Every so often, I like to visit the Mac counter and marvel at the array of products, textures and colours available – I so often overlook Mac as a brand to visit, but they really are reliable and have a lot to offer, so I tend to get these mini obsession sessions with them at least once a year, and one of those is currently happening now, hence my mini haul.
One thing I love about Mac is how happy they are for you to sample their products before you buy. I’m on the hunt for a decent, hydrating primer, and I was recommended the Prep + Prime Natural Radiance (link – £30 – there are two tones, I have a sample of Radiant Pink) and this really is fantastic – it’s very hydrating, yet it has that slight glue-like feel that a primer really needs if it’s going to hold your make-up in place. I will be purchasing this when I run out of the sample.
I was also given a couple of samples Pro Longwear Concealer (link – £18.50) to try, although I visited the counter shortly after returning from holiday, where I had quite a good colour and not enough time for a proper shade match; people always underestimate just how pale I really am and obviously that’s worse when I’ve got a tan, so the suggested NC25 and NC30 are definitely too dark for me, even with a tan, so I’ll be popping back to get a proper shade match soon.
I read about the Mac Lustre Lipstick in the shade Syrup (link – £17.50) absolutely ages ago, hunted it down, decided I didn’t like it, but ever since I’ve sort of craved that type of cool-toned purpley/pink shade, so I decided to add it to my collection and it is absolutely gorgeous – I can’t believe I didn’t get it sooner. There really is something about a Mac lipstick too, isn’t there?
I have a weird relations with Mac Strobe Cream (link – £12 for the mini version I got) as it’s the sort of product that I feel like I need in my life, but I don’t really use it! I got a sample yonks ago and remember thinking it was something I should definitely invest in, never did, and now I have the mini that remains untouched…I will use it eventually and let you know how I get on.
The reason I went to the Mac counter was to pick up the Shape & Shade Brow Tint (link – £19.50) as I keep hearing great things about it. I went for the shade Taupe, which is probably about right for me, although if I could get it a fraction darker, I would. As the name suggests, this is a double-ended product, with a fine brush at one end that provides a liquid product, then a powder applicator and powder at the other end. Together, you really can achieve a phenomenal brow with very little skill or effort, so this is perfect for me!