MAC Studio Fix Fluid

My first ever high end foundation! I got this just before Year 11 prom because my friend used this and the matching powder and her skin was flawless, and obviously I wanted flawless skin too. For some reason, when I went to buy this the MAC girl was like oh is your skin oily and I was like yeah it is, coz I thought my skin was oily when it was drier than the Sahara. 15 year old me clearly lacked sense.

Anyways, this foundation cost £21.50 for 30ml of product, it contains SPF 15 and comes packaged in a glass bottle with a black screw top lid so there is no pump but you can buy one for just £3 extra I think, I am too lazy to do this so just violently shake the bottle to dispense product.

I wear the shade NC37 which is a perfect match for me with the absolute perfect undertone, no other foundation has ever matched so well. It does sometimes oxidise on me, and sometimes it doesn’t, weird, but I always wear the MAC Prep and Prime in Light boost with it, to highlight so even if it does oxidise it looks more natural.

The foundation is pretty thick, the same sort of consistency as NARS Sheer Glow or ELDW, so it does require a lot of shaking to get some out. It spread’s easily though despite drying quickly and leaves a matte finish used on its own. The thickness does mean you can feel some foundation on ya face, I personally didn’t find this as mask like as ELDW, that made me want to cry. It’s a full coverage foundation that can cover acne, blemishes etc really well but is prone to looking cakey.

I avoid it looking cakey by using a beauty blender to apply (it goes on FLAWLESS) and making sure my skin is prep’d really well. I have to ensure I have no dry patches and I use a good primer (and lots of moisturiser), as I do have dry skin and this foundation is very matte so likely to highlight any dry flakey areas. If you do have dry patches or flakeyness I don’t recommend this at all, but it can with the correct application and prep, work for all other skin types even the usual dry skin, and it is amazing for oilier skin girls. After I have finished applying, I spray over with some MAC Fix Plus (my DIY version here) to get rid of any excess powder and to make it a little dewier. With this foundation, I don’t really need to powder, It lasts quite a while and if you sleep with it on (cheeky), you will probably have quite a bit left on your face in the morning too. If I do choose to powder I use a light finely milled one like Ben Nye Neutral Set or the YSL Souffle D’Eclat with a very fluffy powder brush or my beauty blender.

A great thing about the Studio Fix Fluid is its versatility; you can wear as it is, mixed with illuminator, or another foundation. I mix mine with MAC Face & Body, it gives a flawless radiant full coverage as the F&B is light and dewy. Mixing both also makes it work better for my dry skin. As I mentioned before it is Full Coverage so you probably won’t even need concealer on blemishes, I avoid applying too much of the foundation under my eyes though as I use a lighter concealer there and don’t want to cake that area up.

Previously when I used this, I was convinced it broke me out, and that is a complain lots of people have with this foundation and MAC foundations in general, so I left it and went to pursue other foundations. When I got back round to it, I found it didn’t break me out anymore at all, so I can’t be sure if this was the culprit or just the fact I had a shitty skincare routine and didn’t understand the importance of properly removing my makeup. I don’t wear it every single day, but just some days a week when I’m feeling a little fancy, for more every day I stick to MUFE HD/NARS ALDW and other light feeling foundations. My everyday make up is here.

In summary, I really like this foundation and it will be one I will continue to repurchase unless I find one that is better, I’m really tempted to buy Sheer Glow again and the Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage to mix with F&B and see how they fare. But I like my TF Foundation Stick atm, so we shall see.

And I completely forgot to mention this foundation works amazing with this Primer, that’s what I’m wearing in the pictures as well as the Dior Transat Highlighter which was sadly limited edition.  

Pro’s; Full Coverage, Matte Finish, More Affordable Side of High End Foundations, Wide Colour Range, SPF 15, Versatile, long lasting and little transfer,

Con’s: Thick and prone to getting cakey, can oxidise, can cause breakouts in some people, may cause flashback but the spf is low, may not be suitable for very dry skin, paint like smell, no pump, glass bottle so not travel friendly

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Makeup Worn in above picture; Girlaktic Allure, Huda Beauty Coco Jo, Dior Transat Highlighter 

Thought I’d attach an old Prom Picture for laughs, idk why no one told me my hair was ridiculous and dying, how did my mother and friend’s even allow this nonsense.

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation Review

I know there are tooonnnss of reviews out there on this product, but I’m gonna go ahead and put in my two cents.
I bought this foundation about a week ago. Previously, I was using the Lorac Natural Breakthrough foundation, and it was wasn’t cutting it. After about a month of using it I was over it but forced myself to use it up. (Basically my main problem with it was that when it pumped out of the bottle, the oil was separated from the foundation. It was just annoying)
Anyway, so I’m really liking this foundation so far! My color is NC15 (I think?). It’s the lightest color (I need to tan!). When the lady in the store applied it to match the color, I was amazed at how nice and natural it looked! And it covered redness I had from a breakout.
Overall, this stuff does exactly what I want. Great coverage (medium that’s buildable). Not cakey. Looks natural. And LASTS! Only downfall, it’s around $28 after tax. But it’s worth it.