Mac waterweight foundation review

What on earth am I doing reviewing a foundation that came out years ago? Well even I can’t really explain that one. Except that with my last foundation lasting me over a year and a half, I don’t exactly have a quick product turnover in my makeup bag. What can I say? I’m a one at a time kinda girl, in the infamous words of Miss Georgia Steel, ‘I’m loyal babe’. 

Besides, it may have come out a long time ago, but as someone who finds it incredibly difficult to choose foundations, I know that this post is something I’d want to read when on the hunt for my next makeup product. So here I am, giving the people (aka myself) what they want.


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Over Christmas, I usually get a voucher for a makeup or clothes store from family friends, and this year it happened to be MAC. Conveniently for me, this came at a time where I was quite literally down to the last few drops of my old Clinique foundation and desperately in need of something new.

When it comes to foundation I don’t have much expertise. All I know is that I prefer dewy to matte, and I don’t want anything with a crazy high coverage because I don’t think I wear enough makeup in general to balance that out and not end up looking like a heliophobic vampire.

So I went into the MAC store armed with my only two requirements and ready to see what they had on offer. After speaking with one of the makeup artists for a while, she suggested that I try Waterweight because it was closest to what I was looking for.


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This foundation has a sheer to medium coverage that is buildable but definitely needs to be topped up with concealer to cover blemishes and dark circles. What I love the most about it is that it has SPF 30. I hate wearing suncream on my face as it always makes me breakout so I much prefer to have an SPF in other products such as moisturiser or foundation. Being a perfect product for daily use, you can feel reassured knowing that you have that level of UV protection all the time!


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The consistency is much more watery than my previous foundation which I’m not necessarily complaining about as I think it’s very easy to apply. I use a stippling brush to dab it in to my skin as I have always preferred it to a beauty blender which, particularly with water based foundations, absorbs way too much of the product during application. However, I tend to apply my concealer with a beauty blender afterwards because I find that once the foundation is applied, using the blender over the top helps to settle it into my skin better.

I usually spritz my face with a primer / setting spray before applying just so that my base is slightly moist. I find that this foundation settles into my skin fairly fast and when applying with a dabbing motion, I haven’t had any problem with streaks. I really like the dropper because it’s just generally easy to use and limits product waste.



I tried my best to take a selfie to show how this foundation looks on the skin but I must admit that front camera photos aren’t my forte. Nevertheless, here is an unedited photo to show you how it looks after a full face of makeup.




I topped up my nose and my cheekbones with highlighter but as you can see this foundation definitely achieves a dewy look all over the face. I still set it with a little bit of powder though as otherwise I feel that the foundation would literally wipe off my face in a couple of hours.

I purchased the shade NW15 (because I’m pale af) which I think matches my cool-toned skin perfectly and I don’t need to blend it way down into my neck. In general I actually really like the finish of this foundation as it is still very natural looking and I find that it brightens up my skin especially when combined with the Rimmel wake me up concealer. As someone who doesn’t tend to wear heavy coverage makeup, I think this is perfect for me, and still somewhat buildable for an evening look!

In terms of durability, I haven’t had any significant issues, but I do think that there are foundations out there that last much longer without separating or wiping off if you accidentally touch your face. However, this could be improved with a really good setting spray and like I said, I haven’t really had an issue so far, most likely because it is a light to medium coverage so it’s less noticeable.

So in conclusion, I am definitely a fan of this foundation. In fact, I am pleasantly surprised since I sort of ended up buying it out of awkwardness simply because I spent so long with the makeup artist applying different shades to my face. Plus I had a voucher so really I wasn’t spending very much! I would recommend Waterweight to people who like a lighter foundation or are looking for more of a daytime product, this could be the one for you!


Do you have a holy grail foundation that you’re obsessed with? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!