Powder foundations are generally well liked by those with oily or combination skin because they are able to soak up excess oil and reduce shine. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is a favorite of users because it comes in variety of colors and provides excellent medium to full coverage. Reviewers say that it does a good job of reducing the appearance of large pores and has a silky, velvet-like texture. This foundation makeup isn't ideal for dry skin; however, because it can be a bit too drying and can emphasize flaky skin. Those with severely oily skin may find that the powder looks too cakey and the color starts to oxidize as the powder mixes with excess oil. Studio Fix has a matte finish and is available in 33 shades. If you prefer a more natural option, Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 (*Est. $50) is a pressed powder foundation that is talc-, dye- and paraben-free.
Beauty expert Paula Begoun provides the most thorough evaluation of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation at her online database of reviews, Beautypedia.com. Begoun relies on published scientific studies to rate beauty products for safety and efficacy. Julyne Derrick, beauty guide at About.com, lists 16 top foundations for every skin type and gives each a brief description. User reviews at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com provide a mixture of positive and negative comments based on real-world experience, and they give good insight into ease of application and overall wearability.
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Paula Begoun says that MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is one of the best powder foundations available. It has a silky texture that blends easily. She recommends it for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin and says that most of the colors are very impressive.
Review: Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation by M.A.C., Paula Begoun, June 14, 2011
Julyne Derrick, who says she has used this Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for years, says it is perfect for women with oily skin because it reduces the appearance of large pores. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Best Foundation, Julyne Derrick
Thousands of reviewers at MakeupAlley.com comment on MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, giving it an above-average overall rating. Most say that it provides great coverage that matches skin well. Some say that it helps to control shine but others say that the color oxidizes as it mixes with the oil in skin.
Review: MAC Studio Fix, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
TotalBeauty.com users give MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation a high overall rating. Several say that it provides excellent coverage that matches skin well and does a good job of absorbing excess oil. Some say that it is too drying for their skin.
Review: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com