Tuesday, 3 April 2012

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review + swatches

I wasn’t looking for a new foundation, but when I saw Beautybyjj on Youtube with this foundation on I was sold. Her skin looked so flawless and smooth with it on, I saw so many other people with this foundation on and raving about it, so I just had to try it.

The Studio Fix Fluid comes in a sleek glass bottle with a shiny black top, you get 30ml which is the average size for most high end make up. This foundation does not come with a pump so that can be annoying and messy.

They Say
A natural matte foundation with medium-buildable coverage and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.  Comfortable and long wearing. Contains micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil.

Ana Says
Before discovering MAC I had been using Bobbi Brown for years which I really loved, Bobbi Brown Skin foundation is a light-medium coverage, as you can imagine I was used to this coverage so when I first tried MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation I didn’t like it much, I thought it had a strange chemical smell, dried to quickly and the coverage was too much and a bit cakey. But months down the line since making adjustments to how I apply the foundation I have been won over with the foundation and it has converted me to full coverage foundations. This foundation is perfect for special events and for looking completely flawless. For a full coverage foundation it has an affordable price compared to over high end make up companies. I find that you don’t need to use a lot to get a full coverage look and it lasts for a very long time.

This foundation covers blemishes and imperfections well to the point that I don’t need concealer. My skin tends to look oily with this foundation so I usually always put powder over it.

This foundation lasts all day and you shouldn’t need to top up unless of course you have really oily skin, you will find that if you use just a regular facial wash you will have a hard time taking it off but if you use cleansing wipes that should do the job.

The shades I initially got where NC45 which is to light and yellow on my skin and NC50 which is to dark and slightly orange. I would say I am neutral toned. I later bought nw43 which was a better shade match but the tone was not right for me as it is more pink/orange. I find it odd that mac doesn’t have an in-between shade from NC45 and NC50, see pictures below. 

Please note that swatches are deeper and tad bit darker in real life as well as my skin shade/tone, Im still trying to get used to my Canon EOS and working with lighting, anyways check out below. 

                                          from left to right nc45, nw43 and nc50
                                                           Alternative view

Overall I really like this foundation for its look and coverage but because I can’t find a perfect match and refuse to buy two foundations to mix as I feel if a company does not do my shade then they don’t want me to buy their product, plus I found a better match in my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, however if MAC come up with a shade NC47 I will definitely buy again.

Foundation retails for £19.50
Foundation Pump retails for £3.00

Have you tried this foundation or want to try it?, let me know below. 



  1. thanks for the advice, great post!

    1. your welcome, be sure to check my future posts xxx

  2. Good post!

    ~ Sarah


  3. I wanna try it.thanks

  4. Are those swatches in natural light?

  5. I have to mix nc45 & nc50 to get a good match. However, Mac recently released 7 new shades in studio fix fluid including nc46 & nc47!!!! Finally!!! ����

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