I haven’t used a lot of makeup from MAC. I wish they were cruelty-free. A few years ago, I won a limited edition MAC cream base in a giveaway. I never wore it much because I wasn’t sure what it actually did. Then a couple of years ago, I picked up a pot of cream brow gel. I liked it because it was a good shade match although I think brow gels with a wand are easier to apply.
MAC Paint Pots
I took advantage of a recent 25% off sale online to MAC Select members. As far as I can tell, anyone who signs up can become a MAC Select member. It’s free, and they have periodic sales. I made a mini-haul of three shadows and one lipstick.
I decided to buy another Paint Pot in the shade, Painterly, MAC’s nude beige shade that I’d describe as ballet or shell pink. Many people use it as a shadow base though some wear it on its own as a shadow. I hope to do both.
I’ve been on the hunt for a good grey cream shadow, and based on the swatches online, I chose Antique Diamond, a metallic shade though I was looking for a matte.
I only received my products about a week ago, so I haven’t been able to wear them a lot, but my first impression is that Painterly is indeed a terrific base. On its own, I don’t love it as much as I thought I would because my own eyelids are already this shade of pink! Not Painterly’s fault, lol.
Now that I own it and have seen it in person, Antique Diamond is more of a metallic taupe than metallic grey. It’s a shade that I’m going to have to get used to and that I must experiment with. It’s on the sheer side, and I didn’t expect that. It’s very shimmery. I think I will use this for a pop of bling in the center of my lid rather than as an all-over lid shade. Or I may return it. $22
MAC Pro Palette Refill Powder Shadow
I decided to try one of the Pro Palette powder shadow refill singles in a matte medium gray, Silver Ring (the swatch below is over bare skin). So far, I love this shade. I use it in the crease or V. For those of you who do smoky eyes, this would definitely work. $6
MAC Satin Lipstick
I had never tried any of MAC’s lipsticks though they seem to have so many great shades and different formulas. For some inexplicable reason, I bought one of the Satin Lipsticks in the shade, Sushi Kiss.
Again, I chose this shade from swatches online. To be honest, I do not love this shade. I’d describe it as orangeade.It’s a good summer shade, but I just don’t love it and I don’t think I’ll reach for it much.
The formula is nice and very lightweight. It’s neither hydrating nor drying. I don’t know why, but I expected “Satin” to be a cream formula. It isn’t. It’s not quite matte. $17
MAC Upward Lash
So the major good surprise of the order was the sample of MAC Upward Lash mascara that I received. I am totally smitten with this mascara.
The Upward Lash sample came in a squeeze tube, but the regular size product is in a traditional mascara tube. The wand is the kind I prefer: small plastic teeth that makes it so easy to get small lashes in the inner corner and under my eyes and to coat the outer lashes on my downturned eyes.
The wand is very short, and that’s also how it is in the full size tube. I actually love this stubby wand!
The formula is creamy and easy to apply. I’ve been wearing it everyday for a week, and it doesn’t clump or flake.
Upward Lash is black black black, and it’s sold as an “Extreme Volume. Extreme Lengthening” mascara. On me, it does both though I don’t like to build up too much volume. Overall, it’s the consistency and look that I really like.
The thing it does that it almost miraculous is it curls my lashes without me bothering to curl them first with a lash curler. It’s amazing! And they stay curled till I remove the mascara.
This stuff rocks! $23
At this point, I’m happy with Painterly and the powder shadow, Silver Ring. I loooooove Upward Lash. I’m still on the fence about the Antique Diamond Paint Pot, and I don’t love Sushi Kiss, the lipstick shade. I am thinking about driving to the Burlington Mall and seeing if I can return Sushi Kiss and exchange Antique Diamond for another matte Paint Pot. I definitely have Upward Lash on my “to buy” list.
Do you have any favorite MAC makeup or shades that I should check out?