Friday, May 25, 2012

MAC Fix Plus Review and How To

While in MAC the other day, I decided to pick up Fix+ because I had heard of others liking it and wanted to see what the rave was about. I guess I figured why not, right? If you don't really know me, I am not shy when it comes to makeup. I typically wear a full face of makeup unless I'm in a huge hurry and don't have time (it also depends on where I'm going.) Anyways, over the past couple years I've noticed that sometimes I seem to look a little "powdery" when I'm completely done applying my makeup. I knew I wanted to get something from MAC to help me out, so I picked up Fix+.


Fix+ is a skin refresher/finishing mist. It is to be applied before or after makeup to freshen up your face. The description on the back of the box states:
"A soothing moisture mist that refreshes the skin and finished makeup. Hold bottle 12"away from face and spray evenly. Use before or after makeup."
In the ingredients list near the bottom it states that Fix+ contains: Water, Glycerin, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caffeine, and a few other things. 

I have tried this product several times since I've purchased it. I love the way it makes my skin feel. I really do believe it refreshens my face. I like that on the top of the bottle you have the option to lock the pump so it doesn't leak on anything when you travel with it. I also think that the spray comes out in a nice even mist- it's not like a stream of liquid. It comes out in a perfect even mist that covers your entire face with every spray. I have found that I prefer to use Fix+ after I have finished all of my makeup to diminish the look of any excess powder that may have been left behind. 

Even though I do like this product, there is one thing that makes me wonder... Since this product is pretty much water, would I get the same result if I simply filled the bottle up with filtered water? I don't know. Maybe I'll give it a shot one day and let you know. I know cucumber and caffeine are good for your skin but does it make that much of a difference?

Here are a few ways I like to use Fix+:
1. Refreshen your face before applying makeup. Or you can use it to simply refreshen your face throughout the day (especially since summer's coming!) I love the feeling of the cool mist on my face.

2. Sprits your face after you have finished applying all of your makeup. Sometimes after makeup application, you may notice you seem a little powdery. To blend your makeup into your skin for a more natural look, spray this evenly over your entire face and allow it to sit to dry for a few seconds. This allows the makeup to set into your skin and not sit on top of it.
Translucent loose powder
Loose powder sprayed with Fix+
After loose powder and Fix+ have dried
3. Use Fix+ as a mixing medium to help put on loose pigments. Spray your eyeshadow brush with Fix+ (make sure your brush is damp, not drenched) and gently pick up pigment. Tap off any excess pigment and pat on your lid to apply. Using this method also helps the pigment stay on longer because the Fix+ acts a bonding agent.

4. Make baked eyeshadows more vibrant. Like with the pigment, spray your eyeshadow brush with Fix+, dip your brush into the baked eyeshadow, and pat on lid. Typically, baked eyeshadows don't have a lot of color payoff when they are used dry so spraying your brush with Fix+ really transforms your baked eyeshadows into colors that are really vibrant and beautiful with amazing payoff.


Wet 'N Wild Baked Palette. I used the bottom left color (it's my fav)
Left: Applied with Fix+, Right: Applied Dry
5. Use Fix+ to dilute concealer or foundation. If you have a concealer that is one the thicker side or may be harder to apply, give a quick spray to the concealer to make it easier to work with. Or if you have a thicker/more full coverage foundation and want to sheer it out a little for summer, mix foundation and a spray of Fix+ on the back of your hand or in a small dish and apply. *Another Tip: If you have a fast drying foundation that doesn't give you a lot of application time, try using Fix+ to give you a little more time to perfect your liquid foundation.

Foundation with a spray of Fix+
Foundation and Fix+ mixed
6. You can also use Fix+ to help slightly thin out thicker, creamier products. Try using it with a gel eyeliner. It makes application easier because it glides on smoother. It kind of turns it into a gel/liquid consistency. 

Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. There are so many ways Fix+ can be used in your day-to-day routine. It is a good multi-use product. If you have tried it let me know what your thoughts are. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :)




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27 comments:

  1. wow thanks for recommending this review to me! I would of never thought to use it with gel eyeliner. I use the bobbi brown ones almost everyday so I must give this a try!
    Thanks!
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    1. :) I'm glad you liked it!
      -Amber

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    2. I bought a bottle it was great but as s makeup artist I now make my own using the empty bottle of the mac fix plus. I used Fiji water , coconut water, and rose water. Works just as wonderful and it's not 40.00!

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  2. Okay! Wow! I REALLY Like your blog! :) I'm following and adding you to my "Favorite Blogs" List on my blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much Brianna!!
      All of your comments are so nice! :)
      -Amber

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  3. Great tips! I love your blog. I really love how clear and detailed your photos are :)
    Definitely going to start following you

    xoxo
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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and thanks for following! :)
      -Amber

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  4. I've just been browsing through you popular posts and I love this! I have the small travel size Fix + and never thought to use it for so many things! Really brilliant post :)

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    1. Thank you! I love using Fix+, it's so versatile.
      -Amber

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  5. This was a wonderful review!!! Thank you!

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  6. A friend of a friend uses this product on her hair right after the shower. She says it makes her hair thicker and tames fly-always. I can't wait to get this product to try all the different uses!!

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    1. Really!? I would've never thought! I'll have to try it out. :)

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  7. Hi!!
    Loved this review and i'm going to buy one ;)**************************

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    1. Thanks! I think it's a great purchase from MAC because it's so versatile :)

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  8. Thanks for the tips and review! I used this product many times also and it never disappointed me.

    ~Pauline @Kallony

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  9. Hi. I got this 2 years back. I stopped using it bcz of 2 reasons
    . When I sprayed it on it wud kinda give me burning painful feeling like I have rubbed red chilli powder on my face and eyelids

    .secondly it made my face look michael jackson's. Unreal kinda plastic.

    It definitely works well when used with eye shadows. But these 2 problems really had me quit its use. If u can plz tell me what was I doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Ammara!
      Well, it sounds like you had an allergic reaction to Fix+. Fix+ has Benzoic Acid in it which is used as a preservative. Typically, the signs of an allergic reaction to this acid are a stinging, burning sensation, which it sounds like that's what you have. I would just stay clear of Fix+ if that's the case.
      If you're looking for a setting spray for your makeup, maybe try the sensitive skin setting spray from Model in a Bottle.
      I hope this helps!!
      -Amber

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    2. Also you can try the Mario Badescu. It's not exactly a setting spray, its actually a moisturizing spray but I use this as well when i use powder on my face. It takes away the powdery look and its so cheap! (I still prefer MAC Fix+ tho)

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  10. I just stumbled across this site and I appreciate your informative review of this product.

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  11. I bought this just today and wanted to look around for some uses for it and some people haven't been as excited about it as I was to try it. However, after reading this I'm so excited about it again and I think this will really help, especially with my gel liner as mine tends to be a little dry (it was a well intended gift!) Thanks so much! Xx

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    1. Victoria,
      I'm so glad you liked this review! This is definitely one of my favorite MAC products hands down. I know you'll like it too :)

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  12. I just got this product and I LOVE it. I wasn't aware of its other uses, so thank you for the helpful hints. Just curious, how do you think it would work as a nighttime post cleansing toner?

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  13. Great review, I love the through list of uses! I might actually use my baked eyeshadows if I get this!

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  14. Before the makeup world was given the gift of setting and finishing sprays, makeup artist would use Evian Water and put it in a misty bottle and spray the face to remove the access powdery look on the face. You're welcome :D

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  15. That one thing you wondered about... you will get the same outcome by diluting approximately 10 parts water to 1 part glycerine which can be purchased very cheap in your local pharmacy. Glycerine attracts moisture and holds the water to your skin.

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  16. Hey. I have mine for a while now. Do you know if fix+ has a shelf life ? I've heard it has a shelf life of 24 months but I'm not sure

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