So maybe you remember my trip to Chicago and my shopping trip with my bff Marianna (as though I don't link her enough... she's over on Impression Blend). Well, we decided to put on our brave faces and go into MAC. Now, you might also remember the anxiety I get over salespeople and too many options, one of my qualms with LUSH. However, armed with my bestie, I decided we could do this. I have to say something about MAC; while I like choices, there are just too many of them there. Marianna tried on about 84 lipsticks and I stuck with some recommendations from fellow bloggers and youtubers. I had a list and tried to stick to it.
The list had these items on it:
- Eyeshadow in the shade Nylon
- Various lipstick shades to try out
- Gingerly Blush
Here's what I got! I'd say I did a pretty good job of sticking to my goals.
- Brushes- 217, 219 and 168, check.
- Blush, though not gingerly, check.
- Nylon frost eyeshadow, check.
- Plumful lipstick, check!
First up, brushes. MAC 217 has been on everyone's favorite brush list since the beginning of time and now I have one of my very own! Huzzah! This brush is really nice, it's great for everyday usage. However, I have to say that my Too Faced crease/blender brushes is very similar in terms of utility. The 217 has a stiffer and denser bristle set, where as the Too Faced brush has longer, more flowy bristles. I tend to reach for 217 for more pointed eyeshadow application and for the Too Faced crease/blender for all-over sweeping and blending. I would not say you NEED both, as they are very similar, I'm just saying this MAC brush is not the end all, be all, must-have of shadow brushes.
Phew, long winded, but I felt that needed to be addressed. Next, 219 is MAC's pencil brush. With short pointed bristles, it's perfect for smudging eyeliner, applying eyeshadow in the other V of your eyes and any other detail work. I love it for when I'm feeling lazy with eyeliner, or when I'm going all out on my eyes. It's a great addition to your brush collection if you don't have something similar. Lastly, the 168 is a large angled contour brush. I bought this mostly because I didn't own yet. Usually this doubles as a contour and blush brush for me. I don't like switching brushes every two seconds when I'm doing my makeup and I love that it's versatile enough to do both.
I went into MAC looking for blush in the shade gingerly. I heard that it was a must-have for redheads, but when I found the shade finally, I was a little disappointed with it. I think it was too similar to the tone of my hair and freckles, which did not work well on my cheeks. The MAC lady/expert person suggested I try Fleur Power and it was love at first cheek swipe (wait, that sounds wrong).
Out of the many lipsticks I tried on at MAC, the one I fell in love with was in the shade "Plumful". It's a pinky, mauvey plum that's slightly sheer. It has plenty of color, but your natural lip color influences the final shade after application. As a redhead it can be difficult to find shades that work with my skin tone, freckles and hair color. Plumful works on all fronts. I imagine it would work with almost any complexion out there. Definitely give it a try next time you are at a MAC counter!
And that concludes my first successful trip to MAC. Please do tell me about your favorites! I love going into stores with a list so I don't just end up wandering around aimlessly.
Here are links to all the products mentioned above (contains affiliate links):
MAC blush in Fleur Power
MAC lipstick in Lustre Plumful
MAC eyeshadow in Frost Nylon
Hope you enjoyed this post. Have a good week everyone!