It’s an exciting time for beauty addicts down under, as Mecca Maxima has released their own brand – Mecca Max. They have products in just about every category – foundation, nail polish, brushes & other tools, false lashes. You can do your entire face from this range! For overseas readers, Mecca Maxima is our answer to Sephora. They have stands where you can try products, lots of fun minis, and helpful staff. There is a sister store Mecca Cosmetica which is more expensive products, skincare, and fine fragrance. My taste is more aligned with Mecca Maxima so I’m very excited that they are opening a store here in Auckland!
“A collection of 25 ‘MAXimiser’ products that hero the range, with stand-outs including eye and skin primers, a strobing stick, an
artistry palette and a double-ended mascara. Plus the entry-level price point means items range from just $5 to $45, making MECCA MAX accessible to beauty novices and devotees alike.”
I was extremely lucky to be sent a very generous package of products from the Mecca Max range, which I have been putting to the test over the last couple of weeks. I also put them all on my face to show you which we will get to shortly. Well, as many as possible. I didn’t exactly apply 4 layers of lip products!
I started with the Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer. It has a subtle pearly sheen to it, and gave my skin a smooth canvas for me to apply my foundation. My foundation wasn’t from Mecca but just in case anyone cares it’s my old standby MAC Studio Sculpt. To apply my foundation I used the Beauty Bullet Blender Sphere. I wasn’t sure if it needed to be used wet like the Beauty Blender and most of the other copycats like the Real Techniques sponge, so I wet it just to see if it happened. It did not, so maybe don’t waste your time doing that. I wasn’t crazy about using it, it was a weird shape to hold and the blending ability was just okay. I am kind of biased towards brushes so it’s probably not a bad product, just not really for me.
Then I looked at my tired undereyes and got out the Shimmer Shot Illuminating Wand. I thought it would be similar to YSL Touche Eclat or Collection Illuminating Concealer, where it conceals but also adds some illuminating. Because I’m an idiot, I twisted the product up and applied straight to my face without touching it first. It is extremely shimmery, as the name would imply, with zero concealer to it – I don’t know why I assumed it would, I should have read the description on the box!! My friend was there and she said “I don’t even have my glasses on and I can see the sparkle from here” (the other side of the lounge). I blended the shimmer out with the help of the blender sphere, and applied some more on my cheekbones. Things looked up from here, as I used all of the products correctly from this point, well done to me. I applied a sweep of the Sunlit Skin Bronzer, which was the medium shade, across the apples of my cheeks. I could have applied a little more after looking at the photos of myself wearing it, but I’m always shy with bronzer.
For my eyes I used the Eyephoria Vivid Impact Palette, primarily the purple-based shades on the right hand side of the palette. I applied it without a primer or base which is unusual for me, but it worked really well regardless. The shadows were the right amount of softness without too much excess powder fallout. I like the generously sized mirror included with it which is good if like me, you end up doing your makeup in all sorts of less than ideal locations. There are 10 shadows that all coordinate nicely with each other, so it makes it very versatile. My eyeliner is Bourjois felt tip eyeliner, and I filled in my brows with MAC Brow Sculpt pencil in the shade Lingering. I finished my eye look with the Eye Max Volumising Mascara which separates my lashes really nicely.
The lipsticks are nice and creamy, and come in an interesting range of colours. Neither of the ones that I was sent are colours that I would normally choose for myself but it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve had the Boss Gloss and Tinted Lip oil on regular rotation over the last couple of weeks at work. They both give a pretty subtle colour that’s really pretty and pink. I was going to do swatches of everything but honestly this post is already getting super long.
In the photos of this post I am wearing the Tinted Oil in the shade Rose – it’s a very barely there colour. The formula makes my lips feel nice and moisturised which is good because they’ve suffered badly in this cold winter, especially working in air conditioning all day.
Prices for the products I received are below:
Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer $20AUD $22NZD
Sunlit Skin Bronzer $22AUD $24NZD
Shimmer Shot Illuminating Wand $25AUD $28NZD
Eyephoria Vivid Impact Palette $45AUD $50NZD
Eye Max Volumising Mascara $25AUD $28NZD
Pout Pop Lipstick $20AUD $22NZD
Gloss Boss Lipgloss $18AUD $20NZD
City Slickers Tinted Oil $16AUD $18NZD
Beauty Bullet Blender Sphere $18AUD $20NZD
Overall, I was really impressed with the Mecca Max range. The products are good quality and it’s a very reasonable price point! Mecca is a brand that I feel like I can trust, as their Mecca Cosmetica store brand is really nice too. I’m definitely going to be heading into the new store which will be at 191 Queen Street, Auckland – there will be opening day specials but alas I will be at work. Mecca Max is available in store and from meccabeauty.co.nz on Tuesday 1st August 2017. Thank you Mecca for sending all of these beautiful products to me!