MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium Review & Photos

MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium

Mixing Medium — Don’t Use Pigments Without It!

MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium ($18.00 for 50ml) is an absolute must-have if you work with MAC Pigments or Glitters. It actually took me many years before I purchased the real deal Mixing Medium–previously, I had always done the DIY version. (For reference, the DIY version is one part glycerin and three parts water, mix, and enjoy!) To be honest, I think either version works just as well, but I know the official Mixing Medium is designed to have a much longer shelf life than the DIY version (since it lacks any preservatives).

This Mixing Medium is water-based, and as such, the texture feels just like water. I like that, because it doesn’t feel thick, goopy, or sticky. The way I use my Mixing Medium is primarily with pigments and occasionally with glitters. I usually put one drop (it dispenses by droplets) on a flat brush like the 239 or 249, pick up some pigment, and then apply on the lid (or wherever). Together, it creates an excellent eyeshadow base, but it also intensifies pigments and keeps them together–there’s no fallout here! Though I haven’t used it for such things, you can also use this with other MAC liquid or powder products. I will also say that one bottle will last me a lifetime (though I will obviously replace it before then!).

There is also an alcohol-based Mixing Medium (used from the neck down), an eyeliner Mixing Medium (comes in a tube), lash Mixing Medium (allows you to create customized shades of Pro Long Lash Mascara), and gel-based Mixing Medium (not to be used around the eye area).

It is a PRO product, which means it was originally designed to be used by makeup artists and not necessarily consumers, but everyone is able to purchase PRO products, regardless of your resume. If you live near a PRO store locally, you just have to show up and shop like you would any other MAC location. If you don’t, I know in the U.S., you can place a phone order with any PRO store and they’ll ship you your items for a flat rate of $7 (this is usually how I get any PRO products). Since shipping is a flat rate, I usually make up a good list of PRO-only items I want so I can make it worth it, too :)

By the by… some PRO stores will have collections in a week early, and so if SF, LA, or SCP PRO have it out, sometimes I place a phone order and that’s how I’ll get the products a couple of days earlier than the national launch date. Secrets from a MAC addict… LOL!

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: If you’ve ever had trouble with your pigments or loose color eyeshadows, you may want to check out MAC’s Mixing Medium to keep your loose color on your lid better!

Availability: MAC PRO

MAC Art Supplies Collection: Lipstain Markers

There are nine new and limited edition shades of Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker ($16.00) in MAC’s Art Supplies Collection. I really, really wanted to love these–I have been wanting a good lip stain forever–a superb formula in various shades, not just one great shade (e.g. Benetint). I was most excited for the Lipstain Markers when I first read about Art Supplies, but they just didn’t work well for me.

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MAC Art Supplies Collection

MAC Art Supplies Collection: Pearlglide Eye Liners

MAC Art Supplies Collection launches in-stores on April 1st (late April for international locations) and online March 30th. The collection includes eight new and limited edition shades of Greasepaint Sticks ($17.50), six new and limited edition shades of Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners ($14.50), and nine new and limited edition shades of Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker ($16.00).

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MAC Art Supplies Collection

MAC Art Supplies Collection: Greasepaint Sticks

MAC Art Supplies Collection launches in-stores on April 1st (late April for international locations) and online March 30th. The collection includes eight new and limited edition shades of Greasepaint Sticks ($17.50), six new and limited edition shades of Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners ($14.50), and nine new and limited edition shades of Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker ($16.00).

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MAC Trip Collection — New Compacts

MAC Trip, Part 3

MAC Trip Collection — New Compacts

For 2010, MAC has released new palettes and kits exclusively for their Travel Retail stores. Like Trip from last year, these are exclusive to Duty Free Stores.

MAC Trip Compact Kits Collection

Jet Boy, Jet Girl! Gonna take you ’round the world with trip compact kits! First, Trip: Warm Eye Shadows, with six hot, haute warm hues. Next Trip: Cool Eye Shadow with six cool, chic shades. And finally, Trip: Total Face Kit, complete with Shell and Secret Ceremony Cream Colour Base, Stripped and Rosehips Lip Gloss and Belightful Iridescent Pressed Powder. They’re addictive little goodies, a secret stash to put out a fashion fire… or start one. Try one, you’ll come back for more. They’re the very essence of needful things!

Warm Eyeshadow

New square compact silhouette with a basic black matte finish featuring the MAC logo.

  • Shroom Soft muted golden beige with opalescent shimmer (Satin) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Bagatelle Neutral beige with yellow frost (Frost) (From D’Bohemia, Photo)
  • Expensive Pink Pink with gold duochrome (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Trax Vivid-hued violet glazed with bronze (Velvet) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Humid Intense green with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Embark Deep rich brown-black (Matte) (Permanent) (Swatch)

Cool Eyeshadow

  • Filament Platinum silver (Lustre) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Mink Pink Neutral soft pink (Veluxe) (Discontinued) (Swatch)
  • Flirty Number Brown plum (Frost) (From Lingerie) (Photo)
  • Little Minx Plum with pink duochrome (Frost) (From Rebel Rock) (Photo)
  • Flashtrack Bright midnight blue with silver reflective pearlized particles (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent) (Swatch)

Total Face Kit

New double-decker compact featuring a quad pan payout on top and a large powder pan on bottom.

  • Shell Cream Colour Base Soft muted pinkish-beige with icy shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Secret Ceremony Cream Colour Base Dark nude (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Rose Hips Lipglass Pink (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Stripped Lipglass Coral (Exclusive to Palette)
  • Belightful Iridescent Pressed Powder Gilded peach bronze (From Fafi for MAC) (Swatch)

Availability: March 2010 at DFS and Travel Retail Locations Exclusively

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MAC Trip Collection — Look in a Box

MAC Trip, Part 3

MAC Trip Collection — Look in a Box

For 2010, MAC has released new palettes and kits exclusively for their Travel Retail stores. Like Trip from last year, these are exclusive to Duty Free Stores.

Look in a Box Collection

Gothette, Indie Girl, Goldie Rocks…choose your Look In a Box and try on a new personality, blaze a fast trail, or go with what you glow- Look In a Box has the A to Z! Greensmock, Retrospeck, and Showstopper Eye Shadows, Blacktrack Fluidline, Myth Lipstick and Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash makes a Gothette go! Bare Study Pot, Rapidblack Penultimate Liner, Softdew Beauty Powder, Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash and Headliner Lip Gloss ignite and Indie Girls night. And with Bronze and Naked Lunch Eye Shadows, Golden Bronzer, Fulfilled Plushglass, and Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash, Goldie Rocks is off to anywhere but Grandmothers house. Have some fun-sized fashion, with the start-me-up style of Look In a Box!

Goldie Rocks

  • Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Minimal pink with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch
  • Bronze Eyeshadow Golden brown with golden bronze shimmer (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Golden Bronzer Healthy tan with subtle golden shimmer (Permanent)
  • Fulfilled Plushglass Full-blush creamy pink (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)

Indie Girl

  • Bare Study Paint Pot Champagne with gold and white pearlized pigments (Frost) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Rapidblack Penultimate Liner Black (Swatch)
  • Softdew Beauty Powder Dust rose (From Novel Twist) (Swatch)
  • Headliner Lipglass Light white/pink with gold pearl (Frost) (From Diana Ross)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)

Gothette

  • Showstopper Eyeshadow Smoked black (Matte) (From All Ages, All Races, All Sexes) (Swatch)
  • Retrospeck Eyeshadow Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Greensmoke Eyeshadow Tarnished olive (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Blacktrack Fluidline Solid, flat black (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Myth Lipstick Fleshy beige (Satin) (Permanent) (Swatch)
  • Zoomblack Mini Zoom Lash Mascara Rich black (Permanent)
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Availability: Now at Duty Free Stores/Travel Retail Locations

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