I have a love/hate relationship with foundation and pressed powder. My skin isn’t flawless enough to go without some type of complexion enhancement, but I absolutely loathe the feel of heavy products on my face. I have oily-to-combination skin in addition to the occasional breakout, so I need a little bit of help to put my best face forward. Thanks to MAC and their new Next To Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder, I can do that with very little fuss or muss.
If you love a light coverage foundation or a boost of color that improves the appearance of your skin and looks great in a selfie, look no further than MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour ($31). This lightweight, oil-free/paraben-free/sulfate-free formula perfects and polishes skin to its luminous best. You can wear it as either a foundation or you can apply it under or above your regular foundation for some added moisture/beauty boosting.
One of the best features of this product is that it contains opalescent microspheres that blur imperfections and leave skin looking lit from within. And it really does, folks! I could not detect any shimmer, but my skin looked so much more radiant than it does with my usual foundation–it’s magic, y’all!
This foundation is housed in the classic glass bottle and slide lock cap that MAC favors. I will admit–I was a bit of a struggler with the cap! Every time I tried to unlock the bottle, I’d unscrew the lid completely. After some trial and error, I managed to get this product to pump the way it was intended.
My first impression is that this product is extremely creamy for a lightweight foundation. It took a couple of small pumps to cover my entire face Quick note: Be sure to shake this product well before applying! I don’t always shake my foundation first, but this product needs it to apply the best product possible.
I am very pale and the shade Light worked well for my skin tone. Light Plus was a little too warm for me, so you might want to swatch these in person or just go lighter if you are between shades. The product smoothes on and blends like a dream. It feels a little heavy for a couple minutes and then it seemed to “sink” in and it felt like my bare skin. I was pleasantly surprised that such a moisturizing product wore for several hours on my skin–that does not happen. Ever. Usually my oily skin dissolves makeup, but this lasted until I washed my face.
Further enhancing this product was the addition of the coordinating MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder ($28). This medium-coverage powder is housed in their basic black compact with a standard pad applicator, but the contents inside are anything but basic.
My oily t-zone is the bane of my existence. I’ve used mattifiers and powders and matte foundations and have blown through a small fortune in oil-blotting papers and STILL struggle to keep the oil at bay. One application of this powder (on top of the coordinating Face Colour) and I had luminous, yet semi-matte skin for the better part of 8 hours. No touch ups. No filters necessary. As someone who usually possesses the shiniest of noses, I can’t tell you how happy this powder makes me.
I have a new Holy Grail!
Both Next To Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder are available in 9 shades
- Light–Pale Ivory
- Light Plus–Light Beige
- Medium–Warm Beige
- Medium Dark–Caramel Beige
- Medium Deep–Rich Golden Tan
- Medium Plus–Light Tan Beige
- Dark–Deep Caramel
- Dark Deep–Rich Golden Bronze
- Dark Plus–Neutral Tan Beige
MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour Swatches
(all swatches shown on Stef’s NC 25, warm skin tone)
Have any of you tried MAC’s Next To Nothing product range yet? Was it a miracle worker for you, too? Any oily gals out there have a new Holy Grail with the Next To Nothing Pressed Powder? Let’s chat!