Monday, May 18th, 2009

Everything You Wanted to Know About MAC Cosmetics

Our Guide for the Newly Addicted has just about everything you wanted to know about all that is MAC. From the history of the brand to terminology and product basics, you’ll find it in this ten-part series.

Our MAC Must-Haves series features twenty-four posts of must-have goodness, and it is currently still a series-in-progress–which means we are still adding to it. Stay tuned!

Must-Haves:  MAC Brushes

Must-Haves: MAC Eyeshadows

Must-Haves: MAC Glosses

Must-Haves: MAC Lipsticks

Must-Haves: MAC Face Products

These are particular posts where we have attempted to gather swatches for a great number of shadows, not from specific collections, but more comprehensive in terms of products available or were available from the brand.

Swatches From 2009

Swatches From 2007 (Oldies, but goodies — promise!)

These are particular posts where we have attempted to gather photos for a great number of shadows, not from specific collections, but more comprehensive in terms of products available or were available from the brand.

Product Photos From 2009

Product Photos From 2007

Again, oldies, but goodies — promise! I bet the majority of you never even knew these posts existed, because they were up when we only had a few readers! I really do urge you to check these posts out, because they contain hundreds of product photos of both limited edition and permanent products.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

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83 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics: Your Guide to Everything MAC Makeup!

  1. Milaxx

    I may bookmark this and print it out from work later on

  2. Angie

    Very comprehensive! Thanks for your hard work, such a great resource!

  3. Amazing!!!! Thanks so much~~ 😀 You are simply the best.

  4. VanessaMarie

    You are the best! Totally bookmarked! Thank you!

  5. Christina

    You’re so great! Thanks!

  6. Sarah

    WOW! Thanks sooo much Christine. Totally printing this out!

  7. Ali

    Christine thanks SO much for this entire series! its a wonderful resource, since i first found your blog back in august its been a great help for everything.. i started off not knowing much about makeup at all and now im a full fledged MAC addict. your swatches and reviews are the best :)

  8. tracey70

    Awesome job on this topic Christine. I too have bookmarked this & I’m printing it out to compare with what I do & don’t have. As always, thank you!

  9. Oh thank heavens! You’re super awesome for this! Thanks a bunch!


  10. barbara

    Wow, we’re not worthy!!! Great resource, thank you so much for sharing your passion with us.

  11. wow! that is a lot of information!!! Girl you amaze me! <3

  12. WOW. Great work! 😀

  13. Thanks for the info it’s great. Must have taken you ages

  14. Sana

    Wow, Christine… you are really something else. We’re all so grateful to you… Thanks for the hard work, love!

  15. Mikki

    I’m sooo gonna read everything if I want to buy like… a blue eyeshadow or something! It’s so helpful!

  16. Rachael

    This is wonderful Christine. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I am still a new fan of MAC (within the last 6 months) and this is so helpful!

  17. Great post!! I’m definitely bookmarking this!
    Thank you, Christine!!

  18. oh gosh…you’re really good at this! thanks for posting this! :)

  19. Nic15

    Christine – this is like the Grand Puba (sp?) of posts. I will keep this bookmarked forever! Thank you soooo much for all of your hard work – it is sooo greatly appreciated.

  20. Natalie

    You are the best!!!

  21. Sarah

    Thank you so much for this!

  22. Miss_M

    Wow, thank you so much for all this info Christine, you are amazing !!

  23. Great! :)
    BTW I love your blog!

  24. Neelia476

    Thank you so much for this. I’m starting to get into MAC and am loving everything. It’s so highly addicting!

  25. claudia

    Christine, what can I say … I’m so grateful, many many thanks !!

  26. Pri Rezende

    I linked this post in my blog!It was amazing, thank you!

  27. Aleia

    God girl, you go above and beyond for your readers. If you don’t hear it enough, THANK YOU!!

  28. Goodness. I always thought you were amazing in your art, but you are so much more than that. This is super. It must have taken forever to do this. You really know your stuff. Amazing. Thank you so much for this!

  29. Oh, Lord. They are gonna open a MAC shop here where I live, I’m gonna plead bankrupticy.

  30. Tekoa

    Uber cool

  31. JennXOXO

    This is amazing, Christine! Thanks so much for all the info! I’m bookmarking this.

  32. Shweta

    Of all beauty websites I follow, Christine yours is the most informative. Thanks for all your hard work, it really makes my life a little easier.

  33. Ju

    Thank you 😀
    I make a list ^^

  34. thanks! i’ll bookmark this post. =)

  35. babysaffron

    Hi…Mac lip treatment and lip conditioner…is their a big difference? thanks.

  36. Jywoi

    Thank you so much! It’s really helful :)
    Could you recommend some lipglosses that look pretty and yet natural? Mine are a little over the top ^^

    Thank you again!

  37. jdog

    Hi Christine,

    Where is the link for MAC recommendations for different skin tones?


  38. How come I find this now?? :) Thank you so much Christine, you are awesome!!!

  39. K

    Occasionally I make the mistake of googling instead of temptalia-ing something, but it’s ok because google almost always takes me right back here. Just wanted to say thank you so much, you are much appreciated!

  40. Aleksandra

    Thanks a bunch for posting this!

    I feel like I have somewhat of a sense of the stuff in MAC, but the fast I’m a teenager prohibits me from going anywhere too deep to find out what the best and what I should get!

    I first purchased the MAC 239 without having NO knowledge of MAC, and i can’t believe I was lucky enough to get the one brush that everyone thinks is a must-have!

  41. tasweeen

    prep+prime transparent finishing powder is super