12.02.2014
4
1841
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Rating
$27
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Studio Fix remains one of the top pressed-powder foundations available, despite several impressive entries from other companies. It has an exceptionally silky, talc-based texture that applies and blends like a dream. As usual, wet or dry application is possible, but using this wet poses the risk of streaking. Dry application provides light to medium-full coverage. If you prefer this type of foundation and have normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin, it is highly recommended. Almost all of the colors are impressive (albeit repetitive) for a broad range of skin tones, but the following shades are best avoided due to pink, orange, or peach overtones: C6, NC42, NW25, NW30, NW40, and NC40.

Claims
Ingredients
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 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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Results
Value
Recommend
WRITE A COMMENT
Sort by:
Page:
11.19.2014
Best powder foundation I've ever used

I love using this foundation! I use NC42 and it looks great on me since it's a match to my skin tone. This color is meant for ethnic women and I have never had a problem with it looking too orange or peach. I use a brush to apply and the coverage can be built on. I also recommend using blot powder or a translucent powder for touch ups otherwise it does start to look caked on.

Value
Results
Recommend
Reviewed by
M.T.
10.08.2014
AMAZING

I love this foundation. I'm a hairstylist so I'm always trying to find a good powder foundation that I can't apply super fast and be done with it. For my best result I apply a little heavy to get a nice coverage then spritz some fix+ and it literally looks like skin. I've tried a lot of powders but none have felt as soft or light as this. It feels like you don't even have any make up on and I have a beard (I'm a guy) but I blends amazing without getting in my hair. Love this product.

Value
Recommend
Results
Reviewed by
Anonymous
07.07.2014
Not a must to grab

I am using Mac Studio Fix Pressed Powder, the powder is meant for high coverage and smooth finishing. yes, it does provide good coverage but my face looked cakey all day long. Regardless of how thinly i apply the powder gives me a very cakey look.

Value
Recommend
Results
Reviewed by
rachelle k.
02.07.2014
Game Changer!

I usually wear liquid foundation but Studio Fix is a lifesaver when I'm in a hurry! So quick & convenient! It should be applied w/ a (dense) brush instead of the sponge it comes w/ -- I prefer a kabuki brush. It claims the wet/dry option, but I would never apply it wet. It gives enough coverage when dry so why risk streaks? And don't use it as a touch-up powder, it will get cakey & heavy. The only time I don't like it is if my skin is feeling very dry. Otherwise I love it! Great shade range.

Value
Recommend
Results
Reviewed by
Shekinah S
WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

Buy It now

Congratulations! You are on your way to Nordstrom.com to buy a Beautypedia BEST product.

Continue
No Thanks
585623-IIS1 v1.0.0.379 3/26/2015 10:54:27 PM