So I went downtown yesterday to hit the MAC store and I ended up grabbing a few things. I mean, all I went in there for was this holy grail smack ya momma 226 brush and I came out with a lot more. Here's what I got and keep reading for my initial impressions...
What did I grab?
Studio Tech foundation in NW45 => Now, I mentioned that I switched up foundations in my last post but I recently returned that studio tech (which was a nw47) for nw45 because I felt like it was just slightly too dark. One of those things that nobody notices but you and you don't feel right until you fix it! Lol, this color matches perfect so hopefully its a keeper!
Studio Sculpt concealer in NW45 => I had previously been using MAC's Studio finish concealer (also in nw45) which I ended up disliking after a while but I forced myself to use because I'm cheap. I finally hit pan and I thought it was about time I stopped torturing myself so I picked this one up. Although its the same color the sculpt is lighter than the finish and does not give off that yellow-y cast that I felt the finish did for my skin. I had the MA apply it in store and it looked lovely!
Instant Gold Lustreglass => If I pick up any MAC shades, I typically will only buy very pigmented original shades that I feel can't be/I wouldn't want to try to dupe but when it comes to gloss I focus on ones that can be worn over multiple colors. And I think I have found my HG. No swatches could do this lustreglass any justice I mean it gives you so much shine on its own and is also extremely flattering for nudes and other colors from a layering standpoint. Plus it has gold specks, my fave!
Eyebrow pencil in Stud => This is one of my must have things as I generally hate to leave the house without my eyebrows being done. I used to use Spiked but Stud is slightly darker and I feel that it allows my brows to look more defined with less strokes. They're kinda pricey but I recommend these pencils to anyone because they're long-lasting in terms of application and usage. I mentioned that I bought one maybe a month ago but that one went "missing" a few days ago so I had to get a new one, that's how much of a must have it is for me!
Runaway Red lipstick => I told myself I would NOT dare try on another red due to the large number I have in my collection now but I couldn't resist. I tried it on and it just looks PERFECT. Really. The main thing that attracted me to this color was that although its red, its very low key compared to my other reds which are really bold. This is a nice Toni Childs (for all my Girlfriend watchers out there) red and is perfect for a bold fall lip that looks effortless without trying.
226 Brush => Okay, so I fell into the hype. I mean, any person with a small eyelid space such as mine could see the benefit of having a mini 224. After buying, I saw that a lot of people were complaining about how this re-release is not as tapered as the original ones. I went through all the ones in my store and NONE of them were tapered, they all looked like the pic below which is cool with me. I'm pretty sure with the long term use of a brush guard one could get more of a "pointy" shape out of this brush.
Overall, I was slightly disappointed with the MAC Me over collection. There's so much chaos behind the brush not looking like the original that I even contemplated returning it, but I realized that for me it still serves its purpose of being a small blending brush. Out of the lipsticks that I swatched, Runaway Red was the only one that I felt like was a must-have because I think it'll look great on almost any skin tone and will satisfy both who love bright as well as muted colors. Also when I swatched Smoked Purple looked extremely similar to Cyber and Peachstock to Lady Gaga 2... I found the lipglasses to be even more stickier than usual and the only one I was interested in purchasing (Social light) when put on my lips really didn't look like much at all. The eyeshadows I really liked but didn't purchase any (no particular reason why) with my favorite being 'Outre'. Did you guys pick anything up from the collection? What are your thoughts?