Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sample: M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10

I received this sample of M.A.C’s Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10 when I was at the mall one day before starting this blog, but I had been thinking about starting it. I told my husband it would be a good idea to get shade matched before I started the blog because M.A.C’s foundation shades seem to be commonly used to tell how close someone’s skin tone is to your own so I wanted to know in order to make this blog more useful to anyone who might end up reading it.

My husband did end up buying stuff from the person who helped us, which was probably a good thing since it has taken me over a year to try this out. I am notoriously bad about using samples, which is part of why I decided to start posting about them on this blog, so I might actually use them up, because otherwise they are just going to sit in my makeup drawers and dry up doing absolutely nothing for me.

If you want know what all was on my face when I was trying this out, the face products listed on this tumblr post stayed the same all three times.

Link to product details on M.A.C website:

Claims on M.A.C website:

A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium, buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily and evenly. Comfortable and long-wearing, helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish.

Thoughts about the product:

First about the claims, it is matte, not sure if it is a natural matte finish, but it is definitely matte.

I do agree with the buildable coverage as well as the first thin layer gives light coverage, but when you had a second thin layer it goes to medium coverage, although I never got it to full coverage, but I was working from a small sample and to be honest, I was amazed it lasted three days worth of use because I was pretty sure it was only going to be one day’s worth of use so you don’t need much to cover the whole face.

As to the applying, building, and blending easily, this did take some work for me as I had to apply it in small sections, working quickly to blend it over half my cheek before moving on to the other half of the same cheek, then the nose, then the chin, then the forehead, and then repeating this on the other side of the face. So while it was quick in application, it was out of necessity as otherwise this stuff sets very quickly and ended up very streaky and not nice. The same thoughts would apply to the builability of the foundation, because if I wanted to build up the coverage I had to do the same steps already listed again, and equally as quick. I am not going to say it was easy to blend mainly because of how quickly I had to work to get it blended before it set. Because of my joint problems, having to do something really quickly, can actually be really painful and this did flare up some joint pain in my right hands fingers and my right shoulder. I am going to blame some of the blendability problems on the Benefit primer I was using, but I also remember the person at the M.A.C store who shade matched me having to work very quickly so I don't think all of the blame can be put on the primer.

As to comfort level, that was helped with the e.l.f. Mist & Set, although it could have been the sample of the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer more than the foundation, but the foundation certainly did not help the feeling of the skin.

It is very long-wearing, 12 hours and I could still tell the makeup on my face was all there and that was the day I didn’t use the e.l.f. Mist & Set, so it held on to my skin and the products on top of it well.

I cannot say that it minimized my pores, but it did tone down the appearance of some imperfections in my skin and it did look better after the foundation was applied than it did before the foundation was applied.

Other thoughts:

I did use this on the under eye area because I wasn’t sure my concealer was going to match this and I don’t have a matching concealer to go with it. Unfortunately this did settle into the lines under my eyes and actually made them look worse, and that was with a primer on top of the under eye area as well so still need to figure out something better too work with that part of my face.

If you read my Keep In Mind for April 2014 you will already know that this is also the first time my bronzer that I use to contour with actually showed up on my skin, so that was exciting and does make me want to use more foundation that is actually matched to my skin tone.

Would I actually buy this:

The main thing that would stop me from buying this is how quickly you have to work with it in order to get it on the skin and worked in, in order to look the way it is supposed to. But I do think it did a good job over the majority of my skin, so I think I would get it for use on days when I want to feel better like my foundation is perfect on the days when I do actually leave the house. It wouldn’t be an everyday foundation for me because that would probably kill my joints in my right arm, but it would be a commonly used foundation. At $27 a bottle, it is expensive by my definition, but not as bad as some of the other foundation prices I have seen and heard of and so long as the bottle lasts 6 months to a year, I wouldn’t feel bad about getting one a year if that was all I needed to buy. If I found that I was having to buy it more regularly then it would probably not end up being repurchased and I would look for something that was the same shade but less expensive.