October 18, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale A Lady & Her Tricks Buff & Line Brush Collection Review, Photos

When it comes to MAC Brush Sets, the choice of purchasing one, is a personal decision. Some MAC fans think the brushes aren’t as fabulous as the full size ones, where as others feel like they are just as good.

I personally fall in the middle. I don’t think they are nearly as great as a full size brush purchase from MAC however I find the size very convenient and easy to use plus feel they travel a heck of alot easier than any full size brush I own.

Let’s explore one of the MAC A Tartan Tale Brush Sets today.

The set I have here today is the MAC A Lady & Her Tricks Buff & line Brush Collection. It basically contains essentials for basic face and eye application. The set costs $49.50 and includes five mini MAC brushes plus a generous plaid pouch with strap so it can be worn over the shoulder or as a makeup bag when the strap is detached.

First off, I must admit, I probably wouldn’t sport this as a purse as it’s a tad corny to do so but of course this really is dependent on your own personal style and taste. It is a generous size so you can store a good deal of makeup inside for traveling.

Brushes inside include the 187 (aka Skunk or Stripling Brush), 252, 219, 168, and 209. The brushes are all excellent and have no shedding with soft bristles although in some cases I find the brushes aren’t as soft as a normal size but regardless they are not scratchy or too dense.

I find the 219 and 209 fit my hand very comfortable and I embrace this size for application even better than the full size. The mini size gives me more of a grip on the brush allowing for precise application. I like using the 219 to apply product into my crease or my outer v and proceeding to blend out with another brush. 252 I also prefer the small size and feel like I have more control over the brush because of its size.

168 and 187 suffer no problems either both perform just as well as their large sizes. The only difference I do notice with the 187 is the brush hairs tend to split a bit more after washings and use. I have several of the mini size and feel like my larger stands up to what I throw at it a bit better. However, 168 shows no such wear and in some cases I prefer its smaller size to the larger I already own.

Broken down the brushes cost around $10 each plus the bag is just a nice extra thrown in the mix. MAC Brushes normally range more than 50% more of that price and upwards so I personally think the sets are a great deal particularly if you’re looking to extend your collection of brushes or you have very little brushes to speak of.

Purchasing one is a personal choice as I said above but I’m a middle man and find that I enjoy the brushes and appreciate them but also can see some of their flaws in the long run.

Would I recommend a purchase?

Yes, simply because I feel it’s a great deal and offers alot of options with a little price tag. Newer fans to MAC will be able to get a great deal of product that won’t set them back 100’s of dollars.

Great deal in my opinion.

Will you indulge in the brush sets?

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  • Nia

    I will probably not get one of the sets, mostly because the gold ferrules to be honest.
    In general I am with you, yes, they are not as great as the bigger brushes, but they are decent, especially the eye brushes. They travel a lot easier than the bigger brushes and that’s what they are for, right?

    Hope you had a great weekend.

    • the Muse

      I don’t love the gold ferrules either Nia 😛 it was FAB thanks and yours?

      • Nia

        Too short and cold and rainy. Ideal for reading a book nice and cosy 😉

        Btw, have you seen the now show of David Tennant?

        • the Muse

          Ours was nice thankfully no rain but a bit chilly ;-D The mini series you mean where he plays a widow dad?

  • Kristen

    This is the set I pre ordered, and cant wait to get them. Ive always wanted to try that 187 brush, and finally get to. If it’s as great as everyone says I’ll buy the full size one day

  • Stacie

    I am asking for this set for Christmas plus a few other Mac A Tartan Tales items. I don’t own any Mac brushes and this set seems to include the basics that I would use everyday.

  • Courtney

    Do you know what type of hair MAC uses in their brushes (goat, sable, etc)? I was just curious. Thanks!

    • the Muse

      from what I understand Courtney a mix of om natural or synthetic fibers and some goat hair.

  • Cj

    I actually don’t use Mac brushes, I like Stigma’s, they have the same if not better quality and a lot cheaper 🙂 But the bag is kinda cute lol

  • Sass

    I’m buying all three because I love the gold ferrules. Glad I haven’t bought any previous ones. I hope MAC doesn’t come out with all black ferrules or I’ll be so upset…that would be really cool.

  • kali

    I was wondereing.. how long is the strap? I like the bag from the other set (red/green) and would wear it as a bag! Would it be too strap to wear as a cross body?

  • Eileen

    This is a great looking set of portable brushes …. am giving this one a serious think, Funny thing, while the bag would be very cool as a makeup bag … to me plaid/tartan purses are just dorky. To each his own however ….

  • Andrea

    Thanks so much for the great review, Muse! This will be going on my holiday wish list for sure.

  • HautePJ

    Thanks for the preview! I got a brush set during Nordie’s anniversary sale (I think) and they are somewhat useful. The 187SE definitely feels different than the full size. Almost like it has more synthetic hairs and it’s more prone to mis-shapen hairs. I really like the 168SE and I can’t remember the other brushes in the set.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure pj! It’s def a hit and miss but overall I think they are a great deal ;D

  • Christine

    Thanks muse, I’m def getting this set. I only own 3 brushes total right now and this looks like it has all the basics! Plus I like to call my make up bag my bag of tricks, funny that Mac called this set something similar, haha.

    • the Muse

      LOL Christine ;-D that’s me totally need a bag of tricks ;-D to get this face in order!

  • Gia

    I feel like i’m the only one that loves the bags! They are just adorable! It’s not my normal style at all but i’m soo attracted to them!

    I have no normal sized MAC brushes. All mine are mini ones I got in a set. I can’t pay full price for them I think they are crazely overpriced when I can find other brushes for way cheaper. Anyways I think the minis work pretty great. I haven’t experienced shedding and it picks up product great so i’m happy! 🙂

    • the Muse

      no not at all gia ;-D I think they are def cute but not sure I’d tote them around ;-D I’m glad to hear it! I love the minis as well!

    • dkc

      gia…..i feel same too. ive always loved plaid and these are plaids with a kick of attitude! i just want to buy this just for the bag (brush).
      i’d wear them for everyday. lol 😀

      thanks for the pics, muse.

  • layla

    I would love to get t his. am waiting for it to hit the stores over here (we’re always a few months behind the US stores) and. at 50 dollars, i think its a pretty good deal! lets you try out the top mac brushes for a fraction of the price and its the same price as the sigma travel kit.