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REVIEW: MAC StudioFix Fluid in NC 44 and MAC StudioFinish concealer in NW 35

I want to start this post by saying that this is my favourite foundation ever. However that doesn't seem right because let me be honest, I have only one foundation. Yes. I am a beauty blogger who owns only one foundation and no MAC lipsticks. Stranger things are yet to happen. I know you must be wondering how it is possible to be a beauty blogger and not own multiple foundations. Well the thing is I don't use foundation on an every day basis, it is only for shoots and weddings, and other functions. Given how infrequently I use it, I keep only one foundation at a time. The last foundation I used and reviewed was the L'Oreal True Match Foundation in W7 and ahem ahem, that was in 2012.

MAC foundation and concealer review

I got the MAC StudioFix Fluid NC44 and StudioFinish Concealer in NW 35 in January 2014 and well I have almost finished it now which is kind of why I am sitting down to review it. I am going to keep it as precise as possible.

MAC StudioFix Fluid in NC 44. 

MAC foundation review

  • Housed in a sturdy glass bottle that I have had no issues travelling with. 
  • Does not come with a pump, you have to buy that separately. 
  • Shake well to get a uniform colour.
  • Shade is a beautiful match for my skin tone. 
  • Does oxidise slightly so I prefer to use a compact that is lighter to counteract this.
  • Medium to heavy coverage
  • If you want a lighter coverage mix it with moisturizer.
  • Without primer stays on for about 6 hours and get oily after about 4 hours.
  • With primer stays on for about 8-9 hours and get oily after about 6 hours. 
  • It is a demi matte finish on my skin in the summer and completely matte in winter. I like to use a hydrating primer for the winters or add a drop of Vitamin E oil.
  • Applies best with a flat brush (Heavy coverage) or Beauty Blender (medium coverage).
  • Applies very smoothly even with fingers
  • Fades away evenly.
  • Needs a heavy duty makeup remover to take it all off. 
  • Sets well with a compact. I like to use a mattifying one on the t-zone. 
  • It has SPF but it photographs really well. (I am sure you have seen all of my posts on this blog and seen how my skin looks)
  • It was priced at 1800INR when I picked it up but I think it is about 2300INR now. 

Without foundation

With foundation

MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW 35

MAC concealer review

MAC concealer review

  • Small easy to carry packaging but you need to dip your fingers or brush into the product.
  • In summer the product sweats and is kind of more creamy than normal. In winters it is extra dry and requires some effort for blending.
  • I love this for covering acne marks. It does a fabulous job and lasts for about 5 hours then starts fading.
  • For under the eye, it is good if your under eye area is not uber dry. Otherwise it is not easy to blend.
  • Fingers are better to apply the product and blend with a Beauty Blender.
  • Small amount of creasing is seen under the eye if not set properly or if not blended properly. 
  • Works best if used with an under eye cream that hydrates that area.
  • I use this almost every day and a small amount goes a long way. 
  • As it has a warm undertone, it doubles us as a colour corrector for the undereye area.
  • I have found that I prefer a more liquid concealer because my under eye skin has started to get really dry. I think because my skin has started to age, it needs something creamier than this.
  • It was priced at 1300INR when I picked it up and it is not priced at 1700INR 

Without concealer

With concealer

5 Tips to buying foundation.

  1. Do NOT let the sales assistant influence your decision. They are there to help but it is your decision.
  2. Always try the foundation on your cheek to the jaw line and neck. That's when you can see if it blends with the neck.
  3. See how it blends and what sort of a finish it gives after 45 minutes. That is how long it takes to settle in your skin.
  4. Wait for an hour or two and see whether it oxidises. There will be a shade change after a while. Just see how much it changed.
  5. Go for a demi matte because this will give you the flexibility to mattify it or increase the glow. 


MAC foundation and concealer swatch

MAC foundation and concealer swatch

MAC foundation and concealer swatch

MAC foundation and concealer swatch

Between the 2 products I would definitely repurchase the foundation. In fact I would have gone back to pick up the foundation except I have already ordered for a new foundation and asked my friend to get it from US. Decided to try a new brand, a slightly pricier one and I hope it works well.

I am so glad that I finally sat down to write about it. MAC is definitely outstanding quality and I would suggest that if you are looking at foundation as an investment, then go for a brand like MAC.

Here are some pictures from shoots over the past 2 years where I have used the MAC foundation.

What are your thoughts on this product? Have you guys tried it? Let me know in the comments section below.

miss kays