Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica are not worldwide brands like Sephora, but for a long time, it was really all we had in Australia before Sephora launched in the past 5 or so years. Mecca has a large range of high-end products and has a non-compete with Sephora so the two stores don’t have much of a product overlap.
Mecca has a large range, and some of my favourite brands so it was honestly difficult to pick out just 5 products, but I used the approach that if I had nothing left in my collection, this is what I would pick up first.
Hourglass – Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer $73AUD :
Hourglass is one of my top 5 favourite brands in makeup and one that I’ve never been disappointed by, even with the hefty price tag. This bronzer is so stunning on the skin, never looks muddy or heavy on the skin, but is still pigmented enough that only a little is needed to achieve the perfect bronze glow on the skin. The sheen is flattering on the skin but doesn’t appear glittery or shimmery, and lasts beautifully throughout the day. This comes in 4 shades, but I have only used this one.
Clinique – Cheek Pop ‘Melon Pop 08’ $40AUD:
Clinique has been a long time skincare favourite of mine, and since using some of their makeup products, I’ve loved those as well. This blush looks ultra natural on the skin and gives that beautiful flush to the skin without looking painted on or too stark in contrast to the skin. I love the shade ‘Melon Pop’ and find that it lasts really well on my skin through an entire day maintaining a natural flush with a slight sheen with no shimmer or glitter involved which adds dimension to the skin. Nude & Blush Pop look gorgeous too, and there are plenty of options that would suit the full spectrum on skin tones.
Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder ‘Dim Light’ $67AUD:
Hourglass powders really are a thing of beauty and have the most finely milled texture like nothing else I’ve ever used. I love using Dim Light all over the face as a light setting powder, it doesn’t necessarily have the best longevity of a setting powder but adds a beautiful sheen to the skin creating a ‘lit from within glow’ on the skin. The palettes are a great way to try out a couple of the powders and in hindsight, I wish I had picked up the ‘Ambient Lighting Palette’ rather than one single powder, however, I have hit pan on this so obviously have been well loved.
Too Faced – Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette $71AUD:
While this may be a bit of an old-school palette, I still think it covers all the basic essentials that anyone could need in their eyeshadow collection. This palette blends beautifully and is really easy to use, the colour combinations are easy to work with, and I love that it isn’t a super warm palette, or ultra cool-toned, but tends to swing pretty well down the middle of neutral tones. There’s a good mixture of mattes and shimmers, with a large mirror which makes it ideal for travelling but still providing a lot of options without needing a companion palette.
Bobbi Brown – Vitamin Enriched Face Base $85AUD:
Hydrating primers have made such a difference to the appearance of my makeup and this is my personal favourite from the category. Honestly, this feels more like a skincare item than a makeup product and gives the most beautiful hydration to the skin while feeling so comfortable, and helping makeup to glide on seamlessly. Very pricey indeed, but only a tiny amount is needed for each application.
Thank you again for reading, and let me know what your favourite products are from Mecca Maxima or Mecca Cosmetica!