I used this as a full-face powder foundation for a while, but it didn't have enough coverage so I switched to Estee Lauder Maximum foundation..
Anyway, this is great for people with oily skin but with not many acne marks since it's not "full" coverage. It erases many imperfections and it still looks natural which I LOVE!
A month ago my mouth area got extremely dry and no liquid foundation worked so I decided to try the powder. After an application of bio-oil, I applied this with a blush brush and bam! PERFECT COVERAGE. It was as if my skin was normal. You couldn't tell I was wearing any make up (at least in the applied area.)
This stuff is fantastic for both oily and dry skin if one knows what they're doing.
I love it! I'm sure others will too, and if not, most, if not all Mac counters allow returns or exchanges :-)
From what I understand, MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation has been around for decades. I've never been a MAC girl, but I hope this never gets discontinued. This will always be a staple in my collection for several reasons.
I'm really oily, so liquid foundations don't always cut it for me. I don't feel that this foundation makes my face stay matte the whole day, however, I also don't feel that uncomfortable tackiness when oil starts to break through. I've decided to give up on liquid foundations because of this. Powder foundation has been calling my name this whole time.
MAC also seems to understand that there is a variety of warm undertones. This doesn't seem to be the case with many makeup brands. I have golden undertones; not olive, peach, or straight-up yellow. For my light-medium skin, I wear NC30. I also tried C3 (slightly lighter than NC30 with more peachy/orange undertones) and C30 (same depth as NC30 but with lots more yellow). I found a webpage explaining all the MAC shades and how they compare to one another. I will include that at the end of this review.
The beauty of this foundation is that the coverage and finish is VERY flexible. I prefer lighter coverage nowadays, so I like to use my ELF Studio Stipple brush to apply this. I have also used ELF's Powder brush (flat top) to achieve heavier coverage. Also, if I ever feel that the foundation is too matte, I can always spritz my face with water to reduce the matte-ness.
Lastly, this powder is a good value, in my opinion. It doesn't take a lot of product to achieve full coverage and even less product for a light coverage. I predict that this foundation could last me 2-3 years. $9-$14 per year on foundation is not a bad investment at all, let alone $27!
Here is the webpage listing the MAC foundations. This is an old reference, but I believe this was published when MAC expanded their shade range:
I love this product its amazing for covering acne and acne scars i have extremely oily skin and have really bad acne i use this over a matte foundation i have tried the studio fix fluid and i really didn't like it because of the smell i would rather have my max factor foundation (Lasting Performance) . I also use this product on a good skin day by its self and a bit of concelear. I am definitely going to repurchase this product when i have finished it but the only thing i wouldn't recommend this for is dry skin .
It is a keeper! It blends in so perfectly with ur skin, I prefer using it without foundation! I use it with the Fix + spray and I just look like a goddess! No need for bronzer or blusher cause you already look extraordinary! Go get it! Amazing product!
I just love this! I use it over my foundation and it really evens everything out! Any redness or blotchiness in spots is gone and my face is an even tone...without looking chalky or cakey. Very easy to blend with a brush. Lasts a long time too, and doesn't wipe off much on things you touch with your face, like shirts, etc. The only complaint I have is that my current one (I'm on my fourth I think!) seems to be packed more densely than the others so it's hard to get a lot on my brush at a time, I have to do a few coats. You won't have to worry about it crumbling or opening up and getting it all over your clothes or sink. Looks great over any foundation, I've used a number of them with this. I will keep buying this as long as it exists!
I like this product. It covers up very well and doesn't look too powdery, although it doesn't last the entire day. It would probably last longer on normal skin, but I still like it and will continue to use.
Oh I am so in love with this! It goes on flawlessly and covers up acne scars. I like this 10X better than the liquid. I really love it and will definitely repurchase this when I hit the pan! :-)
I have mixed feelings on this right now... I feel like it goes on ok at first but at the same time it can look really powdery easily... I use a fluffy ELF Complexion brush and just dust lightly over BB cream and it just... hard to explain. I feel like it makes me look like I have laugh lines!! At 19!! I am going to put this on half my face and my rimmel stay matte on the other side and see what happens. I have used Rimmel Stay Matte for over a year now and it was my HG but I thought I would try mac powder with my mac bb cream, big mistake I guess. I have combo oily skin.. It has days where it can be dry and just my tzone oils and the rest could be oily as mess on other days.
I am just not sure if I want to keep a $27.00 powder when my Rimmel was like $6.00 and I have not hit pan and had it FOREVER!!! But I am close. I will update after using my drugstore and see if I still want to return it.
I like to apply this with brush rather then sponge. When I apply with even a new doing this causes me breakouts not sure why.