MAC Waterweight Foundation Review

Are you looking for a lightweight foundation that feels absolutely light on your skin? Keep reading my MAC Waterweight foundation review below, and you might find yourselves wanting to buy this foundation! I purchased this foundation couple weeks a go, and have been loving it!

I have had tried a couple serum foundation, and even though most of them feel lightweight on the skin, most of them have a medium to full coverage (i.e. NARS Weightless Luminous foundation). So, it was interesting to see that MAC has released a sheer to medium coverage version of it. Have you guys experience a serum foundation before? What are your thoughts on it?

MAC Waterweight foundation review

I saw Smashbox released a BB Water foundation, I was intrigued but I hesitated from buying it since I was waiting for the MAC waterweight. I am grateful I decided to wait since this MAC foundation ended up being cheaper than the Smashbox bb water.

I, then, went on youtube and saw Wayne Goss from Gossmakeupartist channel posted a review of this foundation on the same day I tried it for the first time. He mentioned that this foundation is exactly the same as the Smashbox BB water. I have the same feeling as him! Although I did not give the Smashbox BB water a try, I did swatch it at the store. It has similar texture, finish, SPF to the MAC Waterweight foundation. Smashbox and MAC are both own by Estee Lauder, so it’s no surprise if the formula is the same. Both foundations are very similar, if not, exactly the same product with the exception of the price tag – Smashbox ca$50 vs MAC ca$33. So glad I waited for the MAC one!

In addition, the MAC Waterweight foundation comes in more shades (23) compared to the Smashbox BB Water (8). So, if you’re thinking of grabing the Smashbox BB Water, perhaps you should check out MAC Waterweight foundation first!

MAC Waterweight foundation review

Description (from MAC website)

“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 MAC Waterweight foundation comes in a glass bottle, with a dropper. This bottle is pretty similar to the Giorgio Armani Meastro, and Diorskin Nude Air foundation’s bottles.


You can apply this foundation using your fingers, or MAC brush #196. I used MAC #196 brush for the purpose of this tutorial.


Since I wore this in a warmer weather, this foundation lasts somewhere between 6-8hrs.

The MAC Waterweight foundation has a natural finish.


I find that this foundation has a very sheer coverage. However, I realized that when I layer the foundation into the skin, the more it builds and becomes a medium coverage. At first, it’s not noticeable, but when I look at the before and after pictures, I realized that it covers more than I expected. So, coverage is sheer to medium, buildable.

As I’ve said previously, the foundation comes in 23 shades:

  • Yellow undertone – NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50
  • Pink undertone – NW13, NW15, NW18, NW20, NW22, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50

I’m wearing NC30


CA$33 (excl. tax). If you’re a makeup artist, don’t forget to apply as MAC Pro member to receive 40% off.

MAC Waterweight foundation review


  • Easily blended
  • Covers pores and fine lines well
  • Large range of shades
  • Buildable coverage – sheer to medium
  • Light-weight, does not feel cakey at all
  • Oil-free
  • Great for any skin type – hydrating enough for dry skin, but not too oily for oily skin


  • None

p.s: I know that some people might have a reaction towards MAC foundation, so please do your due diligence before buying or trying this foundation. Do a patch test prior to applying it all over your face.





  • This review is based on my own experience only, and should not be used to treat, diagnose, prevent any skin conditions.
  • If irritation occurred, please contact your health care provider.
  • I am not liable for any reaction occurred to you while using this product.
  • I bought this product myself, I did not receive it for any compensation.
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