Much of the controversy deals with the price. Call me crazy, but many drugstore products are almost the same price as MAC products. The L'oreal Lipgloss that I almost bought last week was $12, while the MAC gloss is $14.50. There are often drugstore coupons and BOGO's, so I would wait for them and never pay that $12. Let's keep it real, MAC is one of the least expensive department store brands out there. Companies like Stila, Estee Lauder, Dior, Smashbox, Lancome, etc. cost significantly more.
There are cons to the brand though. I hate that they have so many limited edition products. I sometimes think it's supposed to create a "need of urgency", as to sell out a product. (Shoot, if the product is that hot, I'll probably buy a backup.) The pro program drives me nuts. Seriously, why do we have to pay a fee to get a discount? I get the same discount from other top brands for free.
I bought a MAC shadow for 20bucks and could have slapped myself when ELF had a similar color for $1 you're paying in name only because so many colors that I see you all wearing I can get out of walmart and the color is better. Now I will say that the foundations just may be worth it, but the eyeshadows and lipsticks NOOOOO save your money!-Angelgurl2
i never knew mac existed until i joined youtube beauty community.-chonu
To be honest I think that some women just buy MAC for the name (like people who wear coogi) and they think it is a higher brand. I think people love to play keeping up with the Jones and it is a shame. I think that you should find things that work for you, don't let these companies dictate how and what you spend your money on. MAC does have great products but if I can fine the same in a cheaper brand I'm all for it. Oh and I went to the Becca & BB websites I think I will give Becca a try. Thanks-MissNisha2006
i think one of the main reasons i buy mac is convenience and availability. there's practically a MAC counter in every mall in the country that usually has all the same products. it doesn't matter where you live, you can find a MAC store easily. it's higher end, yet still affordable so it has become a common language among youtubers.-ring0rosie
I agree that Mac needs to stop releasing a collection every other week. It's becoming ridiculous, but what is more ridiculous is that people buy every single collection who aren't even makeup artists. It does seem a little cult like.-merriem24
when i first started watching youtube, i thought that MAC was the only thing that i should use, because everyone was using it. then, i found some common sense and only purchase a few things that i want, like the studio sculpt concealer and a few shadows, and the studio fix. i will NEVER buy a MAC brush as long as i have sigma, loew cornell, ecotools, and some quo.-savetheearth552
I think a lot of people feel that MAC no longer really cares about their customers. Like releasing collections every five minutes just to get at their money. There's also quite a bit of anger over the whole "reduce the amount of pigment but keep the price the same". Also like NARS blushes, MAC has a cult following, and manyu people will want to be part of that, so they will go and buy products much of which can be bought better and cheaper elsewhere. I like MAC but its hardly my life xx-savethelunchboxes
I actually have a friend who so called "hated MAC" but she didn't know why. I wanted to go get matched for a concealer & she ended up buying a lipstick and a lipliner. My point being, just as MAC has a cult following with people who don't know why they "love" MAC, there is another following of "haters" who don't know why they hate it! LOL you have to laugh at that. My cousin worked at MAC and got me into makeup. Youtube just fanned the flames.-theglamourmiss
I only own one MAC product but I understand why many Black women use MAC the way they do.Some time ago finding foundation for people of darker skin was almost impossible.MAC had the widest selection of shades for dark skin. Even I can't find a shade for me because most brands either only have two radically different shades for ppl with dark skin or no shades at all. Nowadays many brands have colors that match ppl with dark skin but the majority are still the expensive department store brands.-angelbones92
MAC and I have a wonderful history together! for a long time, it was the only co. in my area that had the edge i wanted and foundation to match my skin. Benefit had some amazing lipsticks a while back too. Big fan of them!Up until a few years ago, the options for high end edgy makeup in my area, other than MAC was limited. I always used beauty supply brands like NXY and Sinful, but when I wanted the luxe, I choose MAC. Glad we have a Sephora now. I love the options there too.-sss215
Do you think MAC is worth the Hype?Do you love it, hate it, or do you think it's average? Most importantly, do you think it's overrated? Leave a comment below!