12.23.2014
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M.A.C. Brushes
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Category:Makeup > Brushes & Applicators > Brushes/Applicators/Curlers
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

M.A.C. has one of the best selections of brushes you’ll find anywhere (over 40 different brushes). The big brushes are a little pricey, but they last forever if you take care of them. Though there are indeed good, inexpensive brushes to be found, if you’re going to splurge, this is one area where the extra expense won’t be wasted. Be sure to check out M.A.C.’s variety of eyeshadow brushes, particularly the #275 Medium Angled Shading Brush ($25.00), an excellent, versatile eyeshadow brush. Also, test the #217 Blending Brush ($24). Other top choices include the #195 Concealer Brush ($24), #208 Small Angled Brow Brush ($20), #242 Shader Brush ($25), and the #252 Large Shader Brush ($32).

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M.A.C. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; excellent Lip Conditioner (lip balm); praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; noteworthy Fluidline and Technakohl Liner; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; impressive Pro Longwear Lipcolour; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; most of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses: A few products with uncomfortably high levels of known or potential skin irritants; some superfluous specialty products; several average pressed and loose powders; the Lustre and Velvet eyeshadows disappoint.

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products in recent years. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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01.14.2015
MAC 217

Given to me as a 2014 Christmas present. Best brush I own. Blends beautifully. Has made a huge 'for the better' difference to my makeup. Would highly recommend. At the moment I am using the brush for every area of my eye, lid, crease, outer v! It applies and lays down colour in a way my other brushes cannot touch. So silky on the skin. Close come Sigma. Will definitely be investing in some more of the MAC brushes. Good investment!

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Deborah H.
04.05.2014
Best brushes

Definitely the best brushes I have ever tried, and I have tried many different brands. If you take care of them properly they last forever. Of course - natural hair brush is going to shed, it happens to the best of them but properly taken care of, like you would your own hair, you won't have as much of it.

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Nicole, R
03.04.2014
Wouldn't recommend

I bought a 129 Powder Brush for AUD$70 as I heard that MAC brushes are very good (and unfortunately expensive). But I've been really disappointed as it is continually moulting. There are bristles/hairs left all over my bathroom sink and on my clothes. I have to check my face, neck and clothes thoroughly before I leave the house. I won't be purchasing brushes from MAC again based on this experience/purchase.

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