Review of MAC Mixing Medium Water Based by sher
MAC's Water-Based Mixing Medium is $14.50 for 50 ml (1.7 fl oz). I ordered mine from the 800 number.
Visine Tears were $8.61 for 1 fl ounce on a popular drugstore website at the time of this review; 1 fl ounce of MAC Mixing Medium, comparitively, is $8.53. The 1 fl ounce size is the bulk size, too. Most people buy the .5 fl ouce size of Visine; at the same Website, the price for this size was $6.19, bringing the cost of 1 fl ounce to $12.38! I conclude that Visine is not more cost effective, despite the common belief that it is.
I am very happy with this product. I find that it makes pigments immovable. I did an experiment where I used Visine Tears on one eye and MAC Mixing Medium on the other (I did it on two separate occasions for good measure). At the end of the day, the MAC Mixing Medium eye had not creased at all! The Visine eye had creased, but only slightly.
Another reason to love this product is that it intensifies the color payoff of the pigments. In my Visine/Mixing medium comparison, I found that mixing medium made the colors slightly more vibrant than the Visine,and this effect was especially pronounced toard the end of the day. In fact, the Visine eye faded significantly more than th mixing medium eye on both tests.
Mixing medium works great with loose pigments from other brands as well. I've used it successfully with Twisted Fayte, Bare Escentuals, and Loreal OTL pigments.
Some people have had success in making homemade mixing medium using glycerin and water (3 parts water to 1 part glycerin). See MUA-er tyleka's notepad for details.