I know its been ages since I did a dupe it yourself but I was experimenting and testing (with emphasis on the latter) with this one in particular and finally I have perfected the formula.Before I move onto the process a little background on MAC Fix Plus.
Fix plus is essentially a mixing medium which can be used in a variety of ways.It can be used to thin out liquid foundation that is too heavy, foil mineral eye shadows which are in pigment form, to set makeup so that it lasts longer, as a makeup base and my favourite: as a hydrating face mist.
Whoa! that's a ton load of stuff it can do, which you may say justifies the hefty price tag attached to a bottle of MAC Fix Plus.But then if you look closely at the ingredient list you'll find Glycerine and water as the major ingredients apart form other chemical preservatives.Both Glycerine and water are easy to come by making way for a potential DIY, once you figure out the recipe.There are tons of recipes for a MAC Fix Plus dupe but this particular one has been tweaked for a better formulation.
So onto the business of duping it yourself.
Hunt And Collect:
- Rose Water
- Spray bottle to store(cleansed using either spirit or regular hand sanitizer)
- Measuring spoon
Step 1: Measure 1/2 spoon Glycerine and pour it into the spritz bottle.Glycerine is a very viscous solution so 1/2 a spoon is more than enough.
Step 2: Next take 1 spoon of water and add to the glycerine.You could use either boiled, purified or mineral water whatever is easy to come by.
Step 3: Finally add 1/2 a spoon of Rose Water to the glycerine and water.This step is optional.I personally love the fragrance of rose water plus it acts as an excellent toner.If you do decide to skip this step then add 1 1/2 spoon of water instead of 1 since the recipe calls for a 1:3 ratio of glycerine to water.
Step 4: Close the spray bottle and give it a good shake and voila your MAC Fix Plus dupe/mixing medium/makeup setting spray/hydrating face spray is ready.I used this really cute Hello Kitty spray bottle that I got from BudgetGadgets.com, it has a lovely fine mist and is super portable and travel friendly.
The resulting liquid does not get absorbed into skin like regular water but kind of adheres to the skin because of the glycerine.
Glycerine is a humectant and is a very popular cosmetic ingredient because it helps products retain water.So it is great for converting mineral eye shadow into foiled shadow or even an eye liner.I love using it just before applying foundation to get that lovely dewy finish.And this will be a saviour during summer months to refresh your makeup without washing it all off.
A word of caution though, make this in small batches.Since we are mixing water and glycerine without adding any chemicals to preserve the liquid there is a good chance that it may turn rancid after a while.Make enough mixture to last not more than 2 weeks at a time, depending on your usage and keep it refrigerated.
So now you need not dole out big bucks for a product that you can easily dupe yourself at home.I would love to know what you think of the recipe and how it turns out if and when you try it out.