When I first really, really got into makeup five years or so ago, MAC was where it was at. I’d queue outside my local store on the first Thursday of every month to be the first customer to see the latest launches in the flesh and then dish out a rather large proportion of my student loan on limited edition items that were too pretty to use. Priorities, you know? Even now, though I don’t press my nose against the glass on a monthly basis, it’s still a place that gives me the good makeup vibes in my belly. If you want a specific lip or eye colour, chances are MAC has it, they still have a hard-to-beat colour range in their base products and the Carnaby Street Pro store is set-up to look like a makeup rainbow – what’s not to love? So if you’re heading there or to your local anytime soon, I thought I’d compile a list of my top five buys that years down the line have stood the test of time and are products that are still whipped out on a daily basis:
MAC 217 Brush – Even though I’m still pretty crappy when it comes to eyeshadow application, I was way crappier in pre-MAC 217 times. There’s something about the shape and fluffiness of this brush that just does the work for you, blending and diffusing the colour exactly where you want it. I have to say the lazy brush cleaner inside of me is tempted to pick up another…
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters – The only eyeshadow in the history of eyeshadows that I’ve been in ownership of that has a dent in it where you can see the pan at the bottom. If that’s not the sign of a much-loved beauty product then I don’t know what is. A peachy, golden, champagne-y, pink, it’s a tough colour to pin down but one that’s just so flattering on the lids. It looks particularly good in the summer, paired with a hella load mascara and not much else. Load. Me. Up.
MAC Lipstick in Patisserie – Well, well, well, we all knew that this would be here didn’t we. Easily my most worn lipstick over the past twelve months I can’t find fault with it. A classic ‘MLBB’, it goes with whatever eye thing I’ve got going on and can be slicked on without a mirror – which we all know is the sign of a kick-ass lipstick. There’s a hint of shimmer to it, but don’t let that put you off, it’s just one of those ‘subtly enhancing’ things that won’t make you look like you’ve regressed back to the ’90’s. Promise.
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Ah ha! Finally the secret to ridiculously flawless looking skin. I don’t like to look like a doll-version of myself on a daily basis, but when I’m filming and need something to keep away my cheek crease sweats (nice), this is perfect and makes the complexion look seriously polished. This can be avoided with a light hand of course and actually over a tinted moisturiser it sits nicely and no matter how much you build it up it never goes cakey. If you’re a non-powder lover who’s in the market for a new one then I’d point you in the direction of this.
MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry – If you need a red lip liner then this is your guy. I’ve yet to find a red that this didn’t work with. It’s a classic formula, so expect things to be a bit dry and matte, but that’s what makes it so long lasting and a good choice for painting all over the lips on its own and leaving it at that. If I had a penny for every time I’d asked a girl what red she was wearing and she said this, well a Tom Ford Perfume wouldn’t be on my wishlist – you know what I’m saying?
Any must-have, ‘if MAC discontinued it you’d send them a curtly worded letter’ products to add to the list?