Rated 4.01 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review yes, it is sheer
As stated in the name, this is a SHEER foundation. It is intended for face AND BODY. Body make up is supposed to be very sheer and more skin-like. I have problematic skin that is prone to breakouts, so I have a lot of imperfections I want to hide. I still love this foundation because I prefer a light, natural foundation that perfects the skin and evens the tone. I just spot conceal all of my imperfections with a heavy duty concealer from Laura Mercier. Doing this means I am never cakey and never look like I am wearing tons of make up. There are a lot of sheer foundations out there, but I love this because it is long-wearing (great for my oily skin), has a natural finish, and comes in a wide range of shades with realistic undertones. I also love that I don't have to use powder all over to set the foundation. I only use a tiny bit of powder on top of areas that I used concealer and a tiny bit on my T-zone. I've used countless foundations from tons of different brands over the years, but the MAC face and body is one of the few that I always go back to and know I can rely on.
Most Helpful Critical Review Just OK; Original BETTER
This is an OK sheer foundation, but NOT as good as it's predecessor, the Original formula Studio Face & Body! I am a Mac Pro member (Aesthetician & Makeup Artist) and have been using MAC since the early 90's), and using the ORIGINAL Face & Body for about 15-20 years. I am flabbergasted that MAC would "replace" it for a new formula, when the original is already a Holy Grail product for Makeup Artist and Customers alike. I've compared the two, separately, as well as at the same time (one on each side of my face), and here is what I think: The new formula "Studio Radiance" is DARKER, more sheer, and applies slightly streaky at first. Other than that, it wears and feels similar. It takes more layers to get similar coverage. The original is SO MUCH BETTER and, in my opinion, DID NOT NEED "IMPROVING". I have already replaced so many of my Holy Grail MAC products with other brands, and this one will end up being just another. I don't understand why MAC continues to replace or discontinue some of their best products. It makes no sense... I'm sorry to see one of the best ones go...
Reviewed by 118 customers Love the formula
Sar from Boston
The formula is one of my favorites. Light coverage and hydrating. Almost like "your skin but better" and would be perfect light makeup for summer. However, I am extremely fair and even the lightest shade was too dark on me. The shade range needs work.
Trial and error
Mayra from Austin
I use to be a C5 in the old version and I had a very tricky time finding my new shade. After many shade samples I finally found I was now C3. At first I was annoyed that my favorite foundation changed especially since it's the only foundation that works with my rosace but I figured this was probably a good thing that they added new shades. Now hopefully this means someone with darker skin than me can find their match in face and body too.
Try it out
Ann from Fl
I know a lot of Mac users are upset about the reformulation of F&B but I have been testing it out and can say that the new formula is still great! I wish they had made this an extension while keeping the old formula but if you were a fan of the OG formula, you'll like this one too. It is a bit glowier but as someone with normal to dry skin, I like it and it still wears super well. For those with combo/oily set it with what works best for you. Overall, I'm pleased I gave it a try as this has always been my summer go-to!
Disappointing Shade Changes
Stephanie from Florida
I agree with the other reviewers, the shade reformulations are not good for those of us who loved the old ones. The formula seems identical to me, I don't have any problems there, but the shades not so much. I have light olive skin and the C line is just way too peachy now. It definitely leaves me orange-y if not mixed with something. It's too bad they didn't just expand the shade range instead since it's such a great foundation.
Angie from St. Louis
I've been using the OG Face and Body for years in C4. It was the perfect shade and texture. This new version is awful - it has orange undertones now, the texture is super shiny and it makes my skin break out. I don't know why these companies "improve" things that didn't need improving. Who has orange undertones?? No one.
Worth the money
Lupe from WI
I use this product on a daily basis. I wanted something very soft and airy and it is exactly what I wanted.
Not the same as old formula
Jon from North Carolina
I bought the same shade as the original formula in C3. The formula and shades are completely different. The new formula is much darker and orange vs the original having the perfect olive/golden undertone. I had to buy C2 and even that still had an orange tone to it. The new formula dries down extremely fast. The original gave you time to blend before it became tacky and you knew it was ready. I am super sad that the original was discontinued! I will have to find something else. The new formula is not the same as the old one.
DD from Ny
Poor reformulation. Not good oily.
I miss the old one
Macastro from Austin
I use to be C5 in the old version but now I can't find my shade. I've noticed this new one turns orange and the finish is different. Ugh this was the only foundation that worked for my dry sensitive skin and now I have to find something else.
natalie from NJ
really like this product. I am still learning how to apply foundation properly but this does not look cakey or fake on my skin
Great light coverage
Mayzie from Baton Rouge
I wanted a light natural looking alternative to the heavier coverage I've been using for the past few years. This is perfect. It blends very well with my concealers from other brands. It is a very light coverage that pairs well with my strobe cream.
Old is gold
aysh from bangladesh
since my teenage-hood i've been in love with the mac studio face and body! it was my go too on a regular basis, l used it religiously be4 l went to school. But l am not liking the new packaging and formula, the classic 1.7fl was adorable and a brilliant foundation for people like me who goes for the no makeup makeup look. The new one is way too dewy where as the old one looked natural, also it helped me cover the redness on my body. Personally l really don't like the packaging as its not as cute as the previous one. So, l would highly suggest to bring the classic one in the packaging, formula and 1.7 fl
its a huge request pls! l miss my old baby
Fallon from Oklahoma City
Absolutely love this foundation!
It's not heavy at all like most foundations and the color is amazing! 10/10 recommend!
Sad about change in formula from United States
Bring back the old formula!! The new formula does not blend well, not the same color. The finish is different and turns orange towards the end of the day. Not happy.
Definitely will repurchase
Tav from Spokane Valley, WA
I have more dry combo skin, with a good moisturizer underneath, this foundation looks incredible. My skin looks hydrated and flawless. Can't wait to repurchase.
Emmy from Netherlands
finally a foundation that ticks all the boxes! I'm so happy you added more shades. I'm on my second bottle now!
Monica s from long beach
I stopped wearing makeup because I stayed home and now that I'm back at work I wanted to look more *presentable* but I couldn't stand the feel of makeup anymore especially foundation!!! I used a few tinted moisturizers that wore off but then I tried this one and I love it! it doesn't feel like I have anything on my skin, the best way to apply is with your hands and rubbing it in, that gives off more coverage and really sinks into the skin. if you're looking for light coverage this is it!!!!
srhbrwn from nj
dewy and easy to apply/blend. works well with others i love her < 3
Mrs. Cook from Minnesota
First off THANK YOU, I've never had a foundation that gave me everything I wanted. A match that's spot on for shade, a natural no makeup look that I can build up depending on mood or event. It feels so amazing on my face to the point I forget I'm wearing it and on those nights I just can't refuse before bed I wake up still looking amazing and natural. I've never tried a MAC foundation before but I tell you this is it for me I don't need to search for anything else this is absolutely my forever foundation.
Dewy and Seamless
Christine from Pennsylvania
This glides right over my dry skin and is GORGEOUS over spot concealing. Just flawless. I usually love medium to full coverage and this is the rare exception to my "no skin tints" rule. It's stunning. I would keep this if I had to declutter most of my foundation collection.
So bomb really good blends in flawlessly
Ulises from Visalia
Use as foundation
Best way to use
Chloe from North Carolina
Ok ya'll I think I found out the best way to use this product. I apply the foundation with a brush to get more coverage. I also have oily skin so I use the powder plus foundation to set the foundation and it looks amazing. Then I set everything using the fix plus spray, giving it a airbrush flawless look. 🙌🏽🙌🏽
Disappointed with new formula
Faris from Colorado
I've been obsessed with the OG version of this for years and am so disappointed with the new formula. The new version just sits on top of my skin instead of melting and blending to create a seamless finish like it used to. I'm so bummed I have to find a new foundation.
Over 50 perfection
Bene from MA
My usual foundations stopped laying on my face properly, made me look older, cakey, dry,and would break up all over the place. This is magic. Looks like skin. Wears beautifully. With the new color range I have a match in this one which is no easy feat. This foundation is elegant, easy to work with, spreads best with fingers, and is just beautiful. Makes me feel pretty and polished.
Tresejw from Midwest
So glad I tried this product. It hoes on like a tinted moisturizer. Thanks for the tip on using 170S brush on MAC website.