Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NEW MAC Cosmetics Studio Waterweight Foundation with SPF 30 Review

My long awaited purchase has finally become a reality. Ever since Wayne Goss mentioned and demonstrated the MAC Cosmetics Studio SPF 30 Foundation, I just had to get it for myself. Lately, companies have been generally creating foundations that are thinner in consistency, more natural in finish and attempting to add skincare benefits for the average consumer. This includes, Urban Decay, Makeup Forever, Smashbox...etc - as you would have seen being promoted across social media platforms. For someone that hasn't bought or touched a MAC Cosmetics foundation before, it's quite overwhelming to look at the wide selection they have and to know which one would be perfect for your skin type.

At the time I was purchasing this with Julie (@hauteflashes), we were contemplating between two new releases of foundation that had just launched in-stores - the MatchMaster Shade Intelligence Compact and the Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation. But I had my heart heavily set on the Studio Waterweight for the longest time, so I went with it.

This foundation claims to have "light to medium-buildable coverage, natural satin finish and to be weightless". It is a foundation that "delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic gel-serum formula". I personally always leans towards foundations that are thin in consistency in comparison to creams and powders because it generally provides a little more hydrating and a better finish to my skin. This oil-free foundation also said by the MAC Staff to have the ability to control oils, providing a longer and more comfortable wear. It offers a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF of 30 and does not oxidise or change colour over time. It is a gel-serum that sits on the sit a little more comfortably. It has an addition of moisture-fusion complexes that claims to add an all-day hydration to the face. Having so many claims, I had high expectations!

This foundation is best applied with a flat Kabuki brush to maintain the coverage and opaque nature of the formula, but it be applied with a sponge or any brush - keeping in mind coverage may vary. I personally found the foundation to hold up its claims very well. Despite making claims that it will provide all-day wear, after 6-8 hours the foundation begins to not perform as well, especially in the T-Zone. But other than that, the foundation was a great purchase. It maintained the hydration, it did not crease or separate and it blurred and smoothed out my imperfections. 

There are 23 shades to choose (from cool to warm tones) and I purchased NC30. 

Two drops of product

Lightly spread product with finger

Blended product with a brush

This foundation is very runny (almost like water) and should be shaken well before use. The product had perfectly blurred my pores, fine lines and imperfections and it covered up my light blemishes, as well as dark spots from scarring and old pimples. It applied smoothly and was streak-free! It was very easy to blend due to the fact that it is a fluid and there is a considerable amount of slip and movement for the perfect blend. It did a flawless job at evening out my skintone and giving my skin such a skin-like finish on the face. 

There was little to no reason to build up coverage because with one layer, it gave the "my skin but better" effect. As reference, it didn't cover my freckles entirely but it had covered the redness around my nose and cheeks. It did have a slight orange tinge to it when in dimmer light, but it looked perfect in natural sunlight. 

Another great thing about this foundation is that it maintains the hydration in your skin and it doesn't accentuate dry patches. Hence, I highly recommend for dry to normal skin types. Though, what I had noticed is if you do happen to build up a lot of the coverage, you will definitely need to use a powder or a makeup setting spray to maintain the longevity of the application, as well as prevent some fading around the exterior perimeter of the face and the slightest creasing around the smile and nose area. Hence, this foundation is best worn sheer and light on the skin, where it will show the perfect natural finish - similarly like the face and body foundation available on the MAC Cosmetics website. 

Putting aside the amazing formula, the packaging does not do the product justice. The product is encased in a frosted glass bottle which is very nice to have but not ideal for travelling. I really enjoy the dropper-type of applicators, as I believe it's the most sanitary type of applicator present but... the cheap rubber used for the dropper felt like MAC dropped their quality. In comparison to the BECCA Cosmetics Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation (which I have previously reviewed), it does not compare. They both have similar price tags but the quality in packaging has a huge difference and MAC Cosmetic got out-matched. I can understand the attempt to keep within their minimalist, black and white signature theme, but more effort should have been put into producing a more innovative and enjoyable applicator for the consumer.

The MAC Cosmetics Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation has 23 available shades - ranging from cool to warm tones - that can be purchased now at any MAC Counters or on their website at . It holds 30 mL / 1.0 fL Oz. of product at $54 AUD. Despite the disappointing packaging, I really appreciate the high quality of the formula and would say this foundation would be best for the everyday wear during Summer. The perfect holiday foundation!

As always, if you have any further questions about this foundation or want to discuss something in detail, please leave me a comment below.

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Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my own money for personal use. All links used is for information purposes only and is for the convenience of the reader. All things said are genuine and true and I was not compensated or sponsored to post up this review. 

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