When I heard that MAC launched a new gel-serum foundation, I had to give it a try! The Studio Waterweight foundation is supposed to provide sheer medium buildable coverage, while being extraordinarily comfortable and weightless.
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I bought the shade NC35 because that's the color I usually wear in other MAC foundations when I use self tanner. This color is a bit more orange compared to your typical NC35, but I can easily add a drop of Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Blue to change the color.
The formula is quite thin and hydrating, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. The finish is very dewy and can easily look greasy if you don't set it with some loose powder on the T-zone, especially if your skin is already oily. This foundation is beautiful though, it looks like skin!
I have very oily (and acne prone!) skin and I can make it work with a good mattifying primer and some loose powder, such as NeoStrata's Oil Free Matifying Fluid, Make Up For Ever's Step 1 Mattifying Primer and Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. But keep in mind that this will give you a dewy finish even if you use a primer and set it with powder, the finish will never be matte. So yeah, not the best foundation for oily skin but it can work with the right products.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, without primer and powder :
That being said, the coverage is very light and if I try to apply more product, it doesn't really give more coverage. It evens out my skin tone and looks very natural, but I definitely need some concealer to cover blemishes and redness.
Compared to Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, this MAC foundation has a similar finish but it's a tad thicker and hydrating. If you need more coverage but still want that dewy and luminous finish, you would probably love the Clarins True Radiance SPF 15 Perfect Skin Foundation. The coverage is light to medium and it looks like skin, it's one of my favorite foundations!
The MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation retail for $39.50 CAD for 30ml.