MAC Reviews: Best and Worst Products from MAC

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A long long time ago ( back in summer 2011) I started a series called Best and Worst - highlighting my favourites and not so favourites from particular brands. Today I thought I would do a similar styles post to share my hits and misses from the infamous MAC.

Loves

MAC Concealers (Studio Finish, MAC Moisture cover and Pro Longwear) - REVIEW HERE

I have tried 3 concealer from MAC over the past couple of years and have not been disappointed. Each works great for blemishes ( particularly the studio finish with my RT deluxe crease brush), blend easily and last well on the skin. At around £14.50 each these aren't cheap but I know that I owned the moisturecover for around 12 months and still own the studio finish 18 months later so there is no doubt that you get your moneys worth.

 MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

I haven't repurchased this product since I used it up over a year ago however that doesn't mean I didn't love it! I loved this light coverage and finish that this gave my skin. It also kept shine at bay throughout the day without being cakey on my face.

MAC 217 Eyeshadow Brush

I have owned this for a year now and ever since having this I don't think I have applied my eyeshadow without it. I use this for all over the lid colour and also blending. This washes eaily, doesn't shed and is generally a really useful and versatile brush.

MAC Bare Study Paint Pot

I again have owned this for a over a year and love this! Although I haven't, this could be used on its own or, as I use it, as a base for your eyeshadow. This doesn't crease and just makes your eyeshadows look so muh better

Despite loving these there are some products that I have tried that I love less so, nevertheless still use and don't completely hate them.

MAC Studio Sculpt and MAC Mineralize Creme Foundation

One thing that I like about these foundations is that they last all day and also match and cover well however I also find that foundations from Boots and Superdrug do the exact same job and are half of these price! MAC foundations unfortunately break me out and can look cakey which is annoying.

MAC Eyeshadows

I have tried these in Jest, All that Glitters, Naked Lunch, Brûlée and Kid. I like them, they last okay and are so so pigmented however I do not think they are worth the £10 price tag that each pan costs when I can get better eyeshadows from No7 for around a fiver.

MAC Soft and Gentle MSF

I must admit I was rather disappointed when I got this and tried this on my face. For me (and I have lighter than NW15 skin) this just does not show up on my face to give me the 'glowy look' that it seems to give everyone else. I much prefer my Accessorize highlighter. Despite this, I am loving it as an all over the lid eyeshadow where it doesn't crease and lasts all day. Thank goodness it was a shade I could use this way!

MAC Cream Colour Base - Pearl

I loved this, then I hated it, then I loved it again. Im still unsure whether I liked it or not. It was a lovely natural highlight, very dewy, however after an hour of so I saw that my foundation had come off everywhere where this had been applied as it had sort of melted it off -very strange!

Overall if you are going to MAC I would highly recommend you getting the 217 Brush, Bare Study Paint Pot and the concealers however I feel that their foundations and eyeshadows you can buy dupes for at much less of a price . As for the MSFs - make sure that you try them on in the store before buying and don't rely on a swatch like I did!

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9 comments

  1. I was going to try and get some MAC eyeshadows, so I am glad that I have read your review and will save myself the money! xxx

    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I have 5 MAC shadows that I absolutely love but I don't feel like I need the entire collection. I used to want a 15 pan palette and spent many hours perfecting my list of 15 shadows but now i'm not just bothered. I love the 5 shadows I bought but I also love my Urban Decay and Wet n Wild shadows and just don't feel the need to own every single MAC shadow now :)

    Lx

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  3. lovely post! Really happy I read this, I have been thinking about picking up the 217 brush but didn't know if it would work for an all over eye brush & I was going to pick up some of their eyeshadows but I wasn't too sure whether they were worth the price either so you've cleared that all up for me! really like your blog & this type of post! xxx

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  4. I've got 3 eyeshadows in my pro palette quad and I'm hoping to make up my fourth - I do agree they're expensive though, and I've not bought any for myself yet, they've only been gifts. I also had Jest on it's own but for £12 it's way too much, especially as No7 Wheatsheaf is nearly an exact dupe and you can get it so cheaply when the vouchers are around! It's interesting to hear your thoughts on other things though! The only other thing in this post that I've tried is Soft and Gentle and although I do really like it, I'm still not completely sold - their lipsticks however are my fave and I now have 20!

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  5. I don't have any Mac brushes, but want to try them.

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  6. Its weird I have only ever tried MAC foundations. I think its time to try new things from them.

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  7. great reviews! i think MAC can be quite hit and miss too, especially with their face products

    from helen at thelovecatsinc // @thelovecatsinc // YT: thelovecatsinc

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  8. Ooh I was considering MSF in soft and gentle but might think twice now cos I'm very pale!
    Xxx

    Www.thebeautybelle.co.uk

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  9. Totally agree with you about how blimmin' expensive MAC eyeshadows are. I refuse to buy them anymore because it's possible to get palettes (example, Urban Decay) that are around £30 and hold more than 3 shades.
    I don't even think that their eyeshadows are outstanding either.

    Jules x

    http://flabbyface.blogspot.co.uk

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