Ho hum – it’s been a busy week for both of us here at belle, but here’ s quickie post for you :). I purchased my first MAC foundation last month, and I decided on Studio Fix Fluid after reading a few reviews and going to the MAC store. Here’s what the packaging looks like:
I was color matched to NW25, which I found slightly odd because I’d always thought myself of an NC25. True enough, when I finally tried on NC25, it was a much better shade for me. I was initially color matched to NW25 as my face was a little ruddy, but one look at the rest of my skin (neck, arms, legs), you’ll know that I’m no NW. Most of you would be familiar with MAC’s color definitions, but as a quick reminder, NW is for stands for Neutral/Warm (tending towards pinker undertones) whereas NC stands for Neutral/Cool (tending towards yellower undertones).
That being said, when I mixed NC25 + NW25 together, I got quite a nice color match as well, but ratio-wise it was more like 60% NC and 40% NW.
In general, I find that Studio Fix Fluid lives up to the coverage claims. It gave me medium-full coverage, which means that I could barely see my hyperpigmentation, but due to my oily skin, I always powder up anyway so I’m unable to comment on the oiliness. I’m a firm believer in always setting your liquid foundation with powder especially in humid weather.
Texture-wise, this is a little thicker but quite easily spreadable. You don’t have to work very quickly with this formula as it takes a bit of time to dry. My only gripe is the packaging – there’s no pump and I know you can get it as an MUA but most of us as normal customers may have a hard time purchasing the pump on its own. Due to the thicker consistency of the formula, it doesn’t run out of the bottle easily, which means that you’ll have to treat it like a ketchup bottle (shake, tap it really hard to get the foundie out).
For RM119.00 at 30ml (which is pretty much a standard liquid foundie size), it’s cheaper than my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light by about RM30.00. For an extra RM30.00, I would actually purchase my EL over MAC because of the packaging – EL DWL comes in a tube so you can really control the amount of foundation you want and get it out easily. I also found that Studio Fix contains a lot of dimethicones, which probably resulted in why some reviews online said that it blocked pores and resulted in zits. Personally I rotate my foundations and I cannot honestly say if it broke me out or caused any clogged pores. I did however ask Tine of Beautyholics Anonymous if it broke her out, and she said it didn’t. However, her Twitter-ed opinion was that there are better foundations out there (or at least with better packaging, in my opinion).
Is this a must in your collection? I like having this because the coverage is actually a shade better than Estee Lauder’s, plus it’s cheaper. However I find myself not using it as much as I would like purely because of the packaging. If you’re finicky about finding the perfect shade, MAC is always a great place to start and for RM119.00, not a bad price point if you don’t mind the packaging. The one thing I find useful about having a MAC foundie and using it for a while to determine if you really are NC/NW xxx is that online, there are a lot of reviews that start with “I’m NC/NW xxx, and this is why I’m using <this shade> from <XYZ brand>”, so it saves time and potentially money when it comes to searching for new foundies. E.g. I bought Bourjois’ Healthy Mix in 53 after searching relevant NC colors and matching myself with others’ MAC colors 🙂