Everyone loves MAC. The early days of the beauty internet were basically a shrine to the pigments, brushes, and products MAC is famous for. The company is a staple in the beauty world, and for good reason. Here are my all-time holy grail MAC products.
PRIMERS & POTIONS
I’ll start off with one of my holy grail MAC brushes – the 217. It’s a natural bristled tapered flat brush with the best blending ability I’ve ever seen. MAC brushes are not cheap, so if you’re looking for an affordable alternative Morphe makes a really similar one. Love love love this brush and use it all the time.
Another favorite product is their Cleanse-Off Oil. It’s a medium-thin oil cleanser that removes waterproof makeup flawlessly. It’s the only thing I’ve found that really removes my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner and Diorshow Waterproof Iconic Overcurl Mascara. It’s on the pricier side, at around $30, but I use it sparingly and find that it last ages. It also comes with a pump, which makes everything that little bit more convenient.
My last potion favorite is the MAC Fix + Setting Spray. I really do find that this sets my makeup better than anything else. It works great as a final mist for the skin after makeup, but I also spray it between layers if I feel that my makeup is looking cakey. I like to do my foundation, concealer, and powder and set that once, then finish bronzer/contour/eyes/blush and set again. Absolutely love this stuff. You can also spray it onto the end of a brush and dip it into shadows to give them stronger color payoff (this works really well with shimmery or foiled eyeshadows).
One of my new favorite MAC products is their Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre. It’s an eye base with a slightly peachy/yellow tone, so it blends well into fairer skins. I use it as an eyeshadow primer, and love it because it covers up lines & veins on the eyelids. I find that my shadows do last really well over this product. It’s a great base to use if you’re working with lighter shadows and have darker skin as well.
Another Product I love is their Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul. I got this off a recommendation from Esteé of Essie Button years ago and it’s been my holy grail ever since. It delivers a beautiful peachy-mauve sheen. Love this blush, and I find that even with my heavy hand I don’t go overboard.
Warm Soul’s formula is very similar to Rosé Spritz from the new BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. I’ll insert a comparison below. Rosé Spritz is pinker while Warm Soul is peachier, but they give a similar effect on the cheeks, but definitely aren’t exact dupes.
Lastly in the face category, I wanted to mention the MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer. I’m in the shade NW20 and I used to absolutely love this stuff. It’s a great full coverage concealer and it photographs really well. I’ve since replaced it with my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer, but this still holds a special place in my heart. It’s on the thicker side, but it’s still very blendable.
I am a fiend for MAC lipsticks. I think they make some of the most classic, wearable shades. I’ve gone through my fair share over the years and these are the three that come out on top consistently.
The first is my go to natural shade, Cosmo. I find that it’s a perfect nude for my lips, and it’s in their Amplified Creme formula which is pigmented and very creamy. This one is new to me but I already know I love it.
My second favorite is the classic blue toned red, Ruby Woo. It’s the Retro Matte formula which is incredibly long lasting, but also very drying. I would recommend seriously moisturizing before using this one, but it’s gorgeous. It’s very flattering on all skin tones.
Lastly, I had to include Chili. It’s their regular Matte formula, so it’s not as drying as Ruby Woo, but it’s a beautiful burnt, auburn/red shade. It’s very similar to Russian Red, but a bit warmer. This looks beautiful on olive skin tones.
So there you have it, my holy-grail MAC products. I actually haven’t included any eyeshadows because I really don’t love the MAC eyeshadow formula. I’ve never found one that I like more than something else in my collection. I also have tried a few MAC powders and foundations and haven’t fallen in love with any of those either.
As always, I’m open to trying new products, so leave me your suggestions below!