Top 10: Best of MAC Cosmetics

This was a tough one, because MAC’s range is ridiculously expansive and most formulas have a lot of shades, so it can be difficult to narrow it down to a mere ten favorites! (You can check out my initial pull of favorites here.) I’ve only included permanent favorites, but these are some of my all-time favorite MAC products from over the years.  What are your favorite MAC products, past or present?

  1. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
  2. MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow
  3. MAC Blue Peep Fluidline
  4. MAC Marque Lipstick
  5. MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  6. MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick
  7. MAC Be a Lady Lipstick
  8. MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow
  9. MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
  10. MAC Lovecloud Blush

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Top 10: Summer Highlighters

When I think of summer, I think gorgeous, glowing cheeks, and one of my weaknesses is a good highlighter. This post features ten of my favorite permanent highlighters, and some of them may be more blush-like on certain skin tones (and some are highlighting blushes on my medium skin tone), and I can’t wait to hear what your personal favorites are (share your skin tone!). I love liquid highlighters for mixing in with my moisturizer or foundation (typically the latter for me), while cream highlighters are lovely for a more dewy finish or to layer blush on top with for better hold and intensity.

  1. Becca Opal/Pressed
  2. Cle de Peau Sand Beige
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight
  4. Becca Rose Gold/Pressed
  5. Becca Opal/Original
  6. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight
  7. Laura Geller Ballerina
  8. Becca Rose Gold/Poured
  9. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment
  10. theBalm Cindy-Lou

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Sparkling Eyeshadows for Summer

I love the impact that glitter and sparkle can have on a look, as it can be so brightening on the lid and just fun to wear. These are five of my current favorites (that are permanent) for summer :)

  1. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya — a sparkling, pinky-peach beige
  2. Urban Decay Maui Wowie — a sparkling, muted, almost antique gold
  3. ColourPop So Quiche — olive-brown with pink and gold micro-glitter
  4. ColourPop Chipper — a glittery sea foam green
  5. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — a rich black with silver sparkle

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Yellow-Orange Eyeshadows for Summer

It used to be hard to find a more yellow-based orange (most of the orange-hued eyeshadows would have a strong red base), but now, there is more variety than other. I think that yellow-toned oranges can sometimes be easier to wear if you’re new to orange eyeshadow! Here are some of my current favorites:

  1. Burberry Shell — a shimmery, golden orange
  2. ColourPop Sunnies — a pop of yellowed orange with a satin finish
  3. Makeup Geek Chickadee — a yellowed, medium orange with a matte finish
  4. OCC Mimosa — a shimmering tangerine
  5. Milani Bella Mandarin — a muted, yellowed orange

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Cool-Toned Blushes for Summer

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<