Best Products From MAC For Beginners

Friday, 9 January 2015

best mac makeup products for beginners

MAC is one of the most iconic and well known makeup brands across the world. I can still remember the first time I walked into a MAC store many years ago, I felt so overwhelmed by the choice of products that they had and spent hours swatching lipsticks and eyeshadows. I must admit and it has taken me quite a few years to find the best products that work for me and what is worth spending the money on, because lets face it, MAC ain't cheap! I have compiled this list of what I think are the best MAC products that for beginners in the hope of helping anyone out there who is just starting out with makeup, has never bought anything from MAC before or are just looking for some new products to try! I tried to keep this list relatively short and relevant to beginners, as there are so many more products I love from the brand!

This powder is one of my all time favourite powders (let alone from MAC!) This finely milled powder gives such a natural finish to the skin and never looks cakey or powdery. I never want to be without it! The formula is best suited to normal to dry skin types as it is a lightweight powder but I would recommend it to anyone to try out. MAC have a really great colour selection too from very fair to very dark.  I also have this powder in a darker shade to use as a bronzer because it looks so natural.

Again from the Mineralize line, comes this beautiful shimmery highlighter in the shade Soft and Gentle. I have owned this powder for over two years and have hardly made a dent in it! This is a product that will last ages as you only need to use a small amount. All of the Mineralized Skin Finish shades are beautiful but Soft and Gentle is one of the most universal with its peachy champagne colour that flatters so many skin tones. It has fine shimmery particles without glitter giving the high points of your face a pretty natural looking glow.  For darker skin tones I would highly recommend the shade Gold Deposit which I can get away with wearing when I am tanned in the summer.

Whenever I apply my eye makeup I ALWAYS reach for one of these as a base. They keep my eyeshadow in place all day, and make my eyeshadows look much more vibrant. My favourite and most used shade is Painterly (pictured) as its the closest match to my skin tone. Soft Ochre is also very natural looking but has a more yellow tone than Painterly. They have a creamy texture that blend in nicely just using your fingertips. Painterly and Soft Ochre in particular are perfect for covering up veins and correcting any darkness on your eyelids. If you like cream eyeshadows there are so many shades to choose from with different finishes that would look beautiful on their own.

This is one of the best under eye concealers I own as it has great staying power and doesn’t crease and settle in fine lines under my eyes. It is very full coverage so I only need to use a tiny amount to cover up my dark circles. It’s also really effective at covering imperfections and redness too. I like to set this concealer with the Mineralized Skin Finish Natural to keep it in place all day and it does the job perfectly.

I couldn’t do a post about MAC and leave out these bad boys! If you are into highlighting and contouring then I would recommend checking these highlighters out. The pen style applicator is fuss free for highlighting the face and under eyes and the creamy formula is pigmented and so blendable. My favourite shades are Radiant Rose which is a pinky salmon colour, and Light Boost (pictured) which is has a yellow tone. These highlighters aren’t necessarily essential products for beginners but I think they are definitely worth having in your makeup collection!

Firstly, I know MAC eyeshadows are on the pricey side however I think their range of shades and finishes is incredible. I own quite a few eyeshadows and have never been disappointed by their pigmentation and they blend out beautifully. I’ve always found it hard to find good quality matte eyeshadows and MAC are some of the best I have tried. You can buy them singularly or in refill pan form which is slightly cheaper and also allows you to create your own custom palettes. I will be posting my MAC eyeshadow collection soon if you would like to see swatches.

This was the first product I ever bought from MAC and I must admit collecting their lipsticks is a guilty pleasure of mine. Once you start you will become addicted trust me! Their shade range is vast and they come in a variety of finishes so there is something for everyone’s tastes. To name a few of my favourite shades would be Pure Zen, Angel, and Half N’ Half (pictured) which are great natural everyday shades and if I’m feeling bold my most reached for are definitely Rebel, Diva, Ruby Woo and Heroine.  If you need some inspiration, head over to My MAC Lipstick Collection post for swatches of the shades I own.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it useful or interesting! I love reading your recommendations from makeup brands so let me know what some of your personal favourites are from MAC or any brand!

Makeup Revolution | The One Blush Sticks

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review

Makeup Revolution's The One Blush Sticks* have had quite a hype surrounding them since they launched late last month and have been dubbed by many as a very affordable dupe for the NARS Multiples. Having never forked out a hefty £30 to own one, I can't say how they compare but with Makeup Revolution's offering at a mere £5, I certainly know what I would be reaching to first to try out!

These cream blush sticks are available in two formulas; matte and sheen with four shades in each formula and are designed to be used on the lips and cheeks. The ever so sleek matte and glossy black packaging cleverly reflects the finish of the product inside which I think is a thoughtful touch from Makeup Revolution. The twist up tube feels has a clip close lid which feels sturdy so I have no concerns about travelling with them in my bag. No one wants a horrible creamy mess in the bottom of your handbag! The only little nag I have concerning the packaging is the lack of the shade name on the tube. When your rushing to get ready in the morning the last thing you need to be doing is opening up every tube to find the shade your looking for, and keeping them in their box isn't always practical.

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review sheen formula

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review sheen formula swatches

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Malibu- Warm toned bronze with gold shimmer
Rush- Warm coral with gold shimmer
Pink- Shimmery mid toned pink
Dream- Shimmery pale pink

The sheen formulas are easy to wear as they aren't overloaded with glitter and are subtle enough for everyday. Pink is my favourite blush shade in this formula as it gives a pretty glowy flush to the cheeks. Rush is more shimmery than pink so I tend to not wear this alone on my cheeks as a blush but mix Pink and Rush together to get more of a peachy cheek. Rush would make a stunning highlight for deep or olive skin tones. Dream makes a pretty pink highlight for me especially in the winter months when I'm much paler. Malibu is best suited to warming up my complexion as opposed to contouring as it contains shimmer. You could also blend it on your arms and legs in the summer months which I think would look beautiful. 

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review matte formula

Makeup Revolution The One blush sticks review matte formula swatches
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Matte Malibu- Warm deep chocolate brown
Matte Rush- Vivid coral pink
Matte Pink- Bright bubblegum pink
Matte Dream- Creamy baby pink

The matte formulas my favourite out of the two formulas and I love every single shade! They are extremely pigmented so very little product is needed and a light hand with the darker shades is wise. Matte Dream is the shade I reach for the most which I wasn't expecting as I don't typically wear pinks this pale. As soon as I tried it I fell in love with how subtle yet affective it was. It looks so natural and is perfect for that 'no makeup' makeup look. Pink and Malibu are equally beautiful and amp up your cheeks in an instant. Malibu is a great cream contouring shade and being in a stick form, makes it really easy to place in the hollows of my cheeks. 

All of these blush sticks have a creamy texture that melt into the skin and blend out with ease. What I love about both formulas is that they don't set instantly so you have time to blend them out and really work them into the skin. My favourite way to apply them is by tapping a small stippling brush onto the product. I find I have the most control this way rather than using the stick directly on my cheeks. If I'm in a rush, I use my fingers which works just as well. I was also pleasantly surprised with how long they wear. Without setting I can comfortably get away with around six hours on my dry skin. Oilier skin types can easily set them with a powder. I must admit I haven't tried these blush sticks on my lips as I think they're much more suited to the face. 

This has to be one of my favourite launches to date from Makeup Revolution. They are creamy, blendable and incredibly affordable at just £5.00 each. I love everything about them! I can't wait to see what the brand comes up with next!

Real Techniques | Miracle Complexion Sponge

Monday, 24 November 2014

real techniques miracle complexion sponge review
real techniques miracle complexion sponge review flat side

real techniques miracle complexion sponge review curved side
I am already a big fan of Real Techniques with at least one of their brushes making it into my daily makeup routine. A few of my favourites being the Blush brush and Setting brush. It has taken me a long time to purchase their only sponge offering but I finally got round to it, and I'm so glad I did!
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The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge -link has been compared by many to the Beauty Blender and is hailed as an affordable dupe. Having not tried the Beauty Blender, I can't give a side-by side comparison. The sponge is designed to be used wet or dry, to give you a flawless base. What sets this sponge apart from the others is its three surfaces; a large rounded side to cover large areas of the face in no time at all, a precision tip for concealing underneath the eyes and for pin pointing blemishes, and a flat side for heavier coverage and to use round the eyes and nose.

I personally think you achieve far better results when you use the sponge damp. I Run it under the tap for a few minutes (it will double in size) then pat off the excess with a towel. The sponge becomes far more 'bouncier' which only helps when it comes to applying foundation. Using a tapping motion melts the foundation into my skin and gives me a beautiful dewy finish. I must admit this method of applying foundation takes a little more time but it's the perfect tool for anyone with dry skin (like me!) who finds brushes can irritate and accentuate dry patches.

The pointed tip and flat side of the sponge work do a fabulous job at concealing underneath my eyes, especially with high coverage concealer. It retains just enough product so you don't get that awful cakey under eye whilst managing to get into every crease and cranny with ease.

The only down side I can mention about this sponge is how annoying it is to clean. Rinsing it out seems to take an eternity and I have yet to find a product that can get every foundation stain out. Being a bit of a clean freak when it comes to brushes it upsets me when my little sponge looks dirty!

Overall, the Miracle Complexion Sponge has left quite an impression on me. I love the dewy natural finish it gives my foundation. Yes it is more time consuming to apply foundation than with a brush but I think the results are worth it. Concealer and cream contouring look beautiful too. It's versatility means I will definitely find a way to work this little guy into my routine. For the bargain price of £5.99 I would recommend trying out this sponge before the (three times the price) Beauty Blender if you're unsure about how you would get on with this type of tool. 


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