Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Got a question? Now’s the time to ask it!

I’m taking your questions and answering them today. You can feel free to ask any question you’d like, both beauty-related or unrelated! Some tips on asking me questions so that you can get the best answer AND quickly…

  • For color/makeup recommendations, please let me know your skin tone, if you have a brand preference, colors you love (whatever is applicable). I don’t want to recommend something that doesn’t work for your skin coloring or recommend a brand that’s more than you want to spend!
  • If you’ve tried a lot of products and are still looking for the one that works, if you could tell me products or techniques you have tried, that helps me suss out what might work! Again, I’d hate to just recommend you a product/technique you’ve tried!

It is always a pleasure to answer your questions, and I always hate answering your question with a follow-up question about your coloring or what brand you’d like the dupe in or what-have-you, so hopefully this will allow me to give you better answers and more efficiently, to boot! :)

Feel free to answer other readers’ questions, too! The more the merrier! Plus, your feedback really helps to round out any answer I give. It’s like a more complete worldview!

Don’t be shy — ask one or twenty or none! :)

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779 thoughts on “Ask Temptalia Session #025

  1. Tammy

    Hi Christine!
    I wanna know what tinted moisturizer would be best for me. I have oily skin, acne prone and have dark acne scarring. If you know of any tinted moisturizer with more than a sheer coverage, please let me know :)
    For color reference: I’m NC30-35, NARS Barcelona, and Clinique Even Better in Golden Neutral.

    Also, what color blush or eyeshadow would be best for my complexion? I have brown eyes, btw :) Thanks!

    • Korres did really well for me, actually — I’m NC25/30 and #2 Honey worked — and I loved the coverage. Lancome’s Tinted Moisturizer (but in #1 for me at NC25, I think #2 would work if you are closer to NC35) also had a nice, matte finish with light medium coverage.

      MAC Margin would be amazinggg as a blush! Corals, peaches, and bronzes for blush. For eyeshadow, greens, olives, teals, and golds for sure.

  2. Sarah

    What’s a good heavyish coverage drugstore priced tinted moisturizer? It doesnt need to come from the drugstore but around that price range please. I have some acne want to cover but I would rather use a tinted moisturized during the summer.

    Also Im about a NC20/NC15 What cheap nude lip combo would you suggest for me? Do you possibly know any nude combos using NYX products that would suit me?

    Thanks so much! I love Temptalia, keep up the amazing work :)

    • Hey Sarah,

      You could try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer – but there’s really no such thing as heavy coverage tinted moisturizer (kind of defeats the purpose).

      From NYX, you could try NYX Mars or Cream lipstick with Sugar Pie Lipgloss.

      Thank you!

  3. Laura

    How do you get your eyebrows to look “wet?” At least thats how it looks in the photos! I think it looks cool :)

  4. Vanessa

    Hi Christine! Just thought I’d let you know that I did go ahead and call my MAC store and they are holding Marine Life and Hipness for me! I’m so excited hahaha :)

  5. Kristy

    Hi christine! I was wondering, what kinds of blushes & eyeshadows are best for asian skin with a golden undertone? I don’t know what shade I am in mac foundation, but I would estimate NC25-35.

    for blushes, I like coral and peachy colors. and for eyeshadow, i just want one that i can apply everyday for a sheer wash of color :) and my price range is less than 30 dollars per product, haha

    and one last question. what is your favorite drugstore daytime moisturizer?

    Thank you in advance! :-)

    • Try MAC Margin blush or Benefit Sugarbomb :) I think they are both great everyday shades for your skin tone. I am NC25 myself :)

      I like Olay Complete All Day UV Defense Moisture Lotion!

  6. Hi Again Chritine!lol
    I wanted to ask what type of concerns do you have for the coastal scent palette?

  7. Ana

    Ey Chris!!! great post!!!
    I would like to know why donยดt you te dejas el pelo suelto para las fotos!!! sorry I wanted to translate that but Google translate didnยดt help so much…
    I believe that you have very shiny beautiful hair =)

  8. AmyVA

    I am probably way too late in the day for this, so don’t worry if you can’t get to it, but I one burning question: I LOVE MAC High Top lipstick (from Fafi) but never got my hands on a tube. Do you know of any dupe for it, or anything even similar, or do you predict it may be re-released in an upcoming collection? Thanks Christine – I feel so lucky to have found your site. It always makes my day!! :)

    • I’m on PST time, so you’re totally not too late.

      You could maybe DIY with Reflects Transparent Teal + Touch lipstick. I couldn’t think of any dupe for it, though, not just in one product. I don’t think it’ll be repromoted, but who knows with MAC!

      Thank you!

  9. puddhu

    Hi Christine,

    know any good under eye concealers other than mac moisturecover
    good blushes for nc40 (mac or nars or anything)
    not too dark not too light lipsticks. i have warm skin. yellow undertone.
    finally, do you personally type all these replies?
    anyways i think you are just awesome
    keep doing it and
    thank you so much from all of us

    • Hi Puddhu,

      1.) You could also try MUFE Full Coverage Concealer, theBalm Time Balm, or Amazing Cosmetics Concealer.
      2.) MAC Ambering Rose/Sunbasque; NARS Torrid & Deep Throat
      3.) For lipsticks, you could try New York Apple, Capricious, and Crosswires.

      Yes, the only person who replies to comments is me — there is only one person who handles content (other than the occasional guest post), comments, emails, etc.. If I could Mellan to reply for me… but his replies end up looking like “KLSDFLJAWETlkjdglaserfi” and don’t end up being helpful!


  10. Martha

    Hi! I was just wondering what color Lipstick should i be buying for this Summer? And what colors go good with tan skin?

  11. Laura

    Hi Christine,
    Could you please recommend a good starter kit (facial cleanser, mositurizer, wrinkle prevention, etcโ€ฆ) I am 26 and realized I need to start taking precautions and preventions for my skin!! I know I should have started a long time ago. I have combo skin (major t-zone).

    How can I make my cheeks pop more! The apples of my cheek pop when I smile but I dont want to have to smile 24/7 to be noticeable. :)

    • Hey Laura,

      I’d recommend trying out Olay’s line — it’s effective without breaking the bank, and it will let you get to know your skin and what you want, without wasting money on higher end brands until you know what you’re looking for :)

      Have you tried using a lil’ highlighter? I find that Benefit Sugarbomb works really well to make my cheeks standout! You could also contour the hollow of your cheeks.

  12. Martha

    Hey! I was wondering what color i should be buying for this Summer? An types of colors will look good for tan skin? And is there anyway that you can keep on lipstick for longer.

  13. Chelsea M

    Hi Christine!
    So I am around NC40 right now and I want to find an eyeshadow that would be good for my eyebrows because they’re really sparse and I need to fill them in. Any eyeshadow will do, MAC, drugstore, etc etc. thanks!

    • Hey Chelsea,

      I guess for brows it’s more about your hair color than skin tone :) Brow shades that I like are Omega, Wedge, Cork, Espresso, and Brun (from light to dark!). I wear Espresso for reference!

  14. Chelsea M

    hehe another question…
    im starting to collect high end makeup and i need help finding a good non oily cream blush. any suggestions?
    and have you tried the laura mercier tinted moisturizer, bobbi brown corrector and shu uemura painting liner?
    if you have id like to know your thoughts about them
    do you think theyre worth the money?
    thank you(:

  15. Steph B

    I love MAC’s Naked Lunch but I don’t always want a frosty shadow. Can you recommend something around the same color but more of a satin or slight shimmer finish? Thanks!

  16. FMHRach

    I really love MAC’s Eversun blush…is there a permanent shade thats close to it??

    Thanks!! :)

  17. So I’m going on a school trip to costa rica and I don’t know what to pack in my makeup bag…I was thinking tinted moisturizer, concealer, benetint…what else would you recommend? we will be hiking, going to the beach, going to the city and doing a homestay. thank you!

    • Hey Rachel,

      I’d probably go for maybe a primer since you’ll likely be sweating a bit on the beach/hiking – but to be honest, I probably wouldn’t wear much during those two activities anyway! Definitely sunscreen, though. A cream blush might be nice, too, but you do have Benetint with ya already :) Ooh, waterproof mascara and maybe waterproof liquid liner.

      Have fun!

  18. Tiffany

    This may be a weird request, but would you consider filming a nail polish tutorial? your polish always looks so perfect!

  19. Samantha

    I’ve always been addicted to blush since it’s my favourite product, so I haven’t gotten really into eyeshadows. What are some great MAC eyeshadows for a beginner? I’m not particularly looking for one in each colour of the spectrum, just ones that can give me basic look that I can start out with! (BTW I love golds!)

    I have NC 20 skin, light brown eyes, black hair.

  20. Emily

    Hi Christine,

    I’m 21 years old, Asian, NC 35, with naturally pink cheeks. What 4 MAC eyeshadows do you recommend for a neutral, everyday quad that I can wear to school and work? Thanks!

  21. Emily

    Hi Christine,

    I’m Asian, NC 35, and have naturally pale lips (upper lips slightly darker than lower lips). What lipglass and lipstick do you recommend from the To the Beach collection? I’m looking for something that I can wear everyday in the summer. Thanks!

    • Oooh, I think you could rock Thrills SO well! You could sheer it out so it’s perfect for everyday. Lipglass wise, eh, nothing is AMAZING, but Flurry of Fun is the best of the three.

  22. Joanne

    Hey there!!

    I have a few questions for you. I don’t really know what my foundation shade is for MAC, but as far as I remember, one girl from the store told me that I’m NW 25. I have fair-medium Asian skin. So here are my questions:

    1.) I have some basic neutral eyeshadows from MAC. I wanna start buying some of the more colorful ones such as purple, what you recommend for purple eyeshadows? shimmery neutral shadows? Something I can also wear for everyday for school.

    2.) Any recommendations for a neutral blush from MAC?

    3.) Any lipstick recommendations for everyday school look? Something not too pink and not too nude? Preferrably from MAC too. Lol (Im going to MAC with a friend this weekend that’s why im asking mostly about MAC stuff)

    4.)Also, I saw somewhere on your blog that you used Xen-Tan Self Tanner. It might’ve been a while ago but did those work well for you?

    Sorry if I asked a lot. Thank you so much!!!

    • Hey Joanne,

      1.) For purples, check out Parfait Amour, Digit, and Beautiful Iris. For shimmery neutrals, check out Ricepaper, Naked Lunch, and Satin Taupe.
      2.) Try Peaches!
      3.) Sweetie is a pretty muted pink; Hue is subtle nude-pink; Freckletone is a nice peach.
      4.) It worked well for me at the time! I tan pretty easily (even when wearing SPF) so I don’t do much self-tanning… so time consuming!

  23. Sarah

    Can you recommend me a black eyeliner that is waterline safe and won’t dissipate only a few hours after i apply? I currently use MAC’s Technikohl liner in graph black, but it’s not staying on as long as i need it to. I love the site, and i’ve only been following it a few weeks, but i know that it will be in my bookmarks for a long time!

  24. Kelsey

    Hi, thanks so mush for answering all of these questions! I absolutely love your blog!
    1. What base coat and top coat for nails would you recommend that lasts long, resists chipping, and doesn’t damage nails(my nails have been peeling a lot lately with my nail polish)?
    2. I’ve never worn blush but I want to buy one that looks really natural and isn’t too bright. I have fair/light skin with pink undertones so I don’t want anything that will make my skin look any pinker(my primer+foundation covers up the pink well though, almost to the point where I look too pale). What MAC blushes would you recommend that will give me just a bit of color and look natural? I was looking at Tenderling and Pinch O’ Peach, but I’m not sure. Any tips about choosing a blush would help a lot too!
    Thanks so much!

    • Hey Kelsey,

      1.) I love Zoya’s Color Lock System — I use that for my base, top coat, drying coat, etc. Love it!
      2.) Try MAC Peaches blush — I think you will like it :) Tenderling and Pinch O’ Peach are good choices, too!

  25. Emily

    1. What would you say are the must needed MAC eyeshadow brushed?
    2. Also, what would be a good cheek highlighter brush?
    3. Have you ever tried/reviewed and of Bliss’ products?
    4. Wedding make-up recommendations? NC15/Brown Hair/Blue Eyes…Fall Wedding, Colors: Wine and Champagne
    5. If you could pick ONE eyeshadow to keep, and had to give all others away, what would it be? (what an evil question!) =)

    • Hey Emily,

      1.) For eyes: 239, 224, 208, 217, 249. For face: 109, 116, 134.
      2.) Benefit Sugarbomb is amazing!
      3.) I have – you can check out any and all Bliss reviews here:
      4.) I’d something subtle like Ricepaper on the lid, Shale in the crease, maybe a touch of Plum Dressing :) Slightly plummy cheeks, maybe a light pinky-plum lip or a wine-berry lip if you want to go darker.
      5.) MAC Rye :)

  26. Diana E

    Hey Christine! First off I love your website! Im so glad I had found it while roaming on the internet! And for my question, what is the best acne treatment to get rid of unwanted acne and/or acne scars. What do you use when you get those hard-headed acne that wont leave for days! And Thanks for advance!!

    • Thanks so much, Diana!

      I’ve had good luck with Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion & Drying Cream for spot treatment. I’ve used Mederma on acne scars.

  27. Rosie

    What is your favorite pink berry combination?

    When you apply wax cream on brows are you supposed to do it after all your makeup is done, is it okay to get setting powder or setting spray on it?

    Are you going to review UD’s new e/s that are at Sephora?

    Do you think you’ll ever have a DIY series?

    I can’t think of anything else right now but I love these sessions :).

    • I like New York Apple + Luminary!

      I think it’s okay to get setting spray on it – setting powder might get stuck to it, though.

      I hope to!

      I did way back in the day – I don’t personally DIY much, if anything!

      Thank you!

  28. Kula

    I had recently moved to So. Cal and since then I had gotten 3 shades darker. Months I left I had bought some expensive foundation (DiorSkin Nude) and now its too light for me. Any suggestions on what I can do with this bottle? Its been way too long since I bought and I doubt I can return it. Thanks!

    • You could try giving it to a lighter friend, or you could mix in some moisturizer and maybe a little shimmer powder (like Pink Opal by MAC or Vanilla by MAC) and make a DIY body highlighter or luminizer.

  29. elko

    Wow, this must be so time-consuming! Thanks for doing this!

    1) Do you know of a lip gloss that approximates the colour of MAC’s pink grapefruit lipglass? I love that shade so much, but it’s LE. I still take out my tube and admire it sometimes, but it’s too old to use now :(

    2) I am new to eyeshadow, I am NC15, and I have brown hair and eyes. I like neutral looks with gold, bronze, copper, brown, taupe, etc – could you recommend some MAC shades?

    • I would say time-intensive, since that doesn’t sound negative, because I enjoy it :)

      1.) Lychee Luxe is the closest, but it’s a little more orange.
      2.) Goldmine (gold), Bronze (bronze), Coppering (copper) or Amber Lights (copper), Satin Taupe (deep taupe), LOL. Sorry, totally giggling at myself here! I also think you’d like Patina, Romp, Soft Brown, Cork, Vanilla, Ricepaper, and Wedge. Not all at once – but shades you may enjoy that are worth a peek!

  30. Misha

    Hi Christine,

    well I am rather confused about the whole warm/cool/neutral thing. I have asked in different MAC stores, and they have told me different things..and I can’t honestly tell from my veins. My hair is naturally brown, my eyes are hazel, but I have dyed my hair black and my current foundation is NC15…what blush would work best for me?

    • He Misha,

      You could just be neutral :) This would mean you can easily wear warmer or cooler shades. If you are matched as NC15, you’d look lovely in shades like Peaches, Springsheen, and Melba.

  31. Kaylynrenee

    Hi! I love the “ask Temptalia” sessions but I usually just read everyone else’s questions and always stumble onto something that I would love the answer to but didn’t think of on my own. It’s so awesome how you connect with your readers. Thank you for that Christine!

    I had a question pop into my head though! Hooray! It’s about bronzers. I would like something I can use all over my face during the summer months. I don’t get a lot of sun but inevitably I will get *some* (I need to fake some color!) and I would like to keep using my same foundation (don’t wanna hafta buy something darker). I use mineral (powder) foundation and I like a glowy finish. I’m an NC20 (blue veins=NC right?). I have light hair and blue eyes. I’ve been considering NARS Laguna but really I’m clueless as I’ve always been so intimidated by bronzers that I have avoided them.

    Also, brush recommendations for bronzing powders?

    Thanks a gazillion girl!

  32. rashmi

    oohh AST session n m so late … had gone to in-laws place …

    pls answer few my quest –
    1. my dying to try this smokey eyes … i did purchased carbon , i have espresso … pls tell me what all colors to add for…
    like any other brown/silver/blue or color like silver ring ???
    2. what all products do u use on ur face while going to bed i mean ur skin routine … pls tell me brands n in which order u apply them ?
    3. pls tell me how is beauty powder diff from blush ??? what are ur fav beauty powders?
    4. your THE BEST baby pink lipstick ???

    • Hi Rashmi,

      1.) For a silver/black smoky eye, I like: Silver Ring on the lid, Carbon in the crease, and then your highlighter. For a brown smoky eye, you can do something like Goldmine on the lid, Espresso on the outer lid and crease, maybe even a little Carbon in it.

      2.) Right now, I use shu’s balancing cleansing oil to remove my makeup, Renee Rouleau Cleansing Gel to cleanse my face, and Origins Ginger Night Cream for moisturizing. I apply them in that order :)

      3.) Beauty powders are larger and sheerer than blushes – usually meant for all over or highlighting. I loved the ones that came out with Barbie – nothing has really blown me away since!

      4.) MAC Angel is nice! :)

  33. rashmi

    ohh christine i forgot to ask one more quest …
    i dont have any of the bronzers…
    pls tell me are they gonna look nice on me?
    what purpose do they solve?
    ur top 3 bronzers pic for me …?

  34. Alison S

    Hi, I was wondering if Life’s A Breeze lip pencil would be a good nude/pink color for me and if not, what would be? My skin is light/sand-ish beige with yellow undertones. My natural lip color is a light strawberry-rose color. Also, what would be a good coral blush for me(mac or nars)? because the summer’s coming and I want to switch out my usual rosy blush! Do you switch up your usual make-up routine for the seasons? Thanks!
    p.s. LOVE the new layout! It’s very clean, neat, and professional yet slightly girly and fun!

    • Hi Alison,

      I think it would be – it’s very pretty, and I think it’s pink without being too bright. Try MAC Springsheen or Style :)

      I do tend to gravitate towards brighter shades in the summer! It always feels weird to wear super dark, more fall-ish shades when the sun is shining, lol!

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. Melanie T

    Christine! I’m on a blush rage here~ ๐Ÿ˜€
    In your opinion~
    What’s the best neutral blush for NC/NW25-35? (E.g. Prim and proper, Garb… preferably LE & any brand)
    What’s the best coral/peach (No pink at all please) blush for NC/NW25-35? (any brand/perm or le)
    Shoot me!

    And I tried to ask for your fav Dior Amber Diamond highlighter but they are LE (I didn’t know! LOL) Any substitutes?


    • Melanie T

      I read somewhere “upthere” you like Dior and Chanel’s bronzers~? Could you recommend some~? (preferably something i can get my hands on, perm or current le)

      & I wanna start a Guerlain Meteorite Collection! LOL! Any recommendation on what’s good~?

      Lastly, a skincare question~
      Is it important to use an antioxidant product~? Can you please recommend any that you’ve used before (or heard that’s good!)

      Thanks! :)

      • Dior’s Matte Bronzers ( are good :) Chanel’s Soleil de Tan (I think that’s the full name) are really good – I haven’t met a Chanel bronzer I didn’t like.

        I love Beige Chic!

        Antioxidants are supposed to help counteract free radicals I believe. It’s all scientific and fancy but they are supposed to be good for your skin, but I think eating them is better than just in your skincare.

    • Hi Melanie,

      1.) You want LE ones? Like old LEs? I think Prim & Proper was probably one of the best neutral ones. Dolce & Gabbana does a nice Nude blush, too.
      2.) MAC Style or Peaches; NARS Gilda

      That is weird… I was told that Amber and Rose Diamond are permanent! (Bronze and Pop Diamond being the LE ones!) I like Benefit’s Sugarbomb for a Rose Diamond substitute. For an Amber Diamond substitute, hmm, maybe NARS Luster.

  36. Victoria N.

    Is there a good tinted moisturizer thats sweat/waterproof out there!? Thanks!

  37. baby in a corner

    have you found any good lip primers? i have quite pigmented lips that can get dry and the lipstick settles in the lines and around the dry bits! not a nice look!

    Oh have you tried lipstick queen lipsticks? i think they are meant to be nice!

    • Concealer/lip pencils work just as well as anything marketed as a lip primer, IMO. I will say that if your lips are pretty dry, lip primers are creamier than concealer/lip pencils!

      I have tried some of the 15-minutes of fame ones!

      • baby in a corner

        thank you! i too am on a similar career path, i did a bachelor’s degree in business and law and now a masters degree in accountancy, (law is not necessarily a postgraduate course in ireland) so i admire all the work you put into the blog, i think you are the hardest working blogger!

  38. Amy Q

    Where you do you photograph your beauty products? I’m curious about how you get really good lighting in your photograph

  39. Elysia

    What is a dupe for dazzleglass goldyrocks that was le?
    What is a good orange lipstick for someone who is nc 45?

    Have you ever used bio oil?

    Do you know what the name of the bubblegum pink lipstick nicki minaj is wearing in her massive attack video?

    If not what is the brightest matte pink bubblegum lip for nc45?

    What hand sanitizer do you use?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Elysia,

      1.) YSL #1 Golden Gloss
      2.) M’Orange
      3.) Nope.
      4.) I have no idea. Maybe Pink Nouveau there. Saint Germain probably comes closest, but it’s not matte!
      5.) I use Purell or Bath & Body Works if I do.

  40. julia

    Hi Christine :)
    I have a MAC foundation question.
    I’m a NC 40 in mineralize foundation spf 15 but C2 in face and body which is really confusing! and to top it all off I’m a C3 in studio fix! lol.
    I plan on purchasing a mineralize skin finish natural to set my C2 face and body foundation. Which color should I order? I was told that if I’m NC 40, I am medium dark but does Medium dark still work for C2?

    Thanks for doing this, I really love that u do.


    • Hey Julia,

      A couple of MAC’s foundations do run lighter/darker, depending on the formula. I think if you are C2/C3/NC40, you’ll probably be Medium Plus – both C2 in F&B and C3 in Studio Fix put you at more like a NC30ish range, generally speaking.

      Thank you!

  41. Shanna

    Hello Christine, thank you for doing this, I love these sessions! So, I’ve been really debating about what kind of liquid foundation I should get for a while now. I have really good skin, so theoretically, I don’t need it. I just want it for special occasions and for the every now and then when I might want some more coverage. Right now I alternate between Laura Mercier’s TM in Nude, MAC Studio Fix in C3, and MSFN. I’m an NW25, with a lot of yellow undertones. I have oily/combination skin. I’ve been debating over products such as NARS Firming Foundation (I heard it was good for oily skin; I’m only 18 so it’s not about the aging benefits so much), Sheer Glow, or Sheer Matte. It doesn’t have to be one of those NARS products though, if you could recommend me a few foundations from different brands to test out, I would really appreciate it. I tried Sheer Glow, and Chanel Pro Lumiere thus far. I have had MAC Mineralize Satinfinish, and MAC Face and Body before. I’m just curious about what you would recommend me. Thanks so much!

  42. bebe

    heyy :)
    im in my teens with a lot of acne and acne scarring…
    i tried many concealers but they dont cover well..will rub off at the end of the day…right now i am using dior’s hydrating concealer…i am thinking of trying mufe full cover camoflage cream…….is that alright for spots?? and can it be used uder the eye too?

    Also what do u suggest to get rid of acne and acne scarring..?

    • Yes, I think that would work well on your acne spots and under the eye!

      I’d ask your mom/dad to see a dermatologist – really, I would – because then you can find out more about the type of acne you have and how best to treat it (whether you use a prescription or not).

  43. Jenni

    Hey Christine,
    1. Is there an option to be notified ONLY for replies to a comment, instead of being notified every time there is a new post on the thread?
    2. What’s your go-to red lipstick?
    3. What are your fav shadow combos for a black smokey eye look (preferably MAC)
    4. When do you know to replace the lash curler pad? How often should this be done?
    5. What’s the best eyeliner sharpener (or is there such a thing..? are they pretty much the same?)
    6. Anddd lastly, how long have you and your bf been together? He seems very supportive of everything you do!! :)

    Thanks as always!!

    • Hey Jenni,

      1.) Unfortunately, not so much. We keep wanting a plugin that does that, but we haven’t found anything. It’s on our to-do list to see if we can make it ourselves :( Ideally, I’d just like it to notify you when *your* comment gets a reply.
      2.) Chanel Dragon!
      3.) Love Blacktrack fluidline as a base, Carbon on top, Vex as a highlight. Yes, Vex as a highlight!!
      4.) When your curl starts to be less than the best, really. I haven’t replaced mine, LOL. I think they say once per year.
      5.) I love UD’s – I use it for most pencils.
      6.) OMG, I think it’ll be five years this October! He is! He is amazing.

      Thank you!

  44. Katie

    Hi! I absolutely love your site!! Thank you for doing this Q and A session! I am an NW25 and was wondering what blush would look good on me… I have some acne scars on my cheeks and anything shimmery just enhances them, so I was looking to stay away from anything with glitter. I would love a bright summer color and also a neutral everyday color. Thank you!

  45. KJ

    What are the best blushes for fair skin that aren’t too bright?
    What is your favorite setting powder?

    • Any brand in particular? I’ll just go with MAC since that tends to be the majority choice, but definitely let me know if another brand is more suitable for you.

      MAC Peaches, Dame, Well Dressed, and Buff.

      Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder!

  46. Ariel

    Hi Christine,

    I am looking for a lipstick and/or gloss recommendation. I’ve never tried MAC’s regular foundation, but in the mineralize loose, I’m a light medium. I think I’m warm toned because baby pink colors always look unnatural on my lips. :(

    I’m interested in a light pinky lip color or maybe the peach equivalent of a baby pink. I’m also looking for a nice nude lip color. I’m up for anything $30 and under.

    Thank you so much!

    • You could check out MAC shades like Freckletone, Brew, and Honeylove. For something with a little more pink in it, you could try Creme Cup or Sweetie. :)

  47. Ariana

    I was wondering if you know of any blush mid to high end that is similar to MAC’s Afterdusk blush from the Moonbathe collection a few years ago. I’m finally down to my last few swipes, and I’m going to miss it. :(

  48. Dot

    Hey Ms. Lady! I have 2 questions…

    1)Which highly pigmented pink blush would you recommend for a nc50 skin tone?
    2)Do you think Mac’s new Mineralize spf15 foundation is transfer resistant like Revlon ColorStay?
    4)Do you think Korres Tinted Moisturizer is more transfer resistant than Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer?

    Thanks in advance for your help!!!

    • Hi Dot,

      1.) Mata Hari by NARS or Dollymix by MAC.
      2.) Nah, I think Mineralize is kind of slippery.
      3.) I think they’re probably about the same – Korres may be a little more so since it is naturally a matte finish.

  49. sarah k

    Hi Christine!

    I’ve recently become a makeup addict, and it makes me smile everyday knowing that I have something new to come up with :)


    1) I have oily skin with large pores (horrible, I know), and I’ve been using Bare Escentuals mineral makeup foundation (in Medium Tan [now], Tan [summer]). What moisturizer, primer, and SPF lotion/whatever do you recommend? In what order should I be applying this?

    I’ve been using BE primer (regular and oil free), and I lean toward the regular one for staying power. It isn’t the best though. I have heard about smashbox photofinish, but I want to make sure that my makeup stays on and has a ‘matte finish’ all day (or, as long as possible).

    2) I wanted to grab a couple MAC shadows for everyday neutral looks. Which browns do you recommend (no shimmer, or very little shimmer if possible)? Do you recommend buying as pans + a palette, or individual cases?

    3) I’ve run out of my HG browbone eyeshadow product (Benefit ‘Me Myself & I’) which was part of the Hoola Hues box. Do you have any dupes or recs that are similar to this shade? It was suuuper creamy in application, and had amazing stay power. Loved it, and now I’m crying inside because it’s discontinued and I’ve hit MAJOR PAN. =/

    4) Do you have a daily ‘lip’ routine? I’ve started lipsticks as well, and whenever I remove it, my lips tend to get dry and chapped w/ skin peeling (gross, I know). I exfoliated w/ olive oil & sugar before, but that was a one time thing… and then my lips were still chapped after another lipstick application. Recommendations?

    5) Some of my e/s palettes (NYX) sometimes need to be packed on heavily in order to have color, but sometimes it fades throughout the day, even w/ TFSI. Do you have any other base recommendations to make sure the colors are vibrant (even though the vibrant colors I’m talking about are neutrals… lol.)

    Thanks for all the info, and HAPPY SUMMER! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • sarah k

      Also, I am Filipina, w/ natural pinkish apples of my cheeks, w/ medium brown eyes and dark/almost black hair. Very pigmented lips! (which sometimes affects lipsticks that I buy… *shrug*)

    • sarah k

      ALSO acne-prone.

      Last question: what concealer do you recommend for acne scarring? I’ve had some scars for a couple years, along the hollows of my left cheekbone, as well as my chin area and a couple spots on the forehead.

      Sorry for the trailing questions and info…. >_<

    • Hi Sarah,

      1.) Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer is my favorite, but I also like DDF Ultra-Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew with SPF 15. For Primer, Smashbox Anti-Shine. Moisturizer, primer. If you have a separate SPF, moisturizer, SPF, then primer.

      2.) Soft Brown, Shroom, Wedge, Cork. I’d buy a quad and fill it with four neutrals :) Even if you end up buying more MAC and want to use a 15-pan palette, you can use the quad for traveling.

      3.) Do any of the Creaseless Cream shadows replace it? ( I’ve never seen it myself, so it’s hard to give you a great dupe :(

      4.) I use lip balm whenever I don’t have lipstick or gloss on. I exfoliate 2-3x a week with Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub or else just from removing my lipstick 10-15x from lip swatches, LOL. Exfoliation helps smooth out the surface, not so much adding moisture. I like Philosophy’s Intense Lip Therapy for balm.

      5.) UDPP Eden actually seems to do a nice job of making vibrant colors pop more. :)


  50. Ashley

    Hi Christine!

    Do you know a good dupe for Fresco Rose PP?

  51. Mollie

    Hi Christine, seeing that you reviewed the new MUFE Aqua Creams, firstly, what would you say the differences are between the aqua creams, the flash colors, and then the other black cream eyeliner that they have in a similar pot? Also, what cream eyeshadows are they most comparable to in your opinion? I went to check them out at Sephora but then I remembered they were Beauty Insider online only for now, ha! Thanks!

    • I don’t have the Flash colors, lol! It’s creamier and thinner than the cream eyeliner, though. They’re kind of like Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows, but maybe a little drier.

  52. Christine

    I love to go hiking.

  53. Laura

    Ok last question… I am sure you heard that a lot today :))

    When I put on lipstick or lipgloss the skin on my lips start to… Not sure how to explain. I guess clumpy?! I’m not sure if I should use an exfoliator for my lips or if is one out there?! Basically my lips are not smooth once products are placed on my lips. It’s gross :( and I really like all lip products but it keeps me away from it :((

    • You can definitely exfoliate your lips — I use Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub, but you can also just use sugar + an oil (like jojoba oil).

  54. Tiffany

    Mac dupe for UD’s baked lipgloss?

  55. Joanna

    Hi Christine:

    Can you recommend a purple/lilac/mauve lipstick? I prefer MAC, but am willing to try another brand.

    Iโ€™m NC 20 with brown hair and eyes. I love Violetta in the tube, but itโ€™s a little too intense for me. I recently got Up the Amp and thatโ€™s more my style.

    Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hi Joanna,

      You could try Viva Glam Gaga or Saint Germain. For something more mauve, maybe Midi-mauve.

      You could try Capricious — not quite as purple as Up the Amp, but it’s kind of in the family.

  56. Ashley

    Hi Christine! I love your updated website! I’m always impressed with your work, not to mention time you put in! My question is about purple/violet eyeshadow, or rather what to pair them with? I’m never quite sure about blush or lipstick combos. Whether purple,violet, or lilac lip and cheek is too purple face?! Pinks or berries? I’m pretty fair skinned, although I do wear bronzer often(still very light).I have hazel eyes, medium golden/stawberry blonde hair. I’ve been loving stars ‘n’ rockets with au contraire and Estee’s bronze goddess in purple. I also love bed head’s e/s in passion -more red violet or very deep fuchsia. I have used coygirl blush, would azalea be better? If it’s still around!Also I’ve tried Rimmel’s lipstick in dizzy, I think it may be too pink. Thanks:)

    • Hey Ashley,

      Whenever I wear purple eyeshadow, I often pair with either a pink or plum blush, and then the lips might be a pale pink, nude, or purple – maybe even a bright pink for fun. If you like how it turns out, wear it!!

  57. Kim

    I don’t have any questions at the moment…just wanted to say thanks for taking the time. I’m gonna have fun reading thru others’ posts :)

  58. Emmalina

    Hi Christine! I’ve been following your website for the past year and a half, and I just wanted to say your beautiful and thank you for all of your inspirational looks, helpful reviews, and countless swatches! It must take forever; your amazing.

    Okay, a few questions…

    I’m relatively new to makeup, but which brush is better to apply liquid foundation: MAC 187 Duo Fibre or MAC 190 Foundation? Or another brush, possibly? (If it helps I want to apply Chanel Mat Lumiere.. but I don’t know if you’ve used that one before…)

    And… how do you keep your skin so clear? I’ve never seen a zit on you, I don’t think! What products do you use?

    Oh, lastly, how do you feel about this Lady Gaga era? Are you into it? Do you like her music? Or do you think she/her cult following are psychotic? I can’t help but love her, honestly! (I know, I know.) Won’t rant about her (but, I could) I just love her music and her individuality. She’s amazing, but borderline a psycho genius. Thoughts?

    • Hi Emmalina! :) Thank you so much!

      1.) I prefer the 109 altogether. I don’t like the 190 for foundation, personally. I like the 109, then the 182, then the 187.
      2.) It’s not clear. LOL. It’s good foundation! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have tons of millia (baby acne almost) and some bigger pimples :( But it makes me happy inside that you thought so!
      3.) I like her music, but she gets so much radio play that I get pretty tired of her songs quickly, lol. I don’t follow celebrities in general, but I like her music – it’s fun, upbeat, easy to listen to!

  59. Elizabeth

    hi!! i just have one question. do you know if mac will be having their friends & family sale this year?

  60. Margaret

    Hi Christine!

    I have very oily eyelids and somehow by the end of the day my eyeshadow crease even with UDPP. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks:)

  61. Ashley

    Sorry I forgot to mention I’m open to any brands! And super light lipsticks don’t show up very well- I also have very light lips. Thanks again for your incredible commitment to this fantastic site:) I don’t know what I did pre-Christine!! I have one more question. Do you think thrills would work for me or marine life? I almost forgot, back to purples , show orchid?

  62. Donna

    hey Christine!! I hope u have a good Thursday! anyway, ive been using mac’s studio fix fluid nc40 for about a year now.. and I set it with mineralized akin finish natural.. but Everytime I used it it makes my face looked very tan and whatever I do it won’t match my neck and my chest.. I end up looking kinda orangey on my neck.. is it bcoz of the setting powder or I need to change my foundation? btw I wanna try mufe HD foundation but I dunno what’s my color.. we don’t have mufe in my local sephora.. I dunno my color..

    • Oooh, do you look orange right away or a little after? It could be oxidizing on you! For MUFE HD, you are probably 128, 153, or 155.

  63. Stacy

    Thanks so much for your time! What are some good tips for making makeup look good in pictures? My family and I are taking family pics soon indoors and outdoors.

    • Don’t wear SPF – it often reflects light and gives you a washed out/overexposed look! Also set your makeup, bring pressed or blot powder to blot if it’s warm outside or you’re under heavy lights so you don’t look shiny!

  64. michelle

    hey christine!!
    i wanted to know what mac eye brushes are a must have!!

    • 239 (applying, blending), 224 (crease), 219 (lower lash line/defined crease), 208 (gel lining), 217 (blending), 249 (cream products)

  65. Amanda

    Nvm…lol. I didn’t realize the comments were going on multiple pages. *face palm*

  66. Lauren

    Hi! I am looking for a new Mascara. I currently us Diorshow Iconic and I like it but I am looking for a change. I tried Extase but find it very clumpy. Wanted to try YSL Faux Cils but I heard it dries out very quickly… Any suggestions? Thanks!

  67. jackie

    hey christine
    i have been wanting hipness and benefits coralista which one would be better on nc25 i cant decide between the two because they seem similar

  68. nancy

    What do you DO that allows you to buy sososo much make-up?! Very jealous!

    • I run ads on the website, which helps to pay for the expenses on the site (servers, tech support, design, products to review, etc.)!

  69. Sara

    Hi Christine, thank you so much for doing this again.
    So I have a few questions again but not as many as last time, haha last time I had 9 questions i think, woops =P
    1) what eye brushes would you recommend as the most necessary? I am a makeup newbie and looking to start building my inventory, lol.
    2) What brush would you reccomend using for something like the Mac Fluidline, etc?
    3) In your opinion what is the easiest to apply, longest lansting/doesn’t smudge/applies smoothly/all that good stuff eyeliner? (btw i have oily lids, eyeliner ussually turns into raccoon eyes by the end of the day, esp. in the summer)
    4) Would liquid liner or gel liner be easier to apply and last longer?
    5) What red lipstick would you reccomend for me that is still wearable and not too bright? I would rather it be more dark than bright or to be completely opposite something sheerer, just something that looks nice and isnt too clownish =P I am very pale (NW15, sometimes lighter)cool skintone, greyish blue eyes, hair colour between dirty blonde and light brown.
    6) What colours of eyeshadow would you reccomend for me using the above descriptions? I love browns, bronzes, silvers and greys but im wanting a little colour now that the weather’s warming up. Nothing too bringht like neon but a little brightness is alright (does that even make sense? lol)

    woops that did turn into alot of questions again, SORRY! haha I guess that’s what I get for being such a makeup newbie.
    Thanks again Christine!

    • Sara

      oh ya to add on to the thing for the red lipstick, i have naturally pigmented (red) lips just in case that changes anything lol

    • Hi Sara,

      1.) 239, 217, 224
      2.) 208
      3.) UD 24/7 Liner or MUFE Aqua Eyes – if you need to, you can seal with Benefit She-Laq or set with a similar-colored eyeshadow.
      4.) Liquidlast is not going to go anywhere, ever!
      5.) Russian Red or Viva Glam I — both are classic reds :)
      6.) Tilt, Woodwinked, Shale, Parfait Amour, Aquadisiac

      Thank you!! :)

  70. Kathleen

    Favorite skin care products and foundtion for dry, sensitive skin? (I have light skin with warm undertones, if that matters)
    What are your top ten favorite products from MAC?
    What is the makeup splurge you think is most worth the money?
    Why don’t you do more reviews of drugstore/inexpensive makeup?
    What hobbies do you have that are non-makeup and blog related?

    • Hi Kathleen,

      1.) Clinique Maximum Hydrator is AMAZING. Foundation-wise, Dior DiorSkin Nude worked well.
      2.) Oh, good, you just said product, so I can be general! Pigments, brushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, mascara, skincare,
      3.) Skincare. Your skin is worth it.
      4.) I’m actually completely grossed out by buying makeup at the drugstore, because it feels so, so unsanitary to me. But I don’t want to buy online, because drugstore makeup shopping is already a hassle when you can at least see it with your two eyes let alone just online. It’s just kind of a frustrating experience for me, and with so many requests for higher end (the request list for products to review is at 200+), it’s easier (and more enjoyable for me) to focus on those. I do and am always trying to include more, but only to a certain point. I just can’t get to everything I’d like to, unfortunately!
      5.) Just my dog! Makeup is kind of my hobby (and has been for awhile), and with school and the blog, I don’t have much time else for picking up any additional hobbies, lol!

  71. Kiersten

    Hey Christine! I was wondering if you could recommend a good moisturizer for acne prone skin. I have combination skin where it is mildy oily in the t-zone and mild/pretty dry on my cheeks. Also I wanted to know what you thought of the Clinique High Lengths Mascara? I got it as a sample and was really impressed by the outcome after I got used to the crazy looking brush/comb.

    • Any price-range or brand preference?

      I like Kate Somerville Oil-Free in general. I also like Olay for something more budget-friendly.

      I think I tried it once but didn’t get excited so haven’t tried it since, lol!

  72. Mina

    Christiiiiine! Any idea on how to save a drying cream shadow? My beloved Benefit RSVP has lost its creaminess, even though I’ve had it for less than a year, and have always been sure to keep it covered. :(

  73. Virginia

    Hi Christine,

    I hope it’s not too late to ask a question! I was wondering if you have tried any lip primers and which ones you would recommend. Lipsticks tend to fade quickly on me and I was hoping a lip primer would help! Also, I have really oily lids and my eye makeup fades SUPER fast. I’m currently using Urban Decay Primer Potion, which helps somewhat but I’m wondering if there is something better!

    Thanks :)

    • Eh, lip primers don’t seem to prolong wear for me any better than concealer/lip liners do. Have you tried wearing a nude or similar-colored lip liner all over your lips before you apply the lipstick?

      You could also layer UDPP and MAC Paint Pots (or another base) — I’ve heard a lot of readers mention they do this to combat super oily lids!

  74. Adhya

    Hello Christine … i hope all’s going great at your ends.
    1) I would like to know all about a conservative office makeup . would u kindly mention the eye colours ( shadows and liner ) , lip colours ( sticks and glosses ) and cheek colours for me . It would be great if you could refer to particular shades from Mac .
    2) I would like to know what would be the best primer, foundation and concealer ( again preferably from the Mac stable ) for me . And kindly suggest the brushes that need to be used for applying the foundation and concealer along with the application methods.
    Thanks a lot in advance . Best wishes from India .

    • Hi Adhya,

      1.) Try shades like MAC Shroom, Ricepaper, Soft Brown, and Wedge; Sweetie, Hue, Angel, Freckletone; Nymphette, Prr, and Chai; Peaches, Tenderling, Dame.
      2.) Prep + Prime Skin, Studio Fix Fluid, Moisturecover.

      109 for foundation, 217 for concealer.

  75. Divorceanator

    Would you wear patina from lash to brows?

  76. Melodyy

    HI (:
    So, I was wondering if I want light to medium coverage in a foundation, what foundation would you recommend for me ?
    I have combination skin, slightly dry on the sides, oily not so much in the T zone as around my mouth (chin & nose). If you could recommend like Tinted Moisturizers, Liquid Foundation, and Powder Foundation, that would be great. Uh, I don’t have a preference of brand. I’m fairly light skinned- Around NC25-NC30 ?
    Also, a few must have neutral eyeshadows- I would prefer MAC, but I’m open to anything. That doesn’t look too dramatic on my light skin because I find it’s hard to find ones that look not too smokey.

    Thanks a bunch<3

    • Hi Melodyy,

      1.) Try MAC Studio Fix Fluid or MUFE HD.
      2.) Try Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer; MUFE HD foundation; MAC Studio Fix Powder.

      Neutral shadows from MAC: Ricepaper, Patina, Soft Brown, Wedge

  77. elko

    Thought of another one, hope it’s not too late :)

    Would you happen to know of a cheaper dupe for Mac Originality NP? So pretty, yet I am so disinclined to spend nearly $20 CND for a bottle of nail polish.

    • Maybe China Glaze In Awe of Amber, but to be honest, I’m not familiar enough with nail polish names and past shades to be the best resources to ask :(

  78. Mariam

    Hi Christine!

    I LOVE your website, I have been coming here for a long time, but this is the first time I’m posting. I always come here to see your reviews, discussions, swatches, and makeup looks. I am slowly (and I mean slowly) building my makeup collection. I depend on your website like for everything. So before I ask any questions or post comments, thanks for creating an AWESOME website.

    On to the questions:
    I’m a NC37 in MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish foundation, is the color going to be the same in MAC’s Studio Fix?
    What color type of blush and bronzer would you recommend from Nars?


    • Hey Mariam,

      Thank you so much! Happy first comment :)

      You’ll probably be around NC35 in Studio Fix Fluid. I believe it runs just a smidgen darker. (I’m not sure they have NC37 anyway.)

      I think you’d like NARS Deep Throat for a blush and Laguna for a bronzer.

  79. ellie

    Hi Christine, i’m not really into blush i only have nars orgasm which i think is very perfect for me ‘coz it’s already in between pink and peach color but i’ve been reading a lot of good reviews on instant chic and hipness blush. Do you think i should get one of these or they are quite close to orgasm that i can skip on it?

    • I think you’d like Hipness :)

      • ellie

        Thanks for your suggestion Christine. I hope i can get hipness blush. I have a lot that i like in to the beach collection especially their eyeshadows but i’m quite on a budget … just enrolled my son last week, bought his books, uniform and supplies … now i have little money left for my makeup addiction.LOL.

  80. Tracie

    Hi Christine,

    i always wanted to try a sheer/medium coverage in a liquid foundation but cannot find one that matches my skin color for the life of me..

    ive been using bare essentials, bare minerals in the color fairly light for the past few years and i love it.
    i do want a change somtimes… and ive tried NARS sheer glow in the colors deuville and fiji and to be honest.. im right in between i think.. dueville is a tad tooo light… and fiji is a bit too yellow based for me.. and i also tried dior nude in peach but it was a bit too heavy for me… peach was an ok match i guess…

    i also tried mufe HD and cant seem to get a right color as well..
    my skin’s undertone is a bit of yellow.. a bit of pink… and some even say olive? i dont know :(
    i was just wondering if there is any other brands (besides MAC and the aforementioned) that you could reccommend in terms of medium coverage, lightweight liquid foundation? that i havnt tried? price doenst really matter just quality… lightweight… and sheer/medium coverage.. not too heavy since im soo use to bare minerals..

    thanks so much :)

    • You might like Clinique Soft Finish – that is sheer and lightweight. Did you like the MUFE HD? What shades did you try? If you are having trouble matching, you may want to look into a tinted moisturizer, which is more forgiving (like Laura Mercier).

      It just sounds like you may have a more neutral tone.

      • Tracie

        thanks so much! :)
        yea i did like mufe HD, i tried 118 but that was wayyy too dark for me…
        i feel like giving up :(

        thanks so much, ill try clinique… and ive been meaning to try the tinted moisturizer as well.
        btw, you are awesome at what your doing, i check your blog like 10000000 times a day… and it definately plays a role in putting large holes in my wallet lol, but i cant help it!

        ps. your dog is sooooooooo cuteeee
        i have a little maltese named toby and i love him to bits.
        thank you so much for taking the time and responding to this and all of our questions.. it is so sweet of you!

        OH one more question if you dont mind…
        im fairly light in terms of my skin tone i guess you can say, and im looking for a blush that will give me that peachy/bronzy glow but not too dramatic or dark because im fairly light..
        what do you reccommend? :)

        • Hi Tracie,

          Maybe 110 or 115 would work better for you than 118? If you’re able to, definitely ask for foundation samples instead of buying one, if you aren’t already!

          You could try Trace Gold :)

          Thank you!!

  81. Victoria

    Hey christine, just wondering what would be ur must have lip pencil lipstick and lipgloss for someone around NC15/NC20?

  82. Hi!

    I have light brown hair and fair skin with a neutral undertone and I cannot find an eyeshadow that works for my eyebrows. Everything I’ve tried is too red/warm to match. Any recommendations?

    So far I haven’t ventured out of the drugstore but I am willing to splurge if it means finding a good match and if its something I’m using to fill in eyebrows its going to last a long time anyways. Department stores brands are preferred as I don’t live that close to a Sephora. Thank you!!!

    • Hmm, have you tried MAC Omega? Wedge? Espresso? Those don’t have red tones to it, and Espresso doesn’t seem *too* warm. Those are kind of my go-to shades for brow recs! And you’re right — it will last you awhile. I think it took me 2 years to get through Espresso, using it nearly daily for brows!

  83. CONNIE

    Hi Christine, first i just wanna say i LOVE…. your site!!! I come here to read your post everyday before i check my emails lol! =)

    Ok heres a question: Im planning to make a everyday neutral MAC 15-Palette for everyday wear to office. Was thinking of nudes, highlights and different shades of browns. Can you recommend me some colors preferably without shimmers/glitters?

    Thanks in advance Christine! You’re the bomb! =)

    • Hi Connie,

      So you just want pure mattes then?

      Some mattes: Soft Brown, Omega, Wedge, Espresso, Blanc Type, Bamboo, Swiss Chocolate, Malt, Bisque

      Thank you!

  84. Anna

    Not sure if I got this question in on time…I’m in another continent…but here goes. Do you like the NARS duos and how would you compare them to MAC (except in pricing)? I’m thinking of getting Key Largo, Madrague, Kalahari and Cordura.

    Thanks for all the help!

    • I never have that much luck with NARS eyeshadows. It’s like a different breed of eyeshadow. I just find they’re a bit powdery, more muted than they appear in the pan as they do on the eye. The more natural shades are nice for softer looks, but I’m just not a big fan.

  85. Mia

    Hey Christine! Is it possible to B2M for a limited edition packaged lipstick (e.g. a MAC To the Beach Collection lipstick)? Thanks!

  86. Jane


    – What’s a good setting powder to use after I put on my liquid foundation?
    – I don’t own any MAC brushes, what would you recommend for starters?
    – What would you say are the must have eyeshadows and lipsticks from MAC? Both neutral ones and brighter ones.


    • Hi Jane,

      1.) Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
      2.) Eyes – 239, 217, 224; Face – 109, 116, 134
      3.) Neutral shades: Ricepaper, Shroom, Bronze, Woodwinked, Soft Brown, Espresso, Satin Taupe; Brighter shades: Humid, Juxt, Winkle, Electric Eel, Parfait Amour, Stars ‘n Rockets

  87. Lora

    Dear Christine

    – Can you tell me colors used here?
    -And shadows here and here?

    – Is there a less shimmery/matte version of Orgasm? Tried it on recently, it made my skin look sooo good but the glitters were everywhere and my pores looked huge!
    – I’m NC25, asian with black hair and black eyes. Could you recomend some colors for me? Warm-yellow toned. What bronzer what look good as a light contour? i used BB matte medium when I was tan but sadly I haven’t been able to get that tan lately and y bronzer looks harsh on me. What shadow would look good as a crease color but NOT harsh? (light browny color)
    -Does fix+ really make your MU look less powdery?
    -Can you link me some looks where coral crepe was used as a base?
    – Would you recommend the black in NARS pandora or Carbon? Typographic?

  88. Alisha in WI

    What bronzer would you recommend if it seems like they all turn orange on me? Other wise they are too dark or muddy. I do like Laguna however would like more options. I have been matched as NW25 (studio fix – powder).

  89. Can you make any suggestions for blushes and lipsticks/glosses/combinations that would look good on me, please?

    I’m NC40, light honey brown eyes, and VERY VERY pigmented lips (I hate that they always seem to alter gloss colors, which is why I’m looking for lipstick combos as well!)

  90. Lora

    Sorry to ask more questions, but could you recommend some mac lipglasses for me too? And I’m thinking of getting sweet and punchy, do you think it wuld look good with my coloring?

  91. Alisha in WI

    What would you recommend for a nice gold color. I had one that was discontinued so I’m still on the search. I already have goldmine, gorgeous gold, one in a L’Oreal HIp duo & honey from UD.

  92. Lora

    Sorry to ask yet ANOTHER question (my computer won’t let me resond to my own questions for some reason), but why carbon? I swatched it and it was really unpigented, hard to blend.

    Thanks for all your answers though, it’s a lot of help! :)

  93. Joy

    Thanks so much for this Q&A! I’m trying to figure out what I want to buy for the MAC launch next week and I know I’m definitely getting Thrills, but I’m trying to figure out whether or not I want to buy Hipness, Marine Life, or something else. I really appreciated your dupe comparison and the accompanying swatches; they really helped! I have a bit of a natural flush so I normally don’t wear blush, but sometimes I want to emphasize them a little more, you know? I’m Asian and wear a NC35 and wasn’t looking for anything too matte (like Hussy by Illamasqua) but not too shimmery (like MAC Springsheen). I’m leaning towards Hipness because I thought Marine Life may be a little too loud for what I’m going for. I do wish Hipness was a LITTLE more coral-red, though… so basically, can you think of a product that is sort of a combination of Hipness and Marine Life? And should I try shooting for either MAC Hipness (or Marine Life) when they’re released? I’m afraid they’ll both be gone before I make up my mind! Thanks again!

    • Hi Joy,

      I think you should get Marine Life :) You can tone it down if it’s too bright! It’s easily sheered down, and this way you won’t have to pile Hipness on! But if you like the color family, I’d just get both and think about it, lol.

  94. Alisha in WI

    Sometimes I feel like when I create a dramatic eye look it’s “drag-queen-ish”. I know it’s a funny question but I love dramatic, bold, and colorful eye looks but it’s always my fear. Any tips to avoid this or overcome my fear? lol. ALso, what do you think works best to keep oily skin at bay?

    • Don’t worry about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Make funny faces in the mirror! Enjoy your inner drag-queen! Let her out ๐Ÿ˜€

      Smashbox Anti-Shine helps a good bit!

  95. Christina

    Sorry to keep asking questions and so close to the end of the day (literally!).. I was just wondering though. Do you have any tried and true foundations that won’t give my face that white cast in pictures? Budget isn’t really an object but I want a nice special occasion foundation for pictures. Thank you!

  96. karen

    Is it possible to be NC in winter and NW in summer? Because I got matched during the winter to NC and just a couple weeks ago I got matched for NW.

  97. Krys

    Is it too late?

    What is a dupe for Mac’s Fleurry Powder Blush? I saw this color swatch and I want something similar!

  98. kritika

    hi christine…..i am on the lookout for a daily face moisturizer with sun protection…..i have dry skin but don’t really like the greasy look and feel that some give……so could you suggest some good ones for me?

  99. air


    you didn’t even answer my question..

    • Hi Air,

      I did answer your question about Utterly Frivolous — did you check out the other pages of comments? There are several! Let me know!

  100. JC

    Hi Christine,

    I was just wondering if you can please give me pros & cons as to whether I should depot my MAC e/s or not. I watch some people’s tut’s on YT and of course some have only palettes, a lot of them have both, and some refuse to depot. I’m not a makeup artist of any sort…just have a love for makeup period. Thanks for your help!!

    • Hi JC,

      I don’t know what the cons are, really, LOL. I would say portable, but then the palettes are quite portable (or you can get an empty quad or two just for travel purposes). Umm, you can keep pretty packaging.

      This is why all of mine are depotted ๐Ÿ˜› I can only see the pros!

      – Saves space
      – Easier access (you don’t have to pop open the little pots or find the ones you need)
      – B2Ms