“ Type: Brushes / Brand: MAC / Subcategory: Fan Brush „
Over the years I seem to have collected quite a few of these fan style brushes, the most recent being this one from a friend as she knows I like mac products and I didn't have one of these by mac..
To be honest I wasn't really sure what to do with them so they stayed in a drawer until the boyfriend asked why I never chucked it out .At this point I decided to prove him wrong and give the brush a try.
Im not really sure what Mac stands for but they are quite a good makeup brand , same level as clinque,Elizabeth Arden etc. but I think they are aimed at the younger market.
The brush itself is the same size as an average brush and quite distinguishable as the end is shaped like a mini fan. This being a mac product can mainly be bought from mac direct and some department stores such as Harvey Nicks- anywhere with a bigger mac concession stand and it costs around £15. The bristles on this feel more densely packed than the ones on my other fan brushes.This is describes as having synthetic fibres specially designed for =="root-to-tip" application of Prep + Prime Lash or any M·A·C mascara==
Now I have to admit if it wasn't for the fact I Knew what this was for I would have tried using it for blusher or perhaps as a highlighter. Even so looking online the product information seemed to focus more on WHAT the product does rather than HOW the product works.So here goes this could be wrong. What I first did was apply my mascara to the brush and then I brushed my eye lashes with it in an upwards motion.No idea if this is correct as it didn't do very much.I should probably point out at this stage that my eye lashes are quite long,thick and curly anyway so maybe not the products fault. After reading other reviews I decided to try it with the mac fluid line as I never tried it with a mac mascara. Again this never made much of a difference.
At this point I decided I would try the other suggestion for the brush,which is to use it afterwards to sort out clumpy mascara.I don't often suffer from this problem however sometimes mascara can go that way just before it needs replaced.Finally success!! well sort of anyway.I would describe the change as minimal and not the extra time it takes faffing about with the brush.
Overall I don't recommend . Maybe this would work better with a worse mascara but if your mascara is doing what its supposed to then you wont need this. I also think that a make up artist might find it slightly useful from a hygiene point of view not using the same wand on people/the fact that they can clean this easily.
This brush was primarily invented for mascara application. You simply sweep it accross the mascara wand or dip it in the pot and sweep onto your eyelashes. The thin bristles mean it goes on evenly and you can avoid any clumps. This brush is also great for applying mascara to bottom lashes, as it only applies a thin layer it keeps the lashes looking natural. Be aware though this is quite a time consuming process and not practical for everyday unless you are willing to get up five minutes earlier.
I personally use it though to comb my lashes before and after I apply my mascara. I have quite thick lashes that often clump together which means my mascara ends up clumping too. A steady hand is essential too, the bristles are quite hard. I have slipped a couple of times and caught myself in the eye. Ouch!
This brush is expensive, it retails around the £16 mark at most places, and I wouldn't recommend it as a must have for your make-up bag. Maybe if you are a make-up artist or favour a particular mascara which doesn't have a particularly good wand it might warrant the investment.
This is a strange looking little brush. As you can see from the photo above, it's a small serated fan shape and it looks more like a face / cheek brush than something you would use on your eyes in my opinion. I purchased this more out of curiosity than anything else and although it has its advantages, I definately wouldn't say it is a must have as I don't think the average many user would find it all that helpful.
The #205 is hand assembled using the finest materials (just like any other MAC brush) and the bristles are made from firm, yet slightly flexible synthetic fibres. They are tapered and become less dense as they reach the tip of the head, whilst the base is quite sturdy. The fan measures a little over 15mm at it's widest and around 10mm high from the base.
This brush is only available from Pro Stores unfortunately (perhaps Freestanding too - I'm not entirely sure), and retails at just under £16.00 if I recall correctly.
~ I bought this brush mainly to use on other people. I am always looking for clean and sanitary ways to apply mascara to others, and those disposable wands don't always do the trick. I needed something easy to use that I could clean well after each use and this brush seemed like it would be useful for this.
~ It also works well for applying cake mascaras or MAC Fluidlines on the lashes. Great for bright coloured eyelashes! Though since Fluidlines are not really intended for this use, they only add colour - not much thickness or length. So really it's best if you just want coloured tips to bring out your eyes or for a party look etc.
~ By dipping the tip into a dark creme or gel liner and wiggling it right into the base of the lashes - aka tightlining - your lashes look plusher and healthier in an instant. Sometimes mascara wands are too large to reach this area, but the #205 fits in perfectly.
~ You can also use it after mascara, to comb through and seperate lashes if required.
When it comes to mascara application, this brush only applys a thin layer so if you want thick, volumized lashes then it won't be for you. It also takes a fair while longer to apply your mascara if you're using this, so for those of you who don't have an extra five minutes spare every morning, you may want to stay away!
This definately isn't a must have brush and I wouldn't really recommend it to others. If you are a makeup artist and want to try a new way of applying mascara to clients then try it out, but for regular, every day use it's not all that useful.
That said, if you want very natural, long and seperated lashes and can't seem to find a mascara wand that gives you this - then try it out and you won't be dissapointed :-)
Model: Brush #205 /