I love this powder in the winter in nc25. I have combination skin and use this powder as a foundation. It has great coverage and an amazing finish. I love the staying power in the winter. Even though this foundation is great in winter, I can't wear it in summer. I'm wearing this Nc42 which is a good color for me. The powder can't control my extremely oily t-zone (which I have In summer). The powder looks extremely greasy. It's very hot here so I hope I can wear this powder again in autumn and winter. I have a love/hate relationship with this powder. In the winter it's hg and in summer I will never use it again on hot days.
i really love MAC producsts however, the only downside to this powder (which is a HUGE downside for me) is that after 3 hours, my skin is ORANGE. I use NC42 in the studio fix concealer and this powder and the concealer is FABULOUS but this powder just turns hideously orange after not very long. Other than that, it's great as soon as i put it on.. i just wish it wouldnt oxidize sooooo much :(
I decidedly love this powder/foundation powder.
I was very skeptical in buying this, the studio fix liquid foundation did not work out for me @ alll...
When I first bought the product, I could definitely see why they called it a powder+foundation. I used the sponge it came with over my BB cream, and it literally looked like I was wearing a mask. It was not a good look at all.
I threw it in a drawer and went back to using my faithful yet lackluster Covergirl and Loreal powders....
One day I decided to apply this powder with a brush instead of the sponge--- oh. my. gosh.
It gave me that sought after air brush look I always want but can never seem to achieve. Just FYI I used it with my ELF studio $6 kabuki brush.
My makeup set all day, in intense, humid 90+ degree weather- my bronzer did not move, my BB cream did not melt, and my skin just looked so flawless and airbrushed.
This powder, admittedly, is so pricey! It's $27, about 3x the price of DS powders.. but once you get the hang of how to apply it, you really can see the difference in appearance.
My skin looks so great on days I wear this. I'm in <3
I do have oily skin, and this particular product IS NOT a setting powder. If I want as super matte finish, I'll use a transparent powder (cornstarch, normally works) over top to dramatically increase lasting powder and the matte-ness. lol is that a word?? That being said, I do really like this as a foundation or over top of a foundation/primer/tm/bb creme/you get it.
very nice coverage!
smooth to apply, not patchy at all.
matte! LOVE that. Some powder foundations are not 100% matte and that can cause some major issues.
no spf! people might say this is bad, but it means no flashback in pictures.
not chalky, but also not super thick! this has the perfect consistency for being a good powder foundation.
although it IS a powder, it doesn't stay matte all day, which depends on skin type.
lasting power [different than that listed above] is not super great, but it's better than some other powders i've tried. Although it does get shiny around hour 3, it doesn't start getting blotchy till hour 8 (which is pretty good in my opinion)
it can be slightly messy depending on which method of application you use.
I use this daily and will continue to use this! Love this product, the quality is impeccable, way better than most drugstore brands. Love and will repurchase! 5 lippies :)
I was so hesitant to buy this product just because the reviews were so so on here. And I was worried because I have skin that isn't fully acne prone but does break out a little and I was worried it would clog my pores. Luckily I gave in thanks to a guru on YouTube and I love it. It looks like my skin but better. I wear this all the time, it has medium coverage and for a powder this pretty good. This plus the elf flat top powder brush = perfect coverage. I will continue to repurchase
I'm sure this powder is good for oily skin but otherwise I just use it to set my foundation. If you have dry skin this foundation doesn't really leave much of an effect.
I am in love with this powder! I have been using it for years now and it is one product I just keep coming back to! I take a shade C4 and find it gives me a medium coverage, fantastic when used in conjunction with a good concealer. The powder is easily buildable, another reason I love it so much! My skin is prone to acne and oily at times, and this powder controls the oil very well and doesn't make me break out! I find that after 5+ hours i could do with a light touch up, but it's nothing i couldn't get away with. Definitely the best powder I've used on my skin so far. Love love love!
I LOVE IT! I have super oily skin and this powder controls it! The application is super quick and easy, you can get a light coverage with a fluffy brush or a full coverage with the sponge or a dense brush (like a kabuki brush). I prefer a full coverage foundation, but it can look unnatural if you are too heavy handed. To make my skin ''look like skin'', I use a setting spray like mac's fix plus and it does the trick! Because this powder has a completely matte finish, it is really important to add dimension to your face. I contour my face, add some blush and a highlight. When I have time, I like to use a lighter shade of the powder under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose and a little bit on my forehead. This powder works wonders for my skin; however, I don't recommend this product if you have dry skin because it accentuate dry patches.
well... i must say that i wanted to love this product. i really did... and to some extent i DO! but sadly my face dusnt :(;( i dont know why but this powder foundation breaks me out within a few hrs of applying! i start seeing tiny bumps all over... and whiteheads around my chin area! which is soo weird bcoz no other products do this esp right away! ther r many products which will break me out esp things that hav spf.. most bb creams sadly to say :( but MAC studio fix powder was my HG in my school days. it was the ONLY product i used interms of foundation. i never needed any other liquid/concealer/setting powder. i just whacked this on all over and good to go. however as iv grown older my skin has changed and it no longer settles with this product. and im so sad abt that bcoz i hav still yet to find something which multi tasks as good as this did. i keep being temptee to just use this bcoz its so easy for my quik on the go make up routine... and if it wasnt for the horrible disaster spots that follow then i prob wud still use this daily. i wish i could get my hands on something like this without the breakout afterwards. i gave 3 lippies simply bcoz i was true n loyal to this for so many yrs . .. and gave me perfect results.
I'm fair skinned (NW10, freckled).
If you would have asked me to review this product several years ago, I would have given it a full 5 lipsticks. But, I've gotten older, and not only has my skin has changed, but I'm no longer satisfied with the drawbacks of this powder. This just doesn't work for me anymore. It worked well for a long time. I had young but oily skin, got a lot of large painful cystic acne bumps around my chin and jaw, and this powder covered it well. I needed coverage and I needed a matte finish, and this used to do the trick. I didn't care that it was heavy and that oil showed through within a couple of hours, it only mattered that it covered the acne and was matte when first applied and when touched up.
However, I'm older, and now have the beginnings of fine lines around my eyes and at the corners of my mouth. The area under my eyes gets so dry now, and this powder not only settles in the lines, but makes the area drier and the wrinkles worse. Powder foundations always creased around the corners of my mouth from smiling, but it's more pronounced than before.
My skin is still very oily (with some dry patches), my acne is not as bad as it used to be, and I've embraced my pronounced freckles. With this in mind, the coverage of this powder foundation is just too matte and too fake looking for my skin. It might be very different if I didn't have freckles, but since I do, I'm trying to look more natural and let them show through my makeup. This powder goes on way too heavy, even when sheered out with a damp beautyblender sponge. And my skin gets oily even quicker when I try to apply this foundation more sheerly. If you try to touch up with this powder, it's uneven and goes on way too heavy, because essentially you're adding a second layer of foundation. You'd have to use MAC Sheer Select Pressed Powder instead, which is what I'd been doing. That worked okay for touch ups, but still, my oil situation was getting out of control with this foundation.
It's not an issue of skincare, as my skincare routine is pretty great and not only is my acne under control, my moisturizer works very well. This foundation actually seems to trigger my skin to produce even more oil. With other foundations my skin does not get as oily and my makeup does not look as though it's melting down my face within a few hours. This powder also oxidizes on my skin when my skin gets so oily, and it shifts to a darker, pinker shade.
I could never find a primer that worked well with this foundation. I think a good primer might have made a difference, but with my skin, I never found one that looked good or helped with my oily skin AND the dry skin, eye wrinkles situation. I tried many of the more well known skin primers, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Skindinavia, etc. etc. too many to count. I tried Fix+ and Skindinavia makeup setting spray, and while Fix+ helped this foundation look more natural, Skindinavia just made the oil situation even more pronounced. Oil blotting sheets/napkins just wouldn't cut it. My face looked wilted and greasy anyway.
Now, being so fair, it was hard to find a foundation at all. But earlier this year MAC released the NW10 Studio Fix Fluid foundation. I tried this, and it worked MUCH better for me. I think most people have had the opposite experience with the powder verses the liquid, but for me, the liquid was a dream and I now use it everyday. I don't know why, I'm sure some of you understand this better than I do, but liquid foundation actually helps with my oily skin. It stays put, it doesn't dry out my skin, and it doesn't settle into or exacerbate my fine lines. With the liquid, I apply it, set it with Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and a powder puff, dust the excess off, maybe use a setting spray or Fix+ and that's it. It lasts much longer than the powder foundation ever did, and my skin does not get nearly as oily.
Back to this powder. I still gave it 3 lipsticks because I think for a lot of folks, this powder will work perfectly. If you have acne on otherwise even skin, this foundation is great. It will cover that acne and as long as your foundation matches your natural skin, you will look great. If you want to cover freckles completely, this foundation works well. If you simply prefer a full coverage powder foundation, or don't mind the heavy coverage from trying to touch up an oily face, this foundation is great.
BUT, if your skin has fine wrinkles, gets very oily with powders, and you want buildable coverage that allows your skin to show through, I would try Studio Fix Fluid with a transparent setting powder instead. A note though, in my case (NW10), the powder version of the same foundation was darker than the liquid foundation. I bought both and tried them both out again recently before writing this review. I experimented by layering over the liquid foundation with the powder foundation (using a dry sponge), and the powder of the same shade was noticeably darker. Even after wearing the liquid foundation all day, the fresh powder foundation showed up much darker on top. The liquid was a lighter and a natural looking perfect match for my skin.
I still think this product is great, and for some it will be perfect. But if your skin is like mine, it's not going to work for you. There are better options out there, even in the MAC family. Try the liquid foundation with a setting powder instead.