Review of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation by FriendlyAussie
Let me preface this review by saying that unless you use this foundation with a quality primer and makeup setting mist, it will not perform to it's full potential. Also, it is necessary to experiment with different types of brushes and applicators to get this product to work for your skin type... don't write it off until you give it a proper chance!
For reference, I am a combination skinned NW20. My skin is normal for the most part but my T-zone manages to be both oily and intensely flaky at the same time. This makes it so difficult to find the right foundation as my skin simply rejects a lot of them.
I love this stuff. It is a holy grail product in my books. I begin by applying my Face of Australia face base primer, then after it has dried I apply my studio fix powder with a dense flat top kabuki for medium coverage (the Sigma F80 and ELF studio powder brush work perfectly for me) or my MAC 182 for days when I want light coverage. I finish with blush a spritz of finishing spray. Given my flaky spots, skipping on the setting spray means the foundation will cling to flakes and look awful. The spray makes all the difference.
I find that I get decent wear time out of this. With primer it lasts me a full day in 40 degree Queensland humidity with one or two touch ups. It does a great job of keeping my oilies at bay, but it also tends to emphasize flakes as the day wears on. I carry around a travel sized finishing spray for this reason and a quick spray every couple of hours makes the flakes disappear.
My only gripe with this product is the coverage. It claims to be full coverage but I can get medium at best. It is excellent for covering pimples but it just can't handle my mild rosacea, so I find that I have to use a redness neutralizing concealer for days that I am having my photograph taken or require complete coverage. This foundation also settles into pores and emphasizes them unless primer is worn.
Note that this product does contain talc and titanium dioxide, so for flash photography I recommend wearing a shade darker than your skintone or choosing a different foundation altogether to avoid the "ghost face" look.
In general, I am very impressed with the performance of this product. I will continue to repurchase this as I haven't found anything that comes close to it's wonderful oil controlling abilities!