I haven't bought MAC makeup in awhile as the last thing I bought was the Rihanna collection. I've given up sunless tanning to not clog my skin so I needed to refill my basics in lighter colors, so this is what happened. I was at the MAC counter and an hour later I found the right products and colors for me after some trial and error. Here's what I got:
Mineralize Foundation/Loose $32 in Light Plus
I'm not a foundation kind of person, I like to see my skin especially since my skin is clear. But I wanted something to give my skin a more finished appearance when I do my evening makeup looks. I also wanted something without mica in it so I can set my undereye concealer with. This foundation gives sheer to medium natural looking coverage. Loose powders tend to contain less oils than the pressed ones so it's good for oily skin. What makes mineral makeup different from traditional makeup is what's left out of the ingredients including preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, and fragrance so it's good for sensitive skin. Although some companies do cheat with the label so you still need to read all the ingredients. The cons for this product is that as a loose powder it's messy to use and thus not portable, but again since I will only use this at night there's no need to reapply. I apply this with a big, fluffy kabuki brush.
Pro Longwear Concealer $20 in NW25 (it looks much darker in the container than it applies)
This provides a medium to full coverage with a matte finish and lasts 12 hours. It dispenses through a pump which I think gives out too much for your under eyes. To prevent it from creasing, first I prep my eyes with MAC's eye cream to moisturize the skin, then I apply the concealer with the 286 brush. Then I do a second application for buildable coverage. Next I set it with loose powder. I picked this color instead of a more yellow tone one because pinks neutralize blue areas on your face such as dark circles.
Brush 286 $32
I picked out a new MAC brush and I should say that all my brushes are MAC and have lasted over 10 years now. Ask any makeup artist, brushes are your most important investment. I use this brush to apply my concealer instead of my fingers which allows for more product to stay on and get evenly blended.
Prep + Prime Natural Radiance $41 in radiant pink
I finished my old bottle of the regular Prep + Prime and when I went to get a new one I discovered they changed the formula. This goes on top of your moisturizer, blots away excess oil and improves the application of powder on top to help set your makeup. It gives your skin a dewy and glowy look. Tip: after you put on your moisturizer, dab some Finishing Powder on your oily spots before you apply this primer.
Prep + Prime Lip $16
Better than chapstick which you have to keep applying because it actually works against you. I don't know how my lipsticks would go on my dry lips if I didn't have this. This winter regular lip balms just haven't been doing the job for me. It definitely prolongs the wear of my lipstick.