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Back To MAC Program – All Details by MAC Makeup Artist

Back To MAC Program – All Details by MAC Makeup Artist
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Back To MAC Program – All Details by MAC Makeup Artist: Hey guys!! This post is especially for MAC makeup lovers like me. When we hear the word “MAC” the first thing that comes in our mind is “expensive products”. But trust me though they are expensive, they are worth money. MAC not only serves to its customers but also it also serves the environment and society.

Back To MAC Program All Details by MAC Makeup Artist can be exchanged

Hence, To serve society and environment,

MAC has five social initiative programs

1) MAC Cruelty Free Beauty
2) MAC Kids Helping Kids
3) MAC Viva Glam
4) Back To MAC recycling
5) The MAC AIDS fund


Back To MAC Program – All Details by MAC Makeup Artist

Today I will be writing about one of its initiative i.e. BACK TO MAC PROGRAMME.

Precisely Back to MAC is a recycling program in which you return 6 MAC containers at any MAC counter and you get a free lipstick of your choice. Isn’t it amazing? It serves the purpose of recycling as well as gets you a new lipstick!

From past 3-4 years MAC is constantly increasing the price of their products.

Initially, I remember getting my first MAC lipstick in 2011 for Rs. 990/- then in 2013 the price increased to Rs.1190/- and then again in 2014 or 15 the price increased to Rs.1450/-. Back to MAC program is indeed a relief from the constantly increasing price.

Back To MAC

If you have six containers of products which are over, broken or expired then this program is definitely for you. All you have to do is keep saving the primary packaging of the product till the time you have six containers or multiples of six.

In Fact, the container can be a foundation bottle, foundation tube, eye shadow pot, skincare containers, blush compact, lipstick containers, pigment jars, retractable liners, lip gloss tube, mascara tube, concealer pot , concealer tube and even makeup palettes.

Back To MAC Program All Details by MAC Makeup Artist 6 containers

6 MAC Containers

However, There are few things which are not accepted in back 2 MAC program which are as follows

1. Sharpening pencils

2. False Lashes

3. Lash curler

4. Makeup brushes

5. Eye shadow refills

6. Samples

7. MAC accessories such as tweezers, sharpeners, sponges, applicators etc.

8. Anything that cannot be recycled

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MAC Accessories that cannot be exchanged against Back To MAC

In exchange of the six containers you get a free lipstick of your choice. You can buy any lipstick with grey and black packaging but you cannot buy lipstick from special collections.

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MAC Lipstick which can be bought against 6 empty MAC containers

Also MAC has a range of viva glam lipsticks i.e. the lipsticks with red and black packaging which cannot be bought against the six containers.

You would be wondering why so. The reason behind it is, when someone buys a viva glam lipstick, 100% amount goes to MAC aids fund – which is another social initiative by MAC.

Lipsticks that cannot be bought against the six containers are as follows:

  1. Viva glam
  2. Mineralize
  3. Lipstick from any special collection
Back To MAC Program All Details by MAC Makeup Artist can't be bought.

MAC Special Collection Lipsticks which cannot be bought against Back To MAC Program


1. You need to be really sure before buying a lipstick in the back to MAC program because once your lipstick is billed, it cannot be exchanged.

2. If you are returning 3-4 products from the same collection, they will be considered as one product.

3. Moreover, It is not necessary that the containers should be empty. You can exchange the product even if it is full, expired or you don’t like the product anymore.

4. At a counter only 3 back to MAC can be done i.e. you can get only 18 products exchanged for 3 lipsticks in a day at one MAC counter.

Back To MAC Program All Details by MAC Makeup Artist MAC Heirloom Lipsticks

MAC Special Edition Collection Lipsticks cannot be bought via Back to MAC

Overall, I hope this post helps you guys in buying free MAC lipsticks.

Finally, I know those of you who were unaware about this program and have thrown away your MAC containers would be regretting. But guys it’s never too late. Now that you know about back to MAC program, start saving your used products and get them exchanged for your favourite MAC lipsticks.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Neha Agarwal October 26, 2016, 10:14 am

    That’s actually great. Thanks for the info Aditi. I’ll surely save my containers now.

  • kanika sharma October 26, 2016, 8:58 pm

    the brand speaks..

  • Sangeeta G October 27, 2016, 2:23 am

    I exchanged my old & expired MAC products early this year for a lipstick. It’s a great way to be loyal to a brand and be slightly eco-conscious at the same time.

  • Jasmine October 27, 2016, 10:34 am

    Actually MAC is NOT cruelty free so your article is not true.

    • Aditi October 28, 2016, 3:42 pm

      Hey jasmine, most of the products that are cruelty free. MAC has a special way of testing the products. They test on a special cell like the human cells.

      • Mala November 2, 2016, 1:51 pm

        “Most” is not good enough!

    • Mala November 2, 2016, 1:52 pm

      Exactly right !

  • Kashish October 27, 2016, 5:48 pm

    Hey Aditi can you please tell more about MAC cruelty free beauty program?

    • Aditi October 28, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Hey kashish currently this is the only free beauty program but in future if there are any new schemes I ‘ll definitely write about it

  • Mala November 2, 2016, 1:49 pm

    Great so lets go funding cruel and torturous animal testing?? Excellent where do I sign up?! Smfh

    Like how they threw in the ” mist products are cruelty free” bullshit. I’m sure the bunnies appreciate that only some of the products are burning and killing them. M.A.C has enough money and resources to go around animal testing COMPLETELY and yet they lie to their consumers. Ridiculous, really one of you MUAS should step inside an animal testing laboratory and then tell me if you STILL stand behind this company. !!

  • Nivanya M November 2, 2016, 3:15 pm


    I wanted to ask if MAC India has sales? I have never quite seen them happen but my dad swears he bought me a lipstick from a MAC Sales at DLF Emporio. Any light shed on this matter would be appreciated!

    • aditi November 5, 2016, 4:22 pm

      no nivanya. MAC never has sales

  • Priyanka jain November 3, 2016, 6:18 pm

    Thats a good detailed post 🙂

  • Pinky das November 3, 2016, 6:26 pm

    Can i exchange 6 mac studio fix containers for a lipstick?

    • aditi November 5, 2016, 4:19 pm

      yes you can. containers can be of anything

  • Cinnamon January 25, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Interesting, I didn’t know about this.

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