Monday, September 6, 2010


This article is nothing to do with fixing anything and the name happens to deviate from the real scope of the post.Just wrote the name 'coz I felt so.

Today's topic of discussion is many ways to use MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation aka SFF. SFF has been blamed and praised by MAC artists and the rest of the world and is a group of amazing skin friendly colors that have always been under scrutiny for many reasons.


  • Wonderful medium to buildable coverage
  • Flatters the real color of the complexion (looking horrible if the color does not match)
  • Leaves a veil of color on face and can be built to give full coverage


  • Expensive (Rs.1600 approx.) for everyday use
  • May get cakey and look fake if gone absolutely wrong
  • Has a bit alcohol kind of smell that seems to be saddening
  • Clogs pores though they say its 'non-comedogeni' and thats the reason all MAC staff (with few exceptions) have acne and bad skin that could go to worst......Sorry MAC
  • No variety of colors of 'neutral' toned complexions that could look too pale with the NC series and too ashen and pinky with the NW series.
  • The foundation changes it color and looks dark on the skin as day passes.

I ask myself, to why am I writing this article as SFF was never the HG foundation I'd always buy and use and recommend. The reason is that I used SFF for some days after taking samples from MAC store and I absolutely fell in love with the product as soon as I figured the correct way to apply the product. It becomes by social responsibility to tell it to my readers.

What MAC has to say about SFF??

A modern foundation that combines matte finish and medium buildable coverage with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with SPF 15.Comfortable and Long wearing, lasts up to 8 hours.Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specifically treated micronized pigments and soft focus powder for a super smooth look that minimizes the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and diperses oil.Contains special skin conditioning agents.Oil free.

I must say MAC did their job right. Let me share some tips on how to make your SFF the best deal for you..............

  1. Use SFF, not by itself but over a makeup primer like Estee Lauder or Clarins. Test it not only the jaw line but also on the cheeks to find the right shade.
  2. We can go one shade lighter as the TiO2 content in the sunscreen of that foundation tends to get oxidized and make you look eventually dark.
  3. WIth SFF the main concern of clients is pore clogging. This can be taken care with special scrubs made for concerns of pores, exfoliants in all possible forms and lot of blessings ;))  I'd advice using Clinique's Clarifying Lotion, Shiseido Pore Purifying Warming Scrub and Estee Lauder's Idealist Pore Refiner along with Clinique's Instant Perfector to minimize the look of pores and YSL Matt Touch along with their famed Top Secret Skin Radiance Skin Care to correct the look of pores.
  4. The biggest mistake everyone makes is applying a lot of product. Begin with very less, dot it and use a foundation brush for best results especially MAC 187. Then dab some in the under eye area to minimize concealer usage, on the sides of the nose to cut the ruddiness and sides of the temples to combat pigmentation. I used Lancome's and Christian Dior's FOundation brush and the results kept going better and better.
  5. Never use the coordination Studio Fix Powder foundation otherwise one may look crazy.
  6. A foundation sponge applies the product well but I see them going in the pores and hate the smell.
  7. You can also use MAC's Prep and Prime SPF 50 primer and set it with translucent Prep and Prime translucent powder.
  8. Never apply more as the foundation looks cakey then and can give an artificial look.
  9. Some other brushes I'd recommend are MAC 109, Estee Lauder Powder foundation brush and NYX blending brush.
With this, I conclude before I fall off asleep.........

Till then,


1 comment:

  1. I don't like this foundation at all. I am a total MAC addict, but their foundations, well most of them anyways, are a total downer and bad for skin. The only base product I like from MAC is the mineralize skinfinish natural.


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