We cannot have enough of foundations now, can we? They are an essential part of everyday makeup and there are oh, so many of them to choose from. This is made even worse when the choices are within the same brand. Who’s with us on this, hmm? So, let us compare MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations.
MAC is one of the most formidable makeup brands out there. Once a product is from the brand, many users tend to relax because they expect the best. And hardly are they disappointed. Making a choice between these two foundations could be hard because of this.
Therefore, our aim is to point out some of the key similarities and differences. We also want you to see which situation each foundation excels in.
At the end, we hope you will have better knowledge to make an informed choice. You may even decide to go for both, to use during different occasions.
By the way, there is so much more to makeup than the right foundation. If you want to learn more about these accessories, you can do so here.
Comparison Overview – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
The finish of both foundations differ. While the Pro Longwear’s finish lies between matte and dewy, the finish of Studio Fix is matte.
Their consistency also differs. The Pro Longwear is very liquid; you may even say it is runny. On the other hand, the Studio Fix is thick but not overly thick.
When it comes to their packaging, the Pro Longwear has an upper hand. It comes in a cylindrical bottle with a rubber cap and a small pump for dispensing. But the Studio Fix has no dispensing pump, even though it also comes in a cylindrical bottle.
As for their coverage, the Pro Longwear offers more of a sheer to medium coverage. It is more suitable for a casual or more natural look. The Studio Fix offers better coverage, giving medium to full coverage.
If you are going for a foundation that would stay long hours, the Pro Longwear would do better job of that than the Studio Fix. This doesn’t mean the Studio Fix doesn’t last but it has more tendency to rub off or fade.
Nevertheless, they are both suitable for every skin type. But the Studio Fix is more ideal for oily skin while the Pro Longwear is ideal for dry skin.
To get better details on each of these points, check out the common features and common pros sections.
Video: Placing the Pro Longwear and the Studio Fix Fluid Side by Side
In this video, you will see a visual comparison between the two foundations. Placed close together, you will be better able to tell the differences and any similarity. Watch…
Price/Value Ratio – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
None of the foundations is drugstore grade. Both are quite pricey but that is usually the case with MAC products.
The Pro Longwear is more expensive than the Studio Fix, noticeably pricier. But according to reviews, the price does not seem to be a problem as far as the value they offer is concerned. Besides, users seem to be laid back about the prices, saying they are to be expected due to the brand.
However, we believe the same value can be had from less expensive products.
Comparison Table – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
|Coverage||Sheer to Medium||Medium to Full|
|Finish||Satiny (between dewy and matte)||Matte|
|Packaging||Bottle with Pump||Bottle without Pump|
|Available Shades||Not Less than 64||Not Less than 60|
|Consistency||Very Liquid||Slightly Thick|
|Available Tones||Cool and Warm||Warm and Cool|
It is important to note here that MAC is discontinuing this line of Pro Longwear foundations, as we know them. In their stead, the brand is introducing the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof line of foundations.
When Is Each Suitable – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
|If you are prone to wear light makeup, the Pro Longwear would serve you better. This is because it offers more of a natural yet flawless look.|
This seems to do a better job of masking the appearance of pores. It could be because of its lightweight formula, which makes it hard to settle heavily.
Dry skin would fare well with it, too as it is satiny, not matte.
Besides, its bottle comes with a pump, to curtail waste and promote hygiene. You may be particular about that so, here you go.
Even if you sweat a lot, it won’t run or streak easily so it could be perfect for humid weather.
|For a matte finish, this is better for you. Oily skin would do well with it because it holds shine and prevents the skin from getting oily during the day.|
It offers better coverage and this could be attributed to its consistency and formulation. So if you tend towards full face makeup, it would give you that look for long hours.
However, it is the better option for photographing and shoots. Perhaps you are always out there or you make videos to promote products. You would photograph better with the Studio Fix.
Common Features – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
It is true that the two lines of foundations have different finishes and different consistencies. But they do have this in common: they wear well on most skin types.
Though suitable for most skins, the Pro Longwear is ideal for dry skin due to its satiny feel. This point is arguable, however. For some users with dry patches, they find that this foundation leaves those areas looking flat. But for others with all-round dry skin, this satiny foundation worked fine.
On its own part, the Studio Fix is ideal for oily skin due to its matte finish. It doesn’t cover pores as well as the Pro Longwear but it gets the job done. However, it is also suitable for most skin types.
Both foundations are available in neutral cool tones and neutral warm tones. They give these tones in wide varieties of shades so that almost everyone can find something for them.
Even though their values differ, both foundations offer protection from the sun. the Studio Fix foundation specifies that it offers broad spectrum sun protection, which is protection from both UVA and UVB rays. But the Pro Longwear does not specify this.
Packaging and Liquid Content
The Pro Longwear and Studio Fix foundations come in identical bottles, save for the tiny dispensing pump on the rubber cap of the Longwear.
As for their liquid content, both have the same 30ml/1 fl. Oz. content.
Video: How Well Does the Pro Longwear Wear on Other Skin Types?
It is true we said the Pro Longwear is ideal for dry skin because it is not exactly matte. But remember we also said it is suitable for other skin types, right? So how well does it wear on, say, oily skin? Let this video show you…
Unique Features – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
The Studio Fix does not have a pump from which to dispense the liquid product. Instead, you would have to twist off the cap and pour it out.
On the other hand, the Pro Longwear comes with a tiny pump to dispense the very liquid product from. The size of the pump helps control the amount dispensed per time.
The Pro Longwear comes uniquely different from the Studio Fix when it comes to finish. It is not matte or dewy but sits between both finishes. You can say it is satiny but doesn’t add shine to the face. But the Studio Fix is matte.
While the Pro Longwear gives your face an airbrushed and flawless look with its light to medium coverage, the Studio Fix offers a more solid look. Its coverage is thicker, fuller and heavier on the face.
Both foundations come in different numbers of shades presently available. The Pro Longwear is available in not less than 64 shades, cool and warm combined. And the Studio Fix comes in not less than 60 shades.
Broad Spectrum Sun Protection
It is not specified whether the Pro Longwear offers a broad spectrum sun protection. But it has an SPF value of 10. The Studio Fix offers a broad spectrum protection and has a value of 15.
Unique Pros – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
Pros Unique to the Pro Longwear Foundation
i. It comes in a slightly higher number of shades.
ii. Gives a flawless and poreless look.
iii. Lasts for about 15 hours.
iv. Moreover, it comes with a dispensing pump.
v. And it doesn’t slide, rub off or wear off easily.
Pros Unique to the Studio Fix Foundation
i. It offers broad spectrum sun protection.
ii. Controls oil and shine.
iii. Capable of staying for long hours.
iv. Coverage is much better.
v. And it doesn’t dry out the skin, even though it is matte.
Video: See the Look of the Studio Fix after Long Hours
Its claim to being a long-wearing foundation is put to the test in this video. How well does it turn out? See for yourself…
Unique Cons – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
Cons Unique to the Pro Longwear Foundation
i. It dries rather quickly.
ii. Doesn’t specify whether its sun protection is the broad spectrum kind.
Cons Unique to the Studio Fix Foundation
i. It doesn’t have a dispensing pump for the product.
ii. Tends to feel heavy.
iii. Rubs off easily.
Common Pros – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
|SPF||This foundation comes with some SPF value.||The same is applicable to this product.|
|Skin Suitability||It is suitable for most types of skin.||Likewise, this option suits almost all skin types.|
|Available Tones||And it is available in both neutral warm tones and neutral cool tones.||In the same vein, the Studio Fix is available in both warm and cool neutral tones.|
Common Cons – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
|Content||The liquid content is quite small, considering the price.||Similarly, the content of this option is small.|
General Feeling among Users – MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
|There is much love between lovers of MAC products and this foundation. One of the most notable things about what they had to say was that they didn’t mind the price. That is something.|
For many, the value was worth what they paid for the bottle of foundation. From the coverage to its staying power and ability to not wear off easily, the acclaim went high.
The few who had negative reviews had more to say about getting fake products than about the quality of the foundation itself.
|The coverage it offers and its staying power were topmost features users loved about this foundation. Like the Pro Longwear, they didn’t seem to mind the price because they got good value for it.|
Again, like the Longwear, the complaints centered on getting the wrong products rather on the foundation.
Our Take on MAC Pro Longwear vs Studio Fix Fluid Foundations
For the Pro Longwear, we are sad to see it is going to be discontinued. We like that the new version is waterproof but we hope that wouldn’t be all the advantage it has over this version.
We like that it is light and sheer, giving room to go light or medium in coverage. What stands out for us with it is the airbrush look it gives and how it hides pores successfully. Plus, its staying power is not hype. But we are not crazy about its price, though it is to be expected with MAC products.
As for the Studio Fix, it could not have been more aptly named. It is the better foundation to use for photos and shoots. Even though it tends towards heaviness on the face, we like its good coverage, even with one layer.
Which would we recommend for you? You can go for both. Seeing the different purposes they serve, you never know when either would come in handy.