Many years ago, I had a makeup bag that was pretty much filled with everything MAC (even the bag itself was from MAC). I was introduced early to the brand, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I also had a friend named Jessica, who would routinely come over and poke through that makeup bag, checking out what was new and playing with everything inside. She purchased her first-ever MAC Lipglass in the shade ‘Prrr’, because she loved mine so much. Fast forward a few years later, and that girl started a website called Beautezine (I like to believe I had a little hand in planting that seed). Funny how things work out sometimes, right?
MAC Cosmetics is probably one of the most widely known makeup brands out there. Famous for their collectable colour collections launched throughout the year, MAC is loved for its appreciation and support of individuality, self-expression and artistry. The brand launched in 1984 right here in Toronto, Ontario and they quickly established themselves as the ultimate colour authority (which still holds true today). Besides amazing products, an incredible Back-2-MAC recycling program and a strong focus on makeup artistry (love the fact they have an amazing PRO program), MAC also has made a strong commitment to HIV/AIDS awareness through their MAC AIDS Fund and the VIVA GLAM product line.
They also like to get a little nostalgic now and then. Once again, MAC has brought some popular discontinued products back from makeup heaven in their latest MAC By Request Collection. After hundreds of thousands of fans voted on Facebook for their favourite shades of Lipstick and Eye Shadow from the 90s, the brand returned the top-voted shades including Poodle, Hoop, and Glam – plus, as a special surprise they also launched a matching Lipglass in all three shades! The three fan-requested eyeshadows are Fiction, Diesel, and Butterscotch. The collection just launched a few days ago, and the shades are here for a limited time only, so make sure to pick up your favourites before they are locked up in the vault again!
We also got a little inspired by MAC’s fan favourites and gathered together seven of the best-selling products of all time. Whether you’re new to the brand and curious which star products to start with, or you want to go back to the basics and solidify your collection, these beauty buys are sure to be found in any MAC addict’s makeup bag.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15, $27 USD / $32 CAD: Medium, buildable coverage with SPF 15 protection, this fluid applies like a dream and blends easily into the skin. It feels comfortable, lasts all day, and simply gives the most beautiful, natural finish ever. The shade range is incredible, so you’re sure to find your perfect match. I personally love to mix it with my moisturizer for a DIY Tinted Moisturizer with customizable coverage.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $27 USD / $32 CAD: I’ve gone through countless pans of this matte, full-coverage powder foundation over the past several years. It’s a staple in my makeup bag and I love wearing it alone for a light-as-air complexion perfecter, or to set my liquid makeup for an ultra-flawless finish. It’s amazing what this powder can do!
MAC Eye Shadow in All That Glitters, $15 USD / $18 CAD: Veluxe Pearl textures are my favorite from MAC, and it’s no surprise to me that this beautiful golden beige eyeshadow is a top seller. Great as a wash of color all over the lid or as a highlight in a neutral smokey eye… if you can only have one shade, it should be this one.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $16 USD / $19 CAD: The ultimate power red lipstick! This ultra-matte cool red leaves lips with a totally retro look that is totally iresistable. The blueish red tone is universally flattering (it makes your pearly whites shine) and the formula lasts for hours. If you missed out on the highly coveted RiRi Woo lipstick last year, try this one as a great alternative (you can barely tell the difference).
MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul, $25 USD / $29.50 CAD: MAC has an incredible range of blushes, in both Powder and Mineral formulas. This baked blush has a warm, universally-flatting tone that leaves the skin with a healthy glow- and who doesn’t want that. The texture blends flawlessly into the skin and the hint of shimmer gives a beautiful radiance to the complexion.
MAC False Lashes Mascara in False Blac, $21 USD / $25 CAD: This mascara is fabulous for everyday; it builds volume, adds length, lifts lashes and defines beautifully. The result? It looks like you just popped on a fresh pair of falsies. MAC also just launched a collection of colored formulas too if you feel like adding a pop of color to your look!
MAC 217 Blending Brush, $24 USD / $28.50 CAD: Oh, the 217. How I love you. There’s something magical about the way this brush blends eyeshadows flawlessly and effortlessly (I swear it just does the work for you)! It’s so versatile, sometimes I just do an entire eye look with this one brush if I’m in a hurry!