Well today at age 24 and 11 months I lost my virginity... Before you start thinking "what!? Eew too much information madam" I lost my M.A.C virginity!
As I've mentioned in my last post I have been living in Cyprus for two months or so and since moving here my skin has tanned quite a bit on my body. It's fading a touch now as it is winter here too (by winter I mean cloudy and the odd bit of rain but still early 20s!) but I still have been in dyer need of some new foundation!
I don't know why but my face doesn't like to match the rest of me when I tan so I've been stuck with a pasty face and brown bod. My foundation back home was the no7 beautifully matte foundation in shade natural beige, this being my summer shade (ha!) but now that looks truly stupid on me. Anyway to cut a long story short you can't get no7 products in Cyprus (as far as I'm aware) and I came across the M.A.C store in my local mall...
I've been curious about M.A.C for a while but if I'm totally honest I've always found it a bit intimidating? I associate MUAs and people who really know their stuff shopping in there whereas I am quite frankly a total novice.
My shopping experience was a tad taxing due to the language barrier between myself and the shop assistant. Her English was relatively good but the Cypriot accent threw me. Note to self: must learn greek! But she got the gist of what I was wanting. "Match my face to my body so I don't look so pasty please" was how it sort of went down.
I went with the studio fix foundation due to my wonderfully oily complexion. This product contains no oil and has an SPF of 15 so my face can remain pasty underneath without getting wrinkly- result. I probably didn't choose the best day to go foundation shopping with it being so god dam cloudy and I also didn't check it outside before buying either due to feeling stupid which ultimately could have led to me paying for a product which was the wrong shade. Thankfully it seems okay, what dyou think?
My initial thoughts on the studio fix were "ooh this smells weird" and "you have to buy a pump separate!? What!?" I don't know if I'm just used to cheap products or something but I think the pump should be sold as part of the product? And the smell is something to get used to. It reminds me of clay mixed with fake tan? Not the nicest smelling product in my opinion. Apart from that it goes on well and is buildable which will be good if I want some extra coverage for any breakouts or evening wear. My only main fault is I found it didn't hide large pores around my nose all that well but that's perhaps the way I applied it.
The studio finish concealer is a whole new experience as well as a- it's super tiny and b- I'm used to a more liquid consistency from the likes of collection 2000 but I guess it's a bit like stick concealer? It does the job although I may opt for something else around my eyes as it seemed to crease a bit after a few hours.
The bronzer was a bit of an impulse buy as my old one hit pan and broke but again this is niiice. Not too shimmery although I would've opted for matte if they had it.
The packaging is pretty swish and looks good but I have to say the no7 products in my opinion are still rivalling it as well as the fact you get 30ml of foundation product with no7 and 24ml with m.a.c but hey maybe it lasts longer? I doubt it though..
On a whole my first experience with m.a.c is they do good products but maybe try some cheaper alternatives that are just as good? I'm a believer in saving money but also good investments. If anyone can recommend some other good brands at good prices, let me know :-). Or if you love m.a.c and want to convert me, tell me what products you'd recommend :-).
Anyway I've tried m.a.c and lost my m.a.c virginity and lets just say it doesn't intimidate me now ha!