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This foundation brush is not cheap at around £26 and is the most I have ever paid for such an item (it was my birthday, what can I say!) but I think you can tell the difference from cheaper versions. Firstly it is really soft and feels lovely on your skin, the bristles are nicely tapered giving the brush a curved edge which achieves a nice coverage. Secondly, it doesn't moult which is great; and thirdly it fits nicely in my make up bag as it isn't overly large or cumbersome.
I bought the brush cleaner at the same time as getting this brush and was advised to clean it daily, which I haven't done (more like weekly or even fortnightly I'm afraid!) but that doesn't seem to have affected the quality or application of the brush.
I'm not sure I could say that this brush is totally worth £26, I suppose it depends how much you would normally spend on this sort of thing, but it is a quality item and so far I have been pleased with it.
When I bought my Mac Studio Fix Fluid I was also roped into buying the foundation brush for application. I was feeling quite happy and the sales assistant of course did the demonstration with the brush making it seem really worthwhile to purchase and it wasn't until at the till I discovered it costs 26 quid! Not being one to decline I bought both items together and have used them as partners ever since!
The brush is quite chunky, and a lot longer than a cheaper version I had bought in Superdrug some time before. It has a rather wide black handle which is easy to hold, with M.A.C 190 etched in silver writing near the rim. There is a long silver metal mid-piece and then at the end of the brush is the soft brush head. It's really easy to hold, looks rather premium and expensive and has a nice flat edge to allow smooth strokes so the foundation can blend and cover up effectively, as opposed to your usual blusher brush.
In order to apply my foundation, I squirt a bit on the back of my hand and use this brush to dab in the foundation and transfer it to my face. The brush bristles pick up the foundation really easily, and the head is soft and gentle to delicately stroke across my face so it almost doesn't even feel like I am applying any makeup at all! Personally I have only used this brush for my liquid foundation, and the odd occasion for my BB cream so I cannot comment on it's effectiveness at applying powder foundations. Saying that I have on the odd occasion used it to apply my brusher (once by accident and the other out of laziness to go back to my room to actually get my blusher brush!) and it still worked really well at creating a nice, subtle look on my cheeks.
The brush is easy to clean, and I don't find the bristles hard to rinse off old foundation, nor do any of the bristles start falling out! Overall I would definitely recommend this brush as it does a really good job, but just be wary of the price before you prance over to the till!
What can I say? I love this foundation brush and would highly recommend purchasing this. I've compared this to foundation brushes by Clinique, & Bobbi Brown but this is by far the best brush I've used.
It is lightweight and provides a flawless finish. This product works well with liquid and cream foundations by Mac, as well as a number of brands such as Bobbi Brown.
The product is very easy to wash and remains true to shape after multiple uses and washes. I have had this product for over 2 years and it is still as good as the day I purchased it.
The product is retailed at £ 26 and is excellent value for money in comparison to other brands.
I would highly recommend purchasing the Mac 187 brush with this one to apply powder / and or blend in the foundation to more hard to reach areas.
The thing about online shopping is that I sometimes find myself paying up for products that I would be extremely hesitant to pay for in a shop... Thankfully this doesn't happen often, but having unearthed my bill from Maccosmetics for this review, I'm not sure if I would be willing to spend that much again on a brush before really looking into alternatives!
(maccosmetics.co.uk) Pro-quality. A foundation brush designed to create even finish, flawless look. Works well with any M·A·C foundation, including Studio Fix and Studio Tech. A professional-class foundation brush designed to provide a smooth, even finish, flawless look. Use to apply, distribute, and blend foundation into all areas in the face.
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This brush is sold on the official Mac website for £26 and measures 7.75" / 19.5cm.
I ordered a few other things from Mac and when my package came it was in a black box with shredding to provide protection. The brush itself was just packaged in a clear plastic sleeve. This was a little disappointing I have to say, because I spent £24.50 on it! The handle of the brush is a nice matt black with the bristles and the stick handle held together by a piece of shiny metal. The bristles are really soft and are creamy in colour with the tips being a dark brown colour.
I use this for applying my tinted moisturiser and other liquid foundations and find that it works really well. The brush is extremely soft on the skin and even though the brush isn't actually very flat, you can work it into the creases of your face very easily like the sides of your nose. With any foundation, I tend to apply it from my hand onto my face via the brush since it seems to work best for me. I can also better control the amount that goes on the brush to ensure that there isn't any streaking when I apply. So far the results have been very good and I'm pretty certain that I don't need another foundation brush! I have to be more careful and gentle for the under eye area since the brush is quite big, but this is a minor thing.
Previously I'd purchased some inexpensive brushes and found that the hair shredded really easily. For brushes with black hair, this would mean that I'd have to pick bits of hair from my face after using the brush - not very convenient! Thankfully with this foundation brush I've not noticed this problem at all and the hairs are still very much intact after over 3 years.
Whilst on my shopping spree in the same transaction I also purchased their brush cleaner for £8 which seemed a much more reasonable price than many of their other products. I use this to clean my brushes and try to remain vigilant about this. I always use the brush cleaner liquid which, under action, removes all the product from the brushes really effectively and pretty easily. This brush in particular takes a few minutes to clean and, to my surprise, has not stained at all and looks exactly the same as when I bought it before.
Looking back on it now, even though the brush is definitely very good quality, I would also definitely look into other brands of brushes before purchasing Mac brushes. I find the present £26 overpriced for what it's worth since Sigma brushes are only a fraction of that price. For instance, for this specific brush, the Sigma F60 looks near identical but priced at £10.99. The Sigma brushes have long been known to be pretty much the same quality as Mac brushes too! Aside from the price though, I can't fault this makeup brush - it applies foundations really well and I anticipate that it'll last for quite a few years to come! I'll give it 4 stars out of 5 since the price bugs me!
I have always been a fan of the foundation brush, I think whatever the make or price they are perfect for blending and applying foundation and lead towards a better finish. HOWEVER the Mac foundation brush is definitely one of the best brishes out there. It has a really soft yet firm brush and an ergonomic handle as well. It is slightly on the expensive size compared to other options,but I would say if you can save and afford it then do! Not only this, but it is very durable, and with cleaning it once every two weeks (or you can even leave it a month) it lasts for ages, unlike with other cheaper burshes which I found became very clogged up and eventually harsh on your skin. Macs products are always great, but I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone! Hope that helps guys. X
I am quite used to applying my foundation with my fingertips and usually that does suffice quite well enough for a quick fix in the morning before work.
However I attended a modelling and makeup photoshoot session where all the make up brushes and make up were all mac and I could instantly see the difference in using a brush like this.
The brush I expected to be £20 when I last looked a few years ago but I was wrong... they are now £25 at mac counters at depart stores and their website.
The brush is professional with a long slender black handle and the bottom is smooth and rounded. It has mac printed on the top end of the product. The high point of using this brush as opposed to say a blusher brush is that it is soft and flat that allows for smoothing lines and being precise in areas such as the eye area and since using this I have found that I now longer need to use concealer for my dark eye circles as the brush sufficiently covers up my dark circles.
I would not use this brush for powders as that it definitely what a blusher brush would be better at doing for swishing and swirling but this is purely for smoothing and sculpting. This is ideal for any liquid foundation, just put some on the back of your hand and use that as a palette for your brush.
The quality of the brush is maintained with cleaning, I personally just use water and wait for it to dry out but brush cleaner is widely available and is not that expensive if you don't buy it from mac. I have never had bristles fall out either.
For years I applied my foundation by hand, but I always found that throughout the day/night I had foundation smeared into every crack and line on my fingertips. Until last year I invested in my MAC 190 Foundation Brush.
The brush is priced at £25 and you can purchase it from MAC counters, which can be found in department stores, such as Selfridges and Debenhams, or the product can be bought from the MAC website ( www.maccosmetics.com ).
The foundation brush has a long, slender, black handle, which has a slight sparkle and glitter to it. It has 'MAC 190' printed in silver on the top end of it and the bottom end is rounded and smooth. At the top you will find a silver top and the brush bristles. The bristles are soft and flat, and they run smoothly across your skin.
When using the brush you can use it directly and dip it in to your foundation tub, or pour you foundation on to your hand first and then take some from there, the brush won't work with a powder foundation very well at all. To apply you just stroke the brush, with foundation on it, across your face and blend well for a professional look.
Like any brush, it can often get clogged up with excess foundation, so it is suggested that you clean it (brush cleaner widely available) as often as needed. I have been impressed with this product as I have never experienced any shedding of bristles, and the brush has remained sturdy and in good tact.
But, essentially, with this product, you are paying for the Brand Name. Although the brush is very good, you can get products that are just as good for half the price (Ruby and Millie, No7, Clinique and others). But nevertheless it is definitley a good purchase, as the brush is reliable and great quality, which is why I have rewarded it 5 stars!
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I had never had a foundation brush before and I am a convert. This brush is sleek and attractive with a black handle and silver section which holds the bristles. The bristles which make the brush are secure so there is little (if any) loss of bristles therefore the brush remains full and effective. The brush is soft and smooth on the skin. It is washable so that any build up of product can be removed and this reduces the risk of potential problems with the skin from using a dirty brush.
Using the brush is simple. You can either apply foundation directly onto the brush, to the face or as I prefer to the skin on the back of my hand just above my thumb. By doing this I am able to ensure that the brush has good coverage before applying it to my face. I apply the foundation to the middle of my face and work outwards. On my jaw line I use a back and forward motion from my ear to chin. I use a similar technique on my forhead again working from the middle of the face. The brush makes things easy, it gives a good even coverage and I seem to use less make up to achieve the effect than I would have done without the brush.
I purchased this on a bit of a whim when I was feeling in the mood for treating myself. There is no detracting from the price, there may well be equivlent products on the market which are more value for your money. I would read reviews of other foundation brushes if you are thinking of investing in one. I am happy with my puchase but I guess I have to be as I'll not be splashing out on another for some time.
I am a big fan of Mac makeup brushes, so when my sister offered me her Mac 190 brush as she no longer used it I jumped at the chance!
This brush retails at £25 and can be bought from Mac counters and freestanding Mac stores. To find your nearest counter you can search for it on maccosmetics.co.uk, you can also purchase the brush on the website.
The foundation brush has a black handle with the brush number embossed on it in silver. The brush itself has flat bristles which are rounded at the end. The brush looks very professional and smart, it definitely looks like a high end brand brush!
The brush is designed to be used to apply foundation, I find it works best with liquid foundations. I haven't tried to apply any form of powder foundation with it as I don't think it would be very good, you would need a fluffy brush to apply powders. Generally I apply some liquid foundation on the back of my hand, and they dip the brush in and place the foundation all over my face. I then go back and firstly use straight brush strokes to blend the foundation, I then turn it slightly and use circular motions to buff in any streaks left on my skin.
I find this brush works well and is very resilient, I deep clean it once a week and it never sheds hairs, nor does it lose its shape. The brush is very expensive, however if you like Mac brushes you will probably enjoy using this one! If you are not so bothered about using Mac branded products, I would try out a few of the cheaper versions of this brush, for example the sigma brushes and even the No 7 foundation brush. Although I cannot fault this brush, I do think that cheaper versions can work just as well.
I will give this a 4/5 overall, it performs well however it is very expensive to buy and although I enjoy having it I did get it for free and I am not sure I would have paid the £25 for it myself!
I started using my MAC 190 brush about 6 months ago. I went to my local MAC counter, I had seen them on Ebay but wasn't sure of how genuine they were, it cost me £25 and even though it was more than the Ebay ones I felt it was worth the money.
The MAC 190 brush has a sleek black handle with the number of the brush written in silver writing*. It looks expensive and feels expensive in the hand.
When I first started using the brush I found the finish streaky and I was disappointed. I was a newcomer to the world of mske up brushes so I persevered, I just didn't want it to be a waste of money.
I tried different techniques and the best is to use the smallest amount of product at a time. So I pump MAC studio fix fluid onto the back on my hand and take small amounts of product and using even strokes in the same direction apply the product area by area on my face. This, in my opinion, gives a flawless, perfect finish, though it does take some time.
The product also works very well with cream foundation, though for cream foundations I prefer to use a stippling brush such as MAC 187 brush. I haven't dried with a powder or mineralised foundation so I cannot comment.
After I have used this brush I dampen a flannel or muslin with MAC brush cleanser and give it a quick clean. I deep clean my brushes weekly using Johnsons baby shampoo.
Overall this brush is wonderful. I would never use another foundation brush for liquid foundation and once you have mastered how to best apply the product it is worth every penny.
*Top tip. The silver numbers on the handle can rub off leaving the brush looking scruffy. Run some clear nail polish over the numbers to keep the brush looking in tip top condition.
I first discovered applying foundation with the MAC 190 Foundation brush when I went to my beautician for a make over for a wedding, and I have been using one ever since. I found when applying with my hands my face would feel greasy and using a sponge seemed to use a lot of foundation as it would be absorbed into the sponge instantly.
The brush is very soft unlike some other brands which are quite harsh and brittle and the bristles clog together quickly.
The brush should be used slightly damp and you only need to apply a small amount of liquid foundation on the brush. Apply foundation by starting at the checks, brush in a down wards direction to the neck, then down the nose and across the chin finally across the forehead and temples. I apply a small amount to my eyelids to eye make up applies better and lasts longer. If you want a darker application, apply another layer. Make up should always be built up in layers so it lasts longer and you have a more even look.
By using a foundation brush will make you look like you have an air brushed and even look without using too much foundation, by doing this your product will last a lot longer.
I find now my foundation lasts longer and I have a more airbrushed look. It's a lot easier to apply make up and easy to get rid of tide marks. I also find blusher and bronzer sit better on my skin.
You need to clean your brushes regularly, I do this once a week using Tee Tree facial wash as it's a good anti bacterial.
The MAC 190 Foundation brush is quite pricey at £25 but is a good investment as it will make your product last longer don't be tempted by cheaper versions as The Mac brush does last longer.
This foundation brush has become another indispensable item in my make-up bag - I can't believe how I ever managed without it!
I had always been a fan of applying my foundation with a sponge. However, one day at the MAC counter when I was shopping for a new foundation, I was recommended the brush by one of the sales assistants. At first I was skeptical, feeling that a sponge would surely be just as efficient, but I now know better. This brush has revolutionized the way I apply my foundation. I never have to worry about getting make-up lines or feeling that my foundation isn't well blended.
Although it does take some getting used to, and at first seems a bit bizarre (like you're painting on your make-up!), once you've gotten used to it you will never go back. It gives excellent coverage and a great, natural and flawless finish - it's basically hard to make mistakes with this brush! The synthetic brush hairs are easy to clean - you can buy brush cleaner from most cosmetic stores, or even just use some warm water and a little bit of soap.
I have now had the MAC 190 brush with about a year and a half and it works just as well as the first day I bought it. It's definitely an investment item for your make-up bag, and once you try it, you'll never go back.
I love this foundation brush it is excellent, you don't need to use as much foundation so that lasts longer. The foundation goes on much smoother than using your fingers, it sets better and looks more natural. Once you get use to putting your foundation on with a brush it is also very quick. I really find that with using a foundation brush my make up stays put all day and it seems to stop the rest of my make up sliding off! Also i have never had any of the bristles coming out and getting stuck in my make up!
I have had it for over three years now and they are still as good as new - so long as you clean them regularly (I use a natural soap) and let them air dry.
Don't be put off by the high price it really is worth it and will last forever!!
I bought a make up brush set from MAC as a little gift to myself last Christmas. The brushes here are exactly the same as the brushes you buy individually except they have a shorter handle. I find that this actually makes it easier to use.
I only wear foundation when I go out so I do not use the brush every day. And I would say that I wasn't an expert on applying foundation, I would definitely be the girl you noticed with a different face and neck!!!
Now however, through using the brush, my make up is flawless!
I use in conjunction with MAC foundation (which is also wonderful!). I find the following works best for me:
1. I apply a blob of foundation to the back of my hand, like it is the artists palette
2. Dab the brush into the foundation
3. Quite literally "paint" your face as though you were painting a wall - I tend to split my face into sections, chin, left cheek, right cheek, forehead then nose
4. Allow to "dry"
5. Apply a brozer (if you use) or pressed powder all over your face/neck
6. Go out and walk tall!!
Following application I always wash my brush using MAC brush cleaner, it is more hygenic and I have sensitive skin so it helps!
I could not imagine ever applying my foundation without this little miracle now. I have been using the MAC 190 Foundation brush for just over a year now and any time I have been in a rush and made the mistake of using my hands, I have regretted it for the rest of the day.
Applying foundation with this brush makes the overall effect look a lot more 'airbrushed' and you will not have to worry about the dreaded tide mark effect as it helps to blend it in as long as you know how.
Use a small amount of liquid foundation and start on the cheeks, brushing downwards and outwards then move on to the chin then the nose, down to the neck and then go back up to the forehead and temples. I also cover my eyes to even out the whole skintone. Other people will apply it differently but I always think of it as though you are literally painting your face like a canvas; laying down the base.
This brush does require regular cleaning, for which I use MAC's own brush cleanser. It can be quite tedious sometimes, as to get the brush really clean you will find yourself wiping away at it for quite a while. Admittedly, this makes me procrastinate in cleaning it sometimes but this really should be avoided as it is unhygienic and your makeup will really be affected.
Definitely buy this if you want a smooth, airbrushed effect. It is quite pricey at £25 but see it as investment for good makeup, everyday.
Number: 19 / MAC 190 Foundation Brush / Pro-quality / A foundation brush designed to create even finish / flawless look / Works well with any MAC foundation / including Studio Fix and Studio Tech / A professional-class foundation brush designed to provide a smooth / even finish / flawless look / Use to apply / distribute / and blend foundation into all areas in the face.