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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by kylizzle » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:02 pm

Mac is good but definitely get samples of stuff before you buy. Here's some stuff I recommend (I've got super pale skin, normal/slightly oily t zone)

Worst Products:
Face and Body Foundation - Literally the worst £30 I've ever spent in my entire life.
Sculpt foundation - It's like putting butter on your face it's so thick. If you're going clubbing use Double Wear by Estee, don't use this. My god.
Mascaras - Don't even bother.



Best Products:

Lipsticks - The matte ones aren't too drying and I LOVE the colour range in general. They're mid-priced for a god quality lipstick and I know I won't get problems with them. They also smell good.
Select Sheer Powder - Great for a matte finish and lasts ages.
Mineralize foundation - I never thought this would be the foundation for me but it's actually really good.


Average Products:

Lip Liners - My drug store (Rimmel) ones work just as well.
Studio Fix Foundation - Bought it as my first 'high-end' foundation when I was like 17. Wouldn't use it again.
Eyeshadows - Urban Decay naked palettes are better for me as I like to have lots of colours for less £££
Blot Powder - Average.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by BornThisWay94 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:24 am

I go to MAC for three things, really: Eyeshadow, lip products (Mainly lipstick and lip liner) and their mineralized skin finishes.

Mac's eyeshadows are to die for. $16 (They used to be cheaper) for a high quality, long lasting eyeshadow isn't bad at all. I just got their 15 warm neutral palette for my birthday and it's so beautiful I can't stop looking at it! 15 very gorgeous, wearable and pigmented eyeshadows for $85 is a steal imo.

Their lipsticks are my holy grail, especially their matte ones. Their lip liners too! I have a hard time finding ones that aren't Mac to match my lipstick.

Their highlights, or mineralized skin finishes, are soooo beautiful and long lasting. I have one in Soft & Gentle and it's literally one product I could never go without.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by bluehawaii19 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:07 am

Since I don't have a MAC near me, I usually purchase products either on their website, at Macy's or The Bay, or at a CCO.

MAC is a hit or miss with me. My favourite blush is by MAC (Gleeful) and I like some of their lipsticks, and use their MSF Natural as a face powder.

Other lipsticks though I feel like are just subpar and their eyeshadows (except for pigments) aren't anything amazing.

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Post by justafleshwound » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:21 am

kylizzle wrote:
Worst Products:
Sculpt foundation - It's like putting butter on your face it's so thick. If you're going clubbing use Double Wear by Estee, don't use this. My god.
I've got dry skin and sculpt was recommended to me for its gel formula. Bleugh. Hate it. Still seemed to cling to my dry patches and looked heavy. I put it on and it instantly aged my skin. I'm fortunate that my skin doesn't have lots of texture but this emphasised any texture I do have. They gave me a sample in NW15 and NC15 (the NW is too dark on me and the NC is slightly lighter but neither colour worked)
I also coughed up for EL DW. Loreal true match is my cheap everyday foundation.

Their lipsticks are amazing and I'm happy to pay the price for them. They stay put and feel great on lips.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by YouslessTube » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:28 am

MAC has increased their prices in my country. :x For example a lipstick was $13 now it's $21. :roll: The foundations are hella expensive too. Spent $45 on the Prolongwear foundation & it's one of the worst. I got cystic acne due to it which took a long time to heal. :|

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Post by kylizzle » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:06 am

YouslessTube wrote:MAC has increased their prices in my country. :x For example a lipstick was $13 now it's $21. :roll: The foundations are hella expensive too. Spent $45 on the Prolongwear foundation & it's one of the worst. I got cystic acne due to it which took a long time to heal. :|
Mac accept used returns.

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Post by YouslessTube » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:20 am

kylizzle wrote:
YouslessTube wrote:MAC has increased their prices in my country. :x For example a lipstick was $13 now it's $21. :roll: The foundations are hella expensive too. Spent $45 on the Prolongwear foundation & it's one of the worst. I got cystic acne due to it which took a long time to heal. :|
Mac accept used returns.
I did go to return it with the receipt and everything but they said they don't accept used items. :( Maybe it's just where I live.

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Post by underthebelljar » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:30 am

I've been working for MAC for quite some time now and I honestly agree with 98% of the criticism that's been brought up. It seems as if they're overwhelmed by their competition and the fast-paced evolution of the industry and straight up gave up. They're too slow and pick up trends when the hype has either died down or ignore them altogether. Instead they come out with a half-assed, uninspired collection or collaboration with repromoted standard-products. It's sad, seeing as MAC used to be the end-all be-all back in the day and hasn't stepped up its game ever since.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by kylizzle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:37 pm

YouslessTube wrote:
kylizzle wrote:
YouslessTube wrote:MAC has increased their prices in my country. :x For example a lipstick was $13 now it's $21. :roll: The foundations are hella expensive too. Spent $45 on the Prolongwear foundation & it's one of the worst. I got cystic acne due to it which took a long time to heal. :|
Mac accept used returns.
I did go to return it with the receipt and everything but they said they don't accept used items. :( Maybe it's just where I live.
E-mail customer services. Any beauty counter should refund you straight up if you don't get along with an item, let alone cystic acne.

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Post by kylizzle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:39 pm

underthebelljar wrote:I've been working for MAC for quite some time now and I honestly agree with 98% of the criticism that's been brought up. It seems as if they're overwhelmed by their competition and the fast-paced evolution of the industry and straight up gave up. They're too slow and pick up trends when the hype has either died down or ignore them altogether. Instead they come out with a half-assed, uninspired collection or collaboration with repromoted standard-products. It's sad, seeing as MAC used to be the end-all be-all back in the day and hasn't stepped up its game ever since.

I agree. Their liquid lipsticks were a sad addition to their range and came out yearssssssss after all the other companies released theirs.

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Post by YouslessTube » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:37 am

kylizzle wrote:E-mail customer services. Any beauty counter should refund you straight up if you don't get along with an item, let alone cystic acne.
They said accepting used returns is against their policy, it's even mentioned on the back of their bill that if something happens to the customer they're not liable. You're right with your suggestions, thanks! <3 I did try every way to get a refund, but MAC is adamant & they don't care about customers plus they've hiked prices. I'm never going to go to MAC & spend a single dime ever again. :(

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by Kendalll » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:28 am

That is so bad, I'm in England and pretty much every beauty counter takes stuff back. I do it in Mac all the time. Wow lol what assholes!


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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by kayizz » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:49 pm

I love the lipsticks, but not too keen on their foundations. They never sit quite right on my face and the smell remind me of paint. :(

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by underthebelljar » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:31 am

kylizzle wrote:
underthebelljar wrote:I've been working for MAC for quite some time now and I honestly agree with 98% of the criticism that's been brought up. It seems as if they're overwhelmed by their competition and the fast-paced evolution of the industry and straight up gave up. They're too slow and pick up trends when the hype has either died down or ignore them altogether. Instead they come out with a half-assed, uninspired collection or collaboration with repromoted standard-products. It's sad, seeing as MAC used to be the end-all be-all back in the day and hasn't stepped up its game ever since.

I agree. Their liquid lipsticks were a sad addition to their range and came out yearssssssss after all the other companies released theirs.
UGH. Don't get me started on those! What a hot mess. The formula is crucial with these products and after slacking off for so long they came out with this? Ridiculous. They don't seem to understand that the competition is so fierce these days that you can't really allow yourself to come out with such poorly developed products. It's sad to watch their decline, really.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by Ffsshutup » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:11 pm

Why does my foudation always oxidize to mas orangeeey look?

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Post by ohyourejoking » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:28 pm

Ffsshutup wrote:Why does my foudation always oxidize to mas orangeeey look?

this is pretty much the reason i will never buy foundation from MAC again. At the end of the day, I end up looking like an oompa loompa.

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Re: Mac Cosmetics

Post by justafleshwound » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:43 am

I've been using my sample of false lash extreme black and I want to love it so bad. It's not too wet or too dry. It separates, defines and lengthens my lashes beautifully. Not too volumising but it doesn't clump them together and it makes my lashes look super fluttery. It could be holy grail but it flakes on me like crazy. I wear this and come home to black flakes all around my eyes. Sad thing is I'd pay the £20 for this despite knowing mascara has a short expiry date. I guess I'm gonna clean the brush off when done and reuse with another mascara.

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Post by cleverkitty » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:30 am

I was once told up by a makeup artist to steer clear of Mac products if you have sensitive skin as their formulations are similar to stage makeup and more likely to clog your pores. Does anyone have any experiences with this?
BornThisWay94, thanks for the recommending the Soft & Gentle powder! It's on my next to buy list :D

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Post by noshant » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:19 pm

Has anyone had any irritation from Mac mascaras by any chance? A couple of months ago I ended up with really irritated, red, dry eyelids. I washed my brushes ASAP and tossed all my old mascaras, but the only thing in my routine I changed was the mascara - I was trying out a sample of the False Lashes Extreme mascara which I'd received with my order. I have no idea if the sample was the culprit, but I have a feeling it may have been. I was either sent an old sample or the formula really didn't agree with me :?

As for my two cents about the brand itself...I never really got the hype. The lipsticks are generally good, but not all shades. Most of their collections/collaborations these days are terrible. The eyeshadows are overpriced. I do love my 217 brush though, admittedly.
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Post by YouslessTube » Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:52 pm

cleverkitty wrote:I was once told up by a makeup artist to steer clear of Mac products if you have sensitive skin as their formulations are similar to stage makeup and more likely to clog your pores. Does anyone have any experiences with this?
BornThisWay94, thanks for the recommending the Soft & Gentle powder! It's on my next to buy list :D
YES. I have sensitive acne prone skin & it did not suit me at all. Their lipsticks/lip pencils are dry af too. Mac should thank kylie Jenner for the hype that they have now lol. I was reading some reviews after breaking out with cystic acne from the mac prolongwear foundation & you're right, it is used as stage makeup. While applying it strongly smelled of paint. Ugh!

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Post by jadzia » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:12 am

I love MAC Lipsticks, but here in Germany they are hard to get and quite pricey.
When I visited the UK last summer, I got a few MAC products, that were much cheaper over there. I bought a kohl eyeliner (pretty much just because the colour is "cat's meow"..), that I really like,

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Post by jadzia » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:15 am

I love MAC Lipsticks, but here in Germany they are hard to get and quite pricey.
When I visited the UK last summer, I got a few MAC products, that were much cheaper over there. I bought a kohl eyeliner (pretty much just because the colour is "cat's meow"..), that I really like,

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Post by sacklok » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:57 pm

I actually don't have too many products from Mac. But my holy grail eyeliner is their liquidlast one. Unfortunately it's hard to find. But it stays on, even when I'm biking in rain, which happens a lot where I'm from.

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Post by mangotemptation99 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:51 am

I love MAC! I've got a only a few products at the moment. I have the studio fix foundation & pressed powder, dollywink/ dusty rose (?), goldmine eyeshadow. I love their lipsticks and the other products as well!

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