Many powder foundations leave something to be desired in the way of coverage, but MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is the exception. For slightly dry to oily skin types, it can be applied lightly for flawless coverage and a matte finish. If over-applied, it can look a bit unnatural or cakey, so beginners may struggle to create a flawless look with this formula. It can accentuate dry areas, so it's not for women with very dry skin.
Full coverage from a powder foundation. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is generally well liked by those with oily or combination skin because it's able to soak up excess oil and reduce shine. It's a favorite because it comes in a variety of colors and provides excellent medium to full coverage. Beauty expert Paula Begoun says a few shades miss the mark, but most are impressive, fitting a broad range of skin tones. Users agree that Studio Fix is a natural-looking foundation with a great matte finish.
Smooth powder application, but can look heavy. Begoun says this powder applies like a dream when dry but that wet application can look streaky. While she says it works for anyone with slightly dry to slightly oily skin, there are several user complaints about Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation exacerbating dry areas. On the other hand, many with oily skin love it. One caveat that users mention is that it can look unnatural when over-applied -- which is easy to do. A handful of reviewers say the formula can settle into pores or fine lines, but most say it leaves a flawless finish.
Paula Begoun gives MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation a glowing review and her top ranking of "Best." She says, "Studio Fix remains one of the top pressed-powder foundations available, despite several impressive entries from other companies." She says the texture is wonderful and it applies very well, though it can streak with wet application. It offers medium to full coverage and is appropriate for skin types ranging from slightly dry to slightly oily. MAC offers a wide selection of colors, and nearly all of them are natural looking.
Review: Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Paula Begoun, April 17, 2013
Nearly 3,500 MakeupAlley.com reviewers offer reviews for MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, and they give it an average score of 3.7 out of 5. Several reviewers note that this powder formula applies very quickly compared to liquid foundations. A couple recommend applying it an hour or so before leaving home, as it looks better after setting a bit -- they say it can initially look a bit powdery. Sixty-five percent of reviewers said they would buy this product again.
Review: MAC - Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
At TotalBeauty.com, MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is one of the top-reviewed formulas. Nearly 200 reviewers give it an average score 8.8 out of 10. Several say it provides excellent coverage that matches skin well and does a good job of absorbing excess oil, while some find it too drying for their skin. A handful of reviewers think this powder can look unnatural and settle into pores or fine lines.
Review: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2013
Julyne Derrick, About.com beauty guide, says she has used Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for years. Based on her experiences she says it is perfect for women with oily skin because it reduces the appearance of large pores.
Review: Best Foundation -- Top Picks for Every Skin Type, Julyne Derrick, Not dated