Friday, 8 January 2016

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review



This has always been one of them products that I constantly go back to. I try other things, get bored, and then reach for this again. For me it is a ride or die product, I am obsessed with it and I have been for years and years.

I first started using this product years and years ago. After my very first and intimidating visit to a MAC store, I got this foundation and was thrilled. Not so much through when I got home and realised you had to pour it out. I hated that. I found it was so messy and so much product was wasted. And back then as a poor student I didn’t have the money to be wasting MAC makeup!

My lovely mother surprised me one day when she went shopping and came home with a pump for it and I thought that all my prayers had been answered. My love affair with this foundation started from there. Back when I first bought this foundation I didn’t really have any good brushes, I had an old-style paddle foundation brush but that was it really. I did like this foundation with a paddle foundation brush but it applied a really thick layer. Since I have tried this with different buffing brushes and I find it much better applying it in this way.

I used up my whole bottle more or less straight away and went to re-buy another. I got matched again by a MAC sales assistant and the colour that she gave me was awful. She matched me to NC44.5, when in the first bottle I was NC35. I told her this, but she knew better, obviously. I went away and tried it out and I have never known a foundation oxidise as much. I can remember going into the bathroom at college and was mortified when I saw the colour that it had turned. I immediately got in my car and went home to sort it out!

I think it was just a bad colour match, but it completely turned me against this product, I stopped using it for so long and went onto something else. I only went back to this product when I discovered the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush. I found that this gave a much sheer and blended look, which is definitely what I was after. It still hid any imperfections that I didn’t want, but it applied a light layer which was definitely buildable.

I have also tried applying and blending this out using the Beauty Blender which I found worked really well, but I felt like I was losing a lot of the product to the sponge itself, meaning that it wasn’t full coverage. With the full coverage been the main reason why I wanted this product to start with.

Time for a quick low down on the product...

Pros:
- It is a full coverage foundation as advertised
- Can be sheered out when applied in alternative ways such as with a F80 kabuki or Beauty Blender
- A little goes a really long way, 1 pump can do a whole face

Cons:
- Can look cakey if applied really thickly and set with powder
- Some shades, not all, can oxidise, making the colour appear different
- You have to buy a separate pump or pour it out, meaning there can be wasted product

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