MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation First Impressions

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

Today I tried out my Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation (in NW20) and thought I’d share my first impressions.

The photo above was taken 2 hours after I applied my makeup and you can probably clearly tell that there’s a situation going on around the nose area. The foundation also gathered on my chin.

I didn’t use this foundation as it seems to have been intended to be used and therefore, the makeup that went on top of it was very patchy and couldn’t blend. I’ll explain!

It would have helped if I had read that this foundation is actually a sheer-medium foundation that’s intended for hydration. It’s advertised as “A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic gel-serum formula.”

I tried applying it using my Real Techniques expert face brush but I found it really difficult to blend in. I then moved on to using the Real Techniques miracle sponge and it blended it very easily and beautifully. As a thin layer, it looked stunning. Certainly a dewy finish. Very natural and skin like.

I then had the not so brilliant idea of trying to build it up for a fuller coverage. Big mistake. This just made my face look oily.

I thought, no problem, I’ll just powder my whole face as usual.

Another big mistake. The powder just latched on the the very shiny parts of my face making it look really patchy. Note to self: If your foundation looks too oily, either remove some with the sponge or blot it (with oil sheets or whatever).

Yes. So I wasn’t doing too well here.

The rest of my makeup didn’t blend as easily, of course it was because I put on too much of the foundation.

All this said, I’m not put off by this foundation (just yet). When I only had on a thin layer of this my skin simply looked radiant and beautiful. I’d say that this foundation is perfect for days where I want to wear light makeup that I don’t necessarily need to last all day (it did rub off very easily even after my heavy powdering).  If I ever intend to set this with powder again, I’ll try a powder puff rather than a brush. I think it would work better that way.

As for packaging, this foundation comes with a dropper applicator and it’s very liquidy and runny. Initially I thought that it wouldn’t give me as much coverage as I wanted but with the thin layer it gave me more coverage than I thought it would. Certainly sheer-medium but it’s not difficult to go closer to the medium end.

I hope that you found this little first impressions useful even though I still can’t decide whether or not I like this foundation or not just yet. I guess that’s the beauty of first impressions posts 🙂

Other makeup I’m wearing in the photo

  • Ben Nye luxury powder in Banana to set
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Natural
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish bronzer in Give Me Sun
  • Milani Coral Cove Blush
  • The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlight
  • Anastasia brow shadow duo in Brunette
    Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Peach Smoothie, Latte, Cocoa Bear, Mocha and Corrupt as my “liner”
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and some cheap baby falsies that I got from eBay (let me know if you’d like the link)
  • On the lips I’m wearing NYX Maple Blondie gloss




One thought on “MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation First Impressions

  1. Kim

    Hmm, to be honest I’m not the greatest fan of dropper packaging, especially if it’s for something I’m using in the morning. I find they can be a bit messy at times and while I’d put up with a serum at night, I’d much rather prefer a pump when I’m short on time and need to get my face on 😉 It sounds like the coverage/effect is similar to an air cushion compact, but more tricky to work with. Have you thought about mixing it with a different foundation?

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