A few years ago, I made a post for Viva Glam Lipglasses and lipsticks, but it’s outdated and has pretty inaccurate and lame pictures, so I wanted to redo it! Instead of grouping everything together, I’m separating Lipsticks from Lipglasses and from the new Viva Glam Miley campaign, which I will post soon. I apologize for these not being super new, but they’ve been well loved! Anything is an improvement over the photos from the last post, I can assure you of that!

Note: For the sake of getting this post redone quickly (it’s one of the posts that was lost during a power outage), I will be copying and pasting some things from the VG Lipstick post!

Viva Glam isn’t just any line of Lipsticks and Lipglasses… It’s what fuels the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people all over the world who are living with AIDS and HIV. Viva Glam started back in 1994 with Viva Glam I lipstick, which is a classic red, and is my favorite red lipstick of all time! To this day, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised over $315 million (last I heard, anyway)… That’s SO much!

As a former MAC Artist and Viva Glam Ambassador, this cause is really close to my heart. You have no idea how genuinely excited the people at MAC get every time they sell a Viva Glam product because they’re truly dedicated to helping people living with AIDS and HIV. I got to help out at a food bank one day when I was volunteering with the other Viva Glam Ambassadors of the LA area… What we did was help pack food a month’s worth of food for people who are affected by this disease… Even I didn’t realize how buying one Lipglass or lipstick can make a difference until I saw the results first hand… So yeah, long story short: Buying one of these Lipglasses really does make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people… Thank you to everyone who helps support this cause! For more information about the MAC AIDS Fund, check out http://www.macaidsfund.org

Top: Viva Glam V Botom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Botom: Viva Glam VI

MAC Lipglasses are highly pigmented with quite a bit of shine. The opacity, texture, and cool payoff vary between creamy and shimmery finishes, but these do have decent color payoff, even though they contain some micro-shimmer particles. MAC’s Lipglass formula is not a runny type of gloss by any means… It’s quite sticky/tacky, but thins and smooths out once the product warms up on the lips. The Viva Glam Lipglasses actually seem less sticky than some others do. It’s applies easily with the spongey doe foot applicator, though may take a few swipes back and forth to even out and get full coverage (like I said, the product has to warm up to even out).  I typically get around 4 hours of wear time with MAC Lipglasses before I have to touch up. If you want to extend the wear time, you can apply these over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will also help keep these creamy colors from settling into the lines of your lips. Using a liner first will also help keep these Lipglasses on longer!

Both of these are permanent colors and are available at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each Lipglass sells for $15, with 100% of that sale going directly to the MAC AIDS Fund! Like other MAC Lipglasses, these contain 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and have a very subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

VG LIpglass Labels

Top:   Viva Glam V Bottom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Bottom: Viva Glam VI

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipglasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipglasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V:   This Lipglass is a “neutral pink with pearl”… It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with some warm undertones and a pearly, golden sheen, thanks to the suuuuuuper tiny micro-shimmer particles! What I love about this Lipglass is the fact that’s it’s NOT super intense, so it can be worn alone for a “your-lips-but-better” sort of look, or it can be layered over so many different lip pencils and lipsticks. I literally have about 4 of these… One in my kit, one in my personal collection, one in my car, and one in my makeup bag in my purse haha… It truly is the perfect natural lip for anyone of any age or skin tone! You may layer this Lipglass over the Viva Glam V Lipstick too if you want to add some shine and dimension to it.

The texture is smooth and not as sticky as some other Lipglasses are, which makes it apply very easily. Color payoff is good, but looks warmer on the lips than it does in the tube… This is just due to the natural pigment of your own lips. It covers well and evenly, but it’s not totally opaque, but as I mentioned, this makes it a lot more versatile and wearable for an every day look. As with most MAC Lipglasses, I got about 3-4 hours of solid wear time before it needed touching up, closer to 4-5 when layered over a liner that I also filled in with pretty heavily, then blended in around the corners and edges of the lip.

Liners:   Since this is pretty neutral, you can use a vast array of liners with this Lipglass, depending on what colors you’d like to play up… A few of my favorites are Subculture, Boldly Bare, Stripdown, Whirl, and Dervish… If you’d like to go a bit deeper you can also try Plum, Half-Red, or even Chestnut.

Note: Don’t let the overall rating below fool you! Like I said, this is not MEANT to be a super bold, intense gloss, so it’s just not going to get high ratings got coverage/color payoff but trust me, it’s gorgeous!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI:   Viva Glam VI is a “warm plum with pearl”… It’s a medium, plummy-pink with warm undertones and a multidimensional, though mostly golden and pinkish, fine shimmer. Like Viva Glam V Lipglass, this is flattering on everyone and cam be worn alone or layered over something else, like the Viva Glam VI Lipstick or a liner. This gloss has a little more shimmer and brightness than Viva Glam V, so it’s like a “your-lips-but-damn-girl-they-poppin'” sort of gloss!

The texture for Viva Glam VI gloss is a little more sticky and less smooth than Viva Glam V is, but that’s partially due to the larger glitter particles. Color payoff is deeper and warmer on the lips than it appears in the tube, but that’s because it does let your own lip color show though a bit… That said, that also means it’s not fully opaque, and is semi-sheer, but it’s so similar to a naturally brightly pigmented lip that you can’t really tell (if that even makes any sense… I need my coffee before I write this stuff). Like the other Viva Glam Lipglass, I get 3-4 hours of wear time alone, and 4-5 when layered over a liner.

Liners:   You can so with neutral or neutral-pink liners like Subculture, Boldly Bare, Dervish, or Soar, or you can add some more color with Plum, Half-Red, or even something like Beet! It’s such a versatile Lipglass that you can they all sorts of combinations until you find the perfect one!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hey everyone! I wanted to quickly apologize for any recent delays in new posts… I’m not going to disappear again, I’ve just had really severe weather in my area almost daily for the past two weeks so I haven’t had internet or power a lot of the time! I actually wrote 5-6 posts that I thought I’d saved as drafts that only needed some tweaking, and when I went to post them last night, it looks like they were lost during one of the power/internet outages since I had forgotten to save them like a total idiot. I’m working on redoing those now, so it may be a day or two, but I’ll have something up soon!

Almost two weeks ago a tornado actually hit my house! It ripped a branch off of my big tree, knocked out power and even carried a trampoline and metal shed and wrapped them around a light pole the street over from me! I’ve lived in Oklahoma almost my entire life, aside from the time I was in LA, so I’m sort of used to this but I’ve never had one actually “hit home”. Every power line, stop sign, and light pole was seriously bent in half… It was insane! Needless to say, I didn’t have power for a while after that.

It was even crazier because a few nights later there was a hailstorm with hailstones the size of softballs! So yeah, that did some damage too. Having storms almost daily means lighting and random power outages so I haven’t even had my computers on for fear of damage to them if lightning blows the power out again. I think I get a break from weather tomorrow at least, so I’ll be hard at work on the blog then!

If the bad weather takes a break this evening, you all will be seeing a Viva Glam Lipglass post :) For now, it’s time to turn off the computer since there’s another tornado warning lol… I think I jinxed myself by sitting down to write this post!
Thanks for reading!

XO,

Lesley

I originally made a big jumble of a Viva Glam post a few years ago, which has these lipsticks in it, but it’s outdated and has pretty inaccurate and lame pictures so I wanted to redo it! Instead of grouping everything together, I’m separating Lipsticks from Lipglasses and from the new Viva Glam Miley campaign, which I will post very soon. I apologize for these lipsticks being used. They probably look super gross and deformed because they’re wiped onto my palette all the time lol, so ignore that and just look at the color! Even with the way they look, it’s still a better representation of their color than the photos in the previous post.

Viva Glam isn’t just any line of Lipsticks and Lipglasses… It’s what fuels the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people all over the world who are living with AIDS and HIV. Viva Glam started back in 1994 with Viva Glam I lipstick, which is a classic red, and is my favorite red lipstick of all time! To this day, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised over $315 million (last I heard, anyway)… That’s SO much!

As a former MAC Artist and Viva Glam Ambassador, this cause is really close to my heart. You have no idea how genuinely excited the people at MAC get every time they sell a Viva Glam product because they’re truly dedicated to helping people living with AIDS and HIV. I got to help out at a food bank one day when I was volunteering with the other Viva Glam Ambassadors of the LA area… What we did was help pack food a month’s worth of food for people who are affected by this disease… Even I didn’t realize how buying one lipstick can make a difference until I saw the results first hand… So yeah, long story short: Buying one of these lipsticks really does make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people… Thank you to everyone who helps support this cause! For more information about the MAC AIDS Fund, check out http://www.macaidsfund.org

Okay, enough talk… Here are the lipsticks!

Left to Right: I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Left to Right:   I, II, III, IV, V, VI

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. The Viva Glam line contains all sorts of finishes, so I’ll go into more detail in each individual review. I love that some of my favorite matte lipsticks ever are part of Viva Glam… It’s great because they made these so that anyone can use these and look gorgeous wearing them, no matter what age or skin tone you are!

With any lipstick, I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip. This is especially important if you’re wearing a red or dark matte, like Viva Glam I and III, or a nude Satin, like Viva Glam II, since those are the most likely types of finishes and colors to emphasize dry, chapped areas… Prep + Prime Lip is a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

All of these are permanent colors and are available at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each lipsticks sell for $16, with 100% of that sale going directly to the MAC AIDS Fund! Like other MAC lipsticks, these contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Viva Glam Lipstick Labels

Left to Right:   I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Left to Right: I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (it was a little bright that day).
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Viva Glam I

Viva Glam I

Viva Glam I

Viva Glam I
I know, it looks super gross, but I usually warm this up on my hand and apply it from there with a brush, soooo that explains it lol.

Viva Glam I

Viva Glam I
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Viva Glam I:   Viva Glam I is an “intense brownish blue-red” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bold, blue based true red with slightly brownish undertones. The blue base will make your teeth look SUPER white, while the brownish undertones will tone this red down a bit, so it makes it easier for anyone to wear day to day. It’s matte too, but not so matte it’s dry, like the Retro Matte finishes. It looks creamy at first and dries down to be more matte about 15 minutes after application.

The texture of this lipstick is very creamy and easy to apply. Color payoff is great and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is also wonderful and fully opaque with very little product used. I get between 6 and 7 hours of wear with Viva Glam I, with closer to 7 if I wear a liner.

Liners:   Brick Lip Pencil is a nearly perfect match if you don’t want any color variation between your lipstick and liner. Cherry is lighter and brighter. Redd is lighter, brighter and warmer (more orange/yellow based). Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also close, but is brighter and lighter. It can be used with Viva Glam I if you want a brighter look and longer wear time, though. You can play around a lot with this lipstick… Liners like Chestnut or Mahogany can be used if you want to bring out the brown undertones. You can also try Currant, Vino, or even Nightmoth if you want a deeper, more vampy, ombre lip.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II

Viva Glam II:   This lipstick is a “muted pink-beige with shimmer” and has a Satin finish… It’s a light to medium (kinda depends on your own lip pigmentation), cool, beige nude with pink undertones. The shimmer in it is suuuuper tiny and just adds a soft, golden sheen. It’s actually nearly matte, so all the shimmer really does is add some dimension. Despite the fact that it’s a little light, it looks good on nearly all skin tones. It’s easy to play around with this lipstick and alter it with different liners, so you can create a lot of different looks with this kind of nude.

Viva Glam II feels really smooth, as most Satins do, and glides on easily. Color payoff tends to actually look warmer on the lips than it does in the tube, especially if you have naturally very pigmented lips, Coverage is almost (like 90%) opaque, but not completely. I typically get about 6 hours of wear with this lipstick, slightly longer if I wear a liner with it.

Liners:   There are SO many liners you can use with this! If you want something more nude, you can try Subculture or Stripdown. Oak and Stone will work too if you want to cool this color down. For more pink liners, you can use Dervish, Soar, or Whirl. To bring out brown tones or deepen it a little, you can use Chestnut, Cork, even Spice or Hover.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III

Viva Glam III:   Viva Glam III is a “muted brownish-plum” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, subtle brownish plum with a creamy Matte finish which starts out with a soft sheen, then soon dries down to a true matte. This is one of my personal favorite lipsticks, especially because I’m a sucker for a dark, matte lip. The best thing is that you can dab this on lightly for a stained look, or you can apply it like usual for a a beautiful plummy lip. The brownish undertones warm up the color and make it more wearable, so pretty much anyone can rock this lipstick!

For a Matte, it feels extremely creamy and applies very evenly. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube, maybe warmer on some people, depending on your skin tone. Coverage is completely opaque. Wear time is about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   To bring out the more plum tones of this lipstick, I suggest the Lip Pencils Plum, Half-Red, even Currant, Vino, or as deep as Nightmoth (my personal favorite dark lip of all time btw). If you’d like to play up more of the brown tones, try Chestnut or Mahogany. Burgundy also works and will warm up this lipstick and add some more red tones.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV

Viva Glam IV:   This is a “mid-tone rose with gold pearl” with a Frost finish… It’s a medium, warm toned rosy pink with some berry-ish undertones and a beautiful golden pearly sheen. This is one of those “your lips but better and shinier” kind of lipsticks, so it’s universally flattering on absolutely everyone!

For a Frost lipstick, Viva Glam IV feels pretty smooth and applies easily without the dry drag that some Frosts can give. Color payoff is a little lighter and brighter than it is in the tube, but I like that. It definitely looks bolder and more pink the more pigmented your own lips are. Coverage is about 75% opaque, which is to be expected with this finish of lipstick. I get about 4 and 1/2 hours of wear with no liner, and just over 5 with one.

Liners:   For a more pinky liner, you can use Soar… It’s lighter and pinker, but blends in easily. Half-Red is also a great more reddish/pink/plum liner to use with this lipstick. Beet is just slightly deeper than Viva Glam IV, but very similar. Burgundy will also work if you want a more ombre look.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V:   Viva Glam V is a “neutral pink with pearl” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a medium pink with mostly neutral undertones, although the golden pearly sheen warms it up a bit. It looks amazing on everyone, and it, again, one of those type of “your lips but better” lipsticks… Since it’s not super pigmented, you don’t even have to use a liner with this if you’re just quickly applying something for shine and a little color. I honestly keep one of these in my purse, one at home, and one in my car at all times (on top of the one in my kit). Even if I just put on a little mascara, blush, and this, I feel like I’m put together and look polished. It really is the perfect lipstick for everyone!

This lipstick is pretty smooth, though it’s a bit drier than most other lipsticks in this post, but that’s typical with a lot of Lustres. Still, it applied well. Color payoff is great, especially for a Lustre, but because it’s so similar to lip color, it’s not a super obvious lipstick to begin with, so you won’t be like “OH SNAP that lipstick is poppin'” (Let’s just go ahead and pretend I never said “poppin'”). Coverage is good, though it’s semi-sheer but again, that’s the usual for a Lustre finish. Wear time is just over 4 hours without a liner and closer to 5 with one.

Liners:   Pretty much any nude to pink liner will work with Viva Glam V… A few I like are Subculture, Dervish, Soar, and Half-Red when I want more contrast. You can honestly play around with anything that’s not super dark and it’ll turn out looking great!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI:   This lipstick is a “terracotta-plum with pearl” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm, rosy plum with terracotta brownish undertones and a golden sheen… It’s kind of like the darker version of Viva Glam V, so if you find that one to be too light or pink, you can always try Viva Glam VI instead!

Viva Glam VI felt very smooth, though not quite creamy. Color payoff isn’t as intense on the lips as it is in the tube, but how bright it is also depends on how pigmented your lips naturally are since it’s not opaque… Speaking of coverage, this is obviously semi-sheer, just like Viva Glam V, but that’s not a bad thing! I like the fact that this kind of enhances your natural lip color without totally altering it. Wear time was about 4 hours without wearing a liner, and just over 5 with a liner applied first.

Liners:   Any warm pink or plum, or even some browns will work well with Viva Glam V… I like Dervish, Half-Red, Plum, and Spice the best, but you can play around with many others too!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!

Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams.

The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Dark Conceal and Correct Palette 1

Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!

You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.

There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).

These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.

For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:

W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)

NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)

N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)

NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)

C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)

Dark Conceal and Correct Palette Label

Dark Conceal and Correct Palette 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

NC45

NC45

NC45:   This concealer is a medium dark, cool beige with yellow/olive undertones. Because it’s pretty neutral, it will work for both an under eye brightener on some skin tones, as well as a concealer for blemishes and such. NC45 is also available in the NW40/NC45 Studio Finish Concealer Duo and by itself.

NW45

NW45

NW45:   NW45 is a dark, warm toned brown with orange/red undertones. This color is perfect for correcting dark areas such as under eye circles and any dark spots around the mouth and nose, or even dark spots caused by blemishes or scarring. It cam be used as a highlighter, so long as you have a warm skin tone slightly deeper than this concealer. You can also buy NW45 individually if you like, or you can get it in the NW45/NC50 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

NC50

NC50

NC50:   NC50 is a dark sienna brown with mostly cool, olive undertones, and only a hint of orange undertones. While this color is typically too cool to use as an under eye concealer (though you can give it a shot), it works very well for highlighting some areas of the face, or for covering blemishes. This concealer is also available to buy alone, or as part of the NW45/NC50 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

NW55

NW55

NW55:   This concealer is a deep, warm brown with reddish undertones. It’s a wonderful under eye concealer and highlighter for deeper skin tones. You can also use this as a contour, especially on dark to deep complexions. NW55 is also available to buy by itself.

Ochre

Ochre

Ochre:   Ochre is a dark, cool, mustard yellow corrector that’s meant for cooling down areas of the face with too much redness or warmer types of discoloration. It can be used under the eyes to correct for some people as well, but will definitely need a skin toned concealer applied over it. You can also mix Ochre with other concealers or cream foundations to cool them down a bit. Ochre can actually be purchased individually from MAC PRO in refill palette form… If you purchase it that way, you can pop it into one of MAC’s two, four, or fifteen pan palettes that most people use for eye shadows.

Pure Orange

Pure Orange

Pure Orange:   This corrector is a dark, vibrant orange that’s amazing at covering and correcting dark areas of the skin… Like other more orange toned correctors, it’s perfect under the eyes, around the mouth and nose, and at covering dark spots from scarring or blemishes. You may mix this with other concealers to warm them up as well. Pure Orange, like Ochre, is also available in the form of a refill pan from MAC PRO.

I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!

Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams.

The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Medium Deep Conceal and Correct 1

Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!

You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.

There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).

These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.

For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:

W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)

NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)

N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)

NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)

C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)

Medium Deep Conceal and Correct Label

Medium Deep Conceal and Correct 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

NC40

NC40

NC40:   NC40 is a medium, almost peachy beige with neutral undertones… In the swatch photo, it looks warm, but it’s only because I’m so fair! It actually has cooler-neutral tones on deeper skin tones. It works well to conceal on the face, as well as correct and highlight with, since it’s pretty neutral and doesn’t tend to lean too orange. This concealer can be purchased individually if it’s the only one you need.

NW40

NW40

NW40:   This concealer is a medium-dark, warm beige/brown with orange undertones. I typically use this on dark to deep skin tones to brighten and correct under the eye and around the mouth and nose, if necessary. You can use this to highlight on the face, too. NW40 is also available in the NW40/NC45 Studio Finish Concealer Duo, as well as on its own.

NC42

NC42

NC42:   NC42 is a medium dark, cool toned beige with almost peachy/orange undertones… It looks different on warm or cool skin tones, and I’m so fair that the swatch actually looks a little warmer on me than on most people. Since this color is fairly neutral, it can be used for both under eye correction as well as concealing or highlighting on the face. NC42 can also be bought by itself if you don’t need the entire palette.

NW43

NW43

NW43:   NW43 is a dark, warm brown with somewhat reddish/salmon undertones. It works very well for counteracting dark areas under the eye and around the mouth/nose, as well as any dark spots from blemishes or scarring. You may also use this to highlight with, or to conceal blemishes with if you have about the same skin tone. Even though this is a darker color, it may be too warm for a contour on a lot of people… If you have a medium-dark skin tone, you can try it as a cream bronzer, though! NW43 can be purchased on it’s own but is not part of any of the concealer duos.

Rich Yellow

Rich Yellow

Rich Yellow:   Rich Yellow is a medium , cool yellow and is the corrector color in the palette that’s best for correcting redness, or you can mix it with other concealers to cool them down a bit. You can also mix this with concealers to create a new color for highlighting… Due to the fact that it’s so cool toned and yellow, I don’t necessarily recommend using this under the eyes by itself anyway, because it can make you look a little washed out. Rich Yellow is only available in this palette.

Burnt Coral

Burnt Coral

Burnt Coral:   Burnt Coral is a medium dark, rich, warm toned orange/coral. A corrector like this is awesome at counteracting dark circles under the eyes, as well as any dark spots on the face. However, you don’t just want to put this on without another concealer or at least a bit of your foundation over it… The point of correctors like this is to counteract, but they’ll look a little funky without something similar or lighter than your skin tone blended over them! It’s not necessarily great for highlighting, because it’s so pigmented and orange, but you can mix it with other concealers to warm them up for the purpose of highlighting. Burnt Coral can be purchased in a refill pan from MAC PRO stores or on their website, which fit into the palettes that most people use for eye shadows (you can get those in 2, 4, or 15 pan).

I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!

Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams.

The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Conceal and Correct Palette Medium 1

Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!

You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.

There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).

These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.

For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:

W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)

NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)

N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)

NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)

C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)

Medium palette Label

Medium Palette 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

NC30

NC30

NC30:   This concealer is a light-medium, cool beige with yellow undertones. Since it’s not super yellowish, it can be used to conceal on the face and highlight with, or to brighten the under eye area. NC30 can be purchased individually, as well as in the NW25/NC30 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

NW25

NW25

NW25:   This concealer is a light, warm, creamy beige with strong peachy-pink undertones. I most frequently use this to correct dark circles under the eyes, though it can also be used as a highlighter. You can also buy NW25 by itself, or pick it up in the NW25/NC30 Studio Finish Concealer Palette.

NC35

NC35

NC35:   NC35 is a medium, slightly cool toned beige and works well to correct redness or blemishes on the face, as well as works as a highlighter. On some people, this may look good as a corrector/brightener under the eyes too, but you have to be careful when you get into cooler tones… NC35 is not quite so yellow as some of the other NC shades are, though. If you’re fair like I am, you can even use this as a subtle cream bronzer. You can get NC35 individually or in the NW30/NC35 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

NW35

NW35

NW35:   This concealer is a medium to medium-dark, warm, brownish-beige with peachy/orange undertones. NW35 can be used on the face to conceal or used as a corrector for dark areas, like under the eyes and around the mouth and nose. Like NC35, it can also be used as a cream bronzer on fair/light skin tones if you prefer a warmer toned bronze. NW35 can be purchased by itself.

Mid-Yellow

Mid-Yellow

Mid-Yellow:   Mid-Yellow is one of the correctors in this palette… It’s a light-medium, cool toned yellow. Colors like this are best for correcting redness, but can also be mixed and layered with other concealers to highlight other areas with. Mid-Yellow is available exclusively in this palette.

Mid-Peach

Mid-Peach

Mid-Peach:   This corrector is a light-medium peach with warm undertones. I love using this to correct dark circles and other dark areas on the face. It can also be mixed with other concealers to warm them up to use for concealing or highlighting. Mid-Peach is only available in this palette.

I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!

Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams, though Light doesn’t really have any colors dark enough to use as a contour… The other three do, though!

The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

ConcealerPaletteLight1

Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!

You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.

There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).

These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.

For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:

W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)

NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)

N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)

NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)

C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)

Pro Conceal and Correct Palette Light - Label

Light Palette 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Concealers and Correctors swatched on NC15 skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

NC15

NC15

NC15:   This is the lightest of the NC (Neutral Cool) concealers from MAC. It’s a pale, ivory beige with yellow undertones that is a good match for fair-light, cool skintones. For the most part, I like to use this to cover blemishes, as it helps neutralize redness, but you can also use this as a highlighter and to brighten the under eye area if you prefer a cooler toned concealer over the usual warm tones most people use to correct dark circles. That said, it can be layered over another color, just to brighten. NC15 is available to purchase individually in both refill pans and in the usual Studio Finish concealer packaging.

W10

W10

W10:   This is a sort of new shade of Studio Finish Concealer… It’s a pale, creamy ivory with warm, pinkish undertone. If you’re very fair and have a warmer skin tone (NW or Matchmaster 1-1.5), you can use this on the face to correct. I personally love this color to brighten and highlight under my eyes. It’s just warm enough to cover my dark circles perfectly! This color is only available in this palette and in the W10/NC20 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

NC20

NC20

NC20:   NC20 is a light beige with yellow undertones. This can be used to correct on the face if you have a similar skin tone, or to counteract redness. You can also highlight with this concealer. This color is also available in the W10/NC20 Studio Finish Concealer Duo and can be purchased by itself.

NW20

NW20

NW20:   This concealer is a light, warm, ivory/beige with peachy pink undertones. This type of color is ideal to correct and brighten under the eyes for anyone who has a fair to light complexion. It can also be used to conceal on the face if you have warmer undertones to your skin. NW20 is available individually, as well as in the NW20/NC25 Studio Finish Concealer Duo.

Pale Yellow

Pale Yellow

Pale Yellow:   Pale Yellow is one of the corrector colors in this palette and is, well, a pale, creamy , cool toned yellow. It’s mostly meant to be used as a corrector for redness, but can be mixed with other colors to highlight with, too. This also works for some people under the eyes, though not most because the cooler tone can make you look a little washed out. This corrector is only available in this palette.

Pale Pink

Pale Pink

Pale Pink:   This corrector is a pale, warm, pinky peach that’s best for correcting dark circles and other dark, cool toned discolorations. I use this quite often under my eyes if I don’t want to use something as light as W10. Most of the time when I use Pale Pink, I layer another concealer or I’ll pat my foundation over it so you don’t actually see this color (the whole point of correctors). This corrector is only available in this palette.

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