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Wipes are a favorite at the M.A.C counter and it’s not hard to see why: these sturdy yet soft cloths easily and quickly remove all types of makeup, including long-wearing lip stains and waterproof mascara. The formula combines gentle cleansing agents with a solvent and silicones to accomplish this, and most will find it a soothing experience. Wipes are convenient, but keep in mind that a water-soluble cleanser with a washcloth is just as effective (and costs less per use).

Purified Water, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Trisiloxane, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Tocopherol, Arginine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

When it comes to skin care 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!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

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.

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  1. Aleksandra M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    LOVE M.A.C. Wipes!
    • Really the "Best" wipes! Really remove all makeup (I don't use this on my eyes to remove makeup...face only)! I love to use them as my first step before cleansing my face with the Clarisonic Mia 2 and a gentle facial cleanser and followed by the M.A.C. Lightful Softening Lotion. I enjoy using them as a refresh wipe on days I don't wear any makeup. As a bonus...this purchase contributes to my Back 2 M.A.C.

  2. Barbara C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • The wipes removed most, but not all of the eye makeup I had on so only a 3 for results. They are sort of pricey, so a three there. Mostly, they stung and burned my skin! Hence, the 1 on recommending these.

  3. Ellen P.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 07, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Makeup Miracle Wipes
    • Note that MAC Wipes also come in a package of 100 for $29. In that size these are a good bargain, and less expensive per wipe than the Lumene wipes listed here as inexpensive. I go camping and travel a lot, so i always keep facial wipes with me for no or low water situations. I'm not totally crazy about the scent of these wipes, but it's not as strong or unpleasant as the fragrances in most Olay products. And they really get off dirt and every kind of make up better than any other i've tried, and I've tried a lot of wipes. I have dry, somewhat sensitive skin and these do not irritate my face or dry it out, as some other wipes i've tried have. I especially reach for these when i'm wearing a lot of eye makeup. MAC Wipes get off mascara and waterproof eyeliner even better than most of the makeup removers i've tried. And you don't have to take the whole heavy pack with you for a few days of travel - just pull out the number you think you'll need, plus a few more just in case, and put them in a zip-sealing plastic bag.

  4. Susanna in Seattle
    Reviewed on Monday, December 03, 2012
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    My new favorite cleansing cloths
    • My old favorite wipes (made by Dove) seem to have been discontinued so based on Paula's strong review, I decided to give these a try. I like them a lot. Wish they were dry instead of wet (easier and lighter to travel with dry wipes) but they remove makeup, including mascara, well and don't leave an oily film on my skin. Yes, they are expensive but the convenience makes them worth it for me. Highly recommended.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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