Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 191 Square Foundation Brush

MAC 191 Square Foundation Brush ($32.00) is a flat, square-shaped brush made out of synthetic fibres. It’s fairly firm, and the edge of the brush is fine and firm. Although it’s touted as a foundation brush, I prefer using this to apply creamy products like face primers, moisturizers, etc. I just don’t find it works nearly as well for foundation as brushes like the 109, 187, or 182. I do like the edge, though, because it can give you crisper lines when you want them, and it also lets you get into hard-to-reach areas like the nose. This is probably one of my least loved face brushes, just because I prefer so many others over it.

How do you like to use this brush?

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15 thoughts on “MAC 191 Square Foundation Brush Photos & Review

  1. I don’t have that brush and I will consider getting that brush sometime soon to use it with creamy products and primers.

  2. I agree with you, I have this brush and it’s easy to apply foundation around the nose but I prefer other brushes for my face :)

  3. AYHM

    I was stressing over not having this brush; I was thinking it would apply a very light application of foundation (which I like). However, considering it might be better suited for creamy products I might just pass on this unless it appears at the CCO and I can get it for cheaper.

  4. Binnie

    im dissapointd in reading this brush is not rated higher for foundations~pitty there isnt a cco that i can get thi from *sigh*

  5. bec

    I bought this brush over a year and a half ago and have only used it three times since purchasing. I honestly don’t know what to do with it. It’s pretty pathetic as a foundation brush in my opinion. I’ll try it with face primers/moisturisers and see how that goes.

  6. Jess

    This brush is great for cleaning up the outer edge of the eye after shadow application for that ‘crisp’ sharp look.

    The results are akin to that from the ‘tape trick’ but better, and it looks less harsh. Just dab the brush into some foundation or concealer and clean it up. Et Voila!

    • Thanks for this, Jess! Great idea :D

      • Hi Christine! I’m from Orlando, Fl and came to Tallahassee to visit and 5 days before my 16th birthday, my mom gave me $50.00 and I spent $40.00 at Tallahassee’s Governor Square Mall, while there I went to the MAC makeup counter and orignally wanting to go to Smashbox and purchase a round foundation brush which Smashbox wasn’t ever in this mall, siigh! So I intentionally went to the working makeup artist to get the round foundation brush, which ment I would have to walk all the way upstairs to purchase and pick it up, s instea the makeup artist offered me the 191 which is square. She even said herself that this beush is made up f synthetic fibers and blends in foundation especially liquid very well and she nominated it as her favorite makeup brush too! I have had this brush for two days and I al instantly lovin’ it. Ever since I was 14, I made a promise to myself that I would never purchase a namebrand makeup brush, in which I did, and let me tell you, it was well worth it because this blends in my makeup so well!! ;)

  7. tracy

    I use this one to “cut”(using liquid foundation and moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer) my foundations