All this hullabaloo about MAC! MAC, MAC, MAC. Every beauty blog raves about MAC! So I strolled over to the MAC counter yesterday (well, I ran to the counter to match someone's shades who wants to review my products). I went, I saw, I played. What's up with MAC that you guys are so hyped up about? OK, granted I'm a little biased - and it's really, really hard for a Jew to get excited about paying retail for something I make myself and make better. Yes, they have a boatload of colors - almost an overwhelming array. Yet you guys know by heart each and every color and shade name, and know the new ones before they've hit the stores, anxiously awaiting their arrivals. All the hype over the Starflash - it just seemed like more shadows to me! I guess you notice the difference in texture if you wear the rest of the products on a daily basis and the MAC counter gals remember your birthday, but to me? Another blue, purple, grey, brown or black. Didn't feel particuarly "special" to me.
I understand the colors are highly pigmented. For you 20-somethings, this is good. For us who's lives are nearly half over (shudder), highly pigmented makes us look like clowns! That's why most of my eye shadows are not so pigmented - they give you the flexibility to wear them dry and carry it off, or foil them for that dramatic look. There was a woman shopping there at the same time, and I asked her what it was about MAC that makes her drool. "Everything lasts so long!", she replied. Yeah, well, so does mine! I just don't have the beaucoup bucks for slick packaging and a huge marketing department with an endless budget.
I noticed that Vanessa always uses a paint pot under her shadows as a primer, so I thought, maybe I'll check those out. I don't have any primers in my line. There was only one shade that I could conceiveably use on a daily basis - Painterly - but even that was kinda pink if you're wearing a neutral shade. BUT... all is not lost. I did buy the shadow paint in Bare Canvass, and so far, so good. It will probably go in the drawer with my Borghese shadow primer within another few days though. I just don't wear shadow primers!
At least now I don't feel left out. I officially own a MAC product.