I had a friend who was a MAC artist years ago and hooked me up with a MAC Pro palette of eye shadow colors. It has lasted me over five years. Best make-up money I ever spent. The secret to using the foundation/powder is the right brush.
The pro cards are not just for anyone, you have to have credentials to get one. I have a pro card but it's a student version - 20% discount but it can only be used at the MAC stores - one in galleria, one in Rice Village. In order to get one, you have to be a licensed esthetician or certified makeup artist...or be an employee. After I take the 2nd portion of my tdlr exam next week, i can have it switched over to PRO.
Their makeup, in my opinion, is excellent. I really love their foundations and eye colors. But not a big fan of the lip glass - its too sticky.
LOL!! I worked as a make up artist for Chanel, and we'd laugh our heads off at some of the other make up artists!!! people want to looknatural, and if they don't they'll tell you!!!! Those poor girls never sold a thing!!