MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (SPF 15) Shade NC 40- Review and Swatches

Aren’t we all crave for that perfect shade of foundation which will give us more of natural look rather making us look cakey?

The correct shade of foundation makes your skin look health and good. When I was in India, I always dreamed of MAC products so when I got a chance and shifted to Dubai I thought to explore this brand. So I visited their store to explore some of their products and was amazed to see so many shades in foundation covering every skin color and undertone. Isn’t that great and in India I always used lakme which had 5-6 shades. More shades made me more confused and so I took the help of attendant to find my shade. While going through the shades, I realized that you can’t put every woman in range of 5-6 shades of foundation as even one shade darker or lighter creates a huge difference on skin. So, to know more about this foundation and my experience with this keep reading ahead. I hope you enjoy this tour 😉

Price- Aed. 170/- for 30ml


Product description-

An oil- controlling formula that offers a matte finish with medium to full coverage

We put MAC studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 to the ultimate test of seeing how long it wears and not surprisingly the formula lasts for a full 24 hours! This modern foundation combines a matte finish and medium to full buildable coverage with board spectrum SPF 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily and evenly while controlling shine. Comfortable and extremely long wearing, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish.

Key Claims and Benefits-

  • Long-wearing, 24 hours
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Control oils and shine
  • Non-drying
  • For all skin types, especially oily skin
  • Provides Stay-true color
  • Non- streaking
  • Non-caking
  • Non-settling
  • Photo-friendly

How to use-

Always apply to a well moisturized and prepped skin with the 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush for a studio ready flawless face! Apply product to the centre of the face first (or where you want more coverage) then use the brush to blend to the outer regions of your face. Tip: Try mixing Studio Fix Fluid with your favourite moisturizer or oils to create a sheerer luminous finish.


My Experience with MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (SPF 15) Shade NC 40 –

This product is packed in a black color cardboard box with brand names and details mentioned on it with white color which made the packaging look good. The product comes in a cylindrical glass shape bottle resembling foundation shade on it with black silky texture cap on top of it. The details of product are embossed on bottle with golden color which shines in the light. The Black cap fits properly on the bottle avoiding all kind of leakage and spills also the bottle is very sturdy and thick. Overall, packaging of product is very classy. Due to its black velvety cap there are high chances that the foundation can leave mark on it which can make it appear messy. When you swrill the cap to open it you can see that they have given pea sized hole to bottle for product to come out but I wished they would have provided pump dispenser which would have made my task easy. It really takes efforts to take the product out from bottle as I literally have to dab the bottle on my hand which sometimes hurt me. They do sell the pump dispenser separately but didn’t felt like spending extra money on that. Also, this being a glass bottle, its little risky to carry while traveling.

The texture of product is creamy, silky, smooth and velvety. The consistency is little thick compared to other product in market also it has matte finish with SPF 15 which protect your skin from direct and harmful sunlight. The product is highly pigmented and small size of amount is enough for entire face; little products goes a long way, trust me ladies. 🙂

The application is very smooth and spread evenly on skin giving a flawless base look which I liked the most. The shade is highly pigmented and just one swipe of application is enough for entire face as it gives medium to full coverage; also it covers 80% of imperfection and blemishes of face. I did not feel like rebuilding the coverage until and unless I have to attain a function where heavy coverage is required. I am so much fan of this range as it has yellow tone in foundation which really matches warm, yellow or golden undertone girls like me. I have used this foundation with brush as well as sponge and it must say that I am highly impressed by its quality. If you apply this foundation with sponge you will get more of daily wear look as well as it blends the foundation nicely on skin. It quickly settles down in to matte so need to be little quick while blending the foundation. Also you will be surprised to see that it locks all the oil from skin giving that matte finish specially on T zone where foundation does not stay much. After settling down, it does not oxidize my skin or make me appear cakey or give me that uneven look which made me fan of this product. You can set foundation with compact powder or setting powder or loose powder whichever you like and comfortable with it as it performs well with every other product you put on top of it.

I usually apply this foundation for special occasion and it stayed 9-10 hours on my face even after dance performance plus if you apply primer then longevity will definitely increase. It slightly get transfer on phone may be due to mobile heat otherwise it is a star baby. I am insanely impressed with its oil controlling formula. If you are staying in place which is too hot and humid like my Dubai then blindly go with this. This is my saver, trust me ladies.

Overall, this is the great value for money foundation. My shade is NC 40 which has yellow undertone and ladies with yellow or golden undertone like me is a great match to our skin. The blending is smooth, even and covers most of the blemishes and imperfections from skin. I am insanely impressed with its matte finish as it absorb all the oil from face giving a flawless look without any shine on face. I have a sensitive combination skin and did not notice any breakout after the usage. If you are not that makeup freak and use makeup only while going out then ladies invest in this foundation as little go more and it performs well when photographed. Highly recommended!


  • A wide range of shades available for all kind of undertones and complexion.
  • It has SPF 15 in it which protects from harmful rays.
  • The coverage is buildable from medium to heavy.
  • Blends smoothly and evenly giving a flawless finish.
  • Ultimate matte finish.
  • Amazing staying power 9-10 hrs
  • Highly impressed by its oil controlling formula
  • Gives natural look and not make me appear cakey or oxidize my skin.
  • Looks good in photographs- with and without flash
  • Covers imperfections and even outs the skin.
  • Small amount is enough for entire face
  • Quality and texture of product is amazing
  • Suitable for combination to sensitive skin
  • Did not notice any breakout


  • Pricey (I am ready to pay for the base it is giving to me)
  • Wished they would have given a pump with the foundation.
  • Risky for travelling (I will handle with care… lolzzz)

Will I buy this product again?

Definitely yes. One of my favorites.

TVB rating- 4.9/5