December 13, 2012
Makeup review- MAC Twig and Mehr
I don't know why I'm embarrassed about this, but I indulged in a slight tryst with MAC makeup in my college years. I was working hard, juggling classes and doing 12-hour shifts at Applebees on the weekends. While everyone else was out socializing and making those much-needed "connections", I was slinging steaks in order to buy groceries.
Well sometimes when people work hard, they like a big reward for themselves at the end of the day. So every week, I found myself at the MAC counter, perusing the glittery powders and luxurious creams. I was very influenced by some eyeshadow-based livejournal groups at the time (ugh I know), so I had myself a little experimental eye makeup phase. I tried out reds, pinks, blues, greens... if it was bright or shiny, I liked it :)
But after about a year, I realized while I thought the girls in the livejournal groups looked cool, and I liked the look of the vibrant colors in the pots... I didn't like the way they looked on my face. I discovered that I much favored much the "beauty" look over the "I'm going to paint my entire eyelid bright turquoise" look.
I started gravitating towards retro matte lips, as well as everyday "no makeup" makeup that enhances features. And that's pretty much where I've stayed. So I got rid of all my MAC eyeshadows, bubblegum pink lipsticks, and that was that.
... But because I amassed so much makeup, I still have a lot of leftovers that I've been lugging around, even to this day. MAC has a recycling program called Back to Mac program, where if you bring in 6 empty containers, you get a free product! I was rummaging through some things recently and found a big baggie of old lipglosses that had turned bad. If you can believe it, I had enough bad lipglosses to cash in for THREE free products!!
So like so many times before, I took myself to the MAC store in Flatiron and traded that old junk in for Carbon eyeshadow, Mehr lipstick, and Twig lipstick.
For some reason, I was really nervous when I got to the store. When the girl asked me what color lipstick I was looking for I just stammered "...Uhm... Nude... Matte..."
Through all my stuttering, she somehow helped me pick out Twig- a pinky, dark-colored neutral. I remember hearing about this color in my college days, but I was so over it. It was too boring for me then. I needed the kind of colors Barbie would wear. With big glitter chunks, called "Cockatease" and "Hott Pink Sexx Twinkie" or whatever.
But now, I think this color suits me just fine :)
It's darker than it appears in the pictures, but great for my warm, pale skintone. It's a glaze formula, so it does rub off on your coffee cup easily (I like a lipstick that sticks.) I think it's universally flattering.
I didn't realize until I got home how similar of a color Mehr is to Twig. The difference being Mehr is a little darker still, a little pinker, a little cooler. The biggest difference is the matte finish... which was what I was originally looking for, anyway.
Seeing it in my own mirror makes me realize that it's a tad darker than I wanted it to be (again, the lighting washes it out a lot.) But I still like it a lot. I was shunning pink lipsticks for awhile, but this isn't a statement pink lipstick. This is an "I want to look beautiful" pink lipstick.
As for carbon, I just got it as something every woman needs- a basic black matte eyeshadow. I try to avoid heavy eyemakeup for everyday wear, but have begun to go heavier for style shoots. I basically got this for that purpose. It can add depth to areas where you want to create a shadowy effect. It layers well, and you can use it very subtly.
Phew! What a trip down memory lane. Believe it or not, I have enough lipglosses for one more Back to MAC purchase. I wonder what I should get? xx
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