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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!!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
~ 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.
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.
I have always been a lover of make up (as you can probably tell by my reviews!), I tend to prefer wearing the higher end products as I truly believe that the reason you pay more is because the quality is so much better, This couldn't be truer when coming to foundations.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid was my first venture into a luxury make up brand. I do think it is one of the best brands around and own a lot of their products. I think their prices are very reasonable for the quality you get and are not as expensive as some other high end companies.
My housemate used to wear this foundation and when I had ran out I borrowed it one night and was amazed by the results. The next day I went to Harvey Nichols and have never looked back.
The first think they did at the MAC counter was a skin test to see which foundation would be the best match for my skin. My colour is NW20. They have colours for skin with cool tones called NC, and skin with warm tones, called NW. Mine is quite a light shade, 15 being the lightest. It cost £20.50, for 30ml and comes in the signature clear bottle with black lid.
I apply the foundation using my hands, a lot of people swear by foundation brushes, but I have yet to use one with this foundation. I only use a vey small blob at a time, and probably 2-3 blobs per application. The foundation is quite runny so bear this in mind when tipping the bottle. It smoothes nicely on the skin and doesn't feel to thick or heavy.
The coverage of this product is amazing, it covers any blemishes and uneven skin tone, and really matches well with my skin colour. If I have an additional area I want to cover again, such as dark circles, I take another small blob and use this instead of a concealer as find it works better. The finish is flawless, and as a person who sometimes suffers from bad skin this really gives me confidence when I have breakouts. It also contains an SPF of 15 which is an added bonus for sunny days.
The foundation lasts a full day on my skin, and doesn't dry it out or make it greasy. A bottle lasts me about 2-3 months and I wear it every day. I have tried a lot of foundations and always go back to this one. I would really recommend this to anyone. If you are unsure of which colour may suit you ask one of the consultants to do a colour match for you. They are all really friendly, it can get busy at the MAC counter though especially on weekends so bear this in mind if you do pay a visit. It is an amazing foundation.
I won't wear any other kind of foundation. I wear the NC15 shade as I have very pale skin which shows every blemish and scar. It gives me a smooth, even finish which makes a great base for powder and blush. My skin is pretty sensitive and it doesn't cause any breakouts or irritation. The creamy texture is heavy, but you can mix the foundation with tinted moisturiser for summer and use it unmixed for autumn winter. I have tried applying it with a brush, sponges and fingertips, but sponges seem to be the best, I struggle to blend it correctly with brushes. Simple, smooth triangle sponges are the most effective for even coverage.
Store this Mac foundation out of sunlight and in a cool area as it separates easily. However it will last a long time and is exceptional value for money. Although a premium item, definitely worth the initial investment.
For my birthday this year my little sister really did spoil me! One of the presents that she bought for me was some mac studio fix fluid. I actually just bought myself a new bottle of the product because I thought I had lost my near full bottle when I went for a night out in Liverpool but of course found it in my drawer a little while after buying another bottle but that is a whole other story....
Mac studio fix fluid is actually macs best selling foundation and it is the second mac foundation I have tried. The foundation comes in thirty three shades which take in to account your skin tone and such like and so there really will be something that will suit most people. I actually have two different shades of foundation as my sister purchased me the NC25 shade which is designed for warm, yellow undertones in the skin whilst the advisor in mac advised me to purchase NW25 which is for cool, pink undertones. I did tell the advisor in mac that I would likely to be wearing fake tan when using this product though because I do like to save my mac make up for when I am going out as a rule.
The studio fix fluid costs £20.50 from mac and so it isn't a cheap product to buy though I realise it isn't the most expensive either. I do tend to just use this along side my day to day foundation for when I am going out or for special occasions as a rule but now I have managed to end up with two bottles needing using I am sometimes opting to use my mac for work days.
The product comes in a black box with the white mac logo in a white coloured writing. The product name and other details are also written in white and so the black and white together does look quite striking in my opinion and I do think it looks a premium packaging. Inside the box is the glass bottle of foundation which has a black screw top lid. Now for some reason mac don't sell pumps with their foundations and you are expected to buy one separately for £3.50. Whilst I realise it isn't a massive amount to pay I think one should be included in the price of the foundation and so I just pour some foundation from the bottle on to my hand as I would only pump it there anyway!
Mac describe this as a "modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage" and to be honest this is perfect for my needs. The last foundation I had from mac was from their mineralise range and just wasn't a high enough coverage for what I wanted. Using this foundation I find that a little seems to go a long way but it does give a good coverage all over my face and so I am not left worrying about any minor imperfections that may need going over again. If I am going out I will use a couple of layers of this foundation so that I am confident it will last me all night and to be honest it never lets me down at all.
The foundation uses specially treated micronized pigments and soft focus powders so that imperfections are covered and you are left with a super soft finish and I have to say the super soft finish is probably my favourite thing about this product as my skin does feel so smooth and soft after I have applied it that I feel more confident when I go out and as someone who is not very confident at all it is nice to be able to have a little boost from time to time with a make up product.
I find that this make up lasts well for the course of the night and mac advise that it will last for eight hours which can be the amount of time a night out goes on for and so it is good to know that it will last quite well. It stands up relatively well to the issues caused by dancing like a mad head in a hot club but sometimes you do need to just re touch areas in particularly warm atmospheres. My skin is normal to oily for the most part and this foundations seems to ably deal with any problem areas for the most part.
Removing the make up is nice and easy with either a make up wipe if you are having a lazy day or with cleanser, toner and moisturiser if you are being particularly kind to your skin! I have to say if I roll in at 4am it is likely that I will reach for a make up wipe but they deal with removal easily enough.
Whilst I realise this foundation isn't cheap you do have two years from opening the product before you have to use it all up and so if you are like me and don't use it every day a bottle really will last you a long time as it is easily spread on the skin and a small amount does cover a good amount of your face as well. I personally couldn't justify using this product daily but for special occasions and the odd day you want to look amazing I think this foundation is excellent!
Thank you for reading my review!
I headed to Mac to purchase a new one and the product that I was advised to buy was the Studio Fix Fluid.
What does the product do?
The foundation has a medium coverage and a matte finish. It has been designed to give you a flawless complexion by evening out the skin tone and hiding imperfections. It also claims that it will help to condition your skin and to leave it shine free by absorbing excess oils. It protects the skin from sun damage as it contains SPF15 and it claims to be long lasting, staying put for up to 8 hours. There are plenty of different shades available so there should be one to suit everyone's skintone.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a heavy glass bottle which looks expensive but which means you need to take good care of it so that it doesn't smash. It has a black screw top lid and no decoration on the bottle. The bottle is see through so you can clearly see the product inside. When you remove the lid, you see that there is just an open mouth which I find baffling. You can buy a pump dispenser to insert but it doesn't already come with one. The product will cost you around £20 for 30ml of the foundation. It can be bought from any department store with a Mac counter such as Boots or Debenhams, as well as from a variety of online websites.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to skin that has been cleansed, moisturised and primed. You can even pour the product or by pumping out the foundation depending on what you have. I dispense some onto the back on my hand and then use a make up sponge to apply the product to my skin. I take care around the jawline, hair line and eyebrows and ensure that it is probably blended into the skin. I then finish it off with a mattifying powder because my skin gets really oily.
Application and Performance
I find dispensing the product is a nuisance without a pump as it's harder to control how much you need to dispense. The consistency of the foundation is much thicker than Truematch by L'oreal which I normally wear. The product also has a strong scent to it which isn't altogether pleasant. The foundation does glide onto the skin nicely, as long as my skin has already been well moisturised. You have plenty of time to blend the product into the skin so you aren't left with any marks. It has a good coverage and it does go a long way in helping to hide my dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections.
You can tell you're wearing make up when you have it on but it still looks as natural as a medium foundation can. It feels comfortable on my skin and hasn't caused me any irritations, although I think it may have contributed to the odd spot or two. It does help with the oiliness of my skin and it allows me to remain shine free for longer than other foundations have. It has good staying power and it will still be in place at the end of a night out. It is easily removed using my usual facial wash or facial wipes.
All in all, this is a good foundation which gives a good coverage with a natural finish. It covers my imperfections, is long lasting and helps to keep my oiliness at bay. I don't like the packaging and it has caused me a few spots but I am prone to spots anyway. Other than that, it's a pretty good foundation which I will continue to use but I'm not sure whether I would repurchase the product.
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.