MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation Swatches & Review - NW18, NW22

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mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation swatches & review NW18, NW22

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation 

MAC recently released the newest formula to join their expansive catalog of foundations. This one is meant to be a thin, gel-like serum that provides sheer-medium coverage and SPF30.

I have 2 of the new shades to share with you today!

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation Review NW18, NW22

Product Type - thin liquid foundation (gel-like serum)
Shades - NW18 is a light pinky-peachy beige while NW22 is a orange-peachy medium beige
Finish - slightly dewy
On the Skin - smooths on beautifully; thin, but provides sheer to buildably sheer-medium coverage; smooths some imperfections; extremely comfortable and lightweight
Price - $33 retail (1 fl oz)
Final Thoughts - This formula is really lovely for anyone that prefers a barely-there, smooth feel to their foundation. I was impressed with how easy it was to buff into the skin and how well it evened out the complexion despite being such a thin consistency. It's nice that it offers SPF30 coverage, however, I always recommend using a separate suncare product as well to ensure you really have full coverage on your delicate face skin. 

While I am not personally in the NW range for MAC, these shades are definitely warm and should potentially suit those with warmer complexions. NW18 was a really lovely color and appeared a bit less warm than NW22 to me.

Overall, I'm very impressed and fully intend to buy this formula in my shades (NC25/NC30) so that I can use them. I'm curious to see how the cool shades compared to the warm shades in tone.

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation Swatches NW18, NW22

Here are swatches on clean, bare skin of MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 foundation in NW18 and NW22. These were taken in natural sunlight. 

mac studio waterweight spf30 foundation swatches & review NW18, NW22
MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30 swatches left to right: NW18, NW22

What do you think? Have you tried this new MAC foundation formula? 


  1. I love a good sheer coverage foundation. I think I would definitely be interested in trying this new formulation.

  2. This is on my to try list. I love MAC foundations.

  3. I hate a heavy foundation, but need something with good coverage that also blends away the imperfections. This sounds like the perfect solution! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. i'm so excited to try these out! I have heard good things!

  5. Their foundations are always among my faves! Right now I'm loving the Pro Longwear Waterproof.

  6. I need this in my life! I use light coverage foundations, so this would be great. I've always been a MAC fan.

  7. Ohhhhhhhh I love MAC, and I've been meaning to try this foundation!


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