Sunday, July 19th, 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 195 Concealer Brush

MAC 195 Concealer Brush ($22.00) is a small, flat brush with synthetic fibers. It’s shaped like a severe, tapered dome. It was launched with Studio Sculpt, so it is designed to work with concealer products, but it can be used with any emollient product as well. I’m not a huge fan of this brush, just because I don’t feel it does a stellar job of applying or blending concealer. It’s flat and firm, though the bristles have give so they can bend easily. It picks up product and places it well, I just find that it can leave some streaks behind if you’re not careful. The best way to use this brush when applying concealer is using a tapping method rather than a pulling/blending method. I know some have complained about this brush being scratchy, though I have not personally found mine is like that. If anything, I prefer this brush for applying eyeshadow bases (paints, paint pots, what-have-you) over concealer.

How do you like to use this brush?

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14 thoughts on “MAC 195 Concealer Brush Photos & Review

  1. this reminds me of the BE MAX coverage concealer brush, no?

  2. binnie

    this brush looks similar to the elf foundation brush which i use for concelaear and paint pots x

    ps another great post christine :)x

  3. I find it is great for applying eyeshadow, loose and pressed.

  4. Mary

    I use this brush to apply concealer under my eye but I find that its hard to clean off the cream residue. Do you have any tips. Does it happen to you too?

    thanks and I love your site!

  5. shontay

    I was told by an MA to buy this for pigments. I did and it’s awesome for that. I’m not loving it for concealer so I will try the 194.

  6. SummerTwice

    I have this brush and use it to apply paint pot, concealer, mouse foundation and loose eyeshadow

    It works very well with paint pot since the size allow it to do that.

    With concealer, I use it to apply or dots it on the area where I need to conceal, I think its a bad idea for blending because it didnt look very well and real cakey.

    Happen the same to mouse foundation, I use it to dots or apply where the area is needed on coverage. As I said, bad idea for blending, I never do it again after it mess up everything.

    And loose powder is definitely awesome to be use on this brush. It take the powder easily and when you tap it, it remove the excess really good. I like this brush so much!


  7. tracy

    I like this better than the 194 for concealer, then I use my rounded hakuhuodo brush to blend it in.