Makeup Brushes -MAC - 224 Tapered Blending (Windshield Wiper) Brush
sarahmarie86 10/22/2012 5:49:00 PM
I own pretty much all the MAC brushes and I must say that this brush gets the least use out of all of them. Wish I would have spent the $30 on something else. The brush sheds and it is incredibly scratchy on my eyelids. It doesn't blend well nor does it apply color to the crease to my liking. I MUCH MUCH MUCH prefer the 217 to this brush. Save your money. Edit: I discovered this brush is great for applying under eye concealer, so it's not a total failure... but I'm sure there are cheaper brushes that would work just as well. Not to mention, when you use it for this the brush does shed, and it's pretty annoying trying to get the shed brush hair out of your concealer.
By far this is the best brush I have owned!!! In fact, I bought a second because I loved it so much! If you are new to collecting high end brushes, then I suggest that this is top priority! It is soooo versatile and I use both of mine everyday. I use one to apply the crease color and then I use the other one for applying highlight and blending. But you can also use it to apply color on the lid if you want a more subtle look. Long story short, BUY this brush. I do suggest that you buy it in the store rather than online because each 217 is a little bit different. Some are bigger, fluffier... while some are denser and thinner. MUCH BETTER brush than the 224 which I think was a big waste of money!
No matter what your skintone or eye color this shade needs to be in your collection. True to its name, it is a beautiful bronze shade that does not lean too red which most bronze e/s do. It is a veluxe pearl, so this e/s is extremely pigmented and blends with ease. Because it is a warm shade it brings out my green eyes more so than neutral browns like mulch. I like to wear it simply... bronze on the lid and crease and blanc type to highlight. Check out my my blog for pics:
This is my favorite eyeshadow to create a smokey eye. It can be difficult to make the color show up on the lid without having to build it up for thirty minutes :) So, I have found club works best while using a slightly damp 239. Club on the lid, kid to transition, and vanilla to highlight -- AMAZING for green eyes! Check out my blog for pictures and swatches:
It's been said a million times that Omega is great for brows, but what I like to use it for is my transition... well not on its own, but mixed with Kid or Wedge. When I am doing a look that calls for a cooler transition I reach for Omega. Used on it's own it can look a little flat, so I like to add just a little warmth from one of the others. I did a "Guide to MAC Transition Colors" on my blog, so feel free to check it out if you'd like!! http://eyeshadowaa.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-guide-to-mac-transition-colors.html
This, like many other MAC e/s, looks fabulous on tan skin and a little odd on us fair ladies. I am NC25 for reference. This shadow pulls a bit orange on me. I would recommend trying it in the stores before purchasing it online like I did. I will say that it is a true veluxe pearl, in it's texture and blendability. If you have similar coloring to me I would suggest Jest in place of ATG. Check out my blog for pics:
I adore this foundation! Let me begin by saying that this is the first liquid foundation that I have purchased and continued to use past a week. I always end up going back to my MAC studio fix powder. I just can't stand the feeling of liquid foundation on my face, and figured that liquid just wasn't for me... UNTIL I tried Cargo. It is so light and dries beautifully without a lot of powder needed to set it. Additionally, I have never been able to find a perfect matched foundation until trying this. F-20 seems to be made just for me :) I don't find this to be a medium or full coverage... more on the light side, but it is definitely buildable. On areas that I need more coverage I just apply a second thin layer and it covers beautifully. I hated the packaging at first because it isn't very cute, but it is extremely functional and I have grown to prefer this. Also, I have pretty oily skin and this foundation alone seems to control any shine... I don't use a primer. Highly recommend!
I just purchased it this week, and WOW I am in love! It is so buttery and creamy and blends like a dream. Although it has already been stated in many other reviews... this is what I wanted satin taupe to be. I usually prefer MAC eyeshadows to UD because I think there is just waaaaaay too much glitter and shimmer in UD e/s but this one is just perfect. This is the perfect everyday eyeshadow and it can be dressed up for night time. I used this on the lid, kid in the crease and transition, vanilla to highlight, and carbon in outer v... looked AMAZING! Would totally recommend this to anyone of any skin or eye color.
I purchased this after the rave reviews on MUA, but to my dismay this color is not worth purchasing unless you are extremely fair skinned. This does not even show up on my eyelid (NC25). If you are looking for a transition color, I have a "Guide to MAC Transition Colors" on my blog, so feel free to check it out! http://eyeshadowaa.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-guide-to-mac-transition-colors.html
I love JEST!!! It looks beautiful on the lid and as a wash. I usually don't like pink eyeshadow but I just adore this shade. It doesn't seem peach to me at all. When I apply it to the lid I use a more fluffy brush like a 227 rather than a 239 because it creates this glowing affect. I much prefer the color when using an UDPP rather than a MAC Paint Pot. My favorite pairing is with copperplate in the crease, looks beautiful and effortless.
I wanted to love this shadow so bad but it just pulls WAY to orange on my NC25 skin. I can see how it would be beautiful on someone with tanner skin, but if you are fair like me then buy with caution. The only way I can wear this shade is to layer it on top of another shadow, like cork or twinks... then I get the beautiful shimmer without the orange undertone.
EDIT: What the hell MAC?!?!? How could you discontinue this eyeshadow?!?!? I bought my back-up, I hope you got yours! I use this color most everyday and I love it. It does pull warm and took a little getting used to on my skintone. (I'm a NC25) I love to use it in the crease and as a transition shade to my highlight. It is pigmented and blends beautifully... I much prefer it to wedge and cork, both of which I own, because it brings more of a warmth to make-up looks. I have had the same pan for months and use it everyday, like I said. When I finally get through it, I will definitely repurchase. I did a comparison of ALL of MAC's transition shades on my blog, so check it out:
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
sarahmarie86 10/21/2012 6:25:00 PM
HG!!!! This product has completely changed the way I do my eye makeup. I used to use a MAC paint pot and it does not compare! I wish I would have discovered it sooner. Absolutely amazing, and I cannot say enough good things! Completely worth the money, and I totally believe that you get what you pay for... For once the color in the pot, can be the color on your lids! I love the new packaging, and a little goes a long way. BUY THIS PRODUCT, you won't regret it!
BEST GREEN EVER! I am a NC25 with green eyes and this shade brings them out beautifully! I could not live without this e/s . I use a very neutral shimmery taupe shade on the lid, like UD stray dog or Patina and Humid in the crease and it is just a dream. Humid blends sooooo beautifully, especially considering what a bright color it is. Check out my blog for pics: http://eyeshadowaa.blogspot.com/
HORRIBLE! I have a MAC addiction and have more items that I care to talk about but this was the biggest waste of money I have spent. It is dry, impossible to apply, and not worth your time.