May 16, 2021

Gritty Pretty Real Reviews: M.A.C Cosmetics’s Studio Radiance Face & Body Sheer Radiant Foundation

An old favourite just got a face lift.

The beauty industry is a funny place. Ultra-saturated and with new products launching almost every hour, it is a wonder that anyone commits to a product for longer than its use by date. And yet, every so often, a product hits the shelves and immediately captures the hearts (and wallets) of loyal beauty junkies. The M.A.C Face and Body Foundation was one such product—a mainstay in beauty cabinets all over the world since 2012.

But, like everything, there is always room for improvement. Allow us to introduce you to the latest iteration: M.A.C’s Studio Radiance Face & Body Sheer Radiant Foundation. An ultra-light and waterproof foundation formula that provides the ultimate no-makeup makeup veil. 

With sheer yet buildable coverage, this new-and-improved formula is that perfect middle ground between helping your complexion appear more refreshed and radiant and letting your skin breathe. A beauty oxymoron that is no easy feat, by the way. 

The range is also available in 30 flexible shades, starting with the palest shade in the ‘0’ series and the deepest in the ‘9’ series and with three undertones (N for neutral, C for cool and W for warm) so finding the perfect shade for you is a breeze. Plus, if you have your mobile handy (which, who doesn’t?) you can also use the Virtual Try On feature to shade match yourself online. Genius! 

But before we go on to write a 3,000 word essay on our love for the 8-hour, longwearing and non-comedogenic formula, we think it’s about time you hear what our wonderful Gritty Pretty Real Review members (sign up here, if you haven’t already!) have to say about it. Putting the foundation to the test for the last few weeks, 20 of our readers are ready to share their thoughts.

REAL REVIEWS

“I love that the formula is lightweight but still gives me the coverage I desire. My favourite thing about it was that my skin was still shining through!” – Simon, 30

 

“I can’t go past the lightweight texture, luminosity and the beautiful light to medium coverage that the foundation provided. It perfected while feeling like nothing on the skin.” – Georgia, 20

 

“After applying the Studio Radiance Foundation, my skin felt smooth and soft to the touch. It lasted all day and didn’t get cakey or create shine.” – Hayley, 35

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation is such a good go-to for a simple, everyday look. It glided on with ease and had an amazing ability to last all day.” – Nathania, 28

 

“I love how the Studio Radiance Foundation was able to even out my skin tone and give me that coveted radiant glow without looking like I have too much makeup on.” – Alex, 29

 

“I love that the formula gives me the flexibility to apply a light layer for a softly diffused luminosity yet also the ability to layer for a more flawless finish.” – Holly, 25

 

“My favourite thing about the Studio Radiance Foundation is the convenient smash-free packaging. The shade range and buildable coverage are also serious benefits.” – Jessica, 32

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation provided really great all day wear. My skin felt like it could breathe but still looked polished until I took it off at the end of the day.” – Kim, 34

 

“After applying the Studio Radiance Foundation, my skin felt hydrated and yet looked much more polished and even. I don’t like full coverage makeup, so this product suited me perfectly.” – Jacinda, 28

 

“I love that this foundation is on the lighter side, has great colour options, a silky finish and leaves my skin looking radiant.” – Lisa, 47

“The Studio Radiance Foundation has the convenience of a moisturiser texture, with light coverage.” – Giulia, 27

 

“A great everyday foundation, the Studio Radiance Foundation really evened out my skin tone while maintaining a natural glow. The serum-like texture also helped prevent the usual creases I get at the end of the day after wearing a heavier foundation.” – Emma, 32

 

“I love how hydrating the Studio Radiance Foundation is! It also doesn’t clog my pores and gives me that your-skin-but-better glow.” – Nikki, 33

 

“With a feather light texture and the perfect amount of glow, the Studio Radiance Foundation has quickly become a must-have for me. My skin has never looked better in makeup!” – Penelope, 21

 

“I’ve worked really hard on my skincare regimen, so I want a foundation that will enhance that and not cover it up. Studio Radiance did exactly that! I also love how beautifully it applied with my hands, making it super easy and quick.” – Rachel, 34

“My favourite thing about the Studio Radiance Foundation was that I didn’t feel like I had anything on my skin. The formula also gives a great luminosity to the skin without being too shiny.” – Phoebe, 24

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation is a soft, velvety formula that glides on with ease and sits beautifully over my skincare products. The perfect day-to-day lightweight foundation.” – Anouka, 29

 

“I love the versatility of the Studio Radiance Foundation. It let my skin feeling glowy and hydrated but also had the buildable coverage I look for in a base product.” – Renita, 25

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation was easy to apply and had a great shade selection which I appreciate. The light to medium coverage left my skin with a radiant and healthy glow.” – Verna, 35

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation gave my skin a beautiful radiant finish and melted into my skin seamlessly. It looked like I wasn’t wearing any makeup, which I love!” – Tania, 33

*Gritty Pretty Real Reviewers receive complimentary beauty products to test and trial in exchange for their honest and authentic feedback. To become a Real Reviewer, sign up here.

REAL REVIEWS

“I love that the formula is lightweight but still gives me the coverage I desire. My favourite thing about it was that my skin was still shining through!” – Simon, 30

 

“I can’t go past the lightweight texture, luminosity and the beautiful light to medium coverage that the foundation provided. It perfected while feeling like nothing on the skin.” – Georgia, 20

 

“After applying the Studio Radiance Foundation, my skin felt smooth and soft to the touch. It lasted all day and didn’t get cakey or create shine.” – Hayley, 35

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation is such a good go-to for a simple, everyday look. It glided on with ease and had an amazing ability to last all day.” – Nathania, 28

 

“I love how the Studio Radiance Foundation was able to even out my skin tone and give me that coveted radiant glow without looking like I have too much makeup on.” – Alex, 29

 

“I love that the formula gives me the flexibility to apply a light layer for a softly diffused luminosity yet also the ability to layer for a more flawless finish.” – Holly, 25

 

“My favourite thing about the Studio Radiance Foundation is the convenient smash-free packaging. The shade range and buildable coverage are also serious benefits.” – Jessica, 32

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation provided really great all day wear. My skin felt like it could breathe but still looked polished until I took it off at the end of the day.” – Kim, 34

 

“After applying the Studio Radiance Foundation, my skin felt hydrated and yet looked much more polished and even. I don’t like full coverage makeup, so this product suited me perfectly.” – Jacinda, 28

 

“I love that this foundation is on the lighter side, has great colour options, a silky finish and leaves my skin looking radiant.” – Lisa, 47

“The Studio Radiance Foundation has the convenience of a moisturiser texture, with light coverage.” – Giulia, 27

 

“A great everyday foundation, the Studio Radiance Foundation really evened out my skin tone while maintaining a natural glow. The serum-like texture also helped prevent the usual creases I get at the end of the day after wearing a heavier foundation.” – Emma, 32

 

“I love how hydrating the Studio Radiance Foundation is! It also doesn’t clog my pores and gives me that your-skin-but-better glow.” – Nikki, 33

 

“With a feather light texture and the perfect amount of glow, the Studio Radiance Foundation has quickly become a must-have for me. My skin has never looked better in makeup!” – Penelope, 21

 

“I’ve worked really hard on my skincare regimen, so I want a foundation that will enhance that and not cover it up. Studio Radiance did exactly that! I also love how beautifully it applied with my hands, making it super easy and quick.” – Rachel, 34

“My favourite thing about the Studio Radiance Foundation was that I didn’t feel like I had anything on my skin. The formula also gives a great luminosity to the skin without being too shiny.” – Phoebe, 24

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation is a soft, velvety formula that glides on with ease and sits beautifully over my skincare products. The perfect day-to-day lightweight foundation.” – Anouka, 29

 

“I love the versatility of the Studio Radiance Foundation. It let my skin feeling glowy and hydrated but also had the buildable coverage I look for in a base product.” – Renita, 25

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation was easy to apply and had a great shade selection which I appreciate. The light to medium coverage left my skin with a radiant and healthy glow.” – Verna, 35

 

“The Studio Radiance Foundation gave my skin a beautiful radiant finish and melted into my skin seamlessly. It looked like I wasn’t wearing any makeup, which I love!” – Tania, 33

*Gritty Pretty Real Reviewers receive complimentary beauty products to test and trial in exchange for their honest and authentic feedback. To become a Real Reviewer, sign up here.

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