MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation ($33). I’ve been daydreaming about and looking forward to this one for what feels like ages, and not just because I’m a water-baby at heart, but also because it’s a serum formula, and I absolutely do not ever want to go back to the time when most formulas looked and felt heavy, caked-on and obvious (perish the thought!). Serum foundation formulas usually feel lightweight and slippery (the good ones), like you’re slipping into a fine silk chemise, ooh-la-la. You do feel something when you’re wearing them…but it isn’t annoying or obvious.
Serum foundations also excel at pore blurring and disguising fine lines and little imperfections. So yeah, since those are among my daily adversaries (the struggle is so real), I was all over this one.
MAC Studio Waterweight is a bonafide serum foundation, and if you like natural-looking, moisturizing medium-coverage foundations with lightweight formulas, put it on your iPhone Notes list of products to try ASAP.
First things first, the finish.
I’m gonna call it a sheen, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it dewy, because it isn’t shiny at all. It’s more refined than that, and velvety. Very natural looking.
As one of those lucky ladies with combination skin, I really appreciate that. My skin just can’t make up its mind! It’s oily on my forehead, dry on my cheeks and acne-prone along my jawline and around the edges of my forehead.
Oh — and there are also noticeable pores and fine lines up in the mix.
I’ve been wearing and testing Studio Waterweight in shade NC42 for a few days, and I’m very happy with it. In many ways, I like it more than Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum, which I used a ton this summer.
Other than the big difference in price (Diorskin Nude Air is $53 versus $33 for MAC Waterweight), Waterweight also comes in three times as many shades (25 shades versus eight, most of which have peach or pink undertones).
Diorskin Nude Air does have one significant advantage over MAC Studio Waterweight, however, and that’s flexibility. I can easily work up to full coverage with Nude Air when I want to, but I can’t seem to get there with MAC Waterweight. MAC calls the coverage flexible; I’d characterize it as more medium. One layer gives me coverage on the sheer side of medium. Two or three layers takes it firmly up to medium, but when I’ve tried any more layers than that, even though it does build up beautifully, it doesn’t work all the way up to full-coverage. I can’t get it completely opaque.
But ya know what? For everyday wear, I’m cool with that. More often than not, I’d reach for MAC Waterweight, but for pics and video — and I’m wearing MAC Sutdio Waterweight in this video here — I think I prefer Diorskin Nude Air. Sometimes I just need the fuller coverage.
If you decide to give MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation a try, and I hope you do, I recommend applying it directly on your skin with your fingers using a pressing and rolling motion to blend it in. A BeautyBlender works great, too, but I feel like I end up using more product with the sponge.
Also, if you have MAC Mineralize Skinfinish at home, try using it to set this foundation. The two of them make beautiful music together… Very natural. Not cakey at all.
I think I may have mentioned this, but in the video at the top, I’m wearing Studio Waterweight in shade NC42.
- MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation ($33; available now at MAC counters, stores and online in 25 shades — NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50, NW14, NW15, NW18, NW20, NW22, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50, N12 and N18)
- Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation ($53)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,