Product Updates: MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Pro Longwear Concealer

If you are new here this is something I like to do occasionally. I revisit products when I have additional thoughts or new experiences with them. Things can change throughout the seasons or application preferences can change so I want to make sure to give you any new information that may help. Today we’re talking about 2 MAC Cosmetics best sellers. Let’s get right into it.

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Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45**

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (C8, NC45)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45

So I’ve polled the audience. I’m the only person that thinks this foundation looks sweaty. Everyone I ask says this foundation looks natural but more perfected. My husband says he can tell it is more matte than when my skin is bare, but he doesn’t think it looks sweaty at all 🤷🏽‍♀️. He of course sees me the most often and up close, so I wanted to share his thoughts in particular.

Do what you will with that information 😂. But seriously, I wanted to let you guys know that I’m alone in this assessment of the MAC Studio Fix Fluid. Just in case my initial review was holding anyone back from trying this foundation. You probably won’t look sweaty.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45 Swatches
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45

Before I asked for other opinions on how I looked wearing this, I tried wearing it with more mattifying powders. It ruins the natural look of the foundation for me (keep in mind that I have dry skin). The only powder that truly maintains the skin-like appearance that I tested was the Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder. I have also found that the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder works nicely if I want it to still look skin-like but just a touch more matte. I didn’t expect to continue using this foundation as much as I have. It just has such a beautiful finish and I love the shade match (C8) so much that I’ve been determined to make it work. I’m not sure why I’m the only one that thinks it looks sweaty, but who knows, maybe there’s a powder combination I have yet to try that will change my mind. If you’d like to see how C8 and NC45 look applied, you can find my original review by clicking here. I also want to point out that C8 is deeper than my actual skin tone but because the undertone matches so well it isn’t obvious. So if you are darker than me, you may still be able to use C8.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid comes in 63 shades and retails for $36.00.

Pro Longwear Concealer in NC30, NC42, and NC45**

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Swatches NC30, NC42, NC45 medium dark skin
L to R: NC30, NC42, and NC45

This was my go-to concealer until very recently. I purchased NC30 to lighten NC45 since it is a little too dark. I have been mixing NC42 and NC45 for as long as I can remember but I wanted to try something less peachy than NC42. The formula still works well for me, but I’m just tired of mixing. If it was more of a half and half mix, it’d likely be easier. It’s doable, but the pump makes it more difficult than a concealer that has a doe-foot applicator.

I have tried the trick of decanting some of the product into a travel container, but I find that it dries out before I can use all of it. So I end up with the same amount of product waste as if I had pumped it out each time. I can get away with using NC45 by itself but I just don’t like how orange my undereye area looks when I use it alone. I can use it alone for spot concealing without issue and it sits nicely over texture, so it is still a great concealer as long as you can find your shade.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Swatches NC30, NC42, NC45 medium dark skin
L to R: NC30, NC42, and NC45

Why Hasn’t MAC Expanded This Shade Range?

This concealer is a MAC bestseller and has been for years. So with that in mind, I can see why they wouldn’t feel the need to fuss over something that is selling well. On the other hand, Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Fix Powder are best sellers and they have added shades to those ranges over the years. Even the Pro Longwear Nourishing foundation formula got a shade extension after its initial release. So why does the Pro Longwear Concealer continue to only have 16 shades? I don’t get it.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer comes in 16 shades and retails for $28.00.

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