A few days back I took a plunge and decided to get myself the latest offering from the range of MAC foundations - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation with SPF 10.
This foundation, I would say is being targeted towards a specific kind of audience, if you loved the Studio Fix from MAC you would also love this one! Pro Longwear is quite similar to MAC Studio Fix, however, there are also a few differences between the two lines, which I am going to list down below while comparing them.
To cut the long story short, I'm just L.O.V.I.N.G this foundation!! I would even go further and say it's their product of the year! Its the best thing that MAC came out with during the whole year!
So lets get started with my detailed comparision review between the MAC Pro Longwear and MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation:-
* Unlike the Studio Fix (SF), Pro Longwear (PLW) comes with a pump for easier and hygienic application, plus no chances of spilling it anywhere either, all thanks to the pump! (My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix has an SPF of 15 whereas Pro Longwear has an SPF of 10 in it to offer a little bit of Sun protection. (My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 0)
* Studio Fix stays put for upto 6 hours on me and after that it starts to melt off from my nose and chin and a little bit on the forehead area, whereas the Pro Longwear stays more than 10 hours on me which is the best part about it as none of the foundations I've ever tried has stayed that long on me, so it gets the points for long wearing!(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix is not very good at oil controlling and I have to blot every 3/4 hours to remove excess oil, where as the Pro Longwear is very good at controlling my oilies, with this I can go on without powdering for upto 7 hours and after which it starts to look rather dewy than shiny.(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* I find Studio Fix to be great for flash photography however, the Pro Longwear casts a white shadow, but its not very visible to the naked eye.(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 0)
* Pro Longwear is easier to blend in and takes longer to set, I can have my sweet time to play with it before it completely sets on to my skin. The Studio Fix however, needs a bit more effort with blending and dries (sets) very quickly, it doesn't let me play as much with it and I have to work very fast to avoid it from getting streaky.(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix gives a higher coverage than the Pro Longwear foundation and I love high coverage :D(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 0)
* Pro Longwear is more transfer resistant than the Studio Fix.(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix gives a matte finish to my skin where as the Pro Longwear gives a satin matte/dewy finish.(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix has an alcohol smell whereas the Pro Longwear doesn't smell bad at all!(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix is more suitable for people with normal to dry skin whereas the Pro Longwear is more suited for normal to oily skin.(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix gives a full but natural looking coverage and also minimised my pores to a great extent, whereas the pro Longwear can look slightly cakey/blotchy if layered on heavily and can escentuate the dry patches and pores on skin. (My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 0)
* Studio Fix feels quite heavy whereas Pro longwear feels lighter on my skin.(My rating: SF= 0; PLW= 1)
* Studio Fix foundations offer a great color selection, it comes in 26 shades, whereas the pro Longwear comes in only 16 shades.(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 0)
* The NC shades of Studio Fix have more yellow pigments in them and hence suitable for people with yellow skintones whereas the pro Longwear has more beigy tones in it which is great for people with less yellow undertones.(My rating: SF= 1; PLW= 1)
So, do we have a clear winner over here? On a score of 15, I have given the MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation 8 marks and MAC Pro Longwear 10 marks! Therefore the Pro Longwear WINS the battle against Studio Fix by just 2 marks!!
Both of them are great foundations from MAC and I love the results everytime I use them so I am happy to include both in my makeup stash!
Next time I will try mixing both and see how it works when combined together and incase I find it working any better then I'll get this post re-edited :)
SOME TIPS (for both foundations): you can go one shade lighter while choosing your shade, the Titanium Di-Oxide content in the sunscreen of these foundations tends to get oxidized and make you look eventually dark. I love to use the Stippling brush with these foundations for an even, flawless look. Work in small sections, buff in the product well. Begin with very less, dot it on the skin and then stipple and swirl it using the stippling brush, you could then apply a second layer if you fancy more coverage.
Have you tried the MAC Pro Longwear foundation? Please share your views and experiences, thank you xoxo