Sometimes post ideas occur so organically, they just beg to be written. Yesterday, a friend of mine commented on my Instagram post of the two MAC Casual Colours I picked up from the Playland collection:
When asked if I like MAC products, the answer is both simple (YASSS!) and complex (how do I love thee? Let me count the products...). So I thought a post showcasing my absolute MAC Must Haves was the perfect way to explain just how deeply my lurve for Make-up Art Cosmetics goes!
Let's begin with my #1 FAVORITE MAC products: Ermergerrrd! Lirpstirrrrck!
MAC also has the most comprehensive color collection. Literally EVERYTHANG from the most subtle hint of medium pink to the deepest brownish-red to the brightest fuchsia purple. Options: They has it. If you've ever thought, "I just cannot find a nude lipstick that doesn't make me look like a lost extra from The Walking Dead," get thee to a MAC counter! I have so many great neutral lip shades from MAC, and they are always my go-to when I need a nude lip color. I'm a light-medium complexion with neutral undertones and my favorite nudes are Modesty (Cremesheen), Half 'N Half (Amplified), and Patisserie (Lustre). I'm planning to wear Patisserie layered over MAC Cremestick Liner in Beurre for my wedding next Saturday!
One of the coolest things MAC does is their Viva Glam program where 100% (yes - one HUNDRED percent a/k/a ALL) of the proceeds from the sale of any Viva Glam lipstick goes to the MAC Aids Fund that supports men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. You rarely see a company donating 100% of their profits to a charity, so this is amazing beyond words.
Next on my recommendations list is foundation. My faves are MAC Pro Longwear and Face And Body Foundation.
|*That* is how much I liked Pro Longwear! Good to the last drop!|
Next on my list is MAC blushes! They have 5 different finishes of Powder Blush (satin, matte, frost, sheertone, and sheertone shimmer), Extra Dimension, Casual Colour (LE), Cremeblend, Pro Longwear, and Mineralize blush. The color catalog of blushes is immense! Like their lipsticks, a shade and finish exists for everyone.
These are my personal powder blush faves! Pictured below from left to right: Blushbaby, Prism, Peaches, Bad Girl Gone Good (LE).
A few more faves (clockwise starting at the heart-dotted cutie pants): Flatter Me Pearlmatte, Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte, Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, Hi Jinks! Casual Color, and Brit Wit Cremeblend Blush.
As for eyes, really, where does one begin?! I have a serious love for so many items it would take a series of posts to cover them all.
My must haves include eyeshadows in Cranberry, Sable, Jest, and Mythology. I have these 4 faves in an Eyeshadow x 4 palette that retails for $8.00 USD. You can order most MAC shadows as a "pro palette refill pan" where it's just the pan as opposed to the little case they usually come in. The pans then slide easily into any magnetized palette or MAC eye palette. You can always depot your MAC shadows fairly easily out of their plastic housings if you want to, but I would seriously recommend getting a small eyeshadow palette and buying the pan-only refills as they save you time, money ($10.00 USD for singles in pans, $15.00 USD for singles in a compact), and possible third-degree burns from trying to depot shadows!
Other eye loves include the Lord It Up Pearlglide intense Eye Liner (a stunning warm brown with gold glitter; truly a liner in a class by itself), Zoom Fast Black Lash and Extended Play Lash mascaras, Paint Pots (huge fan of Morning Frost from the Glitter & Ice Collection with Johnny Weir), and Pigments. MAC Pigments are incredible. You get a TON of loose pigment for the $ and they are some of the most gorgeously nuanced colors. Below are (L to R) Tan and Copper Sparkle. Tan is a color I find looks beautiful on anyone and is my #1 favorite pigment. MAC sometimes releases mini sized pigments in collections, usually around the holidays, which allows you to try several shades without committing to a full 4.5 grams.
If you can only buy 1 item: A lipstick or Lord It Up Pearlglide Intense Liner.
If you can only buy 3 items: A lipstick, Lord It Up, a Pearlmatte Face Powder (when available!)
If you can only buy 5 items: A lipstick, Lord It Up, a Pearlmatte Face Powder, Pro Longwear Foundation, and Select Cover-Up. If you don't have blemish issues on the regular, sub a blush for the concealer!
Whew! That was a lengthly post. And I swear it does not even cover all of my faves. I was out of the Lip Balm Tube at the time of this post but that is another product I adore and highly recommend. I also decided this post would just focus on the cosmetics side of MAC, not the skincare side, as that is literally a whole other post for another day! I hope it's helpful to anyone who isn't entirely familiar with MAC makeup or doesn't know where to start with such a comprehensive product line.
If you're a MAC gal or guy, what are your top 3 must-haves?
Lots of love and buckets of XOXO's! ❤