MAC Studio Fix Foundation Swatches (liquid and powder)

Right now at MAC, you can purchase either the Studio Fix Fluid or Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for $25 until 3:00 am EST on 9/21/2020. Studio Fix Fluid comes in 63 shades and Studio Fix Powder comes in 53 shades, making it one of the best shade ranges on the market. I wanted to share some swatches for anyone that might want to take advantage of this deal.

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, $33

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (C8, NC45) swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45

I’m sure I’m one of the last makeup-wearing people to try the iconic MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. I always avoided trying it out because of the SPF 15 and the promise of a matte finish. My curiosity finally got the best of me, and surprisingly I ended up liking it. C8 is a better color match for me (click this link to see it applied), NC45 is too red-orange when applied all over my face (click this link to see it applied). For reference, other good shade matches for me are Estee Lauder Double Wear shade 4W4 Hazel (click this link to see it applied) and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation shade Tahoe.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45 Swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45
MAC describes C8 as a deep olive with golden undertone for medium to dark skin (see it applied here)
MAC describes NC45 as a bronze with golden undertone for dark skin (see it applied here)

I haven’t used studio fix fluid very much yet, but so far it is easy to apply. I only apply a small amount, just enough to get medium coverage. I was surprised by how skin like it looked and that it didn’t cling to any dry areas of my face. The finish was a natural matte for me, but not drying on my skin. The foundation did feel slightly tacky after drying down; so I set it with a light layer of powder.

UPDATE September 18, 2021: If you are interested in knowing more about how this formula works for me, I posted a full review that you can check out by clicking here.

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $33

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C6 swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C6
MAC describes C6 as a tanned peach with peach undertones for medium to dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C7 swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C7
MAC describes C7 as a golden bronze with peachy undertones for medium to dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC50 Sample swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC50 Sample
MAC describes NC50 as a deep golden bronze with golden undertone for dark skin

The Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is a formula I’m very familiar with and have been using for years. I do have dry skin and somehow still manage to get away using this as a powder foundation. I do not use it to set other foundations although you can use it that way.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation C6, C7, NC50 Swatches medium dark skin
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation C6, C7, NC50

Shade C7 works for me during most times of the year, but I have used shade NC45 in the past with no issues. I do think MAC tries to get the shades as close in the different formulas as they can, but sometimes they are a little off.

Do you use any of the MAC Studio Fix Foundations? Let me know how they work for you in the comment section below.

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