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. :(
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 :)