Back in the Stone Age, makeup brushes were primitively seen as short feathers attached to bones. Since then, makeup brush designs have evolved to resemble artists' paintbrushes. But MAC's "new" set of Masterclass brushes draws inspiration, unusually, from the prehistoric original.
Three new brushes, MAC's Oval 3, Linear 1, and Oval 6, resemble elegant, long-handled toothbrushes — or the dishwashing brushes you would use to caulk hardened cheese off a dish you made two nights ago. Which is exactly why MAC Master Artist Keri Blair cautions against instinct when deciding how to use the brush. "It's really more of a buffing motion," she explained of the suggested application technique. "Do not use this like you would a Sonicare toothbrush." Other suggested motions: "swiping and gliding," moving the brush up and down in a swishing motion, and stamping (for eyeliner).
Like toothbrushes, the Masterclass brushes share similarities in intended grip and bristle size. Designed to be used parallel to the face instead of aimed directly at it, the brush gives the user the ability to do her own makeup without obstructing her point of view (regardless of whether she is left- or right-handed). Constructed out of short cosmo-fiber (a high-end, velvety-soft synthetic hair), the brushes' hairs are extruded, instead of cut, with a taper on every single bristle. If you move the pad of your finger over the Masterclass brushes, you'll notice that they make a slight wave motion, with longer bristles concentrated in the middle, to ergonomically fit in the peaks and valleys of facial architecture.
When put to the test, I found Linear 1 and Oval 6 to be my favorites. The Oval 6's large brush pad is great for buffing and blending foundation. Using a range of motions, it gave a soft-finish effect that didn't look dense or heavy or obviously painted-on. If you apply full-coverage foundation on your face, this is a good option for when you want a more precisely blended look than using your hands. I liked using the Linear 1 vertically for brushing through my eyebrows and smoothing out eyeshadow application. For me, the Oval 3 pad was a tad too large to apply eye-shadow, but may be suitable for those with more distance between their eyes and brows.
Most Viewed Stories
It’s Harder to Be Thin Than It Was in the ’80s
Why Do I Jerk Awake Right As I’m Falling Asleep?
Guess Who Renovated This Grand Upper West Side Penthouse
Michelle Obama: No Boy Is Cute Enough to Keep You From Getting an Education
Selfie Sorority Uses Media Frenzy for Good Cause
A Pregnant Supermodel Explains What She Eats
The Internet of Parents Is Miserable and I Love It
‘Truly Ugly Guy With Glasses’ Is Europe’s Most Virile Man
The World’s Easiest Way to Highlight Your Face
Meet the Prom Queen of Instagram
From Our Partners
5 Must-Have Products for Your Makeup Bag
Who What Wear
The Zara Outfit Every Girl In New York City Is Wearing
15 Signs You're With A Good Man
The Day I Told The Ugly Truth About My Marriage
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesEven Barbie Wants Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist
Life in plastic, it's fantastic.This Is How You Should Smell for Fall
Hint: not like a pumpkin.A Lesson in Beauty Grammar at Dior
What "past future perfect" means in terms of hair and makeup.Why Does My Heart Feel Like It’s Exploding?
A girl's guide to chest pain.The World’s Easiest Way to Highlight Your Face
How to strobe like a pro.A Pregnant Supermodel Explains What She Eats
"Don't be afraid of the fat."It’s Harder to Be Thin Than It Was in the ’80s
Hate you, boomers.Inside a Beauty Editor’s Insane Skin-Care Routine
A minimum of 12 products.Pat McGrath Wants You Dipped in Gold
The legendary makeup artist launches an exclusive product.Let’s All Get High on Cold-Pressed Juice!
Juice Crawls just killed nightlife.
"A modern-day romantic comedy."3 Fall Polishes to Express Your Inner Angst
For the #FallGoth inside you.Margiela Did Crazy Beauty, Again
Glam rock meets geisha meets nestlike hair.Dump Someone If You Hate Their Smell
And other revelations from the Hermès perfumers.All You’re Going to Want for Christmas Is Mariah’s M.A.C Collaboration
A Dreamlover of a beauty collection.Do I Make This Quesadilla Look Fat?
A new study suggests that weight bias affects how we perceive food info online.Want Soft Hands? The Olsen Twins Can Help.
Their latest beauty launch is surprisingly effective.The Angelina Jolie of China on Fame and Power
A rare interview with activist actress Yao Chen.Mindy Kaling’s Book Is Full of Beauty Wisdom
Six of our favorite insights.How to Look Amazing in Under 10 Minutes
A makeup artist's everyday skin routine.