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Probably ten eyeshadows, with one row being more neutral and the other row being pops of color. I’m thinking: a soft beige, satiny highlighter shade, medium-dark taupe brown, antique gold, luxuriously dark chocolate brown with bronze sheen, earthy olive green for neutrals and rich, decadent emerald green, blue-based teal, fuchsia pink, iridescent cool-toned violet, and warm yellow shimmered with pale gold. I might just do all brights – because I kind of want a bold royal blue and tangerine orange with copper shimmer, too!

— Christine

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MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipglasses

MAC Gareth Pugh Lipglass
MAC Outrage Lipglass

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipglasses

MAC Outrage Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer berry with blue pearl.” It’s kind of a dirty berry with hints of brown and gold and green shimmer. It looks duochrome in the tube, and it definitely looks different depending on the color–at least in the tube. On lips, it darkens and slightly tints my natural lip color while adding a lot of gold and green-gold shimmer. The closest dupe I could think of was MAC Boys Go Crazy, but it doesn’t have that greenish shimmer. MAC Jealous has the greenish shimmer but not the berry color.

MAC Vacant Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer light lavender gray with violet pearl.” It’s a pink-tinted lavender with lots of pink shimmer with a cool undertone. The color is rather sheer on lips with much more of a shimmered result. It’s similar to other shades in relation to color but Vacant has a bit more shimmer: MAC Frozen Dream, MAC Gone Romancin’, MAC Docile.

I generally get three to four hours of wear with the sheerer shades of the lipglass formula, but because of the packaging, it’s harder to apply as much product as a lipglass pulls at once. The opening for the applicator is much smaller, so you get little gloss out of each pull, which gave the illusion of a less tacky texture, but I found it as sticky as lipglass typically is–it just feels thinner. You’d have to do around four pulls of this gloss to be equivalent to single pull from a regular lipglass tube. These are both vanilla-scented but taste-free. They’re slightly smaller than regular MAC lipglasses (which are 0.17 fl. oz.) and come in square packaging with a clear tube and glossy black top with the signature logo on the top.

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipglasses

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MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipsticks

MAC Gareth Pugh Lipstick
MAC Fervent Lipstick

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipsticks

MAC Fervent Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “glossy blackened berry” with a satin finish. Fervent is a slightly red-toned purpled berry with semi-opaque color coverage. It’s lighter and more berry compared to MAC Faultlessly F/W. MAC Smoked Purple is darker, more opaque, and more matte in finish. It’s interesting that they describe the finish as satin but also glossy, because it looks and feels a bit more like a glaze finish. With a color as dark as this, it’s really obvious when it doesn’t apply evenly, and Fervent is a real trickster. It does not apply evenly, disappears into lip lines, and even when you manage to get it just right, the minute your lips touch and pull away, you’re back to square one!

MAC Restrict Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy grayed nude” with a cremesheen finish. It’s a pink-based nude that is very, very pale and light. I find the texture a bit dry, so it’s a little unforgiving on the lips close-up. It’s much lighter and cooler-toned compared to MAC Innocence, Beware!. It’s more like a cooler-toned MAC Fleshpot. MAC Close to Real is similar in lightness but peachier. The color coverage is mostly opaque with a subtle frosted shine. Over time, I have found the cremesheen finishes to be a bit drying.

MAC lipsticks typically last four hours on me, and they’re vanilla-scented but taste-free. These are the same size as a regular MAC lipstick, but they are housed in square black tubes with the signature logo on the top and the label on the bottom.

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Lipsticks

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MAC for Gareth Pugh: Strada Blush

MAC Strada Blush
MAC Strada Blush

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Strada Blush

MAC Strada Blush ($30.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone nude.” It’s a pink-beige on me but looks less pink once applied on the face. MAC Brit Wit is a bit pinker but similar, just in a cream form.  It’s a good shade for contouring if you’re light to medium in skin tone, and it will also work as a cheek color on light to light-medium skin tones. On medium skin tones, you might find you’re really piling it on to get enough of an effect on the cheeks. It has a matte finish, which is yet another reason why it works well for contouring without looking muddy. It wore for about eight hours. The texture is soft enough to be blendable and buildable, but it doesn’t kick up powder or look dry on the skin.

The compact is black metal, and it’s quite heavy. It is a small compact, but it has more heft to it than you’d expect given the size. The top of the powder is also patterned, which is also something you wouldn’t get if you bought it normally.  On the top of the palette, you’ll find the signature logo from the collection, and there is a mirror on the inside of the lid.

It’s part of the permanent range at PRO stores (I had originally thought it was discontinued), so you can only buy it pan form these days, but if you like the color of Strada, you can visit a MAC PRO store OR you can place a phone order–even with shipping, you’ll still spend less than the price tag of this product and you’ll get over double the amount of product. You should also be able to place an order via phone with online last I heard. It looks like there is a TON of confusion – some stores say this is discontinued, others told me it’s permanent. When MAC puts out their “couture” collection each year, the prices skyrocket, but this is the first time I’ve noticed how much they’ve skimped you on the product. Full-sized MAC powder blushes contain 0.21 oz. and retail for $19.50 a pop, while this variation of Strada is over $10 more and contains almost a mere one-third of a full-sized blush! It’s like they’re squeezing you on both ends.

MAC Powder Blush Strada
Strada
Strada
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
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5 Makeup Artist Must-Haves from MAC

By Nita J., Virginia, Makeup Artist

Nita J is a strong advocate that true beauty lives in each and every individual. To her, makeup just enhances beauty and should never be used to mask the beauty that a person was born with. With her knowledge of makeup, cosmetic brands, marketing and the beauty industry, Nita J hopes to contribute as much as she can and instill in the minds of others that confidence and true beauty is soul-deep. You can check out her portfolio and her blog!


5 Makeup Artist Must-Haves from MAC

As you can probably guess, a major part of the journey of a makeup artist is the wonderful (and sometimes overwhelmingly frustrating) process of testing out products, falling in love with products, purging products and revisiting products. It sure can get exhausting but in the midst of it all, you come to realize what works and what isn’t so great when it comes to what products to include in your kit. Now, I do understand that we are all not makeup artists, but please keep in mind I am a makeup addict myself and this process also helps me decide what to keep for myself.

On my beauty blog, I am working on a series of makeup products, by cosmetic line, that are great for both personal and professional kits. Since MAC is a universally popular brand, let’s start by looking at five AMAZING products:

Eyeshadows

MAC’s eyeshadows ($14.50), although they are more expensive than other brands, have amazing quality and minimal fall-out, which I love. Worn with or without a primer, these eyeshadows tend to stay true to shade and pigmentation. The more neutral shades are normally the most popular staples found in many kits such as Satin Taupe, Patina, Espresso, Rice Paper, and Naked Lunch, just to name a few. Their staying power is what has me hooked!

Pigments

MAC’s pigments ($20.00) are so multifunctional and easy to work with! For simple use, you can take your favorite shade and dust it over your lids for a quick pop of color or use to stain your cheeks. You can even get super creative by mixing with clear lip gloss or MAC’s Mixing Medium to create more artistic looks. The possibilities are truly endless with pigments. I suggest stashing at least one or two in your kit!

Fix+

This is another awesome product that gets lots of buzz. MAC’s Fix+ ($20.00) is a skin-refreshing spray infused with lots of goodies such as vitamins, green tea, cucumber and minerals that calm the skin and finishes your makeup look to help it last throughout the day. It truly does feel great on the skin and has an amazing, fresh fragrance. For added makeup staying power, I like to spray this product on a client’s skin as a foundation primer when I don’t want the heaviness of a moisturizing cream.

Strobe Cream

MAC says that Strobe Cream ($30.00) “enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.” That’s exactly what it does!  It gives your skin a quick wake-up call with antioxidants and botanicals that refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. I personally fell in love with it the first time I used it under my Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. It just gives your skin that extra oomph!

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed

I really like that Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed ($23.00) not only controls shine, but it minimizes lines and imperfections. This easy-to-use product can be used as a quick fix on the go, even if you are not wearing much makeup for the day. Us makeup artists LOVE our multifunctional products!

What are some of your FAVORITE MAC products that you can’t live without? What are some that you would like to try? I would love to hear your comments!

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