Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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. Especially given that although SPF 15 in foundation is good, the latest research suggests that products with higher SPF ratings are more desirable due to the further protection they can provide. Therefore, this foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Consider layering this with another SPF product for enhanced protection. Regardless this 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.

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
Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

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. Cosmetics 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. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare 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!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

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.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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beautiful when applied, creases + doesn't last

Makes my skin look lit from within although it has a matte finish. Medium-full coverage. Covers dark circles. I have oily skin and after about 4 hours of wear, I look shiny, esp. my T zone. Clings to dry patches, so exfoliate before using. Smells like paint (but not during wear) This was the 1st foundation I tried (6 or so years ago, before they added SPF). Decided to try again and maybe my standards are higher now, maybe the new formulation isn't as good as the old one. The search continues.

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Vanessa L.

I love this foundation. Provides great coverage and looks fantastic on my oily skin. I just tried the highly acclaimed MUFE HD Foundation (HUGE MISTAKE) and I cannot wait to go back. You cannot beat the price point for the quality here. Highly recommended. I must say I wish MAC made it easier to pick a foundation shade. Sometimes it can make my head spin.

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Kristy, B
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!

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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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