How to make your own “Fix+” (Fix plus) and mixing medium

Hey all! I’ve been eyeing MAC’s Fix+ for a while now and have started to wonder if this is something I need, as a Mineral Makeup Addict? You Tubers Have been using Fix+ to meld powdered foundation into their skin and provide a more natural “glowy” look. Opinions are varied on whether this product works any better than plain old water, but with it’s huge cult following I thought that it would be worth a closer look.

In Canada Fix+ is about $20. Ok, so it’s not a huge amount of money. But I’m a cheapo and am not willing to shell-out that amount of dough without some serious thought. I decided to look at the ingredients. Here they are:
Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumber fruit extract, chamomilla, camellia leaf extract, tocophryl acetate, caffeine, panthenol, hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance.

Ok so lets break this down (please keep in mind that I am not a chemist, I’m simply a hobbiest. Most of my research on ingredients were done with simple searches online, they may not be completely accurate). The first 2 ingredients are:

  • Water– well it’s water
  • glycerin– a humactant that hold moisture to the skin.

Since butylene glycol is traditionally used in a very small percentage (although I’m not sure how much Fix+ uses) and falls third on the list I might assume the the following ingredients make up a very small percentage of the product. So, If I were to try and “dupe” FIX+ it seems that I may be able to mimic it by using water and glycerin.

Glycerin should be used at no more than 1 part glygerin to 3 parts water (glycerin absorbs moisture so if used 100% it can be harmful, and had been know to cause blisters on the tongue, so I would never put 100% glycerin anywhere near my face especially my eyes and mouth.) Usually this recipe (1 part glycerin to 3 parts water) is used for mixing medium, and the higher percentage of glycerin may make your skin look greasy.

So to mimic Fix+ I started with a full bottle of water and added a little glycerin until I found the perfect ratio (no more than 20% glycerin).

You can try this method too.

2 thoughts on “How to make your own “Fix+” (Fix plus) and mixing medium”

  1. You can buy it at the drugstore, sometimes they keep it behind the counter, so you might have to ask the drugstore employees where it is 🙂

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