Next to Nothing Face Colour

1.20 fl. oz. for $ 31.00
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The descriptions for MAC's Next to Nothing Face Colour makes it sound like a first-of-its-kind makeup product—the description alludes to it being either a sheer foundation, tinted moisturizer, or a primer worn under a foundation. While you can choose to use it as either or all of those in the long run it is essentially just a tinted moisturizer.

Although the formula has some strong suits, there are a couple of texture issues that keep it from being among the very best in any of the three ways you can wear it.

Like many of MAC's face makeup/foundation products, this comes in a clear glass bottle with a pump-style dispenser. Right out of the bottle, this feels like a smooth, creamy lotion, but surprisingly, it drags a bit during application.

You can eventually blend it into skin, but it takes more work than it should, with the formula clinging to the areas where it's been applied. This stubborn texture also results in some pilling as you finish blending.

Once you do get it applied the coverage is sheer and natural-looking as advertised, resulting in a more even skin tone, but natural-looking means imperfections such as redness, discolorations, or bumps will still be evident.

This can work well as a primer of sorts under foundation without changing the color of the foundation much at all but only if you have dry skin as this is a dewy formula and not matte.

As we mentioned the finish is slightly dewy and glowy, and feels moisturizing without being greasy. It contains a respectable blend of skin-beneficial ingredients, though keep in mind you'll have to store the bottle out of direct light to make sure the light-sensitive ingredients remain stable.

This comes in a smaller range of shades than usual for a MAC complexion product (only 9 instead of more than 20), but each shade is sheer enough that it should be workable for at least two or three different skin tones.

Next to Nothing Face Colour wears well throughout the day without fading, and is easy to remove with a standard makeup remover or cleanser. It's a good product but you can find better alternatives on our list of Best Tinted Moisturizers.

  • Attractive sheer coverage that evens skin tone.
  • Feels lightly moisturizing without being greasy.
  • Contains a good mix of skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Formula drags a bit during application.
  • Slight pilling during wear.
  • Doesn't work very well as a primer.
  • As a foundation it only has sheer coverage.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

An ultra balmy fluid infused with nourishing ingredients and opalescent microspheres for a youthful glow that looks lit from within. This sheer tinted cream can be used under or over foundation, or to bring translucent luminosity to skin. The cushiony, smoothing texture glides over skin, diminishing the look of imperfections and fine lines, while moisturizing and protecting skin. Skin looks immediately retouched!

Dimethicone, Water, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Ceramide NG, Dimethiconol, Tribehenin, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Chloride, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens.

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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