MAC, Yea or Nay?

Happy Saturday!

As you read this I am getting my hair done. Most likely a cut like this! Wish me luck!

Today I wanted to get a sense of how you feel about MAC reviews on here. I’ve noticed that I don’t often get a lot of comments on MAC reviews, so I’m not sure if it’s just because people don’t feel like commenting, or they aren’t interested in the posts. Many of the MAC releases are HUGE and take a lot of time to photograph, swatch & review, so if you guys have no desire to see them, then I am considering not showing them anymore. Plus I know it can be frustrating when a lot of the best items are already sold out by the time I receive them to review for you.

Having said that, please let me know!

Have a great rest of the day!

-Kelly

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  • February 9, 2013

    I had to say no mostly because I don’t care about MAC anymore. I think they care way more about money than makeup nowadays, and you can tell by the fact that they are pushing out multiple collections per season and majority of the items leave terrible impressions. I’m just over MAC as a company.
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    • February 9, 2013

      (says the girl whose last review is a MAC lipstick, but hey, I got that in a swap and I wanted it when it came out with that collection YEARS ago hahaha)
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    • February 9, 2013
      Miranda

      I feel exactly the same way! They’ve really become a gimmick to me.

  • February 9, 2013

    I voted no because MAC is way out of my budget, and not something I would buy.

  • February 9, 2013
    Melissa

    I voted no, but I think there’s some caveats to that “no.” While I like seeing your swatches, I feel like so many other bloggers cover MAC that I’m not sure if you have to do a full in-depth swatchfest. I would find a FOTD with your picks from the collection, or an interesting photo or two of the collection would be a more interesting way to cover the collection.

    • February 9, 2013
      Melissa

      (I just used the phrase “the collection” way too many times. Yikes.)

    • February 9, 2013

      I agree with Melissa, I think that a FOTD would be a much more interesting way to cover new releases…then you pick your favorite from the collection and swatch them :)

  • February 9, 2013

    Love it when a MAC post has actual product pics, swatches, and analysis. LOATHE AND DETEST Mac posts which are just a set of CGI-pics from a press release – don’t really care what’s upcoming, want to see the product itself, in action.
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    • February 9, 2013
      Allie

      BIG 2nd!!!

    • February 9, 2013
      Katie A

      Agree agree!!!

    • February 9, 2013
      Savvy

      I AGREE!!
      I hate the releases with mac. SHOW ME THE PRODUCT

    • February 10, 2013

      also a big agree, maybe skip out on telling about a new collection. Just do swatches and reviews when you actually get your hands on it.
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    • February 11, 2013
      ReaderRita

      I agree wholeheartedly with Get Lippie! I’m no fan of press releases. But I DO like to see if an actual, physical item has the color, texture or coverage that I’m looking for. MAC has disappointed in that area a lot lately; I feel they’ve given up quality for (LE) quantity…
      So even though I voted “yes”, I’ll amend that to say “whatever you think is best, Kelly- I trust you”
      After all, I would never have known as much as I do about MAC without your input!
      (but maybe that’s supporting you to go on?)

  • February 9, 2013

    Personally, it isn’t so much that I don’t like the reviews, but the fact that the latest Mac collections have been boring. Shades that have all been seen before, and so few interesting colours. Sure neutrals have their place, but it really needs to be an outstanding neutral for it to catch my eye, and Mac hasn’t really been doing that. And not to mention that there seems to be so much more collections than there used to.

    Maybe just picking out some products that you like yourself or were mostly interested in trying out yourself?

    • February 11, 2013
      ReaderRita

      V- you’re so right!

  • February 9, 2013

    I generally prefer nail polish posts, and from what I gather, MAC’s nail polish is not the greatest. To be honest, cosmetics in general kind of confuse and overwhelm me. There’s just too much available and I don’t know what’s good or not. I would love a post on some basic staples – “must haves” for a collection. When I do buy cosmetics I prefer to go to Sephora, I like the shopping experience and their Beauty Insider program–which I actually use. I know that MAC used to have a promo where you can trade in X number of empty containers for a new product, but how often do I go through an entire eyeshadow or lipstick. Almost never.
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    • February 10, 2013
      emily

      I agree…I tend to only read and view nail polishes posts too. I dont know why maybe because I cant afford or dont want to afford half the MAC makeup and I dont need that much makeup either. When I do leave my house I wear my usual and maybe a nice lipstick but I always have nice fingernails! Any polish over $10 is ridiculous and any makeup too expensive is crazy too. Im a busy mom and have a frugal Husband…who for now…doesnt mind my nail polish addiction so i wont push my luck ha ha.

  • February 9, 2013
    Icequeen81

    this is difficult but I voted yes,
    Mac has lovely shades and great colors, but they make too many collection after each other, while they don’t give you any time to adjust to one the new one is coming.
    And also there are shades I prefer them to make them permanent
    like MAC Rocker, thy sometimes don’t even give you the time to spare for one shade casue it is already sold out.

    At one hand I like the Mac , even im a bit concerned if they are really cruelty free or not ( it matters to me ) Im not very sure they are or not

    I think that sometimes MAC make some shades that are so hard to wear
    that you prefer to no comment cause your comment will be negative.
    I prefer to comment only when I like something to not hurt any people feelings
    at the other hand they make sometimes great stuff.

    It is not necessary to make swatches.

  • February 9, 2013

    I’m completely overwhelmed with the amount of MAC collections that’s coming out each year/month, so I’m already pretty annoyed with that. But also I must say that many other bloggers put those swatches up a lot faster than you do and also have all the products (like that dreadful Temptalia) and not only a selection. I honestly would’t mind if you didn’t review MAC anymore. I enjoy your nail polish posts a lot more.

  • February 9, 2013

    Wow, this is a hard one. I have to say I always enjoy seeing products in action on bloggers, but the promo info drives me a little insane because it pops up like mushrooms all over the blogosphere within a couple of hours.

    I’d say that if your MAC posts generate quick some traffic, maybe that alone is a good reason to keep doing them. Many people do what I call a read and run. It doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy your posts, but they won’t comment until they see something that makes them feel compelled to do so.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Melissa

    I like to see swatches because your skin tone is similar to mine- a lot of the collection swatches i.e. Temptalia are misleading for someone in the NC/NW15-20 range. I also think your reviews are better and I feel like I get a better feel for what’s worth checking out or not. I wouldn’t even need to see whole collection posts but rather your picks from new collection! Just my two cents : )

    • February 9, 2013
      Bridget

      Have to agree here, I’m an NW15 and find your swatches more accurate as we have the same light skin, buy this is how my MAC product searching goes: read temptalia for a full in depth of the product, come here and look at swatches for the product on someone that’s my colouring.

      I don’t always comment but I do defiantly read your posts :)

    • February 9, 2013
      Lily

      I too have come to heavily rely on your swatches because we share a similar light skin tone so I agree with Melissa and Bridget. I especially love your lippie swatches – every time I buy a lippie you recommend it always works out beautifully for me! :D

      As far as MAC… I’m over them in general so I voted no. They just have way, way too many limited releases and they sell out of things I’m interested in before I can even find a swatch. Example: your review of the Marilyn Monroe Collection was amazing. I would have bought so many of those beautiful red lippies but they were gone in like 2 seconds. However, I was like, “Figures, whatever” because that is what I’ve come to expect from MAC.

      At this point (especially in this economy) I feel like I shouldn’t have to work hard to buy a product. I am totally over companies that make super limited supplies of ridiculously popular items. Sure, I’ll do some drugstore stalking for certain things but I go to the drugstore frequently for other items anyway so it’s convenient. And speaking of drugstore, why should I pay MAC prices when Milani is making so many beautiful lipsticks that are PERMANENT (and a fraction of the price). I have a ton of respect for companies like Zoya who reward their customers with awesome promotions and keep their products readily available to all who want them.

      There are just too many other choices out there that are brimming with quality and at lower price points. And are easily accessible. My money goes to those companies, like Milani and Zoya. So, I won’t miss it if you stop covering MAC because I’ve stopped paying attention to MAC a long time ago. Too many releases, never enough supply of popular limited edition items, quality that is not consistent…no thanks.

      • February 11, 2013
        ReaderRita

        Lily-
        I agree with you about everything, except I voted “yes”, on the off chance that MAC may one day offer something that I like and wouldn’t have known about without seeing it here. (If it wouldn’t be sold out by the time I see the review, that is…)

        I hope MAC reads these comments to your question, Kelly!

  • February 9, 2013

    Mac is a bit of a frustrating brand as a beautyblogger sometimes (well to me it is). The amount of collections is insane and it’s impossible to keep up, especially when you’re based in Belgium (the release dates are later than the ones in US).
    As a reader though I do enjoy seeing in depth reviews and swatches. Swatches and looks are the most speaking to me, you get to see what the possibilities are and it’s more interesting to me. Sure not everything will speak to us but like some already stated, it’s great to see those swatches on a variety of skin tones!
    But yes, Mac is already on a lot of blogs and I guess some people have the feeling that they have seen it all before on a billion other blogs?

    I find this post actually really interesting to read (and the comments) so thanks for this Kelly! :)
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  • February 9, 2013
    Z

    Hi, long time looky-loo, rare commenter. :)

    Honestly, MAC is the absolute last company that I care about at all. Their releases are too frequent, often boring, rarely worth purchasing, and more and more frequently look like cheaply made chinese eyeshadow palettes. I. hate. MAC.

    I’ve got a list of beauty blogs I scroll through nearly every day and every time MAC releases some bs collection it makes the rounds and is never worth looking at the swatches. Let alone 10 different ones (most bloggers don’t have nice lighting set ups and photography know-how like you and Temptalia. Nothing is worse than looking at a collection you don’t care about in yellow lighting, desaturated, and/or out of focus, especially knowing much better swatches are available between you and Christine.). Having said that, I still always click on every swatch/review post you make because we are so similar in coloring and I like to have an accurate idea (without testing it myself) what something might look like on me, even though I would never purchase most of the products you review. It’s a compulsion. :p

    Wrap up: Drop MAC if you want, makes no difference to me (haaaaates the MAC), but keep everybody else coming. :) I love that you have a whole slew of drugstore stuff you swatch/review too. And, because those are available *everywhere*, I’m more inclined to find them useful.

  • February 9, 2013
    Erika

    I used to be a huge MAC fan but the collections started getting too crazy, they discontinued a TON of my fave’s a few yrs ago because they wanted to ‘re-promote’ them in collections (running out of ideas I guess!) and finally last year they decided to start selling in China – which Icequeen81 – means they DO have to test on animals by law now :(

    I switched over to brands like NARS, Smashbox, and NYX and could not be happier.

  • February 9, 2013

    I’m not interested at all in promo pictures. Swatches are much more fun!
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  • February 9, 2013
    blkrox

    I voted no because you mentioned their new collections, I am frustrated by how many new collections they release and the manner in which they do so – releasing them earlier than stated in the middle of the night, not releasing them in their partner stores like Macy’s/ Nordstroms, not allowing/ allowing presales (even the people who work their counters are confused!), fueling the frenzy, so to speak. And then, many of the products are subpar. I’m so over it; gratifyingly, I think many others are as well.
    That being said, I would love to see reviews, swatches, maybe a series? on their permanent products! So many great ones overlooked in the frenzies. I’m interested in products I can actually get with a minimum of elbowing, hair pulling craziness.
    Thank you Kelly, for bringing this topic up. I think that hairstyle will look fantastic on you!

    • February 9, 2013
      Savvy

      I have to reply to this one, because this is EXACTLY what I was wanting to say as well.
      I dont care about the LE releases, because theyre LE and its a pain to get them. The permanent products though, I DEFINITELY would love to see!

  • February 9, 2013
    Angel

    Long time reader, first time poster, so hi!! So here’s my two cents.

    I do like seeing your reviews as our skin tone is similar. However, I’ve basically kicked MAC to the curb for reasons already stated by others. Not only are their releases completely overwhelming (I mean, I need a flow chart and diagrams just to keep up), but when they finally release something I’m interested in, it sells out online in minutes. So by the time you’ve put in all the work to do the swatches, consumers can’t even purchase the damn product.

    My vote is no. Something I can’t believe I’m saying. I’m old. I remember when MAC wasn’t even available in the US! I would take trips to Toronto in high school just to go to the shrine of MAC and purchase my first true love, Russian Red. I’d buy four at a time and hoard them.

    And good luck on your hair!

  • February 9, 2013
    beachgal

    I don’t care to see MAC products like some above have said. I don’t even look at the photos. There is Temptalia who covers MAC to death IMO. I find the line underpreforming for years now esp for the price point and no one carries it by me – if I bought anything off their web site that did seem like something in a total blue moon I wanted to try, they have the worst return policy possible it’s not worth it to me. MAC is just way over priced. Those who love MAC seem to like it for awhile find what products they use and don’t range out from those.I hate seeing promo PR releases from MAC – anyone who wants those can subscribe to MACs own site for email news letters. I would rather see you spend the time and space on products that more folks have access too shopping wise as well as are at better price points. Thanks for asking. The poll looks like low returns right now but it’s still early – just word of warning – many folks don’t use polls always as often polling and things like Rafflecopter put your email or at least your ID name into search engines. I know I don’t enter anything now due to my name was being sold and also showing up for every Rafflecopter anything – likewise I don’t usually vote in polls either unless I think it won’t show up in search engines. I soooo wish there was a means to run contests that was not Rafflecopter and/or FB – both as I said are horrible when it comes to not keeping with chosen privacy options…

    • February 9, 2013
      beachgal

      Oh and hope your hair cut came out to your liking! I am finally going to get back to my home town after over 1 month being gone and going to get highlights and a trim soon as I can get in!!! I used to wear my hair close to your cut. Then had a long hospital/illness thing and got past the worst 2 parts of letting it grow and decided 1 more time to try long hair – maybe I will grow up like the Hepburn Women with long hair to the end wearing it up to keep the wrinkles on my face pull back up and taught! Heh – it really works! Now….to decide if I want to go as blond as you are in major highlights – been wearing mine way less in the highlights & yet got a short wig in light ash blond and get soooo many compliments on that color, thinking I need to maybe go back to lots of highlights in light ash blond – love you hair color but not on me – everyone thinks (including me) I look best with non yellow blond highlights so I stick with just bleach and a little blue level toner – surely makes getting highlights way cheaper…he…good thought – bet lots would be interested in what shade/product you use for your hair color and what your ‘system’ is for those old roots everyone gets when going that blond!

  • February 9, 2013

    No, but I’ll tell you why.

    Your swatches are beautiful but MAC is just, frankly, boring. They’re not mindblowing anymore. That said, if MAC came out with something FANTASTIC, I would want to know about it.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Sophie

    I ALWAYS enjoy your pics and swatches, but MAC is a brand I just skip over. I never liked their marketing, their philosophy (no pun intended), which seems to be all about $$$, and the fact (very important!) that they are not cruelty-free. I use very little makeup. I am more interested in skincare products, so all this together makes MAC a NO for me.

    BTW, I really appreciate your notations whether a brand is cruelty free or not when you review it. I typically try to choose cruelty free whenever I have a choice.

    And I think that haircut will look awesome on you! I’m sure you will enjoy it. Please post photos!

  • February 9, 2013
    Stephanie

    I say no because although your posts are very detailed, I just can’t afford MAC products

  • February 9, 2013
    Mary

    I like to look at them, but I don’t think it would be a huge loss if you stopped posting them. I don’t own any MAC products and don’t plan on buying anything. I don’t think most of their stuff is worth the money.

  • February 9, 2013
    Mary

    I like the Mac reviews. I’ve just recently starting buying Mac products so I’d be a little sad to see your reviews go. Your reviews are one of the reasons that I gave Mac a try in the first place. I mostly follow nail blogs, so this blog is one of the few that I follow that has things other than polish reviews…its one of my biggest sources of non-polish info.

    I wouldn’t miss the press releases though. I find press releases pretty boring/useless across the board.

  • February 9, 2013

    There’s no need for the promo pics but I do like the swatches. Your skintone is close to mine so you are my to-go when I need to look up a certain “MAC shade”. So I would love to see you keep posting them. But I understand that there is a lot of work behind every post since MAC releases an ridiculous amount of collections.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Jessica

    I would prefer it if you only post and review your favourite picks from each collection!

  • February 9, 2013

    Oh, quite a hard question to answer – I would have had to vote “no”, but I clicked yes, for quite some reasons. First, I like your swatches and your face! As someone sad, Temptalia covers MAC completely, but her “type” of face colour does nowhere meet mine, so if something looks good on her it can totally suck on my face (I’m quite pale). So seeing colours on your face is much more easily to compare. And to be honest I just like the look of your face (shape etc.) – however writing that in the comments somehow looks like I’m a creep, but I am not! lol
    Second, I like to hear what other people have to say on the releases; I always encounter people who absolutely love a product and don’t have any problems with it and there are always some who can’t get it to work, therefore reading as many opinions as possible is great.

    I can agree on the cons though, I never bought anything for MAC – I had the pleasure to know this brand for when it started to “decay” or atleast the quality somehow didn’t keep up with past times – so I really just look at the swatches for fun and to be “up to date”. The price tag is just a bit to high for my income. :D Another reason for con might be, that the products are sold out anyways – especially in Germany and Austria that happens insanely fast (as if there was no one to buy beauty products here, seriously, wtf?!) and I never came to buy something I really liked, too. I won’t pay the ebay prices…
    The cons really are not your “fault” though, and if you still have fun showing swatches, I’ll happily click the posts! :D
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  • February 9, 2013
    Colleen

    I don’t buy much from MAC anymore, but every once in a while, something will grab me. I love to see your swatches bc you have the closest skin tone to mine. I would love if you could continue to just do swatches and maybe your picks from the collection, but I don’t need other pics (packaging, etc.). I really appreciate all the work you do. I don’t comment much (I rarely comment on any blog-I’m a bad follower), but I read and view everything you post.

  • February 9, 2013

    I appreciate you posting MAC swatches because I think we’re similar in coloring!! While I love Temptalia’s in-depth swatches, I am not a warm-toned brunette and I can’t really use her as a guide (beyond the quality review and testing that she does). I would also echo and repeat some of the other comments – I would be just fine if you ditched the press release posts (if you wanted to) and streamlined your MAC posts to be ‘recent favorites that work for me’ or something similar. Thanks for taking the time to ask for feedback and for working so hard!

  • February 9, 2013

    I voted “Yes” because I do enjoy your swatches and reviews, though I’d prefer if you only chose the best of the collections or/and not post up any collection that is mundane. I don’t like seeing previews of upcoming collections either; I feel like they’re a waste of data and your time. You could be swatching and reviewing something else. I’m always feeling underwhelmed by the collection as a whole if there are multiple “bad” products. (Especially the polishes…) On a happier note, I find your swatches helpful because your skin tone is more similar to mine than that of other bloggers. Thank you for all you do!
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  • February 9, 2013

    Mac to this day still is one of my favorite brands, if not still my favorite, since no matter what else I try I always end up thinking of Mac as my first choice in things and also my basis for comparison against others. I always read your reviews especially about Mac, to see what you think about what is there, what it looks like, the quality, and b/c you’re in the same age group as me. I guess I tend to always lurk more in the background – but I certainly support your postings of them!

  • February 9, 2013
    Sarah

    Since MAC decided to not be longer cruelty free, I decided to be not longer a customer of this brand. I buy only products from brands of cruelty free companies, which have compassion, love and respect for animals :-)

  • February 9, 2013

    Reading the other comments – actually I like seeing the promo pics and upcoming stuff – I don’t get to get out much so this is my link to knowing what’s out there, especially ahead of time – it’s kind of exciting to know what will be coming out, especially when cost is involved – I can prepare a little better for things I want if I can get some sort of idea what will be coming out and look at things that stick out to me right away. Plus it’s kind of funny when I get to go to the Mac counter (or other brands for that matter) and I actually know a bunch of the stuff that’s coming out before some of the associates do – I’l ask about x, y, and z collection coming out and they’ll kinda look at me like O_o lol

  • February 9, 2013

    I’m definitely a lurker rather than a commenter

    While there are some MAC products that I use, I regularly skip over MAC-related posts in my reader because I’m really lost all interest in seeing what’s new with them after all the quality control issues with their far-to-frequent collection releases.

    I love makeup reviews and swatches from you (especially because like many of the commenters above, I’m pale), but I’d rather see brands other than MAC.
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    • February 9, 2013
      Amber

      ^^ Ditto what Karen said.

  • February 9, 2013

    Hi Kelly, hope your cut looks as terrific as the pic you showed us!

    I voted no. There’s no MAC retailers around here, and their site ships only to North America. Besides, in swiss francs the products are overpriced compared to the prices in USD. So, there’s no risk I’d be buying anything from them.
    I do not read ANY other blogger that posts MAC reviews!! I just skip them.
    So I do not really care if you stop reviewing that brand.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Aenaria

    I, like a lot of others above, voted no also. I usually end up skipping MAC review posts on all of the blogs I follow because they’re almost always about limited edition collections that I don’t have the time, money, and will power to hunt down (because they always seem to involve a hunt from what I’ve been reading). I wouldn’t mind seeing reviews on core line MAC products that I actually have a chance at acquiring – and also to make sure that the money I’m shelling out on that rather costly MAC product is worth it. But press releases and swatches for the LE collections? Not my cup of tea.

    While I’m here I do want to say how much I love your posts in general! I love that you cover a massive variety of products, from the higher end to the affordable drug store ones, and that the swatches are so detailed and crystal clear. Vampy Varnish has long been one of my favorite blogs to read, so thank you for always sharing with us!

  • February 9, 2013
    yellowlantern

    You know what, I’d love it if you featured permanent MAC products.

    Not nearly enough bloggers feature the stuff you can get year round. I could care less about stuff from collections unless MAC states that the product is going to be made permanent.

  • February 9, 2013
    yellowlantern

    I’d like to agree with others here though that my least favorite thing (from ALL beauty bloggers) are just posts about computer generated promo images for brands.

    Those posts are such a waste of time as a reader because I frankly don’t care unless there are swatches and a review. If I wanted computer generated images I’d just look at the products on Sephora or Nordstrom.

  • February 9, 2013
    Sputnik Sweetheart

    I’m going to delurk myself for a second. I voted no because I lost interest in MAC when they made the decision to no longer be cruelty free. One of the reasons why I love this blog is because of the emphasis on cruelty-free cosmetics.

    Back to lurking…

  • February 9, 2013

    As many other people, yours is the website I turn to when I want to see if a color might work on my light complexion or not.
    Most of the time I’m only interested in the lip products though, so I don’t care much about other products, and even those are getting a bit repetitive and boring.

    Loving your new haircut btw!

  • February 9, 2013

    I’d say cherry pick the items which really sing to you. More often than not any one of the million MAC collections offers a repromote; it’d be interesting to find out why.

    Also, I second the idea of doing a series on MAC essentials a la Karen of MBB and her “unsung heroes”.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Valerie

    I’d have to say NO. I have nothing against your actual posts, I usually very much enjoy your photos, thorough swatches and opinions. But I have absolutely ZERO interest in MAC as a brand. I feel like they are so very overrated & overpriced in comparison to the average quality of their products, and they’ve really gone downhill the last few years with churning out new collections left and right. And they’re not even cruelty free any more, I am still angry at them for that (yes I hold grudges) Anyway to summarize, I honestly could not care less if MAC disappeared from Earth forever. I would much rather see posts on other brands, like Illamasqua, Hourglass, maybe some indie brands also.
    Please don’t get me wrong – I really like your blog and look forward to reading your posts every morning. But I just really.. dislike .. MAC.

  • February 9, 2013
    Gwen Gonzalez

    Hi Kelly!
    I generally don’t comment, but I’ve been following your blog for quite some time so I am throwing my two cents in here. In general, the reason I follow your blog is for the nail polish posts. If I am completely honest I rarely read the makeup ones. I know some people are interested in those, but I am much more interested in swatches of the new nail polish collections. I find those much more useful and helpful. That’s just me. Same goes for other bloggers who branch out into covering makeup items (Scrangie comes to mind). I came for the nails and that’s what keeps me coming back!
    Anyway, I feel (like others have stated) that the amount of collections Mac releases is just ridiculous and not up to par as their permanent collection products, so I am rarely interested. Definitely wouldn’t mind if you didn’t cover them any more.

  • February 9, 2013

    I love your MAC swatches, it’s still one of my favourite brands and it’s always nice to see the products one more time, even if they were already shown elsewhere, because each blogger has her own interpretation…You have great polishes and lipsticks swatches!
    But I really hate press releases! Many bloggers post them, and it’s just annoying to scroll down several huge posts with the same meaningless pictures in my RSS reader.
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  • February 9, 2013

    I like them since I used to be able to trust MAC and I bought just about everything. Now that their quality is iffy I want to see before I buy. I only saw one review for the new paintpots and they looked beautiful. I went to the store and hated them. If I’d seen other reviews I’d have known they were way too glittery for me. Luckily I didn’t order them online first.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Bubblewrapper

    No to MAC for the myriad reasons stated above. Too many collections, poor quality control, their sketchy “cruelty free” status. I loved them when I was a teenager, but there are so many better lines out now I skip all your MAC posts. And yes, ten million promo pics on every blog I see (no matter what the company, drives me batty.

  • February 9, 2013

    I say yes only because I have pale skin and its nice to see swatches on a gal that’s very close to my own tone. Press releases are annoying as they are everywhere, BUT seeing a press release post doesn’t deter me from wanting to read a swatch/review post.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Ally

    I barely comment but I enjoy your site. Your swatches help me choose products. You’re much paler then many other beauty bloggers. I buy Mac if they have something unique to offer, just like every other company. I look for unique products and colors, I have so much beauty stuff I’m picky now. Keep up the faulous work.
    P.s that haircut is rocking

  • February 9, 2013
    Candace

    I’m not the biggest MAC fan anyway so I voted no, as overall I do feel that each collection gets soooo much coverage, and I don’t want to see it on every blog I follow. However, I really enjoy your nail swatches over most others, so if you were to keep any aspects of MAC swatches, I would recommend those! :)

  • February 9, 2013
    TropicalChrome

    Afraid I’m another “no” vote. I spent a huge amount of time tracking down the one MAC nail polish I fell in love with, it was THE most expensive bottle of nail polish I have ever bought (still is), and it is THE worst for chipping, bar none, including Wet and Wild and polished of similar ilk. I wore it twice; after 24 hours it was a mess, I couldn’t stand it anymore after 48. It’s currently in the bin of polishes I need to foist off on someone.

    After that, experience, I’m not interested in their offerings.

  • February 9, 2013
    Seagulls

    I’m another pale gal who enjoys the truer to my experience your skin tone offers, but I said no. There are too many products of poor quality – and so many of them! – and it just isn’t worth it. I don’t stop at the counter anymore, and I’m someone who looks at all kinds of makeup I don’t generally buy.

    They just aren’t doing a very good or interesting job.

  • February 9, 2013
    Katie A

    I looooove every single one of your swatches, especially since I’m fair-skinned. This goes for nail polish and make-up. I would rather see some swatches of permanent MAC products, not all of their promotional collections.

    • February 9, 2013
      Katie A

      Also–

      I’ve been following you for a while now. I check your blog several times a day, and I read EVERY SINGLE one of your posts!! You’re my go-to when I’m deciding on a nail polish. I Love your swatches, the lighting is perfect, your reviews address all of my concerns and never leave me wondering. And your Kitties!!! Nail polish and kitty cats?? Le sigh…. :-)

  • February 9, 2013

    I never like the promo product photos as they are not “real” photos. I never really got into buying MAC so the swatches are just a read through and I admit I skip a few now and then. The shadows in new collections never seem to look too great but I do love seeing the lipsticks even if I never buy them.

  • February 9, 2013

    I’m so over MAC these days. I have found Makeup geek eyeshadows to be better and there are a lot of drug store makeup that is becoming the same quality for so much less.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Maggie

    I only like to read reviews on lipsticks from MAC.

  • February 9, 2013
    Catherine

    Mac products are pretty and everything but they are so expensive and I just think its really stupid to ever charge that much for a cosmetic…

  • February 9, 2013

    I voted yes, but I got confused because I actually bought something you had reviewed (urban decay oz the great and powerful both eyeshadow palettes) and i thought it was mac as i’ve also recently bought some foundation from them too. I personally don’t really bother with the mac counter because they always have a new collection on the go but you try getting a piece from an old collection that you have seen swatches and reviews not a hope here in Australia.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Ashlyn

    Like some people above, I hate seeing the press releases. As a daily visitor to your blog, I LOVE seeing your swatches and reviews. MAC is releasing too many collections yearly, therefore not spending too much time perfecting their formula. They also re-release a color but sometimes rename it. I hate that. I hate OPIs polishes for the same reason. I’m just really unimpressed with the quality of MACs products these days. So if you want to delete their posts, fine with me, but I will always visit your blog, every day.

  • February 9, 2013

    I think everyone else has covered the reasons I voted “no”. But I’ll reiterate anyway!

    While I love each and every swatch you do (seriously, you provide one of the most accurate portrayals of products I’ve seen, and you actually swatch lip products on your lips!!), MAC is just… too much to keep up with. It’s pricey, and often feels ‘done’… Maybe if they didn’t have SO many product releases or so many products that just seem ho-hum, they’d catch my interest a bit more. But with the other products available on the market which are much more exciting and/or cheaper… I’ll pass on MAC 999 out of 1000 times.

  • February 9, 2013
    Raquel

    I voted yes. I don’t have any interest in mac press releases. I also don’t feel the need to see a bunch of terrible mac products swatched. For me, I think I am only interested in the good products that come out in collections. Mac seems to repeat a lot of shades, so I don’t really need to see those again, either. I would like to see swatches of the stand out products, if there were any at all for a collection. I would like to read mini reviews with no photos about the terrible items to avoid in collections and maybe just a list of the mediocre shades. With that being said, if you got rid of the mac posts altogether, I really don’t think that I would miss them. If not posting mac collections leaves you more time to make new discoveries, then I think I would prefer that. Thanks for asking!

  • February 9, 2013

    Maybe is because MAC isnt cruelty free anymore? I get frustrated when I see is LE and I know I wont find it, so I dont even bother on looking at their site, they should do more supplies tho, because I dont see it fair to promote something so big but so limited.
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  • February 9, 2013

    I voted yes mainly because I have never used, own, swatched etc any MAC product. I think I have been to a MAC store twice in my life for like 30 seconds each time so I am always curious about their products. I have always wondered if they are really worth the hype and cost and what different people’s opinion is of their products.
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  • February 9, 2013
    Emma

    I voted no, personally I always skip the MAC posts because I’ve stopped buying from them since they dropped their cruelty-free status.

  • February 10, 2013
    Amy

    I like seeing reviews on permanent product,s but the limited edition products I usually skip over the review, etc because I know by the time that I am able to pick up the products that interest me their sold out :(

  • February 10, 2013

    I haven’t voted because I’m kind of yes and no on it. I do like seeing the swatches, but I really have no interest in Mac, purely because of it’s price, it’s out of my range. Maybe just photograph the products you like the best, while mentioning the others in the collection.

  • February 10, 2013
    Caterina

    I always look at MAC limited edition collection swatches with curiosity, but nothing more… I don’t really like to purchase products that I will not be able to purchase anymore in the future. More than limited edition reviews I will definitely prefer reviews of some of their permanent collection. The permanent range at MAC has some incredible and fantastic product and I feel that they do not receive enough love because of the limited edition hype… And I love to read opinions, like, why a product has worked for you, how did you use it and so on, and it is preatty much impossible with LE products… So bottom line, for me you could skip LE and review more of permanent range!

  • February 10, 2013

    I voted yes, and as of right now, the voting results seem to be right down the middle!

    Although I don’t usually purchase tons of MAC products (hehe, except recently when I bought a lot from the MAC Archie’s Girls Collection), I love seeing the press releases as well as your reviews on these products.

    I find your swatches and descriptions helpful, and even seeing promo pictures to me is interesting. I like to know in advance what products will be coming out.

    Hope that you’ll keep posting and reviewing MAC!

    Have a great Sunday, Kelly!
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  • February 10, 2013
    Clarice

    The likelihood of me commenting on a MAC post is basically never. There is no way on gods green earth ican afford their products. That being said I love your reviews / swatches so I can live vicariously. I think we’d all understand you switching up for mac coverage because of the work involved.

  • February 10, 2013

    This is a tough one for me. I used to really enjoy MAC products and I still do enjoy a staple few but I feel like their prices have gone up and their quality has gone down. Add to it that they come out with a bazillion collections a year it makes them seem a bit cheapened. Also, I love when they come out with character collections like Wonder Woman or the Disney Villians but everything sells out in point two seconds and I’m just left to wonder what the point is.
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  • February 10, 2013
    Ana

    I think MAC is just getting really boring . I can’t think of a collection that has made me want to get everything. Don’t get me wrong my favorite powder foundation,blush,lipstick,gloss, eyesahdow and many more are from them but those are oldies but goodies. MAC needs to go back to their roots and stop making those really bad eyesdadow pallettes they have come up with mineralize eyeshadows and bla bla. I rally enjoy every post you make by the way Thank you ..

  • February 10, 2013

    Since you don’t have GFC, – it’s not a big deal honestly. I tend to click upon your blog only once a week when I look at the elitist lipstick league post. Since I love your blog I read a bunch of posts at the same time and I don’t always comment. Shame on me I know. But I do appreciate your mac swatches. They saved me from buying something that looked pretty but didn’t transferred as still pretty. So please still do them. I also love your reviews and always keep it in mind when I make purchases. You are one of the first blogs I followed for about a year before I even made my own blog.
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    • February 10, 2013

      You must be wondering why I’m commenting on own comment, but I revoke my yes. I say no. I was just in MAC and I had the absolute worst experience ever. I haven’t had any good experiences for awhile at my local MAC. But today just took the cake. Maybe I’d be interested in mac if it wasn’t so expensive or the sales associates got an attitude adjustment, big time.
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  • February 10, 2013
    kt

    I voted “No” but I wish there was a “meh” option. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the swatches and reviews, but it is just window shopping for me. I can’t afford Mac and would get more use out of a Revlon or Rimmel post. What I do enjoy about them is that I have a high end brand comparison when I look at drugstore brands. I mean, even though I don’t own it, all of my red lipsticks are ones that I have seen compared to Mav’s Ruby Woo and Russian Red. So I dunno how that relates to all of your other readers, but you, since you asked. :)

  • February 10, 2013

    I voted no, but that’s because I rarely comment on MAC posts anywhere anymore. Since they’re no longer cruelty-free, I don’t purchase from MAC so I don’t really pay attention to their collections. If they were to go cruelty-free again, I’d purchase again and pay attention.
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  • February 10, 2013
    Danielle

    I say yes. We are similar in coloring (although I have red hair) & I like seeing the products on you! You could always review some of your favorite products from a collection instead of the entire thing, because I do like reading your opinion!

  • February 10, 2013
    Crystal

    I only own 3 MAC products – a foundation and 2 lip glosses. MAC is expensive and nothing really stands out and moves me enough to buy it. I didn’t even realize MAC released so many products in a years time (that’s just how little I pay attention to them). I read all of your posts, even the MAC posts and just started commenting about a month or so ago. I think you have the best swatches and I like that you cover a vast majority of beauty products (high end and drug store brands) and not just nail polish – even though, I love nail polish. I enjoy all of your beauty posts.

  • February 10, 2013

    I’m torn (and haven’t voted either way yet). On the one hand, I do like seeing your reviews because we have similar skin tones and you have nice swatches. Alternatively, I’m annoyed with MAC’s release practices when it comes to their limited edition collections and generally most things I might buy are sold out before I can get them.
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    • February 11, 2013
      ReaderRita

      YES!

  • February 10, 2013
    Ruthless

    It’s really hard to beat Temptalia’s MAC posts, so if it’s a big pain for you to swatch the collex then no-but your lip swatches are great so I think you should continue to do gloss/lip and nail products.

  • February 10, 2013
    Tamika

    I like some MAC posts. I don’t like all the mini collections. I like the really large limited edition collections with special themes.

  • February 11, 2013
    ReaderRita

    Good luck on your hair, Kelly! Can’t wait to see it!

  • February 11, 2013
    T

    Absolutely! Is is very important to see Mac swatches on light skin. I never comment but I always check the swatches many times. :)

  • February 11, 2013
    kazari

    Hmmmm….well though I enjoy seeing the swatches, MAC is never something I’m interested in buying. I feel their quality is too poor for how much they are, plus there are way too many collections that seem similar! I definitely come to this blog more for the drugstore brand swatches.