(Closed) Sephora or MAC?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had my makeup trial done at MAC.  WHile I’m still going with them to do my makeup for the big day, I was under the impression that you had to only purchase $50 worth of product.  That’s what I was told on the phone.  So I ended up spending over $100.  While I am using the makeup I purchased, I didn’t want to spend that much money.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

MAC sometimes does make-up a little heavy for some people. I personally love MAC and buy all my makeup from there.. my mom loves sephora. I think its just personal preference

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I personally loveeeee MAC. But I love wearing makeup in general. I have sensitive skin but as long as I use the prep, don’t wear heavy makeup everyday or make sure I wipe of my makeup as soon as I get home MAC has worked for me.

I’ve love their MUA too and most are very creative. I once flew to a job interview and flight lost my luggage. I walked into MAC, told the lady there what happened and she did a whole makeover for my interview (which was in an hour) with no charge! She did an awesome job too and was really creative in playing with colors to make me not look so dull.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I think the MAC counters have much better customer service overall. I have not had a single good experience with Sephora.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I haven’t had my makeup done at Sephora before (personally I find the large selection of makeup a bit overwhelming).

I love MAC tho and have had my makeup done their before. I do find that they like to do heavy, funky makeup though… but if this isn’t your thing tell them and I’m sure they will do your makeup to suit your needs. I find explaining what you want is half the battle.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

MAC! I didn’t know you had to pay though. Is that new? I got my makeup done for a date (just for fun) a few years back and all I got was a lipstick… I think I paid $20. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
Post # 10
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Helper bee

I think it varies depending on where you go.

There are 2 MAC stores in the mall I go to (one is in a department store, the other is an individual MAC store right in the mall).

At the department store location you have to spend $50 on makeup and they will do  your makeup free.

The other location in the mall charges you $60 for an application session (does not include makeup) but they say they give you “tips” on makeup application.

So I would definitely ask at before you go so you know exactly what the policy is at the location you are going to.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m all Sephora all the way… especially for sensitive skin. Sephora has a wide variety of brands available to them. MAC just has…. MAC. And if for any reason it doesn’t work on your skin you’ll have a problem.

Personally, I’ve been dropping an embarrassing amount of money at Sephora for years and always gotten good customer service.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love MAC, but I do have to say when I got a makeover from them when they launched a new product line, the makeup was very heavy.  I buy my foundation from them because they have a great range of colors to match your skintone and their prices are pretty good.

For all my other makeup, I buy at sephora.  I say go with them for your trial, because as others have said, they have a wider range of makeup to use.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m a MAC girl all the way.  I did have my makeup done by MAC for a wedding when I was a MOH and I knew that they went heavy and told them to keep it natural.  They did a good job.  And I didn’t have to pay a certain amount, just had to buy $50 worth of product, which was fine with me.  I think that depends on the person that is doing your makeup.  If they actually listen to what you want, then I don’t see any problems.  One of the great things about MAC that I love is their recycling program.  Bring back 6 empty makeup containers (doesn’t matter what it is…mascara, lip liner, whatever) and they give you a free lipstick of your choice. 

Like others have said, MAC is only MAC and Sephora has pretty much everything.  MAC does have different products for different types of skin and I’ve used them all as my skin changes with the seasons.  I’ve never had any problems with any of them. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love Sephora with a passion, but they’ve never, ever done a good job at applying makeup with me before. I’ve never gone for special occasion makeup, though, just makeup trials, but they always put it on entirely too thickly. I always want to run to the nearest bathroom with a paper towel and some makeup remover. They might have different people do the special occasion makeup, though, but I thought I would share my experiences! Good luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love MAC, but their foundation is known for causing breakouts and allergic reactions. If you didn’t have sensitive skin, I’d say you can’t go wrong either way. But unless you know MAC foundation won’t irritate your skin, I wouldn’t risk it for your wedding.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Though I haven’t gotten my make up done at either place.  My bridesmaid works for Sephora, and I am having her do my make up.  I do since she began working there they have sent her to NYC and a few other places to learn all sorts of different techniques and styles.  I would feel comfortable knowing how well trained their make up artists are, and that they are always available to answer your questions, and suggest different ideas.

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