Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

by M.A.C.  
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$27 
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 has so much going for it, it’s a shame that the amount of titanium dioxide (1%) is so low. M.A.C. didn’t use to call out the titanium dioxide as active, but now they are—and that does elevate this liquid foundation to a higher rating. Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 has a beautifully silky texture and ultra-smooth application that sets to a natural matte finish. Best for normal to oily skin, it provides medium coverage and comes in a wide range of shades, of which only 4 are poor contenders: NC55 is too ash, NW30 and NW35 too peach, and NW45 has a copper overtone that makes it a tough match for darker skin tones. NW50 and NW55 are ideal shades for dark skin, and there are options for very light skin, too. Back to the sunscreen issues: the combined amount of active ingredients is low enough that I would not advise relying on this foundation as your sole source of sun protection. For best results, apply a lightweight moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater first (M.A.C. offers several options).

Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.

Active: Octinoxate (2.5%), Titanium Dioxide (1%) Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lethicin, Hydrogenated Lethicin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Laureth-7, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, BHT, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens

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 since the previous edition of this book. 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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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Causes clogged pores
    • This foundation was a very expensive lesson in learning that algae extract + oily skin = clogged pores. It started out great. The yellow-toned shade blended well with my Asian skin tone, and hid redness very well. But then, gradually, I started noticed more and more pimples. I tossed the bottle two (2) weeks ago, switched back to my mainstay L'Oreal True Match, and sure enough, my skin began clearing up. M.A.C. - please make this foundation non-comedogenic!

  2. E O
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Finally figured out why this foundation caused breakouts!
    • I had a love/hate relationship with this foundation for approximately two years. Excellent coverage, blended well, great price, last forever... BUT - could not figure out why my skin was suffering from so many breakouts! After ordering another bottle online and reading the ingredients on the box after it arrived on my doorstep, it all made sense; this foundation contains algae extract which is a known irritant and acne-causing ingredient. Won't buy another bottle of this - ever!

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