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!