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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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 1/17/2018 7:46:00 PM


I tried this because it seemed to be the most recommended foundation for people whose skin "flakes up" as soon as liquid foundation touches it.
It in fact is better in that regard than anything I can remember trying. I think that's connected to its sheerness/translucence. It has less powder (titanium dioxide specifically I guess) making it quite translucent, but also "cling" less to dry skin.
It might also have something to do with it being "water-based", i.e. having more water than silicone or oil/esters. Silicone-based primers and foundations do sometimes seem to flake up more on me. (Note however that the second ingredient after water is dimethicone - it's not silicone free by any means.)

The sheerness makes it easy to blend and fade out nicely, and also means I almost get away with N1 actually being too dark and somewhat too yellow for me. (*Almost* as in, I was doing only my face this way for a week until I encountered a full body mirror in daylight at work, and realized my neck was looking awfully white...)

The sheerness also means I use a LOT of it to even out/cover redness on nose, and that pimples and such aren't covered in the least.
Another reason I use a lot because it sets crazy fast. I'll squirt out a few drops, on, say, my left cheekbone and start blending, and it might set before I've covered the whole left undereye area. It's hard to tell, but I feel like I must use at least 4X my usual amount of foundation, just to actually get everything covered somewhat evenly. If the color matched my skin better I'd probably use a lot less though. I'm experimenting with Nyx white foundation mixer, but it's tricky for so many reasons - I really recommend against it.

Blush -MAC -Full of Joy

on 1/17/2018 12:07:00 PM


Oh man, oh man. "Full of Joy" was locked and loaded in my beauty arsenal in high school (I'm about to graduate college now). I constantly rocked candy-like, cool-toned purples and pinks. For reference, I have cool, yellow Asian skin and the pastel lavender brightens up my cheeks and whole face. Usually, I do the blush draping method with this and apply another blush of-choice on top. This blush works better layered underneath another shade if you're going for a natural look (lavender blush ain't natural, folks!).

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Lipstick -MAC -Apres Chic

on 1/17/2018 11:54:00 AM

One of my favorite MAC lipsticks - MAC should do good by us and revive this color by placing it in its permanent collection.

Apres Chic is a brown pink/rosy nude shade with buildable color, but it pulls cooler on my NC25 skintone. It gives you the "just bitten" look, and I use it sparingly because it was a limited edition release. It's a sophisticated yet low maintenance color- I would go so far as to say it's THE universally flattering, natural-looking, muted red lipstick in existence.

Drugstore dupes (close, but no cigar) include Revlon's Rosewine and a L'oreal lipgloss in 300 Rich Red.

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Eye Shadow -MAC -Paint Pot in Painterly

on 1/17/2018 6:25:00 AM


I kept hearing about this, but was skeptical. I have used Maybelline Color Tattoos--which I don't recommend, as IME they dry up very quickly--and I love me a good cream eyeshadow, but haven't found any that completely fulfill all of my requirements. I'm also not one to think that a product is good just because of the name/brand, believe in judging each product based on its own merits.

Another reason I was skeptical is that I have very sensitive skin, and tend to be allergic to a lot of products. But I kept hearing that this was the perfect "nude" eye base for pink/cool toned skin (Soft Ochre for warm skin), so I finally got it.

So, this is a neutral/cool matte beige, a little darker than my skintone (NW 15-20). When I use this, I apply over the lid (over a light moisturizer) up into the crease (but not under the brow area). I find, as with most primers and cream shadows, it's best applied by patting on in thin layers. This covers discoloration very well; I've heard of some people using it as a primer over discolored areas or concealer, though I haven't tried that. I usually use a powder base shadow over this (Essence Smooth Caramel) to help with blendability of dark matte colors.

I have a lot of eye primers and cream shadows, and find this a worthy addition to my stash. Note that in addition to being sensitive, my eyes are quite dry, and this doesn't bother them at all.

TL;DR: Great base shadow for cool skintones, doesn't bother sensitive/dry eyes. Apply by patting on thin layers.

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Mascara -MAC -Upward Lash

on 1/17/2018 6:22:00 AM


This is one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. Looking at the wand you would not think it is that great. The formula is also great and does not dry out as quickly as other brands. Definitely one of my top 10.

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