MAC Foundations: Studio Fix Fluid

Hello beauties! Today is going to be all about foundations.

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(Please excuse the worn out bottle.)

MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation has long been hailed as the foundation with the widest shade range in existence. It comes in 42 shades in total while its companion, the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation comes in an astonishing 49 shades.

I own both and have got great use of out of them for several years before deciding to try other MAC foundation formulas.

I doubt any brand around has anything close to 42 shades in its liquid foundation.

What MAC says it is?

A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium to full 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.


When it comes to foundation, I love full coverage and that’s exactly what MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid has to offer and it is also usually the first foundation that the artist will recommend to you if you are new to the foundation game.

It is basically a formula that you can easily fall in love with because of the flawless coverage that it will give you  and you can quite easily find a perfect match for your skin tone.


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Let me share my experience with you of close to 4 years with this foundation.

This is my very first foundation from MAC.

I went into the MAC store in Singapore, quite clueless at that time and told the makeup artist that I wanted a foundation and powder.

She immediately introduced me to it and the powder from the same line. Both are full coverage. So when you use them together, you really do get the ultimate coverage.

She gave me the foundation in NC44 and the powder in NC45, I am not so sure why but after trying other formulas I find that NC45 is a better match. NC44 can be a little yellow and light for me. But when used with the powder you can hardly tell.

This foundation can last me all day even under the Malaysian sun, it does not budge easily if you set it with the right powder. I feel that it looks best set with powder instead of worn alone.

It is definitely long-wearing, true to colour and worth the money.

I did buy the pump that the MUA recommended but I never used it. I prefer using it straight out of the bottle. It’s been so many years and I still have not finished the 30 ml.

It retails for RM150 in Malaysia, it is the cheapest foundation at MAC besides Face and Body, all the others retail for RM169. You can find the Studio Fix Fluid foundation, HERE and the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, HERE is you are shopping online in Malaysia.


I decided to compare it to the other HOT MAC foundations / face colours at the moment.

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As you all know, they recently launched the raved-about Next To Nothing Face Colour and an extension to the much-loved Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof foundation shade range.

I have written reviews on both before on this blog, so I thought it would be easier to give you some comparisons here in case you’re wondering what it looks like compared to those.

The Next To Nothing Face Colour is a sheer, tinted, primer-like liquid that blurs pores and is very lightweight, read the full review with photos HERE.

While the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, true to its’ name, is extremely long-wearing and waterproof with brilliant full coverage as well. You can see the full review with photos HERE.


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(Left to Right: NC45 Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, NC44 Studio Fix Fluid, Medium Deep Next To Nothing Face Colour)

I will show you swatches of all three formulas with and without flash, right out of the bottle and blended out to let you see how they differ from each other.

Without flash.


With flash.


Below: After blending it out a little.

Without flash.


With flash.


As you can see, the Pro Longwear and Studio Fix have full coverage while the Next To Nothing Face Colour is sheer and glowy.

When I tried to wash them out, the Face Colour went off first (but when you wear it, it does last a good long time), Studio Fix Fluid was second and Pro Longwear was the last to go off after some scrubing (it is a waterproof formula).

Final Thoughts: I cannot really pick a favourite because I love each one for a different occasion. They are all brilliant formulas.

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Thank you for reading and I hope all the information was useful to help you make your choice. Xx



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