In my hands this week I’m lucky enough to have the brand new makeup range by Mecca Maxima, called Mecca Max. I was sent a selection of products to try which I was excited about, as it’s always interesting to try a new makeup brand to see what it’s like and whether it’s one I’ll keep going back to.
I didn’t have any expectations of this range when I first heard about it’s release, as I haven’t tried any house-brands of retail stores. I assumed it would be similar to Sephora’s own label, which I’m yet to try and haven’t really heard much about on social media or youtube. It’s been hard to miss the new Mecca Max range while scrolling through Instagram though, it’s definitely everywhere!
There are so many new products in the range to try, but for now I’ll share my thoughts on the ones I have here in front of me which I’ve been trying out over the past week.
Thoughts on… Packaging
The first thing that caught my eye about this new makeup range when I saw the products for the first time on social media was the packaging – it really stands out. With a mixture of luxurious black and gold, the fun aspect is brought in with a bright splash of pink and a bold shade of red. I’m not a big fan of red myself, however I can see why it was included. It’s the ‘ultimate shade of red lipstick’ type red and combining it with the candy pink really makes a unique statement that I haven’t seen on other makeup packaging. They’ve done really well at creating something different.
In person, the packaging of the products is even better, not only in appearance but in functionality as well, which I’ll talk about below.
The first product I tried was their bronzing powder in a medium shade. The colour of it is spot on, it’s that perfect mix of cool and warm toned brown. It has the very slightest bit of shimmer in it, however not too noticeable. It blends really nicely, has a mirror inside the compact and is just the right size for a bronzer brush.
I’ll have to be a bit light-handed with this one as I’m sure the light shade would be better for my skin tone, however this will be perfect in summer when I start tanning again.
I haven’t seen a highlighting product like this before, so I was really interested in trying this one. Their liquid highlighter is available in Pearl, Soft Gold and Bronze, three different shades for three different skin tones. On one end of the product is a white flat brush and on the other, a push button to pump the product into the brush.
I have the shade Pearl and when I first pumped the product out, it looked really golden. When applied to the skin though, the colour lightens to a pale champagne pink then when blended out is a really pretty shimmer. I feel like this colour could have been made a little bit lighter for pale skin as it has that golden cream undertone, but it’s still good.
My favourite! This is their first larger eyeshadow palette (there are quads as well) yet it’s still quite compact in size. It’s the most expensive product in the range, coming in at $45 but I truly think it’s worth the money! It has all the colours I love wearing and it will be very easy to travel with.
It has two matte shades – a warm brown for the crease and a cream for all over the lid. The rest of the shades are foil/shimmers, some more shimmery than others. The coppery/bronze shades are perfect, the shimmery white is way more pigmented than I expected. My favourite shade though is a champagne foil (the long section bottom right). The purples are very warm-toned as well, making them slightly more on the burgundy side.
All the colours are much more shimmery on the skin than what they look in the palette. The only negative I have about it is the two copper shimmers are very similar – one probably could have been replaced with a richer foil.
Shade: Skinny Latte
Shade: Freedom Fighter
Thoughts on… Quality