Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My Review on Some of MAC's Best Selling Products - Product Fails



Hey everybody!


How are you all? Quick fact: About a year ago, I only owned a few MAC products. One of them was the limited edition Springtime Skipper eyeshadow from the Barbie Loves MAC collection in 2008, and the other being MAC mineralise skin finish in Stereo Rose, my first and favourite blusher since I was 16! Ahh, I can remember so vividly my sister was applying Stereo Rose on my cheeks for prom. *grin*
Within this past year I've purchased a lot of MAC products and in this post I'm going to talk about some of my thoughts on some of the most popular 'hyped' products that I have purchased. Today I'll be featuring 3 product fails (don't worry MAC fanatics, I'll also be doing a product rave on some MAC products soon!)


First up: MAC's paint pot in Painterly. 



I've seen a huge amount of people use this as an eyeshadow base. Painterly is supposed to be used to neutralise the eyelids prior to shadow application, and also to make your shadows last longer. Before I purchased this I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion as a base for my eyeshadows, but I was curious to try this out.
If I want my eyeshadows to last a long time, then I wouldn't use this. Instead I would use Urban Decay's primer potion. I don't really have oily lids, but for me the staying power is only about 4 hours and then it starts to crease. I probably tend to apply too much with my fingers,which is why I get creasing eyeshadows.  One thing I like about this product is that it neutralises my eyelid colour really well, making my shadows nice and vibrant. I've used this on other people before and I've noticed that you have to work with it quickly as it sets quite fast - this always makes me panic !  In the picture above you can see that the paint pot is ALREADY drying up and I purchased it about 2 months ago. :(


Second product
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC35


As you can see in the picture right above, NC35 looks orange compared to my skin even though many of you would assume that I am probably in the NC40'S zone. This is what confuses me about MAC - they aren't consistent in their foundation and concealer shades, so I have no idea what shade I am. If I had to choose my skin tone based on this studio finish concealer however, I would say I am a NC30 because NC35 looks too tanned, especially when I apply to the areas that I need to conceal. This is the main reason why studio fix disappoints me. Otherwise, coverage is heavy and effective and consistency is quite pleasant too. Unfortunately my skin is very dry and  flaky and when I apply this concealer onto dry areas (which is about 70% of my face) It highlights the dryness. All in all, it's the wrong shade and it makes my skin looks orange and accentuates the dryness. I really wouldn't recommend this for dry skin! I am only likely to wear this during the summer months.


Third product: MAC 224 eyeshadow blending brush


I think I actually squealed when I received this through the post, I had heard so much about it, and had high expectations. Unfortunately I was disappointed after using this product a few times - my brush sheds like crazy, ruining my makeup  as I have to pick broken brush hairs from my face. I expected the brush to be durable especially for the high price, but I was horrified and  disappointed. If MAC used a stronger adhesive for the brush hairs then this would be an amazing brush. It's of a large size so I wouldn't recommend this for any people with small eyes (instead, try the 217 if you're looking for a blending brush!). I have to use this brush gently and carefully (not blend the brush in many directions) in order to not get it to shed. I won't be purchasing this again.


Have you ever been disappointed by some MAC products? If so, let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for reading my blog :)
Ayesha
ayeshadows.blogspot.com 
xxx

17 comments:

  1. Most of the people i have seen with the Painterly paint pot seem to have ones that have dried up and come away from the edges... it must be a common problem with it. I have Rubenesque, Bare Study and another one from a collection and none of them have done it and ive had them over a year... its must just be the painterly one :(


    Great post, i love reading stuff like this :)

    xxx

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    1. I'm glad you liked it :) I'm thinking of trying out Rubenesque paint pot as I've heard that the formula is less dry than Painterly, so perhaps that's why it doesn't dry out as fast
      :) x

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  2. Totally agree about the 224 I used to use it with concealer until I had enough of pickin up hairs when u wash it it maults like crazy which is a disapointment I hate that especially with expensive brushes the Louise Young LY38, 38a and 38b are also bad for this x

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    1. Oh no :( I had no idea that the Louise Young brushes also shed! Those brushes have been on my wishlist for ages ever since I saw PixiWoo using them. I'll probably hold back on them then. Such a shame!

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  3. That's such a shame about the Concealer! But I totally understand the 224 issue, although mine has stopped shedding now. And I agree with the paint pots, they aren't very good primers. Love this post!! Can't wait for the second part! =) x

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    1. Let's hope for the best that my 224 also stops shedding! *fingers crossed*
      Yay, I'm glad you liked it! I'll be posting it soon :) x

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  4. Oiiiii, LEAVE IT YEAHHH, DENCH. Oaaiii Listen,Man juss wanna say fank you from the overWHELMING... Yeah, Overwhelming yeah- support with the DENCH t shirts.
    LEAVE IT YEAH
    Man sold out about... pttffff... 8 times?

    I wanna say apologies yeah at the same time cos we're behind on order- we're behind by, last time I checked it was like, *ktm* seventeen hundred but we got I fink majority so, dere might be like 500 people tryna get dere teee shirts. Apologies yeah... cos it's DEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    1. HAHAH!!! HAROUN! I choked on my orange juice reading this o.O

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  5. hey hon! i nominated you for an award :)
    http://allthingsbeauty214.blogspot.com/2012/03/check-me-out.html

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    1. Oh wow,
      Thank you!!! I'll work on it soon :D xxxxx

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  6. I have the studio finish concealer also, and it matches me pretty well... but it creases on me :/


    I have the 217 brush and I love it! I was thinking of getting the 224 but after hearing this I probably won't :/

    Another product that disappointed me from MAC was the fluidline in a purple color.. doesn't last and isn''t pigmented :(

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    1. Hey Marla!
      The 217 is amazing! Perhaps read more reviews on the 224, as my brush could have been a dodgy one.
      Oh no, really? I love the fluidline in black track, and was thinking of getting the purple one. Thanks for letting me know! xx

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  7. my paint pot in bare study dried out really quickly aswell! but i did love it when i had it, the staying power was really good.
    im always borrowing my friends studio finish concealer, i actually really like it!!!
    i use the sigma dupe of 224 and it's a staple for me, you should try sigma brushes!
    a shame these products didnt work for u! xx

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    1. Hey Emma! What concealer shade did you use from your friend concealer? It's a shame the NC35 looks so orange on me, perhaps in the summer time I'll prefer to use it.
      Thanks for the advice, I've heard so much about Sigma brushes, perhaps I should check them out :) x

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  8. I think MAC makes beautiful lipsticks though - I've heard about a lot of fails in their limited edition collections but they have amazing products in the permanent line!

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  9. With me the concealer just slip right off after a few hours maximum is 4 hours and then it started to slide off and fade. Is it because of my combination skin or the hot-humid weather in where I live. I am so bummed. Second product fails after the studio fix powder which oxidizes and broke me out. :( what do you think?

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    1. I have not used the studio fix powder enough to have noticed any break outs, but I've heard that MAC are quite renowned for causing spots :/

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