I’ve reached a point that many beauty bloggers before me have reached – I’ve had it with limited edition MAC collections. This was brought on by my realization that after a week of use, I really don’t like the MAC Hey Sailor items I bought. At all.
My beauty budget is limited, and it annoys me to no end when I’ve bought products that I don’t want to keep using. Usually I can prevent this by testing products in person or at least reading online reviews. But I can’t test limited edition MAC products or read reviews because the products sell out so quickly that you need to buy them as soon as they come online if you want a chance.
More importantly, the quality of the limited edition products is often lacking. I don’t know whether there is a rush to bring out new colors and formulations, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like they’ve been tested very well. For instance, the Big Bounce eyeshadow formula from last year was a disaster that never should have left the lab.
Both the cheek powders I bought from Hey Sailor are chalky and barely show up on my face. I feel terrible when I rush a review so I can be “first on the scene” and then discover that the product isn’t as great as it first appears. It makes me feel like I’ve failed you. So I’m just not going to do it anymore. I’m going to take as long as it takes to test something properly and then give it a solid review so that you don’t end up wasting your money either.
This isn’t to say that MAC doesn’t make great products. I think many of their staple products (eyeshadow, lipstick, paint pot) are amazing and I will continue to buy and use them. I don’t hate MAC as a company, I just think they need to realize that the average customer (even a beauty lover) can’t keep up with 3-5 collections per month.
So from now on, I’m going to count on the bloggers and youtubers who get limited edition MAC products for free (or have an advertising budget that allows them to buy whole collections) for the early reviews so that I can spend my pennies more wisely. I’d rather miss out on something “amazing” than waste another fifty bucks.