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      09.02.2015 12:18
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      • "Long wearing"
      • "Lasts a long time "
      • "Vast amount of colours "
      • "Good coverage"

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      • "Have to buy pump separately "
      • "Value for money isn't great"
      • "Not good for dry skin "
      • "Can be too heavy "

      Mac studio fix fluid! Perfect for the oily skinned.

      Mac studio fix fluid was my first ever mac foundation I purchased, I honestly couldn't have been happier with it at the time, but at this time I had very oily skin and as you get older you learn what really suits you're skin. Studio fix fluid is a very thick foundation usually used for medium to full coverage, personally I wouldn't say it's very easy to build up on you're face as it does tend to clog up over the first layer you've put on, the best way to apply it is with quite a dense face brush applying all over then stippling it back over in the places that need more coverage, I certainly would not do two full layers of this foundation it's far too heavy and this comes from someone who loves heavy makeup day to day! I brought mine in the colour nc20 which is a perfect colour for my skin tone, they do a vast range of colours and that does make it easier for everyone to be matched perfectly, however I would definitely not use this when my skin is feeling extra dry, this is best for oily skin as it doesn't move on you're face and seems to take away the oiliness, I have dry skin especially in the winter so this is just no good, it clings to the dry patches and doesn't smooth over nicely no matter what primer I use, bit of a bugger when it is pretty expensive!!

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        07.01.2015 21:18
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        Good liquid MAC foundation

        I like that the MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation comes in a glass bottle, this is a very classy and original bottle. Unfortunately this foundation does not come with a pump, however it can be bought separetely. I would have found it a lot easier if this foundation came with the
        pump as I often find that I dispense too much of this foundation when using it. The price of this foundation is pretty expensive but MAC make up products are high quality and well known. Their foundations have a wide variety off shades from cool to warm. I find that the easiest way to apply this foundation is with a stippling brush in circular motions. This foundation is full coverage and a little goes a long way so I do not need to use loads of product each time I apply my make up. This foundation feels very thick and is definitely a full coverage liquid foundation. I would definitely wear this foundation in a night out or going some where fancy as it is great coverage. Would not suggest this foundation if you have either oily or spot prone skin as it beleive this would make matters worse. This foundation is better for people with driver skin. This foundation can go Cakey if you apply too much of hythe product to your skin. Even when going on a night out you are best to apply a thin layer of this foundation as too much does not look good. Like to wear a little powder on top of this foundation to make it appear slightly more matte.

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        04.01.2015 12:35

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        • "good colour variety avaiable"
        • "great coverage"
        • "smooth finish"

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        • "not great for oily skin"
        • "rather heavy coverage"

        Good finish however a little heavy looking

        I use these a great deal for photo shoots as they offer high coverage and smooth out the skin giving a airbrushed finish however for day to day use the affect is rather heavy and I believe is best suited for evening and occasion make-up. The variety of shades on offer is rather good however I mix these to achieve the perfect match which could be quite costly giving the price. The foundations can be applied by hand or brush but I believe using a brush gives a better finish.

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        04.11.2014 21:20

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        • "Easy to apply"
        • "Makes skin look flawless"

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        • Expensive

        Pricey but flawless

        This worked wonders on my skin! It is so easy to apply with or without a brush and made my skin have a lovely base for blushes and highlighters etc. great for day time wear and evening wear, although I usually only wear it in the evenings or on special occasions as it is a little bit pricey.

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        27.02.2014 23:07
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        Great if you don't mind spotty skin

        I recently purchased studio fix fluid after speaking to a mac make up artist. I was informed that this foundation was build able and would not block my pores ect. I was matched to an nc25. On the first few applications of this foundation I was extremely pleased. My face looked flawless. I did find that after a whole day a work I was a tad oily and needed a quick dab of powder but I am used to that! However after a couple of weeks using this everyday I started to have huge break outs of spots I put this down to hormones and piled on the foundation. My skin became so bad I decided to give it a rest and just go for a lightly tinted moisturiser for a week or so. In that time my skin settled and went back to normal. Once I started using my foundation again my spots returned. This foundation clogged my pores and did not suit my slightly oily skin. I have now stopped using this and again have clear skin. For the price I would most definitely not recommend this. Use with caution!!

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          05.02.2014 15:10
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          Anyone who is prone to breakouts should definitely stay clear

          I have used this product for years and used to think it was the best foundation since sliced bread.
          I would never let anyone, be it friends or family tell me they didn't like it.
          It has only been recently that I realised just how unnatural and obvious this makeup really is. I thought that because it covered my scars and blemishes that it was wonderful, but really it enhanced them more because of how thick and claggy the texture is.
          I don't know whether it is because my skin has changed as I have gone from a teenager to late 20s or whether I know have a better mirror, but I will never go back to the mac range again.
          What I once thought was a good brand of makeup I know realise is more about fashion and creating a 'look' for a particular occasion, rather than creating a flawless and timeless appearance.
          The trouble is once you have started using this brand and get used to it, it is hard to switch to another. I moved on to Double Wear by Estee Lauder which is classed as a full coverage makeup, but to me it felt like I was going bare because of how heavy mac studio fix is.
          Anyone who is prone to breakouts should definitely stay clear as this foundation does not allow your skin to breathe.

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          12.06.2013 20:40
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          Covers imperfections well, nice matt result leaving skin looking smooth and feeling soft after use.

          I was first introduced to Mac Fix Fluid when my make up artist friend did my make up for a special occasion a couple of years ago. She's also a Mac Artist too and does use many of their products for her private work.

          **Colour matching**

          My friend tried a couple of different shades on me to match the colour, she settled on 'NC15' which is a very pale shade, we both agreed this was the best match. It's well worth going to a Mac Makeup counter to check the match of the foundation. You can also check on http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/ there's a nice wide range available to chose from. I have to admit I wouldn't have placed myself as this colour on the website, so it's well worth checking for your first purchase.


          **Packaging**

          Fast Fix Fluid comes in a substantial feeling glass bottle of 30ml. It has a black screw top cap which is easy to remove. The foundation itself dispenses easily via the pump, a nice amount is dispensed with each pump unlike other foundations I've used in the past that dispense too much at a time.


          **The Foundation**

          The product itself covers in a medium to heavy manner. You can build up the layers on your face with ease. I apply with just my finger tips, others use foundation brushes, I think application is very much down to personal preference. It feels smooth and re-refreshing when applied. It has a very subtle fresh smell about it, which I quite like.

          It's quick and easy to apply, goes on very smoothly and blends in to the skin with ease. If you want to build it up this will of course take a little more time.

          It covers the dark circles under my eyes with ease - not many products on the market that do this well! As well as other imperfections such as enlarged pores and freckles. It leaves a matt finish and really does cover everything up in my experiences with it. This is what attracted me to buying the foundation.

          It does feel quite heavy on my lower cheeks, I think that's because I'm not used to wearing foundation there. When I first used the foundation I really didn't find it comfortable on that part of my face but I did get used to it after a while. For this reason I don't use it as an everyday foundation, but it's great for nights out and special occasions.

          Mac say it lasts for up to 8 hours, I certainly agree with that - I've even had it last up to 12 hours with no problems. It removes easily too with just soap and water.

          It contains UVA/UVB SPF 15, perfect for protecting skin in the warmer weather.

          The product is said to 'Absorbs and disperses oil' I don't have oily skin so can't really comment on this aspect of it. It also 'contains special skin-conditioning ingredients' according to the manufacturers website. My skin does feel softer in the days after using it.


          **Pricing and Availability**

          Not a cheap foundation at £20.50 per bottle. It is great value though in terms of how long it lasts on the skin and very little goes a long way when applied. If I was using one of my cheaper foundations I would certainly be re-applying that through the day. So it's worth paying a little extra.

          Studio Fix Fluid can be purchased at Mac Counters, on the Mac website:
          http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/ and also available on Ebay.


          **Recommended?**

          Great for special occasions, great coverage and leaves a lovely matt look on your face. Does feel quite heavy on parts of my face however and colour matching is strongly advised.

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            07.06.2013 12:40

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            What a brilliant foundation!It has a great coverage and lasts for at least 12hours.mac have a great selection of colours so it is suitable for all skin tones.Only thing I would say is keep away from liquid foundation if you have dry skin because it sticks to the dry areas.Another disadvantage is you need to buy the pump for the top of the bottle separate although you can reuse it for other mac bottles it doesn't reach the bottom of the bottle and there is a lot of waste.The price is reasonable and the bottle does last a good few months.You don't need to put loads on your face because the coverage is so fantastic.

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            30.05.2013 15:11
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            Brilliant foundation for everyday use

            I had tried many different foundations before discovering MAC Studio Fix Fluid and I have tried many since and have still not come across one as good as this. This foundation is perfect for people who want a high coverage without looking too heavy and caked on.

            I have combination skin with a few red blemishes on my face and this foundation has always covered them perfectly. I wouldn't say that I have very good skin at all but whenever I am wearing this foundation, people have complimented me on having flawless skin!

            The foundation is quite thick and I have found it is better to apply with a foundation brush rather than with fingers as it is hard to rub in which can make it looked a bit caked on. It claims to give a matte finish, which I agree with but sometimes around my t-zone can become a bit oily after wearing the foundation for a few hours but a little bit of translucent powder usually fixes this.

            The coverage lasts usually for the whole day just about, but if going out on the night it might need a little touch up and sometimes can become patchy after wearing for a few hours, but this is most likely due to my skin being dry rather than the foundation itself, so having a good skin care routine should take care of this problem!

            Another advantage is that there is an extensive range of shades in this foundation, including lots for people with paler skin, like me. Most foundations I have used make me look orange due to my pale skin but I use NW15 in Studio Fix Fluid and it never makes me look too dark.

            Although it is a bit expensive at £20, I have found that the bottle lasts me a lot longer than some drugstore foundations that I have bought in the past, so I would argue that it is worth the extra money. However, it is worth noting that the dispenser does not come with the foundation and must be payed for separately, but if you use it continuously you can just keep the same dispenser so you don't have to repeatedly buy it, which is what I do.

            Overall, this is the best foundation that I have come across so far and would recommend it to everybody.

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            16.05.2013 08:07
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            Brilliant foundation but perhaps a bit heavy for some skin types

            After years of using reasonably priced foundation I decided to take the plunge and invest in the make up of the stars. At first glance the foundation makes the skin appear flawless. I am very fair skinned and found the NC15 (lightest shade) to be a a perfect match for my skin colour, the foundation appears to hide dark circles and blemishes and brighten the skin, it is also long-lasting and because of the thick coverage it is not necessary to use powder in addition. In addition to this I feel wearing this foundation every day has dramatically improved the condition of my skin. However I felt the foundation didn't give me that natural 'dewy' look other foundations have in the past. it is a very heavy, full coverage foundation and if you have any underskin spots or rough/dry patches on your face like I do, it seems to emphasise these problems instead of masking them. In addition to this at £20.50 it doesn't come cheap though it does last relatively long and the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Not the best foundation I have used but definitely better than 99% of cheaper brands.

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              08.05.2013 18:03
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              Wonderful foundation that lasts

              I'm a great fan of MAC and after using one of their lmore sheer foundations, I opted to try Studio Fix Fluid Foundation to help cover some blemishes I obtained through illness.
              I prefered this fuller coverage asnI helped cover some break outs as well as some red tones on my nose and forehead.
              I have an oily t-zone and this foundation is great at not adding extra moisture and shine to the nose, chin and forehead -- a saviour during a busy work day or a hot evening out. Luckily it doesn't go in the opposite direction too by drying out my skin, as that would be a nightmare.
              The ladies at the MAC instore counter were so helpful and matched my colour for me so I didn't need to worry about that awful orange look or tan line around the jaw. Although the winter months may require purchasing a lighter shade.
              It goes on nice and smoothly, and there's plenty in the bottle -- it should last a good six months of every day usage. This makes the price more bearable, but it's still a decent price for the product it is.

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              08.05.2013 12:42
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              A brilliant foundation

              I used to use cheaper foundations, but a couple of years ago decided to splurge on some Mac products and have stayed with this foundation since.

              The foundation costs around £20 a bottle, which is fairly pricey, but the bottle does last a long time. One downside about the bottle itself is that it the opening of it is fairly wide, with no dispenser. You have to purchase a separate pump which attaches to the bottle if you want to use one. I would recommend doing this as without the pump it is quite easy to pour out far too much to use (especially if you are clumsy like me). The pump can then be removed and reused when you buy more bottles.

              The foundation is quite thick and heavy compared to what I am used to. The feel of it on your skin can take a bit of geting used to as it does feel heavy, but it is easy to apply and blends well into the skin with no tidemarks. I use 'NW15' and it suits my pale pink skin perfectly. I'm really impressed with the shade as the majority of foundations that I have tried tend to look orange on me (even the ones supposedly for very pale skin), but this one really does match my complexion well. I also like that it doesn't make my skin look too shiny.

              It gives very good coverage, and hides all of my blemishes, giving my skin an even, fairly matte complexion. I find that it lasts most of the day without coming off (and I have oily skin), although by the evening it tends to need a touch up.

              In winter it can be a bit drying on my skin and look a bit patchy - I find that I have to use quite a lot of extra moisturiser, and a primer, to ensure that it looks as good as it does on my skin in the summer. It's also very important to make sure it's removed in the evening as, due to the thickness of the product, my skin gets very unhappy with me if I forget to do this.

              Overall, it is a brilliant foundation that makes my skin look flawless. It needs a bit of extra help in winter when my skin is drier, and you have to purchase a dispenser pump to go with it, but I wouldn't go with any other foundation now.

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              05.05.2013 16:59
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              a good foundation I would recommend from Mac

              I am quite a lover of Mac goodies and where my purse permits I will treat myself to a few of their make up selection. I usually use as a foundation Gosh BB Cream as it is really good quality, and a decent price, but before this I had bought this Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation which I still use on nights out.

              - Packaging -

              It comes in a little glass bottle, which looks and feels expensive and sits nicely with a black plastic screw top lid.

              - Using The Foundation -

              The product is actually really easy to use, and I apply it literally by squeezing a small amount onto the back of my hand and use a foundation brush to apply it all over my face evenly. I literally squeeze out only a small blob, probably the size of a 10p coin and this is more than sufficient to give even coverage and so making the bottle really long lasting.

              - My Opinion -

              The foundation is actually surprisingly light and refreshing. It is non-greasy and I do not find it sticky or heavy when applied to my face. It gives a really smooth look with no irritation, and it doesn't look flaky or dry. It is really a creamy texture, not too watery, but not too thick so an ideal consistency.

              This foundation does really well to blend and hide blemishes and spots, with little application giving me a nice natural looking skin tone but without a face caked of makeup. It absorbs well into my skin and my face does not feel quenched of thirst or look dry and taught after it has been removed.

              I really like is that it lasts well, pretty much all day and it doesn't transfer onto my clothes or to other people too easily. Removing it is easy, a simple face wipe or a flannel and warm water and it comes off like a charm.

              - Overall -

              To sum up, I love this foundation just wish it was a bit cheaper! I bought in a Mac concession in a department store recently and it costs about £20. The bottle is 30ml and I bought this quite some time ago now and it has lasted ages. It is a really good foundation I love using and would definitely recommend!

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              30.04.2013 16:52
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              A great foundation but I have knocked one star off as I do have a few small niggles with it.

              ~ Why I Bought It ~
              Last year I got a free makeover at the MAC counter and the make-up artist used this foundation on me. It felt so thick that I immediately didn't like it, but once she had finished my make-up and let me look in the mirror I was gobsmacked by how much better my skin looked! Best of all the finish looked almost completely natural and I was so impressed that I treated myself and bought a 30ml bottle of the foundation.

              ~ Price ~
              A 30ml bottle of this foundation retails at £20.50. For a good quality, long lasting foundation I don't think that this is too bad and I'd rather pay that bit extra for a really good quality foundation than buy lots of cheap, rubbish foundations!

              ~ My Opinion ~
              The first thing that I like about this foundation is that you can tell that it is expensive. It comes in a solid glass bottle which has a bit of weight to it and feels really expensive and good quality. The design of the bottle is quite simple and plain, which I like. I also like that the bottle when I bought it came in a black box which makes it feel all the more luxurious and expensive.

              To get the foundation out of the bottle you just remove the lid and press the top down and it will come out. I find it important to wipe the little hole that it comes out of each time I use it else it can start to cake and clog the hole up. The consistency of the foundation is really thick which would usually put me off and make me run a mile but because it looks so amazing I don't mind too much! It does feel quite heavy on my face once I have applied it, but not to the point where it feels caked on or anything as long as I don't go overboard and pile it on!

              I only need a large blob of this for all of my face and I usually squirt a little onto the back of my hand, dab my flat top brush in and apply it that way, as if I use my fingers like I used to with my other foundation (I'm quite lazy usually when it comes to applying makeup) it is easy to apply too much of it. Using a brush means that I get an even finish and after using my foundation brush to apply it I use my buffing brush. The thickness means that it can take a little time to blend it completely but it's worth the extra effort for the finished result.

              It is medium to full coverage with a matte finish and it is buildable, so it can hide almost any flaw, but I don't need to use very much as I don't have freckles, rarely get spots and my skin tone is pretty even. I find that I don't need to use a concealer when I use this as it completely masks my under-eye circles. The finish always looks pretty natural - it is not obvious that I'm wearing foundation as it doesn't go cakey or patchy and my skin looks smooth.

              It makes my skin look brighter, healthier, move even and more 'awake' if that makes sense - it covers any dullness and the fact that it works so well at concealing my under-eye bags means that it makes me look a hundred times more healthier. The lasting power is amazing too and it doesn't go blotchy or fade even after I've had it on all day and it doesn't melt off or go greasy like some foundations can do. On average it lasts for at least eight hours before it starts looking a little old. It takes a decent amount of makeup remover, cleanser and toner to remove the foundation.

              The foundation doesn't irritate my skin or break me out and I really like it. It looks natural and the coverage and lasting power are both amazing but I do have a few little niggles with it - mainly the thickness and the fact that it is quite heavy on my skin, but also the smell - it smells like paint! Luckily the smell doesn't linger for long however at first I was worried that my skin would go crazy and break out in spots, but it didn't and I don't think that the foundation is as chemical heavy as it smells.

              Other than that though I can not really fault it. It comes in lots of different shades and I have it in shade NC15 in case anyone was wondering. Oh, and it also contains SPF15 so it will protect your skin against sun rays which is another little advantage!

              ~ All in All ~
              This foundation is brilliant and I highly recommend it.

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                29.04.2013 23:04
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                i would recommend

                I bought this foundation as i have recently found my love for the Mac brand, and i really hate to say that spending that extra money on a foundation really is worth it.

                The Mac fix fluid foundation comes in a multitude of shades, i bought mine from Selfridges, not because it was any cheaper than MAC's website but as i was planning on spending £20.50 on a foundation i wanted to try it and get advice from the shop assistance on the perfect colour to suit me. The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a screw on black lid. The bottle has has the brand name and product details in silver on the front. All of this comes in a black box with "MAC" in white on the front.

                I pour a little bit of the foundation on to my hand, but only a small amount as this is a high coverage foundation so a little bit goes a long way. I then tap my mac 187 foundation brush into the foundation a swipe on 5 stripes onto my face; one on my forehead, one on each cheek, one down my nose and then one on my chin. This amount of foundation is more than enough to build a good level of coverage. I then make circle motions with my brush all round my face to blend the foundation in evenly. I like the way this foundation blends, i did not find myself having to work too hard to make the foundation non streaky.

                I find the foundation lasts ages on my skin, a lot longer than any other foundation i have tried in the past. I do find myself keeping this foundation for my nights out as it is a bit too expensive to use everyday. It works very well with my other make up i use through out the day, it has to be my favorite foundation.

                Overall i would definitely recommend this foundation it us perfect for creating that flawless look, but i would recommend going to your local retailer so you can try the foundation shades out, as it is quite expensive to buy and find you can not use it as you have the wrong shade. It is perfect.

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                MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation / The liquid version of our all-time classic Studio Fix foundation / Provides medium buildable coverage and flawless natural-matte finish / Includes SPF 15 for everyday sun protection / Oil-free and long-wearing / Best applied with a MAC brush.