MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics (MAC standing for Make-up Art Cosmetics) was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1984 with the assistance of chemist Vic Casale. The first U.S MAC store opened in 1991, in New York. The company's products were initially aimed at professional make-up artists, but are now sold to consumers worldwide. Estée Lauder Companies acquired a controlling interest in MAC in 1996, then completed their acquisition of the company in 1998.

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75% would repurchase

Recent MAC Cosmetics Reviews

Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Retro Matte Lipstick - Flat Out Fabulous


This gorgeous neon-pink/plum fuchsia is one of my absolute faves right about now. I first use MAC's Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in 'Fashion Boost' (was a limited edition unfortunately) and then Flat Out Fabulous for a bold neon shade that seems to be turning more heads than I'm able to count! It's a pretty matte lipstick so expect a degree of drying if you don't use a lip exfoliator beforehand. This one doesn't tug, has no glitter or shimmer and the staying power is awesome - I can get 6+ hours from this which is more than most lipsticks I own! The texture is very light and yet very pigmented - just one light swipe is all I need and I'm set. The nearest shade I've owned to this (and an excellent dupe if you can still get your hands on it) is L’Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick in Glamor Fuchsia, it's literally identical to FOF but not quite the same in other aspects i.e staying power. However I haven't seen it in stores for ages and online increasingly difficult to find too. For me it was a blessing in disguise... it's only because I ran out of L'Oreal that I went out and purchased Mac's as a substitute. Well, it's ticked all the boxes and then some! One of the best cosmetic purchases I've made so far this year.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Misc Beauty Tools -MAC Cosmetics -Full Lash Curler

on 4/20/2019 2:24:00 PM


This is a crummy eyelash curler, the worst I've ever tried. It is fairly expensive, but if it was a good product, it would have been worth the price. It barely curls my lashes and pinches my skin each time. I threw it out. Complete waste. MAC makes a half lash curler which is excellent so I thought this would be good also. Not! Save your money.

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Eye Shadow -MAC Cosmetics -Eyeshadow - Amber Lights


This is a colour that ought to be used in conjunction with others, not on its own. That is when the real beauty of it becomes apparent. I love it with Embark. I sometimes add Bronze or Twinks to this combination. Because it is such a rich colour I think it would look good on black eyes where sometimes they avoid such shades this one would not look faded. I wrote this in my review for Arena, but it goes for this eyeshadow moreso- that the tones in it make the whites of your eyes seem clearer and brighter. Esp on my lower lashline, with the aforementioned shadows on the lid. Beautiful richness of Embark and Amber Lights- one like dark velvet its depth, the other bright- combo is stunning! It can be made softer with a matte cream coloured shadow under.

Makeup Brushes -MAC Cosmetics -191 Square Foundation Paint Brush

on 4/19/2019 2:55:00 PM


Ok so I bought this to apply full coverage liquid foundation... and it took a learning curve... but to do so (and boy is it FULL coverage), ya do little strokes up and down like a painter but MINI TINY up and down. You’ll Have Doll Skin. However.. I’ve decided I prefer a tradition synthetic soft paddle foundation brush or stippling or super soft kabuki (flat or round)... or the good ol blender.

My HG use for this brush is with MAC studio fix powder+ foundation. It gives you the MOST mileage ever I have SEEN with powder+!!!!! Doll skin. Again. Already in the end of April I am an NW30. (I have not been over nw20 in a while!). I bought 2 powder+ (one for home with this 191 and one for touch ups in purse). You will not need concealer believe me! As long as your skin is oily enough - which mine was not until it got acclimated to my Retin-A! (A year later skin back to oily self lol). I use the retinoid for aging - I’m 40. I still spf the dickens out of my skin I’m just constantly walking outside with the warm weather. I HIGHLY recommend the 191 w powder+. No weird learning curve technique needed! Just slap it on! Oh... to bring down neck /jaw slightly to blend like I always do, I use a fluffy powder brush since I’m not covering there. I’m just blending into pale neck.

Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Powderkiss Mandarin O

on 4/19/2019 2:43:00 PM


Mandarin O is a great shade of these. I’ve tried a light nude - patchy city!! I made sure I had mandarin (over a liner) on for an hour or 2 before purchase. Also I like unblossomed or whatever it’s called unbloomed maybe (sorry!!) — light shimmer lavender! It’s very nice! I carry around like a balm when I’m wearing it that day. Mandarin o is darker coral, so you do have to take more care when applying. Pulls more pink than orange on my currently darker than usual nw25 skin, and looks scrumptious. Moisture matte very APT description!!! Sheer wash of moisturizing matte (yet still rich) color!!!

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