I've been using the supposive HG worthy brow powder Smashbox's Browtech in Brunette but I still was unable to achieve that natural look I have been searching for. I decided I'd look into pencils and found the raves of this product. I am a big MAC junkie already so I decided to swing by the Pro store where the MA recommended the shade Spiked for me. I have naturally dark brown/black hair and Spiked is a perfect fit. It's not so harsh that it makes my brows look thick or over powering but it fills in the sparse spaces in an incredibly natural way.
Normally with my brow powder I also use the the wax that is suppose to make everything stay in place and be smudge free. It really only lasts for about half my day. The MAC Crayon on the other hand really is smudge free and lasts until I remove it at night when I wash my face.
The packaging is excellent in a self sharpening ultra thin stick. The point is very fine so it allows you to simply "draw" in short strokes little hairs to fill in where need be. The price is relatively reasonable at $13.50, I have yet to have to twist to get more product and I've been using it for a week straight. Overall, I definately recommed this to anyone who is looking for a very natural look thats easy to use and long lasting.
Gold Dusk pigment is a very light gold, almost like baby yellow, but gold that came out with the MAC Sundressing collection. It is very versatile and I love to use it as a highlight on my cheeks, nose, browbone, where ever anyplace needs highlighting! It reminds me a bit of Shimpagne MSF for some reason. I can also use a bit to mix with clear lipgloss or chapstick for a really pretty sheer light gold lip color. The packaging isn't the best as with all MAC pigment jars there is no sifter, and as it is a loose powder it can sometimes be a bit messy. I'm normally not too much of a fan of MAC pigments but I love Gold Dusk, probably even more than I love Deckchair. Eitherway, I think it's a great buy as the tinyest bit goes a very long way! I would repurchase if I were to ever run out, but this stuff will probably last me 5+ years!
I am a total MAC TLC junkie! Trot On was a Saks exclusive MAC for Leulla Bartley which is a very pretty coral shade. I have very pigmented lips so I would have never imagined that this would be such a gorgeous neutral coral shade on me. It has the slightest amount of very fine gold shimmer to give it that really subtle shine. It's pretty moisturizing for the most part and doesn't feel sticky. I can get a really nice controlled application which is one of the things that I love about potted lip products. I loved this so much I bought a backup since it is indeed LE and is no longer available for sale. This is my HG MAC TLC along with Summerfete. Definately would repurchase if it were ever to become available again.
I recently lightened my naturally black asian hair to a dark brown, and felt my eyebrows still being naturally black were a bit harsh for my overall look, so I decided I wanted to lighten them. After reading the raves about this product, I went to my local CVS and picked this up. I was a bit terrified at first considering I didn't know if I would like the end result, but this product made it so easy and fool proof.
I mixed the cream and the developer on the tray as directed, applied on my brows, left it on for about 5 minutes, wiped it off with the spatula and VOILA! beautifully lighter brows. I figured I could go a wee bit lighter, so I applied it on again and left it on for about 3 minutes, and it was exactly what I had wanted. A subtle fitting change.
The product does indeed sting a little bit when it is on, but it's completely tolerable. I didn't notice anysmell whatsoever, I smelled the cream and it was odorless to me. There was no drip sign of drips or anything so theres not much to worry. It was amazingly easy and effortless. I think the whole tray, spatula idea is really simple and effective with no mess. I used only about 1% of the product, so there are TONS of uses left, so I don't think I'll repurchase since theres just SO much product. But if and when I'd like to lighten my brows again and happen to be out, I would definately repurchase.
Lancome's Clarifiance Cleanser is an HG for me. I've been using this cleanser for about four years, and I have not found anything that didn't dry my skin other than this. Granted it doesn't "foam" but I think the gel consistancy works well... after I rinse off the product, my skin feels clean, soft, healthy & well moisturized. It's not the best for removing eye makeup, but I feel you should really remove mascara/eye makeup with makeup remover before cleansing your face.
Luckily, since this stuff can be pretty pricey, my mother pays for it since we both can use it. However, a very little amount of gel can go a very long way. I can just pump enough product about the size of a pea and it will clean my entire face and neck. I've repurchased this item plenty of times, and will plan on repurchasing.
Lucky Green is an amazing green/gold veluxe pearl finish. Being a MAC veluxe pearl finished eyeshadow, it applies smoothly and evently with great pigmentation, and blends effortlessly. Normally I look horrible with greens, I've tried almost all the greens out there and they just wouldn't work. Lucky green "luckily" ;D works so well with my skintone (Bare Minerals #2, Light) It's similar to MAC Chartreuse Pigment, but Chartreuse isn't eyesafe, and Lucky Green has more of a golden undertone. It looks fabulous paired with Coco Beach Pigment, and Era. It's definately a unique green, and a 'one-of-a-kind' shade.
It took me quite a while to find this eyeshadow as it was sold out in almost every MAC store and counter considering it was LE. If it wasn't I would definately repurchase again.
Coco Beach pigment is a very rich warm bronzey brown. It looks great with just about anything, especially other neutral browns, turqouises, teals and greens. Fabulous as a crease color, or lid. It's very blendable and easy to work. I can understand why it is so sought after and it's a shame that MAC had to discountinue it. Something about the color just works great for my skintone (Bare Minerals #2, Light) that I can't quite explain.
I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on a jar since this is one of MAC's highly sought after discountinued pigments at a decent price. It's kind of frustrating that the price for Coco Beach is a little extreme at times, so I'm not exactly sure if I would repurchase for the market price today, but I would definately repurchase if and when it was still of retail value and easily found.
MAC's #316 is my HG lip brush. I hate applying lip products without a lip brush because I feel most of the applicators for products call for an excess amount of product when applied. With the 316, I love being able to be precise and control the amount of product I put on my lips. It makes applications look better, and also saves wasted product.
For a while, I was using a square-ish tipped lipbrush and was content, until I tried the 316, and the rounded tip really made a difference for me. I will definately repurchase again.Iin fact because I use my 316 so much, I own two, AND I have the 318 to keep around with me at all times, which is very similar to the 316 :) LOVE LOVE this lipbrush!
I'm on the edge about MAC for Luella Pink Pink to Make the Boys Wink. Compared to regular clear MAC Lip Conditioner which I absolutely love and adore, Pink Pink to Make the Boys Wink is not as moisturizing nor as "smooth", however I do love the sheerness of a baby pink tint that it leaves. I'm a sucker for potted lip things because I like to apply my lip products with a lip brush, I always find it fun and controllable with amount (Weird I know)
Like many others have mentioned, the packaging is adorable, and I already have two, so I will not be prepurchasing.
Oyster Girl is a goregous milky cream pink. It was my first MAC product ever, and is a staple of mine, I can't believe I didn't review this already! MAC lipglasses tend to be a bit sticky in general, but I normally apply it with MAC's #316 lipbrush for a better application. It is my perfect nude pink that is very well pigmented with not a lot of shimmer/glimmer.
I was finally able to finish my first tube after about a year! Please believe I will definately be out to repurchase this because it just works with my skintone so well.
I really wanted to like this lipglass, it looked so wonderful on everyone else, but it was definately way to thick, sticky, and chunky for me. I tried to smooth it out by using some MAC lip conditioner beforehand, but it just wouldn't work. It's a very lovely color, perfect for a pinkish nude lip, but the texture of it just ruined it for me.
Luckily, this was in my Holiday Trend Treasure set, so it was only a mini so thankfully I didn't end up buying the full size. Wouldn't repurchase anytime soon, but I may give it another try in the future.
MAC's 217 brush is perfect for blendind, shading and creasing! I have a fairly minimal amount of eyelid space, and as much as I love my 224 for blending, I needed something smaller and more precise to do the job. I can use my 217 to either shade, blend and crease, it's so versatile! The fibers are so very soft, and the brush itself isn't as long as the others so it's very easy and comfortable to work with. My only problem with it, is the white hairs. It looks dirty after everytime you use it and definately stands out but it's relatively easy to clean.
This brush was $20 and well worth it in my opinion. It helps to blend eyeshadows seemlesly and is well made; ultra sturdy. MAC brushes basically last for years and years, so I doubt I'll ever have to repurchase, but I definately would if one day it decides to dissppear on me.
Wishful is a soft beige with white frost. Like another reviewer said, it looks a lot like Naked Lunch which I love already, but I definately like the texture much better for Wishful. It isn't so frosty as Naked Lunch, but more along the lines of a veluxe pearl, which is super easy to blend. Naked Lunch is my most frequently used eyeshadow at the moment, so I feel that I will also love using Wishful.
I had hoped that this was a sheer highlighting color, but is much better as an all over color for my skintone. Overally, I think this is a wonderful shadow texture-wise, not exactly original or special in any way color-wise, but I would purchase this again because the texture is great.
Classy Pink was apart of the 2005 Holiday Collection in the Olive Lip Treasure Set. This is my first lipstick that I have ever used and was amazed and pleased. It's a very gorgeous sheer light coral pink with very fine sparkles. I did however layer this over MAC's lip conditioner with the 316 brush because I feared it would be too dry alone. I really love this color and is just the type of pink that I'm looking for. It has definately changed my mind about lipstick, and hope I can find a similar color thats permanent to the MAC line.
Provence's appearance in the jar made me pretty skeptical about purchasing it, but after I tried this on I am in love! This is by far my favorite highlight. It's a very soft ivory color with minimal sparkle, which is what I love about it most.
As a matte-like pigment, it's less messy than all the other pigments from MAC. This is so great for layering it over colors to tone it down a bit, and great overall if you want a soft ivory glow. I've yet to use it wet, but I wouldn't expect anything less of fantastic.
Overall, this product amazing, and I really wish that it wasn't LE. I'm in search of another jar already! :D