Overall i do not like this product. In the summer it was ok but now that the weather is cooler and my skin is drier this looks terrible on me. It leaves my skin dry and I look terrible. I would not buy this again--well i got it from my mother and she loves it but this is not for me
I wanted to try this after all the good reviews, but after using it for a day and a half i start breaking out. And not little zits, the painful, huge ones that are under the skin and you can't really do anything about. So I returned it. I have extremely oily skin, and the studio fix did help with shine, but didn't nix it completely, and it dried my skin out in places. And you definitely can't layer it like you're supposed to be able, it starts to get cakey.
Bought this in NW30 after some serious tanning (normally a NC30) so I wanted to buy a foundation that matches my skintone. Went to MAC mainly because of their great colour selection and the SA there matched me with NW30 although I expressly told her I want something in the NC range!! NW30 looked alright in THAT lighting and since the SA insisted the NW range would suit me better than NC I sort of compromised and bought it anyway. Went out of the shop and, orange horror!! Wasn't a good look, trust me! Coverage is excellent it pretty much covers up everything so there's no/little need for concealer. *However* I'm 100% convinced this broke me out! Read another review on here and according to the user, they used fiberglass as one of their binding agents which causes irritation and breakouts. Plus the powder itself, despite the ability to provide great coverage, is not finely milled at all and hence results in a rather masky finish which is not attractive at all. I won't buy this ever again. MAC is great with blushes and glosses but I'll steer clear of their foundation stuff. Their liquid concealer broke me out badly too.
ok. So i read all the reviews...I've been using my MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC40 for almost 3 months. I think its starting to break me out. I REALLY want to love this stuff because it looks great on my skin- but not if its breaking me out. I have 2 cystic pimples on my chin and I am starting to get little bumps all over my cheeks and even some pimples that are starting to come to a head (GROSSSS) SO ....I am going to put the compact away for a few weeks and see what happens to my face, if it clears up- I surely WILL NOT be buying this product again :( very dissapointed
this was the best powder/foundation for me... BEFORE!!!! when i havent tried any! this makes my face soooo oily. gave me tiny bumps! and oh, did i mention that it looks very cakey?! i thought that it was the best when i am not yet a make up fanatic!
So disappointed. I was lemming this for so long, but not one single color worked on me. WHY? The MA tried so many colors. She ended up recommending NC20 and NC25, but I couldn't figure out what made her pick these 2 as they looked as bad as all the others. I've got some weird color that's really hard to match: fairish/mediumish with green undertones and reddish surface tones. After all the talk about MAC, I thought for sure they'd have a color for my skin. Maybe I should try again on my own without an MA saying "oh, you're this color", cus they pretty much never get it right. *sigh*
NC20 looked like I was wearing white chalk on my face. Not a good look, unless you're on stage with full theatre makeup, which I never am. NC25 turned really *orange* on me. Another not good look. I didn't buy either after looking at them in full sunlight. I was so excited to be able to say "I'm NCxx" and now I can't!
I had tried this years ago and I liked it but I didn't buy it again when I went through it all. I am really not sure why I didn't pick it up again but I moved on to other foundations. Foundation for me really is the hardest beauty product to find that looks just right. I don't know if it is me or my skin. Color seems to oxidize on me and changes after it has been on my skin for awhile so while it looks good when first applied, after a couple of hours I get the mask effect.
A few weeks ago, I visited my local MAC store and decided to try it again. I picked up N5 and have been using it daily. At least 3 times this week a woman from my office has asked me what I've been doing different as she said that my skin looks great. She said I looked "refreshed" which is funny because I've been involved in a special project and I'm working crazy hours and not sleeping well.
This is the foundation I use most often. It's easy to apply, absorbs oil and shine well, and provides just enough coverage to even out my reddish, freckeld skin tone without looking mask-like. As many other reviewers have noted, this product is best applied with a powder brush, NOT the enclosed sponge--the sponge makes this otherwise nice, light product into a kabuki mask that sinks right into every line and pore. But applied with a powder brush, it creates a lovely, matte, natural, "glowy" finish. Using a brush also uses much less product; after a year, I've only used about half a package. I will certainly repurchase again.
Mac studio fix powder foundation is the best of it's kind. the coverage is natural,but it still covers alot.and the wide range of colours means you'll aways find a match. as a consumer and a makeup artist, it unbeatable. HOWEVER that being said, studio fix aint for everybody!!! how the you find the product depends on various factors! First,the condition of your skin,your skin type and the climate you live in. I personally have ok skin, prone to break outs every month with acne scarring.also,i have really oily skin and i live in Africa! What i do is,first i use the best oil control lotion in the world(Living nature balancing day lotion)|, i use mac select-cover up concealer and mac blot powder. And i'm good to go! the powder is amazing. i have used various other powders and foundations,but i am never without studio fix. if you have really bad skin though, you might want to try and liquid or cream foundation.also,i use studio fix daily and it has not caused me to break out.i tend not to use it when im going out clubbin though, as i find liquid foundations last longer through the sweat!
All in all, you'll love this powder of u have good skin or not so bad skin and you want a natural look with decent coverage.my friends that have flawless skin all use this,including some of my clients. However, throw away the sponge!Only use a brush to apply studio fix and you'll see excellent results!
The color choices, because its a MAC product, are great! I like the idea of a powder foundation, but this one is definitely not for me. I have to wear sunscreen under it and when I do, the powder accentuates my pores and makes them look soooo deep and awful. I advise anyone thinking about this powder to test it out carefully in all kinds of lighting.