I really like this product, it's a good multi-purpose product for when I'm in a rush or when I want a nice natural look I use it for highlighting the inner corner of my eyes, my waterline, my brow bone, my nose, my cupid's bow and sometimes my cheeks. It looks really natural on my NC25-30 skin and wears nicely. Definitely an essential in my kit!
I have never tried a tubing mascara before but I am happy to say that I am converted! I have never had a mascara last through the day and not smudge into a terrible mess under my eyes until now. It can however flake a bit but this can be avoided by coating the top and underside of the lashes as the mascara adheres to itself better than to the lashes. I think this is HG material!
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #165 Contouring Brush [DISCONTINUED]
jay4jazz 7/14/2011 6:35:00 PM
This brush, is so soft, so much softer than my other MAC goats hair brushes. I like the shape, and while I don't think it is a necessary brush, I think it can perform lots of handy trucks, such as applying blush, contour, highlighter on the cheeks, it can also apply powder under the eyes and around the nose and mouth, sometimes I also use it to do a quick blending of eyeshadows. Hopefully MAC repromotes or makes this permanent, it is a fabulous brush!
I love this eyelash curler! Much better than any drugstore curler I have tried. It fits my prominent eye shape perfectly, it has never pinched me. One rubber pad has so far lasted me about 6 months and so far there is no dent in it, compared to my drugstore one, where the pad would last me 2 weeks if I was lucky. I do chuck this curler in my overnight bag and I've noticed it has loosened at the hinge a bit, but that is my fault, not the curlers. HG material! I have bought a backup, just in case :)
Nice basic mascara, however I do not like the brush which is the selling point for me as I think formulations don't vary too much. The brush isn't very dense and the formula is quite liquid which does dry over time. The bottle I had lasted a long time without changing smell and it did not flake on me, but it did smudge a little, but that's what happens with eye makeup. Personally, I prefer MACs Plushlash, which I think has more product for the same price and a better brush.
This is a mixed bag for me so I'm just going to list my pros and cons.. Pros: - good formulation, doesn't flake or smudge when applied correctly - great brush, nice and dense, no clumping when excess mascara is wiped off - dries quite quickly and holds curl fairly well for a non waterproof mascara - beautiful lashes is the result! Nice and long and fairly volumised However, cons: - quite expensive for a mid-end mascara and compared to other mac mascaras - started to go off in less than a month of purchase This was close to being a mascara in my rotation, but I cannot tolerate the quick expiry. I wonder if I should give it another go, maybe I will in the future, but this has scared me off for now and I feel like there are better options. More pros thans cons though so I gave it a good overall rating.
Beautiful peach tan color which pairs up nicely with Brown Down and pale ivory colors. It's texture is Matte2 which is to die for. Unfortunately, it is discontinued now, so if you get the chance to purchase it then snatch it up! Matte2 is on my endangered species list :(
Brown Down is my current matte dark brown eyeshadow in my MAC palette. It does have a very slight red tone to it, but also has a grayish cast making it a lot more neutral than Handwritten (which is more red). It's texture is very smooth but densely packed making it harder to get product out. This works to my advantage because I like to build up my darker colors until I get my desired intensity, which in Brown Down's case is 2 or 3 swipes of the pan. I am NC25-30 for reference and would recommend this to anyone searching for a dark brown eyeshadow.
Arena is my go-to lid color for natural makeup. Applied as a wash, it perks up my eyelids with some soft peach tones and gives then a beautiful sheen. I like to pair it with Wedge and Brown Down. It's satin texture is really silky but sometimes it seems like a fragile shadow as touching my brush to it results in product coming loose, not a big issue as I don't throw my makeup into my hand bag. I also like it on my cheeks as a peachy highlight. Definitely recommend to anyone with blue eyes or warm skin (NC25-30 for reference).
Swish is a really pretty frosty lilac pink color, the texture is great and the color pay-off is good. It can be used lightly in the inner corner to highlight or built up on the lid or crease to a more vibrant color. Very versatile. However, it is a hard color for my NC25 skin to pull off sometimes which is why I would not repurchase.
A really pretty shimmery olive green, the texture is so smooth and looks great on the skin. Very similar to MAC Sumptuous Olive, except La Douce has less gold tones to it. Looks great paired with golden bronze colors like Golightly (UD Smog is a dupe for this). The size of the eyeshadow is very big, with a pan diameter of 35mm, but nevertheless it is expensive and it is unlikely that I would ever use up the whole thing, but if I did, I would repurchase.
Sushi Flower is a nice bright warm pink, that is great for summer, however I find the texture to be lacking for a satin finish, it is quite sheer and hard to pick up pigment in comparison to my Arena eyeshadow which is also a satin.The color is pretty paired with dark browns and beige colors, and it is still usable which is why I gave it 3 lippies, just saying that there is room for improvement.
Love Wedge, I don't know how I did without it. I use to use UD Naked but I prefer Wedge as it is slightly darker and I can use it as a subtle contour and to help blend out shades. It's a very neutral color, not too cool or warm which suits my olive skin well and works for my cooler toned friend and I'm sure it would work with warmer tones too. Will repurchase forever!
This is my "I went for a run this morning" blush. It's natural looking and matte so hard to overdo and as it's a sheertone blush. It's also not too cool on my NC25 skin tone, but I'd say that my face is quite beige/olive rather than yellow. I've heard that some people think this is bright, but I think it is quite a mellow kind of colour. I have Salsarose (PRO colour) which is definitely a pop of colour in comparison. I would definitely recommend this to cooler complexions and if you are warmer, then still try it out at the counter, you might be like me and really like it.
The first few times I used this blush, I wondered why I bought something that made me look like I had been sunburnt. So I went back to MAC and one of my usual MA showed me how to apply the blush properly. She used the 129 brush but I use the ecotools blush brush which is very similar and gives the same effect. I dip the brush into the blush, then on the lid of the container, I brush off the excess then apply softly to my cheeks with a sweeping motion. This is a good method for very pigmented blush and makes it easier to control amount of pigment going on your cheeks. So back to the product, I definitely love this blush, it's a beautiful reddish coral and it gives me a healthy flush. It is a darker version of Fleur Power, so if you are medium to dark, I recommend Salsarose, and Fleur Power to lighter skin tones. For reference, I am NC25. I will definitely check out the other MAC PRO blushes now. If I lost or broke this, I would repurchase, but I don't think I will run out of such a pigmented blush.