Pressed Powders -MAC -Blot Powder - Medium/Dark

on 1/20/2018 6:25:00 PM

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I finally found my shade!! I’m NC20/25 I’ve never been dark/deep in anything in my life except this. I’m barely medium-light in most powders. I would say this runs pale to an extreme.

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 1/20/2018 5:36:00 PM

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Finding a good foundation is a mission impossible for me these days.I have dehydrated skin and almost all foundations cling to my dry patches and get flakey.my forehead looks shiney in half an hour.I have little acne scars on my cheeks,dark circles under my eyes and my skin has a pinkish undertone on my cheeks which I dislike,while it looks yellowish above my upper lip
I need something light so that it won't stick to my dry patches,at the same time I need enough coverage to cover redness and acne marcs
The only foundation that works for me is collistar super-moisturizing foundation,it could be my HG foundation if I had it in the right shade.I have it in shade 4(amber) while in all other foundations I use shade 1 or 2.but I couldn't find it in right shade so decided to start looking for my HG foundation in other brands
I started searching and reading reviews and I listed options from each brand that looked good for me.Mac Face&Body was in that list
There's not a mac cosmetic branch in Iran but I saw one in Tbilisi,Georgia..I was in hurry so I had to buy it without testing it.
It's 50mil was 42.5$ and it's 120mil was 58$..I chose 50mil size because I wasn't sure it will work for me
I bought shade 01 and it's the perfect shade for me.I'm happy that it's not yellow or orange.It has neutral tone and thanks to it's sheer coverage I think it can suit all fair-light skins
It has liquid texture.first times,I used a damp beauty blender to apply it but it soaked a lot of product so I had to use a lot of foundation and even then,it gave me very sheer coverage,even less than a tinted moisturizer but now I use brush to apply it all over my face,then I blend it with a damp Beatty blender with soft tapping motions.this way it gives me medium coverage.
It has a natural finish which is my favorite for daily use.not matte,not dewy.unlike most other foundations with sheer to medium coverage it doesn't make my skin look oily and the most important thing is that it doesn't cling to my dry patches and doesn't look cakey at all,even though I sometimes I use huge amounts of it.I use clinique moisture serge or clinique pep start sunscreen & moisturizer or bioderma atoderm cream(which comes in white package with blue pomp)or uriage aquaprectis gelcream as base and it goes well with all of them
It feels light and comfortable on skin.I'm even happy with it's longevity but I dampen my beautyblender with nyx dewy spray or mac preb&prime spray so they may effect longevity of my foundation
The only thing about it which isn't perfect is it's coverage.not bad for daily wear.it evens out my skin but isn't enough to fully cover my tiny acne scars or my dark cycles.I use LA girl proconceal in peach shade to color correct my dark cycles,then use caprice concealer..or just use maybelline age rewind concealer alone..sometimes I use mac CC loose powder in lavender shade to set my foundation.I only use it on my forehead,dark cycles and nose because I don't like my face to look too matte and powdery.this loose powder gives me perfect coverage and flawless look that I wanted
All in all I'm very happy with this foundation.there's still a long list of foundations which I'd like to dry but if I wasn't looking for adventure of trying new things,I'd definitely repurchase it,this time in it's 120mil package,which is by the way,very travel-friendly

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Mascara -MAC -In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara

on 1/20/2018 5:02:00 PM

Bought this again (first tube I decided to toss after a year, lost 2nd tube blech......), so definite yes for rebuy. I like the rubber brush. You can get in really close to the roof of the lash that a way like mentioned below “tightlining” w a curler. “Dimension black” is inky black very rich & thick. It’s medium wetness not too dry. This isn’t cheap it’s over $20USD & I’m kind of broke well normally (bcoz of my Lilla Rose habit lol) but this is worth it!!!! High end mascara I used to think was silly but it really works! It gives much better results.


Blush -MAC -Melba

on 1/20/2018 1:58:00 PM

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A very flattering peachy-pink blush for olive undertoned people. It does oxidize a bit, which is annoying. Papaya by City Colour is a good dupe for this shade.

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Lip Treatments -MAC -Tendertalk Lip Balm - Side Dish

on 1/20/2018 9:43:00 AM

I really hope that MAC makes these permanent. I bought a Tendertalk balm last year and was thrilled to see it relaunched this year.

Side Dish appears to be a bright violet/mauve in the tube, but goes on as a lovely sheer violet. It's subtle and gives a nice MLBB shade (I'm NW15 with pink undertones). It's a great color when I want a hint of color but don't want to appear to have a full face of m/u. If I want noticeable lip color, I'll reach for something a bit stronger--MAC Syrup is my go-to l/s.

This feels nice on, like a good lip balm should. I reapply every 2-3 hours, which is actually not bad considering it's a lip product. It goes on smoothly. I don't think it's super-hydrating, but it isn't drying either.

I'm not really a packaging gal, but I love the rainbow-y tube too. It's a nice, distinctive departure from MAC's usual black packaging and fun.

Overall, I like the Tendertalk balms, and Side Dish is my favorite. If you're cool toned and/or like violets, this is worth a try.

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Skincare - Face -MAC -Prep and Prime Fix+

on 1/20/2018 9:23:00 AM

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I wanted to like this but gave it away in the end. It is refreshing and probably sets most people's makeup well but 2 of the ingredients glycerin and castor oil break me out and make my skin oily. Within an hour my makeup starts melting off and Im broken out by days end. I give glycerin based products a try occassionaly in the winter when my skin is really dry but it's usually not so high up on the ingredients list. My skin hates castor oil so frankly if I had noticed it on the list I would never have tried it. Great product for many just just not for me.

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Concealers -MAC -Pro Longwear Concealer

on 1/20/2018 7:42:00 AM

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The product is great, does not crackle in skin or melts, ads a fair touch of lightening to your face, and last enough. It’s not a dense skincover product so you might still see a bit of the dark circles. To fill it out this problem, the store recommend covering the concealer with a highlighter they have and it does help, but it is sold separately.


Lip Liners -MAC -Stone Lip Pencil

on 1/19/2018 8:05:00 PM

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Yasss to rebuy I bought this today I’m officially obsessed I ordered another 1 already.I have Stone lipstick on order but I’m obsessed w this l/l. I can’t wait to get the lipstick. I was rec’d this by a Facebook group (just Glam it) for the perf Griege lip (asked for MAC or DS rec’ds) I’m obsessed w this on its own or w “O” lipstick. I love the cool grey ness of it. Greyish taupy Brown I love colors like this my deck of scarlet 06 palette has this color like it so that’s what sparked my interest in griege turns out I don’t look like the undead it is my kinda color. I love browns of all kinds in makeup I’m NC20/25 yellow toned 100% Caucasian but I’m officially obsessed tbh I would’ve loved to walk home w the lipstick but my counter was “out!” it’s NOT DC just “popular!!” (I went to MAC today w the intent of buying stone lipstick to go w my stone l/l!). #superawesome #winning #obsessedwgriege #mynewfavecolor #YES !!


Lipstick -MAC -Faux (satin)

on 1/18/2018 10:25:00 PM

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my first satin lipstick and I'm obsessed. the feel is so much better than mattes. I usually go for matte formula because of how its longer lasting but faux has become my favorite mac lipstick because its so pretty, creamy and comfy on the lips . I knew once i put it on i had to get it. I am nw20 fair with pink undertone and warmer lipsticks looks a bit odd on me like mac kinda sexy, it looks like salmon sashimi :( I cannot wear peachy blushes and I can't pull off bronzey/gold eyeshadows either(I only wear makeup with cool/pink undertones to compliment my skin). ***This lipstick makes my lips very sexy, pouty and natural with brightening affect and makes my whole face look put together and healthy, this is what i feel angelina jolie lips would be. Its MLBB pink that does not wash me out or look dull. This looks great with pink flushed cheeks and naked3 palette(rose gold) type of eye looks. this is my everyday lipstick since its so wearable and a no-brainer color for me. i also tried mac Brave and i wiped it off right away, it was too bright barbie pink for me. I use to like velvet teddy but it lean a bit ashy and too orangey brown Mac faux is the same intensity as velvet teddy, not too dark or light but its pink version and exactly what i was looking for. THIS IS HG STATUS AND I LOVE HOW IT MAKES MY LIPS LOOK SO LUCIOUS&SEXY !! fair ladies with cool undertone must try!

a dupe(cousin) for this lipstick would be loreal infallible lip paint in 314 spicy blush but that one isn't as long lasting or moisturizing on the lips and its a glossy finish and a little lighter in color but its cheaper.

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Pressed Powders -MAC -Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light

on 1/18/2018 6:15:00 PM

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This is a really nice-looking powder on most of the face. I also like the compact a lot, except that there's no puff. However, I won't buy this again because it's really not suited to my oily skin. It feels very heavy after a few hours like I need to wash my face. I can't use it under my eyes to set concealer because it looks really dry and accentuates any creases or fine lines you might have just from regular expressive movement such as laughing or squinting. I found a powder that I like a lot better than this one - it's Charlotte Tilbury's Flawless Finish Airbrush Powder. I actually CAN use that one under my eyes. And it doesn't feel heavy on my skin. Neither of these powders work for me for oil control, though. For stopping shine, MAC Blot Powder is better.

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Loose Powders -MAC -Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose Powder in Neutralize

on 1/18/2018 1:31:00 PM

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I usually used pressed powder to set my makeup but after watching several YouTube videos,I decided to replace it with a loose powder
in mac store,I saw mac prep&prime CC loose powder and decided to buy it in spot.I chose it in lavender shade(illuminate) because I thought it's the best one for my pale skin.SA told that it will cancel yellowish,dull undertone of my skin and make my skin,specially my dark cycles look brighter
It's priced 40$ here and there's just 9 grams of product in the jar so it was an expensive purchase.luckily I'm 100% happy with it
First time I was hesitant to put it on my skin but then I saw that it's almost transparent on skin.just if I apply too much product on one place,it gives pink undertone to my skin
I use it with damp or dry beauty blender and it works like magic on my face.it prevents my T-zone from looking oily but doesn't make my dry cheeks,look more dry.it gives my skin a very flawless,airbrushed finish and doesn't look too much dry or powdery or mask-like.it doesn't even look bad under flash light of camera
I didn't expect to love it this much.it spreads smoothly on face and makes my skin look even and velvety and fixes my foundation and concealer and at the same time,I feel my skin looks less tired and lively.it doesn't feel heavy and doesn't clog my pores or break me down
I don't know how could I live without this loose powder,I can't anymore.I will definitely repurchase but I don't think I'm going to run out of it anytime soon

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 1/18/2018 7:48:00 AM

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I wanted soooo bad to love this product..the texture...the coverage...everything I was looking for. Even the fact that it is water proof and long wearing was what I was looking for. I have combination skin where it gets dehydrated daily and oily as the day continues. I got this thinking it would prevent my skin from getting dehydrated and as long as I used a good setting powder, then it would be a perfect match. Well, it looked great on my skin...even with my old acne scars and texture...but...after wearing it to work 1 day...I double cleansed my face and HOLY SHIT WHAT IN THE HECK?!!! I got cystic acne spots all over my face!!! I haven't had cystic acne in almost a year!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! One on my upper lip, another on my forevhead, one on my chin, and 2 forming on my cheek...Jesus lawd!!! NO!!! I about threw that devil liquid through the wall! The mistake I made was not doing my research 1st. I usually always go to CosDNA.com and look up the foundations of interest and as long as they score 4 or below on the acne causing ingredients, then I can wear this foundation...this foundation had a high score of 11...11!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH never again...back to my search for finding a truly hydrating foundation that wont break me out :(

UPDATE: I think the cystic acne causing ingredient is: Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate

go to cosDNA.com and if check your foundation to see if it has that ingredient if youre struggling with cystic acne flair ups when u try new foundations.

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

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

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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.

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Blush -MAC -Full of Joy

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

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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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