MAC Cosmetics: Your Guide to Everything MAC Makeup!

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.

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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 🙂

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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