The Bottom Line: MAC makes some of the best brushes I have ever used-for a professional finish. This brush is great for cream face products.
I shudder to think of how I got angry when my dear sweet husband wanted to spend $45 on a paint brush. I mean after all, he is a painter of high end homes, surely he could have a nice piece of equipment.
I remember with a cringe all of the nights that he spent trying to convince me that it was urgent to have GOOD brushes because they made all of the difference.
We just did not have a lot of money and I could not see him spending our grocery money on a stupid brush that someone might steal or abuse if they took it from him.
I am ashamed.
A GOOD BRUSH MAKES ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE
Time went on an my dear husband got another job, this time with a different employer who provided all of the brushes. Thankful that he did not have to try to convince me about brushes anymore, he gave up the discussion.
Then I became a makeup artist.
And well, you know, a good brush makes all of the difference. (hiding behind a tree)
When I first started doing makeup, I used what supplies I could- drugstore, freebies, whatever I could get my hands on. However, I began to realize that my work did not look like the work of some of the professionals that I saw once in a while.
I began to question why....
Then I heard a familiar tune---" A GOOD BRUSH MAKES ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE."
I began hearing about MAC brushes, but unfortunately we do not have a MAC counter or store anywhere near us so I never got to see them for myself.
Then we went on vacation near a MAC counter, so I got to take a look at a few of their brushes. Completely in faith, I purchased three brushes without tryihg them because we were in a hurry. I had some credit to the store (which happened to be a chain near us) so I got to use it for a few brushes.
One of these brushes was the #192 MAC Cheek/Face brush.
WHAT IS THIS BRUSH LIKE?
The 192 brush from MAC is a synthetic brush with black bristles- which many people will find a relief because they can not see the stains.
It was designed to apply cream and emollient face products, including cheekhue and foundation. I had cheekhues at the time and wanted this brush to apply them.
the brush is about 7 inches long with a 1.5 inch ferrule. The bristles are about 7/8 in long at the center, but they taper down in what artist's refer to as a filber shape. (think bottom end of a hazelnut in the shell and you have the idea).
The handle is black wood and easy to grip and use. It is the same width cylindrically- does not taper.
HOW TO USE THIS BRUSH
The way that I like to use this brush is to use it like a shoe polishing effect. Back and forth rapidly to apply product more like airbrushing.
It is tricky to do and takes practice, but it looks nice if you do it right.
I don't like this brush for foundation as much becuase I feel that the surface is too small. However, with someone who has a small face, I will use it.
I also only wash this brush in castille soap- I will not use any soap product with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or derivatives because it is far too severe of a degreaser and will eat away at the glue faster.
This brush retails for $32 at MAC. You can find more information about this brush at