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MAC Survey & Semi-Review

June 26, 2009 by  
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MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics

I saw this survey on A Brilliant Brunette’s blog and decided to be a big ol’ copy cat cause I like filling out surveys like this. Plus, this one’s about MAC! How can it get any better than this!?

How long have you been using MAC?
-Since December of 2003

What was your first MAC product?
-I actually bought quite a few “first” products from MAC. I’ll try to remember them…MAC StudioFix NC35 (I was living in Hawaii at the time), Pearl Cream Colour Base, Tilt eyeshadow, Contrast eyeshadow, Navy Stain PowerPoint liner, mascara, Nylon eyeshadow, Stripdown lip liner, and Oh Baby! lipglass.

What’s your all time favourite MAC product?
-I’d have to say Nuance Mineralized Blush. I use it allll the time. I just wish they made it permanent cause I don’t know what I’m going to do when I actually use up the one I’m using now and my 2 backups. :-/

What’s your least favourite MAC product?
-The wipes. While they’re easy and convenient to use, they irritate the snot out of my eyes.

Do you own a Pro Card?

-Maybe. Why should this concern anyone? :P

Your MAC foundation shade?]
-Currently it is as follows:
StudioFix: NC30
Mineralize Skinfinsh Natural: Medium-Plus
Mineralize Satinfinish: NC25
Select SPF 15: NC30

What’s your favourite MAC foundation?
-Mineralize SkinFinish Natural

-Nuance Mineralized blush

-Set Powder

-Oh geez. Umm…I’d have to say my absolutely favorite would probably be Bio-Green. It’s a Pro color but oh so gorgeous!

-Barely Lit. It was a limited edition from the Smoke Signals collection back in 2007.

-Pretty Plush Plushglass :)

-Smolder eye kohl

-242…It can do everything for me! :)

Nail Laquer:
-I’ve actually never bought a MAC nail polish. I can’t justify paying that much for a bottle that looks so small.

Pro Product:
-I’d have to say I love the pigments and the eyeshadows the best of all the Pro products. They just seem to be so much more pigmented then the regular “consumer” products.

Comment on the following MAC product; Have you used them? If so, give feedback.

Prep & Prime Skin:
-Never used it.

Full Coverage Foundation:
-It’s very thick and heavy. More for stage/theater makeup in my opinion.

Studio Sculpt Foundation:
-Never used it.

Face & Body Foundation:
-Never used it.

Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation:
-It goes on smooth and covers well. The only thing I don’t really care for is the Satin finish. I don’t entirely have a problem with it cause I think it looks great if it’s applied correctly, but I don’t like how it turns out in flash photography. Makes my face look shiny and sweaty in flash photography.

Studio Fix Fluid:
-Never used it.

Hyper Real Foundation:
-Never used it.

Select SPF15 Foundation:
-I liked it when I first started using it back when I was still new to MAC. But over the years, I don’t know if maybe my skin’s change or what, but it doesn’t seem to work well for me anymore without giving me that caked on look. Weird.

Studio Tech Foundation:
-Don’t really recommend this if you live in hotter/humid climates and if you’re prone to sweat a lot. It is rather heavy for my liking but not as heavy as the full coverage. I believe it is supposed to be medium to fully coverage, so if you apply it more toward the medium side, it’s not so bad. But it can get to feeling thick and heavy as the day goes on.

Studio Fix Powder:
-Never used it.

Studio Stick:
-Never used it.

Hyper Real Pressed Foundation:
-Never used it.

Beauty Powder:
-Never used it.

Sculpt and Shape Powders:
-LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! I used Sculpt and Emphasize and they’re just wonderful to use. Super easy to work with and the end result is wonderful!

Loose Blot Powder:
-Never used it.

Pressed Blot Powder:
-I love it! I need to get a darker one since it’s summer time now and I’m getting some sun, but I LOVE the pressed blot powders! It doesn’t take a lot of product to achieve what it’s supposed to do!

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural:
-I like the MSFN’s if I’m wanting to go for super duper natural look or if I’m in a rush. Sometimes I end up putting too much on and it’ll end up looking cakey but other than that, I like the product for a quick fix if I’m short on time.

Mineralize Skinfinish:
-I have 3 MSF’s and I love them. They create a natural glow that looks absolutely beautiful!

Bronzing Powder:
-Not too shabby. The only one I’ve ever tried was Refined Golden and I thought it was beautiful. For the longest time, I actually used to use just that as a blush.

Powder Blush:
-Never tried. I know, I know.

-Never used it but I’ve never used any other cream blushes from anyone else either. I’m actually rather intimidated by cream blushes. Maybe some day

Mineralize Blush:
-Have you not gotten how much I love Nuance? I have a few other colors too and love them as well! Just not as much mainly because of the colors. lol. But these blushes are absolutely GORGEOUS! A must-have in my opinion.

Gel Blush:
-Never tried. I think I’m intimidated with these like I am the cream blushes.

Cream Colour Base:
-These are pretty good. I don’t really recommend them for use on the lid unless you really work in the shadow to help set the CCB in place. CCB’s have a tendency to crease on my lids so I haven’t bothered to purchase any others after I finished up the ones I owned a couple years ago.

Studio Sculpt Concealer:
-Never used it.

Select Cover Up Concealer:
-It’s not too bad. I’ve noticed it seems to have a rather “dry” formula on my skin, as if it makes my skin look dried out. That could just be me though.

Select Moisturecover Concealer:
-Never used it.

Studio Finish Concealer:
-Never used it.

Studio Stick:
-I like these. They’re easy to use and blend…just try to warm it up a bit if it’s been a while or if it’s cold.

Lip Erase:
-I like this product, but the same affect can be obtained by using MAC’s Blankety lipstick if you ask me.

Tinted Lip Conditioner:
-Never used it.

-I LOVE their lipsticks…especially the Matte formula and the Amplified Creme formulas. They are my favorites!

-MAC lipglosses are probably the best lipglosses I’ve ever used. But then again, I haven’t really used a lot of other brands’ lipglosses either.

See Thru Lip Colour:
-I have a couple…but I haven’t used them yet. Sacrilege, I know.

-OMG!!!! I LOVE DAZZLEGLASS!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Some people are turned off by them cause for them it’s too gloopy, but I think they’re perfect!

Cremesheen Glass:
-Never used it, to my recollection.

Lip Gelee:
-Never used it.

Lip Pencil:
-Love them!

Solar Bits:
-Never used it.

Nail Lacquer:
-Never used it.

-I’m not too crazy about these. It’s hard for me to work with them on my lid. I’ve tried warming them up before using and all that other jazz, but I just haven’t been able to get the effect that others seem to get so easily from these.

-I love the paints. They’re easy to work with and are wonderful as bases!

Paint Pots:
-I like the PP’s but I prefer to use the paints over PP’s. I think PP’s dry too quickly and feel as though their not as easy for me to work with as it is the paints.

-Do we really need to get into this? I’m sure you’ve seen my videos…

-I feel the same way about them as I do MAC’s eyeshadows.

-See above answer. lol :)

Eye Kohl:
-LOVE their eye kohls! I used Smolder allll the time (as if you didn’t know!)

-Wonderful! Wonderful, wonderful products! Great to use as bases, but I don’t think they’re recommended for eye use.

Liquid Last Liner:
-I have a hard time with these, but it’s not just MAC’s liquid liners…it’s any liquid liner. I am trying to get used to using them more often though so I can get the hang of it cause I have lots of purty colors I don’t use, but want to use. lol. I do know that they last FOREVER though on your face. If you don’t have an oil based makeup remover or olive oil in your kitchen, don’t plan on having this stuff come off.

Lustre Drops:
-Never used ‘em…in fact, I’ve never heard of them.

False Lashes:
-Never used MAC’s falsies. Why bother when Ardell lashes are so much more affordable, have a great selection, and are much more widely available?

ProLash Mascara:
-Never used it.

-Never used it.

Plush Lash Mascara:
-Never used it.

Fibre Rich Lash Mascara:
-Loved it for a while. But stopped using it cause I found the beautious wonder that is drug-store mascara. Works just as well for half the price. Haha!

Dazzle Lash Mascara:
-Never tried it.

What has been your favourite MAC collection to date?
-I don’t know. No really. I really don’t know. I don’t necessarily remember collections as much as I do the makeup from the collections, if that makes sense.

Which MAC collection in your opinion do you think was disappointing, if any?
-Fafi and Hello Kitty. I already there was too much hype and that they wouldn’t par up to the expectations before the collections were even released. Don’t ask me how I knew, I just knew. Take my word for it.

What products do you think MAC are missing?
-I really couldn’t tell ya…


2 Responses to “MAC Survey & Semi-Review”
  1. Lew says:

    Slightly shocked that there were so many you hadn’t tried. I knew the blushes but I thought you had sampled everything else. guess you learn something new everyday!

  2. kuuipo1207 says:

    You were shocked!?! Try being me filling out the survey! lol. I didn’t realize I hadn’t tried so many of their products either! lol

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