Fluidline Brow GelCreme
Fluidline Brow GelCreme can take a little bit of practice to master, but once you have the knack, it creates full, sculpted brows for a more defined look. Because the solid-cream formula is housed in a clear pot, you'll need some sort of brush to apply it with. M.A.C. sells several, but you can use your own (an angled brush works well).
To apply you simply dab your brush in the cream and blend into brows. How bold depends on your technique, but ultimately brows are left looking more dense, groomed, and structured. If desired, you can extend to the outer edges of your natural brow line with swift, thin strokes.
The fragrance-free formula allows ample time before setting, which is a good thing so you can perfect the shape. Once set, the color stays in place and holds up well against water as claimed. The formula also helps set brow hairs in place for an overall groomed look, yet still leaves them pliable so they don't appear matted down.
There are three shades available: Dirty Blonde, Redhead, and Deep Dark Brunette, each of which delivers believable brow color true to their shade names.
This isn't the fastest way to color and sculpt brows, but with a little patience, the results are impressive. Kudos, M.A.C.!
- Adds density to sparse brows.
- Creamy texture sculpts and tames brows for a more defined look.
- Believable brow colors for dark blond, red, and deep brunette hair.
- Allows ample time to set, and then stays in place.
- Holds up well to water as claimed.
- Requires a bit more skill and time than some other brow products.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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