Product Type: MAC makeup
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A Good Foundation By MAC
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Member Name: Machair1
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Date: 08/03/12, updated on 15/03/12 (108 review reads)
Advantages: Looks natural, easy to apply, long lasting and leaves skin soft and dewy.
Disadvantages: Glass bottle with no free dispenser and may cause break outs.
The most important aspect when choosing foundations, in my opinion, is to watch and read as many reviews as possible, either on sites like Dooyoo or on YouTube. This saves so many purchases from being future regrets and so much wasted money.
I remember when I used to walk round the make up displays without any knowledge, and this is where it became dangerous. If you hover round the higher end counters you can be subjected to hard sell, and the serve yourself aisles can be confusing. Sometimes the advice you are given can be fantastic, but in my experience it isn't always the case. I remember one day being sold a bottle of Clinique foundation by an assistant who had colour matched my skin, and my husband thought he had married a ghost when I applied it the next day, I look absolutely washed out!
So what follows is my account of a MAC foundation which is very popular with all ages and is called Studio Fix Fluid. You can purchase this on-line from MAC, and also from department stores including Debenhams. I like to buy from the latter, as if you join their beauty club you can benefit from a points system that rewards spending with vouchers. You can use these against future purchases. They also have offers from time to time, and all members are entitled to free delivery on beauty items.
ALL ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Studio Fix Fluid retails for £19.50 and is presented in a glass bottle within a cardboard box.
The bottle is glass which is elegant, but this does have the slight disadvantage in that it isn't ideal for travel. I tend to use one of my other foundations for this purpose, as glass is not only breakable but also heavy too. The bottle has a screw top and you have two options for dispensing the product. You can either tip it out onto the back of your hand, or you can purchase, for an additional £3, a pump dispenser. I would like to see this included as part of the product as it is much easier to use, but I can see the environmental considerations relating to this aspect. So I am content to purchase the pump and then to transfer it onto subsequent bottles I may purchase in the future.
The foundation is available in a wealth of different shades and tones. In the past I have opted for NW 20 but last year MAC brought out some intermediate shades, and because I am somewhere between a 15 and a 20 I opted for the 18. This has been absolutely perfect and is still available on the Debenhams website, but I believe this may not be a permanent move by MAC. It's OK because the NW 20 is still a good colour match for my skin, but it does give you the option to really home in on your exact shade. What I really value about this product is the fact that currently there are 34 shades to choose from, which means that whether you are a pale and interesting Celtic beauty, or a deeply tanned woman of colour, there is something for you here.
The foundation itself is described as a medium coverage. In fact it has a powder element to it, so there is no need to set it with powder if you are happy with the look it gives, which I am. At almost 52 my skin is still not too dry, but I need a fuller coverage than I used to, and what I like about this foundation is that it achieves this by being build-able. A light application will certainly cover flaws and imperfections and create a soft matte look, but if you apply slightly more you veer towards the full coverage flawless finish.
You do have to choose your shade carefully and I would say go slightly lighter than slightly darker if you are unsure. This is because the powder element to this oxidises during the day and you can have slightly orange undertones if you try to go too dark. You can always create colour and highlights using bronzers and highlighters, so keep the foundation choice as close to your skin tone as you can.
This is a Matte foundation but it still makes my skin look moisturised and soft and so there is no dryness to this, which when I first purchased I was wary of as this is a foundation used by all age groups. I think it gives a youthful appearance and a flawless finished result.
MAC recommend that you apply this using a foundation brush. As many readers will know collecting a really good set of brushes is an expensive business. I have some good mid price ones, but as yet no foundation brush that I really like, but this applies really well with fingers, so there is no requirement to purchase brushes if you are disinclined to.
Another attribute this product has is that it has an SPF 15 in it, so this is an ideal product to choose for the summertime. It also feels light on the skin which I like, and the finished look is natural which for a medium to full coverage foundation is excellent.
It also blends in easily to the skin and so application is a straightforward process, and it has good lasting capabilities from morning to evening.
Reading round some reviews before writing mine including some over at Make-Up Alley, - the wonderful site where reviewers come together to give their opinions on beauty products, I have noticed a slight concern that this product has a tendency to cause break outs in anyone with acne prone skin. I don't have this problem at all, but it is something to be wary of if you do have this condition. I think it is also important to mention that this foundation scores 3.5 out of 5 on this site, and only 59% would re-purchase. This slightly lower than I would expect score may reflect this possible skin breakout risk, plus the lack of pump dispenser and the glass bottle. One rather worrying review described how a lady had noticed that the glare resistant coating on her glasses was coming away, and on presentation of the glasses at the opticians she was told that there were some make-up products that could do this. I thought this was horrific and something to again be wary of if you have designer specs.
AS GOOD AS OTHERS OR NOT?
So how does this compare to my other foundations? I also use Studio Sculpt Foundation by MAC which is an excellent product, and on reflection I prefer this because it does have the advantage of being in a tube format. It is also slightly fuller coverage in one application, but is more suitable to ladies of a certain age and less to those with oily skin as it is rich in Shea Butter.
So would I recommend this foundation? In my experience as a 51 year old lady looking to create a soft flawless look which is natural and moisturised -yes I would. If you are my age then I think you may find it appropriate, but still I would favour the Studio Sculpt as it is slightly more moisturising.
For anyone else unless prone to breakouts I would say this is an excellent foundation and a good solid choice with plenty of shades to choose from.
Debenhams have lots of special offer days when these products become less expensive and this is when I opt to purchase. You can also click through from a cash-back site to maximise your discounts.
In summary I would say this is a good foundation with excellent coverage which looks natural and is moisturising. It's just a shame the bottle is glass, as it isn't appropriate for travel, and the extra charge for the pump dispenser is a tad annoying though environmentally very important. I would agree with the Make-up Alley reviewers scores in that there is a slightly greater than half chance that I will re-purchase. This slightly increases if MAC continue to make this in the inter shades- in my case 18. If not then I will probably stick to the Studio Sculpt as I prefer the slightly more moisturising properties given by the Shea Butter. I would give this foundation somewhere between 3 and 4* on the Dooyoo scale, so in the interest of not overplaying its attributes I will settle for 3*. It's a good cosmetic staple which I would give 3.5 if this was an available rating.
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Summary: A good solid choice of foundation.