Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

MAC 252 Large Shader Brush ($29.00) is a flat brush with rounded edges and some fluffiness. It is a fairly densely bristled brush, and the synthetic fibers make it ideal for usage with more emollient products like creams and liquids. It is a larger version of the 242, so it may not be necessary in everyone’s brush tool box. I personally used this more often in the beginning, before I had the 242 or 249, and now, I find myself reaching for it a lot less. It is still a great brush, and if you have larger lids, this may be more your style than the smaller 242. The 252 can be used also for applying eyeshadow, both for packing on color as well as for placement of color into the crease (just use the edge).

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 249 Large Shader Brush

MAC 249 Large Shader Brush ($27.00) is super flat brush with no real fluffiness to it. It is fairly firm, but it has enough give to work well on the eye lids. This tends to be my go-to brush for applying any creamy eyeshadow base, like paint pots, because it gives me the right firmness to apply it quickly and efficiently, and it doesn’t pack on too much or waste a lot of product in the bristles. The synthetic fibers makes it a better brush for creamy and more emollient products, but it can be used with powders if desired. This is similar to the 242, but it is larger and flatter with no fluffiness.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 242 Shader Brush

MAC 242 Shader Brush ($23.00) is flat, slightly rounded at the tip, brush made out of firm fibers. This is one of my favorite brushes when using creamy products like paint pots, concealer, etc. I most often use it for paint pots, though I also use the 249, too. Even though I like it best for creamy products, it can be used with powder products like eyeshadow. It is particularly good at packing on color when you want a more intense look or have a finnicky shadow that just won’t go on right. For me, this is a great brush, because I use it regularly with my creamy products!

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


Fresh Cut Palette: Fresh Cut, Sun-Shy, Part Peony, Floral Inc., Bloomcycle, Poppy Noir*
Graphic Garden Palette: Linear Lilac, Botanical Blue, Wild Wisteria, Graphic Garden, Straight Hedge, Social Climber*

MAC Graphic Garden Collection (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusive)

OVERALL, Graphic Garden offers some pretty colors for the summer season with some colors that will definitely catch your eye. The packaging is has a vinyl look, with a miss mash of black and white floral imagery. The Look Boxes ofer a chance to nab some popular favorites from the permanent line at just a little under retail when items are purchased separately.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


Graphic Garden Palette: Linear Lilac, Botanical Blue, Wild Wisteria, Graphic Garden, Straight Hedge, Social Climber*
Summer Crop, Semi-Annual, Garden Bed; Baby Bloom, Spiceflower
Soft Illusion

MAC Graphic Garden Collection (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusive)

Now available for pre-order at Nordstromicon as well as in-store, here are some swatches to help persuade you to purchase…  Not sure what this collection is all about? Read up on the collection storyContinue reading →

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

MAC Style Black Collection

U.S. Launch Date: September 24th, 2009
International Launch Date: October 2009

From “Back to Black” beehive and eyeliner to Steven “80s” Sprouse-in-the-House kohl and fringe to Gareth Pugh London New Goth, Black is simply beyond. Lips, nails, eyes there’s no more dramatic way to declare your desire, separate your sensibility, celebrate your magnetism. They WILL surrender to a Blackfire Glimmerglass, Rapidblack Penultimate Eyeliner, a slash of Greasepaint Stick, and the hot scratch of Baby Goth Girl Nail Lacquer. Style Black is a way of life, a shadowy and mysterious figure of fantasy, even for just one dark and dangerous night.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Black Knight Creamy true black (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)

Mattene ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Midnight Media Dense matte black (Limited Edition)
  • Night Violet Deep purple grape (Repromote) (Limited Edition)

Glimmerglass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Bling Black Sheer black with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Blackfire Sheer black with pink purple pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Blackware Creamy true black (Limited Edition)

Mineralize Eye Shadows ($19.00 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Cinderfella Black with silver pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Young Punk Black with pink purple pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gilt by Association Black with gold bronze pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Blue Flame Black with blue pearl (Limited Edition)

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