After weeks of searching for the sold-out MAC NW10 Studio Fix Fluid (€31.50), I gave up. First off, going to Brown Thomas with high hopes and leaving with only consolation lipsticks was getting boring.
Secondly, MAC sells the really-fucking-necessary pump separately. It’s €5, so unless you’re going to let the system screw you out of your eurobux, you’re stuck with one of those pumpless bottles that you’ve got to treat like a Shake-Weight before you get anywhere.
Fast forward, and I’ve run out of Bobbi Brown Longwear/time to scout for replacements. Irish brands mainly cater to medium skintones, leaving the very pale and very sallow with few foundations to choose from. Without the get-up-and-go (this was winter, I was house hatching) to be colour matched at every counter in the city, I took a chance on the off-white Studio Fix Fluid.
Used sparingly and with a light hand, this provides medium coverage. It’s easy to build up to Katy-Perry-on-stage levels, especially if you favour a flat foundation brush. While its full-on concealing effect is perfect for blemishes, it’s also a going to wash the colour out of your chops and, as a result, can leave skin looking flat.
This is easily remedied by lashing on some shimmery blusher, and time used adding warmth is what would have been spent applying extra blemish/dark-circle cover. I’ve got lady-of-the-night amounts of Coralista and MAC Lustre drops on my cheeks in the above mug shot but NO concealer. I know, right? It’s like a liquid mask.
Shade-wise, this works well for sun dodgers. It’s more neutral-toned than the ‘W’ suggests, so those with slightly less-pink complexions will still get away with it. Comparisons to Revlon Colourstay are well founded – it’s similarly thick, heavy and white. Having used both for months, I’ve got to stay that this is worth the extra dollar. It lasts longer and blends better – plus it buffs in to skin more seamlessly.
All in all, this is one for fans of full makeup – no BB, CC or DD cream about it.