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REVIEW: MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

I received a sample of this foundation from the MAC beauty counter at Myer in the shades NC25 and NC30. I have used this foundation more than 5 times now so I think I know enough about it to do a full review on it.

Disclaimer: Because all I had were samples, I do not have my own images of the product itself. I will be using images I find from Google.

 

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“A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic, gel-serum formula.”

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

As the name suggests, this foundation claims to be a lightweight foundation with a stay-true colour. It blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. While it is a water based foundation, it does claim to control oil.

PACKAGING

The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle. Instead of the common pump, the foundation is dispensed through a dropper. I find this packaging very nice and sleek. However, I’ve always preferred a pump on my foundation bottle.

 

MAC waterweight foundation NC 30 swatch

Swatch

 

This foundation, as the name suggests, is very watery and does provide a dewy finish. I myself have always been more in favour of dewy foundations/BB creams. This also comes in a wide range of shades so it’ll be easier for one to find a perfect match.

 

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NC30

NC30 is a perfect match for my skin as of now and I’m glad I finally know my MAC shade! It makes the process of purchasing other foundations so much easier.

 

 

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NC25

As you can see above, NC25 is way too pink for my skin and does not match my neck at all.

FIRST IMPRESSION

This foundation is very lightweight so yes it does live up to its title. It has a very sheer finish. It leaves your skin looking dewy, natural, and healthy. It is buildable and does not cake up, but the most coverage you’re going to get is a medium. As for the oil control, I was surprised that for such a watery foundation, this did not make my face look greasy throughout the day. It actually maintained its fresh, dewy look even after sweating.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I actually really like this foundation. As some may know by now, I love dewy foundations and I love how it feels like you’re literally wearing nothing on your face. Due to the very sheer coverage, this foundation is good for those who are blessed with perfect skin. But for those with acne or trouble areas, this foundation would be a waste of your money. Also, if you are looking to get a medium coverage out of this, you need to use ALOT of product which again, is a waste of your money.

 

 

Pros:

  • Feels like you’re wearing nothing
  • Controls oil
  • Gives a natural glow to skin
  • Buildable
  • Wide shade range

Cons:

  • Highest amount of coverage is only medium
  • Requires ALOT of product to cover the face

Overall rating: 4/5

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REVIEW: M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

I have quite a good general understanding of M.A.C and the line of products they carry. However when it comes to actual experience? It’s quite limited to just their Prep+Prime Fix+ makeup spray which I have written a review on here.

This is my first time using a lipstick by M.A.C and I was super, super excited to use it. I had very high expectations for their lipsticks due to its popularity and long line of dedicated users.

I purchased this at a Myer department store for $32 AUD, which isn’t exactly the cheapest price for lipsticks but I was willing to spend a little extra for better quality.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.A.C lipsticks come in many different shades, totalling up to over 200. They also carry different finishes such as matte, sheen, cream, satin, or even frost. Customers are pretty much given a large range of options.

I myself chose to purchase their matte lipstick because I’ve always been more in favour of matte finishes.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

The shade I have chosen is called Taupe which is a muted reddish-taupe brown. I apologise because I am not the best at describing colours.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

The lipstick is contained in M.A.C’s traditional and classic bullet packaging which I really like. It’s sleek and simple.

For those who are curious, this is what M.A.C has to say on the product:

“Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips, MAC Lipstick is available in hundreds of hues and high-fashion textures. It’s the iconic product that made MAC famous.”

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Ingredients list

Right above is the ingredients list which I have inserted for those who are sensitive to certain ingredients and are curious to know what the lipstick contains.

The lipstick contains vanilla which would explain it’s slight vanilla scent.

I just want to say how much I LOVE this lipstick. It’s matte but it’s not drying at all and feels velvety on the lips and applies so smoothly. This has become my go-to everyday lipstick. It’s the perfect nude shade for my skin tone. This however, does require some touch ups after eating but that doesn’t really bother me.

Just a disclaimer, the picture above isn’t always what Taupe looks like on my lips because I occasionally wear a lip balm underneath that already has a tint to it but this does give a general idea of what it looks like.

I now buy into the hype and love this product gets. I highly recommend this!!

Pros:

  • Not at all drying
  • Applies smoothly
  • Doesn’t sink into fine lines
  • Attractive packaging.

Cons:

  • Requires touch ups throughout the day
  • On the pricey side

Overall rating: 4.5/5

REVIEW: M.A.C Prep+Prime Fix+

Surprise! For once I am not doing a review on a Korean product! Now, I wasn’t really into setting sprays or makeup sprays or whatever you’d like to call them even with all the hype surrounding them. However, one random day, I finally got curious about the M.A.C Prep+Prime Fix+ which has been constantly praised within the beauty community.

I purchased this at Myer for $32 AUD which I know isn’t exactly cheap but I couldn’t help myself.

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Just a quick side note: This is NOT a setting spray! This most common misconception surrounding Fix+ is that it’s a setting spray. Fix+ is actually designed to “fix” your makeup by removing the powdery look and make you look more refreshed.

The product comes inside a 100ml spray bottle which is quite a decent size. I don’t know why but I find the sparkly box very pretty and it’s tempting to keep it but I hate hoarding things I don’t need. I think the frosted packaging of the bottle is also a nice touch.

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“A soothing moisture mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup. Hold bottle 12″ away from face and spray evenly”

Although this was designed to be a face spray, this product is actually multi-functional! I will list some examples below.

  • Intensify eyeshadows – Spray some fix+ on an eyeshadow brush, dip your brush into an eyeshadow and pat it onto the lid. I mainly do this with shimmer shades due to their lack of pigment as compared to matte shades. A little Fix+ really help make the colours pop.
  • Remove the cakey, powdery look – I achieve this by spraying Fix+ on my face after I complete my makeup. I simply spray this evenly across my face and let it dry for a few minutes.
  • Create a dewy makeup look – Spray Fix+ on your face before applying makeup to get that very glowy, dewy look. Perfect for summer!
  • Thin out thick liquid products – Pump some foundation on the back of your hand and spray Fix+ on it and mix for a more sheer coverage. This also works well with thick concealers.
  • Hydrate your skin – Simply spray Fix+ on your face after a shower to hydrate your skin and lock in the moisture.
  • Apply loose pigments – Much like for the eyeshadow, just simply spray Fix+ on your brush and pick up the pigment and then apply it on to your lids. This really helps make the pigment last longer and appear more vibrant.
  • Revive old gel liners – Spray Fix+ into your gel liner pot and mix with a brush until you get that creamy consistency again.

The bottle actually contains a lock on the lid to keep it secure to avoid any mess or accidental sprays in your bag. The liquid inside sprays out into a very fine mist so theres no worry about this spray making your face overly wet.

I mainly use this as a finishing spray because it really helps add to the already dewy makeup on my face and it really does remove any powdery-ness on my face. As someone who’s always been a fan of the dewy look, this product has become a staple in my beauty routine and I can’t complete my makeup without using this. I very much recommend this product!

Pros:

  • Multi-functional
  • Removes powdery look
  • Makes makeup appear more fresh

Cons:

  • I have nothing negative to say about this!

 

Overall rating: 5/5