I own a wide range of MAC brushes including- lip brush, contour/blush brush, foundation brushes, eye shadow brushes, eye liner brushes, brow brushes and face powder brushes. All of the brushes if kept in good condition by regular washing last a very long time and the majority offer professional looking results, the only brushes in this range I do not find worth the price are the lip brush and eye liner and brow brush. My favourite brushes in this range are the 217 brush white is a amazing eye shadow brush that can be used to apply eye shadow to the whole lid evenly and in no time I also use it to blend out eye shadow which it works fantastically for. the eye pencil brush 219 is also a really good brush and I have used this and the 217 brush daily for over 7 years the brushes are still in very good condition and I could not do without them so for this reason am giving it 4 stars would of been 5 if I found the lip and eye liner brushes to be better
Mac is my go-to brand. It doesn't disappoint in terms of variety of products and colours. When it comes to brushes to cater for all my make up demands, I turn to Mac. Mac brushes are competitively priced compared to other high premium brands. It also has a huge selection. Also, the brushes last a long time and stay in tip top condition, even once the brushes have been washed a few times. I am an avid user of mac's eyeshadow brushes. Brush 217 is one of my favorite brushes. The brush blends and applies eyeshadow perfectly. In addition, I recommend the mac blusher brushes and the contour brush. I prefer to use the beauty blender sponge to apply foundation and do not believe Mac's sponges or foundation brushes achieve the same flawless effect as the beauty blender sponge. However, in all other departments, the Mac brushes do not disappoint in terms of price, choice and quality.
I bought a duo fibre brush I guess about 4 years ago now. It's true what people say: mac brushes shed ALOT but I over looked this as I always thought, it's mac, it does an amazing job, Before using these I used ones you could just buy in a drug store and these are seriously awfull looking back now... Anyway, after a years use of this brush, ok maybe 1-2, i noticed the brush started to get more, well i guess brushy.. it felt like i was using a brush on my face and it irritated my skin. The softness I would expect from this brush was completely gone and I was left with having to throw out the brush! Don't get me wrong, I washed these brushes all the time (not too much though) and i know others who have had the same experience. I now use costal scent brushes are these are SO cheap and SO amazing! I would never use mac brushes again... If you want good brushes then get some Crown ones!!
ABOUT MAC BRUSHES
"M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules."
PRICE / APPEARANCE / AVAILABILITY
As stated in my other MAC reviews, you can purchase MAC products (and brushes!) from MAC stores, MAC website, Debenhams (online or in a department store with a MAC counter) and Selfridges (online or in a department store with a MAC counter). Avoid ebay or unofficial MAC suppliers so you don't end up with a fake. There are many fake brush sets on ebay, and it is worth noting that MAC only sell their permanent range brushes individually. You can buy a whole (fake) set on ebay for as little as £25 but the quality will be poor.
MAC sometimes have limited edition ranges of brushes, and these can often be in the form of a mini set in a nice brush roll or case. The limited edition brushes are factory produced, rather than handmade, so are cheaper in price. Though I haven't tried these, the quality is still meant to be good.
The permanent range of MAC brushes are very sleek and professional in appearance. They have smooth black handles with MAC embossed on the side, along with the particular brush number. The brush is joined to the handle with silver metal, and the brushes themselves range in colours of black, white / cream and natural / tan, depending on the particular brush. Limited Edition brushes can vary in colour. My lip brush is limited edition and has a dark green handle.
The prices of the brushes range from £7 for an eyelash brush to £37 for a large face brush. This is usual for high end makeup brushes, and provided you look after them and clean them well, they can last you 20+ years!
MY BRUSH SET
It would be crazy to list every single makeup brush and limited edition makeup set that MAC stock / have ever stocked. I'll keep the review relatively simple and review my own collection of MAC brushes...
Also, it would be silly to copy and paste MAC's description for each brush, so I will just give my own thoughts. It's worth knowing that you can read up on each brush on their website though!
217 Blending Brush (eyes) - £16
219 Pencil Brush (eyes) - £19
222 Tapered Blending Brush (eyes) - £19
239 Eye Shader Brush - £19
266 Small Angle Brush (eyes) - £16
131 Duo Fibre Face Brush (ltd edition) - £32.50
109 Small Contour Brush - £26
168 Large Angled Contour Brush - £26
187 Duo Fibre Face Brush - £32.50
134 Large Powder Brush - £37
150 Large Powder Brush - £32.50
316 Lip Brush - £16
(Please note that I don't use MAC for concealor or foundation brushes - nothing against them - I just have perfectly good Bobbi Brown and Benefit versions of these brushes!)
MY EYE BRUSHES
217 - Great for applying eyeshadows, especially all over base colours. This brush isn't great for precise definition, but picks up a lot of product, be it cream or powder, and blends evenly and feels soft against your skin.
219 - Great for more precise eyeshadow application. I use this to blend a darker shade into the crease of my eyelid after I've applied an all over base with the above brush. Again, works with cream or powder eyeshadow and blends well / feels nice and soft. Can be used to apply a nice, neat eyeshadow line instead of a thinner more definitely eyeliner.
222 - I use this as an all over eyeshadow brush if I want a lighter look than I get with the 217. It's good for shimmery colours that you'd use to highlight the brow bone area in particular. It's not as 'structured' as the other brushes, so you loose a lot of the powder before it gets near your eyes. Which doesn't sound desirable, but is often a necessary requirement!
239 - I use this strictly for shading eyeshadow that I've already applied with the other brushes. It's quite structured, so if you were to pick the eyeshadow up with this directly you'd get quite a bold look. Which you may actually want of course! So I use this to really blend my eyeshadows together if I'm wearing two or more different ones.
266 - I use this for my eyebrows and for applying a block eyeliner in a precise line. It's probably my favourite eyebrush because it gives amazing shape to your brows (I use it with an Illamasqua eyebrow cake) and it great for quite a thick line of eyeliner.
MY LIP BRUSH
316 - I find this just the right level of firmness for applying lipstick. I love using a lipbrush because some of the more expensive lipsticks can be highly pigmented. With a brush you're less likely to overdo it! This brush is just the right shape to apply a lovely 'cupid's bow'. You will find it hard to go wrong with this brush. Some other weaker lipbrushes lose their shape but not this one (so far anyway and I've had it about a year).
MY FACE BRUSHES
131 - A great brush for applying a heavily pigmented blusher with. You can go really gently with this brush and not pick up too much product. Some matte blushes are so highly pigmented so this is ideal. I use this for less precise blusher application. I'll often use it to tone down / blend another blush that I've applied with my small blusher brush. You can use this for non blusher face powder products too, and for water based foundations. I personally just use it for blush. (This was an impulse buy. There aren't many differences between this ltd edition brush and the 187 duo fibre face brush. I like to have both because I can have two different colours of blush on the go without having to wash my brushes each time. Lazy I know!)
109 - Great for getting precise with your blushes and powder highlighters! I love this for a not too pigmented blusher. I apply in little circular motions over the apples of my cheeks for a really natural glow. You can use a firm or light touch for a natural or a less natural look.
168 - The tapered shape of this blusher brush makes it ideal for contouring and giving yourself supermodel cheek bones! If you use a darker bronzer / blush underneath your cheekbones, and then a lighter blush on your apples, a highlighter on your cheek bones, you'll look amazing :) This brush is perfect for helping you acheive the look!
187 - Pretty much the same as 131, but a slight variation on the shape. The same unusual black and white two tone bristle design. If you're interested in the 131 get the 187 (since the 131 is ltd edition and not available at the moment).
134 - I love this brush, I use it (or 150!) for all my all over face / body powder makeup! It's ideal for applying smooth, all over coverage. Great with powders and bronzers. You can't go too far wrong with this brush! Since purchasing this brush, I haven't used a puff or sponge for any powders as I might have done in the past. It has changed the way I feel about powder makeup in general actually! A must have!
150 - This powder brush is meant to be better at applying loose powder products, and the above (134) for blending them. I find they both work well for both though, and there's not much in it. They're both brilliant for applying and blending powder makeup. I don't think you need both so I'd recommend picking either one of the two (unless you're a professional and can tell the difference / need both).
A good set of brushes will stand you in good stead. You can't go too far wrong, whatever makeup brands you're using, if you've got the right set of tools!
These are expensive, so I'd recommend building up your collection bit by bit.
MAC brushes are ideal for professionals and makeup lovers alike. There's a brush for every need and they're all so well thought out / designed and so well made. I can't rate these brushes with anything other than top marks!
I love these Mac brushes they are such good quality! each one is made very well with the best hair that is silky smooth on the face so does not pull at the skin, this is especially important for the eye shadow brushes as I do anything to prevent lines on my eyes!
The big face powder brush leaves my face looking excellently smooth and enables me to blend powder well into my skin so leaves no tide lines, it even feels like a feather on your face its so soft.
I've had my set about a year now and all have been very useful even the fan one that I did not have a clue how to use at first but I have since discovered it is great for brushing away stray eye shadow that falls below the eye and for applying bronzer without looking orange!
They are great to hold as the handles are just the right length too, they enable you to create a good effect without being awkward, also they wash well and don't stain easily. They are all numbered too so when copying make up looks of the mac website you know exactly what brush to use.
I've always relied a lot on makeup, but tended to stick to the cheaper products, that's until my mum booked me a MAC makeover for one of my Christmas presents! I was a bit nervous actually because I didn't know what to ask for, but the woman there was great and in the end I looked fantastic compared to normal! I have very dry skin, and she'd managed to make my how face almost glow and I looked youthful again! Since then I've been converted to Mac products, and I especially love the brushes!
I always just used to put some foundation on with my finger tips but with the MAC foundation brush my coverage always looks so much more even and I've noticed that I use less foundation when using the brush so I'm saving a bit of money that way. I bought a set of brushes in January now and they are still in tip top condition, and haven't malted at all, as long as you clean them regularly they should be good as new for a very long time! Also, the eye brushes make putting on your eye shadow a doddle!
I have the Mac foundation brush, blusher brusher and a huge powder brush and they're excellent. I have had all three 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.
The foundation brush
This 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.
The Powder Brush
This brush is huge and could be used for a bronzer too. I really like this brush because it allows you to put a dusting a powder on - just enough to set your makeup and not too much so you get that caked in look! It's really nice and soft too.
The blusher brush
I choose the angled one and it is excellent for getting a nice look to your blusher, it's not too big so that it goes everywhere and not to small so that you get that streaky look. The angle means that it contours well - I have no real cheek bones and this helps.
None of the brushes have ever left bristles on my skin either. Overall I really love each brush and am planning to purchase others in the range.
My boyfriend bought me a set of Mac make-up brushes for Christmas and my first thought was, what a waste of money! I already had numerous eye-shadow, concealor and blusher brushes, and I'd always applied my foundation with a sponge. Well... I have to say that the Mac brushes turned out to be one of the best presents I got! Putting foundation on is practically effortless with the foundation brush and it blends in so much better than with fingers or a sponge. The blusher brushes just seem to apply the colour exactly where you want it without having to concentrate too much at all. Overall, they definitely contribute to a flawless finish and you can tell they are professional tools!
Obviously they are quite pricey but it's definitely worth investing in some as you'll save money in the long run by not having to replace them as often. The quality is so much better than cheaper versions, you really do get what you pay for with these brushes.
When i first started using foundation, i applied it using sponges.. When i went into the MAC store and got a makeover, the woman used brushes and recommended that i buy some. However, the price of the MAC brushes she brought out were a little daunting so i left them on the shelf. I bought some cheap, £3 brushes from a supermarket and thought i'd saved absolutely loads of money.. But no, i'd scrimped on quality!
My make up would often go streaky with the brushes i'd purchased, so i went back into the store and asked if i could try out the brushes she'd used before. The difference was immense! I now have the opinion that investing in the more expensive, quality items really is more worthwhile if you know what you can do with them. Apart from a select few produts, such as pressed powders, quality really is key!
I got a foundation brush and a contouring brush (the woman in-store showed me how to use this) for around £30. It sounds like a lot, but the results i get from using them really are worth it. The bristles are very well made and don't fall out with repeated use. They can be washed gently with ordinary shampoo to remove any make up on them.
If i were you, i'd pop into your nearest MAC store and ask to try them out!
I got a set of these for part of my Christmas as well as a bundle of individual brushes and I have to say - I won't be going back to cheapy brushes again!
the brushes I got were as follows:
#239 Eye shading brush - £17.50
this is my favourite brush. I can't believe i did not buy this brush sooner. I would advise any make up fanatic to add this to their essential brush collection. it distributes shadow so evenly and holds onto pigment very well for blending outwards with. very little colour is left on the brush so you know that every drop of colour almost is being deposited onto your lid.
#210 precise eye liner brush - £13.50
For anyone who is used to applying liner to their eyes will like this brush. i prefer using gel liner so this brush is perfect for applying that. the brush is very precise in the way which it applies the liner and makes a nice fine line. If you don't like the fineness of the tip, you can always switch this brush for an angled brush which makes it slightly easier to do cat eyes.
*#224 tapered blending brush - £20.50
for getting a more subtle edge around your eye this brush is great at achieving this. this brush is very soft and is very handy for getting in at the crease of the eyes.
*#194 concealer brush - £15.50
small soft brush which helps concealer cover those red problem areas on the face. i never used to use a concealer brush till i got this - now i use it all the time because its easier than using your fingers and getting covered in concealer!
*#266 small angle brush - £14.50
for defining those eyebrows this brush is just the right shape to get those very nice looking brows. With a spot of shadow the brush holds onto the colour and evenly spreads the shadow along your brow creating a very natural brow look.
*#275 medium angled brush - £17.50
like the blending brush this brush moves the shadow over your lids to create a soft blended look. this brush is also good for precise application of colour to the lids. I personally like this one because it makes lines in eye-shadow less prominent and allows for a subtle look when needed.
*#204 lash brush - £6.50
Good little brush to have around if you are a person that wears plenty of mascara. This little brush gets rid of those nasty clumps when mascara is applied (this is what i use this particular brush for anyway) It is good for separating those lashes once mascara has been applied. This is not an essential brush but was part of a Christmas pack i was given. this brush can also be used for grooming your eyebrows although i prefer to use a hard brush rather than this.
(*were part of a Christmas set meaning the brushes I own are miniature ones which came in a cosmetic bag)
overall I would recommend mac brushes to anyone who has a love for make up and wants to get their hands on some good brushes. MAC cannot be faulted with their high quality of products. The only down side is that the brushes come at quite a price. Also, I would recommend that you get some brush cleaner in order to keep those brushes as clean as possible increasing their life.
Any make-up artist will tell you how important it is to use a good set of make up brushes. Although they can be expensive, having the right tools will give you amazing results and allow you to get the most out of your makeup. I have several eye shadow brushes from MAC and some of them are well over 8 years old and are still in excellent condition. I also have a large brush to apply mineral foundation, another for blusher and one to shape my eyebrows.
One of my favourite brushes is the fluff brush which I use after a primer to apply a base colour eye shadow. Being made from high quality silky fibres it feels really soft on delicate skin. Its just the right size to cover the eyelid with product in just a few stokes, and the tip can be used to apply a darker colour to the outer corner of the eye. I also use MAC's blending brush to blend colours particularly around the eye socket.
I tend to clean my brushes with a tissue, though i'm told you can clean them with soapy water.
What I love about MAC products is the counter staff are really helpful in demonstrating how apply your makeup and which brushes to use for what. In my opinion you only need a few brushes in your kit and if bought separately they are excellent value for money as they last for ages.
If your going to buy make up brushes then you cant really go wrong with MAC.
I am by no means any kind of make up expert or whizz. But finding that I just kept getting it wrong was reason enough for me to pop into MAC and see what all the fuss is about. After trying out the studio tech foundation, I was convinced into buying the rather expensive foundation brush, which at the time i felt was a little expensive, but I'm pleased to say that I did as after doing so, I have never looked back. The brush itself requires very little care, washing with just soap and leaving to dry. You can easily see the difference when applying foundation in evenness when you compare it with a cheaper alternative. I bought my brush over 3 years ago and it continues to serve me well. It can also be used for eye make up and really does help you to blend in foundation to your skin. Yes it is expensive, but is certainly a worthwhile investment if you are not terribly good at make up and need all the help you can get to get by. Excellent.
I was very hesitant about spending such an alarming amount just on some make up brushes, for the full set (blusher brush, eyeliner brush, eye shadow brush and foundation brush) i spent around £80, which is definately not a nice amount, however in the long run I think it might be worth it. These brushes make applying make up effortless, easy, and clean. Each brush is perfectly shaped to give the best possible finish, and they last for a very long time. As with other, cheaper brushes, i found that the brushes began to fray or became clumped together and worn out after a couple of months, but these MAC brushes really do live up to £80 of usage. They're very soft and easy to clean which means that old make up doesn't get caught up and harden the brushes. I know that they are very expensive just for a few brushes, but they really do make a difference when applying make up, and they make any make up bag look luxurious. If you can afford it, i seriously recommend them.
I am a big fan of all things MAC but when it comes to brushes i really cannot believe the prices are actually worth the product especially when you can get brushes of great quality for much cheaper.
The great thing about these brushes though is the versatility and the range. You can get the same brush in many sizes which is great as everyone has different shapes and sized features so it is almost guaranteed that you will find something that suits you very well. Just because a brush is called a 'lip liner brush' doesnt mean you have to use it as one, I use mine as a eye liner brush as its so thin and works very well!
It is important to clean the brushes each time you use them. The MAC brush cleaner is the best for spot cleaning. Cleaning regularly keeps the brushes looking new. These brushes hardly ever lose hairs, shape and I havent noticed any discolouration which is always a plus.
So, although it is possible to get cheaper brushes of good quality, with MAC you know what youre getting every time - a great lasting product with guaranteed quality
MAC make up brushes are my absolute favourite brand of make up brushes because I've tried so many ranging from cheap to other quite pricey ones but these are just the best! I've had some brushes for over 10 years now and they are still in excellent condition, the key is to clean them regularly. You don't need to clean them with shampoo/ detergent and water every single time but if you spot clean them with brush cleanser after using them, they will stay in such good shape, they'll look pretty much the same as the day you bought them.
MAC have professional make up brushes that are such good quality and are so versatile, they are well worth the investment. They make all the difference to the application of your make up. Even if you happen to be using cheaper make up that day, these brushes will make it look like it was more expensive as the blending and application of the make up will look so smooth and flawless. These can make just about any type of make up look airbrushed and professional.
You can get face, as well as eye and lip brushes, but you don't necessarily have to use each brush for exactly their description (i.e. you can use a lip for eye make up and visa versa, it just depends on what type of application you want).
The quality of these brushes are wonderful; they're very durable and sturdy, the hairs won't fall out and there won't be any dye bleeding into your water when you wash them. I know many cheaper brushes either moult or bleed when you wash them.
They have loads of innovative brushes that make application of make up effortless and give an air-brushed result. I love their duo fibre brush for liquid foundation and cream blush application as it gives a sheer, even foundation application (I don't like to wear thick make up) and spreads the cream blush so much better than fingers would, it doesn't tug or hurt the skin and makes it look perfectly smooth and blended.
There are so many brushes to choose from and you can create so many different looks with them, it would best to have a chat with a make up artist to see which brushes would be best for you.
As a starter kit, I would recommend one good foundation brush (yes it makes such a great difference), a good powder/ blush brush, one or two eye brushes (as blending eye make up is essential to a professional looking finish) and lip brushes are optional. (I do have a lip brush but only use it when I want a sheer or precise application but mainly use my lippy out of the tube or rub in with my fingers.)
They might look pricey at first but I'm positive that you'll soon discover that they're well worth investing in.