By Sarah Kinonen. Photos: Hannah Choi/Allure, Courtesy of Brand.
Over the years, M.A.C. has become synonymous with bold, statement-making makeup and heavy-duty, full-face foundation. Slowly but surely — especially now with its latest launch, the M.A.C. Next to Nothing Face Colour — the cosmetics giant appears to be moving in a completely new (and barefaced) direction. And guess what? We're totally here for it.
The just-dropped M.A.C. Next to Nothing Face Colour, which is formulated with nourishers and light-reflecting opalescent microspheres, is the brand's answer to the dewy, no-makeup makeup looks we've seen all over runways, red carpets, and Instagram. Unlike M.A.C.'s current foundation formulations, the Next to Nothing Face Colour is lighter and gives skin a glow-y finish. In fact, after testing, I was thisclose to mistaking it for full-face coverup. While it looks like a foundation and certainly smells like a foundation, the texture feels — and dries down — like a [BB cream](), giving skin a nearly naked finish. So what I'm trying to say is that it feels like you're wearing absolutely nothing — and are the living embodiment of no-makeup makeup — you actually get pretty impressive coverage.
To wear, it can either be applied with a sponge (like our editor-loved Beautyblender Original makeup sponge) or with a blending brush to smooth over redness, breakouts, and any other imperfections. Along with the Next to Nothing Face Colour, M.A.C. also launched a set of lightweight pressed powders, called the Next to Nothing Pressed Powders. Like the Face Colour, these compact formulas can be swept across the face for a filter-like effect, while still allowing skin to breathe. They work almost like a tinted oil-blotting sheet, and less like a chalky, gritty translucent setting powder.
The M.A.C. Next to Nothing Face Colour comes in nine shades — ranging from Light Pale Ivory to Dark Deep Rich Golden Bronze — for $31 each; the Next to Nothing Pressed Powder also comes in nine shades and retails for $27 each. Rounding out the collection are two face brushes — the 141 Synthetic Face Fan Brush and the 140 Synthetic Full Fan Brush — for $35 and $42, respectively.
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