MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation Review

Another MAC product review? What?

We all know MAC; they offer great products for a flawless finish but not necessarily the best to use if you wear makeup on a daily basis. MAC is all about full coverage, highly pigmented, well performing products. This is a review of the cult favourite Studio Fix Powder Foundation. I have two shades and both were preloved products that my cousin passed on to me because one was too dark for her and another was the wrong undertone. I’ve made both work for me! 😀

Outer packaging.

The back of the box. Ingredients list.

Shade name on the top of the box.

The product! So loved!

The label on the other one has peeled off. 😦 But this is how it looks like.

Can’t really tell the difference but the one on the right is NW43, the one on the left is NC42.

A closer look.

The mirror.

The section underneath for the puff.

Excuse the dirty puffs. I usually use brushes or the beauty blender so I don’t bother washing them unless I know I am going to be using it. The puffs are soft and pretty good to use.

An insignificant hand swatch. The colours did not pick up on camera!

But you can tell a tiny bit colour which is the NW 43.

Description: A powder foundation that comes in many shades, in two different undertones, and in 15 grams / 0.52 oz product.

Where to buy: MAC counters; counters are available in Penang, Pahang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak usually in shopping malls.

Price: MYR 150

 

This product is my go to and in fact I recently used it for a brow challenge for RiceDolls. Rice Dolls is a makeup community site for beauty creators around Asia; you can find them at RiceDolls.com. I used this powder to cover my under eyes.

 

Pros:

Full coverage.

Smooth and easy to blend.

Lasts very well on the skin.

Pretty good at oil controlling.

Doesn’t settle into lines if applied in controlled amounts.

The soft sponge is pretty amazing.

Lasts all day long even without a setting spray.

 

Cons:

It can get cakey if layered too much.

It can settle into lines if layered too much as well.

You will definitely feel it on the skin. Not particularly comfortable to wear.

 

Notes:

If you do have oily skin, the product does break down a tiny bit but nothing a quick touch up can’t fix. Make sure you blot of excess oil off the face before reapplication.

 

Rating:

8.4/10

I love this powder foundation but I haven’t used too many different powders from different brands to tell you that this is my holy grail. I’m used to it and this review is all the details I’ve known and experienced.

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Elianto Loose Powder Review

Elianto is a local brand that sources its products from various countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Korea. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife duo Teo Ai Siong and Sylvia Lim See Toh they are now one of the more popular brands in Malaysia in terms of drugstore price range makeup and skin care products. Elianto is owned by the Aivoria Group of Companies (the same group that owns Bonita and Tiamo). Today I will be reviewing the Elianto Waterproof Loose Powder in 05 (Warm Beige).

Let’s get to some pictures first shall we?

 

The product.

The product.

 

Labels on the bottom of the tub (the shade code is written too).

Labels on the bottom of the tub (the shade code is written too).

 

The powder puff.

Inside the tub; the powder puff.

 

Perforated plastic guard.

Perforated plastic guard.

 

The powder inside. It has obviously been used sufficiently enough.

The powder inside. It has obviously been used sufficiently enough.

 

Description: 

It is a loose powder that is pretty sheer which can be used on its own or as a setting powder. The shade I have is in 05, Warm Beige, the darkest shade they have. I have pretty deep and dark tanned skin so it works quite well on me. It claims to be waterproof and is completely matte.

Price: MYR 39.90 but Elianto is always having promotions so the prices can be cut to as much as 70% off.

Where to buy: Elianto stores nationwide and online at http://www.elianto.biz/

 

I also did some hand swatches and took pictures with and without flash.

Without flash.

With just the powder.

With just the powder.

 

After blending with the Elianto face powder brush.

After blending with the Elianto face powder brush.

 

With foundation which was a mixture of Jordana Oil Free Foundation (in Caramel Bronze) and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (in Natural Beige Medium 2.5; the darkest shade available in Malaysia).

Powder is used to set foundation here which was a mixture of Jordana Oil Free Foundation (in Caramel Bronze) and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (in Natural Beige Medium 2.5; the darkest shade available in Malaysia).

 

The colour looks pretty warm but it matches my facial skin better and it does not look as different in person as it does in the picture.

The colour looks pretty warm but it matches my facial skin better and it does not look as different in person as it does in the picture.

 

With flash

With only the powder.

With only the powder. As you can see it does look ashy without foundation under flash photography.

 

With foundation.

With foundation. Although a difference can be seen it would look pretty close to my face tone. And no ashy finish here when used with foundation.

 

I also used some on my face.

Without flash

It does give some coverage but it is pretty sheer.

It does give some coverage but it is pretty sheer.

With flash

My skin is not this bad! Trust me! DAMN DSLR!!!! As you can see it does look ashy with flash photography.

My skin is not this bad! Trust me! DAMN DSLR!!!! As you can see it does look ashy with flash photography.

 

Pros:

I love powders with a matte finish so that’s going to be a plus point for me.

Pretty well pigmented for a loose powder.

It is not very translucent and thus has a little bit of coverage which is pretty good for a loose powder.

It is pretty finely milled so it doesn’t go on streaky or patchy nor does it become cakey even when layered.

It has sheer coverage which is great for setting foundation without altering the foundation shade.

Price is another plus point.

 

Cons:

It doesn’t have good lasting power, it can probably last for only about 2 hours before it wears off (if worn on its own).

Although waterproof it can transfer or move if you sweat profusely (even with foundation underneath), this also means tears (from crying) would melt it off.

It isn’t transfer proof so if your face rubs off on someone’s (or even your own) light coloured clothing, well, DISASTER!

 

Ratings:

7.1/10

I am undecided with this product only because I have yet to find a holy grail drugstore loose powder just yet. I actually prefer pressed powders over loose powders just because they can be both, used alone, and with foundation. So you’d have to decide on your own. But there is definitely a colour selection for people with a similar skin tone to mine.