Recycle & Score Free Makeup with Back to MAC!

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Ever wish you could trade in your old makeup for brand new makeup? Well guess what beauties? Wish granted!  You can do your part to save the planet AND get free makeup from MAC Cosmetics!  Yes… I said Free!  It’s all possible through the Back to MAC Program.

The Back to MAC Program has been around for a few years but has recently gained a whole new (and much larger) audience thanks to Instagram.

Here’s how the Back to MAC Recycling Program works.

First you need to sign up for the MAC Lover Loyalty Program.  It’s free to join and you earn points every time you purchase MAC Cosmetics.  To sign up, visit a MAC Store or MAC Counter in a department store.  You can also sign up online Here.  You’ll need to create an account first, then sign in and click on “MAC LOVER”.

Next, it’s time to start saving your used containers.  Most MAC products are considered qualified containers.  They include blush compacts, eyeshadow pots, foundation bottles, lipstick tubes, and more.  Once you have six of them, return the containers to any MAC counter, and you walk away with free makeup.  Customers returning six containers receive a free lipstick, lipglass, or eyeshadow.

To make participating in the program easier, MAC Lover members can return containers as you go.  This means you can return, one, two or more containers to a MAC Cosmetics Store or Counter and they will track them until you reach six and qualify for a complimentary makeup product.

Get a Free Lipstick with Back to MACMAC Lipstick in the iconic shade, Velvet Teddy is my all time favorite lipstick from MAC!

Yay!  Not sure about you but I’m cashing mine in for a Velvet Teddy Lipstick, my all time favorite shade from MAC!  Their Pro Longwear Paint Pots are seriously good too and can double as an eyeshadow and an eye primer!

MAC Paint PotsMAC Pro Longwear Paintpots make the perfect eye primer!

If you’re wondering what happens to the products that are returned through this program, they get recycled by the retailer.

So, save your empty lipstick tubes & tins. You’ll be saving money on your next MAC purchase, scoring free makeup and reducing your carbon footprint.

Kudos to MAC Cosmetics for making a difference!

Until next time,






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  1. What a great idea! I would never have thought to recycle make up containers. Kudos to this company for coming up with a way to do their part for our environment!

    • Great idea! It would be nice to have one location to return ALL of our makeup & skincare containers, right? We are headed in the right direction though. That may come sooner than we think!💕💕

  2. I have seen this MAC program and I am happy that they came up with this idea. I hope the consumers can benefit more from this.

  3. I don’t have any MAC product so I didn’t know about this recycling program. It is so great to get free products in return for your empty containers, as MAC products are expensive.

  4. Great that they are reusing the containers. Do you know if their products are all natural? I am a huge Arbonne makeup and skin care fan because of their care to what goes into the products as well as their reusable cases/containers for many of the items. I know one of my daughters only buys Mac lipsticks; sending her the link to your post Susie!

    • Thank you so much Lisa!🙏 Mac does have some natural, vegan products. You can ask about any of their products at a store & they will be able to tell you whether or not it is. If ordering online, they have a live chat feature that can assist. 💕💕

  5. I love that Mac has a recycling program. Besides, Lush and Mac, I don’t know of other brands that do such a thing. It’s a great way to help the environment and reduce plastic waste.

  6. What a great program! I was actually going through my makeup drawers yesterday and was trying to decide what I should do with all my “almost gones.” I can bring them back and get new makeup! I’m so happy I saved all my old MAC makeup!

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