Fun Facts:

Make-up Art Cosmetics, or MAC for short, was founded by two professional photographers named Frank in Canada in 1985. Their first stand-alone store opened in Greenwich Village in 1991.

The MAC line was designed specifically for professional makeup artists.

The company's motto is "all ages, all races, all sexes."

Estee Lauder acquired controlling interest in MAC in 1994 and completed acquisition of the company in 1998.

MAC's five current social initiatives include the MAC Cruelty-Free Beauty principle, Back to MAC Recycling program, MAC Kids Helping Kids greeting card program, MAC PRO program, and the MAC AIDS Fund.

Company News/Recent Launches:

The new DSquared2 collection is the result of a collaboration with the designer twins Dan and Dean Caten.

Promoted by singer Fergie, the Viva Glam collection features Viva Glam VI Lipstick, Lipglass, and Special Edition Lipstick. All proceeds from the sale of these products are donated to the MAC Aids Fund, which was established in 1994.

MAC's newest mascara, Zoom Fast Black Lash, is designed for fast, intense night-sky volume.

TIA's Take:

MAC Cosmetics is much more widely known for its makeup than its skincare products. The company makes no claims to all-natural formulas, though it does purport to being cruelty-free. Ingredients in MAC skincare products are hard to come by, although we were able to find a forum where you can find a number of full ingredient lists. MAC's face cleansers are brimming with damaging chemicals like sulfates, PEGs, BHT, parabens, and phenoxyethanol. Moisturizers rely on synthetic silicones and petroleum derivatives. Nonetheless, there are bright spots. For example, the Day SPF 15 Light Moisture lotion boats high doses of vitamin E, rosemary extract, milk protein, whey protein, and sodium hyaluronate, in addition to some botanical extracts, lecithin, and caffeine. In some cases, the good may even outweigh the bad. But until the skincare formulas get cleaned up, we'll stick to MAC's makeup and makeup tools. A few reviews follow:

Reviewed and Recommended: MAC Studio Tech