Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: MAC Cosmetics Foundation Stick*


The easiest form for a foundation is definitely in a stick. However as simple as it seems, there aren't that many good foundation sticks on the market (surprisingly).  Due to my intense obsession with foundation sticks, this year I went on a hunt to find one that works on my complicated combination skin. First up, the NEW MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick! As soon as it hit MAC Stores, I was instantly attracted to it. The infamous Studio Fix Fluid works for my skin so it was just inevitable that I had to try it stick version, especially with the non-existent hype that it has.


Let's first talk about its claims. This foundation has the "regular" benefits that MAC typically claims their studio fix collection has. Thus includes;

Claims

  • 24hr wear
  • Instantly hydrating on the skin
  • Stay-true to colour (within 24 hours of wear)
  • Non-cakey, non-streaky and non-creasing
  • For all skin types 
  • Multipurpose product
  • Buildable medium coverage
  • Extremely blendable formula 
  • Natural Matte, Soft finish

Generally speaking, the more claims a brand makes on their products, the bigger my expectation becomes. With a price point of $54 AUD, I would surely hope this foundation would at least satisfy the bare minimum of a good foundation.

In-Store Experience

I was lucky enough to be invited to a MAC Counter to be educated about the foundation and test it out for myself. Normally in these sessions, the makeup artists talks about what the product can offer and how to make it work for your skin type. I had mentioned that I had combination skin and for that particular day I had dehydrated cheek from bad facial mask I had tried out. She had then placed down a moisturiser and used their infamous Fix Plus to prepare my skin for the foundation.


The makeup artist had mentioned that the foundation at first will be quite dry (on first use) but after warming up the product, it is good to go. Indeed, the foundation has a medium buildable coverage. It evened out my skin tone, corrected some discolouration on my skin, as well as covered some redness on my chin. I loved how it still showed my freckles making the foundation look a bit more natural on the skin, as shown below.

Overall, every time I've entered a MAC Cosmetics store I've had a pleasant experience. Because of the US Branches, they have this reputation for being snobby or rude but I personally have never had that happen to me. Whether I am browsing or testing out a product, I always get the good customer service, especially the one at the MACQUARIE CENTRE.

Thoughts

Initially, when the product was being applied to my face, it didn't feel as creamy or blendable as it had claimed as there was a slight pull on the skin. But after the product was blended with a dense kabuki brush, I honestly didn't see any streaks, unevenness or patchiness. It sat on the skin very well and just completely surprised me. It has a comfortable wear and the foundation didn't cling into any weird areas.
However, I would not recommend this foundation to dry skin types. At first, it feels as though it would work, but after it dries down and set, it doesn't have the same feeling. It's not creamy enough and is not moisturising like the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick. Because I have combination skin, it worked quite well on my skin. As time passed and my oils started to peak through, the foundation got better with wear! The oils really made the foundation look natural and kept the foundation looking fresh. After a couple of hours, the foundation around my nose and upper lip did fade (but that's typical for me).

If you had planned to also use this foundation as colour and I have to say it the best contour stick I have ever used. It has a medium coverage, so it doesn't look too obvious on the skin. It blended perfectly into the skin and because it was a foundation stick, it stayed on the skin for longer. I had used a powder bronzer on glam days and it just worked beautifully. I would highly recommend this foundation as a contour with some coverage.
Left to Right: NC25 (foundation) and NW47 (contour)
There are over 30 shades in the range and the colour system that they have is the same as their other foundations. However, I wouldn't go exactly with the normal colour that you would get. These foundations tend to sit a little darker than the other foundations and I would personally go a shade lighter. The warm tones in these foundations also one click a little too orange for my taste. It wasn't noticeable unless you took a close look. 

Overall, this foundation is not the best foundation stick I have ever tried but it's definitely one that I enjoy to use. I have been testing it out since September and just found more things to like about it over time. You do have to do a lot of skincare preparation on dry skin or dry patches to make it flawless on your skin but we should be doing this to all foundations. Definitely giving this foundation a 8/10!

What are your thoughts about this foundation? Let me know in the comments if it's something that caught your eye or if you need to know more. Thanks for reading biscuits! Keep up to date with what I get up to on my instagram at @biscuitsnmakeup.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This post is 100% genuine and are based on my personal experience with the brand and the products. This post was to share my experience to my readers for information purposes only. The products mentioned in this post was gifted but the words expressed in this post has not been compensated for. Dependent on your skin, the results may or may not be different for you. All pictures showing the results of the product was taken in both inside light and natural day light to show the true nature of the product. 

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