I'll skip the bushy-tailed part...

I was a late bloomer when it comes to cosmetics, but I've become quite the makeup junkie. I don't like to wear it all the time and instead prefer letting my skin breathe, but when I have to primp, I love doing it. During my last few trips to the Ontario Mills outlet mall, I found myself drawn to the cosmetics section of the Saks Fifth Avenue outlet. It feeds my newfound MAC addiction.

MAC cosmetics are generally way too expensive for me, and given the flashiness of the magazine ads, I didn't think MAC items would really be something I can use, even though I like bright colors. But when I finally had the means to upgrade in the cosmetics department, I wanted to nibble on some of it. Why the change of heart? Well, my sister has always loved the look MAC products, but neither of us could afford it. Once she had her makeup done at one of those counters in the mall, and I absolutely loved the eyeshadow she had. It wasn't as over-the-top as I expected--it was edgy yet pretty.

Around the time of Christmas, I had to go shop for Christmas presents, and naturally, I went to the outlet malls. The cosmetic store in the Saks outlet has a number of cosmetic lines at a discount--sometimes small, sometimes quite substantial. I bought myself a pot of plum eyeshadow called Falling Star, and I loved it. It was shiny but still subtle (so I can wear it for work), and it has much better staying power than some of the other eyeshadows I've used. At $10 a pop, it's not cheap, but it's not too out of reach. The next time I went back, all the eyeshadows were gone (from what I was told by the salespeople, MAC products come and go quickly). I ended up buying other MAC products for my family as Christmas gifts. The most recent trip garnered the Coppering eyeshadow and 2 lipsticks. I love them all as well. The copper eyeshadow matches up really well with my skintone. The lighter colored lipstick gives off an intensely bright color for those adventurous days (and goes on smooth and creamy, too), while the darker one is more conservative with a little kick. The fact that I get to save a few bucks here and there makes me less guilty about splurging $30 on cosmetics.

Obviously I'm not made out of money, and the outlet mall isn't exactly close to where I live, so I can't indulge in makeup all the time. To save money, I only splurge on the shades that I know I'll be wearing a lot. For the times when I want a makeup fix or experiment but not want to spend all that much, there's always the local drugstore with their percentage discounts or buy one get one free specials. The L'Oreal HIP eyeshadows work pretty well, and I get 2 colors for the price of one MAC eyeshadow pot. The blue/green combo is great for going out at night, while the orange/gold one is good for both day and night. Unfortunately, I don't like the other available colors.

For a really cheap fix of bright eyeshadows, I love the Revlon palettes. As you can see, I have quite a variety of colors, thanks to clearance sales at Target. They're easy to put on when I'm in a hurry, but the downside is that they tend to crease after a few hours...not the best for daily wear, but swiping it on with a finger does save a lot of time.

Most people say that the foundation is what you should splurge on. Maybe they're right, but my cheap Almay foundation does the trick, so there's no point in getting something else until I run out and they don't make that shade anymore.


Gervy said...

I guess ideally one should splurge on what stays on your face the longest or you wear the most. So I hate spending a lot on cleanser, for instance.

But MAC eyeshadows are the best I've tried. Amazing range of colours and they do last better than cheaper shadows. I think you spent your money wisely!

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for fun, affordable eyeshadow colors, you should also take a look at NYX eyeshadows and Milani.

The Shopping Sherpa said...

You may not be aware, but if you take 6 empty Mac containers back to the Mac counter they'll give you a free lipstick (just not the Viva Glam ones which makes sense as the money from those goes towards Aids research so they want to sell them not give them away...)

For those two reasons alone I love Mac, not even considering their lipstick stays put forever :-)

Sales Rack Raider said...

Gervy--I agree wholeheartedly. Some people have more sensitive skin, so they need to spend more on products, but I can go with just about anything.

Anon--hmm...maybe I should look into that. I like the colors of Milani but haven't tried them yet.

Sherpa--wow...thanks! I never knew that.

Bernie said...

I'm with you on the late blooming—I refused to wear make up for the longest time. Now, unfortunately, I'm still limited to a swipe of black eyeliner and the occasional foundation (for business and social events only). I think I might need to take a course... :)