Product Type: MAC makeup
Newest Review: ... 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. Alt... more
JUST LESS THAN PERFECT!
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Member Name: daniella2202
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Date: 12/02/11, updated on 14/02/11 (300 review reads)
Advantages: A flawless natural matte, moderate finish which lasts for 6-8 hours
Disadvantages: MAC = MASSIVE ACNE CAUSER! (That is the only way I can describe the problem with this foundation!)
For Christmas I was given a £40.00 giftcard for Mac cosmetics. I have used the odd item from Mac but I have never tried their foundation, concealers or powders. I usually stick to my Estee Lauder or Clinique one. But since I was running out of foundation I asked the lady at the Mac counter what foundation she would recommend for me. I wanted a moderate coverage which was oil-free because my skin can get very shiny as the day goes on. I also wanted a foundation that lasted the entire day on me. The Mac Studio Fix Fluid was what she recommended. I did not allow her to try it on me at the counter because I cannot stand the thought of somebody taking my makeup off in front of whoever is walking past to see me. But I could see the in the mirror just popping some of the foundation on my jaw line that it was a good colour.
~HOW I PICKED THE FOUNDATION COLOUR/SHADE?~
The Mac lady initially picked up a shade that I knew would be miles too dark for me. I told her that I am the palest shade of foundation in most brands. She then picked up a shade called NC15. This initially I found very confusing as to why they could not give the foundation a name like ivory or neutral etc. When she explained what the NC15 meant it was a lot easier to understand. N stands for neutral, C stands for cool and 15 is the shade's number in depth, 15 is the palest and say 58 is the darkest. The numbers go up the shade scale in the most peculiar way though for example, from 15 to the next one at 20 to the next one at 22. I personally do not see the pattern in these numbers. Anyway so my shade was neutral cool 15. They also do NW which is neutral warm, but when I looked at the NW15 it was slightly darker due to the warmer colour tinge to it. I would say that NC15 would be my day colour and probably NW15 is my night colour.
~THE PACKAGING OF THE STUDIO FIX FLUID FOUNDATION~
In my opinion this packaging is very posh looking, I love it! It is clear showing the foundation shade, which is great because I can see whether the foundation is running low. It then has a black almost velvety feeling screw on lid. When I saw that I had to simply pour the foundation out I said to the lady that it would really annoy me so she suggested that I bought a pump to screw onto the foundation for £3.00 which then means you do not pour out too much and get into a mess like I know I would.
~HOW TO APPLY~
First of all the bottle needs a good shake as stated on the back of the bottle. Then for best results apply very small amounts using a foundation brush.
~THE CONSISTENCY AND FINISH OF THE FOUNDATION~
The foundation is as it says in the name is a fluid liquid. It is very light weight but gives a good moderate, yet buildable coverage. I love the finish it gives me. I do however, use a pressed powder over the top but I have always done this it just seems to set my foundation for the day. However, I think this foundation would be fine without a powder over the top it gives a natural-matte finish. The foundation smells fine like any other foundation almost a powdery smell.
The foundation has SPF15 which is always an added bonus to protect the skin. It is oil-free and lasts on my skin about 6-8 hours which I found impressive because no foundation has ever lasted that long on my oily skin without needing a touch-up.
~PRICE AND SIZE OF FOUNDATION~
The foundation is 30ml and cost £19.50 which is just 50p cheaper than my Clinique foundation so I am used to paying around that price. This foundation also can be bought in a powder foundation formula.
~MY ONE NEGATIVE POINT~
Unfortunately I think this foundation is causing me to break out in spots. Just since I have been using it my skin has not been as free from spots as it usually is. I am continuing to use it just to see if it is a phase perhaps I am not eating the right foods but it seems a bit of a coincidence. I have heard from other people that Mac foundations can cause spots but I think everybody's skin is individual and perhaps if you have spot prone skin it is best to steer clear of this foundation but if you have skin that rarely breaks out in spots then it should be fine. I am really annoyed it is potentially causing spots. One day I did not wear any makeup when at home and I did notice no new spots the next day.
I love everything about this foundation apart from the obvious (that it is causing me spots!) However, in defence of the foundation because I love it so much it is doing a fantastic job at hiding the spots... But then again it is almost like a never ending circle... the foundation causes me spots but then I wear the foundation to hide the spots. It is a bit of a screwed up system. Anyway once the foundation has run out (because I am not wasting £19.50) I will never buy it again because of this. However, I truly love the look it gives and its lasting power on the skin. IF ONLY... it did not cause spots then I would have found my most perfect foundation!
Summary: Get rid of the spots then this foundation would be perfect