08 July 2015

MAC Summer Beauty Essentials, Tried and Tested

MAC Makeup Summer Beauty Essentials

There are some gorgeous bits and bobs from MAC in the pipeline (and I’ll be looking at some of those soon), but lately it’s the old staples I’ve been turning to in an attempt to beat the heat.  A summer survival pack arrived as part of my work with The Loop and I dutifully brought them away to Marbella (stay tuned for Allsun’s Insider’s Guide – sure she practically lives in Marbs!).

MAC’s Face & Body foundation was a revelation. I normally rely on BB & CC creams in the summer (check out some of my favourites) but in extreme heat, on my oil-prone t-zone, they can look a little too dewy (read: a shiny hot mess).

MAC Bronzer Golden Refined Powder

With its light (but buildable) coverage this gives the natural finish I like in summer but it lasts for ages, is water resistant and controls shine well. I only used it on my face (who actually uses this on their body outside a catwalk show?) and I’m not convinced the shade (C3) is a perfect match for me, but it’s sheer enough that it doesn’t really matter. This is a new holiday staple for me and you’ll find it for €26.80 at The Loop.  I'm wearing it in the photos below.

MAC Bronzer Golden Refined Face Swatches

The Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden, €22.55, looks verrrrrrrrry sparkly in the pan but is much more subtle on the skin. Finely milled and super blendable, it works brilliantly with tanned skin and looks especially pretty with MAC’s Soft & Gentle Highlighter, as modelled here on Allsun. She was impressed with the lasting power, too.

MAC Technakohl Smooth Blue Eyeliner

And here I am rocking my go-to #Marbs2015 holiday evening eye look. I kept things simple with just a touch of Cork over the lid and in the socket, with a sweep of Technakohl in Smooth Blue (€15.50) on the lower waterline, and a good few coats of mascara. I’ve been trying out a good few from MAC lately and the Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara is the one that’s really been floating my boat. The liner is pretty damned gorgeous:  it’s soft and creamy and doesn’t drag, dries quickly,  and it lasts for ages, making it the perfect pick to amp up your summer evening beauty look.

MAC 187SH brush Face Body Foundation

Lastly, the 187SH brush (€39.55) is the only product I wasn’t entirely blown away with, and that’s only because there are such high quality, low cost brush brands on the market - like Ireland’s own Nima Brush, for example – that I hesitate to pay MAC’s brush prices. That said, there’s no denying that they work and this one is brilliant with Face & Body – not to mention being a handy smaller size for travel.

And if you are going to splurge on MAC brushes, sure where better to do it than at the airport – all the prices quoted here apply to The Loop at Dublin and Cork airports, and are a good bit cheaper than you’ll find on the high street. It’s well worth factoring a few airport beauty buys into your holiday budget.

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