Thursday, 7 November 2013

MAC Cosmetics // Back To MAC Programme

If you have ever used MAC products then listen up as this might be useful! Now if your a make-up lover like myself then you have probably tried MAC Cosmetics in fact it's probably one of your favourite brands - I know it definitely is one of mine. MAC are all about helping both people in need and the environment. 

By returning six of there primary packaging items you can receive a free lipstick of your choice. I will explain the products that you can return and all about your new free lipstick but first here is what the MAC website has about the program. 

"Because we share your commitment to the environment  M.A.C accepts returns of its primary packaging (This does not include Viva Glam, Pro Long Wear or Sheen Supreme) through the Back to M.A.C Program. By returning six [6] M.A.C primary packaging containers to a M.A.C counter, you receive a free M.A.C Lipstick of your choice as our thanks to you. Since 100% of the retain selling price of Viva Glam Lipsticks is provided to organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS, these colours are excluded from this program.

In countries where it is permissible, the returned packaging is forwarded to appropriate waste management centres to recycle/ reuse through energy recovery. M.A.C will continue to explore alternative means of waste disposal in all markets."

By now your probably rumbling through your collection trying to find empty MAC containers. I am now going to list the exact type of containers that are excepted just so you know: 
Foundation Bottles/ Tubes
Concealer Pots/ Tubes
Powder Compacts
Blush Pots
Paint Pots 
Eye-shadow Pots
Gel Liner Pots
Mascara Tubes
Eyelash Containers
Lipstick Tubes
Lip gloss Tubes
Plastic Bottles (Fix+, Brush Cleaner ect)

Basically anything that is plastic or glass, they easiest way to know if it is accepted is if it has back to mac stated at the top of the cardboard packaging (photo above). They also accept most collection packaging but if your ever unsure you can always go into a store/ counter or you can call your local MAC store/ head office - you can find numbers on the official MAC website. 

You can't get any MAC lipstick you can only choice from there normal collection (the ones with the bullet like packaging) but within that you can't pick a viva glam colour because the proceeds go to charity. 

If your not sure of colours to get my personal favourites would be Plink!, Creme Cup, Angel, Shy Girl & Chatterbox but if your unsure your best to go into a store/ counter and swatch colours and ask about formulas and finishes.

I hope this helped and if you are slightly confused and need help with what items you can take back or what lipstick to get comment below and I'll be happy to help - over the year I have became quite the MAC product pro and could pretty much tell you anything you need to know about a product! I've used the back to mac programme three times now - last Sunday being the most recent! The lipstick I got on Sunday was Ruby Woo but it's not for me, it's for my freelance make-up kit. The programme is a great way to get lipstick for building up your kit! 
Have you used the Back To MAC Programme? 


  1. I love the fact Mac do this:) great for the environment and great for us too!:)x

    1. I know - it's helping us all out! Becki xx



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