Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

10 MAC Products I Love

While some of MAC’s recent limited edition collections may have been disappointing, there are a great deal of fabulous products available year-round.  Here are just 10 (seriously, I could have easily given you a list of 50!) MAC products that I’ve loved for years and continue to love.

What’s in your top 10?

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186 thoughts on “10 MAC Products I Love

  1. oreo

    Let me just say I don’t think Christine is a MAC hater as some people unfairly allege. She is unbiased and she gives a very analytical review of products. If it gets an F I trust her that she tried to make it work and it just really was a bad product.

    Now, the problem is “some” of your *commenters* sees it as some kind of a *go-signal* to *bash* not just on the brand/product but also *take swipes* mean girl-style at the PEOPLE who like the brand. Now these mean girl *commenters* (NOT GENERALIZING, calm down!) give new readers the wrong impression this is a forum made for MAC bashers. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Christine should change anything in the way she runs her blog. It’s hers and no one could tell her what to do with it. I just feel bummed out when people fail to distinguish between the blogger and *commenters*. :(

  2. Lenita

    interesting that the green color you designed with make don’t make it to the top 10.

    i only have a top few,
    1. ever hip lipstick
    2. madly magenta ccb
    3. a green pearlglide liner which name escapes me at the moment.

    that’s it.

  3. tea-chan

    1) Solar White e/s
    2) Viva Glam I
    3) Tenderling blush
    4) Tempting quad from Cult of Cherry
    5) Naked Honey perfume
    6) 217 brush
    7) MSFN
    8) Wedge e/s
    9) Blot Powder
    10) Dollymix blush

    MAC’s core collection is still superb and what draws me to the MAC Store time after time, but I’ve learned to just ignore the collection displays cos most of that ends up being junk. 😛

  4. Bubbles

    My top 10 in no particular order:

    1. 224 brush (nuff said)
    2. 210 brush (great for eyeliner!)
    3. Painterly paintpot (my go-to eyeshadow base)
    4. Dipdown/Blacktrack fluidline
    5. Violetta lipstick
    6. Coppering eyeshadow (great for making blue eyes pop)
    7. Dalliance eyeshadow
    8. False Lashes Extreme Black mascara
    9. Fast Response eye cream
    10. Blue Brown pigment (great smokey eye layered over Embark e/s)

    Other honorable mentions: Platinum pigment, Russian Red l/s, Girl About Town l/s, and of course the wipes :)

  5. I LOVE these kinds of posts. I don’t know that I could limit myself to 10 MAC products …

    1 & 2. Fluidlines in Dark Diversion, Local Wares.
    3. Prep+Prime Protect SPF50
    4. Prep+Prime Skin
    5. ProLongwear foundation
    6. Eyeshadow in Brun (for my brows)
    7. Pigment in Old Gold
    8. Lipglass in Lychee Luxe
    9. Oil Control Lotion
    10. Lipstick in Viva Glam Cyndi

  6. Ines

    FYI: NW20-ish Asian skin tone, 1.5 in matchmaster foundation for most of the year (maybe NC20/25 in the summer as I become more golden, 2.0 in the summer), black hair, brown eyes.

    In no order:
    1. Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, as a MLBB/all-purpose lipliner
    2. Blot (Pressed), excellent for toning down shine
    3. Sweetie Lustre Lipstick, a nice, easy-to-wear natural pink, which isn’t drying on my lips
    4. Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick, very dry, but the sexiest red lipstick ever on my skin tone (also serves as a nice red base for more “slippy” reds)
    5. Beautiful Iris Veluxe Pearl E/S, a nice lavender-purple which enhances brown eyes and my fair-to-light Asian skin tone
    6. Macroviolet Fluidline, just a hint of plum so it’s not stark
    7. Mocha Matte Blush, very natural and totally sophisticated
    8. Select Cover Up, NW20, easy to use and very natural
    9. 187 Stippling Brush, go-to for pigmented face product, both powder and creams
    10. 168 Angled Cheek Brush, nice, dense angled brush for contouring and precise placement of cheek color.

  7. Francesca

    I am an admitted MAC addict but I much prefer most of their standard line rather than their special editions. I have a very good friend who is a MAC artist but who is honest about what is good and what is not so good.

    The artist talked me off of many different shadows and LE stuff because of quality issues. Doesn’t mean that I don’t spend a lot of money on MAC (I do own some stuff from Makeup Forever and Lancome).

    My favorites (and I’ll limit them because I probably love almost all that I own).

    1) Woodwinked, Club, Humid, Amber Lights, Nocturnelle, and two of my pro shadows: Bottle Green and Kelly. (there’s plenty)
    2) Almost every brush I got my hands on, but specifically like 224, 239, 252, 263, and one LE brush 128.
    3) Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash
    4) Strobe Cream
    5) Fix +
    6) Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye
    7) Studio Moisture Tint (Medium)
    8) Mineralize Skinfinish Lightscapade
    9) Blushes: Warm Soul, Blushbaby, Springsheen
    10) Pigments: Nude, Copper (pro)
    11) Lipstick: New York Apple, Viva Glam V, Rebel, Pure Zen (LE)
    12) Glosses/Glasses/Etc: Au Rose (LE), Everlasting Nude (LE), Imperial Light
    13) Last but definitely not least Mac Wipes to take it all off

    • Francesca

      Oh, I forgot – Liners

      Pearlglide (all of them but I adore): Lord It Up and Designer Purple
      Eye Kohl: Powersurge (I often use it as an eyeshadow), Prunella
      Technikohl Liner: Photogravure

      And obviously, Fluidline: Blacktrack and my new favorite: Local Wares (LE)

      • Lisa J

        Photogravure!!! I forgot about that one…it should be on my list, too!! I haven’t used it in a while, though. I’m going to have to pull it out today. 😀

  8. Geneva

    1. Pro-Longwear concealer
    2. Mineralized skinfinish
    3. Real Posh lipglass – discontinued :(
    4. Embark e/s
    5. Spiked eyebrow pencil
    6. Viva Glam IV lipglass
    7. Naked Lunch e/s
    8. 217 brush (own three)
    9. 209 brush
    10. Superslick liquid eyeliner

  9. Cherokee

    My top 10 MAC products are:

    1. Studio Fix Powder Foundation
    2. Fix+
    3. Oil Control Lotion
    4. Prep & Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer
    5. Prolongwear Concealer
    6. Mulch Eyeshadow
    7. Gleam Eyeshadow
    8. Trace Gold Blush
    9. 239 Brush
    10. 217 Brush

  10. Lisa J

    Oh lordy…just 10???

    e/s in Club
    e/s in Wedge (brows and blending)
    e/s in Mulch
    eye kohl in teddy
    melba blush
    warm soul mineralized blush
    melon pigment
    studio finish concealer
    viva glam VI lipglass
    viva glam V lipstick (the only lipstick I’ve used up completely…twice <333)

    And one to grow on….constructivist paint pot. Creates the most beautiful and easiest brown smokey eyes ever!! <333

    Love the positivity of this topic. There's been so much negativity in regards to MAC lately (though some is justified), it's nice to remember that they have a lot of really great products. There are many reasons why a lot of us fell in love with MAC to begin with. :)

  11. MY love for MAC was onlyyyyyy and still baes on your reccos sweetie .. :d and here goes my list :
    1 . Nymphette Lipglass
    2 . 226 Brush
    3 . Crosswires Lipstick
    4 . Rebel lipstick
    5 . Blacktrack fluidline
    6 . Lucky green eyeshadow
    7 . N number of blushes – fleur power tops the chart
    8 . Russian Red lipstick
    9 . 239 brush
    10 . 116 brush

    Anddddddddddddd i loveeee you for introducing me to MAC … trust me .. its only “C” and “T” when it comes to MAC .

  12. Fajer

    10 MAC items that i love in no particular order:
    1- teddy eye-khol
    2- dipdown fluidline
    3- satin taupe e/s
    4- studio finish concealer
    5- velvet teddy lipstick
    6- big baby plush glass
    7- 239 eyeshadow
    8- 217 blending/crease brush
    9- posey creamblende blush
    10- painterly paint pot as a primer

  13. Blackbirdxo

    I love a lot of MAC products, most of which are every day staples for me. In no particular order:

    1. Painterly Paint Pot- Awesome neutral base, doesn’t crease, makes shadows true to their color. Paint pots in general are awesome.
    2. Mineralize Skinfinish natural- Great as foundation for a lazy day, also awesome for setting your regular foundation.
    3. Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle- Permanent line highlight… really good for a nice, easy, natural bronze that makes you look brighter from within.
    4- Blacktrtack fluidline- Easy, generally good gel liner. Lasts forever.
    5- Eyeshadows in All That Glitters, bronze, satin taupe, etc etc… but those are favorites that come to mind.
    6- Lipstick in Craving- Really nice plum pink, not drying, opaque color.
    7- Fix+. Good for wetting shadows, and good for setting powder to not look quite so powdery.
    8- Brush Cleanser- Without a doubt the best for spot cleaning

  14. Ashley

    In no particular order…

    1. Fix + Spray
    2. Select Cover Up Concealer NC45
    3. MSF Medium Dark
    4. MSF Deep Dark
    5. Gingerly Blush
    6. 224
    7. Up the Amp l/s
    8. Spiked Eyebrow pencil
    9. Amber Lights e/s
    10. Saddle e/s

  15. jigisha

    orange corrector
    brush 187
    blacktrack fluidline
    russian red lipstick
    lip erase ( have to use it everytimr i use a lippe coz i hv v pigmented lips )
    fix spray
    matchmaster foundation
    smolder kohl
    blue brown pigment
    cranberry e/s

  16. MAC is and will be one of the best love/selling/rate/review makeup brand :) a lot of people love their products me especially! :) wipes, black track fluid and wipes on your list are the most generally loved… thanks you for sharing your list 😉

  17. Vicky

    Love this post! my top 10 are:
    1. 263 eyeliner brush
    2. cremesheen glosses (boy bait and fashion whim)
    3. easy manner (l/e) blush
    4. mineralize skinfinish natural in medium deep (for nc40 finishing powder)
    5. soft ochre paintpot (also as an eye primer)
    6. rapidblack penultimate eye liner
    7. blacktrack fluidline
    8. lipsticks!!! (most used are hue, blankety and freckletone)
    9. studio fix powder (nc40)
    10. fav for last- eyeshadows! (most used are all that glitters, ricepaper, carbon and saddle)

  18. Emily


    Could you please advise me on how to dilute Mac’s Studio Fix Foundation? I used to wear it a few years ago and repurchased the other day but having just turned 28 I feel that it is now wayyyy tooo heavy for me. Is there a way to make it more sheer and are there any other good foundations on the market with good coverage but not as heavy?


  19. Lisa

    Great picks Christine! Here are mine:
    1. Fix +
    2. Love Goddess Lipstick (Marilyn Monroe Collection)
    3. Deep Blue Green Pigment
    4. Reflects Transparent Teal
    5. Stay Pretty Blush
    6. Studio Sculpt Concealer
    7. Sculpt Sculpting Powder
    8. Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish
    9. Brule Eyeshadow
    10.Money Honey Dazzleglass

  20. Liz M

    Late to the party, but that won’t stop me.

    1) MAC Indianwood Paint Pot. It’s like a cream version of Woodwinked.
    2) MAC 217.
    3) MAC Studio Finish SPF Concealer.
    4) MAC Brun eyeshadow (for brows mostly).
    5) MAC 266/263.
    6) MAC Feline kohl pencil.
    7) MAC Cranberry eyeshadow.
    8) MAC Ruby Woo lipstick.
    9) MAC Shroom eyeshadow.
    10) MAC 168. It doesn’t get a lot of love, but I think this is a great contour/cheek brush.

  21. These aren’t in any particular order… that would be far too difficult!

    1. Smolder Eye Kohl
    2. Painterly Paint Pot
    3. 217
    4. 239
    5. Studio Fix Powder
    6. Well Dressed Blush
    7. Harmony Blush – amazing for contouring!
    8. Satin Taupe e/s
    9. Cultured Lip Gloss
    10. Sumptuous Olive e/s