MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush Review & Photos

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

Defined Contouring Made Easy with the 163

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush ($35.00) is a new and limited edition brush designed to be used with MAC’s Pro Sculpting Creams, but they are noted as a multi-purpose brush, so they can be used however you find it works.  The brush is not MAC’s softest face brush, but I wouldn’t describe it as scratchy.  I think the blunt edge gives it a harsher feel against the skin, but when I run it back and forth against my face or arm, it feels fine.  It’s tightly packed with bristles, making it a very dense brush.

It was good for placing the Pro Sculpting Creams on the face, but it wasn’t so good at blending them out. I needed to use my fingertips or another brush to do that.  I think this brush is fairly purpose-specific, and as a result, it’s not a must-have brush for everyone.  It may work well in professional kits or for anyone who does more intense, dramatic contouring.  I did not like this for foundation, blush, or powder products in general.  It worked best with liquids and creams, mostly for initial application.  It had a tendency to drag products in noticeable streaks when used to blend.

Again, this is a brush that seemed to be more of a one trick pony than a great workhorse of a brush.  It’s great if what you’re looking for is a way to apply cream/liquid products in defined lines. There’s also a Sonia Kashuk brush that’s supposed to be a dupe, but I only just bought mine so I can’t weigh in quite yet!

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MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush