“ Brand: MAC „
I purchased a set of MAC brushes in a gift set for £40, which works out at less than £10 a brush. The only difference in these brushes and buying individual brushes is the handle length, a fact that personally doesn't bother me, though if you like a longer handle you may be better to buy individual brushes at the higher retail price. In this set came the angled brush which I am about to review. The actual brush is exactly the same angle and of the same material as one with a longer handle. The bristles are very soft and shaped to make shading the socket of your eye easier by flowing with the natural contours of your eye socket, and generally I do find that this is the case. Works well with hard pressed eyeshadows, but if you tend to use loose powder like the MAC pigment pots, if you aren't careful you end up "splashing" it around your eye area. Application wise - it can be used for full socket coverage but I do find that a non-angled brush works better for this purpose, it works well if you like to add darker eyeshadow towards the outside edge of your eye allowing you to define and "draw" a v shape towards the corner of your eye, and is also useful when it comes to highlighting under your brow bone. Ergonomically designed it is a handy brush to have in your make up bag, but personally if it wasn't part of a gift set I wouldn't bother to purchase separately as a "normal" brush can do the same job.
MAC cosmetics has a range of brushes to compliment it's own line or make-up. With the help of their brushes an professional make-up can be easily achieved. Though before I used pure mineral eye shadow for my eyes a sponge applicator did the trick, when I switched to brands of organic, natural makeup I found make-up brushes do a better job. I must admit I am never faithful to one particular range of make-up or brush makers as I enjoy diversity and trying new things. So in my eternal quest in something new I thought I give it a try to MAC brushes also and I must say I am very delighted with their performance. One thing I did not had in my brush collection was angled eye shadow brush. When I first sow the 275 brush on the MAC website I was intrigued by such a shape and I had to buy it. The brush is £17 and I did not knew I was going to like this brush or not so I was taking a bit of a risk. I am quite glad I got it now as I have found a multitude of uses for it. Due to the angled shape this brush is very good for applying eye shadow across the lid and even highlighting the brow bone. The brush feels soft and it will never scratch the delicate eye area. If I could have a choice of only 3 eye brushes to live with for my make-up this would be one of them. Ever since I got this brush it has not lost one single hair and I have been using it quite often. Every time I use my eye brushes I like to wash them after so you can see this brush has had quite some testing in my hands for the past year. The shape and softness has kept very well also and I am expecting it to last for a good amount of time by the looks of it, so for £17 is quite a good investment. Though I must say if I am using pressed eye shadow a good soft sponge applicator will also do. Best used with powder pigments in my opinion. As with all MAC brush the best is to buy them from an authorised MAC counter or from their official website. There are many fakes out there coming from China.
The #275 is one of MAC's few angled shader brushes. Designed to fit into the contours of the eyes effortlessly, they generally work quite well for shading and defining the eyelid. MAC have both the #275 and the slimmer, denser #272 (also reviewed) which vary quite a lot and both have different uses. This brush is hand assembled using only the finest materials and the head is arranged using cruelty free pony hair. It is incredibly soft and fluffy and feels luxurious on the skin. As it is 100% natural and so soft it does not work well with cream or water based products - it would simply absorb all the product and clump together - so only consider this brush if you use a lot of powder shadows. The head measures 11mm by 13mm at it's widest and highest points. It retails for £16.64 and is available from all MAC locations. ~ I personally like to use this brush for softly defining the socket liner / crease and the outer corner for a contoured, defined eye look. The brush head is just the right size to fit into these areas and the soft fluffed tip blends any lines effortlessly as it goes. ~ The angled head also lends its to highlighting the brow bone easily. The shape makes it easy to press directly under the brow and sweep across towards the outer corner in one go. Again, the soft bristles require little to no blending. ~ You can also use the #275 to shade all over the lid, although there are other brushes available both from MAC and other brands that work a little better for this. But just make sure that you point the angled downwards towards the inner corner of the eye and work outwards or the results may not be too even. ~ Lastly, I sometimes use this brush to contour smaller areas of the face such as the nose and inner eyes. Work especially well for the nose as the head is just the right size and doesn't apply too much product. Overall, there is nothing amazing about this brush but it is nice enough to own regardless. Multi use and easy to use / hold but not a must have in my opinion. You definately don't need both this and the #272 in my opinion, so if you're after an angled brush I suggest you check out and compare both of them in person before making any decisions :-)
Model: Brush #275 / For applying and blending eye shadow /