Last year I was very kindly given this brush set and have been meaning to write about it ever since. I’m a massive fan of MAC brushes and try to add them to my kit whenever financially possible. I was extra excited to learn that this set is limited edition (childish I know, but I like stuff like that.) This set is exclusive to Nordstrom (upmarket US fashion retail store) as is the rest of MACs Cine-Matics range. The kit contains 5 brushes which are:
129SE – powder brush (purple/plum). This is a lovely soft feeling brush and, like any powder brush, will always be useful.
227SE – fluff brush (blue). I’m not sure what you would call this brush. It’s too big for eyeshadow but too small for blush/powder. At first I was unsure what to use it for until I discovered it’s amazing as a highlighting brush – just the perfect size and density. I didn’t realize I needed this brush until I got it. It’s definitely my new favourite.
219SE – pencil brush (yellow). This brush is great for either placing eyeshadow in the crease of the socket or smudging eye pencil for a more smoky look. Its dome shape is quite firm and so is easy to control.
224SE – tapered blending brush (red). This eyeshadow brush is much softer and as such is great for blending. It could also be used for highlighting, but I’d rather use 227.
266SE – small angle brush (green). This is ideal for eyebrows. It could also be used for eyeliner, but I think there are better brushes for that (see here). This is one of, if not the best brush I’ve used for eyebrows. Since I’ve been using it, it’s held its shape brilliantly and hasn’t splayed.
Rather selfishly I’ve only used these brushes on myself so far. They haven’t quite made it into my kit yet, nor are they likely too any time soon. For years I’ve put all my good brushes into my kit and just used cheap ones on myself. However, these are travel size and came in a lovely denim pencil case-sized make up bag which just so happens to be the perfect size for my own portable personal make up kit. And besides that, they’re really pretty, really useful and I just want to keep them all to myself. There’s nothing wrong with that is there?