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A few weeks ago, we received some product samples from MAC Cosmetics for the summer season. Three of us decided to test a few of the products and share our findings to help readers as they shop for makeup this season.
I was one of the testers, along with food writer Lindsey Nair and features editor Kathy Lu. In doing this review, we learned that our makeup comes from a variety of places, and we all have different preferences.
Now, we’d like to give a reader a chance to try some products, too.
Tell us whether you use makeup from department stores or the drug store and whether you think higher prices are worth it.
The winner, chosen at random on Friday after 4 p.m., will receive a makeup bag by EcoTools, as well as a variety of MAC cosmetics.
* Lucky Green powder eye shadow, $14.50
* Rich Thrills Big Bounce cream eye shadow, $16.50
* Alpha Girl beauty powder, $25
* Mlle lipstick, $14.50
I liked/disliked: I have been using the beauty powder as blush daily. It’s got enough color to brighten your face without looking unnatural and doesn’t rub off. The powder also comes in a nice, sturdy compact, not a flimsy, plastic one that would normally fall apart in my purse.
Both of the eye shadows were nice, but I liked the cream shadow best. The cream shadow goes on very smooth and stays on all day. When applied the color is pretty sheer, but I added a couple of layers for a darker, evening look. The green shadow is a lot of fun with the right outfit, but I used it very sparingly and blended with a neutral color. It was a little too bright on its own.
I don’t normally wear lipstick, but I decided to test this one because it seemed sheer and smooth like a gloss. Unfortunately it was a disaster! The shade was Barbie pink when applied (can anyone pull that off?) and seemed to dry out my lips pretty quickly.
I usually use: Neutrogena oil-free liquid foundation, Maybelline mascara, Estee Lauder and Covergirl eye shadow, Carmex lip balm and Neutrogena blush.
Would I buy? These products are a little more expensive than what I use, but I have very sensitive skin so I don’t mind spending a little more for quality makeup. I’d definitely consider buying the beauty powder and cream eye shadow. The green shadow is fun, but probably not something I would normally choose to buy through MAC. I’m not sure the cost is worth it for a color that won’t get worn much.
As far as the lipstick goes, I think I’ll stay loyal to my basic Carmex .
* Summer Shower lipstick, $14.50
* Big Bounce eye shadow in Cool Elite (white pearl) and Black Diamond (black with gold pearl), $16.50 each
* Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder, $29.50
* Bows & Courtseys powder eye shadow, $14.50
I liked/disliked: The Summer Shower lipstick looks pale green but glides on as a sheer shimmer. I like to use it as a topcoat to darker lipstick.
I also have been using the Bows & Courtseys shadow every day as a liner applied close to my top eyelashes. The shadow is dark hunter green, and glides on smoothly, but is easily blended with pencil liner.
I’m still undecided about the Big Bounce eye shadows, which look and feel like mousse. I use the white pearly one sparingly, as a shimmer on my eyelids. But I tried to use the black one as a liner and found it hard to apply with a brush as an even line. Also, I found it hard to blend. So I don’t know how you would use the darker colors to good effect.
As for the liquid powder, it does indeed feel cool the touch, almost wet. The color was good for my complexion, but because of the odd texture, it’s hard to apply evenly with a blush brush. It does have a lot of shimmer in it, and MAC recommends using it to enhance foundation, which I don’t typically wear.
I usually use: MAC eye shadow, MAC or Clinique lipstick, Clinique pencil eyeliner.
Would I buy? I would definitely buy the eye shadows because I’ve had good experiences with them. They don’t run and are easy to apply.
I would pass on the powder, but mostly because it’s not something I use every day.
While I would buy MAC lipstick, I probably would go with a color instead of the sheer one.
Finally, while I like to put a little sheer on my eyes most days, I would likely find a cheaper product to use than the Big Bounce shadow.
* Fresh Daisy eye shadow, $14.50
* Bronze Yourself Big Bounce cream eye shadow, $16.50
* Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder, $29.50
I liked/disliked: I liked the cream eye shadow, which does not budge all day after it has been applied. It takes some getting used to if you’ve never worn wet eye shadow before, and it needs a minute to dry completely, but the coverage and appearance are great. Best applied with a small brush.
The Fresh Daisy eye shadow has changed my life! Instead of wearing it on my eyelids, I like to dab a small amount at the inside corners of my eyes, then brush a little bit underneath my lower line of eyeliner. This makes my eyes look brighter and my entire face look more alert.
I wasn’t crazy about the liquid powder. It feels cool (literally) when it is applied, but did not provide the kind of cover and blemish camouflage one gets with liquid makeup. Also, it leaves a powdery residue on the face, which could get on clothing. I’d recommend this as a supplement to other foundations, but on its own it was not effective for me.
I usually use: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse as a foundation, any powdered eye shadow at a reasonable price, MAC lipstick and eyeliner, and Merle Norman eyebrow brush.
Would I buy? I would definitely purchase the MAC liquid eye shadow, and I think I’m addicted to the white powdered shadow for the rest of my life. As for foundation, I will stick with liquid.