MAC 130 Brush Review, Photos & Swatches

The MAC 130 Brush ($38.00, supposed to be permanent now) is described as, “A short, round, flat-topped brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations, creams, emulsions, and select powder products [and] features a blend of natural bristles and synthetic fibres.”

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MAC 130 Brush

MAC 131 Brush Review, Photos & Swatches

The MAC 131 Brush ($40.00, limited edition and available with To the Beach) was originally released with Colour Craft (July ’09), and I’ve owned it since and used it once. I spent the past couple of weeks testing it out for the first time and seeing what it works best for. MAC describes it as, “Flat, tapered brush that contains a combination of short and long fibres … [i]deally suited for Mineralize Skinfinish Powders.”

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MAC 131 Brush

30 Must-Read Posts From the Archives

30 Must-Read Posts from the Archives

Whether you’re a long-time reader or this is your first time, navigating through our archives is near impossible to make easy. With 5,000 posts, there are definitely a few that stand out! Some of the must-read posts listed below are actually a series of posts or even a post that goes on to list numerous more posts (almost like a guide within a guide!).  Ultimately, we feel these are all posts that have stood the test of time and really continue to be relevant, useful, or interesting articles.

Makeup Tips

  • 16 Tips on How-to Apply Eyeshadow features sixteen of my favorite application tips and tricks to getting more out of your eyeshadow–from blending to brushes to color.
  • Eye Diagram/Reference will teach you about the different parts of the eye and how to identify them — from the crease to the lower lash line to the inner lid! It’s particularly useful if you are a frequent Temptalia reader, as I reference each part of the eye based on this chart.
  • Best Eye Makeup Brushes (Video) is an updated, video version of my must-have brushes are for doing my eye make-up. The video features six core brushes as well as two additional brushes I really like.
  • 7 Must-Have Eye Brushes features seven of my must-have brushes to create gorgeous eye looks. My picks were all MAC brushes, but the idea is really more about the shape and type of brush–the brand is up to you! If you have problems with blending in particular, you may also want to check out our blending how-to.
  • Best Face Brushes (Video) is a six minute video featuring Temptalia’s must-have brushes for applying blush, highlighters, and foundation.
  • 8 Must-Have Face Brushes for Flawless Skin features detailed explanations and reasonings as to what brushes you need to create your look.
  • How-to Clean Your Makeup Brushes (Video) explains how to best clean your brushes to keep them bacteria-, dirt-, and build-up free so those brushes you’ve invested in will last you years and years.

Tutorials

  • How-to Apply Blush for Glowy Cheeks (Video) is a quick, two and a half minute video on applying blush, where to apply it, what kind of technique I’ve found to work best, and how to bring it altogether for beautiful, glowy cheeks.
  • How-to Contour & Highlight (Video) is a short, five-minute video showing one method of contouring and highlighting your face for everyday wear.
  • How-to Apply Liquid Foundation (Video) is a tutorial on how-to apply your liquid foundation using a brush (like the MAC 109) for a flawless look.
  • How-to Apply Red Lips is a photo-based tutorial wih step-by-step photos to help you with your application of bold lip color, such as red, for a gorgeous, flawless looking pout that’ll have everyone on their knees!
  • How-to Line Your Upper Lash Line will show you with step-by-step photos and detailed instructions on how to create the classic cat-eye look with black gel liner.
  • How-to Fill In Your Brows (Video) is a quick, three minute video showing one method of filling in your brows using an angled brush and pressed powder to create fuller, more defined brows.
  • 5 Minute Eyes (Video) shows you how to create an easy neutral look in just four minutes.
  • Tutorial: Smoky Eyes will take you step-by-step with close-up, detailed photos on how to create an easy, timeless smoky eye. As an added bonus? A little help with creating cat-eye liner, too!
  • Tutorial: Black Smoky Eyes is a classic Temptalia tutorial (in fact, one of our firsts!) all about creating a very dramatic, very dark smoky eye.

MAC

  • MAC Makeup: Your Guide to Everything MAC Cosmetics is pretty much the most comprehensive listing of all of our must-read posts about MAC and all that MAC is. It includes a breakdown of posts that focus on brushes, must-have products, product photos, and swatches. To date, this Everything Guide features over 70 must-read posts about MAC Makeup!
  • Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Collections is a comprehensive listing of the latest collection releases as well as upcoming launches that we know about. We update it every few weeks with links to new information or reviews, swatches, and the like for recently released launches as well.
  • MAC Eye Brushes Guide includes detailed reviews as well as close-up product photos of most of MAC’s currently available eye brushes. Seasoned MAC artists also talked to Temptalia about their favorite brushes to use on the eyes, too!
  • MAC Face Brushes Guide contains detailed reviews, including product photos, of just about every face brush currently available by MAC. Also, get expert advice from MAC artists as they tell you what their favorite brushes are and why.
  • MAC Eyeshadows (Product Photos) is a photo montage of the majority of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows. Detailed, close-up photos were taken of as many permanent eyeshadows as possible. Psst, don’t forget to check out part two, as well.

Series

  • 30 Days of Make Up For Ever was a month long series in July 2009 that featured a myriad of product reviews, swatches, looks and even tutorials featuring the Make Up For Ever brand.
  • My Recommendation Guide is all about helping you find the best eyeshadows, best lipglosses/lipsticks, and best blushes based on your skin tone. This series consists of three parts: fair skin, medium skin, and dark skin. Recommendations are given both by Temptalia as well as readers!
  • The Best of… is a series of posts devoted to highlighting must-have products from different brands. The idea is to give you a snapshot of a brand’s best products if you haven’t yet tried that brand. You read our “Best of” for: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Dior, and Guerlain — with more to come.
  • The Scarlet Season focuses on a variety of different shades of red lipsticks and lipglosses from various brands for the holiday season. (Please note, this series is currently in progress, so it is not finished yet.)
  • Temptalia’s Stash & Storage will keep you up-to-date on any posts, photos, or storage tips I have based on my own collection of beauty bits and bobs.

Get to Know Us

  • About Temptalia & the Founder is a quick intro into how Temptalia was created, what it wants to be, and who’s behind it.
  • How-to Contact Us with any feedback, questions, or suggestions.
  • FAQ which may help answer any questions you’ve always wondered about the blog.
  • Our Disclosures & Policies in regards to how we review, what we disclose, how we disclose, what some of that mumbo jumbo actually means, and the like.

Is there a post that you’ve always really enjoyed? A post you have bookmarked or one you continue to keep going back to? I’d love to hear what you might have found helpful or useful!

MAC Eyeshadow Product Photos – Part 1 (Video)

MAC Eyeshadow Product Photos – Part 1

I was able to snap some photos of MAC’s permanent line of eyeshadows, so here’s part one of them! :) Please keep in mind that these are testers from the MAC counter, not owned by me, so they may be messy, gross, etc. I swatched most of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows a few months ago, so do check that out if you’d like swatches instead!

Beauty Tips: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Once you’ve made the investment in brushes, take care of that investment by regularly washing and cleaning your brushes. Regular maintenance of your brushes will provide you with years of use, but it will also keep your makeup, brushes, and routine more sanitary. It is particularly important to regularly wash face brushes if you are acne-prone — it is best to do so after every use, especially with brushes that have been used in cream or liquids.

You can use any of the following:

  • Brush Cleanser (by MAC or any other brand)
  • MAC Cleanse-Off Oil (to remove stains)
  • Baby Shampoo (by any brand)

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Video Tutorial: How to Apply Blush to Get Glowy Cheeks

Beauty Basics: How to Apply Blush to Get Glowy Cheeks

Struggling with blush application? It’s all about applying it to the apples of your cheeks, then diffusing the color towards you temples. The MAC 116 brush makes this *super* easy!  Tomorrow, I’ll have an easy, everyday highlighting/contouring tutorial up. :)

Products Used

  • MAC Enough Said Blush (Photo)
  • Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (Review)
  • MAC 116 Blush Brush (Review)
  • or MAC 129 Blush Brush (Review)

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