MAC Cosmetics recently launched the Next To Nothing collection, a line of new skin-perfecting base products featuring a fresh foundation and powder formula, as well as two brushes designed to create a second-skin radiant effect that feels like you’re wearing next to nothing. Dubbed the Instagram filter for your face, the Next To Nothing chapter is all about the glow with MAC’s latest innovation in perfected barely-there, natural face makeup.
The Next To Nothing Face Colour ($31 / 1.2 fl oz – 35 mL) is available in 9 shades ranging from Light to Dark Deep, my shade currently is Medium but will have to upgrade to Medium Plus soon as I’ve already started to tan. Next to Nothing Face Colour is an ultra-balmy fluid infused with nourishing ingredients and opalescent microspheres, bringing out skin’s luminosity whether worn under makeup or alone. This is a super sheer tinted liquid foundation that contains just enough pigment to lightly even out the complexion while allowing skin to breathe. I would compare the coverage to a tinted moisturizer or a light BB cream; it’s sheer but is still able to balance any unevenness and cancel out any redness in the skin, however, in the end will not cover any blemishes or light scarring. Since the coverage is sheer, the Face Colour is quite forgiving when it comes to the color selection. Shades do run on the warmer side and in most cases have yellow undertones, so even if you pick a shade that’s not your exact match it will still work for your skin. The overall formula feels really lightweight with a cushiony, smoothing texture that effortlessly adheres to the skin. It provides instant radiance and hydration and leaves your skin looking refreshed and healthy with
a moderate dewy finish that lasts all day. Surprisingly, as I was expecting a watery texture due to the sheer nature of this foundation, the consistency of this is medium-thick but very easy to blend and the foundation has no detectable scent.
Swatched on the arm
Next to Nothing Powder/Pressed ($27 / 0.35 oz – 10 g) is available in 9 color options as well once again ranging from Light to Dark Deep. Here I ordered the shade Medium also but found in a side-by-side swatch comparison that the powder overall is quite a bit lighter than the foundation. While the powder does swatch lighter than the actual foundation, it is worth mentioning that these do warm up on the skin without oxidizing and the color will slightly adjust as a result of that. This powder actually took me by surprise in terms of how much I ended up loving it. This is a finely milled powder that has a creamy, lightweight formula boasting micro-light boosters that guarantee the look of radiant skin. On the skin it has a very natural-looking finish that lasts all day but slightly dims the degree of dewiness from the Face Colour once layered atop. Although I would not say that it completely mattifies as much as it blurs the skin. The result is a soft-focused glow, skin texture that is refined while it also controls oil levels. The pressed powder provides sheer to medium buildable coverage and overall has a natural luminous finish.
Closeup image of the color
Swatched on the arm
Side-by-side comparison swatches
While I am a medium-to-full coverage girl at heart, I must confess that I am beyond thrilled with both the foundation as well as the powder. Over the years my skin has tremendously improved and recovered from cystic acne scarring to a point where I can get away with less coverage these days – that being said, more coverage foundations for me are like a comfortable security blanket and I don’t feel like every imperfection is hanging out there for everyone to see. With the Vegas heat slowly rising though, I have been looking for a foundation just like this as I am starting to feel the need for lighter products especially base-wise to allow my skin to breathe and look more natural. Although I wish the foundation itself had just a tad more coverage, layering the powder over the foundation almost elevates the coverage to that of a light instead of sheer, which I really like.