MAC Haul!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who commented on my ‘HELP!’ post with a recommendation!  I jotted everything mentioned down and trotted on down to the MAC stall in the Selfridges beauty hall and had a lovely time swatching everything on the back of my hand and deciding exactly what I wanted.

My sister also had a MAC gift card from her boyfriend that she wanted to spend, so I dragged her along and helped her choose a few bits also.  She loves makeup but is a little clueless, so it was also fun to take charge and show her a few bits and let her choose her favourite. 

Below is a photograph of all the bits we bought that day – both mine and my sisters!

My bits –


Creme Cup Lipstick – This was a little risky because I didn’t try it on my lips in store, I just swatched it on my hand, fell in love and decided I wanted it for sure.  Many of you said that this is a little light so it might wash my pale skin out, but its actually not too bad.  It’s a gorgeous pale pink and I’m looking forward to wearing this out!

Ravishing Lipstick – I returned 6 of my empty MAC products and got this with free with the back-to-mac scheme.  I wanted an orange based lippie because I’m obsessed with that colour and was originally going to go for Vegas Volt but I remembered that I had wanted Ravishing in the past, and ended up going for this.  It’s quite similar to Jazzed and Ever Hip which I already have, but I still love this shade!

Kinda Sexy Lipstick – Lots of you recommended this, but once I saw it in store I was a little hesitant.  I didn’t realise it was a matte shade and it looked a lot darker than I thought it’d be.  I asked the mua to try this on me and I decided that it really brightens my skin up and suited me perfectly.  It’s not completely natural because its darker than my bare lip shade, but it’s very beautiful.

Nylon Eye Shadow – My favourite golden eyeshadow, I will continue loving this forever!

Espresso Eye Shadow – I picked out a few dark brown eye shadows (including Brun) and asked the mua to match one up to my brows.  He said Espresso would be the best (as did many of you!) and tried it on me and its almost perfect.  I’ve yet to try this out properly, but it fills in my brows nicely and also looks gorgeous in the crease of my eye!

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark – Right, now this is something I would NEVER have looked at and I can’t actually believe I bought this.  I told the mua that I wanted a contour shade for my face and I pointed out ‘harmony’ blush as an example and he shook his head and said ‘no, a mineralise skin finish will be better’.  He said that it would look more natural and would give more definition than a blusher would.  I uhmed and ahhed and he tried it on me and I realised he was actually right.  This gives a really, nice, natural contour to my face because it’s a matte face powder. 

Ladyblush Blush Creme – I was originally planning to buy Britwit Blush Creme because it looked incredible on swatches online but in actual fact it looked way too dark and plum-like on my pale skin.  Ladyblush, on the other hand, is pretty amazing.  It’s a stunning pink shade with a hint of brown and I adore this.

Melba Blusher – The mua tried Gingerly on my cheeks and it looked STUNNING (I think I need it!) but I went with Melba instead because it is just a little lighter and easier to wear daily.  Plus, I have wanted this for ages, so it seems appropriate!

My sister bought – Lipstick in Fanfare, Lip Liner in Dervish, Eyeshadow in Kelly, Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 and Blush Creme in Something Special.

That’s everything!  I am of course going to review each of these items fully, with swatches, very soon.  I’m really happy with all that I bought and have really been enjoying applying makeup recently because of these bits! 

What would you like to see reviewed first and what would you have bought?

Thanks again for all of your help!




  1. February 18, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    wow that's a haul and a half! great-looking purchases though xx

  2. February 18, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    The mineralise skin finish looks interesting! I haven't tried a lot of products from MAC as we don't get it here but I was really impressed with their blushes and next on my list is blush baby!

  3. February 18, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    Ahhh, Mac hauls make me happy! I'm almost as excited as if I bought these myself! Enjoy wearing them, hun 😉

  4. February 18, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Lip swatches of the Kinda Sexy shade would be good, I'm intrigued now!

  5. February 18, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    Awesome haul! I really want to buy Melba!

  6. February 18, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    I have pale skin too and Creme Cup looks really nice on. I never would of thought of buying a darker face powder to contour with, I think I need to try it out!

  7. February 18, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Ooh the lippies all look gorgeous and I like how the MSF is going to be a contour shade; crafty MAC! x

  8. February 18, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Ladyblush looks gorgeous – I need to pick that up! x

  9. February 18, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    Great haul! Creme Cup is such a lovely lipstick. Selfridges is like shopping heaven haha, hope I can go back there soon!

  10. Mary
    February 18, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Hello Katie!
    I'm writing you a lil comment just to say that I love your blog 🙂 Beautiful pictures and inspiring stuff, like your lipstick palette, and I love the fact that you use drugstore brands also.
    I live in France and when I went to London this month I went to Superdrug and get some Look beauty and Sleek pretty 'cheap' make up products that I love now. I would have never know (my trip was really really short…) Superdrug and all that without your blog 😉

  11. February 18, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder, I still want harmony really badly and I want to pick up Melba as it must be really nice. x

  12. February 18, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    Sounds like you had a good time, I am extremely jealous of all your goodies xx

  13. February 18, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    It all looks amazing! Lucky you! Shame BritWit wasn't for you but Ladyblush looks great and the blush cremes are so good.

  14. February 18, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    Good choice on Melba, you will not regret it! I was the same as you, and decied to jusy get it. Now i use it almost daily. Great Haul 🙂

  15. February 18, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    Great Haul! Love Creme Cup 🙂 xx

  16. February 18, 2012 / 5:28 pm

    This is a great haul 🙂 I love the look of the Kinda Sexy lipstick, it looks like the perfect colour for me! Both those eyeshadows are gorgeous too 🙂

    Frances x
    Twitter: @Francesss__

  17. February 18, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    What a fantastic haul! I'm really looking forward to reviews of everything. And that's such a fantastic idea getting a darker Mineralize Skinfinish for contouring – I think I might do the same! x

  18. February 18, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Wow you got loads! Its like looking at my make up bag/wishlist though! I have and love both kinda sexy & vegas volts and ravishing is what I'm saving up to back to MAC. Ladyblush is my favourite blush creme and melba is on my wish list.
    Try margin blush next time you are near a MAC counter, it's amazing with a bit of bronzer. I'm quite pale too so it might suit you!

  19. February 18, 2012 / 6:58 pm

    Wow, what a huge haul! All these products are amazing, you'll definitely get a lot of use from them! 🙂

  20. February 18, 2012 / 7:09 pm


  21. February 18, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Hey, great haul!!! I'm addicted to mac lipsticks myself 🙂 Could you do a review on Mac Ravishing lipstick.. I'm not sure whether to buy this one or not.. It would be nice to see how orange it is 🙂

  22. February 18, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    woah – i cannot wait for payday! need to get myself down to mac – that is an impressive haul, i need a contour powder so may give the skin finish a go


  23. February 18, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    You lucky girl! I've never tried a MAC product, and I'm dying to! x

  24. February 18, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    Great Post… Melba looks gorgeous!! I think I may get it for my palette:):) xxx

  25. February 18, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    wow what a haul! so jealous. enjoy playing around with it all 🙂 xx

  26. February 18, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    Wow! I love (and have a few myself!) of everything you have! I'm a NC 42 and recently just switched to the mineralize skin finish natural in medium deep and love it!! (I use it as a foundation). Melba is one if my all time favorites

  27. February 19, 2012 / 11:03 am

    Aw wow I look looking at peoples HAULs and you got some fab things. I've been considering buying an MSF as contour for a while now, let us know how it works for you! Xxx.

  28. February 19, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Ok, I am officially very, very jealous. That's what I call a haul. I think I need some creme cup in my life as well as 75% of all other products MAC have ever produced.

  29. February 19, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    So jealous, I need a MAC haul in my life soon. I am trying to restrain myself and wait for the Vera collection. But I do love the new lipstick Quick Sizzle. x

  30. February 20, 2012 / 7:42 am

    Oooooo this is so useful as I too am after some Mac recommendations, (as well as Illamasqua suggestions) I love the look of the nylon eyeshadow. Im also liking the idea of the contour powder. Did you have the Mac counter do your make up for you, or just tried the bits you fancy? Id love to go and have them do me a whole make up to see what they suggest, could you imagine the money Id spend, Eeek!


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  32. February 23, 2012 / 6:59 am

    Hi Katie, I love your Mac haul! 🙂 If possible, could you please do a review or take a photo of what "Kinda Sexy" looks like on your lips? I'm light skinned like you are and I'm unsure if this would be too dark for me, it looks so pretty in the tube though so if you like it then I'm sure I'd like it too. Thanks! 🙂

  33. TiffanyTerese
    February 25, 2012 / 12:19 am

    review the lipsticks first please! I'm dying to get my hands on kinda sexy and ravishing and i'd love to see reviews!

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