cheaper alternatives to Mac Studio fix fluid foundation

The BEST Alternatives To MAC’s Iconic Studio Fix Foundation!

Priyanka Ghura

Beauty Editor

MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is a definite favourite in the world of beauty amongst makeup artists and regular women alike. Like most MAC products, this one has a cult following and really does live up to the hype. The only downside being - you need to be willing to part with around two grand for a bottle of this foundation.

cheaper alternatives to Mac Studio fix fluid foundation

Oh, and did you know that it doesn’t come with a pump? If you would like to buy the pump, it’s an additional cost of Rs. 500 – 700! It’s no wonder then, that we are on the prowl for a cheaper alternative that will provide the same results.

What we would look for in a dupe to MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

  • It should have buildable coverage.

  • It should be long-lasting.

  • It should be matte.

  • It shouldn’t look cakey and should photograph well.

  • It shouldn’t feel heavy on the skin.

  • It should have a wide range of shades to choose from.


Our Top Pick would be Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Concealer. It is extremely blendable, long lasting, and gives great coverage. In fact, it covers up flaws so well that you may even want to give your concealer a miss. It has a completely matte effect (without being drying), which means that you don’t have to worry about that ugly oily shine. You wouldn’t want to try any other foundation again. And did we mention that it is a fraction of the price of MAC Studio Fix? It is priced at Rs. 525!

cheaper alternatives to Mac Studio fix fluid foundation

Buy Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation here.

Another awesome pick would be Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation as well as the Photoready Foundation. Both of these ranges by Revlon are great! They’re super long-lasting and provide great coverage. The colorstay range comes in 2 variations – one for normal/dry skin and one for combination/oily skin, so you can find a great fit for your skin type. The Photoready range looks super natural, brings a brightening glow to the skin and comes in a larger range of shades than Colorstay. Overall, both are great and a suitable alternative to MAC’s foundation.

cheaper alternatives to Mac Studio fix fluid foundation

Buy Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Effect Makeup here (Rs. 1,100)

Buy Revlon Colorstay Foundation here (Rs. 995)

P.S: An affordable but good alternative to a pricier, high-end product that can give you the same results is called a “beauty dupe”.

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Published on Mar 31, 2016
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