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MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder

April 30, 2017

MAC Next to Nothing Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

MAC recently launched a new line of base products for a natural look with new formulas of foundation, powder and two brushes in their Next to Nothing collection. The items are designed for a natural skin-like effect to give a radiant look to the face. I’ve found that over the years MAC base and powder formulas have been hit or miss for me. I have super sensitive skin and tried their Studio Fix Powder Foundation when I was in high school and it caused severe allergic reactions on my skin. To this day I approach their powders and foundations with caution only doing a patch test first. I can safely use their primers, skincare and some foundations without any issues and was thrilled to find that the Next to Nothing line works well for my super sensitive skin.

In the collection we have:

Next to Nothing Face Colour comes in 9 shades from Light to Dark Deep, my shade is either Medium or Medium Plus. This is a super sheer tinted cream foundation that allows the skin to breathe. It’s sheer but has enough pigment to even out the skin slightly. This is what I wanted the Make Up For Ever Waterblend Foundation to be (which broke me out and felt too sticky for my skin, I suspect I had an allergic reaction to the fragrance). The effect of the MAC Next to Nothing is similar to that of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (which I’ve re-discovered and love) but the MAC is less dewy and not as moisturizing. If you need coverage this will probably not be the foundation for you, although you can definitely use this as a good base and then take a higher coverage foundation and layer on top for a more lightweight feel. There’s no detectable scent, it comes in a glass bottle with a pump, it’s easy to blend, it’s lightweight and lasts all day. Shades do run on the pinkish side but since the formula is sheer I was lucky that they worked on my yellow olive skin.

MAC Next to Nothing Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The #141 Synthetic Face Fan Brush is an odd shaped brush designed for the foundation. It performs well and gives the face a streak-free foundation application. It’s soft without being pokey but I’m still very much a sponge person when it comes to foundation application. That being said it’s a very good brush, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you try it.

Next to Nothing Powder/Pressed comes in 9 color options. I received 3 as press samples but none of them were a match so I ordered two more sight unseen in Medium Plus and Medium Dark since I’ve been getting darker since moving to Florida. My Mineralize Skinfinish Natural shade is Medium Plus and in the Next to Nothing Powder I can wear either Medium Plus or Medium Dark. Right now I’m in between shades. This is a finely milled powder that has a lightweight finish. It is very soft to the touch with an almost creamy feel. On the skin it has a more natural looking finish compared to the Mineralize Skinfinish Powder. Next to Nothing also feels just like the name implies next to nothing. There is a very tiny bit of fine pearl in the powder so it blurs the skin. For me I feel like the shades swatch a little bit on the lighter side, they look lighter in my swatches compared to what I see in the pan, but they will adjust slightly on the skin as it warms up. They do not oxidize in color on me though. I really love this powder.

MAC Next to Nothing Powder Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book MAC Next to Nothing Powder Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Compared to some of my other favorites Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder #2, Armani Powder Foundation #4, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus. If you asked me to pick one favorite, I would not be able to. I would say the sheerest is MAC Next to Nothing, Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation is what I use to set with a brush, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural feels a bit thicker compared to other powders due to the mineral finish. The Charlotte Tilbury has the fullest coverage for me.

Pressed Powder Charlotte Tilbury, Armani, MAC | The Beauty Look Book

#140 Synthetic Full Fan Brush is THE best thing in this collection and probably the best powder brush I’ve ever tried. I’m a huge fan of flatter powder brushes because I find they are easier to dust my entire face compared to a round brush. Flat brushes can be tricky for me though – some are too dense or too floppy. This one has the perfect density, shape, size and feel. I’m going to need to order a couple more – I like to have multiples for powders on hand for blending and application.

Overall as a sensitive skin person I’m thrilled to find that both the powder and foundation worked for me and did not cause any allergic reactions. I’m typically a medium to full coverage kind of girl for base products but my skin has improved over the years so I can get away with less coverage these days. Also with the heat in Florida I feel the need to find lighter weight products that will allow my skin to breathe. It’s only the start of spring and I know it will get warmer in the upcoming months. This will be one I use frequently even if I will still need to layer.

Have you tried these yet? If you’re a natural or sheer base kind of beauty lover, what other brands/formulas do you love? You can find the MAC Next to Nothing Collection available now. Online at MAC, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and soon at Ulta Beauty.


MAC products provided as press samples for review. Two MAC powders purchased by me.

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  • EmmysBeautyCave April 30, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Im a big fan of MAC Foundations, especially the waterproof pro longwear one. These sound fab.

    • BeautyLookBook May 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Ooh the Waterproof is one I have not yet tried. Will have to look into it!

  • Kyla Ewing April 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I checked these out at the MAC store and got a sample of the foundation, but I’m still on the fence yet. The powder seems really nice though. Thanks for the swatches!

    • BeautyLookBook May 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Glad you have a store to check it out! I agree the powder is really nice πŸ™‚

  • Tannya Aditya May 1, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Thank you for the swatches! I like how it looks. I’m not into sheer coverage but I’m definitely intrigued. Too bad it’s less moisturizing 😬

    • BeautyLookBook May 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      You’re welcome! Glad the review helped, I can see how many aren’t into sheer coverage. I’m definitely more of a full coverage kind of girl but with this Florida heat I’ve been open to lighter options.

      • Tannya Aditya May 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

        oh i’ve been meaning to ask. how do your skin cope with the new environment? i figured since my country (indonesia) is pretty much always sunny like in florida, i could use some tips on the skin department πŸ˜€

        • BeautyLookBook May 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

          Hi Tannya – I’ve been testing new things and switching up my skincare routine for the past 2 months. Working on an updated skincare post soon, for now I’ll say I’ve been obsessed with the Tatcha Essence and Water Cream. Also love things for dry skin because the water here in Tampa has been drying out my skin. Been loving the Darphin Intral line and Omorovicza Moor Cream line as well.

          • Tannya Aditya May 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm

            i will wait for that. thank you, sabrina! x

  • Casey May 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I would like to try this, but MAC needs a few shade beyond that dark deep.

    • BeautyLookBook May 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Casey – I hope they expand the line, for the liquid I will say the formula is pretty forgiving since it’s so sheer, but not being able to find a match is always such a pain!

  • BadCupcake May 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I ordered this as soon as I heard about it. I am a huge fan of lightweight and sheer foundations. My skin isn’t awful and I hate the feel of a painted face. I’m glad to have the reassurance of your review. They have never steered me wrong! I’m very excited for the brush. It is the exact kind of powder brush I keep wishing for!

    • BeautyLookBook May 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      I hope you like the foundation! Sheer ones can be hit or miss!

  • steff @ May 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Considering Estee Lauder owns MAC, NOT surprised they came out with that interestingly shaped 140 brush. I work freelance as a MUA for EL and they have been talking about releasing this EXACT brush for Estee’s line for months now. I believe it should be out with their new Perfectionist powder duo, but who knows. I played with it a little during a training and it was definitely nice… glad to see MAC released a slightly more affordable one. πŸ™‚ Oh.. had to go back and find it on their site. Reminds me of this, right?

  • Hiep Pham May 6, 2017 at 4:24 am

    i a fan of mac, thanks u

  • Gail Annacarto May 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I picked up the foundation in Medium and I do like sheer and gives me a glow..I have so many Chanel powders that i passed on the powder..wondering if I should pick it up. I have been using Le Beige in 10 in the winter and alternate with 30. I live in Florida also…I am loving the new Healthly Glow by Chanel in Medium Light over it..I might just pick thevpwder up with my Nordstrom Oh and of course I bought both brushes..Love them

  • Seagrl25 May 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    You had me at its similar to Laura Mericer TM. Which is still after many years my HG product. May beed to gives this a try.