MAC Fix+ Rose Romanced My Dry Skin

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews


I’ve had an itchy trigger finger with my new bottle of MAC Fix+ Rose ($17). The stuff’s so great I haven’t been able to keep my hands off it!


MAC took spring and rose waters and infused them with minerals, and the resulting face spray feels about as refreshing on my skin as anything I could imagine.

Too bad it’s limited edition…

It was released with the A Rose Romance collection, so it won’t be around forever.

I think MAC’s original Fix+ Spray ($17) pales in comparison. Fix+ Rose just feels more hydrating to me and doesn’t leave the same heavy film I seem to get with Fix+ Spray.


As for the fragrance?

It’s light and refreshing — a distinctly rose scent that’s not too intense.

I’ve been spraying it on my face repeatedly throughout the day… Before it has even had time to dry, I’m whipping it out again, spraying and spraying, over and over again. I love this stuff!

In the morning, I use it after washing my face and then again after applying my makeup. It adds a dewy finish to foundation and powder.

Throughout the day, I’ll spritz it whenever my skin feels dry, or when I need a refreshing boost.

OOH! You gotta try this: I stuck it in the fridge when it was hella hot one day last week. Talk about refreshing. That took it to the next level.

I’m SO BUMMED it’s limited edition… I may stockpile a couple bottles. MAC, if you’re listening, please add Fix+ Rose to the permanent line. Do it for Tabs. πŸ™‚

MAC Fix+ Rose

Price: $17
Use: A hydrating, rose-scented misting spray that plays well with finished makeup
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

You might like MAC Fix+ Rose if…

  1. …your skin craves hydration,
  2. …you like the smell of roses,
  3. …you want something to tone down the “powdery” look of foundation and setting powders,
  4. …you’re in the mood to splurge.

She’s all that


Have you ever seen She’s All That. It’s a cheesy late ’90s teen flick starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook (whatever happened to her?). It’s on cable every so often, and it was on again last night.



Half of the up-and-coming young stars of the time are in it. Everyone from Paul Walker to Gabrielle Union to Anna Paquin and Usher. It even has one of the Culkins (I can’t remember which one).

I didn’t realize until last night that Lil’ Kim even has a bit part. She plays a high school student. I’d never recognized her in the movie before because she’s actually wearing regular clothes, LOL!

So how’s your Tuesday coming along? What has been the highlight of your day?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Hafsa says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m glad you like the Fix+ Rose, I was thinking it was some type of gimick to get people to buy Fix+ but it seems to be working for you!

    I just got my rose romance goodies yesterday. I ended up getting Magnetique, Secret Crush, Jush a Pinch, and Dejarose. I actually like the scent! But OMG what a smaaaaaal bottle (hello MAC, cheap much ? ) Is the rose scent in the Fix+ as strong as the perfume, do you know?

    And yes, def remember the movie, but I forgot Lil’ Kim had a cameo, I had to watch it over again now just to see her!

    Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hafsa,

      The Fix+ Rose scent isn’t as strong. It’s waaaay lighter.

      I liked the drydown on Dejarose — there’s something about the top notes, though, that doesn’t sit well with me (I get a lot of synthetics). I’m glad it worked out for ya, though, as it’s a delicate and feminine scent.

  2. Glosslizard says:

    Hmmm, perhaps I’ll try it out as a help to my ever-dry skin! I did sniff it in the store and I liked the scent quite a bit!

    The highlight of my day was chaperoning my imp’s second grade class to see a performance by the SF Symphony! So cool! A lotta work, though, herding 19 kids on BART and through the city… I’m beat! Plus it was really hard being soooo close to Union Square and not being able to go! πŸ˜‰

  3. Shiny says:

    I’ve been considering this because I look kind of dry with my foundation on and I think this would help it ‘settle’. Do you think there is a big difference between this and the Evian spray sold at drugstores? Also, when you say LE, does that mean weeks or months? Thanks for the info!

    Oh and it hasn’t been a productive day, but it has been a good one πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      It’s hard to tell. I guess it depends on the demand. Remember the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator from last summer? That stuff sold out in a hot second. Dunno if Fix+ Rose will have the same cult following so if you like it then snatch it up asap!

      I haven’t tried the Evian spray from the drugstore, but I’m guessing it works in a similar fashion if the mist is fine.

  4. Jacki says:

    I stopped by the MAC counter this weekend but was in a hurry. I fell in love with Dejarose but didn’t see the Fix+. Seems that as I get older my taste in scent changes, I know I wouldn’t have liked the rose scent a few years ago but I went back for a second sniff (on my way to the car of course!).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jacki,

      Oh, I love rose notes! If you want to start exploring rose scents you should check out Givenchy Very Irresistible and YSL Tresor. πŸ™‚

  5. Hyzenthlay says:

    Ahh! I have been wondering if anyone else fell as hard for the Fix+ Rose as I did, and now I’ve found out! I went into MAC the weekend before last for my first trip ever, and the MUA used a bit of the Fix+ on my skin before my makeup and after my makeup. I LOVED how it felt, and knew I’d have to go back in there for the Rose one. I was back there last weekend, and I tried the rose one, and fell head over heels. I bought two bottles – one to keep at home and use before and after makeup application in the morning, and one to keep in my desk at school, to help me deal with my kiddos in the afternoon. I’ve spritzed it on everyone that I can, and all of my friends are completely in love with it too. I’ll stockpile at least two more bottles, too . . . WHY, WHY can’t this be added to the permanent line? It would definitely keep me going back to MAC . . .

  6. Janelle says:

    I love Fix+Rose too! Blaaahh to being limited edition!

  7. Merylynmagic says:

    Hey Karen!
    This sounds really good, I was on the fence about getting this, because I was thinking that I already have the primer (Prep+Prime skin) so, seriously, how many things will I put on my face!! πŸ™‚ But I am a bit confused about its function, isn’t it supposed to “set make-up” or do you use it as a freshener?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Merylynmagic,

      Hmm, I always interpreted “sets makeup” to mean that it’s supposed to give your makeup a less powdery/finished look… I dunno if it necessarily helps makeup last longer, though. If it does I haven’t really noticed any difference.

      Maybe you can get it and use it as a once-in-a-while treat when it gets hot. That way you won’t have to commit to using it every day. πŸ™‚

  8. Jana says:

    ooooh i can’t wait for this to come out in australia! i have a feeling it won’t be coming out till the next two-three weeks BOOSAUCE! btw i sent you an email karen! i hope you got it!!! mmkais 20minutes til workies is over *sighs* okay take care =D

  9. Wenvers says:

    Ohhh what a lovely picture!!

  10. LayLa says:

    wOw!! Thanks Karen,
    i’ve hearing a lot of
    great things from this
    one, but i never heard
    of the one from the
    romantic rose collection
    looks tempting specially
    the idea of chilly sound
    great !!!

  11. Rose says:

    I really love the original Fix+. Im addicted to the stuff! I just bought a new bottle, maybe I should have ordered the Rose one. but my name is Rose so its sort of cliche haha. I actually so addicted to the original formula, so I dont know if I could cheat on the original.

    Rose´s last blog post..Summer Beauty Must Haves

  12. Glosslizard says:

    Actually, the kids were really good! It was a short program (about 45-55 minutes) but they played a nice selection including Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Beethoven. Then they finished up with the overture to the Star Wars theme which had all the little kids jumping around with glee! A fun way to shake up a Tuesday!

  13. Nicole15 says:

    Okay, now i am going to have to try Fix+ Rose. I am bummed cause I was at MAC a few days prior to the launch of Rose Romance and was getting a replacement for my empty Fix+ as I love this stuff & use it regularly. The MA told me that there was no difference in the original & Fix+ Rose besides the smell of course. And since I am not a huge rose scent person, I grabbed my original Fix+. However, it seems people are noticing differences in the Fix+ that go beyond the smell. Bummer I didn’t hold out. Will have to go check it out before its no longer available.

  14. Marmar says:

    I am most definitely going to try this. I’m always looking for products to help me freshen up. For a long time I was using pixi’s satin rose oil but it was a bit pricey for the size (10 ml!!) and the scent was a little overwhelming. This sounds like a fantastic find. Macy’s ahoy!

  15. Wenvers says:

    Great, thank you Karen, Im playing with my new rose romance items. Love them!

  16. Tami says:

    Hey Karen,

    Fix+ Rose was one of the products I picked up while gettin my romance on last week:-D I just love how my skin looks so dewy and glowy after spraying a bit on. Since it is limited edition I haven’t been using it a lot, but may remedy that by purchasing another bottle or two before it’s gone.

  17. Melessa says:

    it wont screw up your make-up? should you aviod your eyes (eye make-up that is) and do you know if it works with mineral foundation?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melessa,

      Nope — just be sure to hold it about an arm’s length away so the mist is fine. I haven’t tried it with mineral foundation (don’t really wear it), but if it’s powder then I’m guessing it will work just fine.

  18. bianca says:

    does it substitute the primer?

    bianca´s last blog post..mas que las hay las hay

  19. cloudburst says:

    Damn! Now I have to go buy Fix + Rose, and I htink I might get Dejarose too, it’s pretty light but I like it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cloudburst,

      YESSSS! πŸ™‚ Have you worn Dejarose yet? I liked it but the top notes didn’t sit well with me. I really wanted to get it, too, because I liked the pink cap.

  20. Tali says:

    I want this fix+ so badly that when its out in the uk ill need to buy 2!!!!!

    Tali´s last blog post..LUSH haul & Sugar Scrub review

  21. Redhead says:

    Does Fix+ set your makeup? If not, will it make your makeup other than face products run?

  22. Tami says:

    Hello again Karen,

    Dejarose was another product I picked up from the collection. I love rose scents in general and found this to be light and not too over the top. Although the scent is lovely, I find that it doesn’t last long on me:-(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tami,

      I liked Dejarose, too! Unfortch the top notes didn’t go well with my chemistry. But I’m glad it worked for you — a lot of people seem to love it.

      What are your favorite rose scents?

  23. Tami says:

    Two that I wear on a regular basis are Rose Petals by Henri Bendel and Cassis Rose by The Body Shop. I also love Ring of Roses soap by Lush:-D

  24. Cody says:

    I tried this as well.. Love. It. Period.

    You should also try Paul Mitchell Moisture Mist in the aerosol form… pop it in the fridge, upside down I was told… to prevent the aerosol from running out.. and sprits throughout the day. Beach day ? Pop it in the ice chest.. AMAZINGGGG !!!!!!!!!

    OHHHH and it locks makeup.. try it.

  25. Liz! says:

    The MUA’s at my local store have always told me that FIX+ extends the life of your makeup, and I’ve found this to be true. It creates a light ‘seal’, and I find that my foundation, mascara, and eyeshadow do not budge if I use this stuff. I.e., I went to a new years party with fierce smoky eyes, fix’d it, and it was the exact same eight hours later after partying all night and even hitting the hot tub. If I use it, and forget I’m wearing makeup, and rub my eyes, the damage is greatly reduced, if my shadow/mascara even moves at all.

  26. Marisol says:

    I didn’t know it was limited edition. I have to check this one out soon.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Summer of 1998

  27. little angel says:

    how do u use the fix+?? do you just spray it on after foundation+powder?? wont it make ur makeup run???or washed out?

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