For those of you who regularly read ATB-x, you’ll know that my quest for finding the perfect foundation is never-ending. I’m constantly on the hunt for a foundation that does predominantly three things: (1) I want it to have flawless coverage. (2) I want a matte finish that lasts as my skin is quite oily, so if a foundation goes shiny throughout the day it’s a no-no. (3) I want a foundation which doesn’t break me out in spots.
Thus far I was yet to find one and after much deliberation, and lots of advice from fellow beauty bloggers via the #bbloggers chat, the latest foundation to grace my makeup bag is MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. Offering a fuller, matte coverage, being oil free, and with claims of lasting power of up to eight hours, it was a foundation I was very much looking forward to trying out.
Firstly, let’s talk packaging. It comes in a sleek, ceramic pot with a secure black lid and is simple but sophisticated in pure MAC style. While I like the look of it – and it does look cute in these little pots – it is a pain as there is no way of getting out any product without either shoving your foundation brush through the top or pouring it out onto your hand. It can get a little messy and I’m sure it will be rather difficult to get the last drops of the product out when I’m coming to the end of it.
The product itself feels lovely on the skin. It is quite dewy and wet on first instance, but as you build product and blend it seems to sink into the skin to create a matte finish. I like to apply with a foundation brush and blend with a damp beauty blender to really achieve a flawless look; the foundation is really blendable too which is great as I hate streaky, patchy finishes and it looks like this is a thing of the past with MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. The product is also buildable, so you can create anything from a medium coverage to one that rivals that of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear, yet it doesn’t leave your face feeling heavy or clogged with makeup. In fact, your skin feels like it can still breathe, which is always a bonus in my book. I really love the matte finish and buildable coverage, but the question remained, does it last?
I’m pleased to say it does; in fact, it lasts pretty damn well. I apply my foundation early in the morning and have been wearing this for ten hours plus a day and it still looks great in the evening, and even after a sweaty gym session! I do set my foundation with a powder in the morning and sometimes touch ups are required – particularly on my T-zone which is prone to oiliness – but it still remains pretty much in tact throughout the day and I believe the oil-free components keep my face under control. It does slightly oxidise for me if I’ve had a particularly long and hectic day, but I have chosen a slightly lighter shade so this isn’t too apparent and with a sweep of powder it seems to tone down also. However, in spite of this I’m really impressed with the staying power. It’s not quite as matte-lasting as Double Wear, but it has a nicer, gentler consistency to give a more natural look.
One thing to be aware of is that you really need a good skincare routine and to thoroughly remove your makeup if you are going to be wearing Studio Fix Fluid on a daily basis. While the thickness of the product is less than renowned heavy, matte foundations, it is still thick, and especially if you’re building up the coverage. Make sure you use make up removers and a cleanse, tone and moisturising regime to really clean the skin after wearing in order to avoid blemishes developing.
Altogether though, I’m really loving MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and I can see that it is one that I will continue to love for a very long time. I’m really impressed with the overall look of the foundation and with how exceptionally well it lasts; even more so by the £22 price tag which is a fraction of competitors on the market.
Have you tried it yet?
Lots of love,