I understand that a lot of you, like me, have just begun exploring the wonderful, colorful world of MAC. It can be confusing (what's with a million finishes?) & intimidating (have you seen how many shades of lipstick they have?), not to mention that a lot of girls put off their first visit to MAC as they don't wanna embarass themselves with the lack of info on makeup. (Makes it seem like going to MAC is like some kind of rite of passage - fail here and you will be scarred for life).. Uff, the pressure!
I stumbled upon this Beginners Guide to MAC by Temptalia. It is divided into ten parts - lips, eyes, blushes et al. I personally found this very useful & felt the 10th part which adressed various reader questions as well as etiquette rules for MAC to be very useful. Like I had no idea that MAC has a sample policy - you can ask for a foundation sample to take home & try, before purchasing. I'm not sure to what extent this is followed in our local stores though.
(I was at Body Shop once - they always have these free samples at the billing counter. The manager of the store was billing my purchases, I asked her to throw in a sample of their Vitamin C cream. She starts flipping the sample around staring intently at it & then says "Let me find out how much this costs"..
Me (extremly confused): "I thought the samples are free.."
Luckily there was an employee there who informed the manager that these are free samples for customers. I guess the manager was new.)
The guide also talks about how to deal with sometimes "snooty" behaviour that one might encounter at MAC. Personally speaking I prefer to shop at the SV Road MAC rather than the Juhu PVR one. Both are equally close to my place, Juhu one is a tad closer, but I somehow like the MUAs at the SV Road more. Just a personal preference.
MAC products aren't exactly light on the pocket, it is always better to be educated about them, before you go shopping.
What was your first experience at MAC like? Were you also intimidated?