MAC – Staple beauty buys

I am a lover of all things MAC ย and often reach out to their beauty products for affordable and long lasting beauty / makeup supplies!

I’ve used their makeup products for years and years and have never found any products that match their quality in terms of colour, usage, affordability & actual content!

I’m going to talk about a few MAC products I’ll continue to purchase and some staple buys I’ve purchased and never will replace!


I’m going to start with my two main brushes I’ve purchased from MAC, including the 209 eyeliner brush and the 187 Duo Fibre face brush!

|| MAC – Makeup Brushes ||


In terms of quality and usage, I’ve tried a lot of different foundation brushes and eyeliner brushes out there from Bobbi Brown, Nars & Real techniques but the precision and quality of the brushes at MAC have impressed me. I’ve managed to use these two brushes, the 209 eyeliner brush and the 187 Duo Fibre brush for over 4 years without having to replace them.

The benefits of using a good brush, will save you money in the long run. With the right care and cleaning your brushes can last up to 6+ years! I often clean my brushes on a weekly basis using a makeup cleaning gel and leave them overnight to dry! This will ensure all the hair fibres are clean, and protected from germs that can generate from a lot of application!

|| MAC – Gel Liner ||


Using my 209 eyeliner brush, I’ve picked the best suitable gel liner to compliment the usage of the eyeliner brush. I’ve found that the quality of the MAC and the lasting nature of the gel liner is just amazing. I’ve had my gel liner for about 2 years without it running out or drying out! & I can safely say that I use it about 3-4 times a week & it hasn’t run out yet! Using the gel liner I’ve found that the 209 brush will allow you to create a combination of different eyeliner styles, from winged liners with its precise pointed brush tip and even a thick / thin eyeliner stroke!

***A helpful tip to consider when applying your eyeliner would be to wet the eyeliner brush first to dampen the brush hairs and then to dip it into the eyeliner pot. This will enable you to create smoother strokes and glide across the eye with ease! Wetting the eyeliner brush before will release the solid nature of the gel and help make it more liquid based.

|| Select Sheer Pressed Powder ||

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I’ve probably spoken about this particular MAC Product the most across all of my social media platforms and have confessed my love for it on numerous occasions! ๐Ÿ˜›

I have never loved a setting face powder as much as I loved this one. I believe that the select sheer powder is perfect as each shade is catered to your specific skin tone. Usually with loose powders and setting powders you’ll have 3 options ranging from light – medium – dark, but with the MAC range you’re spoilt for choice as each powder colour is catered to your face type. I use NW20 as I have pink undertones to my skin and the NW range caters to my skin tone!!!

The Select sheer powder will set your foundation in place and leave your skin looking matte and flawless. I’ve used this as a foundation setting powder and the powder includes a suede finish sponge that I can use on the go when I need to touch up my oily t-zone! The compact also includes a mirror so you can use this on and on, and take it with you on the go :)!!!

MAC209 eyeliner Brush – | HEREย | ยฃ16.50

MAC187 Duo Fibre Face Brush – | HEREย | ยฃ34.50

MACFluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack – | HEREย | ยฃ15.50

MACSelect Sheer Pressed Powder – | HEREย | ยฃ20.50


I hope youโ€™ve enjoyed my MAC – Staple Beauty buys blogpost!!!

Have you tried any of the MAC products I spoke about before??? and do you have any favourite MAC staple beauty buys???

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      1. Yea i Know !! Sometimes I only use the powder with no foundation ,i know its wrong but I think the powder gives nice natural look.

      2. Thanks for that tip, I’m going to try it out :p I need to see how it translates onto my face without foundation ๐Ÿ˜› xoxo

  1. I kind of want that duo fiber brush as well! but 35 quids for a MAC… hmmm! LOL
    just added you to my “select” ( LOL ) circle of friends on Google my lovely granny! I think it was the last social media we weren’t connected on! LOL
    wishing you an amazing weekend lovely!
    lots of xx, Annie

    1. Yayyyy thanks my granny I will run over to my google+ and accept this secret group of friends I hope they’re all granny friends ๐Ÿ˜€ haha! Yesss go and spend the ยฃ35 I promise you wont regret that particular brush, it will keep your already flawless skin staying FLAWLESS ๐Ÿ˜€ HAHAHA! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ :p xoxo

  2. that eyeliner brush looks great…and so does the other brush. Plus, that blush looks so lovely! your photos and reviews are always of excellent quality.
    have a lovely weekend sweetie!

    1. Thanks so much Ivana ๐Ÿ™‚ The brushes are high quality ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much hunny it’s actually a pressed finishing powder but I love their blushes too – my fave is warm soul! Hope you have a lovey weekend too! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

      1. Didn’t realise you wrote ‘face’ lol. Hmm it’s a tricky one! If I had to pick…Blankety, Shy Girl, Half n Half, Morange & vegas Volt (I’m sure I’ve left one or two out ๐Ÿ™ )

      2. Ahhh I wanna try shy Girl :p there are so many I need to try! Hahaha I always make a few silly mistakes hehehe ๐Ÿ˜€ xoxo

      3. Hehehe! I think I want Diva next ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š :p always want a new one every week loool xoxo

    1. Trust me babe you wont regret purchasing the duo fibre brush! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ahh I’ll have to go and sample the soft and Gentle MSF thanks beauty ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  3. I haven’t tried their brushes before so will have to pick one up to try how it fairs against my NARS ones! I do love the eyeliner pots and also I wear the foundation everyday they are so not just lipstick champions they are great at everything! xxx

    1. They really are! Love the versatility of the brand although I can’t lie the lipsticks are just too beautiful I could have them all haha! ahh you have to get some brushes! I’ve heard a lot of lovely things about the contour brush from Nars I just got tempted to try that one out haha xoxo

      1. YES! I use that NARS contour brush everyday it really is beautiful I can’t lie! I agree I could literally have all the lipsticks haha, one can dream! xxx

      2. Hahaha! ok now I need to defo get my hands on that NARS brush <3 :p ahhh babe don't I dream about all the mac lippies I need in my life! Every week is a new lippie I need hahaha xoxo

  4. I’ve really enjoyed this post Serene! I have only tried Lipstick from MAC but i hope to branch out and try more of their products as well. <3 xo

    1. Thanks so much Katie <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to try some more of their products! They have a wide selection of amazing things I'm so amazed at the quality of their skincare ranges ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

      1. You’re welcome Serene <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have to try more of their products! I would love to maybe try their eyeshadow next or a blush. ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

      2. Ahh If you wanna try a blush, try warm soul ๐Ÿ’—โ˜บ๏ธ it’s a lovely coral based blush! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Karen ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you will love their powder, remember when we met up and headed into Selfridges? that’s the same powder I talk about! ๐Ÿ˜€ perfect for oily skin types, it gives a lovely matte finish! & I have my eyes on the soft and gentle highlighter I’ve heard a lot of great things about it ๐Ÿ˜› xoxox

    1. Heehe, you will definitely love this Gel liner Anne! It’s the best gel liner I’ve tried including the Bobbi brown one, and it’s definitely long lasting! xoxox

  5. Mac Painterly paint pot is one of my all time favourite products, I wear it under most eyeshadow.
    These look so good! So lucky!

  6. I just love your MAC obsession, Serene! There are so many gorgeous items in this post and especially the gel liner – great tip on wetting the brush first, by the way! I use a pencil right now but I’m keen to improve on that soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    1. Thanks so much Gabrielle ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a massive MAC obsession I can’t stop buying things hehe! :p & I found that tip so useful with the gel liner! Makes it glide on with ease! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Lena ๐Ÿ™‚ I love gel liners they are my fave type of eye liners <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven't tried the YSL one but I heard a lot of amazing things about it ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Maria ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree you definitely can’t go wrong with MAC! Ahhh and you have to try the pressed powder! You will love it! I’ll have to try out smoulder you got me interested in testing it out! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  7. The first picture in the post could have been taken out from a magazine. Well done Serene for a fantastic shoot. I haven’t got any MAC products (I wanted to get my hands on the Cinderella collection but no chance) I’m afraid. Princess Fii mentioned last time that MAC products are designed for professional model photo shoots and that’s why the quality is that exceptionally good. I’m def intrigued. Hope you’re well and excited for next week ๐Ÿ™‚

    Caz | Style Lingua

    1. Thanks so much Carolin ๐Ÿ’— you’re so sweet! Ahh that’s why the packaging is just absolute perfection! The quality is great! I really wanted to grab some from the cinderella collection myself but I never got on the website on time ๐Ÿ™ xoxo

    1. Oh my god ๐Ÿ™‚ you have to try the fluidline you’ll love it! And I love my pressed powder for a touch up ๐Ÿ™‚ they’re very compact and easy to store in your handbag! ๐Ÿ™‚ xox

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