I had to double check before saying this – but this is a first for my blog – I’ve never done a pure MAC haul, it’s rare that I buy more than one item from MAC at a time, let alone getting as spendy as I did last week. I know this is going to seem completely alien to some people but the city I now live closest to, has never had a MAC store or counter, with our first store opening up just 2 weeks ago. I already fear for what this is going to do for my bank balance in the short term – until the novelty wears off a little!
Last week I had my work Christmas Party, I live 40 minutes between my work and home – and I knew I wouldn’t have time to go home and get properly ready so I booked an appointment to go and get my makeup done after work at MAC – they only however had quick focus appointments left, so I chose to have my eyes done. In the end I had a half day to use up before the end of the year, and I managed to take the afternoon off, so I had time to go home, shower, freshen up – get half ready and back to Peterborough to have my makeup finished up at MAC. The great thing about MAC is having your makeup done is redeemable back against product, so if you have something you have your eye on – and an event you want to look extra special for it’s a great idea to marry the two up. I’m definitely going to be doing this again in future. The guy who did my makeup touched up my face very quickly and used a few products that I just ended up going back for the day after!]
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MAC Trolls Collection – Transparent Teal Reflects Glitter
This wasn’t bought directly from MAC, I bought this on eBay after stalking it online for weeks. The MAC Trolls collection doesn’t seem to have been very popular here with most of the items still available online (unfortulately unlike other countries it hasn’t been discounted to sell it out!), the item I was trying to find of course was the one item that was out of stock. When I met Manny MUA he was wearing this and it was so eyecatching & dazzling it, I thought nothing of getting it straight away as I thought it was a permanent item at MAC. Looking it up 5 weeks later of course it wasn’t and it was gone from online – it seems like this is a permanent item in some countries, but the transparent teal version of Reflects glitter is not in the UK any more. I paid a chunk more than RRP (£25, but at one point I had been considering one on eBay for £35 – so it was snatched up as soon as I saw that listing). I used this over the weekend and it’s so pretty – whilst classed as a glitter it’s very very fine, and is transparent so can be layered over any colour – either contrasting or matching!
MAC Soft & Gentle Highlight
Whilst a cult favourite it’s not something that I’ve ever remembered to check out in a store. The Makeup artist used this on me as he was touching up my cheeks and boy did I like it. The way he used it has a really soft warm glow, similar kind of effect to the . Buying it in person I just asked for it without seeing it for myself/swatching – it’s actually quite buildable if desired, and can have a slightly more glittery result if desired – the effect is a mix between a warm soft peach and almost a subtle wearable holo shimmer. Can’t wait to start playing with this!
MAC Strobe Cream
This is a smaller sized bottle that I spied by the till, I’ve always been curious about MAC’s strobe cream so decided to give a smaller one a try before getting a full size. If you’re unfamiliar with strobe cream then it’s a cream which can be used underneath or mixed with foundations to give a more radiant effect.
MAC 36 Lashes
It’s definitely way easier to have someone else apply false lashes than having to do it yourself. I picked these because I liked the shape, they didn’t look too heavy or obviously false, but they were fluttery and got longer towards the outer edge – always my preferred shape – these were mix between brown and black lashes. I should be able to wear them another once or twice before they’re done with.
MAC Burgundy Lip Pencil
The man in the end did my lips for me after I’d asked what kind of colour I should pick to go with the rest of my makeup look. He used one of the new liptensity shades in Dionysus a deep berry red and made it an ombre lip with a darker edge with this lip pencil. I loved how it looked so I asked for both of them to redeem my cost of makeup application back against. They didn’t have the lipstick in stock so he suggested another shade that was similar to keep myself topped up through the night. I’ve never been a big fan on lip pencils before, and never owned one from MAC, but I loved how this looked so I’m going to be trying to recreate the same effect with all the lip pencils I own.
MAC Viva Glam III Lipstick
Viva Glam III is starting to complete my line up of the core Viva Glam range – this was the shade he suggested as similar to the Dinysus – which actually I think it lays a bit more brown as opposed to the rich berry. This is a matte shade and I did use it through the night and I did get on with it very well so I’m happy to have this to play with and can see myself using it a lot through the festive season! Plus this doesn’t count as a real purchase does it? Basically a charitable donation.
MAC Liptensity in Dionysus
Naturally the next day when I revisited the store they’d had a delivery in, I asked after this lipstick and yep they had it in. These have a beautiful balmy finish and I can see the Liptensity range becoming a favourite stop off point. I really like the packaging of these, although I don’t think they got the packaging > stick colour quite right, it looks brown on the tube and I’d never have picked it up to swatch. This was really stubborn to get off after swatching – it almost leaves a stain behind.
I already have the Pro Longwear concealer (in NW25) and the matte skinfinish powder in Medium Golden on my list to get next. I almost got them this time before telling myself to wait. The MUA used medium golden as a contour shade on me and I way preferred using shade or two darker foundation match than the normal muddy browns. He also used Pro Longwear concealer to touch up a few patches where he’d had to rub the glitter he’d used on my eyes away and I really liked how matte it was, and it lasted all night as well. There was also a shadow I saw that was out of stock in pan and in normal packaging – called ‘I like 2 watch’ – a gorgeous unusual chartreuse orange glitter. It was mesmerising!
Sadly I wanted one of the Christmas Pigment glitter sets however they’re completely sold out in stores, and everywhere I’ve looked online – I’m now really getting into my glitters and the sets were very affordable and had really nice colour selections – sadly they’ve gone. If you see one and can post me it, I’ll happily pay you!