MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation | Review - My New Holy Grail Foundation

Tuesday, 18 March 2014



Hello Beauties! As you've probably guessed from the title of todays post, it's a product I'm absolutely in love with. I feel like saying something is a 'holy grail product' is much like the 'I Love You' of the blogging world, it's tossed around far too frequently now and has lost it's meaning a bit for me - but this product has definitely gained my 'holy grail' seal of approval. 

For ages now I've been looking for a long lasting foundation that will help control my oily t-zone on long work days, and something that will take me from day to night without having to take off all of my make up and re-apply - because honestly who has time for that if your nipping out for after work drinks. Once again, MAC has come up with the goods. Recently I've rediscovered my love for MAC again, any problem I want to tackle, they seem to have the make up for it, as long as your prepared to pay for it, and for a good foundation I'm willing to pay. I feel like if your going to splurge on anything, it should be your base products as they're the setting for the rest of your make up and can drastically improve your overall appearance. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a matte, medium to full coverage foundation that comes in a wide vareity of shades, which is something I personally love about MAC foundations. I have very pale skin with a pink undertone, so finding a shade to match my skin in Boots is near on impossible. I was going to just purchase this online, however I'm so glad I made the decision to brave the MAC shop on a busy Saturday and get colour matched as it turns out I've got paler than I was before, not really what I wanted to hear but I can roll with that if it means I can get rid of the horrible orange tide mark I get from most foundations. The girl who served me was really nice and really knew her stuff which always helps, after a skin consultation and colour match I happily marched out of the shop with my new foundation in NW13, one of MAC's paler shades. 

Before I reviewed this I really wanted to test it properly to see if it would last on my skin and I can safely say it does. I've tested this on a sunny day sunbathing in Hyde Park and several long work days and I can honestly say that no other foundation I've tried has lasted this long on my skin. Usually I need to powder by 10am and my foundation is already looking patchy if I'm working due to the stuffy heating and being sat right by the printer which kicks of so much heat, but the Studio Fix Fluid was still firmly in place and hadn't gone patchy at all. I did touch up my powder just on my nose at around 2pm after putting my make up on at 7am, which I think is really good going for someone who is currently suffering with combination to oily skin, and when I returned home at around 7pm it was still all in place, admittedly looking a little bit shiny and lived in but still very much presentable. 

Once concern I had with this foundation was that it would break me out as its such a full coverage foundation, and I've also heard a lot about MAC foundations causing breakouts but my skin has actually been better than usual since I started using this. Obviously this isn't due to the foundation as it has no skincare benefits, except containing SPF 15, but it hasn't broken me out so if you skin is breakout prone like mine, this foundation won't necessarily cause a breakout, but this will be different for everyone. 

The only issue I have with this foundation, which is more of an issue I have with MAC than the product, is that it doesn't come with a pump. I think if your spending over £20 on a foundation, it should at least have a pump - drugstore brands manage this for half the price! I did buy a pump, because personally if I'm spending that much money on something I don't want to risk wasting it, so spending the extra £3 isn't completely pointless, but I don't think I should have to spend this to not waste my product. 

Overall, I'm so pleased I took the plunge and bought this foundation as it gives me a flawless matte coverage and stays in place all day. It manages to cover all of my redness and spots and is a perfect match for my skin, not something I find easy to achieve being so pale. I'd really reccomend this to anyone with an oily t-zone who is fed up of having to powder throughout the day, as it's really solved such an annoying problem for me. 



34 comments:

  1. Snap! I have this (in the same shade too), and I'm pretty sure I've used it everyday since the first purchase back in October.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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    1. It's great that there's a pale enough shade for us pale girls, I've been using it non stop too! xx

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  2. It's interesting to hear you haven't broken out with this as I heard lots of stories of people breaking out and thats why I've never tried a MAC foundation... think I might give this a try now though! xxx

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    1. I'd definitely ask for a sample as a lot of people do react differently to MAC foundations. I haven't broken out which is amazing seeing as my skin reacts to pretty much anything, so you won't necessarily break out even if your prone to it :) xx

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  3. Yay you got it!! Glad you love it it's a classic (:
    Love from Ellis / ELRBX / beauty & lifestyle blog x

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    1. I did, thank you for the recommendation! xx

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  4. OMG if there is one thing I need its a foundation that lasts all day long! I'm not too keen on high coverage foundations but I may need to get a sample of this because that sounds amazing!

    http://www.mercuteify.com/

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    1. You can easily make this foundation more sheer if you want to :) If you only apply a little bit it will give you a medium coverage, or you could mix a bit of moisturiser in with it! xx

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  5. I've been wanting to try Mac foundation for a while now, I prefer full coverage so might give this one a try! xxx

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    1. This is definitely a great all round foundation, can't wait to hear what you think of it! xx

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  6. I love this foundation and have used it on and off for a year now. Bit of a pain having to buy the pump, I felt the same! Xx

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    1. At least once you've bought it, you don't have to buy another one! xx

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  7. This foundation literally sounds like heaven to me. I'm more of a sheer coverage, drugstore foundation girl for everyday but I prefer something more medium-buildable coverage for evening and this sounds wonderful. I've been looking for something like this, something that is long-wearing and suits combination skin.
    Daniela xo // click here to enter my MAC giveaway - ends tomorrow!

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    1. This will be great for your 'special occasion' foundation then :) xx

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  8. Thank you very much for the review. Sounds like a great foundation to try! x

    P.S. I am hosting a giveaway at the moment and hope you can enter - you'll find a link in my Monday post. :)

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  9. Glad it lasts all day, might look into this.. great review :)

    Ellie xx | http://theleobeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've been searching for a long lasting foundation for ages now, so glad I've finally found one! xx

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  10. I haven't used a Mac foundation is YEARs and I'm really tempted lately… maybe it's time for a trip to the Mac counter!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. I haven't used one in ages either since I used to use the Studio Sculpt, but I'm so glad I revisited MAC foundations :) xx

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  11. I struggle to use MAC foundations as they tend to break me out. It seems I can only use the Studio Sculpt foundation but fortunately that one works really well for me. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. That's the one I used to use :) I've heard so much about MAC breaking people out but luckily I was okay! xx

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  12. This sounds amazing. I haven't tried any MAC face bases or foundations before but I am pretty pale so this looks and sounds like something I need xxx



    www.jesscaedmunds.com

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    1. MAC is great for us pale girls as they have some really light foundations, all with different undertones :) xx

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  13. What an amazing review and something I might try in the future. I really need to invest in a good foundation and this might be it.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin'

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    1. It's so worth investing in a good base, you'll really notice a difference in the way your make up applies! xx

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  14. I cant wait to try this! I've so many good things about how good the coverage is! I've got so many foundations to get through at the moment so I've promised to treat myself to this once I've used a few up! x

    alongcamekelly.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm having the same issues with perfume at the moment, there's 2 I really want but I must use up the ones I've already got first! xx

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  15. Have you tried the Mac Pro Longwear Foundation? I've tried the concealer but I really want to try the foundation. But you're confusing me with this review! I really want to try this one now because I have oily skin as well and I really want something that will hold up and this sounds perfect but ah! Pro longwear ah! :P

    BlameKara

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    1. I haven't no, but I did take a quick look at it in the store and it seems really nice! I'd say the pro long wear has less of a matte finish though xx

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  16. I love the whole experience of being matched up in MAC, the sales people weren't pushy and they really knew their stuff - (you could tell because they looked amazing themselves!). I think paying for the pump is weird but I guess once you have one theres no reason why you couldn't swap them over. Of all the products, I think foundation is something really worth investing in!! xx

    http://somethinglikenicola.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I definitely agree with you about investing in a good foundation, it makes your whole make up apply better! xx

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  17. I haven't actually got any MAC foundations myself but I have worn them on set and I'm really not keen on them. The last time I wore one it separated, went patchy and slid around and within a couple of hours had broken me out badly on my chin. So I don't think I'd ever risk splurging on one myself x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. I've heard a lot of people complain about this, luckily I was fine with it and I have quite oily skin so I'm really unsure of why it breaks some people out and others are okay, as I'm very breakout prone! xx

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