MAC Brushes 134, 168, 252, and 224

I’ve been using my Coastal Scents brush set for ages now, but I finally decided it was time to start investing in some good quality and efficient tools of the trade.

After asking for some brush recommendations from Holly (Beatideas) on Twitter, I ended up purchasing the 134, 168, 252, and 224, and I love them all!  They were great recommendations, and have made my makeup application in the morning quicker and more natural. You can see Holly’s very informative ‘Brushes Video’ here and follow her on Twitter here.

MAC 134

I love how quickly this brush spreads loose powder around my face in the morning! I don’t have to go back and blend out little clumps of powder – this brush handles the lot.   It is quite a flat, large paddle brush, which also blends powder well around my nose when I flip it horizontally.  I don’t use powder under my eyes, but I imagine you’d need to reach for something smaller if you were trying to get right into small areas.

I find this also spreads bronzer quickly and effectively.  You don’t have to worry about blending out any lines left behind – this is foolproof, and is very, very soft.  In a pinch you could use this for contouring, highlighting, and blush, but it’s not the best multitasker.  Loose powder and bronzer are its strengths. Availble from for USD $48.99 plus $4.95 shipping.

MAC 168

This brush has quite dense bristles and is obviously designed for contouring, but I don’t use it for that purpose (in fact, I don’t contour at all, as it looks very painted on my fair skin).  I use this brush for applying highlighter to my face, and it works beautifully.

I also use it for applying blush, as it saves me reaching for another brush, and it works really well for that purpose too. Although the bristles are dense, they are also incredibly soft. Availble from for USD $29.99 plus $4.95 shipping.

MAC 252

Enter the ‘packing on colour’ brush.  I had been using my Essence of Beauty Smokey Wide for this purpose, but I find that this brush works much more quickly and presses colour onto the lid right down to the lash line.  Lately I’ve been using it to apply highlighter under the browbone, and once again, it’s much more effective that my Smokey Wide brush. Availble from for USD $26.99 plus $4.95 shipping.

MAC 224

This is the brush that makes a mess look like a smokey eye.  It can blend anything.  It’s taken me a few attempts to get the right technique for this brush, but now I’m not sure how I coped without it.  It makes applying and blending out shadow much, much easier.  If you have small eyes, you may want to consider purchasing the 217 blender brush instead, as it’s a little smaller than this one. Availble from for USD $26.49 plus $4.95 shipping.

These brushes have a habit of selling out very quickly, so for any you can’t find try RockThe

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2 Responses to MAC Brushes 134, 168, 252, and 224

  1. Kimberley says:

    oh man, you and Holly are ENABLERS! Even the 217 is slightly big for me.. and I still want the 239. WANT. SO. BAD! I like the look of that 134 too..

  2. Dempeaux says:

    If the 217 is too big, you might want to get an even smaller one like the Crease Brush Duo from Essence of Beauty, then blend out with a 217 or 224. The 134 is fantastic! I really love that brush. It makes my mornings so much quicker! If you buy any brushes, let me know what you think of them 🙂 I’d love to know!

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