From the MAC Haul: Eye Kohl x Technakohl, Fluidline, Lustre x Frost, and Studio Careblend

It’s funny how each time I would come up to the cash register at some makeup store and wait for the sales person to ring up my purchases, I’d always wonder if, in reality, it’s a waste to be putting in hard earned money on things that I won’t get to use much. Yes, I still suffer the delusion of thinking I don’t use makeup too much, haha. Well, admittedly, my makeup needs (along with techniques) have somewhat evolved into something that resembles adequate but unabashedly lavish. Relatively, of course.

For Q2 of 2012, I’ve been happily using NARS Pressed Powder in Mountain for its sheer, natural coverage that sets my makeup with ease (grateful for it during the mornings in Yangon that I needed to prep in haste). Liked it too much that I needed to buy a new pressed powder sooner than usual. I decided to go back to using MAC (relatively cheaper). I don’t know about you but, sometimes, I like to rotate brands.

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MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed in Medium Dark, $22

Since that time I started paying extra attention to makeup brands (which was probably eons ago, haha) — getting to know which ones are best at which particular product — my former editor highly recommended MAC for their eye shadows. And since I know relatively little back then, I didn’t really fully understand why until I got to use them and compare with others. Indeed, MAC eye shadows are fantastic, IMHO. Oh, I’m a big fan of the MAC Fluidline as well.

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MAC Eye Shadow, Lustre – Night Train, $12
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $12
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, $12
MAC Technakohl Liner in Greyprint, $12

I originally bought a Grey Eye Kohl as well but it seems to have taken temporary residence in a friend’s purse. Hm. I seem to like wearing a lot of grey lately. I absolutely adore the MAC Technakohl Liner. It makes me want to back to a MAC counter and buy more shades, gah.

And then comes products stemmed from a colour whim: Gold, bronze, rust

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MAC Eye Shadow, Frost – Gold Mine, $12
MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground, $12
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge, $12

I’ve often used the MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for gel liners so it’s a novel trek into the world of new hues as I break Rich Ground (pardon the pun, haha) in. My eye makeup looks naked when I wear it. Really interesting. Still experimenting with possibilities. As for the frost eye shadow, it IS a Gold Mine (again, with the pun, haha!). Oh, don’t get me started about the Eye Kohl — LOVE.

As you can see with my makeup purchases, they’ll only give you looks that’s far from being complex. It will always revolve around a makeup that will end up looking natural. Save for a time or two wherein I would splurge on a makeup whim but these are often reined in by essentials. I still believe that I only own ample makeup, buy what is needed, but I often end up spending more in the end.

Three guesses on why this is so. Happy to discuss!

P.S. Also from the MAC Haul:
Mascara Love: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash
plus the fresh tube of MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara also mentioned in that post
(will share the rest next time!)

MAC Haul Running Total: $ 142.00 (roughly around Php 5,822.00). Ka-ching.

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  1. Wow! Lots of MAC stuff! I’m curious about the smolder eye kohl and the others. They look perfect for smoky eye makeup!

  2. Died and gone to heaven. MAC! Love. Envy. LOVE.


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