and the Liquidlast eyeliner. The eyeliner is fantastic and the mascara is quite nice as well, but I really don't care for the foundation. I'd hardly even call it a foundation. It's a light-medium coverage powder at best, even when you build it up. It's not a terrible powder but not much better than the "play makeup" types I used as a kid either. Most of the powder "foundations" seem pretty much the same to me. If you just apply a bit of the Studio Fix, there's almost no coverage (and I don't even have much to cover) and if you apply more, it goes all powdery and cakey-looking. It highlights dry patches, which I absolutely can't stand. I never have that problem with my Revlon Colorstay liquid. Studio Fix isn't very long-wearing either. It brushes off easily if you touch your face or anything and after a few hours (if you wear it thicker for medium coverage), it starts looking kind of gunky and gross (and I don't really even have oily skin). I'd almost consider buying it if I was looking for a sheer powder (I'd just apply it thin) just to make my skin matte, but then again, if I was doing that, I'd probably just buy CoverGirl's Fresh Look powder because it wears longer and is a heck of a lot cheaper. I'm going to stick with my Colorstay liquid. I also like the more natural finish that Colorstay gives you (I get medium-full coverage with it but people can't tell I'm even wearing makeup). The overly-matte look of the Studio Fix made my face look kind of blah. It made the dimensions of my face (like cheek bones, etc.) less noticeable because it was so incredibly matte. Anyways, I wouldn't buy it again.
I use this mainly in the fall/winter, in the summer it's just too much. The coverage is great, and I don't need a foundation when I use this powder. For the money, it's a great buy.. one of the best full coverage powders I've ever used.
First off, I love the comments negatively towards MAC employees just because you don't like the Studio Fix? Very mature on your part. ANYWAYS, this foundation is for OILY SKIN. It contains oil controlling things such as talc (which many people are sensitive to, including myself) in high doses. You shouldn't find this settling in your lines because you shouldn't be wearing it around the eyes, or if your face is lined overall you probably have a dry skin type and would be better suited for Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. You can change the coverage on this like any foundation depending on how you apply it. For lighter coverage use a brush like the 150 instead of the sponge. A heavier coverage can be obtained with a kubuki or using the sponge in a pressing motion all over the skin as opposed to rubbing it on. This does have a tendancy to look heavy at first until it settles in with the natural oils of your skin, therefore if you aren't oily it will sit on top of your skin. Also, keep in mind this is a powder foundation. Therefore if you use to over top of a liquid you will get a very heavy coverage. You cannot use this wet to dry but you CAN spary yourself with Fix + or another setting spray to cut down the matte finish after your makeup is done. Hope these tips help some of you with application of this product.