MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
MAC 137 Long Blending Brush ($42.00) is a long, tapered cheek/face brush made out of natural fibers. It’s supposed to be used for a “light dusting of any powder.” The brush head is 22mm in width, 22mm in thickness, and 49mm in length. It had a total length of 7.4 inches / 18.7 centimeters and an open, metal ferrule. This brush was manufactured in Japan. The brush has a really light, feathery feel and is perfect for dusting highlighters onto cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, or applying a finishing powder all over with more control than a fan brush would give you. What I was most surprised by was how soft the brush is, because a lot of MAC’s recent brushes have been rougher in feel, and many of their cheek and face brushes (even from before) aren’t that soft, but this is one of the softest MAC brushes I’ve come across that has natural fibers. This is very comparable to Wayne Goss Brush 14 ($33) as far as length and purpose go, though MAC’s is significantly more tapered, longer by 8mm, a little less soft, and a bit denser (though not a dense brush by any means).
MAC 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush ($24.00) is a small, lightly tapered crease brush made out of natural fibers. The brush head is 6.5mm in width, 6.5mm in thickness, and 16.5mm in length. It had a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.6 centimeters with an open, metal ferrule. It is also made in Japan. There’s a slight taper that comes to a rounded point, so it doesn’t create too harsh of placement into the crease, but it does give you precise placement. I liked it best for initially placing richer color into the deep crease and then using a fluffier brush to blend it out. It’s soft and never felt scratchy or poky no matter the direction or pressure I used. It is similar to Hakuhodo J5529 ($16) and Wayne Goss Brush 05 ($25).
MAC 267 Curved Angle Brush ($24.00) is a synthetic brush designed to be used with your eyeliner (like gels and creams, though MAC also suggests powder) with a curved edge that is supposed to fit the natural curve of the eye. The brush head is 11.5mm in width, 2.5mm in thickness, and 11.5mm in length. It had a total length of 6.25 inches / 15.9 centimeters with a pinched, metal ferrule. It was made in China. I found this brush to be scratchy and rough against the skin, which made it painful to drag across to apply gel eyeliner on the skin. It somewhat fits the curve of the eye, but I think it is going to depend on the size of your eye and how curved your lid/area is, as it seemed oversized for my eye shape/size. I don’t recall having a brush quite like this, so it seems to be more unique.