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June 5, 2012 at 6:54 am #174885
I’ve never owned a mac product before and was planning on getting my first couple of eyeshadows soon. But mac is quite expensive, and to fill a pallete is about uk: £150 (us: $172.50) but is that really worth it? I also want to become a makeup artist and most makeup artists seem to rave about mac, but can you be a makeup artist usig cheaper alternatives or is the quality un-comparable?? (N.Y.X eyeshadows for example, filling a pallete would only be £67.50 – big difference!) Whats your opinion, should I buy Mac or am I wasting my money? Thanks xxxJune 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm #175303
You can totally use less expensive makeup as a MUA. In fact, if you go to inmykit.com, you’ll see several inexpensive suggestions for products to have.
Anyway, another option is to buy 20 Inglot freedom system eyeshadows and a palette for £105. And Inglot’s eyeshadows, by many reports, are very good. (There’s an Inglot store in a Westfield Shopping Centre in west London, or you can order online from inglotuk.com)June 7, 2012 at 1:51 am #175355
MAC is a very good brand. But as any another, will have things you’ll like and other you’ll hate.
I think you can try buying a small palette, for try and take your conclusion. I do think it worth it.
For me, good quality is really important, but the price doesn’t mean good quality, you can buy lots of good inexpensive makeup as Shelly told.
Look, I have an enormous makeup collection and it’s since Chanel, Armani e D&G to MUA, Coastal Scents…July 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm #179230
Do you have any of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows. They really are remarkable and well under 1/2 the cost of MAC. The same quality and pigmentation as MAC as well. I used them on all my clients for proms and weddings and everyone has loved them.July 2, 2012 at 2:36 am #179263
Although I love my Mac eyeshadows, I have to say that I think I love my Inglot even more, particularly the matte ones, and they cost way less.
And of course the MUG ones are great too even if right now, the color selection isn’t as wide.
So I’d definitely go with these 2 cheaper options for my clients!July 2, 2012 at 7:11 am #179269
One question: does Mug eyeshadow refill fitts into MAC pro pallete?
Thank you!July 2, 2012 at 10:30 am #179273
Yep, MUG eyeshadows work well in MAC palettes. I have mine organized in Z Palettes though because I like those palettes better than MAC ones.July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm #180084
For me it depends on the product – many of their eye shadows are dupable by other brands (including MUG ) but the quality of the eyeshadows are usually quite good — little to no fall-out etc. A few of my MAC shadows I just LOVE & couldn’t imagine replacing them with anything else.
Lipsticks – again I have several that I love, but these could be dupable by other brands. However, they are good quality & tend to last long on my lips when comparing to other brands.
MAC mascara’s – drugstore definitely better or as good. Their foundations are only so-so too. I think that many of their pro-products are pretty awesome and may be worth looking into.
However, absolutely as a MUA you can for sure use less expensive brands like NYX, MUG etc etc.July 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm #180135
I’m a self admitted MAC whore. I love pretty much all their products, but use some more than others.
My MAC favs are lipstick, eyeshadow, and foundation. Not a big fan of their mascara, primers and moisturizers. I also love, love, love their brushes.July 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm #180214
You don’t have to spend so much right now, especially since you are beginning. Like the girls said on the previous comments, there are many other options to start out. BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, MUG, Inglot, NYX, and much more so not everything has to be name brand. You can start building your MAC collection if you choose to later when you start making the $$$. I know I would do that. I hope I become a Makeup Artist one day.July 10, 2012 at 4:00 am #180489
MAC for me is all about the eye shadow and lip glosses. My kit is various in the most way – and I agree with Cal Bear, drug store mascara is honestly better than MACs. My personal favorite dramtic mascara is Bad Gal Lash, but the best waterproof (by far!) is actually Maybellines new Plush Lash gelformula. The gel is smooth and doesn’t clump or smear at all – my lashes look amazing and last through hours swimming in the oceans of humid south Florida! Several people have asked me if I wore false lashes, including my dad lol, when I was just using either two of these mascaras (and I’ve tried literally all flavors). Very nice compliment to get
As for kits go, I def would stock up on some MACshadows and there gloss is amazing as well. The colors are just so vivid and bright… shimmery when you want flare and matte when you want posh. There’s also no need to go broke on a huge kit of designer makeup! You can mix and match products as much as you like, just be sure to have several selections of each color and brand. Ulta has the ultimate selection of brands that are carried from CVS to Sephora, including there own line as well. Some other brands that have great makeup is NARS, Two-faced, MUG (of course) , Benifit, Stilla and Lancôme though a bit costlier. Have funJuly 12, 2012 at 2:01 am #180795
Being a Makeup artist isn’t always about the expensive products … Im still in high school but I always have people at school asking me to do their makeup for their formals, semi-formals, etc & I’m not always working with really expensive products though. Even though my makeup are brands such as Rimmel london, Maybelline, & and a few other well known brands; I use what I know looks good, feels good, and most importantly to me how pigmented the eyeshadows and makeup is. Alot of the time I buy things and trial them for myself, over the months I’ve picked up some really great MAC products and I’m in love with their eyeshadows because they come in a great range of colours & the pigmentation of them are amazing!!! You don’t have to buy every single MAC product but they are really great to have and quite frankly I think they are worth the money
Try different products out and rate them for yourself … don’t always worry about the brand worry about the quality of them… And as long as your doing what you love and can produce a great out-come then the only price you’ll have to pay is the feeling of great accomplishment xJuly 22, 2012 at 10:16 am #182733
In my opinion, don’t bother with the foundation, they’re pretty much on par or inferior to drugstore staples. Marlena has a favorite foundations post that is very helpful. I own three of their blushes, but the only one I’ve really been impressed with in terms of pigmentation is Fleur Power. I prefer theBalm’s blushes, which you can buy on sale via Hautelook (though I’m not sure if that’s available in the UK). Eyeshadow is also a hit or miss…
Really my one recommendation for you is to try the lipsticks, particularly Amplified Creme formula.July 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm #183015
also as a mua you can apply for the Mac Pro card and get 40% off! that’s much more affordableJuly 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm #183181
Mac foundations are my favourite of all. I use Studio Finish liquid and powder, Face and Body too. I adore them.
Eye shadows are good but you know what? They are over priced. I guess there are some I might stick with Tempting and Mulch, they are unique shades. But, that’s about it. Makeup Geek eyeshadows are 2x the quality at least for half the cost I wouldn’t waste my money on Mac, just buy MUG or check out makeupalley.com and find reviews for less expensive alternatives there.
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