Saturday, 24 August 2013

Favourite MAC products

Picture of MAC Sheertone Blush 'Peaches', Cremesheen lipstick 'Crosswires', Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

My first foray into the world of MAC cosmetics was when I was about ten years old. One of my Stepmum's America friends flew over to London to visit and we took a trip to the MAC store to pick me up my first ever 'proper' lipgloss. I was so excited! I thought I'd want the ever-so-popular-in-the-nineties Clear Lipglass (teamed with 'Spice' lipliner, obvs) but the princess in me couldn't resist a baby pink Tinted Lipglass. I can't remember the shade name but I used that little lipgloss for years and I loved everything about it, from the vanilla scent to the glossy pink finish it delivered. It featured in many of my hand written versions of Shout! magazine, usually in the 'what's in my make-up bag feature'. I've been obsessed with writing about beauty for a long time, it seems!

Nowadays I might not use the same gloss but my love affair with MAC continues. Every birthday and Christmas list consists of some sort of MAC haul, and when I had a little Christmas money in my pocket late last December I went MAC crazy. I also received a few MAC goodies for my birthday last October, woohoo! I've continued to use the products throughout the year and thought I'd share some of my favourites here. 

Picture of MAC Sheertone Blush 'Peaches' and Cremesheen lipstick 'Crosswires'
Sheertone Blush 'Peaches', Cremesheen lipstick 'Crosswires'

 I spied MAC 'Peaches' Sheertone Blush (£18) in my friend's makeup bag and immediately put it on my wishlist, as I love a good peach blush and it looked amazing on her. This is a spring/summer staple for me now. It gives a lovely wash of matte peach-coral and brightens up my pale complexion nicely. I do have to be quite light handed though as 'Peaches' does veer towards the darker tones of peach, meaning if I pile on too much it can look a little, dare I say it, *orange*. I'm quite pale so as long as I'm gentle, it works a treat!

Swatch of MAC Sheertone Blush 'Peaches'
MAC Sheertone Blush 'Peaches'
I picked up a Cremesheen lipstick in 'Crosswires' (£15) as it seemed like a gorgeous red coral colour and it fast became one of my all time favourite lipsticks. The texture is smooth and moisturising and it's a really unique shade; not quite a true coral but not quite a true red. The wide variety of colours on offer is what I love most about MAC, as they always have unique shades that I can never quite track down on the high street. 

Picture of MAC Cremesheen Lipstick 'Crosswires'
MAC Cremesheen 'Crosswires'
Another product I love using is MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (£20), which I use to set foundation and concealer. Rather than leaving a flesh coloured tint like many loose powders, it goes on 'clear' and mattifies skin while anchoring makeup in place. Again, though, I do have to make sure I'm not too heavy handed with this as otherwise it can sort of dull my skin a little and mask the colour of my base, as although 'transparent' it does have a slight white tone to it. I apply it with a big fluffy powder brush and find it helps my makeup last much longer throughout the day without the need for regular powder or concealer touch ups. 

Picture of MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Last but not least is my MAC Matte Eyeshadow pot in 'Embark' (£12.50). I use this as an eyeliner on the upper lid when I want a super dark brown colour, and it gives a really natural eye opening effect. We all know I'm a sucker for a shimmery neutral but sometimes you want something a little more bold in terms of colour depth, and having a strong matte brown in your kit is something of an eye makeup essential, in my opinion. I apply this using my ELF Smudge Brush, which helps really pack the shadow into the lash line, adding definition. I'd say it's a little darker than it appears in the photos, although it does have a hint of orange-y earthiness to it- but not too much!

Picture of MAC Matte Eyeshadow 'Embark'
MAC Matte Eyeshadow 'Embark'
Aside from the 'Peaches' blush, which is very much a Spring/Summer shade for me, I'll be welcoming all of these MAC goodies into my Autumn/Winter makeup collection. 'Crosswires' is versatile enough to transcend seasons and should look fabulous come Christmas time; and I love nothing more than a well defined neutral eye, so 'Embark' should also serve me well. What are your favourite MAC products? Have you tried any of the above?

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Baci e abbracci, 



  1. Gosh they are all lovely! I love the eyeshadow and the blush in particular, but with my skin tone I can never pull off such an orangey colour :(
    - Jem

    1. It is quite a vibrant orange peach! I have to be careful but in small doses it's OK! I'm sure MAC have other colours that would work better with your skin tone?xx

  2. That lipstick looks gorgeous! xx

    // Inês Paúl //

    1. It's a lovely unique colour! Have you tried MAC lipsticks before?xx

  3. I love Crosswires! I own it and it's one of my favorites. I've yet to try their blushes but Peaches looks amazing! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

    1. Woohoo, another Crosswires fan! I'd love to get some more bright MAC colours, the quality is fantastic. Peaches is definitely a stunner! I'm on the lookout for a new autumn/winter blush though!xx

  4. Lovely post. I nominated you in my Liebster award post, would love for you to check it out =)


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