Studio Fix Powder Plus 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.


Talc, Silica, Isostearyl Palmitate, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007)].

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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rachelle k.
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.

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Shekinah S
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