Highlighters -MAC -Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen in Light Boost

on 12/6/2017 8:33:00 PM

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I like this shade of the highlighter pens as well as the radiant rose. I just use this under my eyes and set with powder. Its super easy to blend so I don't spend that much time on my makeup in the morning.


Highlighters -MAC -Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen (Radiant Rose)

on 12/6/2017 8:32:00 PM

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Love this highlighting pen for under the eyes. Its so easy to blend and gives you a fresh, ready to go look quickly. I usually blend this out with a beauty blender and set with a powder.


Lips -MAC -Lip Erase - Pale

on 12/6/2017 3:04:00 PM

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Like another reviewer posted, I too like a nude lip and before buying this product I used concealer to "blur" my natural lip shade. In the winter I use more of an NC20 concealer and find that the shade PALE is absolutely perfect for what I need. Last week I noticed that some mascara had fallen and I didn't have Any concealer so I used a pat of this product under my eye and no one knew the difference...I don't recommend substituting for a concealer but just saying you could if you had to...

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Tinted Moisturizer -MAC -Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster

on 12/6/2017 2:49:00 PM

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I really love this product but I don't see it on the website anymore I really hope it's not discontinued!

This is definitely a mixture of the better aspects of a tinted moisturizer and cc cream which is probably why it's the "Lightful c tinted cream"

It has a thick almost mousse like texture but despite the texture it's very lightweight and doesn't feel heavy.

The shades lean more warm due to the "CC cream" aspect which seems like it would be too orange but it can actually help make your face look brighter and more fresh looking whereas those that are more neutral (like most tinted moisturizers) can make yellow toned or pink toned people look quite gray due to being too neutral whereas this looks more glowy.

I'd say this gives pretty good coverage, about almost medium coverage. I have some hyperpigmentation and it covered it BUT I apply it by stippling it on with a flat top buffing brush and that's how it gives it great coverage. I find the slight peach tone really helps counteract any dark spots or areas which makes sense since its part of the "Lightful" range which is meant to help these issues. I like that it actually has vitamin c quite high on the list too.
I wouldn't use this with your fingers or a sponge unless you want sheer coverage.
I feel like the coverage(when stippled with a flat top) is as good if not better than the it cosmetics CC cream.

Another reason why I LOVE this is because it works AMAZING for my oily skin. I've never found a tinted moisturizer or CC cream that keeps my oils at bay while simultaneously giving me a slight glow that doesn't look greasy, it a miracle product, I kid you not.
I noticed that it withstands long days, heat, etc unlike any tinted product or most foundations. This is a highly underrated product

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Highlighters -MAC -Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen (Radiant Rose)

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This just wasn't the product for me. I can though imagine it being a nice procuct for a lot of other people- It has a nice applicator, blends out really well and i've seen it on other people giving a nice natural highlight.
Now this isn't a concealer, it's a highlighter, but I'd read online about it being quite nice in brightening up undereye circle areas on top of concealer and I found it dissapointing in this regard- it's simply not pigmented enough for those of us with crazy dark circles and I found it made creasing worse worn over my concealer (NARS radiant).
It didn't do as much as i'd hoped for me personally in brightening either, after a while it dried down to a colour I found a little too dark to give that 'wow' bright effect it had when I'd initially applied it.
There are also a lot of good aspects to it though- I've used it on a friend and it gave a lovely 'glow' look to his skin without the usual shimmery/glittery look and looked a lot brighter than on my skin. The thinner formula is kind to dry skin too, it doesn't add too much texture to dry/flakey like highlighting with a concealer would and it blends out well.

All in all for the price it just isn't worth it for me personally, but as odd as it sounds I actually think that it's a pretty decent product overall.

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 12/5/2017 1:41:00 AM

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Love it! I use it everyday. Finishing is beautiful (might be too dewy for some people). My skin is red and oily. Though the coverage is light, yellow undertone does help to cover the redness. Since it's water base, my face is less oily than the day I'm using other fdt. I like to apply it with my hands, it's very bendable, however, it sticks to skin quickly, so you should apply it with quick hands. I would repurchase it!

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 12/5/2017 1:38:00 AM

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My go to everyday foundation. I have it in C3 and love how you can build it up from sheer to medium coverage. Just have to wait for the layers to dry a bit (I like to wear just one layer for everyday two if I’m going out or am on a date with my husband). After washing and moisturizing my face I use my fingers (washed hands only) in a tapping motion to apply this foundation for a natural look. I’m pregnant right now and my usual go to which is Nars sheer glow is making me break out so the Mac F&B is a lifesaver because I’ve already had it in my collection and I love it. It holds up pretty well even in hot California weather although I do take it on the go for the occasional touch up because I have combination skin and don’t have the patience to fuss with primers but I have the small bottle and it’s easy to just throw it in my bag no fuss no spills. I also like the plastic bottle because it’s sturdy and I’m clumsy and tend to drop stuff.


Skincare - Face -MAC -Prep and Prime Fix+

on 12/4/2017 8:03:00 PM

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This isn't for me...
The biggest problem with this product is the bottle. The nozzle gives too strong mist, it isn't fine and it isn't airy. It sprays too strong and gives too much product in a single spritz.
No matter what it stays sticky on my skin (I have normal to dry, dehydrated skin). It makes it looks oily.
I've tried it for foiling my eyeshadow, but too much product comes out of the bottle to spritz my little flat brush.

Not impressed, can't recommend.


Moisturizers -MAC -Strobe Cream

on 12/4/2017 7:51:00 PM

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Good product with a light scent to mix with foundation for a lighter coverage. Good to have but not necessary in a makeup collection.


Lip Gloss -MAC -Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour

on 12/3/2017 7:47:00 PM

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I got this as a substitute for Too Faced Unicorn Tears lip cream which Sephora did not carry - they only had the "latex" version that is a gummy, sticky substance. This could be such a beautiful lip gloss but it has a strong menthol feel to it which just ruins it. Nowhere does it say this is going to make your lips cold and tingling. I think this was a serious mistake on their part. People want the blue holographic effect, NOT MENTHOL. I returned this. Too bad because the blue holographic effect is just as beautiful as Unicorn Tears.


Blush -MAC -Prism

on 12/3/2017 9:08:00 AM

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Prism is good lighting in a pan. I am nw20 with neutral skin (pinky to look at but this odd golden undertone too), deep winter. I wanted something to go well with my bolder red or berry lips during the holiday season. Margin (which I had) was a good contender. It could sometimes feel a touch warm, but it worked and provided a very soft something on the cheek. But when ever I asked for recs people kept suggesting Melba or Prism. So I checked out both and both were good. But, if there is an ounce of orange in a shade, I will pull it out! So Melba skewed just a hair on the warm side. Just like Margin, it still worked. But compared to each other, Margin was softer on me and the winner with the MAC rep at Ulta that was helping me. My Ulta doesn't carry Prism, so I went to the closest MAC spot I could find and tried Prism. Compared to Margin and Melba it felt plenty neutral (pinky beige/brown - reminds me of Bobbi Brown Malted eye shadow color), but offered a bit more depth to my cheeks. It does the same thing for my cheeks that NARS Sin does. It was like a shading almost. While Margin and Melba did not over shine my bold lip, Prism did the same thing, but it was like someone just put me in good lighting. I had more defined cheekbones suddenly and just a hint of more definition and shading. If you were going from a day look to evening something like Margin to Prism could do it. But you can also use Prism as a day blush too for more definition...not just in color, but in impact, it really reminds of what NARS Sin does for my cheeks. And NARS Sin is probably one of my favorite blushes because it adds so much to my look without over powering it at all. So if you find yourself humming and hawing between these options, I hope you find this helpful. NARS Sin fits better with my slightly more fall toned (hint of brown) looks where as Prism lets my deep reds and berry shine a bit better.

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Blush -MAC -Mineralize Blush in Love Joy

on 12/2/2017 3:32:00 PM

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This is hands down the best blush on me in general! I honestly don't feel like I need any other blush when I have this. It has a little bit of red, pink, brown, small reflexes of gold that ties in with just about any makeup look, bold or subtle. It is really one of kind. I keep trying to convince myself I need to another blush in my stash but when I compare this to other blushes on my skin from mac, there is no comparison. It just has the beautiful combination of color and glow that is nice. I've compared it to sweet as cocoa on my skin which my sister owns, and I notice that love joy blends more seamless into the skin, looks almost like mineral powder, and has just the right hint of color to my skin that sweet as cocoa cannot give me. Not discounting sweet as cocoa, but it does not look nearly as good on me as it does on her. It is a good buy as it will last forever.


Lipstick -MAC -Violetta Amplified (Pro)

on 12/2/2017 3:27:00 PM

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I put this on today and it made my normal makeup so much better that I realized I have to review it. A light layer looks very cute and fresh and berry like with the unique glowing, purple tinge that makes this so special. A heavier more done version looks very evil and can work with very intense makeup, or no eye makeup depending on what type of evil you are going for. Haha. Sorry i cannot think how else to put it. I think the texture is marvelous as it does not chap my lips like most MAC lipsticks do.


Liquid -MAC -Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

on 12/2/2017 12:03:00 PM

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Very average foundation.
Initially when i bought it, it worked alright (and the hype around mac make me like it).
But, as I used it I realized it's drying, sticks to dry patches, dull and does nothing spectacular. (For reference, I have oily skin. I cannot imagine dry skinned women wearing this).

I have switched to other foundations now, but search for HG continues...


Highlighters -MAC -Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen (Radiant Rose)

on 12/1/2017 6:59:00 PM

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Wow look at the reviews on this eh? And here I am to add my own praise... But on reflection I'm going to tick the 'No' I wouldn't repurchase.

I had hesitated to purchase this, I always guiltily put it back on the shelf thinking it was nice but overpriced. I still think of MAC as very mid range and utilitarian and I felt £20 for a tiny amount of product was too indulgent. But the other day my local department store had a "gala" event and everything in store was 20% off. I decided it was a good time to get this (for £16.) It is as good as I'd hoped it would be! It gives an angelic luminescence and it may sound conceited - but when I wear this I look like a heavenly angel. (lol) As such I like to wear this on no-makeup makeup days. I like people to think, "wow she has such a natural angelic glow to her skin, if I had that skin and that heavenly radiance, I'd never wear makeup!!!"

It's a thin, watery but pigmented pale pink and it melts into the skin so well that it actually does seem like you're not wearing makeup. It lifts and brightens and indeed, highlights. It's not a wet-look highlighter (don't get me wrong, I love those!) instead, it's a very innocent and heavenly pure light from within. It's very effective. But I do still think it may be overpriced. Plus I wouldn't agree with others who say you only need a tiny amount. I needed quite a lot and I am sure it won't last very long before it runs out. It does last all day, without creasing or fading, and the effect really is very pure and clean. Although talking of clean, I'm not that keen on brush products as I hate having to wash them all the time but I know otherwise they go horribly rancid, if Touche Eclat is anything to go by (shudder).

So that brings me onto - I already have YSL Touche eclat, Estée Lauder BB highlighter pen, Bare Escentuals stroke of light, Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener - all these have the same concept: a thin but pigmented liquid that reflects light. I also have tried many other brush concealers like the Guerlain or Clinique versions (both these much more concealer than highlighter) and the maybelline various incarnations of dream lumi, FIt Me, and eraser brightener. All of which I disliked and found hard to blend or invisible or both. Apparently there is a version of the eraser brightener which is better but I tried 2 shades and one was a horrible unnatural pale pink and one was far too yellow. I am going to have to do a thorough analysis of which of the high end ones I just mentioned and including this MAC is best. I will look into £ to ml and also shade and wear time. It'll be a whole project in its own right. All these pens have a criminal amount in them and finish quickly. Off the top of my head the Bobbi brown tinted eye brightener and the Bare Escentuals stroke of luck both have around double the amount of this, 6ml and 5.5ml respectively, and at only a £ or 2 more - so the MAC will have to prove itself indispensable. I think Touche Eclat and the EL have about the same as MAC or a third less, they are around 2.5ml and MAC 3. So I do still think MAC is pricing itself too close to high end YSL, EL pricing for my liking. If it was always £15/16 I'd be more on board with it, or if it had closer to 6ml in the tube. As it is, it seems like a wonderful product and the high ratings can't be ignored. And yet my feeling is, that I'll enjoy this one, but I'll probably not rebuy. I just feel a bit resentful that it's priced too high, and there are so many similar products out there. I think my favourite is EL BB highlighter but they might be identical. Plus I'll always have a soft spot for the original which after all has been mercilessly copied: YSL Touche Eclat. And both those have sumptuous gold packaging which makes me feel special; the MAC doesn't look like a luxury product. Stroke of light may be less pigmented. I'll be swatching these and doing a wear test etc and I'll update...

Tldr: love the product, especially for an understated natural glow, but not sure it's worth the high price. Many other similar products on the market so time will tell if this is superior. For now I'm saying I wouldn't repurchase because I'm not convinced it's better than either Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener or Bare Escentuals stroke of light, both of which have about double the amount for almost same price tag.

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