What Are Your MAC Staples?

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Fellow MAC fans, imagine a world without your favorite MAC products, the ones you hope they never discontinue.


I would…

Here are my MAC staples:

  • MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete and the 266 Small Angled Brush: The dynamic duo I use to fill my eyebrows. Without ’em my facial expression looks stuck somewhere between surprise and adoration.
  • Eyeshadow in Soft Brown: I’m in crazy love with this matte brown. It’s my go-to crease color, matter of fact. Incidentally, I hear it gets a lot of use on the set of Mad Men.
  • Lipglass in Nymphette: I can’t even begin to guess the number of tubes I’ve finished. I’ve been a fan of this shimmery golden pink gloss *forever*.

If you’re a fellow MAC fiend fan, what are your staples from the brand? I’m always looking for new gems to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF, gals! How does your day look?


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  1. Beth says:

    Hey Karen

    My Friday has been stressful, I’ve got some sort of nasty rash all over me and I can’t work out what it is online (it doesn’t itch but according to the interwebs every rash itches!) and I can’t see a doc til Monday. ๐Ÿ™

    My MAC collection is teeny buy one of my goals for 2009 is to grow it! I couldn’t live without Select SPF 15 foundation which is what I’ve used for the last couple of years.

    Also, if they discontinued Syrup lipstick I’d be pretty damn peeved, it’s my staple for wearing with smokey eyes – the perfect shade of pink!

    Hope you’re having a good one today.

    .-= Beth’s last blog post… Where it all startedรขโ‚ฌยฆ =-.

    • Triner says:

      I had a non-itchy rash as an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. It went away after the meds ran their course. If you’re not taking any new medication, it’s possible it’s dry skin.
      Good luck and hopefully you can figure out what it actually is!

  2. Brianna says:

    Mac Blush in Well Dressed and Dolly Mix (polar oposites) but so great! and Pink Lemonade lipgloss

  3. Katie says:

    Eyeshadow in Shroom
    Eyeshadow in Texture
    Lipstick in Creme Cup
    Lipstick in Bombshell
    Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
    .-= Katie’s last blog post… Long time no blog… =-.

  4. Kristen says:

    Where do I begin?! I would seriously die if any of these were discontinued…don’t even make me think of it!

    – Fluidline in Blacktrack
    – Studio Moisture Cream
    – Studio Finish Concealer (NW20), the best heavy-duty concealer for blemishes
    – Studio Select Cover-Up (NW20), the best undereye concealer ever
    – Lip Conditioner Stick
    – Plushglass in Ample Pink
    – Filament eyeshadow (amazing eye highlighter)
    – Dazzelglass in Extra Amps
    – Angel lipstick
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Recession Beauty: Inecto Pure Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Doesnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt Live Up to the Hype =-.

  5. Sanayhs says:

    Blanc Type eyeshadow, 217 brush, Well Dressed blush, Bare Canvas paint. Many of my favourites have already been axed over time, of course. *eye roll*
    .-= Sanayhs’s last blog post… To sleep, perchance to dream – aye, there’s the rub =-.

  6. Kelly says:

    I too would DIE without them. I would look like a 12 year old boy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are my staples:

    Omega E/S for my brows
    Vanilla E/S as highlighter
    Fluidline in BlackTrack
    Eye kohl in Smolder
    Viva Glam II lipstick (the only lipstick I have been through at least 3 tubes of)
    Well Dressed powder blush
    Cultured Lip Glass (been through many tubes of this as well)
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Orgasm Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Swatches and Review =-.

  7. Megan says:

    109 brush
    Fascinating eye kohl
    Blot powder in medium (pressed)
    Naked pigment
    Dollymix blush
    .-= Megan’s last blog post… A Challenge! =-.

  8. Heidi says:

    Graphblack Techakohl
    Femme-Fi eye shadow (it’s LE — but I’m stocked up! Yay for CCOs)
    Satin Taupe eye shadow
    239 brush

  9. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! I see you have a couple of products there ๐Ÿ™‚ MAC is not yet available in my country….so I didn’t got the chance to try their products. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Estee Lauder TOP 10 Holiday 2009 Makeup Gifts =-.

  10. Oh man, hardest question ever!! My absolute must haves:

    Arena eyeshadow
    Texture eyeshadow
    Amberlights eyeshadow
    Lightful Cream
    Moisturecover concealer
    109 brush
    Viva Glam V lipstick
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Thanks But I’ll Pass on the Alligator Skin – Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration Moisturizer Review =-.

  11. Toni says:

    My Friday is busy. My brother-in-law is coming into town tonight and my house is a mess! So, I am busy trying to clean up. I also need to go and exchange some MAC stuff at Macy’s and Nordstrom.

    My MAC stash is just eye shadows and a Hello Kitty Beauty Powder. I hope they don’t discontinue the following eye shadows: Shroom, Mylar, Patina, and Shale. Love those colors! If they did, I would probably head to NYX, because some of them look very similar to MAC shadows.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Sylvie says:

    I think my lips would shrivel up and fall off my face without my MAC lip conditioner (the emollient ones in the tub with SPF 15). I’ve been using that for nearly 4 years now, day and night and the few times I forgot or didn’t, I was very very uncomfortable.

    I also need their concealer (I used select cover up for years before studio sculpt came out. I’m hitting the bottom of the first jar and haven’t really decided if I’m going back to select cover up or staying on with studio sculpt.)

  13. amy says:

    My MAC staples are the following:

    Kid eyeshadow
    Shroom eyeshadow
    Wonderstruck lustreglass
    Peachykeen Sheertone Shimmer Blush
    Studio Scuplt Concealer NW 30
    MSF Natural in Medium Dark
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Skinfood Black Sesame Hot Mask: Not so Hot =-.

  14. Frances says:

    If they ever discontinued Mascara X I would die! I have tried eleventy-hundred mascaras and this by far is my favorite.

  15. Tali says:

    The 182 Kabuki
    Freckletone Lipstick
    Margin Blush
    Mulch, Woodwinked & All That Glitters shadows.

    I think i would have a mental breakdown without them!!
    .-= Tali’s last blog post… Bring On The Glitter!! =-.

  16. Jenny says:

    Face: Studio Fix Fluid and MSFN in medium

    Eyes: Vanilla e/s + Bamboo e/s mixed together as highlight colour. And Bamboo also used as a transition colour. Cork e/s for eyebrows. And Fast Response Eye Cream

    Brushes: 219, 188, 109

  17. Steph B says:

    It is starting to finally feel like winter here. I am not happy about that.

    My MAC all stars are
    212 brush – best cream liner brush ever
    Capricious lustre lipstick – the perfect just darker then my lips shade that I can wear to work, running around, or glam up for evening.
    e/s in Patina, Print, and Shale — these are my go to colors for simple washes or base colors to build off of.

  18. gio says:

    MAC 219 brush. I just couldn’t live without it.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Online Store Review: Cocktail Cosmetics =-.

  19. kimbra says:

    mac eyeshadow in nylon…love it!

  20. lexi says:

    my list is surprisingly short:

    espresso e/s – #266 brush – my eyebrows would be non-existent without them
    soba e/s – my go to crease color for neutral and most eye looks
    technakohl liners – eye and lip
    MSF – med. dark
    arena e/s – my favorite ‘not there – there’ shadow!
    fluidline – black
    black plushlash and zoom lash

    the aforementioned #266

    ha – my list isn’t as short as i thought it would be!

  21. Erin M says:

    The eye shadows that I gravitate towards for easy eyes are:
    Naked Lunch
    Satin Taupe
    Sumputous Olive

    For lips I need:
    Viva Glam II
    Viva Glam V lip gloss

  22. Patty says:

    New favorite is Copperplate eyeshadow. It’s just the perfect buttery matte shade of plummy chocolatey brown taupe. If that makes sense. And Bisque is grrreeeeat for smoothing lines away, especially with the 227 brush.

  23. Imelda says:

    If MAC stopped making Studio Gold Loose powder (PRO) I would have a nervous breakdown. My staples are: Brow pencil in Spiked, Carbon eyeshadow, and Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC40. What’s rough is that most of my favorite products are limited edition and I’ll never find them again once I finish them!

  24. GeriBerry says:

    Karen, do you use your Lipglass until the last drop? I heat up a mug of water for a couple minutes in the microwave, then put my seemingly empty lipglosses in the cup for 10 minutes. It melts all the gloss stuck to the sides of the tube and it collects at the bottom. Voila, you’ve postponed buying a new one ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= GeriBerry’s last blog post… GeriBerry: @neilhimself I am so glad my boyfriend introduced me to your books. You are the coolest author ever ๐Ÿ™‚ =-.

  25. Jacks says:

    Hiya Karen! TGIF to you too…today was the last day of classes for the semester (WOOT!) but ultimately that means exams will start next week (BOO). I’m just glad it’s sunny outside, it’s slightly less depressing, hah.

    Anywho, here are my MAC staples:
    – 217 brush: my first and favourite blending brush. It’s a life-changer…really! I never really did any eyeshadow looks before I got the 217.
    – 109 brush: for applying foundation/contour. Such an awesome multitasking brush!
    – 266 brush: makes filling in my brows so easy. (Can ya tell I’m obsessed with my brushes?)
    – Shroom e/s: I use this one in almost every look I do.
    – Nymphette l/g and Jubilee l/s

  26. Noemi says:

    This is off topic because i only have like two ๐Ÿ™ MAC makeup products & i can live just fine without em but there is supposedly a Milani dupe for Nymphette Lipglass . Have you seen/heard/tried it before ? I haven’t, but Nymphette looks so prettyfuls :]

  27. Melia says:

    I would probably go mad if they discontinued Da Bling eyeshadow. I haven’t been able to find a similar pink that looks so good.

  28. Tania says:

    My MAC Staples are:
    Studio Fix Powder Foundation
    Smooth Harmony Beauty Powder (this is LE and when I run out I will cry)
    Desert Rose Powder Blush
    Soft Brown eyeshadow
    Black Tied eyeshadow

  29. Kristin says:

    My MAC staples are Untitled Paint, Beguile Brow Set, and Cleanse Off Oil. I’m not a *huge* MAC fan, but these are the items I can’t live without!

  30. Fly Honey says:

    MAC Brule (satin) e/s. MAC Blackberry (matte) e/s. Mac Melba Blush. MAC Blot Powder. MAC Studio Stick SPF 15 Foundation.
    .-= Fly Honey’s last blog post… i give in… =-.

  31. Aleksis says:

    1.Mineralize satin finish foundation
    2.ALL of their cremesheen lipsticks
    3.Omega e/s (for brows when I’m blonde, it’s the BEST color!)

    I’m a big MAC fan and even though I love lots of their other products…those three are the only things I would freak out over being discontinued!
    .-= Aleksis’s last blog post… My diet/exercise regimen! =-.

  32. Rebecca says:

    The Prep + Prime SPF 50 primer. It’s a great makeup-grabbing, pore-hiding, oilies-stopping primer AND good sun protection. Yay!
    And the 187 brush. It’s divine. And of course the Spice lipliner.

  33. barbara says:

    sushi flower. forever and always. it can go from a girly-girl pink to a glamorous oriental look in a snap.

  34. shontay says:

    Hey Karen. My friday has been pretty laid back.

    My Mac faves are eyeshadows in Sketch, Dazzlelight and Fashion Groupie, Soba and Glamour Check

    My fave glasses are Magnetique and So This Season (limited of course)

    My fave lipsticks are Sci Fi Delity, Utter Fun and Violetta

    My fave blushes are Notable and Fever

  35. Julia says:

    Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW15….someone would have to die if that ever went away….there would be a pile of bodies

  36. Brittany says:

    Hi Karen,

    My MAC staples are the following:

    -Eyeshadow: Jest, Sable, Shroom
    -Studio Fix Powder Foundation
    -217 brush

  37. Brittany says:

    Omg, and how could I forget, my beloved High Tea lipstick ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Carol L says:

    My MAC staples are Satin Taupe, Viva Glam V and the 226 brush. My day is not complete if I do not use these products.

  39. Glosslizard says:

    My perm staples are Painterly paint pot, and Brule eyeshadow. Unfortch, a couple of my staples (mineralize skinfinish in Blonde and eyeshadow in Femme-Fi) are already LE! Boo! Here’s hoping for repromotes!

  40. meimei says:

    A world without a single Paint Pot (much love for Painterly!) is a world that I don’t want to live in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    For my money, MAC also makes *the* best red lipsticks; I’m still in love with “O” and Underworld, and Dare You (Cremesheen) is still in my arsenal. I also don’t know how I can live without the Colour Forms 5 Warm Eyes palette (from Nordies, Summer/Fall 2008) because every single color in there is basic but gorgeous.

    Finally: Brushes #224 and #266. Best eye-makeup brushes EVER.

    A side note: I also have MAC to thank for a non-MAC product – if it wasn’t for the Fluidline, I would never have discovered L’Oreal HIP’s cream liner, which wears just as well as the original. Love, love, love!
    .-= meimei’s last blog post… Holiday Gift Guide 2009, Part 1 =-.

  41. Michelle says:

    “MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete and the 266 Small Angled Brush: The dynamic duo I use to fill my eyebrows. Without รขโ‚ฌหœem my facial expression looks stuck somewhere between surprise and adoration.”

    LOL! Karen, you crack me up!

  42. Karen B says:

    Technakohl liner in brown. I NEED this product to survive!
    Eyeshadow in vanilla and kid (all over the lid/browbone and crease colour) which are my perfect neutral eyeshadows

  43. Arianne says:

    For me it would be Satin Taupe, Blacktrack, and Mineral Skinfinish Natural, aaand Dainty blush. I’m also falling fast for Patisserie lipstick, which was LE, but my nearest MAC store still had a few of them when I bought it.
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… No Thanks: Makeup Products I Will Not Use. =-.

  44. Andrea says:

    my staples would be:
    Satin Taupe e/s
    Snob l/s
    & MSF Natural!

  45. tabby says:

    Only two staples:
    Vapour e/s
    Luminary lustreglass

  46. kitty says:

    TOP THREE (though i could easily list 10 or fifteen!)

    1. fluidline in blacktrack
    2. painpot in bare study
    3. blush in peaches

  47. Daniela says:

    Good question! I don’t really have a very big MAC collection. Most of my collection consists of lip products – it’s a bit of an addiction, I admit. My staples lately have been Queen Bee and Underage (of course) lipglasses. Also, I love love love Springsheen blush and would be lost without Woodwinked e/s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Elle says:

    I don’t even know where to start.

    Blacktrack fluidline
    Feline kohl pencil
    Powersurge eyeliner

    Woodwinked e/s
    Soft Brown

    Sophisto l/s

    Love Nectar lustreglass

    MSF Natural
    Tinted Moisturizer
    Studio Sculpt concealer

    …just off the top of my head, but I know I have at least 10 more items… ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Shivotra says:

    For me, my number one favorite is MAC Russian Red. I seriously LOVE this gloss as much as my friends and family. Whenever I am having a bad day, I put this gloss on and I feel like the sassiest girl in school. Seriously, its THAT good.
    Also love my MAC brushes lots and lots – all of them. And my favorite shadow is JUXT. Perfect summer green shadow ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Mlle_Alistar says:

    My staples are:
    Lip Conditioner
    Vex E/S
    Smut E/S
    Vanilla Pigment
    Ruby Woo Lipstick
    Mahogany Lipliner
    Mocha Blush

  51. salynn says:

    If I have to choose….

    face prep+prime
    239 and 217 brush

  52. Stef says:

    Sadly, I have never tried a MAC product. But because of this post, my New Year’s Resolution is to remedy that!

  53. Lauren says:

    Hey karen!
    I couldn’t live without: zoom fast black lash, black track fluid line, all that glitters eyeshadow, rubenesque paint pot, feline kohl power, baby sparks dazzle glass, vanilla pigment, and myth lipstick ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Marina says:

    None, believe it or not!

  55. mill says:


  56. Catherine says:

    At our place Mac has just appeared, so I don`t have that many must-haves.
    But the first (and still the most amazing) thing I bought there –
    tinted lip conditioner in Perfect Plum.
    Plum is misleading cause my idea of a plum colour is different.
    But it is a really perfect just bitten-natural-lips colour. Not cold. Not warm. Neutral.

  57. kia says:

    hi karen, i think we’ve always agreed on the 266, but i have to go with cork e/s in my brows. i also love love love On a Mission blush and Sunny by Nature MSF, yum!
    .-= kia’s last blog post… Best Eyeliner for Under $10! =-.

  58. Lina says:

    LOL – I have already FREAKED THE EFF out because they discontinued Camel Eyeshadow, Angel Blush, Cheek Blush, Honey B lipliner, made Coco Pigment LE, and also Lip65 Lipglass LE.

    I’ve learned to not fall completely in love with anything from MAC b/c they’ve discontinued so many of my favorites.

    My current staples though are:
    VGV lipstick and lipglass
    VGVI lipstick and lipglass

    I have a case of back-ups of the things I really really loved that were LE.
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… Victoria’s Secret Makeup: Heidi Klum’s Exotic Jewels & VS Makeup Collection =-.

  59. Daya says:

    I ADORE Sable e/s, Dazzlelight e/s and Soft N Slow l/g. Stark Naked blush is also on that list.

  60. Kelsey says:

    mac eversun beauty powder blush from style warriors is my all-time favorite blush. I used to think people were crazy when they’d buy backups but now I understand!
    .-= Kelsey’s last blog post… Beauty Products I’m Currently Using =-.

  61. Kandice says:

    My MAC must haves:

    *Dipdown fluidline and the 266 brush for my eyebrows
    *Vanilla pigment (great highlighter!)
    *Eyeshadows in Vanilla, Nylon, Trax, Sumptuous Olive, Bronze, and Carbon
    *Studio Finish Concealer and the Studio Sculpt Concealer
    * Lipstick in Odyssey and Lipglass in Magnetique and Viva Glam VI
    * Blush in Flirt & Tease, Peachtwist, and Well Dressed
    *217 and 239 brushes

  62. Dani C says:

    Hi Karen

    My fave MAC staples (god theres so many things I could think of!) here goes:

    MAC viva glam v lipstick – I’ve gone thru at least 3 of these
    Springsheen/ Style/ Peachykeen blushers
    Ladybug lipstick
    urgent slimshine – love this!
    MAC viva glam 1 – love red lips!
    All that glitters
    Modest tone e/s – LE
    Femme Fi – LE!
    sumptous olive

    Am sure theres more that I can’t think of right now!!lol. Good list though right? x

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