You guys. This stuff is NUTS. HG status, for sure.
I've been in the market for an upgrade to my foundation for awhile now. I'd been using Revlon's Color Stay Whipped Foundation, which is a really good product for the price. However, after switching up my anti-acne regimen to a prescription topical treatment known for causing severe dryness, I desperately needed something that a) covered up the hyperpigmentation left behind by my clearing skin and b) was a bit more forgiving to the dry patches that come with strong acne meds. I also really needed something that wouldn't settle into the enlarged pores on my cheeks that my breakouts had left behind - with my old foundation, my skin texture actually looked much better without makeup (discoloration was a different story), because the cream foundation would settle into the pores and make them extremely noticeable.
A good history with MAC products led me to Studio Fix. To be honest, I had some serious doubts about whether a powder good possibly give the coverage I need, but the Makeup Alley reviews were so positive that I decided to give it a go. It's $27 - not cheap, but still on the lower end of prestige foundations for sure. MAC packaging has never been my favorite aesthetically - the lettering always wipes off, the matte black starts to look a bit icky - but this is functional, which is all I can really ask for. It comes with a sponge, but I really don't suggest using it - for one, sponges are harder to keep hygienic, but you also have more control/less wasted product if you use a brush (I've used both a kabuki-style brush and a traditional powder brush, both with good results). I was color matched by a MUA at the MAC store, which I really always recommend with MAC products, because they're so good at having a diverse color selection that you probably need some help figuring out which one is best for you. That's another impressive thing about MAC and something that makes me want to support their skin makeup - they are AWESOME at having a diverse array of skin tones, as opposed to the "light to medium-light" range that SO many prestige brands still [disgustingly] stick to.
This foundation has shockingly good coverage for a powder. Believe me, I doubted it. It is totally buildable, and leaves behind a flawless, even finish. The texture of the powder is light and silky-smooth - it feels like you aren't wearing anything on your face. I have read about people using this as a finishing powder, but I really think that it's a bit too heavy for my preference to do that. I moisturize, prime the heck out of my skin (I think that this is a really important step with this foundation - it needs something to bond with. I use Smashbox Photofinish), and touch up my spots with concealer. I think that because this is a powder, it's VERY important to make sure your skin under it is as healthy and primed as it can be. And then put this on top using a circular buffing motion, followed by under eye concealer. I then set it with my Mario Badescu rosewater spray (also, I feel, a necessary step to making this look more natural - I know that a lot of people who use this really like the MAC Fix+ spray too). The powder feels silky smooth as it goes on, and it very noticeably starts covering discolorations immediately. This isn't something that you need to layer a ton, but you can if you have to and not look like an alien.
I don't have problems with this becoming cakey, but again, I make it an essential point to both moisturize and prime beforehand, as well as set it with hydrating spray after - I think that helps. I don't layer this over liquid or cream foundation - I think that would be too heavy for my personal preference. One thing to note about this is that it does give an even, flawless finish to your face - I wouldn't say that it looks NATURAL, exactly, because very few people have that velvet-y, porcelain-perfect finish that only powder can give you. If you're into the dewy, "I woke up like this" look, this probably isn't the product that you're looking for. It definitely helps with oil control, too.
I have temperamental skin and have not - knock on wood - had issues with breakouts with this. However, knowing some peoples' history with it, I make it a point to take this off very well whenever I get home at night. It lasts through the work day easily for me, and is easy to touch up before I go out at night. I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try - it's truly a gamechanger in my beauty routine.
I think this works well as a touch up powder. I wasn't impressed with the results wet or dry as my only foundation. But it really makes a foundation last and doesn't make my skin act weird. Overall I think it is a good powder. I think the foundation in the title is misleading.
I can't believe I have only gotten myself to start using this product just last month while my makeup junkie friends have already been hooked with this for years! I have finally bought myself an NC30 and I definitely vow to never ever use any other brands of foundation ever! My skin is normal, never oily however my concern is that in the summer, my face gets all sweaty in the heat. I was skeptical to try this thinking my face would get cakey when I start to sweat. Surprisingly, my face looks incredibly flawless and very fresh even after 5 to 6 hours with just minimal touchups. I use it with a stipple brush during the day for a natural look and spritz a lil bit of water to the brush before applying for heavy coverage (nightouts).. This is an excellent product for a very good price of only $30 which would last for months and months compared to pricier brands like Bobbi Brown ($60), Hourglass ($68), etc.
This is my go-to powder, I try to only use it as a setting powder during the week as opposed to an all over powder as it runs out quite quickly, but it simply works. It just makes my skin look absolutely flawless, it smells nice, applies easily and is overall fantastic. Only bummer is it is pretty expensive (over $30 for a powder is steep) but that's because it works!
This is the best powder so far! I use this to set my foundation and it sets it and covers up very well and does not make foundation look cakey, just creates that absoluely flawless finish. I'd recommend it 99% ( still believe that one day I find that 100% astonishingly perfect powder).
Since I've moved to Texas I've stayed away from any powdered foundations. These past four months I've seen my skin transform and I basically didn't have to wear anything on my skin. Now, just a couple days ago I found myself in the MAC store because my friend was looking to buy some stuff.. And of course I got lured into buying this product because yes when she applied it it looked great and lasted me all day. What I did like about this powder was that it looked so natural. Tried it out the next day and now here I am with breakouts. I should have listened to many of my friends and should have stayed away from this product! No bueno! If you have acne prone skin stay awayyyyyy!
This is great, it's not like other powders that make your face look caked up. It looks really natural and it's good to cover up any scars or acne.
Recently the idea of liquid foundation turns my stomach, the thickness and stickiness I get from them masks everything and doesn't let my skin BREATHE! I was looking for a substitute that would be less Heavy and just give a more natural finish. I had previously been using my MAC studio fix powder plus foundation to set the liquid foundation already on my face, and I thought one day as the studio fix is so pigmented already it only makes sense to use it as foundation on its own? To some of you that may seem obvious considering it is called a foundation but I had usually only seen it being used as a setting powder. But Oh Em Geee this is literally so amazing on its own, my foundation routines used to take FOREVER but now a few swipes of this and my face looks glowing. At first your face will look powdery and your gonna think are you serious is this it? But just let is set into your skin and let the natural oils in your skin soften it so you get an even complexion and natural glow after wearing it for a while. I wouldn't advise this for dry skin as it wouldn't really soak into your skin but if you used a setting spray that could give it some moisture to work with. I personally don't need much coverage as my skin,I suppose is clear enough, but you still could cover a lot of imperfections with just a few more swipes! I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE this, the price is very good I think considering it's really pigmented and I use it every other day and it doesn't appear to be hollowing in the pan :) AND this lasts quite well, id say a good 6 hours before I need to powder again, seeing as it's humid summer weather at the moment, and it's no problem applying more powder as it doesn't cake and it looks matte again. I would advise using a thick kabuki brush to apply this to really buff it in. I'm in makeup love with this powder! My holy grail foundation! :)
I absolutely love my MAC Studio Fix. It blends beautifully and the powder foundation just feels incredible. I haven't broken out once and I have been using this for more than 3 years. I have light to medium skintone with yellow undertones. I got mine in the shade NC35 which might seem dark compared to other NC35 shades, but I assure you it's not. It looks more like an NC25 to me...compared to my other pressed powders. I really love this powder foundation. It's my go to, in a rush makeup. If I don't want to go through the whole process of liquid foundation and blending it out with my beauty blender, then setting that with a powder..etc etc..I just grab this studio fix and blend it out with my dense brush and I'm good to go. Hands down worth every penny. I will continue to purchase this forever.
I got matched and I was really surprised that I'm actually much lighter on my face than the rest of my body, but it actually doesn't look that bad because the powder doesn't look cakey at all on my face, and quite natural. Like I haven't got bad skin, so it didn't make my face worse, like I have read some of the other reviews and seen that it clogs their pores up. But if you don't have acne prone skin, this foundation works great! Love it but a bit pricey...