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MAC Studio Fix Fluid
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MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Date: 09/03/10, updated on 10/03/10 (747 review reads)
Advantages: Flawless coverage, Hypoallergenic, contains SPF15, Caters for virtually any skin tone
Disadvantages: Not suitable for Dry skin, High end price tag
I have always had the problem of finding a reliable foundation, no matter how many I tried or how expensive they were it was always to no avail. I suffer from quiete dry, sensitive skin which can become oily in the t-zone areas come mid day and this has always caused problems when trying to find that perfect foundation that provides me with that flawless natural look I desired that would last all day and stops that dreaded shine through. Thats when I discovered MAC.
MAC started out as a cosmetic brand that was designed for professional make-up artists but it soon developed a high profile and due to popularity it soon found itself in department stores across the world available to the general public. known for their extreme colours (I dont think there is a colour I havent seen them do) and foundations and powders which can cater for virtually every skin tone that you can imagine, the only thing is that being such a high end brand it comes with a high end price label.
Now in the past when I had visited one of my local MAC counters and had talked to one of the girls about what I was after she recommended that I consider using the Select SPF 15 foundation, now this is a really great foundation but reccently Ive felt that it just wasnt cutting it for me, that I needed a foundation that would give me a little more full coverage, was a little more thicker in consistency as I was finding the Select foundation very runny, natural and soft looking on the skin so I went back to the MAC counter at my local department store telling the girl that I was looking for a foundation that gave me a little more coverage, one that would still completely cover any imperfections. The assisstant reccommended that I try the MAC studio fix fluid, the liquid based version of the popular studio fix foundation. She explained that this would provide me with a medium slightly heavier coverage than what i was use too which could be built up to suit the desired look if the need be, that it would provide a more natural looking matte finish and also contained added SPF 15 to protect my skin from the suns harmful rays.
The assistant asked me the Shade which I had previously been using which is NW15 as I have fair skin which she agreed was the correct shade for my paler skin tone ( something I was glad about seeing the only reason I was using that shade in the first place was because of a MAC assistant ) but ill admitt I was a little alarmed that NW15 studio fix fluid seemed to be a little darker in the bottle than that of the the NW15 Select foundation, I raised my concerns and she re assured me by carrying out a skin test and I shouldnt have doubted her, she applied the foundation with a foundation brush and the results were what I was after, a flawless finish that was a little heavier in coverage than I was use to that had blended perfectly with my skin tone.
Now as I had said previously Mac cater for virtually every skin tone you could imagine and this range is no exception, the Studio fix range offers 26 different shades available so I no longer find it hard to find that perfect shade for me.
The foundation is nicely presented, it comes in a simple stylish black box with word MAC in white font on the front, inside you will find a 30ml clear glass bottle with a black screw on lid and the words MAC on the bottle, now if you prefer a pump applicator you can additionally purchase one of these seperately for an additional £2.50 which I believe is worth the money as it means you can measure out the foundation more effectively preventing wastage and it makes it far more hygienic to dispense too.
When I opened the bottle of studio fix fluid for the first time I was overcome by the very strong smell which was emitting from within the bottle, to be totally honest it reminds me of the smell of metalic paint ( Hmmm Funny I didnt know I wanted to literally paint my face with foundation!!!) Although thankfully once applied the smell does disappear which is a relief as I certainly wouldnt be able to keep wearing it if that smell lingered all day.
The foundation itself is thicker in consistency than I immagined but maybe thats because Im use to the water based Select foundation.
Now my personal preference is to use a foundation brush when I apply this foundation, I first moisturise my face then apply a layer or MAC prep and prime, this helps to soothe, smooth over any areas of pitting of the skin and to make it easier for the application of the foundation onto the skin, I then use a foundation brush to apply the studio fix fluid working my way from the centre of my face out using short quick strokes but depending on your own preference you can use a sponge or clean fingers to apply.
You only need a minimal amount of the foundation to get full facial coverage, it glides really easily over my skin and provides a really good even coverage hiding any imperfections or dark circles under the eyes even when you layer this foundation up which I tend to do so more when I'm going for an evening out, there is no cakey look to the finish and it still allows the skin to breathe and not dry out, allows it to feel comfortable to and the best thing is that it shade NW15 matches my skintone perfectly so I get no obvious dreaded jaw lines.
The Foundation lasts through the day so I find myself hardly ever needing to touch it up as it really does have some staying power, even if I perspire or get caught out in the rain ir still stays, however it does come off of the face nice and easily with a simple facial wipe.
What I also like about the Studio Fix fluid is that it has hypoallergenic properties so it makes it suitable for my sensitive skin, using this product I got no irritation what so ever even with daily wear.
Now I personally think this is a great foundation, it really does hide those imperfections perfectly whilst still looking natural but whilst using this product I have come across one disadvantage people may wish to take into consideration before purchasing... apart from the smell of the product I have found one down side to this foundation..If you suffer from areas of dry skin on your face then this foundation may not be suitable or ideal for you, I ocassionally get dry patches on my face and when I do this foundation is a No No, I found that it actually accentuated the areas of dry skin making my face look even more dried out and the foundation blotchy and flaky, even if i thoroughly moisturised my face and used the primer it didnt help what so ever so I would have to wait until this problem has cleared up again or my skin just looked awful.
All in all a great foundation if you dont suffer from dry patchy skin.
Available at Mac counters in department stores like House of frazer or online at maccosmetics.com a 30ml bottle of studiofix foundation retails at £ 19.00p
Summary: Another great foundation from MAC cosmetics