Makeup that’s next to nothing, and one that has everything – Business Mirror

honestly don’t know what makeup trends are rocking the runway right now. I’ve been so busy with work and family (my daughter has just graduated and landed a job!) that I’ve neglected my makeup-loving side. Except for an occasional sweep of MAC Paint Pot on my eyelids, I haven’t worn eye makeup in a while.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll see me walking around makeup-free. That’s not going to happen, trust me. My recent makeup choices are products for someone who’s low maintenance. These days, it’s usually brow pencil, a face base topped with loose powder and lipstick. Sometimes I use a blush stick on my cheeks or stick contour on my (almost nonexistent) jawline. See a pattern there? I used to go through about 10 makeup products every time I would do my face. Now, it’s just a few.

In Photo: The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream With SPF 50+, a much buzzed-about all-in-one moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, antiaging serum and full coverage color-correcting cream.

I received a press sample of MAC Cosmetics’s new Next to Nothing Face Colour, a liquid face base that claims to blur pores and bring out skin’s luminosity.

I’m used to wearing medium to full coverage foundation but, for some reason, the claims of Next to Nothing got me interested.

I apply this over a moisturized face. I normally apply a primer before foundation, usually it’s Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue. I first use the MAC #140 (full fan brush) to apply the product, which is very runny, then press with a beautyblender. On days when I have time, I set it with the La Mer Powder (loose). Otherwise, I wear Next to Nothing on its own.

I expected to like the product because I think it’s very similar to another favorite, MAC Face and Body Foundation. The difference between the two is that Face and Body Foundation has color and light to medium coverage. Next to Nothing Face Colour improves your skin’s texture while offering very light coverage.

By the way, you can also use this as a primer under a foundation with a fuller coverage.

I’ve read reviews saying this is just like a tinted moisturizer, but I think its pore-blurring properties make it more than that. Next to Nothing, which comes in a bottle with a pump, has nine shades. I wear a Medium Dark. By the way, there is also a Next to Nothing Pressed Powder, which I haven’t tried yet.

Would I repurchase MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour? Yes, I would. This is my favorite MAC foundation to date.

I’ve seen reviews comparing this to BB and CC creams and I kind of agree.

Speaking of CC Creams, another favorite is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream With SPF 50+, a multiawarded and much talked-about product. This product has very lofty claims—it’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, antiaging serum and full coverage color-correcting cream.

This also contains snail secretions, which I’ve had good experience with in the past.  While that sounds very high maintenance, it’s actually not. Imagine getting all that in one tube. I have three tubes of this—one in Medium (the original), the Illumination one in Medium and the original one in Rich that I use for contouring.

I find that the IT Cosmetics CC Cream is best applied with on a cleansed face with nothing on it. If you layer this over moisturizer and primer, you will likely experience some pilling. You also don’t need to use powder over it unless you want a very matte look.

Does IT Cosmetics CC Cream live up to the hype? This is a good product with a high SPF and a mind-boggling ingredient list. I like it but I wouldn’t repurchase because I have so many foundations that I also like.

My goal/dream/wish is to be able to go out of the house without any makeup on, but I’m not sure that will happen anytime soon. Until that’s possible, I’m happy with products that make me look better and feel more confident. n