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Best of MAC Cosmetics | Temptalia’s Favorites

I am, obviously, a long-time fan and user of MAC products. You know, the blog was started because of my love for MAC makeup, right? It’s only going through the brand’s permanent line that one realizes just how many memories and favorite products there have been over the years that are from MAC! Of course, with so many formulas and shades to choose from, I thought I’d share my favorites from some of their formulas since they are currently offering 25% off to MAC Select members (you can still join and get the discount!) both in-store and online through 12/4.

MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz. / $6.000 for 0.05 oz. pan only) is an extensive range of shades from Matte to Luster, cool to warm, white to black. Here are a few of my very favorites: Soft Brown (crease/transition shade), Lucky Green (nice pop of shimmery green), Satin Taupe (shimmery taupe), Brown Script (reddish brown), Bronze (classic shimmery brown), Cranberry (warm, reddish plum), Sumptuous Olive (muted olive green), Antiqued (rich copper), Plumage (subdued teal), Blackberry (mauve, nice in the crease), Deep Damson (matte plum), and Vex (amazing blended with black or blue). But check out swatches of my long-time go-tos (a more extensive list) — I love a lot of the core, neutral mattes and Veluxe Pearl shades.

Availability

MAC Cosmetics / MAC Cosmetics (Canada)

MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) remains a staple in many stashes because of the extensive range of colors and finishes. The permanent line alone has around 200 options! A few months, I went through and swatched all of the existing shades, so I am well-prepared for this one! Some of the more recently released shades that I’ve enjoyed have been ones like Charred, Deep Rooted, and Lavender Jade, while some classics that I favor are Captive (bold plum), Cherish (one of my first beiges), Plumful (my first “dark” shade), Velvet Teddy (a nice peach-brown), Craving (rich plum, like a more pigmented Plumful), Twig (rosy mauve), O (a shimmery, reddish plum), Crosswires (pink-coral), Brick-o-la (warm, medium-dark pink), and Viva Glam IV (shimmery plum). Here is a larger list of a lot of shades I’ve loved and worn over the years that I would recommend, check out the list and view swatches.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Liptensity

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a recently released new, permanent formula that features a natural finish, rich pigment, and good wear. You can check out my round-up, but here are the top four performing shades: Marsala, Galaxy Grey, Claretcast, and Mulling Spices

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MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a long-time favorite, because it is a charity line that donates 100% of the selling price–not proceeds, profits, or some unknown amount–every penny of the price goes towards the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC releases limited edition shades that are part of the Viva Glam family each year, but the permanent shades of Viva Glam are well-worth a look. (These aren’t included in the sale, but they are so, so worth checking out.)

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MAC Lipglass

MAC Lipglass

MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in several options, from sheer to opaque, cream to shimmer. I tend to prefer the more shimmery ones, as they have longer wear (due to the tackier consistency) but have a high-shine, shimmering finish that works well alone or layered on top of another lipstick. Here are a few from the permanent line I’d recommend: Explicit, Lovechild, and Nymphette.

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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pigmented pressed eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry and has a lot of shimmer to it. Some of the ones I’ve loved have been Silver Sun, Sea Worship, and Fathoms Deep.

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is finally a permanent product! There are only four shades so far, but here’s hoping we’ll see even more going forward. From the permanent line, these are my top two picks: Double-Gleam and Soft Frost.

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MAC Pigment

MAC Pigments

MAC Pigment ($22.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a loose, multi-tasking product, but I tend to use mine on the eyes! They are a lot less messy than typical loose eyeshadows because there are binding ingredients in it, which help it apply, adhere, and blend on the skin without falling out during application. Here are some of my favorites: Chartreuse, Golden Olive, Museum Bronze, and Heritage Rouge.

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MAC Vamplify

MAC Vamplify

MAC Vamplify ($20.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is still a limited edition formula (make it permanent, MAC, please!), but there are several shades still available to purchase! Of the ones available, I highly recommend: Anything but Demure, Fab Tested, What’s Going On, and Tuned In.

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MAC Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Pro Longwear Blush ($28.00 for oz.) has some of my real must-have blushes from the brand, as I tend to prefer blushes with more of a satin to luminous finish. These are my favorites: I’m a Lover, Make You Mine, Eternal Sun, and Fleeting Romance.

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MAC Brushes

MAC Brushes

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MAC Brushes are well-known; despite having numbers, so many of them are used by those in the beauty community! The ones I reach for the most are: 239 (all-over eyeshadow application, blending), 242 (cream eyeshadow application), 266 (brows), 205 (mascara), and 158 (cream blush/contour)

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MAC x Mariah Carey I Get So OOC Lipstick & New Ombre Lip Pencil

01/06

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick

I Get So OOC

MAC I Get So OOC Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold, red, and pink pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft, lightly emollient, and didn’t tug on the lips when applied directly from the tube. The color lasted for four hours on me.

MAC Lipstick I Get So OOC
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Shadescents Collection for Holiday 2016

MAC Shadescents Collection for Holiday 2016
MAC Shadescents Collection for Holiday 2016

Scent and lips create irresistible chemistry with M·A·C Shadescents, six new perfumes inspired by our most iconic Lipstick shades. Lady Danger thrills with notes of wild cherry and Ruby Woo goes bold with whiffs of deep red leather. Notes of saffron, incense smoke, and cordovan leather surprise and intoxicate in My Heroine. Candy Yum-Yum conjures tropical fruit and cotton candy and Velvet Teddy calls forth wild honey and creamy musk. Crème d’Nude evokes the vibrant sexiness of naked skin.

Availability

Online November 30th at MAC & Macys online, December 8th in-stores (North America); February 2017 (International)

The Details

Fragrance | $57.00 U.S. / $67.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Ruby Woo Woody floral
  • Candy Yum Yum Fruity floral gourmand
  • Lady Dangers Woody floriental
  • My Heroine Woody leather
  • Creme d’Nude Amber musk
  • Velvet Teddy Wild honey

Lipstick | $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Ruby Woo Very matte, vivid blue-red (Retro Matte)
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink (Matte)
  • Lady Danger Vivid bright coral-red (Matte)
  • Heroine Bright purple (Matte)
  • Creme d’Nude Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen)
  • Velvet Teddy Deep-tone beige (Matte)

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MAC x Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder

01/06

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

MAC Touch My Body Iridescent Powder/Loose

Touch My Body

MAC Mariah Carey Touch My Body Loose Powder ($39.50 for 0.51 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy copper with flecks of lighter and darker copper sparkle. It was sheer, almost translucent, but it was surprisingly buildable–I applied it to my cheeks and expected more of a highlighting effect, but it actually yielded color and coverage. I thought the color was nearly identical to My Mimi but applied a lot better as it was more even.

When applied with the included pouf, it had sheerer, more all-over coverage, while applied with a tapered highlighting brush, it gave subtle color and moderate luminosity. As a cheek highlighter, it lasted for just over eight hours before fading. As this product is not yet released, there was not much on it with respect to concrete claims, so the rating is based on what most loose, highlighting powders are designed to do (as well as what I remember MAC’s Iridescent/Loose Powder, which this one seems to be similar to–described as a highlighter with a “subtle glaze of colour”). I’ll be checking for any additional/different claims when the product releases online.

MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose Touch My Body
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

MAC x Mariah Carey Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass

Rainbow Interlude

MAC Rainbow Interlude Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a translucent pink with pink and silver pearl. It had sheer coverage and lightened my natural lip color a bit while adding more of a pink tint to them, but the effect that was more noticeable was the sparkle and shine. The texture was smooth, somewhat tacky, but comfortable to wear and easy to spread across the lips. It lasted for three hours on me.

Worth noting, the Lipglasses in this collection contain significantly less product than regular Lipglass–the tube may seem thicker, but it’s likely due to thicker plastic. MAC Lipglass typically contains 0.16 fl. oz. and retails for $16 (or $100.00/fl. oz.), while this one is $18.50 for 0.10 fl. oz. (or $185.00/fl. oz.). The tubes are very similar to the kind that Dazzleglasses and Cremsheen Glasses come in. None of the glosses were described as sheer (Lipglass is a “high coverage” formula, per MAC’s website), so none of them rated very well, though I think a few would work for layering or sheerer lip looks, if that’s something you like!

MAC Lipglass Rainbow Interlude
7
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total

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MAC x Mariah Carey You’ve Got Me Feeling Blush

01/06

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

MAC You've Got Me Feeling Powder Blush

You've Got Me Feeling

MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. The texture was incredibly stiff, which made it a challenge to get product off of the pan’s surface just to swatch–I had to scrape at it to dislodge powder and get enough to show up on my skin at all.

I used a paper towel to rub against the surface to break it down further, which helped to a small degree, but it was not one of MAC’s best showings–and they can do a bright pink like this! Unsurprisingly, it was hard to diffuse and blend out the edges, as the color adhered strongly wherever it initially landed but did not want to spread from there. The finish was glowing without being overtly shimmery, and if you work with it long enough, it can look nice on. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush You've Got Me Feeling
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total

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