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MAC recently released a new foundation. This review will be on the MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 foundation in the shade NW22.
Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel-serum formula. With a virtually weightless feel, this hydrating formula is extraordinarily comfortable, lasting for hours. With stay-true colour and sheer medium buildable coverage, it softly blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. The unique dropper provides you with a drop of perfection. Use the new 196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation Brush for a naturally flawless finish.
My Experience with MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation:
Packaging: This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser which is quite common with such watery/serum type of foundations. I would have preferred a pump packaging as I find that much easier and less messy.
Consistency and Application: As the name implies, the foundation is very watery, thin, and of runny consistency. It spreads easily on to the skin and sets quickly, hence you do have to work fast to blend it in. I find using either my fingers or a sponge works the best to give me the best streak-free finish which is not possible when using a brush. I much prefer using my fingertips to blend it in as I find a sponge absorbs a lot of the product and gives me a sheer coverage.
Coverage/Finish/Look and feel on skin: This is a sheer to medium coverage foundation. It is quite buildable and you can increase the coverage in layers without the fear of it ever looking cakey. It is quite lightweight on the skin and becomes one with the skin that you can hardly feel you have got any makeup on your skin. It lets my skin breathe. The look and feel it imparts is the best version of my natural self. It makes my skin look and feel plush and supple. It does not accentuate pores or fine lines. It wasn’t overly hydrating on its own, but with a lightweight moisturizer underneath, it doesn’t cling on to or accentuates dry patches.
The coverage always looks skin like – neither too matte nor too dewy, but a smooth velvet like with a natural glow from within. I have fairly clear skin hence the coverage this foundation provides is more than sufficient for me, but it cannot get to a full coverage by any means. Once it sets, I don’t feel the need to powder my skin. I use around 2-3 drops for either side of my face and the same amount for my forehead.
Staying Power: It wore very well throughout the day, which is 7-8 hours for me. On my dry skin, it got just a slightest bit shiny as the day wore on, but it never made me look greasy nor did I ever feel the need to blot. I did notice some fading and some redness peeking out around the oiliest parts of my face which are around the nose, eyes, and chin area after around 5-6 hours. It does not transfer too much onto my phone or clothes.
Fragrance: This foundation has a very subtle chemical/makeup type of scent which isn’t too strong or overpowering and fades quickly once applied.
I also love the fact that this foundation offers SPF 30 which would be a good supplement to your regular sunscreen, but insufficient just on its own due to the less quantity of foundation needed per application. It also comes in a wide array of shades. I use the shade NW22 which is my usually MAC shade in most Studio foundations and has a warm undertone.
Overall, I love this foundation, but it reminds me a lot of Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation in terms of performance and coverage. I love the latter one so much (it’s more than double the price of MAC foundation). One more thing worth mentioning here is that I have read a lot of people commenting that this foundation is identical to the new Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30 foundation in terms of everything to the point that it just feels like a re-packaged product, which wouldn’t be surprising as both Smashbox and MAC are owned by the same company. Since I have not used the latter, I cannot support this fact, but something to keep in mind if you were debating between these two foundations is that there is a considerable price difference between the two.
I feel this foundation will suit best those people with fairly good skin to begin with and who are just looking for a lightweight everyday foundation which looks natural while evening out their skin tone. This foundation will best suit normal to dry/combination skin, but oily skin can also wear it, but may need to powder and blot throughout the day. I will recommend this.
Pros of MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation:
- Natural-looking finish.
- Easy to apply with fingertips, no fancy brushes needed.
- Easy-to-use dropper dispenser.
- Wide array of shades available.
- Feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin.
- Does not accentuate pores or dry patches.
- Does not feel silicon-y.
- Moderately hydrating.
- Good wear time.
- Perfect everyday foundation.
- Buildable coverage.
- SPF 30.
Cons of MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation:
- Glass bottle.
- Not travel friendly.
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