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The MAC Boycott


I don't know about you, or if you've even heard about the widespread MAC Boycott, but it's real, and I am an avid proponent of it. Supporting fellow makeup artists, I stand strong in my refusal to purchase or use any MAC cosmetics.
And for those of you who wish to know why:
Websites such as Wikipedia, and (http://www.clubvibes.com/forum/topic.asp?topic_id=414927)

Ever since the Lauder Takeover, the decline of quality in the products of MAC can easily be seen and felt, espeically by those in the makeup profession. They water down their products and have been now turning their backs on the artists that made the name what it is today. With their unprofessionalism, they have tried to monopolize the makeup industry, and they are doing this with substandard products at a greater price.
While they ARE better than most of the commonly named drugstore products, they still fall short to their new opponents in the makeup industry, and are selling a product that is under the same name with less quality.
Novices may not notice, but they are being shanked for lots of cash in this area! Far superior products can be found to MAC, for the same prices and offer more quantities. In addition to this, (from personal experience!!) Makeup Artists for the most part are throwing out their products in their cases and lining them with the better lines.
Makeup artists made MAC the household name, and they are now branching out now that they parent company has turned their back on them. Support the MAC Boycott:) For Makeup Artists, Models, Stylists, Photographers, and most importantly...You the consumer!!

Jan 29, 2007 @ 03:24 pm

15 Replies

Ali de Bold


Is this still ongoing? Didn't the purchase take place 10 years ago?
Jan 29, 2007 @ 03:56 pm


I had not heard of any of this. I use MAC products all the time... When did this all happen?
Jan 29, 2007 @ 05:22 pm


Haha, I guess I should have been more clear, I was jotting down a post on my way out to Spin Class:) The purchase was about 10 years ago, but the decline in product quality has continued and the main reason the boycott has started up recently is that they are basically trampling over independent makeup artists (for say photoshoots, advertising, fashion shows, classes, etc.). MAC, if you don't know, stands for Makeup Artist Cosmetics, it was originally designed by 3 men who wanted the upmost in stylist products for their profession use on models and in the advertising/fashion industry, thus came MAC. Their makep styists and consultants in the stores were highly trained professionals, however now they are replaced with ill-trained walkins and their friends. They have not been through extensive training and will usually give less that deserved advice when it ocmes to cosmetics, and only do what they are trained to do by that store location. If a MAC artist is hired for a job (a true professional that bases their lines on solely MAC products) they will often say that they won't work with others in the project if using non MAC products and try to get their own photographers to take over.
Mainly, it's monopolizing the photography and makeup artist industry...which is why most dont' know about it.
The products are standard, but not the best that they used to be, and at present time dont' live up to the price charged. But since they have been made into a household name by so many that they just assumed it was the same quality. And unless you are an artist using it for a professional basis, the quality wouldn't be caught.
For the price, there are far superior products available now.

**Personal Favorite is Makeup Forever!!

Sephora now offers higher trained professionals and consultants that can help achieve the best look and won't restrict you to a single brand.
Jan 29, 2007 @ 06:31 pm


I don't own anything from MAC. This is so strange... I never heard about this.
Jan 29, 2007 @ 09:43 pm


I just read the website. Seems so controversial. I think that everyone is really on either side of the fence... some people don't care while others seem really dissatisfied with their products.
Jan 29, 2007 @ 09:47 pm

I wear it daily...

I have not been using it that long so maybe, like Paris said, I just don't notice because I am not well versed in higher end makeups. I do find it better than drug store stuff and I have sensitive skin and it is affordable. It is weird though that I had never heard all the controversy on it. I guess I learned something new today!
Jan 29, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

Makeup Forever

Has anyone else tried this brand? I have seen it in stores and wondered about it but I don't personally know anyone who uses it...
Jan 29, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

Makeup Forever??

I have never heard of this one! I only know the major ones in department store: Clinique, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier..

Then again, I'm sure if you just look around Sephora you will find them all there! I guess it's all a matter of experimentation, right?

Paris, which one do you recommend ? :)
Jan 30, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

Makeup Forever

I swear I saw a Makeup Forever counter in the Bay at Fairview Mall... don't quote me on that, I could be wrong. I have to go pick up some alterations from the mall tomorrow so I will check it out and see if I am right and let you know!
Jan 30, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

Make Up For Ever

Is the makeup to use...forever lol. It's exquisite when it comes to pricing compared to quality. They make a beautiful line of top notch colors for eyeshadows and their cleansing products are to die for. A makeup artist I used once had their cleansing milk and I just swear by it...and just found out it was MUFE brand! Had been looking everywhere to find this. Sephora does sell this line (you can go to MUFE's homepage to look at their product line, but can buy it only through sephora and other makeup sellers).
Also another favorite is SmashBox for their eyeshadows and Vincent Longo for the foundation.
**Side note! I'm always afraid to purchase foundation from higher ends, because it's usually priced around $30-70 and I never seem to get the coloring right, but low and behold the girl at Ulta, we stumbled across something I really didn't know too much about for myself...undertones! I'm a yellow undertone apparently and hadn't realized to buy foundation as such, so I opted for Revlon's New Complextion at jst $12, thinking I'd be tossing it shortly along with the rest, but it's perfect: perfect fit for my undertones, perfect color, and it's (liquid of course! all that I use) lightweight, and velvety smooth, and mixes in with a moisturizer very well to smooth on for an even lighter finish. Do try!
Jan 31, 2007 @ 08:20 pm

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