11.26.2014
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Prep + Prime Fix +
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3.4 fl. oz. for $22
Category:Makeup > Specialty Products > Specialty Makeup Products
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Fix + is sold as a makeup setting and "reviving" spray and although it works in that regard, it's less because of its formula and more due to the fact it is packaged with a specialized spray top.

Rather than a using a standard spray bottle, Fix + produces a fine, non-aerosol mist that lightly settles on skin, which allows more control over where you’re applying product. This can be helpful with face or eye look touchups (especially on the go from work to a night out), and it does save you the step of having to remove your makeup entirely and start over.

Fix+ is also an option for dampening a makeup sponge (the BeautyBlender comes to mind) before foundation application. This step helps prevent “losing” your foundation due to sponge absorption. There is no inherent benefit in using Fix+ over water for dampening a makeup sponge, but it is convenient.

However, as a small reality check, Fix+ (from a formulary perspective) isn’t uniquely suited to “refreshing makeup” than any well formulated toner. What does make Fix+ special is all in the aforementioned spray delivery system—but that also means you could experiment with your favorite toner in a spray bottle for comparable benefits.

As for the formula, it's a standard, but good, alcohol-free toner for normal to dry or slightly oily skin that contains a nice mix of antioxidants and anti-irritants. Bonus: Unlike some makeup setting sprays, Fix + doesn't contain film-forming agents or hairspray-like ingredients—and that’s a good thing due to their potential to irritate skin. If you’re in the market for a “makeup refreshing spray”, Fix+ is certainly one to consider—it does contain fragrance, but the amount is minor and shouldn’t be an issue for most.

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of antioxidants (such as chamomile, green tea and caffeine).
  • Provides a light amount of moisture.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance (albeit in a smaller amount).
Claims

An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products in recent years. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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04.15.2015
Broke me out

I had used it for a couple of days when I noticed a lot of red bumps all over my face. FYI I don't consider myself having overly sensitive skin. I tested it on my wrist to see, if it was actually this that broke me out, and it was. Since I haven't heard of anyone else break out from it, I would reccomend the product, but if you have the chance, then go spray it on your hand. The product accually worked really well for me in terms of refreshing and de-caking my face. Such a shame.

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04.14.2015
can be used as toner???

Can I use this as toner straight after cleansing?

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JasK
04.17.2015
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Absolutely!

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02.15.2015
Save your money

a lot of hype without results

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CATHERINE b.
12.19.2014
An extra step...it goes from good to better

When my foundation looks cakey...which is most of the time, I spray Fix + on my finished face and set the blow dryer on low heat. I blow it gently over my face until there is no more wetness on my skin. It gives my complexion a glow and melds together with the foundation to get rid of the powdery look.

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Dawn W
09.20.2014
as an update

As an update to my previous review, this is also excellent for spraying on your sponge or brush before applying foundation to keep them from absorbing product and increase the wear of your foundation and the finish. I plan to buy the travel size for my purse or desk drawer! Awesome product..so glad I discovered it. Better late than never!

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Amy
09.20.2014
recently discovered this treasure

Being the junkie I am, I only just discovered this treasure. I wondered at the necessity of it because I really dont have issues with my makeup not lasting. I have dry skin and even though I finish my makeup with powder to blend it all out nicely, sometimes it made me look dry and older than I am. This little spray, just a mist after everything puts a natural glow over it all. This may be the most important makeup discovery for me since discovering eyeliner in the 8th grade!

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Amy
05.14.2014
So hydrating

I love this mist. It make my dry face hydrated.

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Sylvia
12.19.2013
Improves skin

It has antioxidant green tea. I use it both to add moisture and as skin care.I love what it does to my skin.

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Annette D.
10.06.2013
Essential

When I read the review for this product I was actually surprised. First I don't consider it to be a toner, more so a "moisture mist" and I ALWAYS mist after powdering my face. It brings the life back that the powder took away. Instead of looking like a plastic mannequin it leaves me with a very natural looking dewy finish

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Anonymous
08.03.2013
Fix+ bu M A C

I had used this product before and I loved it. The only reason I stopped using it is the price and the amount of prouct. It's $21 for a 3.4oz size spray bottle. It does come in a travel size (don't know how much) for $10. When I applied it to spray over my makeup, it gave my face a nice glow. I was addicted to it and used the bottle up in no time. Even though I had stopped it, I'm thinking of rebuying it again. Don't spray too closely or it will run down your face. A good product.

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