Review of MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 by VerySplendid
** MAC PRODUCTS ARE TESTED ON ANIMALS **
Skin type: normal to dry but acne prone.
Desperately seeking a new HG foundation since I found out MAC test on animals after being bought out by Estee Lauder. MAC is now sold in China, and Chinese law requires that ALL cosmetics be tested on animals.
For reference, I am MAC NC25 / NC30 - see my notepad for my colour matches to other brands.
BEFORE: As my skin is dry, I apply a facial oil (my own blend), followed by tinted moisturiser with SPF and primer before applying foundation. Studio Fix is kind of dry & heavy and I would look like the mummified creature from the crypt if I didn't use moisturiser etc beforehand (this was also the case with Revlon ColorStay which I used before switching to MAC).
AFTER: This leaves a slightly dewey finish which I would counteract with a very light dusting of translucent powder to seal it off. Anything beyond a light dusting would give the 'chalky dusty old grandma effect', which I'm not overly fond of.
QUALITY: Excellent! Full coverage, I never needed to use concealer and I have minor acne scarring/redness. Tendency to cake if applied too heavily. In summer, 10-15 minutes outside when it's uber-sweatsville will wreak havoc on any attempts at a flawless finish. In normal weather, the staying power is exceptional.
RE-PURCHASE? Sadly, no. I won't be buying MAC again until they stop testing on animals. Also, after 2 years of near daily use (5 out of 7 days per week), the surface of my skin has been getting increasingly bumpy and pimply. I took Accutane a few years ago and it's really only been since I started wearing MAC that I've had a zit resurgence, which has only gotten worse. (Is this a marketing ploy? Give customers pimples so they'll need more product to cover it up?!) And as I'm at the stage of my life where I'm starting to see the odd wrinkle, nosirreebob do I want to be dealing with that AND zits, thanks very much MAC.
(n.b: not sure if the MAC ladies in my area are particularly sadistic / colourblind, but the first time I went in for a colour match I left covered in a shade best described as 'tangerine dream'.)