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rated 5 of 5 on 3/7/2011 12:58:00 PM More reviews by yessisbfc

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel

This is just amazing. People CAN NOT complain about getting FREE items! They are FREEEE!

I'm happy just to get a lipstick as that's all they apparently give you in the UK. I know there's the whole argument about eyeshadow pots without the pans etc. Well, if you're going to depot your eyeshadows, try and see if they take them. If they don't, try another place. If that fails, buy some empty pans that are used for pressing and just put them in there. They're really cheap, plus it's a huge saving off of a lipstick you'd otherwise (maybe) pay for!

It's really worth it and I love MAC for it!

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rated 5 of 5 on 2/21/2011 5:42:00 AM More reviews by Jenstarlast

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Other Eyes: Blue

B2M is a really great concept and I love it. I wish I had known about it sooner, but I find that the freestanding stores are a bit more interested in educating their customers as I had always just gone to a counter inside stores and never heard of it before :( Other than that I love it and it really makes me want to be more loyal to MAC products because once I have enough empties I get something. It feels great getting something 'extra' for free. Truly a mutually beneficial offer!

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 2/13/2011 9:32:00 PM More reviews by jillirific

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue

Amazing idea in theory and I wish every company had something like this. However, in practice, it is very hit and miss. Their inconsistent rules about whether pan-less empties are acceptable is enough to knock off two lipsticks from the rating. The fact that they don't even recycle the pans (therefore, you don't get two-empties-in-one like MAC seems to think will happen if they accept the plastic without the pans) really adds to the irritation. I have even been told once that I wasn't able to hand in more than 3 sets at a time. What!? I also don't understand why the policy for what you get varies by location (counters are lipstick only; stores are lipstick, lipglass or eyeshadow). Otherwise, great idea. Good way to test out new products you've been wanting to try or to replace a favourite. MAC just needs to get its act together with rules and/or training.

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rated 5 of 5 on 2/5/2011 3:29:00 PM More reviews by KTcoleman30

Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

LOVE B2M! Just took back 30 empty eye shadow pots w/o pans and no questions asked. Picked up 4 of my fav lipsticks and an eye shadow! Woo!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 1/11/2011 1:00:00 AM More reviews by cadabeijos

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

LOVE B2M! I've only exchanged my used MAC containers for lipsticks, but apparently at the actual MAC stores, you can trade 6 of your used containers for a lipstick (non-VG), eyeshadow, or lipgloss. I love free! I wish other cosmetics companies would do this. It encourages recycling and I think keeps customers coming back...I mean, you get customers to your store, and there's another chance they'll purchase something along with recycling....

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/11/2011 12:48:00 AM More reviews by shannysgirl18

Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

Free is FREE so I think there is no room to complain, inconsistency or not. This is an amazing program. How could you not be happy with getting a free product :)

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/11/2011 12:39:00 AM More reviews by RitzyWoman

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I used the Back 2 Mac recycling program for the first time. I've read a few bad reviews, but it worked out fine for me. I traded 2 lipstick containers & 4 lipglass containers for a new cremesheen. It was easy, so no complaints.

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/9/2011 3:19:00 PM More reviews by biancastefani

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I absolutely LOVE the Back2MAC recycling program!

For those of you who don't know, you recycle 6 empty (or even half empty) pagackes of products (no, not the box, the actual plastic) and while MAC recycles it, you get to pick a free lipstick. At freestanding stores, you can pick a free eyeshadow or a free lipglass. However, you cannot select a Limited Edition product, a Viva Glam product or a Pro product.

Now, people have mentioned inconsistency with the rules. What I've stated above ARE the rules (I've asked in several MAC stores/counters) and if there has been any lenience in past experiences, it was due to the Sales Assistant, and the rules have NOT been changed to make life harder for us MAC addicts. :)

I really admire this program. It helps with the environment and it costs no money whatsoever if you already have the empty containers lying around. It also gives me a chance to experiment with new colours, without finding it a waste of money. So go for it! What do you have to lose?

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/9/2011 2:58:00 PM More reviews by princesstabitha

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown


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rated 5 of 5 on 1/9/2011 2:51:00 PM More reviews by princesscr

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I love this program. Many times I've been torn between a MAC product and a Smashbox product. I will purchase the MAC product because I know I can recycle it and get lipstick! Thanks, MAC!

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