I'd first like to start out by saying: I am not in the habit of putting on a full face of makeup to go try on and purchase NEW makeup. Doesn't make sense to me. I like to go to the cosmetic counters bare faced, so that I can actually see my skin. I completely understand that without my makeup, I look like dog-food to SA's.
I strolled into my local MAC store, one afternoon, Friends & Family coupon in hand, to exchange a Tendertone that I had purchased online (in hopes of avoiding this type of situation.) I was immediately approached by "James," a 20-something drag queen SA. "Let me show you our new collections," he insisted, pulling me to the Neo Sci-Fi, Tendertones and Cool Heat displays. I smiled politely, thinking, "All ready seen it, all ready have it" but I looked along anyway and pretended I cared.
I love makeup. And I love makeup stores. But I almost always dislike the people selling it to me. I wish I could look and experiment on my own (without any interruption or annoying sales pitch) but I'm almost always pressured into purchasing something I don't need or want. So, anyway, I threw "James" a bone and let him put some foundation on me, then humored him in putting eyeshadow on me. He used a wide selection of shadows along with a fluidline and mascara, then went over each, asking me if I wanted it. They really don't believe you when you say, "I have that." (They must think it's some sort of exaggeration or lie, when in reality, it's the truth.)
Anyway, there was one thing that "James" and I agreed on. It was that eye concealer should be the same color as your skin, not lighter. I don't have very dark circles under my eyes, so this is adequate coverage, plus as an Korean girl, I always need to dot some concealer at the lower outer corners of my eyes. He chose MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 - NW25 ($15.50.) This covers it perfectly, and also covers redness around the nose.
For foundation he used MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation - NW30 ($28.) When I got it home, I thought it was too light, but somehow when its blended in it looks right. It provides a smooth, luminous, satin finish. I use Tarte's Smooth Operator Primer beforehand and it stays on most of the day.
I wasn't a fan of "James'" eye shadow application, but he did a pretty good job blending everything together with the MAC 222 Tapered Blending Brush ($30) and using the windshield-wiper method. It's great for blending. So in the end, I thought he had a kind of crappy attitude, but I did walk away with some stuff I actually like.