Let’s get real. We’ve all been through a MAC phase, especially those of us growing up in the pre-YouTube tutorial days of the 90s and early-to-mid 00s, where our entire makeup bag is full of their sleek packaging and iconic lip colors.
MAC’s artistry first aesthetic will always have an unparalleled influence in the beauty industry. However, the times have changed for the better since MAC rose to prominence in the beauty community in the late 80s and 90s. Social media and smarter consumer trends have turned us all into beauty gurus always on the hunt for the perfect product with the best ingredients. The beauty conscious have also pioneered the rise of niche indie brands and high tech makeup tools, just like Rock Candy a vegan airbrush makeup line. Which revolutionary brand do you think will withstand the ultimate beauty breakdown, MAC the traditional line or Rock Candy the future of airbrush makeup trends?
Let’s start with the obvi. We all know that MAC makeup brushes are some of the best in the biz, but they’re also hella’ $$$. If you’re in the mood to shell out some extra cash for a stippling brush, blush, brush, contour brush, powder brush, fan brush, and oh yeah don’t forget that smaller stippling brush they make for around the nose area so your complexion looks like a pro, it’ll cost close to $214. Ouch, and that wasn’t even for a full face. An airbrush makeup system, like Rock Candy is a multi-use beauty tool that proves to be much more economical buy. Rock Candy’s airbrush makeup is an all in one complexion system and can easily apply your foundation, contour, highlight, and blush. Not to mention it cleans between uses in a flash saving you some serious time in front of the sink with your brushes.
Major MAC myth debunked: the brand’s foundation isn’t formulated for day-to-day wear. MAC was makeup was made for camera and stage performances making it a little heavy on the skin for daily wear. Plus, you have to set it down with a matching powder because it tends to slide around on the face… and transfer onto your clothes and phone (sigh).
Airbrush foundations, like Rock Candy give you the #flawless camera ready finish that you can wear every day! It’s professional airbrush system is exactly like the ones they use backstage, on set, and on TV. As if it isn’t revolutionary enough, the airbrush foundation has a no budge formula that’s light enough to wear 24/7 without irritating your skin!
You’re seriously going to have to be a chemical engineer to be able to understand the ingredients list of a bottle of Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. After researching some ingredients that I didn’t even recognize, I found out that there’s some pretty sketchy chemical compounds in the formula. The foundation contains cyclopentasiloxane a silicate that has a toxic effect the environment, a couple ingredients that are also found in paint, and the big baddie octinoxate. If octinoxate doesn’t sound familiar, its the most chemical ingredient in the cosmetics market and has even been linked to increased toxicity levels in the human body – particularly the organ system.
Instead of a formula based on chemical compounds, Rock Candy’s organic airbrush makeup likes to keep it au naturelle. The airbrush makeup line has organic formulas that actually benefit your complexion. The No Filter 4K airbrush foundation is full of some of my favorite ingredients including Caprylyl Glycol – nature’s miracle working fatty acids that helps to condition dehydrated skin. The airbrush foundation also helps to balance out the skin’s natural PH levels with Aloe Vera extract. Talk about a genius formula?
It’s time that we clear the air about the crude and nonessential process that is animal testing. On their site MAC states that they are against the practice and that their brand does not own any animal testing facilities. While MAC was developed with cruelty-free origins, things changed for the brand when it was acquired by the Estee Lauder company in the late 90s. The brand lost control of their stance once the company started retailing MAC in China. By law all cosmetics retailers in China must have their products tested on animals – whether the brand likes it or not. Although they have not moved their products out of China, MAC has teamed up with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences and is actively petitioning for the practice to stop worldwide.
On the other hand, Rock Candy’s natural airbrush products are also produced and retailed from the sunny state of California where no bunnies were harmed in the making of the cosmetics. Rock Candy’s roots as a small indie vegan airbrush line allows the brand the freedom to 100 percent transparent to their customers about its beliefs and practices as a company.
Weigh in on the showdown in your comments below. Which brand do you prefer, traditional MAC staples or a vegan airbrush makeup brand Rock Candy?