okay well i bought this about a month ago to use as a concealer and not so much a foundation. i use the studio fix fluid for my foundation, anwhoo this works really good for me as a concealer.....i tried using it as setting powder over my liquid foundation and it ended up looking to orangy and cakey. it looks okay when i put it on alone but it gets oily on me really fast and feels weird. . for reference i have combo/oily t-zone and use NC25 in studio fix fluid and medium in blot powder... i might repurchase again but i use very little (since i only use it as a concealer) i think it might last me a very long time.
I can't believe I've never reviewed this before, and I have used it off and on for the last 7 years or so. I stopped using it a while ago because it didn't give me the "glowy" look that a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer would. When you first apply this, it gives a very powdery look, and if you apply too much, it can get cakey. You also have to make sure that you get a good color match because otherwise, it can look heavy and unnatural.
Also, since I last used this product (I had one back in 2004/2005), MAC had not yet released their Prep+Prime SPF50 base (which is now my favorite makeup primer), so the color of the powder had a tendency to turn a bit orange with the oils of my face.
With the Prep+Prime SPF50 underneath, and applied with a sponge, StudioFix powder makes my skin look fantastic and perfect. It goes on evenly and does not cake at all. The coverage is medium-to-full. The lasting power is good, and most of all, the color doesn't oxidize or turn.
For reference, I just bought the NC25 color, which is a good match for my light-yellow skintone. continued >>
This is the first foundation I've tried. Studio Fix gave me moderate coverage. It evened out my skin tone and gave me a nice glow and a bit of a dewy finish. It did, however, make me break out a little. It's not something I would consider an HG product. It's just okay.
I love the idea of this product, and it provides beautiful coverage that's easy to put on (try it with the MAC shaving brush), but unfortunately my sensitive skin hates this stuff and I break out just looking at the compact.
I'm a C4 and have used Studio Fix on and off for about 6 years. I love it because the color is PERFECT for me and I haven't found anything else comparable in term of color. However, I think it makes me break out sometimes so I revert back to Bare Escentials. Studio Fix is much easier to travel with though.
rperrin (posted around 11/2005) was right about this foundation not being good for photographs. The MAC person I talked with told me the same thing...it will reflect all the light and leave you looking ghostly. I just thought I would share. I was considering purchasing this instead of my beloved Select Sheer pressed powder (which does not cause the light issue), but I need one product that always works not one I will have to think about when someone snaps a camera. Thus I will stick with my Select Sheer pressed powder.
I'm on the fence on this one. While I think MAC selection of colors are excellent (I'm a NC20-NC30), I don't particularly like the finish of Studio Fix. I bought NC30 and found that within a few hours, my T-zone would get oilier & darker and the powder puddles in my pores, especially on my nose.
The packaging is not so good either, I dropped it once and the whole compact powder is smashed. So I had to use a brush to apply the remaining crumbs of the powder. Overall, I think that Studio Fix comes in great shades to match your complexion, I just don't like the cakey look after application and the price is not as attractive anymore. It's more suitable for someone with normal skin with small pores
I bought this foundation thinking it was maybe the best one yet, but it really wasn't. It broke me out and it would cake up through the day. As the day went on, it would gather at the sides of my nose and in patches like that. I was always having to find a mirror to repowder and try to fix it! I bought it again after I used it all, and ended up throwing it away after about 3 uses! I'm still searching...
I dropped and broke the first one i bought and didn't like it at first but i decided to give it another chance. I ended up loving it, my C4 is perfect for me never orangy and goes on sooo smoothly. I don't recommend using the sponge because it can break you out. Use a brush and clean it often and you won't be disappointed. I hate it when people complain it looks orangy..umm hello..because it is a foundation, if you use it for touch ups during the day it's only natural for it to look more intensely pigmented, thus orangy. Use blot powder or another translucent powder for during the day/night touch ups.
I have been using this for about 3-4 years now... one compact last almost a year for me.. I use NC42.
I do not use the sponge.. it makes me look very yellow. However, using loose powder brush gives a decent coverage. The only better powder foudation than this one was Giorgio Armani which had my perfect skin shade. But it was so expensive and one compact lasted me a month.
MAC lasts for ever and ever.
*update* MAC studio fix powder rules! Still coming back to it after testing loreal mineralize powder in between.
I use it with the bodyshop powder brush for easy application.
*update* So suddenly SF is giving me this weird look. Its mixing with the oil on my skin and giving me this horrible oxidised look :(
SO now i have moved on to Studio Tech.. yummy!!! Check out my review!
*update* mar 2012 still loving my studio fix powder, but using nc 41 now. Such a great product.