Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Next To Nothing Face Colour & Powder

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you already know that I’ve been using this particular foundation (it’s not marketed as a foundation…but I’m going to call it foundation lol) for the past couple weeks. You know what this means? I’ve got a new review for you, just like old times!

What is it?

It’s an ultra glowy foundation created for a no-makeup makeup look. These babies are meant to give you a radiant glow while perfecting your skin. They include special micro-light thingamajigs, which I’m sure if you go on their website you can read about…I’m here to tell you my experience with using these two products.

The liquid version of this “Next-to-nothing” face colour line is absolutely flawless. I love the way it feels on my skin. It’s balmy and smooth. I layered it with a mattifying primer and I still got a gorgeous dewey look. I’ve used these alone and I’ve paired it with other products to see what the effect would be…and it was the same: perfect. It looks like you have a filter on your face without looking caked at all. It didn’t crease nor did it become oily throughout the day. I have combination oily skin, so I was really worried about that but it was flawless (if you want to head to my Instagram, you can see the results yourself. I used NO editing tools or filters on that picture).

The powder version of it is great too! I can definitely see myself using this throughout the summer time because neither of the two (alone or combined together) felt heavy on my face. It’s lightweight and very easy to blend. In fact, it felt like it gelled with my skin! MAC recommends that you use these with synthetic brushes and/or sponges and that’s exactly what I did and the results were amazing! My face was radiant and it works really well with other makeup too (i.e. blush or contour). 

If you’re looking for a no-makeup look face product…these are it. These picture well, they look gorgeous in person, they layer really well with other products and it makes you look like you have no make up on! I will mention that the shade range is limited. I didn’t swatch these here because ultimately with foundation it comes down to what your skin can gel with. And, I can definitely say: this is a product that will work with different skin types! It smells exactly like the Fix+. But overall, I really loved the way it looked on my skin! Also, the pressed powders are definitely more pigmented than the liquid form of this product, but both are buildable (which is perfect for the summer time).

Price:  

  • Liquid: $38 (CDN)
  • Powder: $32 (CDN)

Pros:

  • Lightweight, buildable, looks pretty on skin!
  • Leaves you with the perfect radiant glow!
  • Very natural looking, doesn’t crease or cake

Cons:

  • The smell can be problematic for some
  • Not a lot of shades in the range, which is a surprise for MAC

Overall Rating: 9/10 

 

 

 

 

Review: Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Colour Correcting Blend

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I cannot stress how important it is to use a foundation primer before you apply any makeup to your skin! It creates a shield between your skin and your makeup and it allows for your makeup to last a lot longer than it would without it! I was never really into using a primer until I was at a Sephora getting my makeup done years ago. The makeup artist from Smashbox cosmetics explained to me the importance of a primer and recommended this particular one to me based on my skin’s needs. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a revolutionary primer formula that helps fill in fine lines and even out discolouration for a seamless finish. Not only will it create a flawless canvas for your makeup application, it helps hydrate your skin as well! As the name says, Photo finish, the creators of this primer have kept that in mind while creating this product. It’s lightweight, oil free, and skin perfecting (can be worn alone or under your makeup). The formula contains a silky blend of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and soothing botanicals (soy, lemongrass, orchid complex) to rejuvenate and refine your skin. This particular one is the “Blend” version, which is an apricot-toned primer that is used to even out your skin tone and counteract dark spots while concealing eye circles, veins and sunspots!

My Verdict?

I have been using this since I was a teenager and all I can say is that this is my most trusted, used and loved foundation primer (which has been repurchased a few times now)! Firstly, the formula and texture is insanely awesome! It’s silky, smooth and completely soft when applied on to your skin. It feels like you are putting a lightweight moisturizer on. It’s oil free, which is perfect for my combination oily skin. It’s not blotchy and it blends right on to my skin creating a perfect base/canvas. Secondly, after applying this primer, my face is flawless! I use the “Blend” version because I do have a few acne spots on my face that tend to bother me and I don’t really like caking on makeup to cover it. This primer conceals that perfectly and not just that but it also conceals under eye circles for me as well, which is a huge plus! Every claim the “blend” primer makes is true! Thirdly, this product makes my makeup last longer. My makeup doesn’t budge or move and it stays on perfectly well. Lastly, this product has never given me any sort of skin irritations at all, which is probably its biggest plus point. With a primer, you want to make sure that it works with your skin because it is a barrier between the harsh makeup ingredients and your actual skin. All in all, this is an incredible product, which not only photographs well but does incredible things for your skin. If you’re on the lookout for a new primer….this is it. At $49 (CDN), this is the best product I have ever purchased for my skin and I will continue to repurchase it because it really does everything it’s meant to do! You can purchase this at any Smashbox counters (I got mine at Sephora)!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Silky, smooth formula
  • Lightweight, oil-free, doesn’t irritate the skin
  • Conceals, covers and creates a clean slate for makeup application
  • Makeup doesn’t move, glides on perfectly, skin perfecting
  • Easy to use, feels like a moisturizer

Cons:

  • NOTHING!

Rating: 10/10 (This is one product I know I cannot live without because of it’s beneficial properties and incredible results!)

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