Inside MAC Cosmetics (Manila, Philippines)

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Two weekends ago, I was given the chance to help out a friend setup at the MAC Cosmetics office in Makati. Operational word: volunteer, meaning I don’t get paid, but in exchange for the time I rendered for helping them, I get any item I want that is worth Php 1,000 or less. Not a bad deal, right?

So I jumped at the opportunity to get to explore the MAC Cosmetics office in Makati. And it was paradise, I tell you. I don’t know any place in the metro with as much MAC under one roof! I’m a big fan of the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and the Studio Fix foundation, but I’m a newbie when it comes to their lipstick types and other product lines. I was floored when I found out just how many tools and types of cosmetics MAC offers. It’s definitely not your usual makeup brand: it is THE HG Makeup brand to invest in.

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MAC Lipsticks, anyone? Next time your in the MAC Store in teh lookout for your next lippie, go and take a look at the MAC Viva Glam line first. Here’s why.

I also found out that 100% of the profits of the MAC Viva Glam line is donated to an AIDS foundation supported by MAC Cosmetics. So ladies, you know which MAC Cosmetics line to check out first next time!

The work was not even work at all. Imagine getting a Php 1000-worth of MAC cosmetics item in exchange for three hours of going through all shades and types of lipsticks, blush, foundations, and what-have-yous and just arranging them based on the shade, style, and type. I can do this every weekend!

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In exchange, we got to learn a few things about MAC. I found out that the sales attendants at the MAC Cosmetics store were not your ordinary SAs. They’re trained professional makeup artists, and it would really be good for you if you seek their advice rather than just shying away from them or shunning them during your visit. Also, don’t be intimidated to enter the store. It doesn’t matter if you have money or not, or if you can afford the makeup at the present time. Just go in there and try out the makeup for yourself! The SAs are not supposed to make you feel intimidated. If they do, let me know and let’s escalate it to their Training Manager. The SAs are really helpful and friendly, too!

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The SAs/ MUAs are already pro at what they do, but they have to take up the MAC Basic School so that they ingrain the MAC culture in their work. Also, they learn about the latest trends in makeup and cosmetics, which helps them a lot in giving other people best advice about which makeup to use.

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MAC Basic School Training

Since we had to choose which makeup item to get in exchange for our three-hour service, I decided to go with a lipstick. I’ve never owned a MAC lipstick before (or don’t remember owning one), so I don’t have any default shade I want. Our nice friends from MAC allowed us to test all we want! We tried all the shades and styles and types of MAC lipsticks that I wished so hard that I could do it forever. I initially had a hard time choosing a shade that suits me, but eventually I found MAC Frost Angel the best choice for me. Will be writing about it in a separate blog post!

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Cannot hide my goofy face brimming with happiness as Jeanne and I tried out all the shades of MAC lipsticks we can get our hands on.

I can’t wait to be given a chance to intern again for MAC! Thanks again to our friends from MAC for giving me the opportunity to work for MAC for a day (or rather, three hours XD) To more MAC interning opportunities!-HANA

4 comments to Inside MAC Cosmetics (Manila, Philippines)

  • Shiela Marie Calzada  says:

    Wow! It’s like heaven when you enter the store! <3_<3 There was this one time that I was intimidated by a Do they accept interns as of the moment?

    • Rachel De Pano  says:

      Hi Ms. Shiela can I ask if everyday yung free tutorial ng MAC Cosmetics? Thankyou

  • Shiela Marie Calzada  says:

    continuation :p *By an SA and that time pa naman, i don’t know anything about make-up. Instead of buying a product, I went away. xD Hindi lang siguro ganun ka-accomodating yung SA by that time :)

  • Rachel De Pano  says:

    Hi Ms. Hana:) i read your blog.. I’m interested regarding on MAC Costemics offering..May I ask kung san exact and everyday ba yung free tutorial or training?thankyou so much..Godbless

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