Rated 4.55 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 1420 customers Looks natural
Andie from MI
Looks very natural
Pre-teach from Highland, CA
I was looking for something with a matte finish that wouldn't leave me with a shiny forehead at the end of the day...this did the trick!! Awesome product!
I have finally found my perfect powder
Leslie from Texas
Will definitely buy this again
Mel from MI
Loved this product will definitely be ordering more!
I would not buy this makeup again, color was way to light.
Gail from Colonial Heights,Va
Tried 2 different colors. Still not happy!
I don't know what happened
Madam Blue from Santa Clara
I use to used NW55 all the time. It was my staple. But now, it keeps turning grey. whether I use a clean brush, or even my fingers to test it out, when I swirl my brush or my fingers into the powder, it turns grey and that same grey color gets transferred onto my face. The grey is a pencil lead type of grey. I don't know what happened. I really loved this product.
I would buy this again
Mona Lissa from Highland,CA
I love this product always last all day.
WOCstar from Detroit Lakes, MN
I have rosacea and tend to have redness, I use this as finishing powder over liquid foundation. Nice finish, feels good, doesn't irritate or cause breakouts
Yes I would purchase again.
China Doll from NC
I am in LOVE with this!
Hooked on Purls from Binghamton, NY
I really, really dislike most liquid foundations I have tried and have always just used a pressed powder. As I get older, I have more redness and spots I'd like coverage on, and pressed powder can really only do so much. I am VERY impressed with the coverage that I see with Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. It's still lightweight and comfortable to wear, and the coverage looks like I spent time doing a concealer, liquid foundation and powder! It's super quick to put on (I use a brush) and the color the Ulta Beauty consultant recommended is PERFECT! It covers my redness and age spots and evens my tone beautifully. I can't say enough good things about it! The only downfall is that with having to wear a mask all day for COVID, not enough people get to see it!
I would purchase this product again. Its VERY easy to apply!
sam from Corona Cal
I apply this with the sponge it comes with
Best. Foundation. EVER.
Marti from Dothan AL
MAC Foundation - Even, natural, breathable feel with just enough coverage.
Natural look - Comfortable for 12-14 hour days.
Non-comedogenic just as marketed.
Yes yes yes buy it!
Christine from DuPont Washington
This product is amazing and feels so smooth on my face ! Cons : expensive but it's worth the $$$ save up ladies!
Always go back my fav
Heather from CA - California
I've used this for the past 20 years I've tried everything from Chanel and Dior to basic drugstore foundation NOTHING and I mean NOTHING compares to this it's the only foundation that matches my skin perfectly I use C3 or NC25 ,my skin looks flawless I never break out and it's worth every penny cause the compact lasts forever ...I'm finally here to stay not going to stray anymore this stuff is ah mazing
Katie from Branford, CT
I use it daily
Perfect perfect perfect!
Maclover from Los Angeles
This has to be my favorite product in my drawer! It's so full coverage and easy to blend! This stuff is like magic when it comes to highlighting my t zone and under eyes!
LeslieB from New York
Really like this product. I have very fair skin and it blends in nicely. Think it would be even better in the summer months as it seems to have oil absorbing properties; can't wait to see.
Love this compact
Liz from Las vegas
I have been using this compact for many years! I am glad they now carry it at Ulta.
Perfect for soft makeup days
Veronica R. from CA
I love this powder by itself on top of skin only. It's a full coverage powder so it gives a nice flawless look to the skin. It's good for the "natural" days where you don't want to go full glam but still want that "your skin but better" look
Alyson aka MAC ADDICT for life!♥️ from Henderson NV
The only product I swear by! Literally it's the one piece of make up I can't go without!
Good coverage but careful it gets cakey
Donia from WV
Love the coverage and ease of use but it is drying and looks cakey if not very careful and skin not super moisturized or primed with the right type of primer.
My go to for the past 20 years!
HP from Oregon
I've tried many other foundations but I always go back to this one. There are so many shades to choose from and N4 matches my skin tone perfectly. Provides just the right amount of coverage and keeps the shine away all day. I usually have one or two on back up because it's that important to my daily routine.
Lee from Muskegon
This is my go to! I absolutely love this powder if I can buy it in bulk I would. It covers all the oils and nasty on the face! Just buy it!
Best match to my skin tone ever
Makeup explorer from New Mexico
This product is great. Matches my tone exactly and the product lasts me a long time. So less reordering needed. I Will never use any other powder.
MacMakeupJunkie from 32011
I have used this for over 10 years!! This is my holy grail and a staple to my makeup collection.. bonus points for it being gentle on my extremely sensitive skin