If you live in Australia and are obsessed with beauty, chances are you have heard of Mecca Maxima. The beauty retail giant launched their own brand of makeup and beauty tools on August 1, sending us all into a frenzy. I picked up some items from the new brand to try out and review for you here today. Settle in, because this is a long one…
What is Mecca Max?
Mecca Max is a newly launched in-house brand by the Australian beauty retailer Mecca Maxima. It has been three years in the making and boasts over 200 new products ranging from complexion to eyes to lips to beauty tools. Mecca Max is also affordable, with nothing costing more than $45 AUD.
The Wink Weapon Mini Palette contains six eye shadows (five regular shadows and one pure glitter pigment). There are four variations of shades available:
- Embellished (“essential neutrals”)
- Globetrotter (“greens and urban khaki”)
- Flamboyant (“luxe blues”)
- Minimalist (“shades of smokey, sexy black”)
I purchased this online so was not able to see the shades and swatch them prior to purchasing. I opted for Globetrotter, because greens and khakis are something a little different for my collection while still being relatively easy to work with. Embellished would have been a safe bet, but I wanted to try something different. I certainly did not need another neutral eye shadow palette.
This little palette retails for $30 AUD.
Unfortunately when this palette arrived I was disappointed at the shade selection. I didn’t really see “urban khaki” represented in the mix – it was more pale blue/green duochromes, a boring navy colour, a dark grey, and a gold glitter. I was pretty underwhelmed. The website definitely makes it difficult to see the true shades, so I do hope they provide clearer pictures going forward.
When I swatched the shades with my finger I could see right away that they were pigmented, but they were also all slightly shimmery. If you’ve read eye shadow reviews from me in the past you’ll know that I really like matte shades, especially in a nice travel-friendly palette such as this. I need matte shades to create an entire look, so when there is an overabundance of shimmer, I get really turned off.
The packaging is nice and compact. This does not include a mirror, so that is a negative for travel (but it keeps the cost low). It has sturdy plastic packaging with a clear front so you can see the shades, which I don’t mind.
Testing it out
With all of that said, when it came time to use the eye shadows properly, I was pretty impressed! The bottom left shade, which on first impression was a boring navy colour, turned out to be really lovely and worked well in the crease. These shades are pigmented and really soft, so there is some fall out and kick back when dipping a brush in.
I enjoyed the duochrome shades at the top of the palette – these looked great on the lid and inner corner.
The glitter pigment was a little messy when swatching with my finger. I haven’t used this particular shade on my eyes because I do not own a glitter glue. I feel that without a glue, this glitter will not adhere properly and it will just end up making a mess.
As always, I do use an eye primer before applying shadows because I have hooded eyes meaning lots of creases!
Overall these shadows performed well. Are they the best quality shadows I own? No. Are the shades beautiful and unique? Not really. The price is fair though, and if you’re looking for a nice travel eye shadow palette, these could be a great option. If you can get in store and see these in person before purchasing, do.
Triple Threat Face Shaper: Cream
I picked up this trio of cream face products online as well. This palette contains a bronzer, blush, and highlight in a cream formulation. The Triple Threat is also available in a powder formulation as well. I opted for the cream because I love using cream products during the week for work. It’s quicker and much more natural, and let’s my skin breathe a bit.
I thought this could be a great alternative to the Hourglass cream trio, which retails for a cool $90 AUD (it’s been on my wish list forever). This Mecca Max trio retails for $30 AUD.
Again with the shimmer! When I first opened this palette and did a finger swatch, I was worried. The formula is very waxy (not a creamy texture like the Hourglass palette) – it’s comparable to the cream highlighters in the Sleek Precious Metals palette. The shades are very shimmery and I immediately thought I wouldn’t be able to pull off wearing all three at once without looking like an oily mess.
The packaging is lovely and compact. It’s quite small and sleek, and contains a mirror. It’s perfect for travel or using on the go. I really love the Mecca Max design – it’s modern and fresh but not too over the top.
Testing it out
I have used this palette quite a lot since I bought it. I’ve applied the shades with my fingers and with my Simple Glam Girls oval brushes and I enjoy both methods. The formula is very waxy, but it blends well and lasts throughout the day. The shimmer is not too intense upon application, thankfully. It gives a lovely dewy radiance to the skin without being too much.
The bronze shade can lean a little towards being orange on my fair skin tone, so I just need to ensure it is blended out well. The blush is a little lacking in pigment for me, but it’s nice nonetheless. The highlighter is really lovely and doesn’t disappoint.
These shades last throughout a day at work, but that is in an air-conditioned office in winter. Come summer time it may be a different story – I wouldn’t be surprised if this just slips right off my face when the weather is warmer. I’ll have to wait and see. For now, I’m pretty impressed with this palette. As I cannot afford or justify buying the Hourglass palette, this one is a good alternative to have. If you’re looking to use some more cream products, check this one out. It’s a good three-in-one, blends well, looks natural, and doesn’t break the bank.
City Slickers Tinted Oil: Apricot
I am obsessed with lip oils and balms. If they provide a tint and shine, all the better. These types of products are my go-to every day lip product. I am a huge fan of the Lanolips Tinted Balms, so when I saw Mecca Max released a similar product, I knew I was getting it. The tinted oil comes in three shades: Apricot, Nude, and Rose. I have a lot of pink shades already in my collection, and nude didn’t appeal to me that much, so I went with Apricot.
This lip oil retails for $16 AUD and contains shea butter, jojoba and argan oils. It can be worn alone or over the top of other lipsticks.
I had high hopes for this product, and my first impressions were good. The oil looked lovely and glossy and left a slight tint on my hand when I swatched it. I noticed a strange scent when I swatched this product though. It was almost plastic smelling, and I realised it was the packaging, not the product.
The packaging is really cute and looks a lot like the Lanolips style of packaging, with the plastic tube and little applicator. This plastic applicator is what smells strongly of plastic, which is a tad unpleasant.
Testing it out
I’ve been wearing this tinted oil almost every day since I got it. I have only worn it alone as I don’t like layering lip products over top of each other. This looks really lovely and glossy when first applied and feels smoothing and hydrating. It does wear off relatively quickly but does leave a sheer tint, which I love. I do reapply this throughout the day because my lips crave that moisture before too long.
It’s really a perfect every day lip product and I’m glad I picked it up. It didn’t disappoint! I might pick up the other shades, because this little guy is really affordable.
Pout Pop Lipstick: Sheer Brilliance
I purchased this lipstick in store after I placed my online order. I couldn’t resist when I walked into Mecca Maxima to pick up my Beauty Loop box and I saw the display of these lipsticks. There are 29 shades in the Pout Pop collection in a variety of finishes. I was immediately drawn to the sheer finishes, because I love a natural lip colour that is easy to maintain throughout the day.
These lipsticks retail for $20 AUD.
The shade range is incredible. I also love the range of finishes on offer. There is truly something for everyone. Sheer Brilliance is a sheer nude colour with shimmer in it – it’s so stunning and something unique to my collection. I swatched it on my hand in store and it was pigmented and creamy. I was sold.
The packaging is so cute – I absolutely love the gold metallic with pink and red. The bullet pops out of the lid (like the Shanghai Suzy lipsticks do). I really love this little feature, it’s so thrilling to me every time I use it (it’s the little things in life…). The shade name is on the bottom of the bullet in the corresponding colour. I really love the details of the packaging!
Testing it out
This lipstick is just as creamy and pigmented when applied to the lips. It’s comfortable, but a tad drying on my lips. The longevity of this lipstick is good. It doesn’t last through a big meal, but because it’s sheer and nude anyway, it wears off nicely, unlike a bold liquid lipstick.
I recommend this lipstick and I’m really keen to try some more shades and finishes in the range. This is probably my favourite item from my Mecca Max haul.
Bring on Bright Illuminating Primer
Last but not least is this illuminating primer, which I got as a gift with purchase. This glow-boosting primer seems pretty straightforward – it is meant to illuminate and prime the skin for makeup that lasts all day.
There are three primers on offer from Mecca Max: the illuminating primer, a mattifying primer, and a daily primer with SPF in it. The SPF primer is more appealing to me as I love having SPF in my makeup products. I definitely want to try that primer out once I’ve used up some of the ones in my current collection.
These primers retail for $20 AUD.
Woah, this primer is glow goals! I swatched it on the back of my hand and it looked like a liquid highlighter. Stunning, but also a little scary. It seemed to create a tacky base, which is a good sign in a primer.
The packaging is simple and sleek, in a plastic tube perfect for travel.
Testing it out
This primer smells like green apples! That was the first thing I noticed when I applied this to my face. I really enjoy the scent of it, it’s very fresh. This primer is not so scary once it is blended in. It creates a very dewy base, but I liked it. It also did create a tacky base on my face, and my foundation applied smoothly and evenly over top. The glow peeped through a little, but not much.
This primer performed really well – I have nothing negative to say about it. If you’re after a glow-giving primer you’ll love this. It’s good value for money and it does the job very well under the two foundations I tested it with.
So, that concludes my incredibly long review of the products I picked up from Mecca Max! Overall I was impressed with the quality of the products for the price point. The packaging is really cute and functional as well. I think Mecca did a great job with this and I’m eager to try some more lip and base products from the brand. My least favourite product was the eye shadow palette, so I probably won’t try any more of those from this range just yet.
Have you tried anything from Mecca Max? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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