The month of March has been flying by. It has been super busy at work the past two months and I know that has played a big part in the days and weeks just disappearing. Our wedding feels so recent, yet it was almost two months ago already. Crazy!
I wanted to take a minute and post about my MAC Cosmetic purchases for the month of March. I was lucky enough to visit the MAC Pro store in Montreal with my good friend Marie-France and I also made another purchase here in Ottawa locally just yesterday…somehow the items seemed to have piled up quickly this month.
First, lets take a quick peek at the MAC Pro store in Montreal. It is located on Rue Saint Denis, a very busy street filled with a number of outdoor shops.
For those of you that don’t know, MAC Pro stores carry a great deal of product not available at regular MAC stores or counters. This includes a great deal of body painting product as shown below…but also different colours in the products you regularly use (eyeshadow, blushes, lipsticks, glosses, liners, etc)
My purchase for actual PRO products was quite limited, I only picked up a couple of eyeshadow palette refill pans that aren’t available outside of the MAC Pro store walls.
I grabbed Bio Green and Bottle Green. You can see them featured here with the rest of my haul and I will swatch them below alongside the Golden Olive pigment I picked up.
Everything else pictured is available at any MAC counter or store. From left to right we have the Golden Olive MAC Pigment, Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eye Shadow, Black Line and Petrol Blue Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners and as previously mentioned Bottle Green and Bio Green Eye Shadows.
I took a lot of pictures and did a lot of swatching for you guys in case there is something here you are considering purchasing.
Let’s start with the Golden Olive pigment. It is absolutely beautiful and even though I have a lot of green shadows, this is unlike any of them. It has a lot of golden shimmer to it and I think it is going to be a lot of fun!
As promised above, here are the swatches of the Bio Green and Bottle Green MAC Pro eye shadow shades:
I’ve also got swatches of the Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners as well, in Black Line and Petrol Blue. (You might remember that I fell in love with these several weeks ago when I purchased Undercurrent and Designer Purple, visit my post “Feeling Flirty?” for full swatches and a makeup look using this liner.) I absolutely love these eye liners, they go on creamy, are highly pigmented and all have a touch of glitter. You can smudge them when first applied, but then they set quickly and you don’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day. I’m so glad MAC decided to make this product a part of their permanent collection.
And last but not least, there is the Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eye Shadow. The mineralize eye shadows by MAC are known for their ability to be applied dry or wet (please note that my swatch below is showing them applied dry, if you were to use a wet brush they would appear darker and more intense). I think I see myself mainly using this product dry – it looks like it would make for a great soft and shimmery look.
I am having a hard time deciding what I am most excited about. Is there anything here that you can’t wait to see incorporate into a look?
After so much positive feedback in regards to my post about my MAC Pro Palette, I figured it was definitely time to share some of my other MAC eyeshadows. So I decided to post about another palette of mine that I have compiled over the last two years. As you can see, it has a wide range of colour, but a lot of them are very flexible and work well with neutrals as well as other mid-tone shades or even brights.
I also want to talk about the MAC palettes a little bit and make sure people know how the palettes work with MAC. From any MAC store (not available at counters at the Bay) you can buy the empty palettes in sizes of either 2, 4 or 15 and then you can buy the refill pans that are labelled on the back and magnetized on the bottom so they don’t fall out. They are less expensive than purchasing the little shadow pot of each colour too. The only thing is, you can’t recycle them for the “Back to MAC Program”. This Back to MAC program allows you to trade in 6 empties for one new product (either a lip stick or an eyeshadow). So the extra money you spend on the pots does have a little reward, but much much later once you have used up the entire product (unless you melt them out and put them in either a MAC palette or a Z Palette). But, here is the thing. The value of the “free” product is still less than the money saved by purchasing the palettes and pans. Not to mention, they are more convenient when all in a palette together as opposed to having a 45 individual eyeshadows mixed together in a pile, taking up a huge amount of space.
So, let me break this down for those people cruching numbers in their heads right now and seeing if I am right.
Let’s say we were going to buy 15 individual eyeshadows. They are now $18.00 each (CAD). You are looking at $270.00.
Let’s say we were going to buy a palette to hold 15 shadows as well as 15 eyeshadow pans. The pans are $14.00 each and the palette itself is $17.00. So it works out to a total of $227.00.
So for an extra $43 you get the privilege of getting “free” products through the recycling program. So with 15 colours, you would eventually earn 2 free eyeshadows. But to benefit from this, you would actually need to use them until their is nothing left, or melt out the pans and turn in the plastic. Seems like a lot of extra work if you ask me. I would rather take my $43 and go buy my extra eyeshadow or lipstick when it’s convenient. Okay – so that is my rant. I love the palettes and refill pans. The magnets are amazing and they never fall out. Not to mention, they are super easy to swap around if you are travelling and want to change up what colours you are taking with you.
But anyways, let’s take a look at the actual shades:
***Please note that all of these colours are currently available with the exception of “Brill” it is an old limited edition shade from a MAC collection in 2002.***
I would say this is the palette I use the most out of my MAC collection. I have another full palette of neutrals that I haven’t featured on Eyemasq yet that does get a fair bit of use. But I find the above shades let me have some fun with rich jewel toned colours without going completely over the top with the colours in my MAC Pro Palette.
And I of course, couldn’t post about all of these eyeshadows without showing them in a look as well.
For this eyeshadow look from this palette, I used Pink Venus, Satellite Dreams, Aquadisiac, Steamy, Deep Truth and Brill as my highlight.
*Please also note that I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC for eyeliner, Unchanging MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour, Sephora Triple Action Mascara, Dollymix Blush by MAC as well as Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows. I am also wearing Ardell False Lashes in #105.*
For another one of my favorite looks from these shades, which is really simple, check out my look “Plum Fun” which features both Shale and Blackberry eyeshadows from this palette.
I hope I’ve convinced you to start your very own MAC palette if you don’t already have one. I started with 4 colours and never looked back!
I never thought that the man in my life would tell me something about makeup that I didn’t already know. But that day came and went, over a month ago. When my then fiance went to Vegas for his stag, being the sweet man that he is, he went shopping for me. He walked into a large MAC store and asked what they had there that I wouldn’t be able to get in Ottawa. He proclaimed that I had a lot of their products and he wanted something for me that I couldn’t already have.
He discovered their “Pro” line of cosmetics. They have a great deal of eyeshadow shades, lipstick shades, different eyeliners altogether and a great deal of product that you can’t get unless you are at a MAC Pro store. You can check out the website here: http://www.maccosmetics.com/macpro/index.tmpl. But don’t get too excited, you can’t purchase anything online unless you have an actual pro membership. But if you are instore, you can purchase anything you like. For a store location near you follow this link: http://www.maccosmetics.com/macpro/locator/index.tmpl. (They only have three locations in Canada – Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal). That would make the closest MAC Pro store to me about 2.5 hours away in the heart of Montreal. I will certainly be stopping there on our next Montreal visit. I should probably start saving now….