Post # 1
So. I bought Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer after the SA demo’d it on me. It looked great at the time but I didn’t examine it completely thoroughly and ended up buying it. She put nc20 on me but I bought nw20 as she said the nc20 is an exact match but nw20 is the most purchased shade because it brightens and the slightly cooler/peachier tone will counteract blue circles.
I don’t even have super bad circles, but I did want something long wearing for days I’m working for 20+ hours.
Getting home, I’ve tried it every way I know how and with moisturizers, under eye primers, both, brushes, beauty blenders, fingers…..mostly I end up looking like the Crypt Keeper with huge cracking dryness. Not a good look. I talked myself into believing it looked ok and then I wiped off one eye and realized I look better/younger without the damn stuff.
Of course, I tossed the receipt. Of course I did. Ugh. Anyone have a) general concealer tricks? and b) tips for this specific product?
It really pisses me off when makeup makes me look worse. FML.
Post # 3
Warming the concealer on your hand first, then applying it with your fingers usually helps it settle better.
Post # 4
@cdncinnamongirl: I worked at MAC and the concealer is amazing, but it oxidizes darker than the others. If NC20 is your exact match, NW20 is going to be too dark.
Ex. I’m nc42-44 and I would wear an NW35 if I wanted to go NW.
She’s right NW20 is the most popular shade in America/Canada, but that’s because there are more people here that ARE NW20. If you don’t have dark circles you don’t need an NW. The peachyness of NW helps cut darkness under the eye. But that being said NW15/NC15/NC20 are tricky because they are lighter tones.
I would return it for the right shade. If you bought it from a MAC store you should be in their system. Prolong wear concealer is best applied with a fluffier brush (I use a 217 blending brush), in circular motions, so that’s it buffs in nicely, and diffuses because of its longwear formula it is thicker, and fingers/sponges/traditional concealer brushes tend to apply heavier.
I buff it from under the eye, and around the nose, because one pump, and honestly you can sheer it out into a nice all over coverage!
Just saying, but my personal favourite Mac Concelear is the Select moisture cover; applied the same, but more natural and still great coverage!
Sorry about all of the edits, my iPad drives be crazy on the bee!
Post # 5
@cdncinnamongirl: You don’t need the receipt to return things at MAC! When I had an issue with a MAC product, I took it in and the makeup artists used my own product on me. If they give you a tutorial and you’re not satisfied, just exchange it for the NC20.
Post # 6
@ishafortin and @letigre: I didn’t buy it at a Mac store, I bought it at a Mac counter in a department store…do you think that matters? I like the idea of taking it in and at least asking them to demo my own product on me, if not exchange the colour. I did buy a 217 with it, but I love it so much for eye shadows I’ve been using it for that….I’ll try it with the concealer.
I don’t find the nw20 too dark, but it does look *ever so slighty* “off” or maybe a bit ashy on me? I should’ve stuck with the nc20. Damn all those youtube “highlight like Kim Kardashian” tutorials!
Post # 7
I hate when I throw away receipts and need them later! We started saving practically every receipt lol. I think I would take it to the store you got it from and tell them that you bought it there because the sales girl said it was the right match but you can’t get it to look right. See what they say, and maybe they will offer to exchange.
Post # 8
@cdncinnamongirl: There actually is a difference between Mac counters and Mac stores. Try your luck at a Mac store and don’t mention you bought it at a counter. Otherwise, go back to the counter and see if they still have your info.
Post # 9
I’ve exchanged something to a MAC counter in a different city than where I bought it, but the product was obviously faulty.
Post # 10
@cdncinnamongirl: It’s actually easier to brinos something back to The Bay because the Bay has a more lax return policy.
If Nc2. Is your colour, than NW20 isn’t going to give you a highlight. If you want that under eye highlight try the prep&prime highlighter pen.
Post # 11
@ishafortin: I did buy it at The Bay so I’ll try to take it there and see. I’m not unhappy with the product per se, I just can’t get it to work so I think just a bit of instruction will solve the problem…and the right shade haha.
Post # 12
Which department store? Do you still have the box? Some department stores (macys, bloomies, nordstrom) put one of those stickers that trap the info on them when they scan, so you don’t actually need a receipt.
I would just try going to the counter first and just explain that you bought it, threw out the receipt and it’s awful and just want to exchange it for another color. If they don’t help, go to the store. If they don’t help, call their customer service number.
Also, I really want to get a job at MAC – so if anyone wants to inbox me some tips on that, that would be great! lol I friggin love MAC!