I’m on the VIP list at my local MAC counter (nothing special, just if someone remembers they give me a call when new collections are out and put stuff aside for me). I got a call inviting me to a MAC Techniques Night, focusing on behind the scenes runway techniques covering contouring and false lashes. I really struggle with those two so I was in! I popped down to the counter to pay my $120 to secure my place (redeemable on product on the night) as there was “limited numbers”.
A few weeks later and I arrive at the store after hours, there’s a few girls milling around as we wait to be escorted in. Awesome I thought to myself, only about a dozen people, we’ll get plenty of individual attention over the next two and a half hours. Boy I was wrong, we walked into a training room of 30 people!
In the small, hot room there were a few large prints of makeup looks, the mineralised lipsticks on display (a few weeks before launch), two models perched on stools and two trainers. On each chair there was a small black ring binder with a pencil to take notes. Inside the binder, a bunch of face charts other info.
Each trainer did a different look using a lot of LE products. They handed around some of them. The trainers were good – chatty and explained what they were doing but with three rows of watchers I didn’t learn much.
after about an hour-hour and a half we headed back down to the counter and were split into groups of six with a trainer or MUA to pick out our $120 worth of product, ask any questions, try stuff on, etc. It was packed! It was hard to get a hold of stuff, lots of waiting around to get product, bah a bit of a mess really!
I got taupe shape blush, everyday diva lipstick and let’s skate paintpot (totalling $122! Yeah!)
Overall, I wouldn’t do it again. While I appreciated the sneak peek at new products before they had even arrived in the US, I think you’d get a lot more bang for buck with a $80 make-over/lesson which is one on one (and redeemable too).