When high-end luxury cosmetics are mentioned, it’s completely normal for the first few names that pop into your mind to be Estee Lauder and Mac.
They’re both excellent manufacturers of cosmetics, fragrances, and skincare products. Interestingly, Estee Lauder actually owns Mac Cosmetics.
However, there are loyalists to each of the brands, and in a comparison of the brands, we came up with some surprising results.
Because Estee Lauder has several products on the market outside of makeup, but Mac Cosmetics is basically just a makeup manufacturer, our comparison will consist only of makeup products.
We will not be covering any of Estee Lauder’s skincare or fragrance lines, although we have favorites in each of those categories. We focused on the 5 main classes of facial cosmetics, which are:
- Face Powder
Estee Lauder At A Glance
Estee Lauder was the first female entrepreneur, and she hit the ground running.
The Estee Lauder name has been known through generations of women, and has always been a reputable name in cosmetics, fragrances, skincare, and hair care.
They currently have 25 brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella of business. These include some of the most popular in the industry, like Bumble and Bumble, Aveda, Clinique, Michael Kors, Smashbox and the Mac Cosmetics line.
Estee Lauder has always been committed to creating luxury cosmetic items for everyone and has more skin tone options than any other cosmetic company in the business.
They were among the first cosmetic companies to market to ethnic women and continued to do so. Estee Lauder products are heralded for helping to lend a more youthful appearance to women who use their skincare and cosmetic lines.
They have been known for having the best facial creams and fragrances for generations.
Mac Cosmetics At A Glance
Mac Cosmetics is a well-known high-end cosmetic line and has been favored by makeup artists for years. They were established in 1984 and are actually owned by the Estee Lauder company at this time.
Mac Cosmetics is sold in 120 countries. Their best sellers include lip color, foundation, and eyeshadows.
Mac Cosmetics have often been called the first name in professional makeup due to their use in photo shoots and movie sets.
They are a cosmetic brand, not well known for skincare or fragrance, and they haven’t needed to be. For years, if you looked at any makeup artist’s kit, it would contain Mac Cosmetics.
Estee Lauder VS Mac: Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation
One of the top beauty products of all time, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation has been a favorite of some women for decades.
It is a completely waterproof formula that doesn’t come off even in heat, humidity, and while sweating. It really is a full day of makeup and won’t quit after a workday.
You can move on into your evening without touch-ups. It’s light and oil-free, and contains SPF. Available in various shades and offering a matte finish, this foundation is the only foundation you need.
A few minor issues with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation are the fact that it comes in an inconvenient package and is liquid and runny, so it’s easy to spill and make a mess.
It also sets really quickly, so you’ll need to blend fast. Also, it can end up being too matte on some people.
Overall, though, it’s evident why it’s one of the top beauty products of all time. The long-lasting matte coverage is awesome.
Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation
With Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation, the first thing you notice is the easy, convenient packaging. You can use this product on the go without worrying about making a mess.
It can be applied in multiple layers for maximum coverage without turning cakey and unnatural looking. However, if you have oily skin, you may want to avoid this product, as it has a tendency to make skin oily.
It resists sweat and humidity, and it blends seamlessly. It can be used as a foundation or as a concealer. And, it offers a natural satin finish and hydrates skin instantly upon application.
Although Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation is a professional grade cosmetic, it lasts around half of the time that Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation lasts.
With the ability to go from office to nightlife without touch-ups, and the skin benefits offered from Estee Lauder foundation, it is the clear choice in this comparison.
Estee Lauder VS Mac: Powder
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Matte Powder
This innovative powder can actually be worn as a foundation or worn as a powder over a foundation. It is a soft and weightless powder formula that provides flawless coverage for your skin.
It controls oil, fights shine, and stays color-true all day long. You can wet the applicator sponge and wear it as a sheer coverage foundation or sweep it over your skin with a powder brush for a matte finish look.
This diverse product won’t let you down, and the coverage looks just as good in the evening as it did when you first applied it in the morning.
Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation
With Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation, you understand it will be good just by reading the name. It is often the go-to foundation in makeup studios everywhere, and with good reason.
It can be used on any skin type, even oily skin. However, it only lasts about 12 hours, tops. It does resist sweat and humidity, and it is great for covering redness and uneven skin tones.
It is also a cheaper option then the Estee Lauder foundation.
In this case, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Matte Powder is the clear winner. It is a versatile product that stays flawless for 24 hours. You won’t look oily or made up, just flawless.
Estee Lauder VS Mac: Mascara
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
The Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara is a lash multiplying, volume mascara that gives a false lash effect.
Using a bold volume formula, it blends high volume fibers in a mousse light base. The brush has both hard and soft bristles to separate and define lashes.
Mac Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
The Mac Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara has a whipped carbon black formula that adds volume, lengthens, and creates curl. Lashes stay soft and flexible, and it doesn’t clump, flake or smudge.
Mac Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara is the winner in this comparison. It is a touchable, falsie-creating mascara that stays on no matter what.
Estee Lauder VS Mac: Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Wet/Dry Eyeshadow
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Wet /Dry Eyeshadow is a weightless, ultrafine powder that acts like a cream, powder, and gel all at once.
It glides on silky, blends easily, and doesn’t settle into creases or lines. For wet or dry use, you can choose the effect you want it to make.
Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eyeshadow
The Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eyeshadow is a weightless matte, ultra cream texture blend. It’s soft, glides like velvet, doesn’t crease or settle, and is water and sweat-proof.
This is the eyeshadow that made Mac Cosmetics a leader in the industry, and it’s easy to see why once you apply it.
This is the arena in which Mac Cosmetics shines. Mac Cosmetic Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eyeshadow is known for its dramatic looks and doesn’t fail to deliver on its reputation.
Estee Lauder VS Mac: Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Whipped Matte Lip Color
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Whipped Matte Lip Color is a smooth, velvety and weightless lip color. It’s not sticky and stays comfortable on your lips for a solid 12 hours. Lightweight matte color that won’t fade out or rub off.
Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick
Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick is as forthcoming in a name as it should be. Rich, creamy, no-shine matte finish on high color with a 10-hour wear.
30 shades make this lipstick a go-to for many people because of the multiple options in colors.
For wear time and the ability to wear through drinking and eating, Estee Lauder Pure Color Whipped Matte Lip Color is the winner in this category.
For this comparison, Estee Lauder comes out ahead. Although they’re known for skincare and fragrances, in the cosmetic arena, they definitely shine.
However, because Mac Cosmetics is part of the Estee Lauder group, we can expect to see many new products and options in skincare from Mac.
Who knows what options we’ll have to compare next from these two beauty powerhouses.