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MAC Synthetic Small Angle Brush

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Type: Brushes / Brand: MAC / Subcategory: Styling Brush

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      13.03.2009 00:12
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      Not a must have brush in my opinion!

      The #263 Small Angled is another brush I probably didn't need to buy! It's extremely similar to the #266 - just made from different materials - which I'm hard pushed to find all that many uses for either!
      I bought it because I thought I might be missing out on something by not owning it, but I wasn't. (I've just about learnt my lesson now!)

      MAC market this brush to line, shape and shade the eye and eye brow, but don't really go into much detail as to how to use it. It is made entirely of synthetic fibres and is fairly dense to the touch. It measures 8mm wide by 9mm at the highest point of the angle. It reatials for £12.72 and is available from freestanding and Pro stores, as well as online at www.maccosmetics.co.uk.

      As this brush is 100% synthetic, it should in theory, work well with cream, liquid / emolient based products, so I primarily find myself using it with those. It's uses include -

      ~ Lining the eyes with Fluidlines and other gel / cream liners. The brush picks up just the right amount of liner and lays it down smoothly with no clumps. The angled shape makes it perfect for winged or 'cat eye' liner. Simply point the angle inwards, press against the very base of the lid and drag halfway along the lid, then flip the angle the opposite way and work from the outer corner until you meet in the middle. Simple and quick - you just need a steady hand!

      ~ I also use this to press Fluidlines onto the waterline. Regular shaped liner brushes to not apply to this area very evenly, but with the #263 you can just tap it into place extremely easily.

      ~ You could also use this to fill in any sparse areas in your brows although I would actually recommend you pick up the #226 instead as it's blend of natural and synthetic fibres work better in my opinion.
      Although synthetic fibres lay product down smoothly, they don't 'grab' or pick up powders all that well so it may take you a while to do your brows using this. Worth a try though :-)

      ~ As above, it doesn't work all that well with powders but if you do get it to work, it can do a nice job of dramatically shading and defining the crease of the eye. Either leave it unblended for a Sixties or Twiggy-esque look, or soften the line with a cotton brush or softer brush for a lighter finish.

      So, overall... I wouldn't overly recommend this brush. As it is the same size and shape as the #266, I'd say pick that one up instead as it can do everything this one can and a lot more besides that! I don't think you need both and this is definately the less useful of the two.

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    • Product Details

      Model: Brush #263 / For lining, shading or shaping the eye or eyebrow /