Splashing my face with water – MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation

I think we all are old enough to know that advertisements and reality usually don’t match.

Sometimes even the claims sound a little odd to me. Case in point? The new MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation.

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NC 15
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NC 15

According to the sales assistant, your face after applying the foundation should look and feel like you just splashed it with water. Hydrated and glowing.

If I splashed my face with water, it would feel tight, my eyes would get a little red and my nose would start running. Not really that tempting, hm?

Does the foundation actually meet the advertisement claims? Let´s see.

What MAC claims:

Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel- serum formula. With a virtually weightless feel, this 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, while also controlling oil. The addition of Moisture-Fusion Complex provides immediate and all-day hydration, leaving skin feeling quenched and silky to the touch. The unique dropper provides you with a drop of perfection.


The frosted glass bottle contains 30 ml (1.0 fl oz) of product and will cost you 34,50€ in store or online (33 $ online here). There are many different shades available, so even very fair or very dark complexions should be able to find a match.

While the glass bottle looks very chic, it isn’t perfect for traveling. The „unique dropper“, basically a pipette, works really well in distributing the product and despite my initial concern doesn’t lead to a horrible mess, as the outer part somehow stays pretty clean.

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation – the dropper


The formula itself is very runny, and against my usually habit of using my fingers or a beauty blender for foundation, I preferred using a brush with that one.

The coverage is sheer, maybe buildable to medium when a brush is used. When applied with fingers or a beauty blender, a light coverage is the maximum I can achieve.

On to pictures

1. Bare face, only eye makeup done. No concealer.

Bare face, no concealer. Redness around the nose and chin, hyper pigmentation as well as blemishes on my cheeks and jawline.
Bare face, no concealer. Redness around the nose and chin, hyper pigmentation as well as blemishes on my cheeks and jawline.

2. Foundation applied (and build up), no additional concealer

Skintone looks more even, blemishes and hyper pigmentation need more coverage.
Skintone looks more even, blemishes and hyper pigmentation need a little more coverage.


The finish itself is lovely, it looks very natural and dewy on my combination/oily skin. I preferred to powder my t-zone, but depending on the finish you are going for I don’t think you have to. It didn’t cling to any dry patches I had.

The formula feels hydrating and stays that way throughout the day,  while the wear time (no primer, no powder), just like expected with the sheerer coverage, is around 4-6 hours on me. It fades lovely though, without settling into fine lines and could probably be enhanced by using a primer or a setting powder.

Does it live up to its claims?

Most of them.

I do feel it on my skin, mostly due to the hydrating properties, so I wouldn’t agree on the „virtually weightless“ claim, but call it lightweight.

It lasts several hours, stays true to color and offers sheer coverage, buildable to light medium.

Despite being pretty sheer, it blurs imperfections and fine lines, it evens out the skintone and leaves my skin feeling silky to the touch.

However I don’t feel like it works great at oil control.

Will I rebuy?


If there isn’t another foundation that I really want to try first. #beautybloggerproblems

Who do I recommend it to?

People with normal to dry skin, looking for a dewy finish and light coverage. I think this will work lovely on more mature skins.

If your skin is very problematic and you have a lot to cover up, this isn’t the right foundation for you.

If your face is very oily, you should probably opt for another one.


All in all, I have been loving the foundation for everyday use during the colder weather when I just want to look nice and fresh. For a night out I would probably opt for another one with heavier coverage.

But I am happy to report my face doesn’t look like claimed by the sales assistant. It looks way better!

Have you tried that foundation yourself?

And how do you look like when you just splash water to your face?


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  • It looks great on you! I’m terrified of dewy skin though and will stick with my matte face, whether it’s in fashion or not 😊
    Becca x

    • I am usually a matte kind of girl too, and I powder my whole face everyday, but somehow, lately, a little hint of dewiness has crept up on me. Only on the cheeks though, never in my t-zone!

      • I’ve definitely spent an extraordinary amount of time since I started blogging thinking about dewy skin… maybe I should just take the plunge and do it!

        • I am starting to consider using a highlighter for special occasions… Blogging can do strange things to us!

  • Eigentlich bin ich ja nicht so ein großer Fan von den Mac Foundations, aber die hier sieht echt toll aus. Sehr natürlich mit einem Hauch von Glow. Die Deckkraft reicht völlig aus, aber ich hab doch eher ölige Haut. Wahrscheinlich nicht so ideal. Ich sollte mir ein wenig davon abfüllen lasses, um es mal auszuprobieren. Also bei mir passiert überhaupt nichts, wenn ich mr Wasser ins Gesicht spritze. Ich sehe aus wie immer. Na falls das Wasser nicht eiskalt ist 😀 Dein neues Layout sieht spitze aus Anne.

    xx glamdevils.com / miasmode.blogspot.com

    • Vermutlich ist sie für sehr ölige Haut wirklich nichts. Meine ist ein bisschen ölig um die Nase rum, da wird dann kräftig gepudert.
      Und danke, der WordPress-Umzug hat mich Blut, Schweiß und Tränen gekostet, aber er war es auf jeden Fall wert.

  • This is a foundation I really want to try so I’m really happy you did a review about it ! I love the finish on you, and I believe since I have a normal skin, quite dry at the moment, it will perhaps last a little bit longer on me so now I am very tempted (another foundation on my wishlist )


    • If your skin is normal to dry, I bet you would love that one. Maybe you could get a sample somewhere?

  • It sounds like such a good promise but maybe not- I am so scared of new foundations my skin is so delicate

    Anna | aforvogue

    • MAC counters are usually quite generous with samples, that way you could test if you get along with it.

  • I like this one a lot! It’s among my current favorites.

  • I don’t like heavy foundations so this sounds like a good one to try. Your skin looks so smooth and dewey! Thanks for sharing your review!

    Doused In Pink

  • Emily

    I love how they think someone would WANT their face to look like their face has been splashed with water!? Regardless, this looks like a great foundation!

    Musings & More
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    • Marketing. I have no idea what they are thinking most of the time!

  • Kate

    Never heard of this. I’d probably want a bit more coverage, but I love the finish on you – very dewy and natural. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Yes, I would love it to be more buildable. One for the better skin days.

  • Great post love!



  • This looks nice on you, I don’t think it would have enough coverage for me though, I want that magical pairing of a light foundation with loads of coverage!!

    Makeup Monster

  • I only had a sample of this foundation but I really liked it and I liked the coverage. I will probably buy the whole bottle after I finish some of my other foundations. I really like the dewy finish of the Waterweight foundation. At the moment my chin has a lot of red blemishes so i opt for a foundation with a bit more coverage and lots of concealer.

    Agata http://herandmakeup.com

    • I get these lovely cystic spots around my jaw line and cheeks due to the hormonal changes, so I need a lot of concealer too. But I had finished two foundations, so this was my reward. I figured it would be more buildable though when I bought it.

  • Love how light and natural this foundation looks on you!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  • Oooh, I love the way it looks on you! Definitely agree with the dewy and it just evens everything out. I’ve been wearing light coverage foundations for the past 2 years, waiting for my skin to get to good before going to heavier foundations but now that my skin has calmed down, I think I want to try more coverage again. But this Mac one definitely looks like a good one to get for that nice natural, dewy glow.


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    • I usually have two options, one with lighter coverage for every day and one with more coverage for special occasions. That is the everyday one, it seems. Now I am off to find a special occasion one.

  • Great review. I haven’t found a product yet that would reach all expectations and things packaging say. Are they even exist? Anyways, this foundation look nice enough for a medium coverage. Not sure how it would look on my skin as it’s very oily 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I guess with very oily skin this wouldn’t be the right one for you.

  • I’ve read pretty good reviews on this foundation and I think there’s a similar formula from Smashbox which is a sister brand with MAC. I have yet to try MAC foundations but if I ever do, it would be this and the Face&Body (I think?) foundation because of the light coverage.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I never tried the Face and Body foundation, but I read this one would be the „sister version“ with a tad more coverage, which is why I opted for that one first.

  • If my skin were not oily, I’d have been sold at ‚unique dropper‘! Haha, no, not really…
    Silly marketing aside, it does sound appealing, but I definitely need something more matte.

    • I am not completely sold on the finish either, I powder most parts of my face when wearing it.

  • It looks lovely on you. Really love the end result. Gemma xx

  • This looks really beautiful on you! I can’t wear MAC bases because any I have tried have either broken me out or left my face feeling like it was burning! xx


    • That is to bad. Do you have a clue what caused that?

      • I have no idea. I have sensitive skin but I can’t pinpoint it to a certain ingredient in either product I tried. A concealer I tried from them broke me out badly too but I have no problem with their shadows, blushes, lipsticks, mascaras, Fix + & prep & prime highlighter xx

        • At least these work. The eyeshadows and lipsticks are way better than the foundation range in my opinion anyway.

  • testandtry

    Danke für dein Kommentar auf meinem Blog. Die Foundation sieht gut aus. Ich benutze auch immer eine. LG

  • I haven’t seen this foundation before. It gives a nice coverage and dewy look (which I don’t really go for – I prefer matte finish since I have oily skin). I don’t know how all these people come up with ideas like „… splashed it with water“ really? Like yours, my skin would feel tight too.


    • I usually go for matte too, but with powder on my t-zone I feel comfortable wearing this.
      Marketing is something I will never understand…

  • Alexandra Hilterbrand

    If hydrated and glowing skin is your goal, check out Miracle Teint by Lancome! It’s been my favorite for years.

    I’m a huge fan of the healthy, dewy look — almost like borderline looks-like-my-face-is-sweating-but-not-really-because-that’s-gross look.

    Your skin is absolutely gorgeous though.


    • I normally prefer a more matte finish and powder my face when wearing this foundation. But with winter around the corner I could use a little hydration on a daily basis. I am naturally quite oily/glowy, so I search for the opposite.

    • I normally prefer a more matte finish and powder my face when wearing this foundation. But with winter around the corner I could use a little hydration on a daily basis. I am naturally quite oily/glowy, so I search for the opposite.

  • I like the look of it on you. I like the coverage. The longevity is crap though! I’d probably use it for evening wear where I only needed moderate coverage. MAC NW 10 is about my shade so I don’t think this one would work for me until summer.

    • The longevity is pretty normal on my skin, given that the coverage is quite light. I don’t wear primer, which I should probably start. When I checked, NW 10 was available online. Do you prefer a dewy finish?

      • I don’t like wearing primer either. Mostly because silicone seems to clog me up fast, no matter how much I exfoliate. I like a satin finish best.

        • And your foundation lasts without a primer? That is impressive. I think satin would be my favorite too, but I seem to only find matte or dewy, nothing in between…

    • The longevity is pretty normal on my skin, given that the coverage is quite light. I don’t wear primer, which I should probably start. When I checked, NW 10 was available online. Do you prefer a dewy finish?

  • I haven’t tried this foundation, but I always see it so I was debating about trying it out but I just got a new foundation so another time haha. I love the pipette dropper though, I’ve never tried putting on foundation using that but it seems interesting! This is a very thorough review, I love it 🙂

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

    • I put it on my brush, not directly to my face, that would be a horrible mess. Now I am curious, which foundation did you get instead?

      • I actually got the Almay Clear Complexion. It’s a drugstore one and it’s my first time trying it, but so far it’s working really well for my skin and is a better color match than I had before!

        • I don’t think we get Almay around here. Is it directed at acne-prone skin?

          • Some of the reviews I’ve seen on it say that it does pretty well on acne-prone skin, but I don’t think it’s specifically directed at it. The Blemish Heal technology it advertises is mostly for reducing redness and blurring imperfections.

          • I see. It was the name that made me jump to that conclusion.

    • I put it on my brush, not directly to my face, that would be a horrible mess. Now I am curious, which foundation did you get instead?

  • Cool review!
    It does make your skin dewy but I suspect it wouldn’t hold up well for those with very oily skin. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    XoXo Noma

    • No, I don’t think people with very oily skin would get a lot of wear out of this. Which foundation would you recommend for oily skin?

    • No, I don’t think people with very oily skin would get a lot of wear out of this. Which foundation would you recommend for oily skin?

  • thefashionsalt

    Great review! I have yet to find a foundation that doesn’t make my face break out, but this sounds like it would be nice being so light weight. And splashing my face with water is sometimes nice. I like that tight feeling, mainly b/c I think it’s clean; but my eyes are held tightly shut, and my nose does run 🙂

    • Okay, I found the one person that ad was aimed at! You are actually the only one so far admitting that she likes splashing her face with water, not counting extreme situations like a desert marathon ro similar.

      • thefashionsalt

        haha. The one thing I don’t like though is the rain shower head for some reason; but my husband loves it.

  • Kiki Rampone

    This looks great on you! I hate when products don’t live up to the advertisements, so glad to hear this one did! Awesome review 🙂

    xo Kiki


  • I am sold on how beautiful and natural it looks on you Anne! I have a combination dry skin type and sometimes that combination part turns pretty dehydrated and then nothing looks good on! I am going to try this out in store and wear it for a day to see how this wears.. I love a good „watery“ foundation for sure!

    • It sounds like it was made for you, then. Let me know how you get on.

  • This sort of reminds me of Lise Watier’s Teint Lumiere foundation! I haven’t tried any mac products so far but heard their foundations (and lipsticks) are really good! I love the dewy finish on you!

    • I have never heard of Lise Watier before, what brand is that?

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    What a lovely fresh looking finish, great review!!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Great review! I personally perfer a slightly heavier coverage foundation that evens out the skin tone completely!


    June Wants It All – Indian fashion and lifestyle blog

    • it depends on what I am doing whether I want more coverage or not.

  • I think your skin looks nice after use… glad you somewhat like it. Thanks for your input and your skin looks pretty dewey, so it does look like you kind of splashed water on your face…

    All the Cute
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    • Maybe this is what they meant when making these claims. Do you prefer that kind of finish in your foundation or do you go for matte?

  • Seraphina
  • This looks like a good foundation if you’re into that sheer dewy look. I generally prefer light coverage like this.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • It depends on my plans for the day, but as everyday look I quite enjoy the lighter coverage it gives.

  • Nicole

    Looks great on you! I always love mac 🙂

    Girl About Town blog

  • Kelly M

    Your writing is always so fun to read. How do you look when you splash water on your face? I mean I don’t look as beautiful as that I’m certain. I would also probably be dripping.. Regardless the product looks great on you but to be honest I just don’t see THAT much of a difference. Maybe I’m just really bad at this whole make-up thing? You’re beautiful with or without 🙂


    • Nah, there really isn’t that much difference. It is just a tad more even and less redness, like a soft instagram filter I guess.

  • Danielle

    I would like this foundation since it’s hydrating and provides light coverage. I like the results on you!


  • I really like the dewy appearance this product creates, that’s quite difficult to achieve with foundations!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


  • I think the results on you look very natural! In my opinion, you don’t need anything with fuller coverage. You have great skin! I love that its a bit dewy!

    Love, Layla Rosita

    • My skin is far from great, but I have come to terms with it. I no longer try to cover up all the scars, that only looks horrible on my more mature skin.

  • Sounds lovely. But I agree, being a person with oily/normal skin it doesn’t exactly sound right for me. But if I had dry skin I’d probably try it out!
    Emma xxx


  • I would love to try this out! It is nice that it looks natural x

  • The foundation has more coverage that I expected but I think the finish is similar to ones I already own 🙂

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  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, ich habe gerade überlegt, wie ich aussehe, wenn ich mir Wasser ins Gesicht spritze 🙂 Vermutlich ähnlich, wie Du beschreibst 🙂 Also ich finde das Resultat mit der Foundation wirklich gut und ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass dies auch wieder ein richtig gutes Produkt für mich wäre, nachdem ich Deine zusätzliche Einschätzung gelesen habe. Merke ich mir auf jeden Fall, vielen lieben Dank fürs Vorstellen!

    • Ich habe gute Erfahrungen damit gemacht, mich am MAC Counter schminken zu lassen oder um eine Probe zu bitten. So kann man das Produkt in Ruhe ausprobieren, im Tagesverlauf ändert sich eine Fundation auf der Haut ja doch deutlich.
      Einen schönen Tag noch!

  • Splashing with water gives me just about the same reaction lols. What a funny way to market a foundation?!
    It looks lovely on you though, I really prefer light to medium coverage so this sounds like it would be a good match for me. I’ve only ever tried one other MAC foundation before and that was the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof which I quite liked at first, but the shade is too light for me now in summer and I don’t think I love it enough to buy a summer shade, although I do think that formula would be better suited to warmer weather.
    I might see if I can get a tester of this one next time I’m at Mac, but as much as their shade range is extensive I find that the NW20 is too light for me now, but the times I’ve switched NW25 it just looks wrong to me. And the NC’s are way too yellow for me.

    • I struggle with exactly matching my skintone too. NC 15 is the best guess,but can look a little yellow sometimes, especially if I pair it with bronzer and use a heavier coverage formula. But the NWs don’t suit me at all. The one time I was entirely happy was when they had the Matchmaster foundation, aimed at neutral skins. 1.5 was perfect in summer! Maybe ask for a Matchmaster sample as well, I reviewed it a while back. If you are interested, I´ll leave you the link.

      • I’ll have to take a look at that. I’ve always felt better in a foundation aimed at neutral as it seems to cancel out some of my pinkness, but not go that step too far into yellow territory. Thanks xx

  • Awwww, dang it. I was hoping this would be a good foundation for oily skins! I thought it sounded really great.

    • If you aren’t dehydrated, but only oily I don’t think it will be the best. I need the hydration despite my skins oiliness during the colder months.

  • Love the finish of the foundation!


  • Great review! I have a similar one by Dior and I like it. It’s not so good when my face is dry during these winter months though.
    xx Elle

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  • Hanna

    I think I might want to try this out! –Hanna Lei

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    • Ask for a sample or a makeover at the counter, they are usually pretty nice there.

  • Trang Do

    Great foundation! Looks perfect!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • I adore how dewy and natural this looks on your skin! I would try this for sure 🙂

    Rachel xx


    • Then go get a sample, it will be perfect for your upcoming summer!

  • I love how smooth it looks! i am a massive fan of MAC! They make amazing makeup and this suits you so well 🙂 Loved your review on this. xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com

    • I don’t get on with all of their products, but that one is lovely.

  • Personally I would prefer more coverage as I have a lot of freckles on my cheeks which I hate.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • I understand. Medium coverage is the best I could reach, and only if I used a brush, so I guess it wouldn’t be the one for you.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’m definitely not a fan of the overly dewy looking finish and prefer more of a matte and dry finish to the skin. I need more coverage too, so thank you for reviewing this so thoroughly. I know this one is not for me! xx, adaatude.com

  • Jaa

    Thanks for mentioning about the oil control! I so badly wanted to buy this one but now I guess I’ll have to sadly skip it. 🙁 In this heat and humidity, oil control is an absolute must for me.

    • Maybe ask for a sample or a makeover, that way you can see whether it works for you. But to be honest, I don’t think it would hold up to your climate.

  • Sophie Daisy

    I really want to try this foundation! I’m currently using the two Charlotte Tilbury ones xx


    • Are they worth the hype?

      • Sophie Daisy

        I prefer the magic foundation but love them!xx

  • I actually purchased this one from a MAC counter and got home, tried it, only to suffer an allergic reaction (darn my immune system!) I really liked the coverage though…

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