I am back after a few days. Has it ever happened to you that you just want to stop , sit at a nice café and just stare at passers by. Just forget your beeping phones, checking your facebook/instragram/twitter every 10 minutes to check what is happening with other people’s lives or just tell the world what is happening to you. I know sounds a little physic in these days of social media, but I just want to admit, that I love hanging around at cafes (mostly in a mall since its burning hot in Delhi these days), read my favourite book and stare into nothingness.
Ever since I have left my full time work (about 6 months back), I am doing things which excited me and I always though I never had time to do, like reading and joining a fitness class(and ofcourse blogging). Also, as I said earlier that I am back after a few days, cos instead of just getting into the rush of increasing visitors to my blog by creating articles everyday, I was enjoying reading other blogs more which probably have been writing from last x years , have amazingly gorgeous pictures to look at or are just better writers
Anyways, coming to my topic of discussion today, I wanted to talk about the much hyped(read: true at times) drama of MAC brushes.
I own a couple of makeup brushes and as all of you know, MAC is 1 such brand which creates hugely impressive line of make brushes for that flawless look. But the question is, do we need to buy all/most of the brushes made by the brand or are there few picked brushes which can be multi-tasked and yet help in creating the best look. Today I will be talking about my favourite and only brushes from MAC which I own which are a must have in my stash and probably you could sometime pick them up as well (please- only depending on your need).
The legendary MAC 187 dual fibre brush
This is a large, densely bristled brush(but not super thick) packed with a blend of both goat and synthetic fibers. It also better known as a stippling brush. Stippling means lightly patting the product (could be any foundation or blush or bronzer) on the brush and then patting it on the face.
I will be honest if I say I really thought before getting this brush for myself because of its super expensive price but is it really worth.
How I use this brush-
Initially, I used this brush only for my foundation. Liquid or cream, but only for foundation. It gave me super flawless yet sheer results. Its an extremely soft brush and feels like ticklish on the face. I just press the brush very lightly on the face and it gives me nice flawless results. However, do note that this brush can shed initially and also it can be a little streaky if you don’t use it properly. You need to be really soft as well as patient with this brush. You can build the coverage with it but need to give it more time as compared to other fuller and denser brushes like Sigma F80 or Real Techniques buffing brush
Now, I have also started using this brush for my highly pigmented blushes or bronzers as I said it gives a sheer coverage of any product and the stippling motion controls the amount of product you apply on the face.
Overall, I would say, I am in complete love with this brush as its multi-tasking and also because it gives me a sheerer coverage of various products(exactly how I love).
Should you buy it- Yes, if you love sheer coverage of various products and need a brush which can be multi-tasked and no if you are more of a heavy coverage lover.
Cost- Approx 55 USD/ INR 3200
MAC 219 brush or better know as the pencil brush
This is a really small (read: tiny)tapered brush with slightly stiffer bristles (read: not hard). This is another 1 of those super famous as well as legendary brushes of MAC which can be used for various tasks.
How I use it- I basically bought this brush initially because I just love the neutral eye shadow and smudged eye liner/eye pencil look on the lid. However, now over the last few years or so, I have started using this brush for packing dark colors on my outer corner of the eye or highlighting inner corner of the eye and also shading the lash line. I even use it for doing those super tricky “cut and crease” eye makeups and this results in brilliant look cos of its high precision and small size.
The best part I like about this brush is that although it is small and stiff, yet its not hard on the sensitive eyes at all. I like my eye brushes to be really soft because my lid is super soft and at times gets creasy if the brush is hard. This brush totally helps me in achieving my desired go to look without being harsh to my lids.
Should you buy it- I would say run and buy this brush if you need a smudging brush. It is one of those super quality brushes which will last you for ages, giving you brilliant results.
Cost- approx. USD 25
MAC 224 brush- the blending brush
This is a relatively small (read: not tiny like 219) tapered brush with soft bristles used for blending the “transition” color on the eye lids.
How I use it: This was 1 of my 1st MAC brushes when I had almost started doing the “blending” eye makeup. I use it for blending my eye colors on the eye and recently I have also started using this brush for applying highlighter on my cheek bones.
My take on this brush- This brush is good for people with slightly bigger eye lids and definitely not much for people with hooded eyes in my opinion, since it covers a larger area on the eyes. Its amazing for blending the colors, but as I said the working area has to be slightly bigger or else the color can go all over the place.
Should you buy it- In case you have bigger eye lids and are looking for a blending brush, you can definitely try this one. But would also suggest trying out MAC 217 (another super famous MAC brush which I don’t own because I did not feel the need yet).
Cost- approx. 32 USD/ 2000INR
I know in case you are a beauty blogger, you already know lot more about makeup brushes than myself, but I have just written this for helping those who are confused about super expensive and famous MAC brushes, as I did a few years back and probably can help them in deciding which ones to invest in.
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