Monday, November 18, 2013

MAC Holiday 2013 Brush Set: Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Mineralize Review



MAC Holiday 2013



MAC Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Mineralize

MAC Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Mineralize




MAC 287SE Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush



MAC 159SE Duo Fibre Blush Brush





MAC 187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush



MAC 286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush


MAC 286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush


I already posted my Video Review on the MAC Holiday 2013: Nocturnals and Stroke of Midnight Sets Swatches, Review on this blog and on my YouTube channel, but this is my first time to write a review on the kits, particularly this brush set.  

This kit is called the MAC Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Mineralize, and it has four travel-size brushes:

287SE Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush
286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
159SE Duo Fibre Blush Brush
187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush

What are duo-fibre brushes for?  Duo fibre brushes are mainly used if you want to deposit just a soft whisper of color on the skin.  These are not meant for really packing on color, or for a really pigmented application.  They are great to apply color for that ethereal or "lit-from-within" look, because the duo-fibre brushes apply color delicately on the skin.

This is similar to some of the duo fibre sets from the past years, but I believe this is the first time that MAC came up with a duo fibre blush brush (159SE) in the brush kits.  The past years had the 130SE, which is like the stippling duo fibre brush with a smaller head.  I loved the 130SE, just because the head is small and cute, and compact enough to use as a highlighter brush, but big enough to use as a foundation brush.  However, I kinda get why MAC opted to include a blush brush, as the 187SE can also double as a highlighter and face brush, which makes inclusion of the 130SE a bit redundant.

This is a nice travel set, and I like to bring it with me for weekend getaways and short trips.  I would not use these brushes as my main brushes, however, as I feel that MAC's full-size brushes are way better in quality than these, just because I believe these are machine-cut, while MAC's full-size brushes are hand-made.  These travel-sized brushes are good though if you are thinking of gifting these to a makeup newbie, or someone who needs a travel-size brush set.  

The bristles are really soft and feel nice on the skin.  I have yet to see these shed.  I especially like the MAC 286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush, as well as the newly-included 159SE Duo Fibre Blush Brush.  

All in all, this is a good, solid set of traveling brushes.  As I said, I wouldn't use them for everyday - I still prefer my long-handled MAC brushes.  However, these do a good job on trips or getaways - they apply makeup decently, and apply a delicate wash of color on the skin for that lit-from-within glow.

Which of these brushes are your favorite?

(Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration.  All opinions are mine.)

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