i've always adored MAC cosmetics and when a new collection is being released, i'm usually the first to know. lately, i haven't been their biggest fan, as i find their quality has been somewhat lacking. however, MAC has some quality makeup staples that i simply adore. their brushes are to die for, i love their mineralize skinfinishes, their gel eyeliner in blacktrack makes a solid dark line, and i am always reaching for a different MAC eyeshadow to create looks for a night out. recently, i ordered a few "staple" items that either were rated highly by other bloggers or that were recommended to me by others.
here's what i got!...
MAC Blush in Melba & MAC Mineralized Blush in Alpine Bronze
* MAC Powder Blush in Melba is a cult favorite amongst beauty lovers. its rather hard to get a picture of, but its more of a pinky-peach color with incredible pigmentation. i'm rather pale at the moment, and when i put this on, i instantly feel like i'm adding a blast of peachy-tan to my face. because of the strong pigment, it is hard to apply, so i recommend using a clean brush after applying to blend out the harsh lines. although it was difficult to work with, and a bit too tan right now for me, i do love the unique color of this blush and am glad i purchased it. because of the pigmentation, it did last the entire workday for me. its a product i'm happy i splurged on, its going to be perfect for warmer weather! Overall: A+
* MAC Mineralize Blush in Alpine Bronze is a shimmery caramel-tan blush. again, i'm a bit pale for this right now, but its been great to apply over my blush with a light hand. i know the mineralized finish isn't a favorite of some, but i like the sheen it gives and the light finish i can obtain without having to worry about looking like a disco ball! it really is a beautiful color and i plan on using this as often as i can, especially come warmer weather. however, don't expect a ton of pigmentation on this, as it is a mineralized product, but more of a bronzey-sheen. Overall: A
* MAC Shaping Powder in Emphasize is a creamy white "pro" item that is part of the Sculpt & Shape collection. it is a multi-purpose powder that can be used to highlight the cheeks, eyes, nose, face, body, ect. it is meant to give the sense of a luminescent glow, without all the glitter, while enhancing your natural features. i expected this powder to be the size of MAC's eyeshadows, but man i was wrong. this guy is huge. i have been using this not only on the eyebrows, but also under the eyes to brighten up the area. its fabulous. i do find it falls into the creases under the eyes, but its a great product nonetheless. Overall: A-
* MAC 217 Blending Brush is a "must-have" brush from MAC that i would recommend purchasing if you are just beginning out. it is used for shading and blending of cream or powder eyeshadows and has fine, densely packed fibers. always remember to blend, blend, blend! Overall: A
as you can tell, i was very happy with my purchase! i think what helped was that i spent time researching these products and knew that they all were ranked rather high by others consumers. i have been trying to shy away from impulse spending and, in turn, have been buying only those that i know will work for me. now that i've exhausted my makeup budget, i'll have to slow down on my spending :( although i do have a few items from Drew Barrymore's Flower line that i'll be reviewing shortly, as they are more reasonable on the wallet. stay tuned :)