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I bought this product a while ago and I used it every day for over a year until it finally ran out. It's good points are its buildable coverage - you can wear it very lightly applied and it looks as though you're not wearing any make-up, just naturally have perfect skin or build up to have a full, thick coverage and wear a doll-like look; as well as the extensive colour range (which can be a bit confusing at times as there's letters and numbers to show what colour is in the bottle) which ranges from almost paper white to a very dark brown and everything inbetween (reddy brown, caramel, pinky tan, dark brown with blue undertones, fake tan addict, gothic look... you name it) but if you're shopping instore then the Make Up Artists can help you choose a suitable colour so you don't get overwhelmed with the amount of choice available. I really liked that it lasted me ages - about 16 months - which made it's price much more bearable. It's got SPF A in the formula too so it was nice to feel protected from the sun without having to slather on sunscreen and fight to get your makeup to stay put on top of it. The only downside of this product was that if you applied it very lightly, it could look streaky, however I found that this was easily sorted with a good quality sponge applicator and using your fingers for any harder spots like round the nose or undereye.
The MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 is available for GBP 21.50.
The foundation is described as follows. "A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients."
The foundation can be obtained in about 30 different nuances and thus spoiled for choice is of course particularly difficult, it is best to possible to advise on a MAC counter, the ladies take usually a lot of time and help you. The Foundation covers really nice and thereby this is a household liquid make-up, one can determine the opacity itself, simply apply a little more foundation and already the opacity is slightly stronger. The make-up should the manufacturer be applied with a brush, I myself am in favor of then but a tad too blonde and got myself why a sponge from MAC, so I'm super clear and the make up is possible to also so apply super great. Durability is also great! If I'm in the evening make-up remover I can see that the opacity is not quite as strong as directly after applying, but it still looks pretty good. When abschminken I could even ask no problems fixed. Usually I'll go first with a cleaning cloth over my face and then with a cotton pad to actually remove once all residues. Although the price is still a bit high, but the product is great and as long as a One vial is a yes by itself can (depending on your specified opacity). If you look at the Foundation for the first time At length one must still additionally purchase a pump dispenser, this can also be taken from bottle to bottle again. I'm really absolutely convinced of the product and can only recommend it. My skin tolerates this foundation without complain about.
I have just come back to using this after I changed it for Mac Pro long. It is easily the best foundation I have used purely for its coverage. I have oily spot prone skin with open pores and it's the only foundation that gives me a flawless complexion. Unfortunately doesn't help with my oiliness and to be honest I don't think anything will do, just need to make sure I top up my powder throughout the day. Mac finishing powder is great for that :)
I really do believe you get what you pay for with regards to make up and quality.
I paid £22 for this foundation and got it from the MAC counter in Debenhams. The girls in there do a free application and colour match service that I would highly recommend if you don't own any MAC products already, I originally picked up a shade that turned out to be far too light for me so found the help very useful.
I absolutely LOVE this foundation. It provides amazing coverage, even without concealer, it was perfect on my dark circles and generally brightened up and evened out my skin tone.
It's also surprisingly light which I was very happy with as I've tried several other more expensive brands which tend to leave my skin feeling caked and suffocated.
It comes in a simple glass bottle, which is great to start with but becomes a bit of a game trying to tease it out when it starts to run out. You can buy a pump separate (Think mine was 4 quid or something) which I would recommend to save the morning drama of thinking you've ran out of foundation.
It blends really well with other MAC products, as I also use the face powder and bronzer.
I also found the condition of my skin improved. After wearing make up all week at work I usually break out at the weekend, however this did not happen with this product as my skin was able to breathe without sacrificing coverage.
This is THE best foundation I have EVER use, hands down. I went into the Leicester Debenhams store to be colour matched for this foundation. I have pale skin due to my naturally red hair so I was matched with NW13, which is an ivory shade. I paid £21.50 for the foundation, which I thought was reasonable for Mac. It came boxed.
You can also purchase the foundation in a pump bottle, which is a few pounds more. I stuck with the original bottle as I only wanted it for home use and not for travelling.
The foundation has a lovely thick consistency that is creamy but easy to work with. I simply turn the bottle upside down until a little of the foundation runs onto the back of my hand. I have used both a brush and my fingers to apply this foundation but I have found that using my fingers gives the best results. It absorbs quickly without any problems.
The foundation looks absolutely flawless. It covers spots, blemishes and dark circles perfectly without looking crusty or cakey. You can build it up to your desired level of coverage and the foundation lasts all day. I have oily skin and this foundation is the ONLY foundation that actually stays put and doesn't slide off. I just love this foundation. It's totally worth every penny. It's worth paying more for quality!
A little goes a long way so one bottle will last a while. The foundation does have a slight odour to it but you can't smell it on your skin. The bottle is strong and sturdy and durable enough to take out and about with you. If you do plan to take your bottle on your travels then I would suggest buying the foundation pump which is £4.
This is a great foundation. It's excellent quality and suitable for daily use. It doesn't irritate the skin either.
On the whole MAC has a fantastic reputation for it's makeup and results and overall the reviews for this product rate really high.
I see below that someone said this is not a great product for problem/oily skin- i understand that everyone skin is different and some respond differently but for me personally i stick with this foundation and i will tell the reasons why i think this would work for people with problem skin.
First of all- this is a matte foundation. It's not shiny or dewey- so if you have oily skin it's a good choice to combat that.
Secondly- it's long lasting- so if you have oily skin or problem skin- you don't have to worry about reapplying during the day like you would with cheaper brands and that can become bit of an nightmare.
The consistency of the product is quite thick- and unfortunately this comes at a cost. This foundation can look quite heavy and false- it's very clear you are wearing foundation on your face if you wear it. But i suppose- if you want something to combat oily and problem skin- that's the bullet you have to bite.
On the whole- i find this product is not only a great foundation but a great base for other makeup on top- it doesn't come off easily and because it's matte you can put powders or higlihghters on top of it and it won't slide off.
A loyal fan of this product gets the recommendation from me!
I wanted to try Studio Fix Fluid after all the amazing reviews about it after much research online, but have to say, I am quite disappointed. I went to the MAC counter and was actually thinking that I might buy the MAC Pro-longwear foundation as my aim was to buy a foundation that suited oily skin and would stay on all day. My skin is quite oily and I do end up re-powdering over foundation every couple of hours if I get the chance. However, I am a busy mum and was hoping for something that might stay put all day.
The lady at the MAC counter didn't even seem to want me to try Pro-longwear and kept raving about Studio Fix and how it is the most popular with all the customers, which is what I'd generally been reading online. Therefore I never even tried the Pro-longwear and ended up buying the Studio Fix at her recommendation. I did try the Studio Fix on in the shop in NW18 as I'm quite fair and it did go on nicely at the time. However, I should have taken as a warning sign the fact that she told me that she was wearing it herself and it was only 11 in the morning and I could see it looking greasy on her face!
When I got it home I had high hopes that it was going to be the foundation that I'd been searching for but I was wrong.
As a bonus point, it does provide very good coverage and seems to blend in nicely. Major problem for me though is that after about 2 hours it just hadn't stayed put and seemed to slide off my face and look greasy. Just doesn't seem to suit my oily skin. Weird thing is though that it also seemed to show up any very slightly dry bits of skin too! I also think it's a bit annoying that just as you decide to buy it you realise that there is no pump and that you have to buy that too. The more I used this foundation, the more spots I seemed to get too. I found that although it glided on nicely, once it had dried it just felt really heavy on my face and cakey, I tried putting less on, but it just felt the same. I must add that I also purchased the MAC Primer as recommended and used the foundation after applying this. I applied the foundation using MAC's flat foundation brush.
I think maybe its better suited to people with quite even skin and not prone to spots or with oily skin.
For me it's definitely not worth the money for the results I got.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.