LOVE LOCAL: Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation

by - Monday, May 16, 2016

Ever since I tried MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation back in college I promised myself not to switch. Well, I tried to. You see I use it on a daily basis then reality hit me; I knew very well that as a student I couldn't afford to keep up with it forever.

I tried other powder foundations thereafter, mostly the most affordable ones in the market. Unfortunately they couldn't just keep up with my then overly oily skin. And so the hunting for a MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation Dupe happened!

Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
I've been using FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation interchangeably for years now. I remember it being branded as Fanny Serrano Cosmetics turned FS Cosmetics. I was even able to use their cheap-looking old packaging: with transparent cover cap and an oddly placed mirror at the back of the pan.*

Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
Old Packaging. Images retrieved through my old Tumblr account.
I already hit the pan of my current foundation when I decided to buy FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake Foundation again, there I realized I've been using this wonderful foundation for years and yet I still haven't made time to actually review it. So ta-dah!

Packaging
FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation (P399) comes in a very sleek packaging. The current packaging is indeed sophisticated it can pass off as a high-end brand, imho.
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
Like Studio Fix, it has a separate and breathable compartment for the sponge and a mirror at the back of the cover. The foundation is also available in refills for only P299.
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
Sponge is originally round. I had to replaced it with my stocked square sponge for hygienic purposes.

Shade
Some shades are yellower or oranger than the others, but one thing's for sure: almost all the shades are Pinay skin-friendly and are leaning towards the warmer side of the spectrum.
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
Image via thepinkblush.wordpress.com
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
Image via http://aestheticallysavvy.blogspot.com/

I was matched to Organza years ago. According to the sales assistant it was their best seller shade and it matches most medium-fair olive skin people (around NC30-35). Well, being the best seller shade that it is, Organza refill was out of stock when I was about to buy one.
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
For today's review, I got the Chino refill (NC35-40) instead. It's pretty close to Organza, just a bit darker and yellower in tone. Upon trying it out, I knew it's a perfect match as it disappears on my cheeks upon application.

Coverage and Texture
Like Studio Fix, coverage-wise FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake hides imperfections impressively well. Given that it's a two-way cake it's pretty nifty as it can be used as a setting powder after your liquid base; or if you're going for heavier coverage, you can apply it with a damp sponge or brush.
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
See the grainy, bumpy area?
FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake is finely milled just like Studio Fix, but you can tell right off the bat that there's a difference in texture. Studio Fix is 'more pressed' and fine devoid of those dusty grainy particles. With FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake I have to be careful when dusting my brush powder as there are obvious fallouts.Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation

Also, as per experience, perfectly 'pressed together' powders last longer because the product stays put even if you use a brush. My Studio Fix for example lasted for almost 6 months even with regular use. Meanwhile my FS Cosmetics usually lasts for 2-3 months with me with daily use.

Finish and Longevity
Both has a fine velvety finish. I kid you not, if someone was wearing Studio Fix on the right side of her face and FS Cosmetics on the other half, one probably can't tell the difference.

Longevity-wise here's where the major difference of the two comes into play. If you've read my MAC Studio Fix review you'll know the thing I like best about it is the way it melts on my skin after it sets. FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake is nothing like it but it isn't that bad either. It just sets and melts like your regular foundies.

Both are perfect for oily skin and heavy coverage use, but MAC Studio Fix of course, stays a little bit longer and fades off more gracefully than FS Cosmetics. FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake stays on me for 3-4 hours short of intense activities and humid weather. Not bad, right?
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
What I Like About FS Cosmetics Two-way Cake?
• it's fairly cheap for P399 versus MAC Studio Fix's whopping price of P1,800+
(MAC PH marks up once in a while too)
• excellent coverage; good oil-control
• COMES IN REFILLS P299
• has SPF35 and PA+++ for added sun protection
• available locally and easy to find; I bought the refill while I was in the province

What I Don't Like About it?
• if you're sensitive and concerned about cosmetics ingredients this one contains Parabens, Talc, and Silicone (Dimethicone).
Dupe For MAC Studio Fix Powder; FS Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Foundation
• frequent use of brushes (instead of sponge) may cause product wastage.
• it has this weird chemical-ish smell to it, typical to most Taiwan branded cosmetics. It's fairly faint so it will obviously fade off afterwards, the smell doesn't stick to the skin either.

Overall this is fairly a good foundation and I'm totally repurchasing. It performs well in covering unwanted spots and has a great selection of yellow toned shades. And yes, I love it and I highly recommend it!

NOTE: As of writing, FS Cosmetics has just recently rebranded (again) to FEATURES & SHADES Cosmetics aka FS Cosmetics; with yet another new packaging and (I believe) a little changes in their shade selection.* Upon checking their website, Organza looks way, way lighter and pinker than Chino, and Chino looked way darker than Orleans.**

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