MAC Waterweight v Waterproof

I haven’t tried a MAC foundation is years (4 to be precise, I was pregnant with Milo at the time) and I’ve never found one I loved but having heard very good things about their two new launches I thought I’d give them another chance to wow me. Initially I went in for the Waterproof as I’m more of a long wear base girl but the waterweight sounded perfect for my ‘off days’ so I decided they might make for a good comparison post.. and here we are.

First point of difference is the packaging which is led by the very different formulas. The Waterproof is thicker and the Waterweight is (as the name suggests) like water.. very very thin and so the pipet applicator is almost necessary to contain it. Having had these for more than a month now I have found that the best way to apply the heavier foundation is with a beauty blender, you CAN use brushes as it’s not cakey or heavy at all but I prefer the finish with the sponge. The waterweight however is a finger tips job, anything else just soaks up the product whereas using my hands it just feels like an extra skincare product. Very, very light weight and comfortable but there’s a good amount of coverage.. not at all what I was expecting actually. In the picture above I’ve applied a light layer of each and I don’t think there’s much in it, but you tell me..

Although each of these foundations is aimed more at normal/oily skin than dry I didn’t find that they were all that good at oil control. I’m finally learning that very few products really are though so I wont demerit them for that. They were however a little tough on dry patches, the waterweight was considerably better in this area so if you skin is on the drier side that’s the one I’d suggest you try. They’re really so, so similar though and I had expected them to be polar opposites, they are each a little better than the other in their own way but I think I’m leaning towards the Waterweight because the differences when worn are so minor but that one feels the most comfortable and wears better on me. Neither are super heavy but the waterproof settles in to those drier areas over time (although the oil control is marginally better) but both offer good, buildable, long lasting coverage, it really will depend n your skin and the finish you prefer. I find them both to be semi-matte/satin.. if you’re looking for something similar for very dry skin I’d suggest Face & Body which will be a little more forgiving.

Available online here priced £25.50 each

Miss BB




  1. 6 October, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Gosh I’m amazed that they’re so similar Khila! I too expected them to be poles apart… I’ve been thinking of trying Water Weight as I’m dry, will see if I can try it in store x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 October, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      I know! So mad, isn’t it? I do really like the waterweight but there are so many similar looking foundations around right now I’m going to have to try some cheaper ones to compare!

  2. 6 October, 2015 / 9:24 am

    I’d love to try the water weight one it sound perfect for my oily skin as it hates being covered up too much. Thanks for the great review <3

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 October, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      I’m coming to realise that MATTE isn’t necessarily everything lol.. a nicer, more natural finish with some shine might be better than dry and cakey

  3. Seema
    6 October, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I’ve fallen out of love with Mac foundations (other then Face and Body) for the past couple of years, but as part of a bridal make up trial I tried the Waterproof. I thought it did a pretty good job, gave me flawless skin and lasted amazingly well on my dry skin. My normally parched skin must actually be keeping some moisture in as this foundation didn’t dry me out, which I would have expected. However, its def not a day to day foundation, one for the odd occasion when you know you need something to last all day. Will check out the water weight next time I feel the need to blow some money at a Mac counter 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      6 October, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      I didn’t find that it dried my skin out but it definitely settled.. that being said I don’t inspect my foundation day to day and may not have noticed had I not been taking these pictures 😉

  4. 6 October, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I do love MAC Foundations but i don’t think i will try either of these x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  5. 6 October, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I don’t find MAC foundations to work well with my dry skin at all, which is a shame because I love the brand! Great review though!

    xo, Liz

  6. Nicky
    9 October, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve been using the Bareminerals Bare Skin recently and I have to say that I love the way it feels on my skin, providing I have a good primer on first! I have super oily skin and so I’m going to try the Mac water weight foundation (I need a new shade as my holiday tan fades!) to compare. As an aside, on your recommendation, I’ve ordered some La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to see if I can sort my skin out. I’ve ordered some Purifying Foaming Gel too so we’ll see how they work together.

    Love your videos Khila – even oldies like me find them helpful!

  7. Harriet
    11 October, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    I might try the waterweight one. I’m looking for a foundation that I can easily wear all day at work. I only started last week, and wore my usual foundation on the first day (Clinique Perfectly Real) but I felt gross by mid afternoon. I rarely wear foundation for a whole day, but I wonder if this sort of thing would suit me better. I might also give BB cream a go, do you think that would be better?

  8. 19 October, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    I’ve never really been a fan of MAC foundations, always felt they just sat on the skin and clung to everything although these both look promising! I would lean more towards Waterweight but it does remind me of the Younique Touch Mineral Foundation which I use now, I might have to go and see what its like at my MAC counter xx

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