MAC is a brand I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with. On one hand I do really love their products. However, on the other hand I sometimes do think that there are a lot of products out there that are way better. To me MAC sometimes just feels like an overhyped brand, while I do love most of their products. As you can tell our relationship is a little complicated. Therefore I decided to do a post today about what’s hot and what’s not from MAC Cosmetics. I know that I’ve talked about it before, but I felt like that post needed a bit of an update. Anyhow, if you’re interested in finding out my opinion on tons of MAC products, make sure you continue reading this post!
What is hot?
Let’s start this post off on a positive note, telling you about the things I think are hot. First of all I’m a huge fan of the limited editions MAC brings out on a regular basis. Especially the Holiday collections are just to die for. If I could only buy one MAC product a year, I’d definitely wait around for the holiday season and get one of their sparkly Christmas products. The packagings on these products are way more adorable and even if you’re getting a shade from the permanent collection, it will be in cute packaging so it’s worth to wait around for that.
Anyway, I’m also a big fan of their brushes. Or well, I have to say brush since I only have one so far. I have the MAC 217 brush in a special edition since it’s from the Ellie Goulding collection. The only difference between this brush and the regular 217 is that this one has a bit of a rose gold sheen to the silver metal thingy, but well. That does make it more special. Anyway, this brush is just the perfect allrounder. It does great in the crease but it’s also amazing for the lid-works. If you do love using eyeshadow, this is definitely a brush you are going to love!
Moving on to highlighter, or as they call them, Mineralized Skin Finishes. For a long time I didn’t really get what the hype was about them. But recently I started to understand. These are just incredible. They add the most wonderful intense yet natural glow to the cheeks and they have so many amazing shades available. I do love Soft & Gentle since that’s just a staple, but in their limited edition collection they do sometimes have even prettier versions like this one from the Naturally Yours collection.
The last hot product from MAC I wanted to mention are their mascara’s. Somehow they don’t get talked about very often, but in my opinion they are really good. MAC just knows really well what works and what doesn’t and you can tell by the way their mascara’s are designed. The wands are just great for any type of lash and the formulas make it even better. I don’t think they are the most wowing mascara’s, but I do think they are incredible. They are a staple in any makeup collection.
Moving on to what’s not. What are things I don’t think are worth it when it comes to MAC. Let’s start off with their foundations. So far I have tried two (I believe). Both were pretty okay, but I’m just not that wow-ed by them. I don’t think that they are worth the splurge and I am really sure that there are lots of better options out there. The only thing I do consider amazing about their foundations is that they have a very wide shade range. I do praise them for that.
Another MAC product type I’m not crazy at are their lipsticks. I know this might come as a big shocker for lots of you, especially since they are and have always been so popular. I have to admit that one day I was a pretty big fan of them myself. However, after trying lipsticks from other more luxurious brands like Nars, YSL, Dior and Chanel I just don’t think the MAC lipsticks are all that comfortable. I like their wide range of colours, but their formula just isn’t it for me personally.
Moving on to the MAC blushes. Let’s start off by saying that I don’t hate them, I definitely do use them and would want to use more shades of them. The thing is that I don’t think that the formula is really special. So if you are new to makeup and you want to splurge on a blush, I just think that there are better options out there than MAC. Their blushes are nice, but they aren’t the best in the biz. I’d much rather use a YSL blush than a MAC one. But then again, MAC does offer a large shade range which I still think is amazing.
Then I created another category, just because I’m not sure about some things. First of all I’m not sure about their Pro Longwear Paint Pots. I’ve tried three different shades so far and even though I don’t hate them, I don’t love them either. I do like the formula on them, but I keep going back to my Maybelline Color Tattoo’s. I don’t know what it is about them, but for me they aren’t really amazing. They have a nice formula, great colours, but for me the Maybelline alternative is just a bit better. Again, I don’t not like them, I just never really stick to using them which means that I’m not that in love with them.
Another thing I’m not sure about are their concealers. I tried the Select Cover-up concealer and that one I didn’t hate, but I’m never using it. I just think it’s not very special and it’s not even that good that I’d be willing to pay that price for it. On the other hand I’ve also tried the Pro Longwear Concealer and I do like that. But again, it’s not the best in the biz. It’s a great product, but I do prefer using the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for example. All in all it’s just very complicated and I don’t think their concealers are the best ones in the world. But then again, I don’t hate them either.
With that being said I think I have confused you guys enough. It was very hard for me to come across the way I wanted to, because it’s definitely not like I hate any of their products. I just don’t think that they are the best ones ever and some of their products just don’t interest me all that much. On the other hand I don’t think that any of their products are actually bad or anything like that. They’re just not all worth the splurge. I don’t think this makes any sense, so let’s just cut it here.
That’s it for today. I hope you guys enjoyed reading today’s post, and be sure to let me know which MAC products you think are hot and which ones you think are not!