Highlighters -MAC -Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle

on 4/6/2018 6:05:00 PM

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Soft And Gentle is one of my holy grail MAC products, I use it pretty much everyday and it gives my face a beautiful glow which, when applied lightly, is appropriate for everyday wear and doesn’t make me look too overdone. It can definitely be built up from natural to dramatic easily however. For day-to-day wear I simply take a small amount on a fan brush and apply to my cheekbones, brow bones, nose bridge and cupid’s bow. This lights up my face perfectly. This product will definitely last a long time too, I have been using this daily for months and haven’t even made a dent in it! It is great value for money. It lasts all day on my face, regardless of which foundation I am wearing that day, and doesn’t fade away. It is definitely a much hyped-up MAC product but in this instance the product lives up to the hype set for it. I doubt I will ever be without this product now that I have discovered it, it is a necessity in my makeup collection. A+

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Lipstick -MAC -Lustre in Jubilee

on 4/5/2018 11:01:00 PM

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I usually stay away from lusters but I asked the saleslady to find me a nice easy lipstick to wear everyday and she picked Jubilee. I was quick to judge and wanted to dismiss it but she swatched it on my hand and I was surprised at the slightly sheer pinky-nude color. OMG it’s my new favorite lipstick! I’m so happy to discover this!

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Highlighters -MAC -Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle

on 4/4/2018 7:27:00 AM

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Best highlighter I tried. Colour is very nice, even on very light skin. It sets quite natural (I know its a highlighter, but still). Does not fade during the day, and it is buildable: from a subtle everyday look to a very dramatic look. Gave it as a present to a friend and she is also convinced.

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Liquid -MAC -Select SPF 15 Foundation

on 4/4/2018 7:15:00 AM

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I tried 3 different colours (NW13, NW15, NC15), but all colours oxidize heavily after a few hours; my skin turns orange. I have a combination skin, not very dry and not oily, no acne and freckles. The foundation looks horrible on me and you can definitely see differences with my neck, even though this was not visible in the morning. A setting spray did not prevent the oxidation. The foundation is buildable and covers fully, however after 6 hours you can see the foundation fading away. Would not recommend it. Would instead recommend Estee Lauder double wear for full coverage (and no orange skin). Costs somewhat more, but if you plan to invest in foundation, I would recommend to spend somewhat more to get the double wear.

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Powder -MAC -Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 4/4/2018 6:59:00 AM

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Can use it as a powder foundation and setting powder. Quality is quite good, the coverage is medium to full in my opinion — however, with my redness, you can still see it a bit on my cheeks. The product is very good, but I struggle to find the right colour. I tried (and bought) multiple colours (NC20, NC25, NW20) and got advice, but my colour does not seem to be there... I switched to the powder of Bobbi Brown, which has a much broader colour range. If you can find the right shade, I would definitely recommend MAC studio powder.

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Makeup Brushes -MAC -#150 Large Powder Brush

on 4/4/2018 4:09:00 AM

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About the NEW 150 brush: synthetic version. I was first hesitant about the quality of synthetic brushes for powder, but it turned out very well. The synthetic brush does shed very little, picka up the product very well and does NOT scratch (which the old version did a lot...). I would definitely recommend trying the synthetic version, it is not only animal friendly, but also much better!


Eye Shadow -MAC -Frost - Satin Taupe

on 4/3/2018 11:04:00 PM

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What a fabulous colo!. I am really excited I finally discovered this color. Its a perfect taupy brown with a hint of purplish maybe? I dont even know but it looks great, I love it. This will be a permanent color in my rotation from now on!

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Eye Shadow -MAC -Pigment in Vanilla

on 4/3/2018 10:50:00 PM

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If I had to pick one pigment to buy it would be Vanilla! It is so amazing and makes the PERFECT highlighter! It is a white/cream color with subtle gold/pink shimmer. I use this color every single day and couldn't live without it! It is definitely worth buying!

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Lip Treatments -MAC -Hint of Colour Lip Oil

on 4/3/2018 3:48:00 PM

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I have shade Pale Princess which looks lemon yellow in the tube.

However this is one of those PH shade adjusting formulas.
Adjusted shade is advertised as pink and yep, just as is usual for me with a ph lip product, it is bright fuchsia pink.

personally, i think this will be a nice lip to wear with just bronzer on the eyes and cheeks for a fast summer look with a pop of colour.

the formula is not watery and not greasy and not sticky.
it is comfortable to wear.
it is not long lasting at all which is fine as i am not expecting that for an oil.
but after it wears off i swear my lips are feeling soft! i need to wear it more to be sure but so far im happy about that.

the applicator is a wide paddle that is similar to clarins lip oil-gloss hybrid product which i like for the clarins and also like for this mac product. it is shaped nicely to hug the lips and to evenly apply the oil.

i dont know about the other shades but this shade is too bright for me to apply without a mirror.
it is too obvious if i go outside of the lip line and applying too thick of a coat creates seepage into the lines in my upper lip.

but if i use a mirror, be decently precise and do not over-apply, i do like this product quite a bit.
i just wish that i didnt have to be careful with it at all.. i just want to slap it on while on the run, you know?

also, after just one application, the paddle has turned fuchsia.
you can see in the pic that some of the oil in the tube has also turned fuchsia from re-inserting the applicator.
i wont be surprised when this entire tube of oil is fuchsia pink instead of yellow after repeated use.

update: when the oil wears off, it leaves behind a stain. this is nice if you top it with balm. but if you add more oil to the lips, the colour builds and gets even brighter and even more fuchsia. like i said, fuchsia lips have their place but i cant wear this oil on an every day basis due to the shade. two of the other shades in the line are a form of bright pink as well. i wish they had more variety to choose from.

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Mascara -MAC -Extended Play Gigablack Lash

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This is a tough call. I love that this looks very natural, it enhances my lashes enough without looking fake or obvious. The formula is nice, no clumping and it removes very easily with warm water and facial wipe. I usually experience fallout from mascaras, not so much with this. It does a very good job of lengthening and separating. The biggest deterrent for me is the price--The tube didn't last as long as other mascaras and it's hard to justify the price. I'll probably repurchase until I can find a more reasonably priced mascara that performs just as well.

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Powder -MAC -Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

on 4/2/2018 10:37:00 PM

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Overall: 4
Price: 3 ($34 CAD)
Packing: 4
Buy again: yes

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I have acne prone, oily skin.

I bought this because I am going to Thailand soon and while I love mineral makeup, I wanted something that would be easy to bring around, and let a long period of time (and if it matched me, that would also be a plus).

I can't believe that I've waited so long to try MAC products. I have long avoided them because I believed that they were heavy and broke people out, but after many years of trying out makeup and not having a perfect shade match, I decided it was time. I'm currently having more often breakouts than usual, so I'm not sure that they are attributed to the product.

On the MAC website, this product is a long wearing powder foundation. It has an impressive 50 shades! I'm currently matched to C4 - it's slightly dark for me, but the SA wanted to get a slightly dark shade as I will be taking this with me to Thailand and I told her I might tan. I think I am normally an NC30 or C3.

I really like to apply this with a synthetic semi-dense brush - I like the ultimate blending brush by ELF, but a Kabuki brush is a good choice. It allows you to apply the product evenly without looking cakey or heavy. I do layer this with dermablend for concealer over acne shots and they work well together.

I don't find it too drying but I usually spritz with a setting spray just to take away any dry powdery spots. I personally feel like the longer the foundation is on, the better it looks. It just looks good when it's on, and I didn't have an issue with oxidation. I am having more breakouts in the last few months, but I don't think it's related to the foundation. However, do make sure that you remove the makeup at the end of the way so that you don't get breakouts.

I love this and can't believe I waited so long to try it!

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Liquid -MAC -Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

on 4/1/2018 9:51:00 PM

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I haven't used MAC makeup in years. I'm always on the lookout for long lasting foundations and my trusted go to - Clinique Stay Matte- just doesn't work for me anymore now that I lost my slight tan. I tried Hourglasss Seamless, LaMer, Nars Radiant Longerwear plus a few more and finally found this. The same bullet proof wear of Ester Lauded Doublewear but not as matte or acne provoking. So far, so good. Took off a lippie as at around $36 this is a bit pricey for MAC.

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Mascara -MAC -In Extreme Dimension Lash

on 4/1/2018 5:09:00 PM

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Finding the perfect mascara shouldn't be too difficult, as long as the formula is patterned, the only other variable to consider is the brush design (different brushes coats lashes differently thus can be tailored to your lashes).

Pro: My lashes are long and straight (not very curly/ sprawled). I not only love the formula of this mascara but the brush coats each individual lash in a way that makes them appear much longer, curlier, thicker (no clumping), and the lashes towards the end of my eye flick out giving them an almost fake looking appearance (in a good way). Also because the brush separates the lashes and coats them individually it actually does give dimension.
Lasts all day.

Con: Expensive for no reason. Buuuut it is really good :s

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Mascara -MAC -Extended Play - Endlessly Black

on 3/30/2018 11:28:00 PM

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I have long lashes that naturally curl upward, the upper lashline is pretty much double with one line of lashes slightly above the other. I've never needed a lash curler. I really don't need a ton of help in the lash department. I need a mascara that tints them black, doesn't glue them together, doesn't flake, and doesn't smudge in the wind.

This mascara does the first part, it tints my lashes a nice shade of black. I like the little tube. Other than that, it's horrible. After several disappointing mascaras I really wanted this to work but all it's done is destroy my faith in makeupalley.

The formula seems fine at first. It's not too dry nor too wet. I can do one good coat wiggling slowly from base to tip or 3 fast coats for the same result. It leaves the ends looking stumpy and then everything droops. I tried pushing them back up several times over the course of the day, brushing through with a clean lash brush but nothing seems to help.

The wand is actually very long and annoyingly flexible, making it difficult to reach the corners of the lash line without painting my entire eyelid black. I resolved that by bending the silly thing into a curved shaped. It made application much more efficient and cleaner but the formula still let me down.

It stays tacky, ridiculously tacky. Dust and small hairs latch right onto it. I noticed in the light of a mirrored elevator that my lashes appeared to be coated in a layer of dust as well as mascara that seemed to be clumping some of my lashes together.

The real breaking point for me was the fourth trial, I walked the dog in the wind for 10 minutes. It left black tears running down my face. If Cover Girl mascaras can stay on my damn eyelashes all through winter then MAC should be able to make a mascara that can deal with a bit of wind. I hate this mascara and I've never hated a mascara before. Back to MAC indeed.

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 3/30/2018 2:45:00 PM

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I love this foundation: I’m usually a NC42 and I use C5 in the Face and Body Foundation. I’m combo-oily with medium pore size on my cheeks with a bit of redness all across my cheeks and nose.
The trick to love this foundation is to apply it with your fingers. I tried it with a brush (didn’t like the finish) and a sponge (a no-no and not buildable at all with it). When you apply it with your fingers, you can feel the consistency getting tacky as you blend it into your skin and that’s when you know you’ve got it right!
Very lightweight with a natural sheer finish, you can build it to a low-medium coverage but if you have severe hyperpigmentation or acne scars, you will not like this foundation.
I feel like it’s impossible to look cakey with this foundation as it never clings to my occasional dry patches (more often during winter time) and it’s the reason why I love it so much. I powder down the very dewy finish and it can get slightly oily during the day but the foundation never breaks down, it just gets glowy-ier. It’s a very good every day foundation.

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