Buying new makeup Smashbox vs. MAC

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: SMASHBOX vs MAC
    Smashbox : (5 votes)
    23 %
    MAC : (15 votes)
    68 %
    Other... Listed below : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Hi Miss Key Lime! As a makeup artist (and beauty addict haha) I frequent cosmetic stores and know Sephora carries a wide range of Make Up For Ever products. If you live around a Sephora, I definitely recommend going over to check it out!

    As for Smashbox & MAC, I carry both in my kit, and recommendations really depend on what you’re planning to buy. For example, I prefer Smashbox’s primer to MAC’s, but I prefer some of MAC’s shadows to Smashbox’s. Please describe what you’re planning to purchase (such as foundation, lip color, eyeshadow, etc) and I’ll be happy to give you some recommendations!

    Post # 4
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    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree with Smashbox primer, I swear by it. Benefit has the best mascara, too!

    Post # 5
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    2859 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    Even if you don’t have a Sephora near you, you can order online and return it for any reason. I really recommend the Make Up For Ever foundation.

    Smashbox Primer is pretty good. And MAC’s eyeshadow is great, but I personally prefer Urban Decay shadows.

    For blush, I recommend Nars blush in Orgasm. It looks good on everyone.

    Post # 7
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    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows are awesome. I love MAC’s lipsticks too.

    If you want something on the cheaper side that is actually really good you should check out NYX as well. Their products are great on a budget, I’m a fan of the eyeshadows.

    If you want a bunch of eyeshadows for cheap, you could also get the coastal scents palette. The shadows are pretty good and it’s about $18 for a palette of 88 colors.

    Post # 8
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    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Remeber what Miss Rainbow said in her Makeup tutorial, you can get an amazing primer that’s the SAME as smashbox- it just comes in the Monistat tube.  :o)

    Personally I like MAC better, broader range of colors.

    Post # 9
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    34 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I’m so sorry to hear you don’t live near a Sephora =[ I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have my beauty stores to go to!

    Here are my recommendations based on what you need:

    Primer: Smashbox Photofinish Primer Light. I really like this, as I myself have oily skin that can be sensitive at times, and this is light enough that it doesn’t irritate my skin. I find applying this really helps to create a smooth & even canvas before I put on the foundation, and have used it on countless clients with good results. Since it is translucent, you can go ahead and purchase it online as you don’t need to match the color to your own skin. I’ve only heard of ladies using Monistat Chafing gel as a primer, so I can’t really give you any tips on that unfortunately =[

    Foundation: I often use MUFE HD foundation on my clients, but since you don’t live near a Sephora, I wouldn’t really recommend buying it without finding what your shade is, as you could possibly get the wrong color.. Everyone’s computer monitor displays colors differently, so there’s always a chance for that. And doing returns and buying a new one is just too much of a hassle IMO.. Another one of my favorite foundations to use on clients is Cinema Secrets & RCMA. These brands are not as well known as MAC, Smashbox, MUFE, etc, but professional artists use them all the time. The best part is you can buy samples of these online from a reputable store to find the perfect match for your skin, and once you find what that is you can buy the full size one. The samples are available here & here. Make sure to dilute them before applying though, as both can be heavy when applied bare.

    Powder: I’m currently loving Cargo’s Blu-Ray Pressed Powders. These powders are colored, and a lightly dusted layer over foundation helps to minimize oil on your skin. I brush on a light layer whenever my skin starts to get a shiny. Sadly the Blu-Ray line is being discontinued, but it is still available online at retailers like dermstore.com. There are only 4 shades available there, but in this case that’s a good thing because you can buy one that you think will be close to your skin color (for example if you are fair skinned pick light). The color doesn’t need to be an exact match, as you will only be using it to neutralize the oil on your skin. If you’re not used to too much makeup though, even foundation might feel heavy, and the powder will only make you notice it more. If that’s the case, I suggest buying oil blotting sheets, and you can use that throughout the day.

    Phew that was long~ Please excuse my rambling in some of this, I genuinely hope this helps you out a bit!

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I 100 percent agree with those who said Make Up forver foundation is great. I think it is the BEST. I used to write a beauty review column in my early career, so I have pretty much tried everything…

    In fact, all that Christinayi reccomends, I totally agree with!

    Post # 12
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    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It’s actually not for that part of your body @Miss Key Lime it’s chaffing gel for your thighs… not that other area. 

    Post # 13
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    34 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I’m just happy to help! We’re all ladies here, so I understand that looking good on your special day is very important (: I always say, if I can’t go the distance for you physically, at least I can do it metaphorically! & Thank you for the kind words about my site, I’m lucky to have had such amazing models and brides to work with!

    Since you’ll be visiting the Sephora by your parents’ house, you’ll be able to check out the MUFE foundations! YAY (: Also if you’re interested in Cargo’s Blu-Ray powders I mentioned, you can ask the sales rep if they have any more. I know for awhile they were on sale for only $15 (normally $30-$35), and that’s a steal for such a good powder! It’s all sold out on the Sephora site, but the store you’re visiting might have some still (: Good luck and happy shopping! Let us know how it goes!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve never been too crazy about Smashbox products.  I usually go for Mac, MUFE or Nars (sometimes Lorac).

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    As a makeup artist, I love both brands, but recently have been obsessed with Lorac. AMAZING mascara and the felt tip liquid liner is to die for. I prefer Lorac’s shadow over Smashbox because i’m not a huge fan of super soft powder. Each of these brands have exceptional products!

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