What Are Your MAC Musts Haves? Friends & Family Sale Starts Today

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Fellow MACaholics, is your wish list ready for MAC’s latest Friends & Family sale?


Good online only, the promotion runs today through June 18. Use coupon code SUMO (or try SAVE25 if SUMO doesn’t work), et, voila — 25% off purchases made on maccosmetics.com (valid in the US and Canada).

If you’re not able to take advantage of the sale this time around, no worries; MAC holds these sales a few times/year.

Not sure what to get with your discount? Well, it’s the trying to decide that’s my favorite part. πŸ™‚

Here are some ideas among products that are currently available…

My MAC Must Haves!

What are your MAC must-have products, and are you stocking up for the Friends & Family sale?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Still need help making a decision? This article suggests maybe some brushes. πŸ™‚


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  1. Jamie says:

    sooo excited for my stuff to come in the mail!

    i ordered:

    109 brush
    129 brush
    134 brush
    zebra makeup bag
    pearl cream colour base
    chrome yellow eyeshadow pan
    retrospeck eyeshadow pan
    melon pigment

  2. Arianne says:

    I already did my beauty spree: Fix+ Rose, Wipes in bulk, Mineralize Skinfinish/Natural, and Liquidlast Liner in Electrolady.

    I’m super excited! It’s the first time I’m getting something from a F&F sale, and it’s quite fun. πŸ™‚

    BTW I got the 217 because you rave about it so much. I think it might be my dream brush! Thank you!
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… The Poor Girl’s Vanity Table. =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      I am so glad you like it. I am thinking of getting a second one for the F&F sale! πŸ™‚ How have you used it? As a crease blush, blending brush or as a concealer brush?

  3. sdpfeiffy says:

    Still trying to convince myself that I need to order. I’ve been on a self-imposed no-buy for about 6 months now and it’s turned into an addiction of its own. Also, I’m headed to the Mall of America tomorrow, so I think I’ll stop and play at the Mac store and get something small, then place an online order if I still feel the need.

    I would like to get some brushes–263 and a spare brow brush (can’t remember the number.) I’m also in the market for a neutral matte blush, so I’ll be on the lookout for that.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spdfeiffy,

      Maybe the 266? It’s the angled brush a lot of people use to apply powders to the brow.

      As for neutral matte blush, what color are ya looking for specifically… maybe I can recommend something for you.

  4. Ok here’s what I got!

    Blush in Coygirl
    217 & 219 brushes
    Eye shadow Pro Palette in Print, Scene, Electra & Contract
    Eye shadow in Top Knot
    Fast Response Eye Cream
    Pro Palette case for 4 shadows
    Pro Palette case for 6 blushes
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Polish – Part I =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      YAY for your haul!

      Oh, Fast Response eye cream works great beneath concealer. I hope you like the 217 and 219… I don’t use the 219 as much as the 217 but it does come in handy for smudging along the lash line and very detailed crease work.

  5. ines says:

    hey karen!

    i hope you’re having a good week so far.

    my must haves:
    russian red
    delish lipsticks

    select cover up NC15 and NW20 (one for regular cover up, the other for purplish shadows)

    creme de violette
    electric eel eye shadows

    lip conditioner stick spf 15
    tinted lip conditioner fuchsia fix spf 15

    honey skin salve

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ines,

      Dubonnet! I haven’t taken her for a spin in awhile… maybe I’ll just take out my tube and wear some around the house for today. πŸ™‚

      BTW, which concealer do you use for purplish shadows? The NC or NW? How does it affect the color?

  6. Tiffany says:

    I got a random assortment of stuff!

    Honey light high-light powder, soft & gentle mineralize skinfinish, era eyeshadow pan, laid back blush creme, and secret crush see thru lip stain. I wish I would have remembered to pick up some empty eyeshadow palettes as well πŸ™

  7. Nicole15 says:

    Since the F&F code started working yesterday, I placed my order already. I was thrilled to get:

    – 129 brush
    – 109 brush
    – 217 brush
    – 239 brush
    – 222 brush
    – 4 eyeshadow refill pans
    – a 15 pan palette
    – 2 lipglasses
    – 2 pigments

    Can’t wait for the mail to arrive πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicole15,

      I’m getting a 239, too. I lost my short handled SE one (oops) and have felt lost without it.

      I hope you love the 217 as much as I do. It’s such a fantastic brush!

  8. Marina says:

    hi, Karen and other girls.
    could you please tell me if MAC does such things for Europe?
    thank you.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Orly Matte Couture Collection. Fall 2009 =-.

  9. Zara says:

    mmmph…. trying to save my money since my job (teaching assistant) is on hiatus for the summer. Boo!

    πŸ˜€ But I do LOVE mac fluidline in blacktrack– daunting at first, but now I feel like a pro lining my eyes.

  10. Tracy says:

    Brow liner in lingering (not blessed with natural brow color as I am stawberry blonde),there is no better brow liner! Kudos to the self shapening pencil. I shall be stocking up more than usual, NO MAC counter within two hour radius of me!!!! Bummer.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tracy,

      Oh no! I suppose in a way that’s a good thing… the two hour drive would def. deter my MAC habit.

      I haven’t tried their brow pencils. Are they easy to use?

  11. Madeleine says:

    I placed my order @9 in the morning.Since I already owe Soba,Woodwinked,Amber lights and the rest of so called Karen faves :)this time I ordered following refills (pan):
    – Gorgeus Gold
    – Antiqued
    – Mylar
    – Vapour
    – Bronze

    also 3 lipsticks,that I wanted for some time:
    – A Rose Romance
    – Cream in your Coffee
    – Hot Gossip

    and a blush (also refill) in Well Dressed.

    Plus one more thing:pro palette/4x eye refill (so I can carry in my purse with 4 chosen e/s if I need).

    No S/H charge plus 25% off.I think I scored pretty good πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Madeleine,

      Woot! Super great haul, homie! πŸ™‚

      I am gonna get Gorgeous Gold, too. Would you believe I don’t own that one? I know so many people love it, so I figure I might as well get on the train.

  12. tatiana says:

    I wish I would’ve seen your list yesterday, I used the code early. I finally got that pencil brush though!

  13. I got such a jumble of things:

    Blot Powder
    P&P Finishing Powder
    Melba blush
    109 brush
    eyeshadow in espresso

    total damage? just under $100! With NY tax! woot!
    .-= Paint Me Gorgeous’s last blog post… Mini Hauling! =-.

  14. I got such a jumble of things

    109 brush
    Blot powder in medium dark
    eyeshadow in espresso
    Fix+ (regular)
    P&P Finishing Powder
    powder blush in melba

    Just under $100 with NY tax and free shipping! wowza!
    .-= Paint Me Gorgeous’s last blog post… Mini Hauling! =-.

  15. Alexis says:

    I placed a fun order this morning… I can’t wait to get everything!

    Buckwheat e/s
    Sable and satin taupe pro pan e/s’s
    honey light highlight powder
    2 – 15 pan e/s palettes

    I really wanted to get more, but I just placed a Coastal Scents order, so I’ll have to wait for the next sale :).

  16. smiley says:

    I was surprised that they only charged 8.25% tax even in California because it’s supposed to be 9.25% haha random. Anyways I ordered Creme Cup Lipstick, Goldmine eyeshadow, a blush and an eyeshadow palette, Sunbasque blush, and Cubic blush yesterday. Dollymix was already sold out! All this for under 80 woohoo.
    .-= smiley’s last blog post… A Little FOTD =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Smiley,

      I’m not surprised Dollymix sold out. It looks SO scary in the pan but is one of those surprisingly wearable colors.

      I hope you like Sunbasque… it’s one of my favorite MAC blushes, evah!

  17. Brittany says:

    after 3 orders i ended up with:

    109 brush
    224 brush
    194 brush

    queen bee lipglass
    buzz lipglass
    crème dÒ€ℒnude lipstick

    a 4 and a 15 pan palette

    studio finish concealer

    satin taupe
    all that glitters
    stars n rockets
    sumptuous olive
    amber lights
    deep truth
    beautiful iris

    we don’t have a mac store here so a lot of the eyeshadows are chosen based on your reviews! =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brittany,

      I hope you *love* Club, Vex, Amber Lights and Humid. You could do a ton of looks with those four alone.

      I’m kinda having fun vicariously living through everybody’s haul, LOL!

  18. Michele says:

    I love ” O ” lipstick I have one in ever drawer!
    Their pinkest blush. Name escapes me. When I go back to me room I will look.
    And their Black & grey quad. The best.
    I am am on the names:(


  19. Aleia says:

    When do you use the finishing powder? is it after your regular powder or before?


    • Karen says:

      Hi Aleia,

      Hmm, are you referring to the Prep+Prime powder? I use it in place of a regular powder to set foundation or to get rid of shine.

  20. Marina says:

    thank you, Karen for reply!
    just as I thought πŸ™
    so there is no point for asking my friends from US to get me something because the price for shipping from US to Europe will be that 25 % off
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Jade Nail Collection by Chanel. Fall 2009 =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marina,

      Ah, well. I guess it goes both ways. You guys have a lot of cool stuff that we can’t get. It’s not easy being a makeup junkie sometimes, right?

  21. Arianne says:

    Hey Karen, I’ve used the 217 for both concealer and on my crease. But I loooove it for defining the crease. It’s so soft and it works so well.
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… The Poor Girl’s Vanity Table. =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      I know, right? I would seriously flip out if I lost my brush… tears would be shed, for sho’!

      Oh, one more thing it’s good for — blending!

  22. Jenna says:

    I ordered:

    217 brush (based on your recommendations! yay!)
    Prep + Prime SPF50
    Cleanse Off Oil
    Mineralize Natural Powder (whatever it’s called) in Light Medium

    I hope I don’t regret not buying any lipglosses, lipsticks or eyeshadows!!!

  23. Gina says:

    Blankety lipstick-I can’t live w/o this
    Fix + -Great 4 hot summer days
    Blacktrack Fluidline
    All the e/s from Naked Honey collection
    tinted lipglass in she’s a star

    Hubby is going to freak out…good thing I forgot to go to the mall on Saturday!He should be very proud of me for not paying full price!!

  24. Ana says:

    I just started crying,in Germany we don’t have this sale.
    My favourite ist the Golden Bronze loose powder from the Style Warrior collection.It’s the only one that hits my skin tone.

  25. Nancy says:

    Hi Karen! I told myself that I would be on a makeup buying ban until the summer was over, but then I read about the MAC F&F sale on your blog and I couldn’t stop myself!! LOL. I added a bunch of things to my bag but ended up ordering Knight Divine, Phloof!, Sketch, and Shale pro palette refill pans, plum foolery blush, the 217 brush, and the pro palette eyeshadow x 4 pan. I’m really excited about the 217 blending brush!! I love reading beauty blogs but you guys are enablers! πŸ˜›

  26. Stephie says:

    WOO! I placed my order last night: 219 brush, E/s in silvering, trax, twinks, texture, crystal avalanche, and humid. Im contemplating placing another order for a 168 and 188 blush πŸ˜› Gotta LOVE the F&F sale <3 Did you pick up loads of things as well Karen?

  27. Aleia says:

    After much debate with my inner self, here are the goodies I got.

    Queen Bee (temp. out of stock!)
    Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
    Turquatic (The aqua Perfume, I remember it smelled good in the store)

    Mineralize Skinfinish Medium Plus& Studio Sculpt Concealer NW35 (my essentials to keep @ my bf’s place)

    Honey Light

    Karen, so the finishing powder you use it in place of your powder? interesting. Have you ever tried both? I hope it works out for me, there are no exchanges in the store! damit.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aleia,

      I have tried both the regular powder and the Prep+Primer powder separately, but not together. I like to use ’em separately. πŸ™‚

      I really like the Prep+Prime powder though… it’s probably one of the best translucent ones I’ve ever tried.

  28. sdpfeiffy says:

    finally got back to fun internet stuff. LOL waiting for my nails to dry so I can go to bed before we hit the road tomorrow. I’ll be taking my laptop so I can check your suggestions before I hit the Mac store.

    I’m looking for something that’s not pink, not peachy, not too brown but golden tan. Something that looks like my skin but way better, to wear with smoky eyes or as a natural look. Prob matte or sheertone, and I’m C40 right now. Hope that’s enough description.

    PS I already have or have tried Mocha, Sweet as Cocoa (not quite right), Margin (too peachy and frosty for what I’m looking for), Sunbasque. Do you think Sincere, Trace Gold, Honour might show up? I do have BP Blush in Eversun, but it’s a tad too light now. Sweet Harmony BP is too orange.

    I know, I’m difficult.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sdpfeiffy,

      Hmm, how about a bronzer? I’m thinking Refined Golden.

      For blushes check out Blunt and Coppertone. As for Sincere, Trace Gold and Honour I think you can get them to show up; if one layer isn’t enough color for you, you can always do multiple layers. Sometimes I’ll do even two or three depending what mood I’m in. Dunno what kind of skin you have, but if you wear a thicker moisturizer beneath on your cheeks that also helps to pick up more color. Hope this helps! Have fun at the MAC store!

  29. paula r says:


    oh and i was totally at century theatre daly city and guess who i saw getting a latte, GUESS. …….

    YES GEORGE LUCAS. i was like no no no no…. YES it was him.

  30. Archelle says:

    I got:

    Girlie, Buckwheat, and Creme de Miel eyeshadows
    She’s a Star lipglass
    239 brush
    Naked Honey skin salve

    I’m on a low-buy so not too terribly much.

  31. Joanna says:

    I ordered some back-ups: blacktrack fluidline, engraved powerpoint pencil, shroom e/s pan, 187 brush. I use these items practically everyday πŸ™‚
    Also ordered cork e/s pan, copperplate e/s pan and the 266 brush.
    Really wanted to order more, especially blushes, but I’m gonna wait for Color Craft πŸ™‚

  32. Tiffany says:

    Hi Karen! Yeah, I thought about ordering again, but I don’t wanna pay for shipping πŸ™

  33. Jane says:

    I can’t decide! Please help! I’m on a tight budget. Should I get MSF natural – is it worth it? can it be used instead of foundation esp. during the summer months?

    Also, I can’t decide among the eyeshadow colors. I am only buying two. Please help me choose! (need neutrals for work)
    Naked Lunch?
    Satin Taupe?

    And what is the best nude lipstick from MAC?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane,

      From your list I love Woodwinked and Cork. Satin Taupe is another crowd favorite, but it really depends on your skin tone. When I wear it by itself I look bruised, my when my good friend Chris wears it she looks PHENOMENAL.

      Regarding the MSF, are you referring to the loose foundation? I like it, but it’s a challenge to travel with. Here’s a review.

  34. Daya says:

    I usually stock up on eyeshadows! My haul consisted of:

    Pro pan e/s in Bronze/Sketch/Shroom
    E/S in Buckwheat
    and my Studio Fix foundation

  35. Apple Diva says:

    I got a few items e.g. natural MSF and Love rock blush. Since I dont use MAC foundation anymore, I felt at a loss. Glad there was a sale though!
    .-= Apple Diva’s last blog post… Neutrogena Deep Clean Relaxing Nightly Cleanser – Review =-.

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