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 post drought this week, but I am back with a review and swatch of MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, and my very first ‘real’ FOTD.
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.
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.
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.