Review : MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW15

Review : MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW15
Hi all, I feel like I haven’t done a proper review for so long. I’ve been such a bad blogger! I will get better, pinky promise! Real life just gets in the way sometimes!
I was asked to share my thoughts on this quite a while ago, and am sorry that it has taken so long to do. As you can see by the dates on the photos I did mean to do it quite some time ago.
review of mac studio fix foundation shade nw15


I like the packaging of this foundation, it looks sleek and modern. The major con is that it doesn’t come with a pump, you have to purchase the pump separately for £3, I personally think that this is a bit much when you are spending £19.50 on foundation.
Mac studio fix foundation shade nw15
The shade
I was matched to shade NW15, this does suit my skin but I do find it a little more orange toned than some foundations. I have to make sure to blend very well when using this.
Mac studio fix foundation coverage
This foundation is described as having medium build-able coverage. I have to agree with this. As you can see my skin was pretty awful at the time that these photos were taken, I believe that this foundation has covered my blemishes quite well considering the hard task presented! I am not wearing concealer in the above photo, just MAC Studio Fix Fluid.
review of Mac studio fix foundation showing wear time
This foundation is described as long wearing with a natural matte finish. I believe that the foundation, on me personally, has a more dewy finish. I do have oily skin so maybe this as something to do with it. This aside it did last all day, the first photo was taken at 11:52 and the second at 17:07, as you can see it hasn’t budged that much but my skin has got quite shiny throughout the day.
The foundation does exactly what I want it to do and it looks good on display. It contains SP15, is oil free and comes in a wide variety of shades.
It costs £19.50 for 30ml plus an extra £3 for the pump which you really do need. Even with the pump it does come in a little cheaper than my favourite Estee Lauder foundation. The main downsides for me are that it is slightly orange toned and my skin does get quite greasy when wearing it all day. Other than that I highly recommend this foundation.
You can buy Studio Fix Fluid here for £19.50.
EDIT : A few people have asked what I use to blend this foundation, I used my good old favourite Sigma F80.
Have you tried this foundation? What is your favourite foundation?


  1. 21st March 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Great review! I can't work with MAC foundations – they don't go light enough for me, I use the concealer in NC15 which is a little paler but more yellow toned so still not a good match!

    Wish I could get this though as the coverage is great! x

    • 22nd March 2012 / 6:38 pm

      Its rubbish that they don't go light enough. If you're after coverage Estee Lauder Maxiumum wear is great and the one I have in that is very pale x

  2. 21st March 2012 / 10:13 pm

    You should try NC15, it's much less yellow/orange toned than the NW shades, which I learned after a long time! Studio Fix used to be my favourite but I have went off it recently, as it really emphasises any dryness, so is much more suitable for oily skin,

    • 22nd March 2012 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I may have to give NC15 a go then x

  3. 21st March 2012 / 10:30 pm

    I always find mac a little orange, nearly had a break down when they did my make up for a friends wedding and it looked so pale yet orange. Stressed out with no time to reapply eeek. the coverage looks pretty good on this though, especially considering you haven't used anything else. Great review x

    • 22nd March 2012 / 6:39 pm

      Awr no that sounds like a nightmare! The coverage is good but its definitely more orange than I'm used to x

  4. 21st March 2012 / 10:42 pm

    Nice review! The coverage looks pretty amazing. Unfortunately I'm yet to find a MAC base that works for me, but I think this looks great on you! x

  5. 21st March 2012 / 10:55 pm

    Ah the coverage looks really good! What brush do you use to apply? It looks like it does a good job! xxx

  6. 21st March 2012 / 11:38 pm

    Lovely review! I'm a cheapskate and always buy really cheap foundations but I splurged a bit and bought Max Factor ColourAdapt foundation, which is really good and matches my skin really well, but when I put it on, it highlights the dry patches on my cheeks :'(

    – Olivia xx

    • 22nd March 2012 / 7:00 pm

      This was the first 'high end' foundation that I've ever bought. I don't think I'd go back to cheaper foundations now x

  7. 22nd March 2012 / 11:20 am

    I will agree it looks a little more orange than usual.. I dont wear any foundation, never have and hopefully never will. My skin is so pale, I just dont feel I cant match it well and I hate the feel of it, plus I have freckles and it just makes then look all weird and faded. But my mum and sis wear it and are always trying to get me too.
    Daisy Dayz

    • 22nd March 2012 / 6:37 pm

      You're so lucky that you don't have to wear it! I'd love to be able just to slap a bit of tinted moisturiser on and go! Unfortunately my skin has never been nice to me so it deserves to be hidden from the world! xx

    • 27th March 2012 / 7:23 pm

      That is a while away for make-up. The one good thing about them is that once you've been matched you can order it all online x

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