The case that comes with the MAC 5 Shape & Perfect Brushes kit is in one way like a Mini Cooper — small on the outside, but surprisingly roomy on the inside (Beep! Beep!).
For kicks today I tried to see just how much stuff I could squeeze into it. In addition to the five miniature makeup brushes it comes with, I managed to also find room inside for two full-size MAC pressed powder compacts, three full-size tubes of Cremesheen Glass and three eyeshadow singles.
Hot damn, that’s a lot! My inner makeup hobo approves. 🙂
Frankly, I wish MAC sold the bag separately (it’s zippered and made of some kind of canvas/fabric), because the five travel brushes it comes with really aren’t all that…
I should say right off the bat that I’m not a big fan of MAC’s travel brushes. The ones I’ve tried haven’t performed as well as the brushes in their permanent line, but I tried to keep an open mind today while testing the five in this set — the 168SE Angled Contour Brush, 187SE Duo Fibre Brush, 212SE Flat Definer Brush, 219SE Pencil Brush and 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush.
So did keeping an open mind pay off? Well, it certainly did with the 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush, which feels surprisingly soft, and applies and blends shadows with aplomb, but, unfortunately, I don’t think any of the other brushes shine. As a matter of fact, the 212SE’s bristles feel scratchy and stiff, and the 187SE Duo Fibre Brush sheds about 10 times more than Tabs. After using it to apply my foundation this morning, I had to pluck about 18 of its bristles from my face. Not cool.
Long story short, I think I’ll pass on the brushes, but I’m in mad with the bag. Seriously, the kit might be worth it just for that.
PRICE: As a MAC travel exclusive, price varies by location
AVAILABILITY: At select domestic and international airports and duty free stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
For more on the MAC Packed to Go travel exclusives, check out…
- Ready, Set, Jet! The MAC Packed To Go Travel Exclusives for Spring 2011
- A Travel Exclusive: MAC Packed These 3 Cremesheens To Go
- According to the Girl Next Door, MAC Put This Look in a Box
- MAC Packed to Go: 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows
- MAC Packed to Go: Girl Next Door Look in a Box
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LOL! Sorry, I feel kinda goofy today, or maybe I’m just hungry… What’s for dinner tonight?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,