MAC Monday, Vol. 3

I was so disappointed when MAC recently decided to convert their brushes to synthetic fibers.  I had several of their brushes on my wishlist to try in the future.  I did purchase one of their synthetic brushes, the 139S duo fiber blush brush to try.

MAC natural hair brushes MAC 239 217 224

Pictured here is MAC’s natural hair versions of the 239, 217, and 224.  I do think the 224 is scratchy and I have experienced softer blending brushes.  I haven’t had my 224 for as long as the other two, so maybe it will soften up.  I personally prefer my Sonia Kashuk No. 109 (now discontinued) when I want that size and shape of blending brush.   I don’t often use that size however because it tends to be too big for my eyes unless I am doing just one color through my crease.

I enjoy the 239 for packing color onto the eyelid, but I do prefer the Sonia Kashuk No. 106 (now discontinued).  The newly redesigned Sonia Kashuk small eyeshadow brush is also quite good for packing color on the lid.

The 217 does seem to be unique in shape and size to me.  The only brush I’d say I use interchangeably with it is my Chanel #25 brush (now discontinued) but it is not really the same shape or size.

Have you used any of MAC’s new synthetic brushes?  How are you liking them?

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MAC Monday, Vol. 2

MAC prism blush matte blush medium dark skin

MAC blush in the shade prism is one I don’t really hear anyone mention. I came across this shade thanks to The Fancy Face on YouTube.  She has a great swatch video of all of her Mac blushes.  I thought the tone appeared beautiful on her and we have a very similar skin tone.  Obviously, you can’t truly know what skin color people are in person based on seeing them on camera, but we do wear a lot of the same foundation shades.  Also over the years, I’ve noticed that if I like how something looks on her, it typically looks good on me too.  So anyway, if you haven’t heard about this shade, I highly recommend you go to a Mac counter and check it out to see what you think.  It doesn’t look like anything in the pan, actually, it looks a bit ashy.  It’s a shame it doesn’t look more impressive in the pan because I would bet that most people just walk right past it.

MAC prism blush matte blush medium dark skin swatch

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Shop My Stash: Holiday 2018

Holiday makeup releases haven’t been as exciting for me this year.  The items that have caught my eye have fallen into two categories.  Category 1 are items that I like the color of but I don’t like the packaging.  Category 2 are items that I really like, but everything about it reminds me of things I own that I’ve been wanting to get back to using.  I decided not to insert any pictures of the Holiday 2018 items because I’m not saying these items are dupes.  They just made me say to myself “hey, you’ve been meaning to pull x item back out, now is a good time instead of buying another one.”

 

CATEGORY 1

NARS Provacature Palette – NARS Loaded palette:

These color schemes and layout of these palettes are nothing alike.  The shades that are really pulling me in are the red and teal shades.  Unfortunately, I don’t actually wear those shades.  I also like the purple shade, but you don’t want to know how many purple eyeshadows I already have.  Add to that the fact that I’m not a fan of the packaging equals a pass.  I also haven’t given my NARS loaded palette enough love to know how I feel about the shadow formula, so it’d be nice to do that before sinking any more money into NARS eyeshadows.  Especially since I have my eye on some of their newly released and reformulated singles and duos.

NARS Loaded eyeshadow palette swatches medium dark skin

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