Saturday, 21 December 2013

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review

After reading many rave reviews of this MAC foundation and seeing how beautiful it looks on the skin, I decided to finally place an order and see if Studio Fix Fluid is worth the hype. My first impression was very positive and I was close to calling it my new Holy Grail, but... unfortunately something horrible happened.

I applied the foundation with real techniques buffing brush and I was very pleased with the finish and coverage. The formula features 'micronized pigments' and soft focus powders, giving a super smooth, matte finish. You can easily build up the coverage from medium to full and the lasting power is incredible! It is perfect for oily and combination skin, as it absorbs excess sebum and keeps your skin shine free all day, but... there is one thing I just can't deal with when it comes to this fabulous product.

It broke me out terribly! After the first use, I removed it with a cleansing balm and double cleansed as usual. I immediately noticed that my skin looked a bit angry and red and felt itchy. I used a soothing anti redness serum to ease the discomfort and I thought I was fine. The next day I woke up to my full face covered with tiny little bumps (especially on my forehead and chin) and 8-10 big angry breakouts in total. I can't even describe how upset I was. I had to give my skin a week off from makeup to let it breathe and recover, but for the sake of my review, I gave the foundation another go and unfortunately the same happened again :(

I also ordered a MAC Pro Longwear concealer recently and surprise, surprise... it broke me out too, even under my eyes! I can honestly say, that I won't be buying any MAC bases ever again. They also smell like paint, which is very odd and the ingredient list is a bit scary.

For reference- the shade of Studio Fix Fluid I got is NC30 and it was slightly too dark for me. It is perfect when I am tanned, but a tone too dark for my natural skintone.

Let me know, if you had any problems with MAC bases or this foundation in particular?

As you can see, I even ordered a pump for the foundation, because I didn't expect it to break me out - it simply never happened to me before. I would recommend buying a pump, if you ever decide to try Studio Fix Fluid. It makes the application much easier.

Overall, I love the way Studio Fix Fluid looks on my skin and I think it is a great foundation, but I won't be able to use it again, because it breaks me out terribly. If you want to try it, I would advise you to give it a go at a MAC counter first to see, if you react to it badly. If you are one of those lucky ladies who can get away with using it - I am very jealous :) haha

PS. This experience doesn't change my love for MAC eye shadows and Mineralize Skin Finishes :) 



  1. I know what you mean about their bases smelling like paint. I've only used matchmaster foundation which luckily was fine on my skin but I have heard a few people say that studio fix broke them out xx

  2. I've never properly looked at the ingredients list before.. That does sound quite scary!! But I've also been using MAC studio fix for years and I've never had this reaction :-( such a shame because it is a good foundation, despite it smelling of the stuff you de-ice your car with!

  3. I think it's down to MAC bases being so heavy, I've heard that MAC foundations break a lot of people out. I have this foundation and thankfully it doesn't break me out but I couldn't wear this everyday, my skin wouldn't be able to breathe. Maybe the Illamasqua Skin Base may be better, has about the same amount of coverage and it's a little lighter. x

  4. That sucks. I used this foundation atleast 3-4 tomes a week for like 6 months at one point. It was the first foundation i found in my shade & just fell inlove with the finish! Its still my go-to if i want to look & feel flawless.

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  5. I broke out from this foundation so badly. It took months for the scars to fade away.

  6. Oh my god... that's horrendous :( I have heard SO many people having the same problem though. It's scary to think how bad they must be for the skin to have that sort of reaction, so quickly :( definitely put me off trying this foundation so thank you so much for the heads up! xxxx

  7. I wear this on stage and I always get at least a few spots afterwards! I think because its such a high coverage foundation its bound to irritate and your right the ingredients list is scary!!!!

    Kate xx

  8. I wish it didn't break you out, it looks great on your skin!x

  9. As with other people, so many people I know have suffered with horrid breakouts after using this, definitely puts me off x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  10. Oh dear god!! I read this after I purchased it :( x

  11. I've used this for years and it totally does smell like paint, and the smell lingers all day too! It's never broke me out though and I'm very prone to breakouts, but I have heard this before. Such a pity it didn't work for you because it's a lovely finish x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  12. That's such a shame as it looks great on you. I was planning on getting a MAC foundation but I don't want to spend a lot of money on it if it'll break me out. I was thinking of going to the counter and asking if they would let me have a sample.

  13. Oh noise only recently heard about people breaking out with this, I do have this and it's fab on me. Such a shame it looks lovely.
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  14. i've actually heard a lot of people saying that the mac foundations broke them out! i really want to try the foundation but I'm too scared! i've only got a concealer from mac which is the studio finish and thank god it's been serving me well! //FANCYTHEE

  15. I like many of the comments people have left on here have also heard that this foundation broke people out. I've never tried much from MAC and I would like to expand my way past lipsticks however I doubt I will try this, plus, I'm rather besotted with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme <3
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  16. I have this, and while it is beautiful, it broke me out too! Sucks to spend $60 on a foundation I can't even use :( I have their studio sculpt that is fine, so it mustn't be all their foundations!

  17. It looks really nice on you! Sorry it broke you out so badly. My skin is not prone to breaking out, but it is very dry. Do you think it would apply nicely onto my skin?

    1. I don't think it is good for dry skin. It is designed for combination and oily skin.

  18. I did a negative review myself of that foundation a few weeks ago.

  19. Actually I m suddenly having the same kinda problem with MAC studio fix powder foundation... I get weird breakouts on my jawline and chin... As much as I love the lipsticks, eyeshadows I hate their foundation and concealer line

  20. Your makeup looks absolutely gorgeous on this picture!!! And your love!!!
    Oh my god, I am working in Beauty and you can't imagine how many people told me the same thing about this MAC foundation! Eurkkk
    But, some people also wear it and it looks absolutely stunning on their skin. I guess have to be tough to be able to manage it!
    With my poor sensitive skin, I will def not try it out!!!

    Thank you for your honest and good review!


  21. Oh gosh! That's really awful. Mac had been on my list to try but not anymore. Hope it didn't leave any lasting scars. Xx

  22. I had the same issue, I loved the finish that the foundation gave me but it broke me out terribly. I'll never go back to it again!

  23. That is too bad about the MAC foundation! They are not cheap. MAC liquid foundations break me out as well. Whereas the Pro-Longwear concealor I think is pretty good, I even use it as an eyeshadow base. I do love using the Mineralized Skin Finish Medium as a powder foundation.

  24. I've heard lots of people saying MAC foundations and skincare break them out :s I only use the MAC studio fix powder and love it, I've been using it for over five years and still love it to death!



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