Makeup Wars ~ My Favorite Makeup Brush ~ MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush

If you’re a follower of this blog I’m sure you’re excited to see what luxury or niche fancy pants brush I pull out of my stash for this post. Well sorry to disappoint but there are no exquisite Japanese brushes in my brush collection (I wish there were!) or anything else terribly interesting. I actually really struggled with what to post for my favourite brush because I don’t actually have a true favourite. Nothing that stands out at least. I do however have several tried and true brushes in my collection that I would never want to be without and one of them is the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush. 
MAC describes this as a large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.
I love this brush because it allows me to wear ANY blush I want on my fair skin. You can apply the lightest dusting of powder and blend it seamlessly into your skin for a natural flush. It allows me to wear such pigmented beauties as Chanel Rouge and Plum Attraction Joues Contraste Blushes. There are never any harsh lines and application is always even and smoothly blended. The brush makes it easy all though a light hand is of course required with strongly pigmented blushes. I find myself reaching for the MAC 187 even for standard blushes because it performs just as well with these and makes blending and applications effortless.
I have had this brush for several years now and it still is looks and performs as new. I have tried dupes of the MAC 187 from brands such as KIM and bdellium but they never feel as nice or perform as well. The MAC 187 just seems to have the perfect amount of give and softness to do the job right. I also can’t recall it ever shedding a hair. I will always have this brush in my arsenal. 
I know there are many people that love this brush for stippling on foundation. I tried it a couple times in the beginning but found it a little too floppy for that purpose for my preference. I have other brushes like the Sephora Professional Platinum Airbrush #55 or the bdellium Precision Kabuki Brush 957 that I prefer for foundation.
The MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush is available at and Nordstrom. It retails for $50.50 CAD and $42 US.

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Can’t Live Without: MAC Painterly Paint Pot – Swatches and Review

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly has become part of my everyday routine. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. I don’t have oily lids so this cream shadow is all I need as an eye shadow primer. It lasts all day without creasing and makes my eye shadows last ALL day. Sometimes I do apply another eye shadow primer underneath Painterly but I think I’m just doing this out of habit as opposed to out of any necessity. Whether I do or not the results seem to be the same.
If you’re a follower of this blog you will know that I tend to stick to high qualtiy eye shadows that have outstanding lasting power on their own but MAC’s paint pots guarantee my look will last all day without any creasing or fading. Can I get those results from other primers? Well, ya, probably. BUT what makes my Painterly Paint Pot an item I can’t live without is that it makes all my eye shadows look BETTER. It conceals any veins or redness or unevenness on my eyelids (which most primers don’t do) and makes the colours I apply more vibrant and have more impact. I’m not one to ever go for a sheer wash of colour on my lids. I crave pigment and intensity whether it be a look full of adventurous shades or simple neutrals.  This product feeds that need.

Painterly is the perfect shade for my fair cool skin. It is a slightly pink nude beige. It is a cream finish meaning it contains no shimmer.

Given my adoration of my Painterly Paint Pot you would think I had a slew of MAC Paint Pots in my collection but oddly enough I only have one other shade. I ordered Blackground at the same time I ordered Painterly to use under smoky looks but I’ve barely used it. Painterly seems to do the trick just fine. ;-) I really should get some more shades to play with. Given I can’t imagine using cream shadows without layering powder shadows on top I just haven’t ventured there yet.
MAC Paint Pots retail for $21 Canadian and $17.50 US.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil – My Holy Grail Makeup Remover

I thought it was about time I started sharing some of my holy grail and everyday staple products with you. It suddenly seemed ridiculous that I could review and feature new products all the time without ever visiting the products I couldn’t live without. First up is MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I have tried numerous other makeup removers and I always end up coming back to MAC’s. Actually I usually end up crawling back to MAC Cleanse Off Oil begging forgiveness and promising to never leave her again!

From the MAC Cosmetics website:

An industry-strength oil-based makeup remover that’s gentle on the skin. Botanically formulated with oils of olive fruit, evening primrose and jojoba seed and absolutely 100 percent mineral-oil free. Massages onto the skin to loosen all makeup, including waterproof mascara. Emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid with water: rinses off easily, no tissues required – and no residue! Protects with vitamin E. Skin softening and conditioning. Good for all skin types.

The trouble that I usually end up having with makeup removers is that no matter how thorough I think I’ve been I still end up with some residual smudges of mascara/liner under my eyes. Even if I think there is none remaining after washing my face sometimes when I wake up the next morning there it is. This problem became especially prevalent after tight lining my upper lash line became part of my daily routine. Tight lining involves lining right at the base of your lashes underneath your upper lash line. You can see how this would make makeup removal even trickier. 
Another issue I frequently experience with makeup removers is eye irritation after use. Whether it be fogginess, redness, itching/irritation or watering most removers cause me some form of grief.
So this is where MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil becomes holy grail for me. I don’t experience any of these issues with the Cleanse Off Oil. Even more impressive is that it does it’s job not only effectively, but effortlessly as well.
  • Removes every single trace of eye makeup, every single time.
  • Doesn’t irritate my eyes.
  • I don’t have to use a cotton pad with it. I just pump into my hand and massage my eyes with my fingers and then move on to the rest of my face.
  • It emulsifies when water is added and rinses clean with no greasy feel. I always follow with another cleanser since I focus the Cleanse Off Oil mainly on my eyes but I don’t even think this is a necessary step.

  • None I can think of other than it is on the expensive side but I’m also saving money not having to purchase cotton pads to use with it every night. The price is worth it for me because it delivers every time and the bottle lasts forever.

Another great thing is there is now a travel sized version available so you can try it out at a lessor cost. 30ml/1oz is $12 CDN or $10 US. The full size version (150ml/5oz) is $31.50 CDN or $26 US.

 Bottomline: Can’t live without it.