Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MAC Matters (December 2012): Build A Core Collection with $21 per month

Hey there. This is  new blog series that was originally started by Pammy Blogs Beauty. I decided to jump on this bandwagon and do this series with her. You can see her original post here and follow her series as well.

The idea of this series is to take the $21 a month one would spend on a beauty subscription service (Pammy chose to cancel her current subscription, I am choosing to opt into this as a "new subscription") and instead use it to buy Mac products in an effort to build a core collection of Mac items.

These are the rules (borrowed with thanks from Pammy):

Goal: Build my core MAC Collection using an average of $21.00 per month.

  • Purchase at least one item a month: If the item is under $20, I can save the remainder for the next month. While there are many items priced under $20, there are plenty that are over the $20 range that I can save for. 
  • Do a monthly blog post to share what I got! My goal is to continue this series for 12 months to see what kind of core collection I can build! 
  • To coordinate with my "Build a Core MAC Collection" purchases, I will also be posting "MAC Matters: From the Stash" reviews! These "stash" items are MAC items that I love that are already in my makeup collection. Some months, I will be "saving" my $21 to go towards a bigger MAC purchase. This is when you will likely see the "stash" posts. Or, I might include a "stash" item mini review within my "Build a Core MAC Collection" posts because if you are reading this because you want to build your own MAC collection, you might enjoy reading about what I am already using and loving! 
  • If this series is popular, I will repeat the series with another brand upon completion of 12 months with MAC.
You can see Pammy's first installment of the series here.

For my first purchase I chose the Glamour Daze Holiday Fluidline in Little Black Bow.

I chose the picture taken with flash because I thought it showed the shimmery silver color much better.
Picture at left taken with flash and the right is taken with natural lighting

This liner color is described as being Charcoal with dazzle pearl. I both love and hate this liner. It is a very pretty silvery color with some sparkles that I use as a more subtle eyeliner that is great for work and interviews, however it takes like 3 coats of the stuff to get it to look like it does in that picture. It lasts all day (as one would expect from Mac liners) and is an overall fantastic product, if only it were a bit more pigmented. This holiday fluidlines also come in Feminine Edge (sold out) which is describes as being a mauve pink with dazzle pearl and Catchy My Eye which is describes as a cool taupe grey with (you guessed it) dazzle pearl. 

This product retails for $16.50 (a bit more expensive then their non-limited edition holiday fluidliners), which leaves me with $25.50 to spend in January. 

Anyone have any cool suggestions on what to buy in January or other future months? Feel free to share in the comments.

Mac cosmetics can be bought in a Mac boutique, Mac in Macey's or on