Some time ago, I got caught into this MAC craze and thought it was high time I should hit their counters and let myself be transformed into a marvelously good looking lady. I kept visiting their website and making lists over lists of must-have products, calculating and then recalculating my budget all over again.
Today, so close to my birthday, I hit one of their counters hoping I would come out of there full of content and a "Smile and wave, boys!" attitude.
Enter first MAC counter. Ant hill. 5 or 6 assistants and I still waited for half an hour to be sat down and asked what I wished for.
"A foundation", I shyly replied. "But I need to be colour matched".
The lady took her brush, disappeared for 5 minutes and came back, starting to apply some kind of foundation on my face.
Whoa, lady! I still have my old one on! But my saying went by unheard.
Half a cheek done (she didn't even let me take my glasses off) and she asks:
"Do you like it?"
I look in the mirror and I am horrified.
"No, I don't. It's cakey, the colour is not good and it looks like concrete."
"That's because you have to use a primer"
And she starts slapping some primer on, OVER the foundation that she had just applied, subsequently over my own foundation. Then she applied another layer of foundation. I was so shocked that, in my stupidness, I could not even begin to say where she did wrong.
I said "Thank you" and headed to another MAC counter, a few minutes away.
Enter second counter. Ant hill, but friendlier staff. Was sat down immediately. Slap primer, slap foundation. Been better colour matched, but the foundation was clearly not good for my skin type. It flaked away, caked, then turned my face into a mirror during one hour! And none of these shops did samples! I mean - come on, are you guys that good now that customers actually have to beg you to notice them?! And when you actually DO notice them - you make a fool of yourselves and your products?
So I headed to an Estee Lauder counter where a very, very nice lady sat me down again, removed my bad makeup, toned my skin, moisturized it and then applied my foundation - explaining every single thing she was doing. At the end, so I would not get out of the store looking like a ghoul, she applied some blush and a little lipstick and gave me samples of 70% of the products she used on me. I am so pleased with everything she helped me with and the foundation (Double Wear, by the way) still looks great now, 5 hours since application.
I am so curious: did any of you have problems with the MAC ladies or did I just have a bad day? :D