MAC

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.
https://www.maccosmetics.com/

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Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light Plus

on 10/23/2017 2:01:00 PM

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I use this as a setting powder because I wear liquid foundations and concealer often. I love this stuff. It looks dry in the pan but applies beautifully. I have dry to normal skin and this doesn't make my makeup look thick or cakey. It gives me a natural/satin finish without that powdery ghost look. My skin tone is NC15 and Light Plus is a perfect match. It's very finely milled but not messy during application which is always a plus. It will cling to dry patches or acne that's healing so be mindful of that. Overall, I really like this stuff. It's the best-performing face powder I've tried in years.



Liquid -MAC - Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

on 10/23/2017 12:37:00 PM

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I got this out yesterday since it was cool and rainy and my skin was feeling a little dry. I have normal/dry to ever so slightly combo skin on my chin. This goes on with medium coverage. I used a beauty blender which is my preferred method of application for most foundations. It looked very masky when I was done with my makeup but I hoped it would settle into skin-like. (I had used this last winter and liked it.) When I got out to the car I checked it in the mirrors and gasped. I looked like a figure in a wax museum! My face looked carved of ivory, and I don't say that in a positive way. I wanted to go in and start over but I had no time.

When I got home, about 5 hours later, I checked my face in the mirror (10X) and my makeup was cakey and obvious and I about died. So embarrassing. I doubt anyone else noticed but it looked awful. I was color matched to NC20 which may be a smidge light for me right now especially in this heavy formula. This was just unattractive in so many ways, I'm surprised I had liked it at all.

It is long-wearing. I still had it on my face at the end of the day but it didn't look good. And it has a lot of coverage although I still needed concealer. It probably would be better with a primer. I had a mineral sunscreen under it which could have caused some problems. I don't know if I want to work with it though since it was so ugly. I have too many other great foundations that don't require "work."


Liquid -MAC - Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 10/23/2017 12:15:00 PM

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This is my HG foundation because:
-it doesn't break me out (and that's rare to come across)
-buildable coverage
-great coverage if used with concealer as well
-looks as natural as foundation will ever get

CONS
-makes skin oily so make sure to blot throughout the day and set with a lots of powder (rice powder from Palladio is good for sensitive skin)

Highly recommended tip: make sure to let this foundation sit for a couple minutes and then gently dab your fingers over your face to get rid of the excess oil from the foundation that doesn't need to be there so that when you apply powder it will look less cakey and more natural!!!! Works wonders trust me!


Liquid -MAC - Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

on 10/23/2017 3:36:00 AM

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This foundation is unusual and I am not quite sure where to start with it. Originally MAC was recommended to me by a friend who is a makeup artist due to their undertones and broader shade range for persons who have warmer/ darker skin tones. At the time I was going to buy EL Double Wear but thought I'd give MAC a go as their shade range, and the claims of their foundations performance was good.
I was matched with NC40 and it is a pretty good match for my skin tone (better than EL DW Honey Bronze, which is yellower), that I was impressed with as its very difficult for me to find foundations to match my skin (I have neutral/warm and yellow/golden undertone). I have good skin with no wrinkles, minimal lines and no pores however I do have some scarring acne. I have normal/sensitive skin that is prone to dryness at times so I definitely did not want anything full matte. Despite being advertised as a 'Matte' foundation, I don't think this is unless you put powder on top of it. It is a more semi matte/ satin finish (which I prefer).
The biggest disappointment for me with this foundation is coverage. Its advertised as medium- full coverage, but is really medium coverage, if you use a fair bit of it I would say full medium at best. Personally I prefer full coverage because I don't see the point in wearing makeup unless it covers everything. I do apply this foundation with a brush so perhaps applying with a sponge (which I am planning on trying) will be different. I've only used primer with this foundation once but have not noticed a big difference whether you use one or not (I should note I am planning on buying a silicone primer and trying it so I'll post an update) It doesn't do a bad job of covering my scars, it covers my lighter ones quite well, but the darker scars not so much- it definitely doesn't conceal them. At $50AUD a bottle, I kind of feel it should.
The second disappointment for me with this foundation is its lasting power. I find that for the first few hours of wear, it looks amazing and photographs beautifully. However around the 4hr mark, its like it starts to soak into the skin a bit more and slowly begins to wear off. It also is not transfer proof, as you may have guessed (not terribly transferable like most Revlon foundations but is transferable nonetheless). Usually after the sixth hour of having this on, half of it has worn off and I have to re-apply. I haven't used a setting spray with this but I kind of think you shouldn't have to. Its 2017, if you want to charge high end prices for foundation, make sure you can make a product that actually does the things you claim. Makeup has come a long way and I am beginning to feel a lot of the higher end foundation brands are not delivering the foundation quality they are capable of producing and are sort of just half-assing it. Again, for the price and MAC's reputation, I expect better.
I find this foundation does oxidise a little, but doesn't make a difference on my skin.
I am on the fence about whether to re-purchase this or just keep hunting for a better one which can deliver on what it claims. I feel like if MAC made a few improvements to this foundation it would be my HG for sure. I have made a list of pros and cons below so its easier for others to make a decision on this foundation as well.

Pros:
-Formula is nice and creamy (I am used to using crème foundations and this is lighter than what I am used to, but I love the consistency)
-Great color range for warmer/darker skinned people
-Photographs beautifully
-Does not look cakey (on me, anyway)
-Easy to blend in
-Minimal Oxidization
-Semi-Matte Finish

Cons:
-Full Medium coverage at best. I feel as if you put a lot of this on to try to get full coverage, then it may look cakey
-Not long lasting. Starts wearing off around the 4hr mark, you will need to touch up around 5-6hr mark.
-Transfers. Not terribly but still, it transfers.
-Expensive

On a final note I want to say if people were in the same boat as me and tossing up between EL Double Wear and this one, I would say certainly get samples and try both out. MAC foundations are more golden in the warmer tones whereas EL foundations are more yellow. I found Honey Bronze (my shade in EL) is fine when only a thin layer is applied but once I put more product on, its too yellow on me and does look cakey/dry/chalky(possibly because I have normal skin, not oily skin). EL DW is also proper matte, whereas this foundation is semi matte.


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Lip Gloss -MAC - Lipglass in Lust

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Beautiful color, I am NC25-30 and this shows as a nude with a strong peachy tone. MAC lipglasses are long lasting and pigmented, no need to reapply often as far as lip glosses go, but they are quite drying.

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