Review: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I have combination skin and I don’t always have good skin days, so I need a foundation that is accustomed to the days where my skin just doesn’t want to agree with me!

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the MAC Studio Fix Fluid and after using the Estee Lauder Double wear, I can definitely say I will not be going back to this MAC foundation. Just as a disclaimer, I do love some of MAC’s products, like their lipsticks and their highlighters and blushes. BUT. This foundation… I don’t like so much.

I know a lot of people have this foundation as a staple in their makeup bag and I can see why…

  1. The foundation is full coverage and is buildable from medium to heavy.
  2. There is a large colour range, fit for all skin tones.
  3. The staying power is good-ish – can last up to 6 hours with a primer.
  4. Your skin will look amazingly flawless in photos!

However, there are reasons why I don’t like this foundation….

  1. In real life, with this foundation on, my skin did not look smooth, it was so noticeable that even my boyfriend pointed it out. Now, this can depend on how you apply this foundation and what your skin type is. I used a beauty blender. However, I felt this foundation emphasised all the dry patches and especially my pores around my nose and chin area, so I had to wear a pore minimising primer, but I had to wait for the primer to sink into my skin before I applied this foundation on, otherwise the foundation would move about and would haven’t settled. This is really inconvenient when I’m running late in the morning.
  2.  This foundation started to oxidise and look cakey, my T-zone started oiling up, after the 7-hour mark (even with a primer). (When this happened I was so sad. I had such high hopes for this foundation, purely because everyone was raving about it.) I had to touch up a lot and continuously check my foundation which is something I don’t want to do when I’m running around London during the day.
  3. If you hate the feeling of having makeup on your skin, you’ll hate this foundation. I always have to careful not to touch my face because this foundation isn’t transfer-proof. For example, when I talk on the phone, my foundation will transfer onto the phone screen which is unhygienic and it’s one of the many reasons why we have acne on our jawline because our phone screens are not disinfected and clean.
  4. The texture is thick, not “fluid” at all, in my opinion. It’s not a foundation that will be easy to apply and blend flawlessly during those late mornings, so do be aware. The smell is also not pleasant, it actually smells of paint. urm, yeah… unfortunately, that’s the only subtle way I can describe it.
  5. This foundation also doesn’t come with a pump, like the Estee Lauder Double Wear, so do expect the mouth of the bottle to get really messy.
  6. It claims to be non-acnegenic, however, I have sensitive skin and I did break out a little, so keep in mind if you’re acne prone, this foundation may not help your skin.

This was my personal experience with this foundation, I did use it for a good 7 months. If it works for you, then great! I hope you still use it. Don’t let me throw you off, everyone has different skin types and unfortunately, this foundation wasn’t for me! πŸ™

Hope you found this helpful! ^-^

Nisha x

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15 thoughts on “Review: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

  1. I feel as if foundation is probably THE HARDEST part of anyone’s makeup routine! Ugh. πŸ˜ͺ It’s the longest type of makeup I’ve been wearing since I had awful acne breakout as a pre-teen; and I still have issues with it. If it’s the correct complexion, then it makes my face oily/breakout/terrible coverage. So I feel your pain. I like MAC eyeshadows! I’ve never bought EstΓ©e Lauder, but I have used their products. Perhaps I’ll have to give their foundation a try? Thanks for the share!! πŸ˜ŒπŸŒΈπŸ’«

    1. I haven’t tried MAC eyeshadows! Which ones do you use? I’ve only tried the EstΓ©e Lauder foundation tbh nothing else, but yeah deffo give it a try, tell me what you think of it β˜ΊοΈπŸ’›

      1. Oh, man, it’s been a while since I’ve purchased them. I can’t remember exact names: but they were decent sized and individual and I always got glitter ones. I’d have to look up which ones. πŸ€”πŸ˜¬ And I certainly will if I give it a go! πŸ’œπŸ˜ƒ

  2. Thank you for this review! I’m planning to buy lots of makeup next month and this was on my list but think I’ll swerve now, I have combination-oily skin and like my makeup to stay all day so it doesn’t sound like a winner for me! What is doublewear like please? I’ve heard about it but never seen a review about it!

    1. GURL, I can’t buy makeup until next month! Haha so lucky! I’m acc jealous 😩 I did a review on the double wear foundation! 😭😭 I think it was my first blog post ☺️

      1. I can only afford it because it’s my birthday πŸ˜‚ it’s horrific though, I haven’t been able to buy any all this month and won’t be until end of next so I’ll be week overdue πŸ€—πŸ˜‚ ohh, I’ll have a looksie now!! πŸ’•

  3. Thanks for this!! I have been tossing up between this one and the Estee Lauder Double Wear and this review has been super helpful. I also have combination skin in the T zone and its hard finding one that works for both dry patches and oily parts. I am currently using mac face & body which is super sheer coverage and I need something a little bit fuller!

    1. You’ll be really surprised at how well other products, like your blush and contour, work with the Estee Lauder Double Wear and its a lot more comfortable to wear than the MAC studio fix! If you do purchase the Double Wear, tell me what you thought of it!! ^-^