Liquid -MAC -Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30

on 12/12/2017 10:28:00 AM

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I really really really wanted to like this product. When I first got this a year ago, the MUA recommended this when I asked for something with light to medium coverage that works for dry skin to replace the more expensive Chanel Vitalumiere.

First, she recommended this to me and in a much lighter shade (I'm NC 25-30 but she insisted that I buy NC20 cos it would brighten my skin). I bought it since it looked ok in the store and she convinced me that this shade is just right for me as it will oxidise as it set. She also said I can layer on if I wish to have more coverage. I tried it on again at home and the shade was just not right so I nv wore it for a full day.

Fast forward one year and I am down to NC25 so I decided to give this another shot. Here're the pros and cons:

Pros:
Brightens up the skin
Easy application with fingers
Dries quickly if a thin layer is applied
Nice packaging

Cons:
Slides off the face in a couple of hours despite using loose powder
Did not oxidise so it still made me look super pale
Cystic acne came up after using this for 2 consecutive days (nope, it wasn't Aunt Flo)
Foundation did not sit well with various sunscreens and some pilling occurred
Tried layering but more pilling occurred
Emphasised dryness and enlarged pores when this was applied on drier skin days (isn't this supposed to be for dry skin?!)


Till today, I'm still looking a cheaper alternative to my Vitalumiere. If anyone has any recommendations for moisturising and medium coverage foundations, please ping me.


Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 12/12/2017 8:01:00 AM

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I have had this product for a while now and I absolutely love it. I know this foundation is extremely popular with makeup artists and I can see why. I have the shade C2 which is quite yellow but it warms my complexion up yet still matches. I am NC20 for reference so think the shade C1 would be an exact match. This foundation provides light and buildable coverage and actually looks better as the day goes on. It stays on and most importantly does not break me out whatsoever. I have normal skin which can be dehydrated and also a bit sensitive. I would say that this foundation is probably better suited to normal/dry skin as it is quite dewy. I apply powder in my t-zone when using this but my skin isn't oily. The finish it gives is like my skin but better. It basically is second skin in a bottle (for me anyway). I honestly cannot recommend this enough for those who are looking for light-medium coverage however I definitely think it is better suited for normal skin types as it can leave a bit of a shine.

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Blush -MAC -Mocha

on 12/12/2017 4:48:00 AM

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Mocha blush is a classic. I’ve owned this several times and I’ve bought it for my mom. It’s a very wearable everyday pink. On me, it’s very neutral. It’s not peachy or yellow or blue. I personally don’t see the plum and it reads slightly warm on me. I have a hard time with pinks, but I love this one.
The formula is amazing. It’s Pigmented and buildable and blendable. My mom struggled with hard pan but I never have. I’m not sure what she and I do differently.
I love that I can get it in a pan and pop it in a palette.


Eye Shadow -MAC -Paint Pot in Painterly

on 12/10/2017 11:57:00 PM

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One of my favorite MAC eye shadow.
Simply put this is an awesome color. I can make dramatic eyes with darker colors in the corner or keep it soft and simple with this all over lid and wedge in crease.


Moisturizers -MAC -Strobe Cream

on 12/10/2017 8:19:00 PM

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How come no one talks about the strong perfume in this? I couldn't believe my nose when I took a whiff of this product: it smells like a disinfectant bathroom cleaner, absolutely disgusting. I used it on top on my cheekbones, under and over foundation, and saw zero difference. Not even a glimpse of a glow. It didn't matter, because I would never use such a strongly perfumed cosmetic on my face. Companies need to get a clue.


Eye Shadow -MAC -Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection

on 12/10/2017 10:27:00 AM

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I love this color. I bought this so I could use it to brighten up eyelid and wear with a liner for occasions where I want to look polished. I wear little makeup. My daily make up is lining my eyes, mascara plus mac retro lipstick. My makeup routine when I do a full face - mac studio fix powder + foundation in nc41, Bobbi Brown peach corrector, Bobbi Brown Jet eye pencil with mascara and mac retro lipstick (or) some neutral lip color. Only after a year on this routine did I start to use a blush. But my routine was more or less minimal back then. So, I wanted to up this a little bit when I'm going out. So, I purchased this vintage selection eyeshadow as I was looking for a brightening color with a little shimmer but unnoticeable. This was when painterly was becoming all the rage. I did not want to have two products one for covering pigmentation and another paint pot for brightening. So I bought Vintage Selection. It is a beautiful champagne color that instantly brightens your lid. I'm nc41 or Bobbi Brown natural tan 4.25. It applies sheer or heavy depending in how you use. A sheer application also brightens my eye but my lid pigmentation may peek through. Nowadays I wear this on top of taupe cream eyeshadow by Bobbi Brown and this one appears as a true beautiful champagne. I didn't like it much with a tan and it looked too white/silvery when I was dark. So, think about this before you buy one. It applies beautifully with fingers and it is easy to blend.

Pros :
1. Easy to apply with fingers
2. Beautiful color for giving your eyes a pop of brightness that is easy to wear even for someone my skin color.
3. Good pigmentation

Cons:
None for me.

Amazing product. Highly recommend.

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Eye Shadow -MAC -Pro Longwear - Uninterrupted [DISCONTINUED]

on 12/10/2017 2:29:00 AM

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I'm so lucky I bought a pan of this right before the Pro Longwear shadows were discontinued! It's a beautiful ochre shade that is surprisingly versatile! I love to use it in the crease with olive, green, teal, red and gold shades on the lid. It's very similar to MUFE M660 Speculoos, only Uninterrupted is a bit deeper and more yellow. Definitely worth having in your collection, whether it's the original or a dupe. It doesn't look like it would be flattering on my cool toned NW20 skin, just looking at the pan, but it transforms into something totally soft and blendable on the skin.


Eye Shadow -MAC -Pro Longwear - Uninterrupted [DISCONTINUED]

on 12/10/2017 1:56:00 AM

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This eyeshadow is beautiful. The shade is unique and so interesting, and I use it on my eyes mainly in the summer, when my skin is more golden and tan. It's almost like a neutral avant garde shade - interesting enough that it stands out, but not so strange that it throws the rest of my makeup off. At times I'll deepen it with Saddle (matte eyeshadow from MAC) and it'll turn into a more golden, muted ochre-brown.

I think the best way to describe this colour is ochre-tan, but it can look a little orange-hued on me when I am lighter in the winter. It's easy to layer with other eyeshadows however, and it makes an awesome base. I pair it with MAC cream colour base in Midtone Sepia (another great colour) and some deep mauve-brown lipstick and I love the way it looks. The desert tones are flattering on my skin tone, and I think this eyeshadow would be interesting on a lot of different skin types because of how unique it is. It's easy to make this eyeshadow your own, just by adding other colours in the mix. This colour is also amazing with a glossy eye, and it's my go-to when I'm doing a glossy eye.

As another user mentioned, this product is discontinued, so writing all of this seems a little useless. If you can still get the colour though, I would recommend it. The pan itself is big enough to last years (mine has lasted 3 years already), as barely any is needed to get good colour pay-off. I have also used this colour on my cheeks as a tiny hint of blush, which I also like. It's a great colour that transitions into all seasons. I definitely recommend it.


Eyes -MAC -Cream Colour Base

on 12/10/2017 1:39:00 AM

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I have the cream colour base in Midtone Sepia, which has lasted me years. I have light-medium olive skin and it's great for both my eyeshadow and cheek/face contouring. For me it really is something I can use all over my face. It adds depth and warmth after I do my foundation and/or concealer and I think the colour is beautiful.

For some skin tones (especially those that are more pale), I think this shade could come off quite orange, but it works well on my skin and I use it throughout the entire year. It's very pigmented and once it's applied, it doesn't fade for a long time. I definitely have to be careful how much of it I use though, since a brush can pick up a lot of colour and it can look cakey when too much is applied. A little goes a very long way with this product, and for that reason, I've had it for so long and it's in my every day makeup kit.

It's not the cheapest multi-purpose product, but for me it's been worth it because I've found a shade that I love using on my eyes and cheeks, which I typically incorporate in my daily makeup routine. It goes on smoothly and can build up colour really well, so it's easy to control how much to put on. I've used my fingers before as well, which works great.

I recommend this product, especially if you find a shade that works for you. If you've got light-medium olive skin, check this shade out. It's really a product I can't imagine replacing in my daily routine.


Makeup Brushes -MAC -# 239 Eye Shader Brush

on 12/9/2017 11:44:00 PM

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I heard MAC is discontinuing all their natural hair brushes and replacing with synthetic hair. If it's true, it's a huge mistake in my opinion, because I have three "holy grail" MAC brushes, and 239 is one of them. I have a few backups, because I am so serious about this brush. I'm also a brush snob, most of mine are Hakuhodo, with a handful of Tom Ford, Koyudo, and Wayne Goss in the mix. The 239 is most similar to Hakuhodo J004, but it's a bit less wide and the bristles are a bit shorter, while the 239 handle is longer (there is a short handle version of the 239 if that's your preference. I have both and they perform the same). The bristle density is the same between the two, as is the softness. Neither brush sheds in my experience. I prefer the slightly more compact head of the 239. I have hooded eyelids, so not much lid space and the 239 is amazing for packing on color, wet or dry. If MAC is actually discontinuing this brush, do yourself a favor and grab one!

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Blush -MAC -Mineralize Blush - Warm Soul

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Such a versatile and natural colour. Can be used as blusher and when layered can even double up as bronzer. It's a constant staple in my makeup bag.

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Lip Gloss -MAC -Patentpolish Lip Pencil - Ruby

on 12/9/2017 7:40:00 AM

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A month or so back, as my MAC Select "anniversary" gift, I selected one of these in the shade Pleasant (review is under Lipsticks, though on MAC's site, these are grouped with the lip glosses). When I visited MAC a week or two later, the SA said I was entitled to a free Patentpolish. I explained to her that I'd already received one for free but she said my "account" showed I was still entitled to one. I did try to explain again that I'd received one and didn't want to get something for free that I wasn't entitled to but she sort of insisted. So this time, I chose the shade "Ruby". It's a very nice gloss - not quite as pigmented or noticeable as Pleasant but still a really nice shade and a nice gloss to wear. What I really like about these is that they are so quick and easy to apply "on the fly" - I don't even need a mirror and can swipe them on whenever I need them. In some ways, they remind me of the Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos although they cost a fraction of the price. The Lip Stylos are somewhat more pigmented but wear time is similar and those puppies are pricey (and I have been trying to avoid Hourglass because of their rip-off Holiday pricing over the past years). I don't know that I'd pay full price for these MAC glosses either, ($24 in Canada) but I really do like them.


Lipstick -MAC -Liptensity lipsticks (all shades)

on 12/9/2017 6:13:00 AM

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I have smoked almond. Its a color a shade darker thsn velvet teddy on my skin. Its very similar with less brown but in the same family. A bit more red than velvet teddy and slight deeper. I love the texture and feel of this formula. Its so smooth and comfy on the lips. Worth the price and its such a cute packaging. Not too peach, i dnt like mac "kinda sexy" type of color and thank god this wasnt like that lipstick. I bought it only seeing swatches and i love this as a going out color for my nc20 skin but also wearable daytime if i dot it on. I wear it with whirl lipliner. Lovely shade. This is Velvet teddys big sister.


Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 12/8/2017 3:47:00 PM

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After a long search for a foundation for dry skin I ended at this one. This foundation is perfect if you have a normal to dry skin without a lot of imperfections. Then it will create a beautiful coverage. When I first used it on my combo/dry skin I was of course not amazed by the coverage because there is very little of it. Because I find my MAC Studio Fix (in NC15) too sticky and heavy wearing, but do love its cover abilities, I thought I would mix them! And boy, now this was something I had been looking for in a foundation. I use the F&B in C1 and it matches perfectly with SF NC15. You get this beautiful, medium but buildable coverage without the heavy feel. I only use some under-eye concealer with that. When I apply my makeup, I use a LED mirror, and if you’re familiar with them you know you see every pore and line and even in that light this mixture looks amazing. When you’re done makeupping, just lightly pat some powder everywhere you want because it will still be a be dewy. I do have to say that this will not last very long, I’d say with me like 4-5 hours.

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Powder -MAC -Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 12/8/2017 2:16:00 AM

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I love this product, its the perfect match for my skin tone and it seems to last me all day (both at school and work)


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