Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15

by M.A.C.  
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$32 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
10/28/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 has a beautiful silky lotion texture, provides a soft matte finish, and is loaded with antioxidants, skin-identical substances, and anti-irritants. It is a good, non-greasy option for normal to oily skin, and should work great for breakout-prone skin, too. This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen works well under makeup and provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening.

One caution is the lower-than-usual percentage of certain active ingredients, including avobenzone and octinoxate. We're not disputing the SPF 15 rating this earned; rather, we're bringing this up because many other daytime moisturizer with SPF 15 offer a higher percentages of active ingredients which should provide greater sun protection.

The no-grease, super-hydrating formula of Studio Moisture Fix with superlative protection from sun and environmental aggressions. Starts with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 15 that goes on sheer. Mega-moisturizing, rich, lightweight and fast-absorbing. Keeps skin plump and soft. Excellent prep for makeup. Releases moisture and emollients onto the skin continually/all day. Enhanced with mineral-enriched spring water, it’s an instant spritz of moisture with the benefits of protection.

Active: Avobenzone 1%; Octinoxate 3.5%; Octisalate 3.5%; Octocrylene 1%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Caffeine, Sodium RNA, Phytosphingosine, Sucrose, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Isohexadecane, Laureth-4, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Steareth-21, PVP, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Linoleic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

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. GiseleB
    Reviewed on Friday, August 22, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Whitening or not
    • Question: So is this better or not with the updated formula? I love this cream and price is right. I am not fan of the pump packaging could be better. Also Paula's Choice in an older review you said this cream whitens. I assumed it was good for removing unevenness and spots. Can you please let me know why you removed this from review.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

    Hello,

    The brand completely redid this product, changing most of the ingredients, including the actives. The current formula only helps whiten skin by virtue of its sun protection, so it’s not a unique benefit Studio Moisture Fix has over any other broad spectrum product rated SPF 15 or greater.

    —Admin
  2. Heather F.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 13, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15
    • Hello, Just curious on something. What kind of coverage does this foundation offer? Typically, it's mentioned if it provided sheer, light, medium, full coverage, or buildable? Also, it says it's good for break-out prone type of skin, but I thought the chemicals in this would be bad for it since it contains avobenzone? I thought that zinc oxide and Titanium Dioxide were almost best for acne-prone skin? Please advise. Thank you. Heather

  3. Ellen D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 24, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Outdated Review?
    • Your review still appears to be outdated, (since this no longer contains Zinc Oxide) even though it says it was updated 10/7/2013. Like the product, but want to make sure it still gets your "BEST" rating. Thanks!

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Thursday, October 24, 2013

    We are wating on confirmation from M.A.C. before updating the review. We've thus far gotten mixed messages as to the zinc oxide being removed; stay tuned!

    —Admin
  4. amy
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 20, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Zinc Oxide has been removed
    • Please note - this no longer contains zinc oxide and has been reformulated with avobenzone. The rest of the formula has been changed. The April 15 update is not current.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 22, 2013

    Thank you so much for your comments! We will definitely investigate this one and adjust our review accordingly - thanks for bringing this to our attention!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Phyllis S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    At last I found a moisturizer I love!
    • It's been a long search for a moisturizer that isn't shiny, waxy, greasy, heavy; doesn't cause foundation to peel, makes my skin look better, reduces the redness and feels good. I went to the MAC store, and reeled of my list of complaints about moisturizers. I was not even through the list when the MAC artist said I have the one for you! She was so right. I love the cool, soothing feel, and does not cause any of the problems I listed. I love to apply it with a brush, worksbetter than fingers

  6. jh
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 20, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    reformulated
    • This product has been reformulated. It now contains chemical sunscreens. Paula's Choice please do a new review.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 21, 2013
    Thank you for your comments! We will contact M.A.C. to learn how the product has been reformulated, and as soon as we know, we will update our review here on Beautypedia!
    —Paula's Choice Research Team

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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