MAC Next to Nothing Foundation

MAC Cosmetics came out with a brand new foundation just in time for spring and summer.  If you don’t like heavy foundation on your face during the warmer months of the year, this may be the answer that you’re looking for.  I’m a fan of most of MAC’s foundations, so I wanted to give this one a try just from hearing the name of it.  It’s called MAC Next to Nothing Foundation.  Does the name intrigue you too?

MAC Next to Nothing Foundation is available in 2 different forms.  The first is a liquid and the second is a pressed powder compact.  I purchased both.

MAC Cosmetics foundation

MAC describes these foundations as follows:

Next to Nothing Face Colour:

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 a 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!  For best results, use with the new 140 Synthetic Full Fan Brush or sponge.

Next to Nothing Pressed Powder:

A creamy, lightweight formula that boasts long-lasting, high comfort wear. The silky-soft texture features micro-light boosters that guarantee the look of healthy radiance – no filters needed! The result is a soft-focused glow. Offering sheer to medium buildable coverage and a natural luminous finish.

You’re supposed to be able to use the chart below to figure out the shade that matches your skin best based on your previous color match of MAC foundations.

MAC Next to Nothing foundation

Shade chart for the Next to Nothing Foundation

Next to Nothing Liquid Foundation retails for $31. Pressed Powder retails for $27.  You can purchase from the MAC Cosmetics website, Nordstrom, Ulta and more.

I went in to the MAC store to make my purchase.  I bought the liquid Next to Nothing Foundation in the shade Light Plus and powder foundation in the shade Light.  I like the match to my skin color because it’s not too yellow like most foundations I’ve been matched to lately.  Not sure why or how that happens to me…  I always end up exchanging shades after my initial purchase because the sales people mistake my bronzer as a golden tone.  Such a pain!

It is recommended that the liquid Next to Nothing Foundation be applied with a synthetic foundation brush.  This works well for me, however I prefer to apply most of my foundation products with my fingers.  I like the way everything blends into my skin better from the warmth of my fingers.

MAC Next to Nothing foundation swatches

The Pressed Powder foundation comes with an applicator sponge.  I find that it applies the foundation thicker than I like.  I prefer using a brush that lightly dusts and buffs the product into my skin.


If you’re looking for anything more than a sheer, blurring type of foundation, then this will not be for you.  However, this is exactly what I was looking for.  It was recommended to me to use a good moisturizer before applying the foundation (which I did) because my skin is dry.  I used the powder form of the foundation to set my face for the day.  I like the combination of the two types together.  If you like a “barely there” foundation where your skin peeks through (I do), then is one to try.  It gives a beautiful slight glow to the skin.  I personally use the powder foundation as more of a setting powder.  Using the powder on its own didn’t give me any coverage at all which defeats the purpose of using it as foundation.  It would probably work better for those with oily skin where the product has something to adhere to.

Have you tried MAC Next to Nothing Foundation yet?


  1. June 22, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Do you know I’ve never tried MAC foundation and I’ve never even been typed?! I must. Although I like the weightless sound of this, I may want a little more coverage. But I need to check out more MAC stuff anyway
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    • Stacie
      June 22, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Wow, that’s interesting that you never tried any of the MAC foundations. I love so many of them that I should do a post on my favorites. Stacie xo
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  2. June 22, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I’ve actually never tried a single MAC product in my life. I’m hopeless when it comes to applying makeup and only wear it on special occasions. For that reason, I tend to shy away from the more expensive items. I just can’t justify the price when I’ll only use it once maybe twice a year. This does look like a great product to have though especially in the hot summer months.

    • Stacie
      June 22, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      You’re lucky to have not gotten addicted to makeup. LOL! I agree, no need to buy expensive makeup if you don’t wear it often. Thanks for stopping by! Stacie xo
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  3. NORAH
    June 22, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I gotta be honest, it’s been YEARS since I haven’t used MAC foundations, mostly the Face and Body which is very popular among makeup artists. This foundation looks like a great match for you!

    • Stacie
      June 22, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Yes, the face and body is probably one of the most popular of their foundations. I’m enjoying this one right now. Stacie xo
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  4. June 22, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I counteract the previous posters since I have a ton of MAC and used to freelance for them. I don’t think I’ve sampled this foundation but it sounds similar to The Ordinary Serum Foundation and Bobbi Brown’s Serum Foundation and I like both of those.
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    • Stacie
      June 22, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      I actually haven’t tried either of those other foundations that you mentioned. But I do have boat loads of MAC and really like most of them. Stacie xo
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  5. Jessalyn Bruce
    June 22, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    This sounds perfect for summer!

  6. June 22, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    This sounds like it might be a good foundation fit for me since I tend to prefer very sheer foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB creams.

  7. June 22, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I have never been typed by MAC nor have I tried one of their foundations! I do like lighter weight ones for the summer though so these may work well for me!

  8. June 23, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I’m like Allison, I still haven’t tried MAC’s foundations! But I really must! They look like they blend flawlessly!

  9. June 25, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Ooh, this sounds like something I’d try. I haven’t really kept up with recent MAC releases so this is completely new to me.

  10. Mita
    August 19, 2017 / 3:47 am

    If i am a 6.0 in matchmaster shade, thrn could you please tell me what could be ny shade in next to nothing? I an torn between medium dark and dark

    • Stacie
      August 21, 2017 / 11:26 am

      If you are torn between 2 shades I recommend going with the lighter shade. Thats what I did and I add my bronzer to darken if and when it’s needed. Stacie xo
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  11. December 20, 2017 / 3:54 am

    I still get confused with the shades of foundation. Most of the time I buy wrong shades.

    • Stacie
      December 22, 2017 / 9:52 am

      It’s best to get color matched the first time. You can then compare foundation shades across brands on websites such as Sephora. Stacie xo
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