MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, £26
MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation has been a firm fixture in many of our makeup bags at some point or another. It’s a bonafide classic and when used alone, provides full, matte coverage in no less than 64 shades. Pretty impressive. But now, the makeup marvels at MAC have determined four different formulas, combining Studio Fix with different product, to deliver entirely different finishes. This is revolutionary for someone like me, who still wants full coverage but also pines for a dewy, ‘lit-from-within’ finish.
Lottie Winter, Beauty Editor
I have oily, blemish-full yet sensitive skin, which means I beeline for full coverage foundations and once I’ve found one that doesn’t exacerbate my breakouts, I stick to it. The only problem is that I’ve always wanted to rock a dewy, no-makeup look, which is seldom achievable with a full coverage formula, so I was excited at the prospect of achieving that without compromising on or switching up my foundation.
I decided to try out what I believe to be the two opposite ends of the Skin Finish spectrum – dewy vs matte, but there are two other Finishes to choose from (fresh and full). I applied the dewy finish to half my face, and the matte finish to the other for easy comparison.
The dewy finish includes Prep+Prime Fix+ Spray in GoldLite, MAC PRO Conceal and Correct Palette and Strobe Cream to accompany the original Studio Fix Foundation. I began with a misting of the Prep+Prime Fix+, which is infused with pearlescent pearls for that inner-glow. Next, I blended in my Studio Fix Foundation as usual followed by the concealer palette to hide any blemishes or discolouration. I finished with Strobe Cream – a balmy highlighter that can be built up depending on the level of dewy you desire – on accent areas. The products layer exceptionally well, complementing rather than competing with each other and the result was a truly dewy, radiant finish that also provided full coverage.