SA Shopping – MAC Online Store

You guys are probably wondering why I didn’t do a blog post as soon as I found out about the new MAC South Africa online store.  I’m STILL wondering why I didn’t – considering I’m one MAC product away from becoming a card carrying member of Hoarders Anonymous.  I think it’s because everyone was doing blog posts on the new online store and so I thought I’d rather create a blog post a bit later down the line for my SA Shopping series, which will also double up as a type of Wish List blog post.

So here are the details – MAC South Africa launched their online store about a month ago.  It works exactly like any online store:  You add your products to your basket, create an online profile that contains your delivery address, you check out your online basket using your credit card and all your MAC goodies are delivered to your doorstep.

MAC is offering free standing shipping (to South African addresses) as part of a special launch offer.  Normal shipping charges will start at R 55,00 once this free shipping offer has expired.

One thing I like about the online store is that you are able to return a product should you not be happy with it.  You do, however, need to get approval from the MAC customer service department first (you can just give them a call, the number is listed on the website).

Ok so on with the items I’m currently lusting after…

1.  MAC Blush in Whole Lotta Love – this is a Pro Longwear blush which means it wears longer than your normal type blush (MAC promises 8 hours of wear-time).  Whole Lotta Love is a shade I wouldn’t normally go for – it’s a bright medium pink with a subtle sheen.  I don’t own many vibrant blushes, so I thought this was quite special.  Retails for R 220,00 in the online store.

2.  MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep – yes, I did say Medium Deep.  And no, I have not lost my marbles.  The reason why I want to get an MSF Natural in a darker shade is because I want to use it as a contour powder.  One should always use a contour powder that is 2 – 3 shades darker than your skintone, and Medium Deep is perfect because it is 2 shades darker than my MSF Medium (I use this to set my foundation).  Retails for R 320,00 in the online store.

3.  MAC Paint Pot in Stormy Pink – I have been searching high and low for this little pot ever since I watched a ShadesOfKassie video on Youtube.  The MAC stores in Centurion Mall and Menlyn are currently out of stock AND when I went back to the online store to go check the price on the Paint Pot, I noticed it’s out of stock there too.  Boo!  Stormy Pink is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot which means it will make your eyeshadow last longer.  A Paint Pot can be used as a cream eyeshadow or as a base for powders or glitters to help the shadow last longer.  When you use an eyeshadow base, the chances of your shadows creasing are also a lot less.  Anyway, Stormy Pink is a beautiful muted greyish purple shade (I’ve checked out the swatches online and it’s gorgeous!).  Retails for R 200,00 in the online store.

4.  MAC Fluidline in Dip Down – I’ve been using a brown liquid eyeliner more often recently (I think brown looks better than black for those casual makeup days) and I need something to tightline with.  It is SO important to tightline when you wear eyeliner, girls, because it just pulls your whole look together.  So I need a brown gel liner to do that, and Dip Down is a matte dark brown shade.  I do own MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack, so I’m familiar with the texture and staying power.  What I adore about these gel liners, is that they don’t dry out.  Never, as in EVER!  I have been sucked into buying cheaper gel liners on way too many occasions and within a couple of months, they dry out (as in rock hard!).  Retails for R 180,00 in the online store.

5.  MAC Fast Response Eye Cream – I received a little sample of this a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed using it.  I have combo skin but my eye area is quite dry, so I need something that really moisturises well.  This little tube does a great job of moisturising (it’s silicone-based) and depuffing (it contains caffeine) whilst creating an even canvas for your undereye concealer.  Retails for R 320,00 in the online store.

6.  MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel – I like the idea of this moisturiser being a gel because it’s lightweight and suitable for combo / oily skin.  I haven’t tried this yet (I haven’t even swatched it) but online reviews are very positive.  It moisturises dry areas on the face without over-hydrating oily areas i.e. T-zone.  It has been supercharged with their 77 Mineral Complex – I’m not exactly sure what that means but I like the idea of having 77 minerals on my face! Retails for R 400,00 in the online store.

7.  MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – so basically every beauty guru that I watch on Youtube uses this concealer.  It’s a concealer that can be used to cover blemishes / imperfections and undereye circles plus it doubles up as an eyeshadow primer too!  It’s super long-wearing (although I’m pretty sure you got that from the name) but I’ve also read it is quite a dry concealer (meaning it could accentuate any dry areas you might have).  As mentioned before, I have quite a dry under eye area so I’m a bit worried.  But I still want to give it a go, so I might ask for a sample next time I’m at my local MAC counter.  Retails for R 210,00 in the online store.

8.  MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed – this is a vibrant watermelon coral pink shade in their Sheen Supreme finish which means it’s moisturising on the lips plus gives a beautiful shine.  Almost like a lipstick and gloss all rolled into one!  I really love the Sheen Supreme lipsticks, they’re probably my favourite ones by MAC (with Cremesheen lipsticks being a close second).  Retails for R 190,00 in the online store.

9.  MAC Lustre Lipstick in Lovelorn – this is a sheer cool-toned glossy pink lipstick and because it’s a Lustre formula, your lips will stay hydrated.  It definitely leans more towards a lip balm than an opaque lipstick and that’s exactly what I’m looking for in a shade like this.  I find lipsticks that are cool-toned and very opaque do not work well with my skintone – but if it’s a sheer wash of colour on the lips, I can manage it.  Retails for R 185,00 in the online store.

So there you have it!  These items are totally lust-worthy, don’t you agree?

Oh!  And before I forget:  There are currently 3 (yes, THREE) collections available in the online store: Divine Night, Stroke Of Midnight and Nocturnals.  So hurry over to the MAC South Africa online store to go check it out!



  1. 13 November 2013 / 10:48

    I have never tried a Mac product!
    Think I should start collecting some!

    • 13 November 2013 / 16:19

      I think so too! Haha! You will be hooked – guaranteed! 🙂

  2. anye
    13 November 2013 / 11:50

    Pro Longwear Concealer is great! The best concealer ever. I have oily skin, but under my eyes I get a bit dry. I make sure to moisture my under eye area, before applying concealer. This concealer does not crease, settle in fine lines or make you look dry under the eyes. Really worth every penny. Loving that lipstick color and paint pot.

    • 13 November 2013 / 16:21

      Thanks for letting me know, Anye! I’ll definitely give the Pro Longwear concealer a go then. 🙂

      I can’t wait to get my hands on the Paint Pot – can’t stop thinking about it haha! 😛

  3. 13 November 2013 / 11:55

    I love MAC too! But I don’t think I need any more at the moment, although number 9 looks like such a pretty shade that I could always do with 🙂

    • 13 November 2013 / 16:23

      I probably don’t need 70% of the stuff I have, haha!

      Lovelorn makes my heart skip a beat! 😉

    • 13 November 2013 / 16:23

      Thanks, Nicole! You’re 100% correct, MSF is the shizz! It’s definitely a staple in my collection – must-have! 🙂 xxx

  4. 13 November 2013 / 14:32

    Lovely products and gorgeous choices! Loving the blush

    • 13 November 2013 / 16:24

      Thank you, Rhondine. 🙂

      That blush does look like something special, hey? Need to get my hands on it ASAP!

  5. adajeannie
    13 November 2013 / 19:52

    You make me want to run out to the shops (or log on to the website) – Thanks for your great post Luzanne

    • 13 November 2013 / 21:57

      Pleasure, Ada! 🙂 Nothing wrong with a little retail therapy! x

  6. 13 November 2013 / 21:39

    Nice coral lipstick!
    Visit my blog if you have time, I’ve published a new outfit post and I’ll be happy to read your opinion!

    • 13 November 2013 / 21:57

      Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting, Ylenia!

      I’ll go take a look at your blog post now. 🙂

  7. 13 November 2013 / 22:06

    ohhh myyy… Right now I’m really glad, and really sad that I discovered your blog – I’m about to get a whole lot poorer :p LOL

    • 13 November 2013 / 22:45

      Haha! Always happy to feed any beauty-related addiction! 😉

  8. hildegarde_k
    13 November 2013 / 22:31

    Hi Luzanne. Loved your post! I own a total of three MAC lipsticks and that’s it. 😡 I’m a bit scared of the girls at the MAC counters, hahaha, but would love to buy a few more things. What paint pot shades can you recommend to start off with?

    • 13 November 2013 / 22:59

      Hi Hildegarde! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting.

      Don’t be scared of the girls at the MAC counters, they’re there to help & at the end of the day, you are still their customer. Unless I REALLY want their advice, I usually just tell them I’m browsing and I’ll let them know if I need help with anything. I’m the type of person who likes to be left alone when I’m shopping. 🙂

      Depends what you’re looking for… If you’re looking for a good shade to even out your eyelid & create a blank canvas for your eyeshadows, then go for Painterly (if you have a pink undertone to your skin) or Soft Ochre (if you have a yellow undertone to your skin). If you are looking for something a bit more exciting, then go for Bare Study – it’s a gorgeous shimmery champagne shade. Rubenesque is also a pretty shade, quite interesting as well, because it’s a peachy shade with a gold duochrome finish. And then I there’s Indianwood – if you’re looking for an amazing bronzy brown, so gorgeous!

      I hope this helps a bit, let me know if you have any other questions. xxx

  9. hildegarde_k
    13 November 2013 / 23:29

    Thanks so much, Luzanne! Yes, I also prefer to browse on my own without having sales ladies constantly telling me about their newest and most expensive offers. 🙂

    I think Painterly, Bare Study, and Indianwood are on my “must-haves” list now! 🙂 xxx

    • 14 November 2013 / 08:48

      Big pleasure, Hildegarde! 🙂 x

  10. Tjoppie
    14 November 2013 / 13:58

    The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer sounds great and the price not bad at all!

    • 14 November 2013 / 14:16

      I agree – I’ll definitely get a sample next time I’m at a MAC counter. 🙂

  11. 14 November 2013 / 17:40

    I want ALL of if it! Haha!!

    If you do end up getting the MSF powder, please let us know how you like it for contouring? I’m really curious. I need a good bronzer!

    I don’t find the concealer to be drying, but then again I have oily skin.

    Hope you can get your hands on some of these goodies!! 🙂


    • 15 November 2013 / 08:40

      I will definitely let you guys know what I think about the MSF powder. 😉

      I hope so too! Thanks for commenting, Lily! x

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