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Forever on the hunt for a full-coverage foundation that works in the Summer I’ve been itching to try out the MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour ($27.00 // Nordstrom) and the MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder ($27.00 // Nordstrom). Step one in the testing and review process of this line was understanding that this line of product isn’t a foundation at all and is definitely not full coverage. But it’s also not a fail for me.
what it is
The MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour is a fluid product that is available in 9 shades. It is said to be a sheer-tinted cream with a creamy, comfortable formula. It can be used under or over your foundation or used to bring a translucent luminosity to the skin. As an added bonus it is also said to improve the look of fine-lines and wrinkles as well as provide instant radiance and hydration.
The MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder is a powder product available in 9 shades. It’s described as a “creamy, lightweight formula that boasts long-lasting, high-comfort wear and stay-true color”. Results are to look like a soft-focused glow, refined skin texture and controlled oil.
MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour is sheer in coverage with a luminous, satin finish. The coverage is certainly light, but also semi-buildable. It wasn’t medium-to-full on it’s own but I did like how light it felt on the skin and how easy it was to apply and blend. It prepped my face and made an excellent base for the powder, which when applied with a flat topped kabuki brush gave me the more medium coverage that I need – without the heavy feeling.
For application I found that you could use anything to apply the Face Colour with (though I wouldn’t recommend using your fingers). Each tool I used gave me the same finish and I tried the MAC 141S brush, Sigma 3DHD Kabuki, a beautyblender and the Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Brush.
MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder is a medium coverage powder with a luminous, natural satin finish. When using the brush recommended (which is the MAC 140S) you get a nice, natural dusting of powder to set your face with. That’s all fine, but you know I prefer a fuller coverage. For this I use a flat topped kabuki like the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Topped Buffing Brush or the Sigma F80. When I use those brushes, this powder becomes a total love for me.
When worn over my favorite primer (Make Up For Ever Step 1 Matte) this combo lasted about 2 hours before I got oily. I was able to blot and reapply the powder to get back to the look I started out with.
My first impression of the MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour wasn’t fabulous until I realized it wasn’t meant to be a foundation (I was misinformed based on a few reviews I’d read when the product launched). Once I read the info sheet provided and saw that it was definitely not a stand-alone foundation I played around a bit more with it and layered the MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder over it. The duo became a Summer love for me because of how lightweight the combo was and how nice they made my skin look. If you don’t need anything more than a light-to-medium coverage then I’d recommend checking these out!