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I've used this mascara since it came out and I've bought it twice now. I have to say, it's not the formula that makes this my favorite mascara but the wand. It's not the first time I've used a completely plastic mascara wand (instead of the regular ones that look like tube cleaners lol) but this is the BEST one I've used. It's thin (not fat like some of the drug store plastic mascara wands - Maybelline comes to mind) that are impossible to maneuver around your eyes.
I already have long lashes - let me just say that first - but this mascara makes them EXTRA long - to the point where they touch my brow bone/nearly my eyebrows when I look up. They look like falsies with just two coats and the formula doesn't clump. It doesn't smudge either unless I accidentally smudge it while applying. It very easily grabs every lash - even the ones in the corners - and allows me to twist them around and around the wand with ease.
A lot of mascara I've tried don't let me really get in there with the wand, they just sort of sit beneath my lashes to deposit mascara but this one lets me get in there to the point where I can spend as long as I want to build up my lashes.
When you open the tube and pull out the wand the perfect amount of mascara is on there - no extra at all!!
Now the cons - I have used this formula with a different mascara wand and it's nothing special. Just a very black, light mascara formula. I took one lippie off because this is a pricey mascara and I'm not some crazy MAC fangirl where I buy everything that MAC comes out with and doesn't think twice about it. The second time I went to buy this I grumbled to myself a bit lol but it truly is worth it the price for what it does to my lashes. (FYI MAC is more expensive here than in the States.)
Another con is that the plastic wand is rigid so if you're not careful or in a rush you MAY poke yourself in the eye. I've done it a few times and I've been wearing mascara for years. It took me a bit of practice to get the hang of this - as well as some accidental scraping at the base of my lashes - OW that really stings! - but now I'm a pro at it.
MAC gave these wands away to use with the testers when this mascara came out and I grabbed a bunch of them and now I just use them with any mascara (even cake mascara) and just wash, sanitize and reuse.
I bought this powder when I purchased the studio fix fluid foundation as I always combine foundation with a powder. Paired with the studio fix fluid foundation, this powder is incredible. It smooths out skin and goes even further in covering up blemishes, scars and uneven skin tone. When worn over the foundation it does create more of a matte look. The powder also comes with a mirror and a sponge applicator which of course is an added bonus. Unlike some drug store powders (minus a few) which can tend to cake and clump on certain areas of the skin, this powder does not create that cakey effect and provides you with flawless and matte coverage. If you like to have full coverage make up, then I would definitely recommend investing in this product, even if it does seem pricey at first a little really does go a long way.
When I bought this powder it was probably the most I had ever spent on cosmetics. It can be very expensive, but I took the advice of a friend and went for it. it has a mirror, powder and sponge it is very compact and easy to carry around.
When buying it I was told that the powder doubles as foundation, which made me bit unsure about how it would look over foundation. Despite it being quite a thick powder it doesn't give that chalk face look, it is however quite pale. It works really well for blending in the edges of foundation and blush.
I was surprised how long the powder lasts, I swear it is never ending. Iv had to replace it once over the course of many months, and I use it daily. As its thicker than usual powders you dont need to apply too much. In the past iv had dry skin from using various powders, since using this product I havent had any problems with it.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good long lasting powder and has dry/sensitive skin, but I would also suggest they go a shade darker than they usually go.
As a young mum of two I have to decide between buying cheap to save money but then running the risk of being disappointed with an inferior product; and splashing out and then feeling guilty if the product proves to be a waste of my precious pennies.
Where I live in Stoke-on-Trent there are no MAC retailers so I came across this product when my friends treated me to a MAC make-up trial in Birmingham before my wedding last year. I didn't want a make-up artist on the day but wanted to have some good products to help me look my best on the pictures. Something I was really dreading!
The whole experience was lovely, the make-up artist was great at listening to me and my concerns about not wanting to look orange or shiny etc. This product was used after the application of a base. I have to admit I was feeling pretty... well pretty as I left the Bullring. The trial had cost my friends £45 but the cost of that was knocked off any products I bought so I went mad, buying everything they had used on me that day. So needless to say I bought this.
On the day of my wedding I followed the application routine used by the MAC make-up artist and with a little help from my friend (to apply eyeliner... tricky when nervous!) I was all made up and ready to be photographed! I was so pleased with the end product.
The Bottom Line.
This product is easy to apply with the supplied applicator.
The end result is neat and even with no orangey looking patches. Always a winner! It also stays put all day. I never need to reapply once my face is done in the morning. My skin type is combination with oily and dry patches and this evens it all out nicely without making either complaint worse.
The price is fairly high, £19.50 compared to High Street brands like Maybelline Dream Matte powder, £6.99. But in my opinion worth it. I have had this for a year now and only just getting ready to buy more. In my experience my cheaper foundations only last half that time.
The feel good factor; I don't know about you but I do like to know I'm using a product used by the celebs!! But most importantly I didn't feel any regret after splashing out and I will defiantly buy it again.
MAC is a top beauty brand who offer a wide range of make up and skin care products.
The Studio Fix range from MAC, consists of a liquid, loose powder and a pressed powder foundation. This review discusses the Studio Fix Powder Foundation.
This powder when applied dry, should leave your skin with a velvety texture. The powder contails Silica which absorbs the oils in the skin allowing it to have a matte finish. There are also microscopic sized pieces of talc present in the powder which allow skin to breathe whilst ensuring good coverage.
The powder is available in no less than 37 shades (MAC website) and there should be a shade to suit everyone. The shades carry letters and numbers instead of colour names. The range includes C or N letters and includes light, pale shades to dark tan shade and everything in between.
Regardless of which shade you purchase, the packaging is the same. A sleek, round black compact stating the product name is presented to us. The compact is opened by flicking a tab at the front. Inside, there is a decent sized, round mirror at the top of the compact. The powder is neatly pressed into the compact in a circular shape. A further compartment is present and is revealed by flicking another small tab. This compartment holds a round, white sponge and features small air holes at the base.
The MAC website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) offers this powder for £19.50. Many of the shades can be purchased on Amazon from £12.00 upwards. It is also stocked on the Debenhams website. Each compact holds 15g. It is worth ensuring you are purchasing from a reputable seller as MAC fakes are common.
I don't get on with liquid foundation and prefer a loose or pressed powder. Whilst I am happy to wear a tinted moisturiser or highlighter during the day, if I am going out at night, I like something with a bit more coverage. My face isn't too bad. I sometimes suffer with light breakouts and blemishes but nothing major. The main issue I have is dryness on my forehead and oiliness around my nose which makes finding a suitable product a nightmare!
MAC is a brand that I have experience before but have never really been fussed about. I purchased this powder following a recommendation from a friend who swears by it. I purchased mine online through Amazon. I do appreciate £19.50 (retail price) is a lot to pay for my powder but in my opinion, a foundation or powder isn't something to skimp on. My face simply doesn't take to cheaper products of this nature. I trust Amazon and was happy to purchase from them. I purchased NC30 but think the shade choice is amazing as they really do cater to all skin tones. I'm far from being pale white but I certainly don't have much coloured on my face. The website tries to offer a true to life shade grid but it is rather difficult to choose a shade.
*~*Perfect Powder Packaging*~*
The compact is of a high quality despite being quite plain in design. Most of the time it is stored inside my make up bag but I occasionally take it out with me and it has survived my hand bag and its contents fine. The clip works fine and I have never had issues with it coming loose. On opening, there is quite a lot of powder in the compact and you do get a lot for your money.
The mirror is a good size though being compact, doesn't allow me to see my full face at any one time. It is ideal for touch ups and applying other make up whilst out an about. I like the seperate compartment for the sponge as it avoids it getting even more marked from the powder and also stops me from losing it! On the topic of the sponge provided, it is a decent quality and has a soft but firm feel to it. It certainly doesn't feel flimsy.
*~*Powder Me Up*~*
How this powder will come up on your skin is really down to which shade you choose and whether or not is suits your skin tone. NC30 is what I would call, a medium shade and although it appears slightly tan like in the compact, it is much subtler on the skin. The powder can be applied using a brush or sponge. I started off using the sponge provided but have since switched to my own powder brush until I can purchase some fresh sponges. I hate the idea of bacteria lurking in a sponge but I can use brush cleaner with the brush!
I must stress here that if I apply this powder to normal, washed but not moisturised skin, it is awful. The powder clings to dry areas leaving a flaky, ugly texture and it is simply a no no! This is the case with any decent powder I have used so I need to plan ahead and do the usual cleanse, tone and moisturise technique prior to using this powder. Once my face is prepped, the powder is the first part of my make up routine. It has a slight cosmetic, powdery smell as you would expect.
The sponge itself picks up the powder very easily and looks quite fine yet pigmented. It does appear quite dark on the sponge. The sponge doesn't drag on the skin and simply glides over the skin allowing the powder to transfer effortlessly onto my face. The colour is immediate but blends evenly as I smooth the sponge across my face. I apply this across my full face using a lesser amount on my forehead. The powder feels incredibly lightweight on my skin and doesn't seem to block my pores. Texture wise, my skin feels smooth and velvety as promised and with decent moisturisation, there is no flaky feel to my skin.
As I said, I currently use my own brush as the sponge became a little icky. I use a Ruby and Millie powder brush which is quite chunky. I swirl it around the powder and it picks it up well and applies well on to my skin. I do feel the powder isn't as easy to spread with a powder brush when compared to a sponge but the results are just as good.
*~*Colour Me Pretty*~*
This powder does provide a decent coverage though not as decent as a liquid foundation would in my opinion. The shade I have perks up my skin offering it a subtle colouring which is very natural and there are never any orange streaks! The powder effectively covers up light blemishes, conceals imperfections gives me a healthy but not overdone glow. Most importantly, the powder does sit matte on my skin which is ideal for the oily area around my nose as it makes me appear less like a shiny light! NC30 is ideal for my skin tone so I feel I made the right choice.
The colour lasts well on my skin and consistency fades slightly as opposed to going patchy. I like that I can apply it for a night out, sweep some blusher over my cheeks and apply my eye make up and several hours (at least 5 or 6) there is no fading. I can top it up with a light sweep but rarely feel the need as it still looks good on my skin. Removing the remaining powder is simple as I use either some make up remover liquid or a cleansing wipe. My skin never feels clogged or uncomfortable after removing or when wearing this powder. It is very gentle yet effective.
Although I don't wear this every day, it does see the light regularly. It is the ideal hand bag size, applies evenly and provides my skin with a fresh face, natural appearance. I don't need to apply much powder for decent results so my compact is lasting extremely well. The coverage is ideal for work use or going out for the night. It doesn't start to run when met with sweat so ideal if partying until the small hours.
I feel this powder is well worth the premium cost. It is of a high quality and suits my dry to oily skin perfectly! I can highly recommend it. My compact looks barely touched despite having used it plenty of times. Using every day, I would say it would last a good few months.
Thanks for reading :)
MAC foundations are known for having a rather complicated colour system. Are you an NW30 or a NC35? How do you even start trying to work it out? Once you have worked out what shade you are, you then have the decision of what foundation (and concealer/ primer/ powder) package you want to go for.
To start with, I'll explain how the shade system works. NC represents Not Cool... which rather than meaning unfashionable means that your skin colour has warm undertones (and you will suit warmer colours). NW means Not Warm, hence you have cool undertones. The numbers show you how dark to go with 15 being the lightest and 50 the darkest. This in depth system is incredibly helpful, partly because it covers so many different shades but also because once you have been matched you pretty much know what colour to buy in every different kind of foundation (and powder and concealer). To get matched, just go and chat to a MAC salesperson - they are lovely and from my experience seem to have an uncanny ability to get it right the first time. Now... if only MAC made tights in the same foundation shades. Can someone please send them this request?!
On to the Studio Fix. This is basically a powder with a slightly better coverage than your average powder. It doesn't offer a blanket coverage by any means, but then it isn't designed to. On my NW20 skintone it is also very good at reducing the redness and reflecting the shine. The first thing you need to do when you buy this is to throw away the pad and buy yourself a big fat powder brush. The second thing you need to do is to buy yourself a can of MAC Fix. These two things will stop the powder from looking powdery and therefore the whole effect being cakey. Without it, unfortunately, I found this powder to do just that. With the brush and the Fix... no more problems.
Brilliant product! I have tried at least over 20 different powder foundations and MAC is the best by far. I'm asian and quite fair and I find it very very difficult to find a foundation that matches my skin tone perfectly, they're either too dark or too pale giving my skin a dull grey tone. MAC offers a massive range of colours and it would be best if you ask one of the MAC artists in-store to match you up properly.
This product is very versatile, if you want a very natural look, you can apply it on top of a bit of concealer and it leaves you with a nice even skin tone and natural matte look. My skin type is quite dry and I find that usually powders make my skin very noticeably dry, however with studio fix I've never had that problem, all my friends use this product and they all have different skin types, so it works very well for everyone.
You can vary the coverage with the amount you apply, so for greater coverage apply a little more until you are satisfied.
Although it comes with a sponge, I prefer to use a powder brush as it leaves a nicer more even finish, and you can vary the amount of coverage better.
Studio fix is very long lasting, I apply it in the morning and through my whole work day it stays intact! I never have to reapply. It is also longer lasting in the sense that even though I use it everyday it seems to last forever.
I would definitely recommend this product to everyone, you just have to try it to believe it.
The only cons about it would be the price, compared to other brands it's not cheap, but judging on how long it lasts and that you won't need to replace it as often its not too bad. Also the packaging could be nicer, its a little on the chunky side.
I'm pretty fair (NW15 apparently) with combination/acne-prone skin so i've always found it difficult to find a foundation that won't be too dark, won't turn orange after a few hours, and won't make me break out like crazy. I was amazed to find that Studio Fix manages to avoid any of these problems, and even better, keeps my skin relatively matte all day.
I find the slightly creamy, powdery texture easy to apply and blend in, and I love that the puff is stored underneath the powder, instead of lying on top of it. I just quickly dab it on before work in the morning and by the end of the day my nose/ T-zone might have a slight shine but nothing major.
I love that I don't need to think about touch-ups during the day, not least because it means my little pan of foundation should last a long time. I've had mine about 2 months and there's a tiny dent in the pan, whereas the powders i've used in the past would have probably been used up by now.
The only problem i've had with this product is the packaging. It's a chunky compact that takes up a lot of room in my (tiny) handbag. In general I like the plain, minimalist style of the compact but I'm sure some people would prefer something a bit prettier.
I would definitely recommend Studio Fix to a friend (in fact it was a friend who told me about it- she loves it too!) but I would advise them to go get matched by a Mac artist, they really know their stuff, especially in their stand-alone stores. This is one of the few make-up items I always like to have with me and I'll definitely buy it again when I run out.
MAC Studio Fix pressed powder plus foundation in NC15:
I Have Problematic skin also very Pale skin but with a yellow tint to it.
i was told by one of the people from MAC that NC15 would be perfect for me.
even before i bought it i read reviews about this foundation causing break outs but I've been having problems finding a very light colored foundation and i was desperate for something , so of course i took a chance when i bought it.
it was around 30 Canadian dollars when i bought it which was expensive for me.
the packaging is nice and sleek,round looking and there is a fair amount of product for the price, it has 2 compartments ,when you open it up you can see the product and a mirror,if you open the second part which flips the foundation powder up there is a round pad to apply the makeup with, i have tried using it but the pad does a horrible job so buy a kabuki brush.
the foundation itself if you use a kabuki brush and don't apply too much pressure and blend well, it really gives you a nice mat look (i use this as my foundation not just to finish a look)it covers well ,but it wont completely hide your blemishes but it will completely get rid of the red skin and even out your skin tone and makes your skin look natural while you wear it. its very light too and not too cake-y,but will be if you put to much and don't blend well (also if you have dry skin so put on some moisturizer then let it dry then put on your studio fix.)
The Color of the foundation looks okay with my skin but the yellowness of it is a bit more yellow then my own skin, but not to the point where it would look strange. i may try a more ivory tone next time,see if i can get away with that.
How Long It Last: it stays on for the hole day for me, and when it starts to fade or be blown away by the wind , my face still looks okay and i don't need to apply any.
About The Foundation Causing break outs: when i remove the makeup i do see small bumps under the skin as if the foundation reacted with my skin..but the bumps are small and a bit red but I'd put on facial scrub,wash my face and then put oil free moisturizer and the next day the bumps are pretty much gone..and my existing pimples are still there but not any worse or any better..i do have really sensitive skin so i don't use this foundation everyday i use it before i go on an outing or sometimes work if my skin seems really uneven looking.
Overall: i would recommend this to people but before you dish out your money on it find The closes MAC Cosmetic counter near you and get someone to try it on you first ,walk around the store for a bit then get the girl to take it off see if you break out, or maybe just see which color would suit your skin tone..as they have a lot of colors.
I bought this as recommended by a Mac assistant to go over the top of the studio fix fluid to give me a very full coverage.
Firstly I tried this powder out using a big brush as the assistant had done in the shop and I was left slightly disappointed at the result. The coverage didn't look much difference, so I decided to use the sponge style applicator that comes with it. Using it this way did seem to give a much fuller converage which I was happy about but I did have to pay more attention to areas such as my nose to make sure all the creases had been filled!
I mentioned in another review that I was impressed with the staying power of the liquid but this wasn't matched by the powder. I found a need to keep re-applying it as by midday I had started to get a shine on my face. Due to the nature of the product though it wasn't a problem to keep touching it up.
I found that whilst the coverage was very full, it didn't look very natural on the skin and it was easy to tell you are wearing quite a lot of make up, whilst this is fine if you're on a night out or in a studio, it's not great for general day to day wear. Wearing the powder on it's own didn't give me enough coverage either so I just keep this for those special occasions when I really do need to be made up well!
The packaging of this powder is nice, it's very compact and the sponge applicator sits nicely underneath the powder, it's easy to pop in your handbag. It also has a mirror inside the lid so it's great for on the go application too.
Whilst this cost £19 to start with it has lasted a relatively long time as I have used it quite frequently over a 9 month period and it's only just starting to run out now.
I will buy this again but it's not a staple product for me.
I'm a make up junkie. There, I've admitted it. Honestly I'll try anything once. Except foundation, because there is no need to look any further. Studio Fix is absolutely the best foundation I've ever used.
I think what I appreciate most is how versatile it is. If I'm having a "good skin day" I put it on with a brush and it gives thorough but light coverage and evens out any uneven areas. If my skin is particularly patchy for whatever reason, putting it on with a sponge gives heavier coverage. I've also become quite fond of using it over a tinted moisturiser which also makes the coverage heavier and the finish flawless.
I have pretty dark under eye circles, but even if my concealer is struggling to cover them, if I finish it with Studio Fix they're gone. Someone at work the other day even questioned me when I said I had dark circles - she didn't believe me!
It's also very easy to find a good match since it comes in a lot of shades - though beware the MAC counter trying to talk you into getting one that's too dark - I stick with one that on the surface looks as though it would be too light for me, but I prefer not to look too made up - Studio Fix is better for a more natural but even finish than a heavier look.
I decided to try MAC foundations as I was becoming increasing frustrated with buying foundations from Max Factor/ The Body Shop and L'Oreal and finding I just could not get the right match to my skin tone (I have very fair skin).
Most cosmetics companies (for example Max Factor) only have anything between 6 and 12 foundation shades. Normally measured as 1, 2, 3, etc. The Body Shop has 6 shades. Unfortunately, I found even number 1 left me with an unsightly orange mark around my jaw line.. So i had to try something new.
I had heard of MAC (Dita Von Teese and Kelly Osborne use it.. it is one of those brands you see celebrities pulling a MAC compact out of their handbags) so that was a good sign to me that it is a decent company. MAC stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics and originates in Toronto Canada. They have a HUGE selection of colour shades (72 foundation shades). And Debenhams in the UK now stocks MAC products.
I tried the Studio Fix powder foundation that looks like a dry powder. After applying moisturiser, you just rub the little pouffe which comes with the compact into the product and apply it to your skin and you are done. It is the easiest thing around. The coverage is fantastic- it will cover imperfections and even out skin tone. It provides lasting coverage, though you will need to reapply a little powder or more product after about four hours if you want to retain a matt complexion.
It is quite pricey- £18.79 for a compact which depending upon how much you use will last 1-2 months. Each comes with a sort of secret compartment underneath that lifts up to reveal a sponge pouffe applicator that is good enough quality to use to apply the product.
This is perfect for anyone who likes dry powder like foundations (I hate liquid foundations) and who wants a nice matt flawless complexion. I can see why it is used by celebs.
This foundation powder is amazing! Not only is the selection great (over 25 colors available - one will definitely match any skin tone) but the staying power and coverage is good, normally lasts me atleast 12 hours
I have tried many liquid foundations, and was a little hesitant about trying MAC and at £22 a go I was slightly sceptical, but it really is a case of you pay for what you get.
MAC foundation powder has a medium coverage and lasts all day. The results and finish (smooth and matte) are great! I would say if you have sensitive skin it might not be so great as my sister tried it whom has very sensitive skin and it made her skin 100 times worse.
It doesn't sit too well on dry skin so it's best to have a good moisturise before applying!
It does a great job of covering any blemishes/ scars. It comes in a 15g round compact and lasts for absolute ages so is well worth the money!
This product is actually classed as a foundation but it works just as well as pressed powder with, obviously, excellent coverage. Used as a powder it is great for evenings out straight from work (quick fix over the day's foundation) or clubbing where the shine/glow control is better than any other product I have tired over the years. A big bonus is the no clumping when applied over a liquid foundation - so often a tell tale sign of retouched make-up. This product really comes into it's own as what I would call a 'quicky' make-up, mainly as you really do not require the liquid foundation to gain a comprehensive, complete matt coverage - Studio Fix really is that good and certainly for me had to be experienced to be believed.
It is available in a huge range of colours to suit all skin tones, I am very pale and often struggle to find powders without the orangey/pink tones but this delivers in several paler shades through to the darkest.
This product is certainly one of the best powders I have ever encountered in terms of coverage and durability and would never go anywhere without it.
Warning: this product does react badly to damp conditions (clubs, the great British summer?) and will 'scale over' quickly preventing delivery of the powder via the supplied sponge. Scraping the surface will go some way to solving this but wastes valuable product and can be avoided by making sure it is always applied to an absolutely dry face.
At over £20 Studio Fix is not cheap but this really is an excellent product if you want full coverage and durability. I do feel it is rather let down by it's packaging which is dark grey, a little retro being round; there is a mirror and a foam sponge puff in a separate compartment which all serves its purpose but for the price it could be better presented as a handbag accessory to my mind.
As is often the case with me and products, I tried this powder first from a friend. She swears by it, and I'd forgotten mine when I stayed at her house, so I borrowed hers. Despite the fact that it was a few shades too light, it instantly improved the look of my foundation as a base to my makeup 100%. flawless finish, and totally matt, but without looking dull. It also vastly improved the way the rest of my make-up (my eyeshadow and blusher) went on. The end result was so much better than any powder i had previously used, and I have tried countless mid-range powder foundations, as well as ruby and millie, and virgin Vie, both of which had been recommmended to me.
It looked as though I'd had my make-up done for me, I was so impressed that I went out the next day and boug ht my own. although it is quite expensive (around £20) it is excellent value for money, because it seems to last forever; i'm on the same on since last April and due to working in the events industry, I re-touch my makeup about a million times a night! It also comes in a really handy compact case, with a flip up mirror (absolutely essential) but more inoovative is the hidden compartment underneath the powder where the powder application sponge lives. I love this, because it eans you dont get too much on the applicator, due to it resting in the powder all the time, and then get covered in it every time you go to re-touch your make-up. It's definitely one of my "can't live without" products, and comes everywhere with me.
MAC Studio Fix Lash / Dramatically defines lashes to provide the sweep and definition that make lashes pop / The new lightweight mousse has a colour-rich formula that gives smoother coverage / Applies with a specially designed moulded brush that singles out lashes to provide them with fast / root-to-tip coverage.