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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Recent MAC Cosmetics Reviews

Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Lustre Capricious

on 11/20/2018 8:28:00 AM


I find myself coming back to MAC these days, as I seemed to have forgotten that they have some solid products buried underneath their constant mediocre new collections. One such product are their Lustre lipsticks, which are an old favorite. In searching for a new everyday lipstick this fall, I accidentally stumbled across this shade. It's neutral, rosy, plummy, nude-ish, a MLBB shade for me. I don't have any issues with bleeding or feathering, but yes - Lustre lipsticks do not generally last as long as some of the other formulations. Additionally, I can honestly only give any MAC lipstick a 4/5 even at its best, simply because they seem to suck all the moisture out of my lips. That's a YMMV situation, obviously. On color/finish alone, it's a beautiful, versatile shade.

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Highlighters -MAC Cosmetics -Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle

on 11/20/2018 4:51:00 AM


This is the first highlighter I ever owned and regardless of price I keep coming back to it, as the rest can never compare.

I use this in conjunction with the MAC Bronzing powder in Matte Bronze for contouring/highlighting.

Although this product is quite expensive, I don't mind forking out the extra pennies because it lasts about a year or so, with daily use.
I usually use it as an eyeshadow and if I'm feeling fancy, my collar bones too.

It adds a subtle glow to my fair skin, perfect for natural looks, but has buildable pigment for those nights out.

- Solid packaging (I have dropped it on many occasions, with no breakage whatsoever)
- Lasts a long time, a little goes a long way...
- Applies well and suited to fair skin tones (Although I'm sure it looks good on most skin tones)

- Expensive (It's usually goes on my Christmas/Birthday list)
- Tested on animals

Bronzers -MAC Cosmetics -Matte Bronze

on 11/20/2018 4:41:00 AM


This is the first bronzer I ever bought, after it was recommended by a MAC make-up artist, and I am obsessed with it!

I use this to contour, in conjunction with the MAC Mineralised Skin Finish (Soft & Gentle) for highlight. As a lazy gal, they both double up for eyeshadow for my daily make-up.

It is quite an expensive product, so it usually goes on my Christmas/Birthday wishlist. However, the powder lasts about a year or two (If I'm pushing my luck) with daily use and the packaging is pretty solid considering it's taken a couple of beatings.

- Good pigment, does not oxidise/turn orange on my pale skin, so a little goes a long way...
- Lasts a while
- Solid packaging, which includes a mirror if you're on the go

- Expensive
- Tested on animals

Liquid -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 11/19/2018 10:08:00 PM


I've been using this since July, it's now late November, and this is my new standard light moisturizing foundation. I'd been looking since Estee Lauder d/c Double Wear Light, and reformulated it. I like this way better.

Light coverage. It won't hide the sunspots on my right cheekbone, but it does nicely blur them and somehow makes all red marks, freckles and sunspots blur into the background leaving a nice clean glowy finish that looks like my skin but radiant. No shimmer, just a dewy glowy look.

I have dry sensitive skin, oily T zone, rosacea, redness, sunspots, freckles and I'm NW15 in MAC. In Face and Body, N1 fits me perfectly.

No reactions, no pimples, no white bumps, red bumps or rashes. Just great looking skin that you can't tell I'm wearing any foundation on from morning till night.

It is sheer, but you can build a bit. If I'm really wanting to hide my sunspots on my cheekbone, or a really red spot, I dot a tiny bit of concealer on and tap it in, and set that with a kiss of finishing powder but most days I don't bother. This is my foundation for my no makeup makeup days.

I do set it very very lightly with a large fluffy brush and some translucent finishing powder if I'm using powder blush, but if I'm using Clinique's chubby stick cream blushes (Amp'd up Apple is a favourite) then I leave it dewy and it does just fine.

I love the extra moisture but for anyone with less than dry skin, you might need to set this for sure. For anyone with aging dry skin, it is wonderful. I wear it over top Jose Marans SPF 47 argan sunscreen which is also super moisturizing.

Just a suggestion, MAC will always give a nice sample to try so when you get them to figure out your shade take it home and try it in daylight. Some MAC people are better than others at matching people, others are right out to lunch and way off.

If you are NC or NW 15 or so then try the N1 first. If you are NC NW 20-25 try N2.

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Concealers -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer

on 11/19/2018 7:36:00 PM


This is my new HG concealer! I had the NARS stuff for the past few month, was expecting a lot but unfortunately unless i mixed a bit of face oil with it, it settled into my fine line around the eyes :( It's also more expensive than the MAC one, there is less of it and the colour selection is average.

This stuff is amazing, it's not drying yet it lasts and lasts and lasts. It also doesn't get into any fine lines. I hate concealers that make you look like you have lines around your eyes when you actually can't see any without any makeup on. It also has very good coverage. It's medium buildable. This also blends like a dream with my beauty blender and as always with MAC the colour section is second to none.

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