MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour and Powder

If you love a natural makeup look or the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look, then you may want to try out the new face colour balm from MAC called Next to Nothing. First of all this is NOT a foundation! It is a Face Colour and as the name says, it will appear as if you nothing on your skin other than good skin care.  This Face Colour as MAC call it is ‘an ultra-balmy fluid infused with nourishing ingredients and opalescent microspheres, bringing out skin’s luminosity whether worn under makeup or alone.’

They also describe the Powder as ‘a creamy, lightweight formula boasting micro-light boosters that guarantee the look of radiant skin.’ The Face Colour comes in nine shades, with three of them catered towards darker skin tones (Dark – Deep Caramel, Dark Plus – a natural tan beige, and Dark Deep – a rich deep bronze). The Powders also come with nine shades with the darkest three complimenting the three darkest face colours. 

I was gifted the shade Dark and Dark Plus to try, and on initial application Dark Plus was a better match for me. When I first tried the face colour, I noticed that the colour did appear a bit light for my skin tone, but once blended it seemed to adjust quite well. There is little to no coverage with this particular product on initial application but can be built up for a light coverage, so if you’re after a full coverage foundation – this will definitely not be your first choice.

The Face Colour is very lightweight and has a moisturiser type feeling to it (although it is oil free), as MAC explained and it does leave your skin with a glow from within appearance. The Powder compliments the Face Colour well as it reduces the dewy appearance of the balm, but still gives your skin a natural radiant finish. However, I’d say that I did find the powder to be a bit too light for me (shade Dark Plus), therefore giving me a slight ashy appearance. 

I’ve been trying out this Face Colour for a couple of weeks now, and I like it but it’s not a product I would reach for as my first option. I personally find that I need more of a full coverage or even medium coverage foundation as I have hyperpigmentation. As my skin type is oily-combination, and this is supposed to make your skin more luminous,

I found that this product worked surprisingly well for me. I did not get oily during the day – my skin appeared luminous (more like a satin finish). At the end of the evening (after about nine hours of wear) I did feel that I needed to remove my makeup as it started to feel a little uncomfortable. I was surprised to see that this could be worn under foundation, however with my combination-oily skin type, I felt that it may make my makeup appear more dewy than I normally like. 

There are a few points I want to raise which you may want to consider. One thing to note is that if you have very dry skin, this Face Colour may cling to dry patches as I found it did so when applying it over my primer, which had dried down. It may be worth applying the product with your fingers like you would a moisturizer to really ensure you blend it well.

Also the colour matching for this product is very difficult. On the MAC website they have advised that the darker shades are for those with NC44 / NW40 to NC50/NW50. Although the shade blends well into the skin, if you choose the wrong colour it may appear ashy on your skin, so I’d advise going in-store to find your colour match (the same for the powder). Finally for those with very oily skin, I’d say you may want to give this one a miss altogether, as it may feel very uncomfortable throughout the day as your oils develop and you make look very dewy.

MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour is priced at £27.00 and the Powder is £21.50.

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