2 MAC Makeup Artists Tell Us 5 Amazing Products No One Knows About

Updated 08/08/17

There are certain MAC products that have reached icon status—Studio Fix, Lip Glass, and Fluidline Brow, to name a few. But MAC is a brand that, like Gretchen Weiner’s hair, is full of secrets. Beyond the Face and Body Foundation, beyond the frenzy-inducing collaborations (MAC x Selena, we waited for you with baited breath), there exist a number of little-known products that have flown under the radar all these years, just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a MAC devotee or are have just started dipping your toe into the vast, glittery, rainbow pool of MAC products, you’ll want to see the makeup artist–approved picks ahead.

From a magical mixing balm to a perfect coffee eyeliner, keep scrolling to see (and stock up on) them all!

MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone $22
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"One of the best backstage secrets, that for years has slid under the radar, is this MAC primer. Not only does it shrink large pores, but its oil-free formula is one of the best anti-shine treatments out there. Working with even the smallest amount can de-shine the oiliest of skin. This product is essential in men's grooming." —John Stapleton, MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist, @MAC_John_S

MAC Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Coffee $17
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"Another backstage favorite that has celebrated over 20 years with the brand is [this eyeliner] in Coffee. It is the darkest, richest brown shade, which borders on black, that works well on everyone. This is one of the firmer eye pencils, and it stands up to wear extremely well." — John Stapleton

MAC Cosmetics Mixing Medium Shine $22
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"I adore this balm-like mixing medium that was formulated to transform loose pigments into a new texture. I love using it alone, tapped onto the upper cheekbones for a low-key highlighter on the cheeks. I also love it to impart an invisible shine to the lips or even put over eye shadow to create a dewy look while feeling undetectable." — Gregory Arlt, MAC Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, @GregoryArlt

MAC Cosmetics Casual Colour $22
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"This is one of my favorite throw-and-go products to literally throw it on and go! It's a cream product that you can use on both your lips and your cheeks. I love using this on clients for an effortless stain on the cheeks, like it's coming from within." — Gregory Arlt

MAC Cosmetics Glitter in Reflect Gold $22
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"Who doesn't need (or want) a little micro glitter in their lives? I am never without this gold glitter in my kit. You can pop a small amount over your eye shadow to make your lids sparkle without compromising the color of the shadow, or a little into lip gloss to bring some extra 'bling' to your lips. As well, sprinkle a little over your nail polish as it's drying for some extra sparkle!" — Gregory Arlt

This story was originally published on July 25, 2016.

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