Brand favourites: MAC

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MAC is the brand I’ve used the longest when it comes to makeup. I was given a single shadow from it when I was a teenager and that was a gateway into other products. My first ‘proper’ foundation came from MAC, and as you can see from the picture above, I still use a lot from the brand today. I’ve mentioned some of these products in this post before, but this is a fuller review of them.

There are other products I use from MAC that aren’t included in this post, but those are ones I don’t use so often, like my MAC brushes and Prep & Prime, which I’m still getting used to after being an Urban Decay All-Nighter girl for the longest time. I’m not sure why I don’t use the MAC brushes as much as I used to. Perhaps it’s because I’ve changed my makeup routine since I bought the brushes, and they don’t quite fit in right now.

Anyway, it’s still one of my favourite brands and is certainly the one that I use the most from every day.

So in the photo, and reviewed in this post will be:

  • Eyeshadow x9 in Amber Times Nine
  • Big Brow Pencil in Spiked
  • Brushstroke Liner in Brushblack
  • Studio Fix Fluid in NW10
  • Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Trace Gold

The Big Brow Pencil and Brushstroke Liner are relatively new regulars in my makeup routine for me, but they’ve impressed me so much that I reach for them a lot. I’ve mentioned before that the Collection Cosmetics brow product is slowly replacing the MAC pencil as my favourite, but I actually tallied how much I use each one and the MAC pencil is still being used more – in fact I used the two in conjunction for something the other night and they meshed so well I might keep on doing that, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.

So what makes these products ones that I keep going back to? Read on!

Eyeshadow x9 in Amber Times Nine

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This is my second one of these palettes, and the first one of these is still one of the only eyeshadow palettes in which I’ve ever hit pan on every shadow. It just works so wonderfully for my eyes, plus the formula of the shadows is excellent. I’ve seen reviews where people say these shadows are hard to blend, but I’ve never had a problem.

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The two shades I use the most are Cork (middle row, far right) and Georgia Peach (top row, far right) – those are my go-to shades for a daily look. If I want something a little darker I’ll put Kitties (top row centre) on the lid and Aromatic (bottom row centre) in the outer third, because those two shades make my eyes look super-blue. There are so many looks that can be created from just nine shadows, and they all work really well together. I hope this palette is still around when I hit pan on this one, because I’d be very disappointed if I couldn’t get these shades again.

Big Brow Pencil in Spiked

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This is a really good brow pencil. It’s not the thinnest – the line it creates is quite thick, as you can see from the swatch on my hand below:

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It’s the darkest of these pencils too (correct me if I’m wrong about this, readers, it’s the darkest shade that my local MAC counter carries) and seems to be the only pencil that is the correct shade for my brows. It needs a light hand, or you can end up with some really overdone brows, but it’s easy to apply, smudges out if needed and lasts all day, either with or without brow gel on top. I’m definitely going to get another one when it runs out, so don’t ever stop making these, please! I’ve only been using it since October 2017 but it’s already by far the best brow pencil I’ve used in years. Sure, there are gels and powders that are just as good, but when it comes to pencils, this one is the tops.

Brushstroke Liner in Brushblack

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I’ve not really been into liquid liners, but that’s before I found this one. All the other ones I’d tried had been kind of ‘meh’, so this one was a real discovery.

It’s a really dark pigment, which I like, and you can get three different thicknesses of lines depending on how you swipe the liner, as demonstrated on my hand below:

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The nib is a flexible brush, so you only need one confident swipe to line your lid. Here’s a closeup of the tip:

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I’m still learning to wing liner properly, so what I’ve been doing is using this liner for the lid and my Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner (which has a stiff tip) for the wing – the two liners work really well together and I’m sure when I’ve got the hang of winging properly, I’ll only be using this liner. Another great product, and one that I wish I’d discovered earlier.

Studio Fix Fluid in NW10

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I’m quite fair-skinned, and struggled for years to find a foundation that was light enough until this shade came along. I used to use NW15, but that was more than a little dark (I used to mix it with a Manic Panic white foundation, yay goth days), so when NW10 came along (or at least when my local counter started carrying it) I was like ‘OH HELLO’ and I’ve never looked back. NW15 still gets dragged out on the rare occasions I tan enough to use it, but NW10 is my daily shade. The only other foundation I’ve ever found to come close to this one in pale-ness was the NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia, and my skin didn’t get along with that one bit. Luckily I only had a tester of that one, so no money was wasted.

img_6451Studio Fix Fluid is also the only MAC foundation that suits my skin. This foundation is, quite simply, the best formula, and the perfect shade. You can build the coverage and it goes on great with either a Beauty Blender or a brush. It doesn’t cling to my dry patches and it works no matter what primer I put on. I’ll forever be buying this foundation, and it’s really the only one I’ll ever need.

One thing I don’t like is that you have to buy a pump separately from the foundation. But for something as good as this, that’s a minor inconvenience!

Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Trace Gold

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The only blush I will let near my skin, this has been a staple in my makeup box for literally years. I can’t even remember when I bought my first one of these, it’s been that long. It’s not pink, which is good, and it can double as a bronzer (it looks good dusted on the collar bone when I have a bit of a tan, actually) or even a contour shade if you’re clever with it – it works well with the Barry M Chisel Cheeks contour palette. It sits nicely over my foundation and the shimmer doesn’t compete with the ice blue highlighter I’ve recently started using – the two products seem to be ‘okay then, we’ll shimmer together’ rather than giving me All The Blinding Sparkle on my face.

I have yet to find another blush I like as much as this one. I do not suit pink blushes, and I didn’t wear blush for ages because I was convinced the only colour you could get was pink. The girls at my MAC counter showed me that there was another way, and my love for this blush was born. If you hate pink blushes, and you’re pale, give this one a go at your local counter. It’s very flattering!

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There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of reviews of MAC products out there. Some people rate them, some people hate them. I think sometimes people forget that everyone is different, and not everything is going to work for everyone. These are my go-to products, and I love the brand, not because ‘omg it’s MAC’ but because they work for me. I will let you guys know how I’m getting on with the Prep & Prime and if I ever nail winged eyeliner, but those are different posts for the future.

What are your favourite MAC products, readers? Let me know in the comments!

(All opinions in this post are my own and I was not paid for this review.)

 

 

 

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