Sunday, 20 March 2016

MAC Studio Fix Fluid For Contouring

I am sure that you will all know from one of my earlier reviews that I am the worlds biggest fan of the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. I have been using that foundation for years now and it is still one of my favourite foundations from my ridiculously large foundation. I am trying out other things, but they always have very large shoes to fill when I am comparing them to my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid. So, I thought why not try out some more shades in it and see if I can do a full highlighting and contouring routine with it seen as though I love the formula of it so much and it seems to work out so well for me.

My usual shade in the MAC Studio Fix Fluid is NC40 or NC44.5 depending on how tanned I am. To highlight with, I went out and bought the shade NC20, which is the shade that I buy in MAC concealers. Then to contour with I bought the shade NW55. The reason why I went for NW55 instead of my usual yellow based foundations within the NC range is because I wanted something that did have the red undertones to it so that I could also bronze up the skin and bring some life back into it after using so many high coverage products. I actually think that all of the shades together give a really good look and finish.

My favourite of the two definitely has to be the contouring shade because it does everything that I want a contouring product to do. What I love about it the most is that it is just so effortless and easy to apply. What I like to do is shake the product to get some into the lid, then I open it up and take a small synthetic brush and apply the liquid contour to the areas on my face where I want to contour and bronze ever so slightly. Then I will take a brush such as my MAC 187 or 188 which are both great for blending products in, and I am good to go.

On the days when I wear my NC40 Studio Fix Fluid all over my face and I reach for this to contour with, the two just go together like a dream come true with them being the same product. This is the first time that I have used another liquid foundation to contour with and I have to say that it is really tempting me into trying it with some other brands because of how beautiful this looks on the skin. Plus, with me already using this beforehand as a foundation, I know that it is going to work well for my skin and last all day and look flawless.

Another thing that I love about using this as a cream or liquid contouring product is that because it is a full coverage product, I don’t have to worry about it moving my foundation. Sometimes with cream contouring products, it displaces my foundation and my hyper-pigmentation is on show, but with this I really don’t have to worry about that. This just adds coverage and keeps me looking perfected all day long and I am sure that everybody knows by now that I am a massive fan of the full coverage kind of look.

My only criticism of using the MAC Studio Fix Fluid to contour with is that your skin can start to feel quite heavy with makeup. I mentioned it in my full review of this foundation, but it is quite a thick foundation, which is something that personally doesn’t bother me. But, when I pair this with the same product but in a deeper shade to contour with, my skin can feel quite cakey, if I don’t work in small layers. My tip for avoiding this is to just work in small and light layers until you get the kind of look that you want. Also, blending it out using a damp Beauty Blender will absorb some of the excess product and make it feel light on the skin.

I really do love using this to contour my face and I know that I am going to continue using it because it is great. I would recommend it to anybody and I know that if I was still working freelance, I would be using this to contour on my clients. I will leave a link to this down below in case you want to check it out for yourself. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know if you have ever tried out more than one shade of the same foundation and tell me what you thought about it!


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