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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Concealers -MAC - Pro Longwear Concealer

on 1/19/2017 11:46:00 AM


I wish I could give this a 4.5, but I rounded up because I really do like it more than most other concealers that I've tried. It's not perfect, but it's really, really good.

My skin: fair, neutral, leans dry/dehydrated. Need concealer primarily for covering undereye darkness and redness and broken capillaries around my nose, and of course the occasional zit. I take NW 15 or 20 depending on the product, and purchased NW20 in this. It looks darker in the bottle than it actually is - so be sure to swatch before you buy.

The texture is really nice, pigmented with lots of slip - not thick at all (which is a huge pro to me). I dab it in desired areas with my finger and use a Beauty Blender to blend. I find that it wears really, really well - even for my stubborn nose which seems to eat concealer throughout the day, even with setting powder, which I don't find that I need with this product. This lasts the best of any I have tried, even longwearing ones. It *does* get a touch oily mid-way through the day, but I just give it blot with a tissue and and all is well. I've had no issues with this bothering my skin or clogging my pores, though I am extra careful to make sure it's totally removed from my nose area (where I am more prone to clogged pores).

The biggest con, which many have mentioned, is the pump bottle. It's pretty, sure, but impractical. You can't control the amount that comes out and I never need that much, so I end up wasting it. I think it would work better in a squeeze bottle.

Liquid -MAC - Face and Body Foundation

on 1/18/2017 6:38:00 PM


Ladies, this is a surprisingly perfect foundation for aging skin. I've been wearing MAC face and body foundation for a couple of months now and I can safely say it's my holy grail.

Back in my late thirties/early forties I regularly used this. Eventually, I got away from MAC cosmetics and tried several other foundations without success, nearly all accentuated fine lines and wrinkles, or just looked too "obvious" for my taste. For reference, my skin is not my best feature, a pale peaked looking youth with dark circles as turned to mature adult over exposed to the sun and suffering from dryness, lines and spots related to that over-exposure (and life!).

This time around I I decided to try it again as the "face and body" intrigued me. My neck and décolletage could used some help I figured (works great on those areas). So after at 15 or so year away from this product I tried it again. On the face, this foundation feels sheer upon application and works better applied with fingers than sponge or brushes. Blended, it dries to a dewy, natural finish and is easily buildable it you want more coverage. It simply refuses to settle into fine lines and also blurs imperfections. No drying, creasing, and it stays put all day too. Works well with MAC's loose powder for a matte finish. Does not contain SPF but for me that is a plus since my daytime moisturizers always have SPF and it seems unneeded for evening wear.

The packaging is a thin plastic which allows you to see what is left. It has a squirt top which allows you to decide how much you need rather than those pumps that decide for you. It can get slightly messy with product around the top but no biggie just wipe with a tissue and cap it.

If I were to find one complaint it would only be that the shade selection is not extensive, however in my personal opinion less options are better because who ever gets it exactly right anyway! I use the shade N3 and it's a good match for me.

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Lipstick -MAC - Plum Dandy (frost)

on 1/18/2017 5:07:00 PM


Did not see this lipstick coming. I have been off of MAC Frost lipsticks for, well, since the late 90's early 00's. Fast forward 15 years later and as metallic lips are coming back into style, I find myself revisiting the old frost formulas (plus I have been through all the other formulas). Recent endeavors have been Creme de la Femme in the summer, Odyssey for fall and now Plum Dandy in winter. Plum Dandy is described as a plum frosted with bronze. This is pretty much my skin tone, so it makes me happy and it works. I have cooler pinkiness all over my skin, yet I have this odd golden undertone. Which by most accounts puts me in the neutral category. And as a result, I also have a tendency to pull out warmth/ orange / brown in any shade that has a bit of it in it. I am nw20, deep winter, brown eyes, almost black hair.

Plum Dandy on me, in respect to color, is right up there with Patisserie (more peachy pink) or VGV (more beige pink) as far as ease and neutrality go. This makes MAC Syrup and Sweetie look way pink on me. It is warmer than Clinique's Pink Bamboo which is similar but cooler on me. I find Pink Bamboo comes off more frosty on me than Plum Dandy. The frost on Plum Dandy seems to just add dimension to my aging lips & doesn't expose the lines like other formulas and shades can. Like VGV & Patisserie, this is one of those lippies I can throw on with nothing and look fine. It actually enhances my natural coloring...pulls out the color in my cheeks nicely. This shade is not going to be for everyone (some will find it too frosty, too "eh"). But when it works, it works. I think it would be gorgeous for wedding makeup as well.

Mascara -MAC - Upward Lash

on 1/18/2017 4:58:00 PM


Why do I keep trying MAC mascara? I have yet to find a good one, or even a decent one! So I let myself be talked into this Upward Lash mascara when I was buying some Lipstick at the MAC counter. "This one is different", the MA said, "because it has this little brush that brings out even the tiniest, hidden lashes". And, the brush is unique, it is small and puts me in mind of Maybelline Lash Discovery, sort of. I have very straight lashes, so I got to great lengths to curl them. This mascara goes on very wet, so that any curl I had in my lashes is gone after one coat, and instead of being Upward Lash mascara, it is Downward Lash mascara. It is a wet, goopy mascara that clumps and flakes off. I LOVE MAC for most of my makeup needs, just not the Mascara.

Fragrance -MAC - Lady Danger (Shadescent)

on 1/18/2017 4:26:00 PM

Being the perfume junkie that I am, I typically like most fragrances. However, I may not necessarily purchase them. AThis one smells reminiscent to BO. I would put this as the same category as Thierry Mugler Alien Absolue and YSL Opium. I will not purchase.

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