Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

What is MAC PRO?

MAC PRO is a separate range of colors and products designed with the professional makeup artist in mind. MAC describes the products as “more pigmented and [with] more versatility in their use.” Additionally, “PRO products are perfect for everything from body art to beauty shots, to work in film, television, fashion or theatre – M·A·C PRO is the industry professional’s makeup of choice.” There are PRO products, which are product types not available at regular MAC stores or counters, but there are also PRO colors, which are shades of existing product lines (like lipsticks) that you will only find at PRO stores.

PRO Only Product Lines: Airbrushing, Chromacake, Chromagraphic Pencil, Chromaline, Creme Liner, Gloss, Lipmix, Lip Erase, Mixing Medium, Paint Stick

You don’t have to be a makeup artist, and you don’t need to have a PRO card to buy MAC PRO products. It’s better to think of the two as separate — the PRO card allows industry professionals to get a discount on the products they would use in their line of work. You can read more about the requirements here. Similarly, you can always peruse the PRO website–you won’t be able to see prices, but you can see the product range.

How can I buy PRO products?

Unfortunately, only PRO members can order online, but anyone can order by calling the PRO phone number, visiting their nearest PRO store, or calling their nearest PRO store and doing a phone order.

To order by phone…

U.S.: 1-800-387-6707
Canada: 1-800-387-6707 ext 8555

My Must-Have PRO Products

  • Eyeshadows: Bio-Green, Blue Calm, Bottle Green, Bright Sunshine, Indian Ink, Kelly, Naval, Sky Blue, Sour Lemon, Vellum
  • Lipsticks: Show Orchid, Violetta
  • Mixing Medium (Water Base)
  • Pigments: Blonde’s Gold, Chartreuse, Emerald Green, Pink Pearl, True Chartreuse

List of MAC PRO Locations… Continue reading →

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAC Nude Collection

MAC Nude Collection: New Pigments

MAC’s Nude Collection is a PRO-only release (much like the Chromagraphic Pencils) and there really isn’t much to it. I will review Barelash Pro Longlash separately (probably next week), and I already covered the nude Chromagraphic Pencils here. This leaves us with two new PRO pigments — Naked Dark (medium beige with pearlized pigments) and Naked Deep Dark (dark beige with pearlized pigments).

  • Naked is a light, flesh-toned beige-pink. it’s almost like a nude champagne pink with a slight golden shimmer-sheen.
  • Naked Dark is a medium tan with a beige-nude tone with subtle gold sheen.
  • Naked Deep Dark is a darkened brown with an almost taupe edge when used wet. It also has a slight golden sheen.

There’s not much to say about these, to be honest!  They’re three variations of flesh-toned (or nude, ha ha) colors in pigment form.  Naked has always been around, but it’s always been a great highlighter and natural highlighter for those with lighter skin tones.  These could also be mixed into moisturizer for a little shimmer and sheen on decolletage, too.  All three shades were well pigmented when used wet, and they have very soft, finely milled texture–no chunky pigments here, no glitter, no frostiness.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been looking for neutral pigments, the new PRO pigments are perfect for that. For those with medium or darker skin tones who have wanted a pigment highlighter, these might work, too.

Availability: MAC PRO

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

MAC Nudes Collection (PRO) & Chromagraphic Pencils for Summer 2010

U.S. Launch Date: May 13th, 2010 @ PRO Stores Only

Lip Erase ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Pale Flesh tone NC 27 Shade (Matte) (PRO)
  • Dim Flesh tone NC37 Shade (Matte) (PRO)

Chromagraphic Pencil ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • NC15/NW20 Flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade (Matte) (PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Matte) (PRO)
  • NC42/NW35 Flesh tone NC42/NW35 shade (Matte) (PRO)

Pro Longlash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Barelash Flesh tone shade for brow and lash (PRO)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Naked Fleshy beige with pearlized pigments (PRO)
  • Naked Dark Medium beige with pearlized pigments (PRO)
  • Naked Deep Dark Dark beige with pearlized pigments (PRO)

Chromagraphic Pencils ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Basic Red Primary Red (Matte) (PRO)
  • Genuine Orange Bright orange (Matte) (PRO)
  • Primary Yellow Bright clean yellow (Matte) (PRO)
  • Landscape Green Lush bright green (Matte) (PRO)
  • Marine Ultra Bright naval blue (Matte) (PRO)
  • Rich Purple Dense purple (Matte) (PRO)
  • Black Black Deepest black (Matte) (PRO)
  • Pure White Whitest white (Matte) (PRO)
  • Hi-Def Cyan Cyan blue (Matte) (PRO)
  • Process Magenta Matte magenta (Matte) (PRO)

Thanks to the lovely Emily for details!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

M•A•C Cosmetics brand opens its fifth store in Argentina, the first one with M•A•C PRO products. M•A•C PRO makeup line, created by make up artists and designed to fit all races, ages and sexes worldwide, will be available in Argentina starting on October 29th in a new store at Galerías Pacífico, in Buenos Aires city.

In addition to MAC PRO products, the new store will also sell the same products found in MAC stores and retail counters, and it will be open to general public, not only makeup artists and professionals.
“Running to a test for a show…working on new staff workshops…keeping my brushes clean! Every day is different, presenting new challenges: “We get to experience makeup in so many different ways at M•A•C, from body painting to working with celebrities, from the fashion world to training trainers and staff.” says Chantel Miller, M•A•C Senior Artist, who visited Argentina specially for the opening and presentation of the M•A•C PRO products.

The store has 86m2 and can be accessed directly from the street and also from inside Galerías Pacífico. The store is specially designed to enhance the product line, with a delicate equilibrium between textures, colors and lightning.

I know we have some international readers who have been dying for a PRO store… in Argentina! ;)  So happy day for all of you!

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The Neon2 pigments are exactly that–NEON! They are day-glo, super bright, borderline-obnoxious (okay, maybe they ARE obnoxious) in terms of just how much color potency they have. Yes, some of you may feel that these colors actually burn your retnas. I bought all six more or less so that I could review and bring y’all swatches and photos, though I will certainly try a few looks for you. Probably not today, if only because I am not in a “neon” mood, LOL. The texture is matte, but they all remind me of True Chartreuse’s texture–which is a glorious matte. Goes on like a true dream, smooth, buttery, and delightful to work with. I tend to use pigments as bases, and these would work well under ANY shadows that you want to brighten up.

I have some safety information, plus individual color reviews/descriptions (and lots of photos!). Continue reading →

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Swatches courtesy of Jamie!  These make the Neon2 pigments look MUCH more wearable, don’t you think?  I ordered a set yesterday, so I’ll be sure to swatch them for you whenever they arrive (my bet is on Wednesday, unfortunately!).