MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

Face – MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40
Lips – MAC Lady Danger
Nails – BYS In Da Club

Hello beautiful people, yes I am still here! My deepest apologies for the postΒ droughtΒ this week, but I am back with a review and swatch of MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, and my very first ‘real’ FOTD.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

Now just about every person I know – and their dog – has tried MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SFF). But this was a completely new buy for me. Long story short, I live in a large city that seems (or just flat-out is) cut off from the rest of Australia, and simply put, we do not have a MAC counter. That same goes for many other big brands.

The online store is brilliant, but I’ve been very reluctant to spend big dollars on colours I haven’t personally matched to my skin. Hence, why this is a first for me. If you read my blog you may remember I bit the bullet and asked my husband to buy me MAC SFF while overseas. Thankfully, my research paid off and the colour I chose matched. Phew.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

Lets get right to business:

  • Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid
  • Type: liquid, medium to full coverage, matte finish, oil free
  • SPF: 15 UVA/UVB
  • Wear: long wearing, up to 8 hours
  • Smell: difficult to describe, I found it had a strong chemical-y scent. It reminds me of a clean, medical smell. Like the inside of a first aid kit. Weird, I know.
  • Why I chose it: I hear so much about its comparison to Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation, which is my tropical weather saviour, so I was incredibly interested to try. I also chose it because the shade NC40 seemed to be able to avoid giving you a white cast in flash photos. A must for me.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

Colour Comparison

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Color Comparison MAC Studio Fix Concealer MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
[1] MAC Studio Fix Concealer NC35, [2] MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep, [3] MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Medium Dark, [4] MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

Final Verdict:
Longevity-wise, I can see the comparison to Revlon Colorstay Foundation. It’s not as long wearing, but still gives a long wear base worth trying. With my oily skin, I find it doesn’t last in greasy areas as well (T-zone), but everywhere else is great. I decided if it was good enough, it would replace my Colorstay. It hasn’t officially replaced it, because they both have their pros can cons. Colorstay lasts longer but gives a whiter cast, SFF doesn’t last as long but gives a truer colour match in photos. It’s neck and neck.

I should note, the NC40 is not an exact colour match to my skin tone. It is the more tanned version of me, I can wear it comfortably without looking like I fell asleep in the sun, but blending down to my neck is essential. I could stand to pick a lighter shade, but this still works very well. I’m really glad I didn’t pick NC42 like I originally wanted, there’s no way I would have pulled that off.

In the photos, I only applied a very light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, because I didn’t want to mask the foundation. What you see is what you get (on my skin). My skin looks very shiny without powder, and I would typically mattify better. I would also personally never wear it without a primer, my skin perspires way too much for that.

You might not like it if you’re looking for a weightless, barely there feel. It is long wearing after all, so there’s a small price to pay for that. I’ve definitely tried foundations that felt less ‘there’.

End of the day, it’s a nice foundation that blends beautifully. Not a single ounce of buy regret there. I would buy again, and would consider getting one or more different shades for changes in my skin.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40 FOTD Review & Swatches

24 Comments on MAC Studio Fix Fluid – FOTD, Review & Swatches NC40

  1. makeup and macaroons
    October 14, 2012 at 5:28 am (5 years ago)

    You look absolutely beautiful Kaye, and love the side swept fringe in the last photo. The foundation looks lovely on your skin, nice and glowy πŸ™‚
    Oh and I’m yet to try the MAC SFF fluid, I don’t know why I just never remember to buy this one when I’m in the market for new foundation.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 14, 2012 at 6:41 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Lilit! It looks even more perfect finished with MAC Skinfinish Natural, it’s even more glowy πŸ™‚

      I found it so hard to choose which foundation (MAC) to try, they have so many. Who knows if ill ever be able to try them all! If you like Revlon Colorstay then you might like this one too πŸ™‚

  2. sarahmeagan
    October 14, 2012 at 6:30 am (5 years ago)

    Orangey-coral lips are gorgeous!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 14, 2012 at 6:37 am (5 years ago)

      I agree! I wish the camera had captured the red better, it is so bright and beautiful πŸ™‚

      • sarahmeagan
        October 14, 2012 at 6:38 am (5 years ago)

        Yeah there’s definitely an orange look in the photo rather than red! xx

  3. KaKa
    October 14, 2012 at 9:34 am (5 years ago)

    Wow that looks amazing! U have incredible skin! I don’t think u even need foundation! πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 14, 2012 at 9:47 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much, I’ve struggled with my skin for years so its always lovely to hear that. Could never tire of it lol! πŸ˜€

  4. Jasmine
    October 14, 2012 at 11:05 am (5 years ago)

    You are stunning! What mascara are you using? I love how it is really keeping the curl πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Jasmine! I’m wearing my never-fail Maybelline The Falsies mascara. I find it works the best for my very short and straight lashes. It holds the curl so well (after curling them) πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah Mann
    October 15, 2012 at 4:13 am (5 years ago)

    love this whole look! I just painted my nails a similar blue πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 15, 2012 at 4:31 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Isn’t the blue beautiful? My daughter actually picked it out, at first I though hmm not really my thing but it’s actually really lovely πŸ™‚

  6. Sunny @ Mostly Sunny
    October 15, 2012 at 9:59 am (5 years ago)

    Eee I love everything about this look! Lady Danger looks so good on you, and the nails make things even more fun! I have actually not tried one single MAC foundation for some reason. I didn’t start using foundation till not so long ago, and I guess I was a little confused with all the varieties they offer.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 15, 2012 at 10:03 am (5 years ago)

      Well I’m starting to feel so much better to know I’m not the only one who hasn’t tried a MAC foundation! I thought it was just me lol. I found the range overwhelming and it took me a while to choose.

      I LOOVE lady danger, and I just discovered the nail colour last week and thought it made a nice unusual combo! πŸ˜€

  7. My Lucite Dreams
    October 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm (5 years ago)

    You look beautiful! I love the colors on your nails and lips, very retro. Your eyelashes are also pretty amazing πŸ™‚ beautiful Kaye

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Taylor! πŸ˜€

      My mascara is my secret weapon, it’s been my favourite forever and I doubt if I will ever change it. My lashes are quite short and straight, Maybelline Falsies is the only one that fixes it. I’m really glad you liked the look, I definitely have a soft spot for retro πŸ™‚

      • My Lucite Dreams
        October 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm (5 years ago)

        Mine are short and straight as well, you would never know from this picture. I will be picking up the mascara!

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        October 16, 2012 at 12:00 am (5 years ago)

        Do try it! Make sure you pick up the waterproof formula, it holds the curl upright for a long time. πŸ™‚

  8. Miri<3sFashion
    October 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm (5 years ago)

    You look so fresh and pretty! I love the lipstick and really want the nail polish!

    • Miri<3sFashion
      October 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm (5 years ago)

      You can follow me at: πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 20, 2012 at 1:36 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you beautiful! The nail polish was a super cheap bargain from K-mart (I’m in Australia, I’m not sure where you are located?) πŸ˜€

  9. karollynsworld
    November 2, 2012 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, u are so beautiful! very natural πŸ˜‰
    Karollyn’s World

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      November 3, 2012 at 2:34 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Karollyn! You are too kind πŸ™‚

  10. Aoife
    September 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi what revlon shade do you wear? I am nc40

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 15, 2013 at 5:29 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Aoife,

      I switch between 320 True Beige and 250 Fresh Beige. The 250 is closer to my natural skin tone, and 320 is darker but still matches well. 320 is closer to NC40, but not as deep. I hope that helps! xx


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