Monday, October 5, 2009

Set Makeup with MSFN or Studio Fix Powder?

For a while I was stuck in a quandary as to whether I should use Mineralize Skinfinish Natural or Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation to set my makeup.  I had questions that needed answering: what is the difference between the two?  And which one is better for people who have oily and acne-prone skin?  I did some research, so perhaps my findings will help you, too. 

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is more of a sheer formula.  Its two main ingredients are talc and mica, with mica providing your skin with a natural, dewy look.  Mica has light-reflecting properties, so your skin will look luminous.  But because it's so sheer, Mineralize Skinfinish Natural does not really provide any coverage for your blemishes.  So if you have blemishes and are trying to incorporate this item into your foundation routine, your liquid foundation and concealer would have to do the brunt of the coverage work. 

Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, on the other hand, does provide coverage: a medium to full coverage.  Its two main ingredients are talc and silica, with silica providing and maintaining the matte look on your skin.  Silica works to absorb any sweat and oil on your skin and thereby keeps the makeup on your skin longer.  If you are looking for convenience, the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation compact also comes with a mirror and round sponge, whereas Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is just the pressed powder.  

I guess your choice would depend on the kind of look you want: dewy or matte?  Low coverage or medium to full coverage?  Personally, I think the choice is clear for me.  Having oily and acne-prone skin, I would have to say Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation would be the way to go when setting my makeup.  If you are interested in either of these products, below the picture are their names, prices and where you can buy them online.

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - $25.00 at
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation - $26.00 at

Hope this was helpful!

Geneys  :o)


Anonymous said...

There is a bit of a problem with dismissing MSFNs so quickly... they can be applied wet. When applied wet, MSFNs actually provide pretty nice coverage, and they still leave the skin with a more natural look as opposed to the full-matte look of Studio Fix, which most professionals set with an MSFN anyway to try and make it look less "made up." I realize this is an old blog review, but goodness, this could have been updated or deleted if you had experimented with wet MSFN powder. Bottom line: MSFNs are far more versatile and natural looking, and they let acne prone skin (like mine) breathe better. Ironically, the price has gone up on both products since you reviewed them, but now the MSFN is more expensive than the Studio Fix. Studio Fix is still a good product, though, and it has a much broader range of colors than the MSFNs. Oh--and that sponge? I don't know a single working makeup artist who doesn't toss that thing out the minute the package is opened! ALL MAC compact foundations come with a sponge in the bottom compartment, and they are notorious for wasting product horribly; the sponge is very much *not* a selling point for the product in any realistic way. I actually did like your review, though! This comment is not meant to trash you in any way. ;)