MAC 167SH Brush, Review

13 Aug

Makeup trends come and go, but a good brush always has a place in your collection.

I picked up this little guy (no seriously, it’s little) on a whim.  I knew I didn’t need another powder brush, but the limited edition siren was going off in my head.  I didn’t want to miss out on something that could potentially be wonderful!  So, did they little guy disappoint?

Website description:  Specially designed for the lightweight application/ blending of face powders, highlighters and bronzers this short-handled brush of white goat hair is dome shaped, luxuriously full and fluffy, to create a flawless look.

This is a limited edition brush, released with the “Hey Sailor” collection in May 2012.

My thoughts:

Packaging:  The handle measures 3.5in and the brush head 1.5in.  The handle circumference is 2in, a little chubbier than most MAC brushes.  The “SH” stands for “short handle.”  Since it is smaller than most brushes, it tends to get smashed when it’s in my makeup kit.  However, the short handle makes it convenient if you wanted to carry it around for touch-ups.

Brush head:  The goat hair fibres are very soft and densely packed.  It sort of reminds me of a kabuki but much softer and slightly smaller.

Application:  The goat hair picks up a lot of product and dispenses it softly onto the skin.  It’s great for really soft powders (like the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish), it almost “dusts” it onto the skin.  It also works for applying blush, it fits perfectly onto the apple of the cheek and gives a nice flush of color.   It’s fibres are too soft for liquid foundation application, it comes out streaky.

Who would like this:  Someone looking for a multipurpose brush for powders.

Who wouldn’t like this:  Someone looking for something dense and stiff for liquid products and who dislikes short-handled brushes.


I’ve had this for a couple of months and it’s become my favorite blush brush.  It’s great for when you’re in a hurry (which is most days for me) because you can just quickly brush it on and not worry about looking like a clown.  It is the best brush to use with MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish (pressed finishing powder), it’s like the were MFEO.

Glitter rating:  4.5 / 5

The MAC 167SH is $34.00 and can be purchased at any MAC store or counter (keep in mind that it’s limited edition).  It is available here online.

Have you guys tried the 167SH?  What’s your favorite powder brush?


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