Review of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation by sweetfart
Short opinion: ideal as an everyday foundation for those with very oily skin needing medium-full coverage, but not seeking a radiant, photo-friendly finish.
Long opinion: I usually hate powder foundations, despite the fact that I have very oily skin so I should be using them. I used Bare Minerals, Alima, Laura Mercier loose, and many other "healthy" mineral powder makeup foundations before. My usually complaints are that the finish is too grainy and wheat bread-like, and the coverage is usually poor.
Well, Studio Fix powder is a little different, I guess, in the sense that it's not loose but a compact powder. Don't know how much of a diff that makes. It's also not necessarily marketed as a healthy mineral powder. I haven't broken out from in the three days I've been using it thus far, but someone else might.
Lowest grade for SF powder: the finish. It's matte, which I like. Most loose powders seem to have this silky finish which is awful for my shiny complexion. But MAC SF does have that powdery finish. That's unavoidable with matte finishes, I guess. Definitely not made for dry skin, as this WILL patch up.
Highest point for SF powder: the coverage, pigment, and durability. This trumps any loose MMU I've used, because the coverage is almost (but not quite) full. I still need concealer for my darkest scars. MAC is phenomenal with skin shade varieties, which I like. I am using NW20, which is roughly the equivalent of Dior 020, Revlon CS Sand Beige, and Laura Mercier Warm Ivory. NW22 has a strong pinker, peachier undertone to it. Average wear time before I get oily for most foundies is about 4 hours. I went about 6 hours before breaking shine on the t-zone with this, and even then the shine wasn't as noticeable as with liquid foundies.
But I won't be wearing this for special events. The finish is not radiant and glowy enough. This will be my daily work & run errands foundation.
UPDATE 01/21/2013: Okay, I took off a lippie. I'm rethinking this. The finish is awful. Very powdery and very cakey look. And I retract what I said about the coverage. Let's call it light-medium, because if you try to build it up to full you will be a cakey mess. It's very obvious that I am wearing foundation with this.
But I still give it some lippies because of the oil control and MAC's excellent shade ranges.