Apparently a lot of girls start off with MAC as their basic start up makeup as it’s so well known and has basically everything you need in every colour. Where I grew up we didn’t have a Mac shop, so was never really on that hype. Although admittedly I was always a bit of a cosmetics snob so as I got older I started ordering brands such as Benefit online, and got into some really good makeup through an Aunty working on a makeup counter at discounted prices. Needless to say it was hard to go back to drug store once that started even at that young age, although these days the drug store brands have upped their game incredibly!
Years later I moved to a city where there was a Mac store, I bought a couple of things, really liked them and went through a bit of a ‘phase’ collecting a fair amount of stuff! If I showed you my whole collection in a blog we would be here all day. Anyway I made a conscious effort to put an end to that phase as I was starting to feel out of the loop with all the other AMAZING makeup around these days, so only buy the odd Mac thing now, along with many other gorgeous brands.
I still use heaps of Mac day to day, and find it great as a go to, (although I do think they need to up their game slightly with all the insane quality with makeup these days) so thought I would show you some holy grails..!
Pro Longwear eye pencil in Rich Experience – A great smooth, highly pigmented eye liner pencil in a very dark brown shade. I love this as the colour pay off is great, and does not transfer to the top of my eyelid like so many others do with me. The joys of a slightly hooded eye!
Blacktrack fluid liner – A gel liner which again has great colour pay off and does not transfer with me! I use this with a Mac 210 eyeliner brush.
Pro Longwear ‘Paint Pot’ cream eye shadow – From left to right we have ‘Frozen violet‘ a frosty purply aubergine colour with flecks of silver. ‘Bare study‘ a stunning soft pearl finish in a gold-beige colour. ‘Vintage selection’ a darker gold/peachy colour with a frosty finish. ‘Camel coat’ which is a matte beige colour, a great base colour or for people like me who just love wearing neutrals day to day. All so very beautiful in their own way, I have a lot of fun with these and they don’t crease or cake which is great, although I only apply a tiny amount, a little goes a long way.
Now we have a few palettes, the biggy is the 15 x warm neutrals which I LOVE! The pigment with these is far better than the individuals and times 9’s which I also have here. There are some really beautiful warm, autumnal colours here, some similar to the ones in the Morphe 350 palette.
Navy times 9 and Dusky rose times 9 – I love these because they are a good go to for every day as they are not too pigmented, I know that sounds crazy but I really like the control I have with them and the colours are so flattering, especially the dusky rose, they are very ‘me’. A great deal for your money at only $65 for 9 different shades, yes the pans are smaller than the individuals but for that price and for the amount of choice, I think they are so handy to have.
These are my 3 favourite lip combos (although one used to be until I discovered ‘Faux’ but I cannot for the life of me find it anywhere so for the purpose of the blog, I’ve reverted back to the original favourite combo!) Far left is lipstick ‘Brave’ in satin finish which is my favourite Mac lip finish (the one replaced by ‘Faux’ but still very much loved) and the pencil in ‘Soar‘, a sexy dusky rose combo which can be applied lightly for the day or slapped on for a more intense look! I am obsessed with dusky rose lips so this is perfection for me. Next to that is matte ‘Velvet teddy‘ and lip pencil ‘Whirl‘ a natural more orangey toned nude, again suitable for any occasion depending on how you apply, and it’s all about the lip pencil whether it’s a faint line or over drawn, I love both ways! Then we have ‘Angel‘ lipstick with lip pencil ‘hip n happy‘ a soft baby pink combo, the lipstick has a frost sheen and is super girly and summery, one swipe on the lips of Angel can be perfect for a soft natural look.
Ok so I’m not entirely sure why I have this ‘studio fix’ foundation in this picture first on the left as I’ve not really got on with it plus this shade is too dark unless I have a spray tan. The smell is truly awful so I think that’s also why I’ve not given it much of a chance. So moving on to the ‘Pro Longwear’ foundations and concealers, oh my days I love them SO much for when I want flawless skin, that does not want to budge, and without feeling heavy. They do not change during the day and do not cake either. I will say though make sure your face is as prepped for makeup as possible, i.e. smooth, moisturised and not flakey or dehydrated as it can be tricky to work with the first time. I always used to love a flat foundation brush but this stuff forced me onto a buffing brush (albeit a happy change as I not won’t live without my Morphe M439 for ANY foundation. It needs to be worked with quickly and with care, you’ll get what I mean if you try it! The concealer gives an amazing finish, its still my all time favourite, and patted in using a damp beauty sponge it looks so natural and flawless. I will ALWAYS have these in my collection for when I need a fool proof face!
Prep + Prime Fix+.. This apparently isn’t an actual setting spray for makeup which I get, but it just does a great job of settling the makeup onto the skin, brightening it up and keeping you hydrated. Another Mac essential I will always re-purchase!
I used this ‘prep and prime’ translucent powder for baking for AGES and will always love it, but RCMA has since taken its place. I’m not sure which one I prefer but for cost reasons will use RCMA more day to day and probably save this for special occasions just for the thought of the price not even that it does a better job? It sets your makeup beautifully though and helps lock it down all day!
The best highlight shadow I’ve ever used! So pigmented, so beautiful I will ALWAYS have a pan of this.
Another neutral, matte, dusky-rosy-brown eyeshadow for Gemma please! Yep another shadow I probably have a few the same of but will always be a ‘go to’.
This is such a sexy colour! A stunning purply brown shadow the makes any brown smokey eye come alive. I love this!
Ok this is embarrassing, another brown shadow, but ‘Swiss chocolate‘ though… It’s loved by many and is such a beautiful shade to use on its own or for a smokey brown eye.
You might not be able to see the finish as well as I’d like from this photo, but this is my latest ‘no makeup’ shadow favourite for when I want a barely there but a flattering face. Its a frosty, pinky beige and I LOVE it as a base for a big look or on its own.
So there are just a few of my MAC favourites, there are so many more I could show you but this post would go on a teenie bit too long.. Plus I have seen some amazing collections about to come out which tells me they may just be upping their game and I will have some brand new favourites very soon!
Hope you enjoyed..