Random Sunday Babble (MAC Studio Fix C40 & An FOTD)

I promised myself I would post more FOTDs on my blog in 2015, so here is the very first one. It’s just a simple Sunday look, but I think I’ve mentioned in the past that on Sundays I like to work on creating a good (not necessarily perfect) base with the least amount of effort. It’s not terribly exciting, but it does force me to play around with different bases and really think about my skin.P1170529To create the base here, I whipped out my usual combination of concealers here (MUD Blue Corrector, K Palette Zero Kuma, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage) and set everything using a large powder brush and MAC Studio Fix in C40, which is new to me. Not Studio Fix as a formula, but the shade C40.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you might remember that I once wrote about Studio Fix powder foundation and my frustration at not being able to find my perfect shade match. That post (which you can read here) is from back in 2012, but is to this day the post that receives the highest number of views on my blog. The little rant I went on about the huge shade jump from NC40 – NC42 paid off because a number of people shared helpful information that eventually led me to the shade C40.

C40 is not quite as orange as NC42 and is slightly darker than NC40, and what makes it perfect for me is the olive/yellow undertone. Today was the first time I actually tried the shade on my face and it seems to be a pretty damn good match. I still have to try it as a full coverage foundation and once I’ve done that I will talk about the shade nuances in depth.

There is going to be a lot more talk about powder foundations on this blog in the near future, I think. In 2014, I got stuck on one foundation (the Ellana Minerals Loose Powder Foundation** is that awesome) which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I do miss playing with other formulas and just knowing the differences in what other brands have to offer. Other powder foundations (pressed and loose) fell off my radar, so recently I have been exploring them again. Powders have some distinct benefits over liquid foundations, and I want to talk about those as well.

I also think that powder bases just work better with combination-oily and acne-prone skin. And speaking of skin, here’s a look at the state of my bare face at present: 

fotdjan24Bare skin on the left and with make up on the right, obviously (or not-so obviously if I was successful in any way today haha).

A pimple or two will show up on my cheeks or on my forehead once a month like clockwork. I have hormones to blame for that. In the photo above, I don’t actually have any active pimples. There’s just some bad hyper-pigmentation on my right cheek and redness on the usual places on my forehead. I also have (always) had rather dark under eye circles, which explains my love for the MUD Blue Corrector. Overall my skin doesn’t look that bad to me, but I’m quite used to my face so… you be the judge! haha

I have always felt that switching over to mineral foundations helped balance out my skin over time. I know that other powder foundations (like Studio Fix) aren’t mineral powders, but in my mind applying any powder has always been better than piling on layers of liquid foundation. But that’s just me.

Anyway, I did use other products on my face today other than concealer and powder to avoid looking completely flat. Those things are:

  • Maybelline Fashion Brow*
  • Covergirl Bombshell Volume mascara
  • Velvet Bronze and Beige from the Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette
  • Ellana Minerals Blush in Peach Passion**
  • Champagne Truffle from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (as highlighter)
  • Shu Uemura lipstick in BG950
  • Revlon Lacquer Balm in Ingenue

Oh and imagine just how FULL Studio Fix’s coverage can be! I seriously just dusted the smallest bit of it on here with a very fluffy brush.

Hope you all are having a good Sunday! Let me know if you guys like reading my semi-rambling thoughts about make up.

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8 responses to Random Sunday Babble (MAC Studio Fix C40 & An FOTD)

  1. Rae

    MAC should bring in the C’s more (supposedly for yellow olive skin). I have C40 and it’s a tiny bit too dark right now (but perfect for summer months). NC35 is ashy on me. I have a feeling that I’m perfectly C35.

    • Mariana – Author

      Yes and the sales assistants should learn to colour match properly! Haha I really don’t trust MAC SAs. When I bought C40, I didn’t even bother asking for advice. Haha

      Maybe C4 is another shade you wanna check out? It looks lighter than C40 ng konti… according to forums, it’s more yellow in tone than C40 (but not orange like the NCs). I’m not sure though. This whole thing confused me haha.

  2. Kelly

    Thank you for sharing this! I thought NC42 was my exact shade match but it shows up too orange in pics. NC40 is too light for me. Thank you, thank you!

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