Rated 4.56 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Long hours call for long-lasting
I'm a nurse, and work very long hours with no time to use the bathroom, let alone "touch up" my makeup. Since this is a powder plus foundation, all I use underneath it is a light moisturizer and apply this for all day coverage that will last through a 12-14 hour shift no problem. I have been using this product for over 15 years now, and am more in love with it now than ever before. In my teens it gave me a flawless face for an uneven skin tone, in my 20's, it diffused the light to hide imperfections and blemishes. Now in my 30's it soften's those fine lines starting to appear and my large, overworked pores are practically invisible. The sun damage surfacing as well as the occasional blemish are completely gone, leaving a smooth, flawless finish and gorgeously even skintone. My 67 year old mother has also been using this for about 10 years now and she always looks flawless. It always does such a good job on her aging skin and never looks heavy or "made-up".
My skin changes with the seasons, and with age. I've gone from oily to dry and back again a hundred times over with problem issues in between, and this stuff always meets and exceeds the challenges I throw at it. It works for summer or winter, in that respect the only thing that changes with the season is my moisturizer. I have tried others like Studio Tech and Mineralize, and always come back to this.
One thing that people should know, it's what you put underneath this makeup that can make it or break it. If your skin is dry, you need a heavier moistuizer anyway and should be exfoliating. Do this, and this product will never "flake" on you. If your skin is oily, you need a sheer, oil-controlling moisturizer or prep for your skin.
This is the best coverage I have found that looks natural and never cakey. I use the sponge that comes with it for an easy, every day, all-over application. But for more buildable coverage, use a brush, I love the 187 brush for this. For softer more sheer coverage, use the 167 brush.
Most Helpful Critical Review Great for young skin, not 35+
When I was in my teens and twenties this made my skin look matte and flawless! I loved it! I always got complimented on my skin.
But as I aged (35+) and my skin got less radiant, started getting fine lines, this product settles into all of the fine lines, soaks into your under eyes creases and looks blotchy.
In conclusion,if you have young radiant skin this heavy coverage product may look awesome; however, if you're 35+ I recommend something like "Next to Nothing" over a liquid foundation or B.B. cream instead.
Reviewed by 1360 customers Could never go wrong with this classic powder!
Kathy from Montebello, Ca
Can never go wrong with this powder! Works well as a powder and even foundation! Always come back to this classic powder.
OK product, although another bad experience.
Cheyanne from Kitsap County
Product is decent, as usual. MAC isn't sold in my local store, which I learned when I visited to exchange. Ulta charged me full price when the wrong product was sent initially. It was shipped with expired coupons. Third negative experience with ulta in the last three months.
Love this foundation
Ldynchrg from Chicago IL
This powder foundation gave me a beautiful velvet-like finish!!
Oldie but goodie
HeatherB1983 from Wilkesboro, NC
This was the first high end foundation I bought in high school and I loved it back then. I am makeup obsessed and I've been using many different foundations over the years and I always keep this foundation on hand for days when I don't feel like doing a full face. The coverage is amazing and it goes on so easily and blends perfectly . I love the shade selection because you can find any skin tone. It's the best matched foundation I've ever used and I'm 37 and still using it. Can't go wrong with this foundation!
I'm going to make sure I don't run out of this!
Jennyjinak9o7 from Anchorage AK
I use it as my main face foundation and powder in one. I also do spot correcting for blemishes for a very fine tuned look. Flawless
Ari from North Bergen NJ
So I always buy this. The coverage is great. It's great for touch ups throughout the day. I like this more than the liquid foundation.
Pinker from Milwaukee
I've tried sooo many powder foundations, they were too cakey, shiny, yellow, powdery or just made me breakout. This is perfection, I use a slightly lighter shade for under the eyes and a darker for all over. I have combo , sensitive skin, this is the only foundation I wear.
NO!! to dark
not happy from Chatsworth ca
I had to order another color
I don't get the hype 🤷🏽♀️
Sam from Tulsa, OK
Maybe I'm becoming a drugstore makeup snob, but I definitely don't get the hype for this. The shade I picked up looks like it would be horrendously light for me, but throughout the day it oxidizes so much, it ends up matching. The first day I wore this, I made the mistake of not drying my hair enough before putting makeup on and when a drop of water rolled down my face, this left a terrible streak. Don't even think of sweating or crying in this powder, because it definitely won't hold up. Also, it caught every dry patch on my skin and made it look 100x worse. I know that dry skin and powders don't always mix well, but this one was probably the worst I've tried.
Beautiful foundation BUT....
OOHSOPHIIE from San Diego, CA
I used this foundation for 2 weeks, I loved the finish, it made my skin look flawless. but after the 2nd use I started feeling bad breakouts along my face ( I never get breakouts) . at first I thought it was my period. until I noticed after a day of using this foundation my skin increasingly got worse and FAST. I had horrible cystic acne along the sides of my face. it took 2-3 weeks for my face to go back to being clear. So sad.( I also cleaned my face thoroughly after wearing this makeup)
Received opened used product
Suz from Florida
I shop regularly on the Ulta site and usually do not have a problem. However, I received this Mac Studio Fix powder and it clearly looked used. The box It came in was slightly opened and when I opened the makeup I could see the powder all around the rim inside the crevices. It was absolutely used!!! This was very concerning. I returned the item to Ulta without difficulty but the Ulta store near me does not carry Mac products. I was hesitant to buy it again on the Ulta site, so needless to say I have never got to try this product.
Great every day use
Teri from St Louis Mo
This is great quick daily coverage for uneven skin tone.
Jenny from Los Angeles, Ca
Love this product ive recently tried other products but I would break out really bad or get really oily and no other product is a foundation and powder all in one
kpb from Florida
RobRod from Santa Clarita California
I've been using this for over 23 years! This is the best of the best. XOXO
Good for natural makeup
Catladylexi from DE
I bought this about a year ago and didn't really start using it until now. MAC has always been such a popular brand and I'm surprised it took me this long to try it. I wanted something quick and natural looking to wear to an office job. After messing around with different techniques, I found a way to make this stuff look nice. I use the sponge it came with (though I replace it often) and dampen it like I would a BB. I then apply the powder with a damp sponge. I find that I get more coverage this way and it goes on less powdery. I use a setting spray once I'm done my makeup. I find that this lasts most of the work day but gets a little shiny towards the end. Not a huge deal, can just use a blotting wipe. I don't have horrible skin, just some redness, so the coverage is sufficient for me, without looking heavy. You could probably find something cheaper that works just as well, but I'll use this up and possibly repurchase.
Angela from San Francisco, CA
I have oily skin with some hyperpigmentation. After reading all the good reviews, I was hoping this product would work for me. It didn't at all. I tried different methods of application but everytime it wasn't flattering at all. This is so matte that it completely covers up the natural sheen of the skin. It claims to provide medium-full coverage but my dark spots were still showing through even after I basically caked it on. After 2 hours, my natural oils started to come out and that's when the foundation sunk into every pore. This foundation made my skin look even worse than its bare state. :(
I love it
Mb groove from Oregon
I use it every morning after my moisturizer. I don't use foundation and I don't need to with this powder.
Laurel from Massachusetts
I was so excited to be receiving this powder when I got it the packaging was opened and the compact is so dirty with powder and other residue. I'm disappointed.
Beautiful coverage but breaks me out
Dade from DFW
The shade is slightly cooler side for me but it warms up nicely when I add blush/bronzer. It's much Too late to return and Not worth getting a closer shade it if I suffer breakouts. So I use it sparingly and only to set certain areas instead of full face. I want it to work out but my skin does not seem to like it😩
I'm hoping I'll give it a break and try again much later to troubleshoot what couldn't be the issue.
For now, my skin tolerates it on certain areas.
It gets a little crepe like under my eyes, that could just be me. It is buildable.
I notice If I use it for full coverage I experience the breakouts.
My go to setting powder.
Hambone from Houston, TX
I use this for my setting powder.
My go to base
Teresa K. from Little Rock, AR
I like the buildable coverage for where I need that, and it feels weightless on my skin. Lasts till the next morning. And FAST!
Too light for me.
Kat from NJ
I order a color too light, im sure if i got the right color I would love it.
My favorite to buy over again
Gigi from Riverside, CA
No liquid foundation needed with this product
Kalmo0808 from Jackson tn
Very very light coverage. It's like a pressed powder almost. I use it on days where I don't want to put on foundation.