Powder -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 9/22/2018 6:14:00 PM

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TLDR; Great, buildable, flawless coverage but dried my skin out and slightly irritated it. Oily, sensitive and easily dehydrated skin.

This product has really left me with mixed feelings... not enough to stop using it though. I went to my local MAC counter at Selfridges after work around three weeks ago after i'd pondered all day over getting a new foundation. I'm oily and easily dehydrated so I stick to powder foundations as they help with mattifying my face but don't accentuate/create any dry patches as i've found mattifying liquid foundations have done for me in the past (sounds kind of ironic, right?). Usually I use a little-known mineral powder foundation named Pure Magic Minerals which is a small 'indie' brand from the UK, but it's crappy sifter jar leaves a lot to be desired especially when travelling so i felt like a pressed powder would be more suitable. I've tried studio fix fluid in the past which didn't agree but I had faith that the powder would do a better job. So, I tottered along to the MAC counter and picked myself up Studio Fix Powder in nc15, a small bottle of fix+ original and a generous sample of some form of primer that I managed to lose before I left Selfridges (fml). As soon as i arrived home, i took my day face off and buffed the powder in with a domed kabuki and applied two layers under my eyes with a soft eye shadow brush (I usually use a yellow correcting powder and my mineral powder foundation as under eye concealer). The results were fantastic. My skin was flawless; I went heavy first time as I wanted to test it's power (I prefer light coverage apart from the occasional night out during a break out, I like my pores to see sunlight during the day). My under eyes were perfectly concealed, no need for any colour correcting and I'm naturally an NC15 with very dark purplish under-eye circles, black eye dark on my right hand eye. I was amazed, it looked natural still, no powdery finish, just a solid matte. I added I think three spritzes of fix plus just to meld it more with my skin, i like a satin to dewy finish even though I'm oily. After 10 minutes I could feel a slight itch, then half an hour later I had to remove the make up because the itching was becoming worrying and I did not want to risk a cystic break out. I wondered if it was due to the fix plus as i've had misfortune with other facial sprays in the past so i applied a little of the powder the morning after without using the spray- it felt slightly uncomfortable but no where near as bad. Since then i've not encountered that uncomfortable sensation and have carried on using Studio fix powder daily- I'm guessing the irritation was due to the fix plus. I'd started to develop small, hard bumps/pimples (milia?) only on my forehead so i've opted to only apply a dense layer of the powder under my eyes and a light dusting over my face (avoiding the pimply forehead area) to hide my pigmentation and pores somewhat. I wondered if these bumps were due to the powder dehydrating my skin i've started using a more intense moisturiser on the night with my regular jojoba oil- lo and behold the small bumps are beginning to go (touch wood). It's annoying obviously as the immediate results are wonderful, and luckily my skin hasn't had any severe reactions as it did with the liquid version but this small annoyance of tiny bumps that can hopefully be reconciled with some extra moisturisation is worth the results. I would more than likely repurchase this but I will look into other pressed powder foundations that are less drying, I don't mind having to do some counteraction but in the long run i feel something that does less harm to my skin would probably be more beneficial. ✌️💋


Liquid -MAC Cosmetics -Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

on 9/22/2018 11:09:00 AM

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I have already repurchased this 2x! This was one of my first foundations and I keep on coming back to this even with all the new foundation launches lately. I use this with Mac F&B sometimes if I want to sheer it out a little bit. This lasts all day, and can stand the heat and humidity. This appears matte on me but it doesnt cake or looks thick. This gives me a smooth finish and does pretty well covering some redness and blemishes.


Liquid -MAC Cosmetics -Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

on 9/22/2018 12:40:00 AM

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I’ve been searching for years for a foundation that lasts all day in the heat and humidity, doesn’t make me more oily, looks natural and has enough coverage to hide my discolouration. This one is nigh on perfect. Will keep repurchasing this! My only gripe is that although it’s priced the same as other foundations you actually get a smaller amount than the usual 1 fluid ounce. This doesn’t put me off though, it’s worth it!


Moisturizers -MAC Cosmetics -Strobe Cream

on 9/21/2018 11:44:00 PM

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I have had two of these highlighter samples for a few years now .They last forever!
I'm not sure what color I have it in but it's a lightweight lotion suitable for most skin tones. I use it on the cheekbones for a permanent sheen and it gives off a very dewy natural look.

The formula itself is really good too.
It uses mica, mineral sunscreen agents,lactic acid and mulberry root extract to brighten the skin.
It moistened the skin with emollients such as: linoleum acid, jojoba esters, and castor oil with cholesterol as a SII and Cholesterol as a SCC to boot!

It finishes off with the AI skullcap extract and antioxidants such as green tea,panethenol, green tea,vitamin B12, vitamin c, vitamin E , and vitamin D3! Something we all need a little extra of.

The downsides to this product is that it has a strong fragrance and seems to break people out.

This is also not cruelty free or vegan.


Concealers -MAC Cosmetics -Pro Longwear Concealer

on 9/20/2018 2:32:00 AM

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Flawless finish..stays on for along time. Theres no better foundation than this for coverage and also get the natural look. A++

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Eyeliner -MAC Cosmetics -Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack

on 9/20/2018 2:31:00 AM

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Stays on forever! Shows up full black. Awesome product..replace my eyeliner with this to get the smokey eye effect. Love this stuff!

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Liquid -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30

on 9/19/2018 4:51:00 PM

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My skin is always oily around my T-zone so when I was in the mac store, I got this foundation recommended to me for my oily skin. When i wear this foundation I look like an oil slick after a few hours, this is a real no-go for me. It also caused me some breakouts so I will not buy this again.

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Concealers -MAC Cosmetics -Studio Conceal and Correct Palette

on 9/18/2018 6:54:00 PM

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I'm on my 2nd one of these! I'm N22/25 and I got Light. There are times a stiffer concealer like these are needed....don't get me wrong, I love my liquidy Prolong Wear and NARS RCC, but depending on the weather and occasion, a more long lasting consistency like these work better. I love being able to mix and match according to the area of the face I'm concealing, and what color I need. I will without a doubt repurchase for a 3rd time when needed, and always have this palette in my stash.


Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Patentpolish Lip Pencil (All Shades)

on 9/18/2018 6:13:00 PM

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These have quickly become one of my favorite new lip products, mainly because they are easy, great packaging, very pigmented for a gloss balm hybrid, and fairly priced for the quality...I picked up 2 of these recently, and will definitely be getting a few more shades.. I love the twist up packaging, and the texture of these.. They are more opaque than a tinted balm, and have better lasting power as well.. There's also a huge color selection. Definitely recommend.

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Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Patentpolish Lip Pencil (All Shades)

on 9/18/2018 6:03:00 PM

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A+++++++++ This formula is to die for. Its very moisturizing lightweight and comfortable.

I have this in clever and its a neutral pinkish coral reddish color that brings color to my face in the natural-est way possible. it makes me looks so healthy and my lips looks plump and super kissable.lol.
Its perfectly glossy but not too watery or slippery/oil looking.
it feels like when my lips are already moisturized after a lip mask at night. its such a wonderful wonderful formula, i dont like all the colors but i am so tempted to try them out. it lasts on the lips and fade gracefully without drying out the lips. MAC DID SOME MAGIC IN THIS PRODUCT. Its opaque without the thick feeling. the name patentpolish hits it right on the spot. it looks like a shiney thin leather (i know sounds gross but its the best i can describe it.) it coats the lips really nicely. Non sticky, never patchy. Its EVERYTHING i look for in a lip product. I LOVE IT SO MUCH IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO HAVE DISCOVERED THIS. i dont need a mirror to apply either. theres nothing bad i can say about this product, the size is perfect for my lips also. anyways I dont always like wearing lipstick because i hate the feeling of having lip product on. Im more of a chapstick with a rosey tint girl. This is my hg lip product pairing it with soar lipliner by mac is perfection.

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i bought a back up of this!! lol just in case...


Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -All Lipsticks

I have at least five of these lipsticks (including the limited edition red collaboration with Sia), and considering I have dozens of other lipsticks from different brands, I have to conclude that I don't get it...
Formula is pretty standard for a lipstick (I even think Maybelline lipsticks throw these out of the water), but the component is pretty solid and I guess you're paying for the name too... $17 a piece!
I think they could go more vivacious with the packaging considering the price... A little more like, little crystal containers or something boogie! These lipsticks look like tiny vibrators haha.


Skincare - Face -MAC Cosmetics -Prep and Prime Fix+

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This is not the spray you want, but the spray you NEED. (lol) This product has been a constant repurchase for me for over 3 years now. I use it for so many purposes:

- If I want my makeup to last a smidgen longer, I use Fix+ to wet my Real Techniques sponge
- I spray my brush to foil my eyeshadows, I cannot find a better product for this!
- Once again If I want to prep my face before even PRIMER, I spray this on my face first
- If I apply too much powder, I use this to wet my face.

An absolutely great product and well worth the hype. Don't use it for a make-up prolonging spray though!

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Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Matte Lipstick - Chili

on 9/15/2018 3:32:00 PM

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Gorgeous burnt orange shade on my fair skin. Perfect for fall.

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Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Matte - Kinda Sexy

on 9/14/2018 11:03:00 AM

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Love this shade. Perfect pick me up to my pale skin and as long as you apply balm first it wears comfortably. I don't know my mac foundation shade but I'm normally ivory or warm ivory in other high end brands if that helps.

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Eye Primer -MAC Cosmetics -Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

on 9/13/2018 9:34:00 PM

I've avoided MAC primers in the past because back in the day they weren't very good. Well, I'm sure glad I gave this one a try. It's my new HG eye primer. And I've already used up two tubes within the past two years, so I'm not saying that lightly. My previous favourite was NARS Pro Prime. I still like that one too, but it's so expensive considering how fast I go through it. This MAC one has better packaging (but be careful, because it has a large opening and it's easy to squeeze out too much), and it's much better value for money. For reference, my lids aren't particularly oily or dry, and I really just need my shadow to last all day. This certainly works for that.


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