MAC • #116 Blush Brush • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||77%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I've suffered major blush woes in my life, mainly because I've never found a brush that applies it exactly where I want and gives me complete control to use. Sigma, Real Techniques and Bdellium tools, I've used brushes from these brands but I never was completely satisfied with the outcome. But, all that has now changed since I bought the 116! The most recent brush to my collection, I utterly love it. I was so torn between the 129 and 116, but I'm so glad I went for the latter. It's small head applies the blush EXACTLY where I want it to be applied, and distributes colour on my cheeks evenly, no matter what the blush formula is, loose, sheertone, shimmer etc. I just turn it on it's side and then apply my blush upwards towards my hairline. I think it works so well because the hairs are natural, not synthetic. Very soft too. No more blush issues for me!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I've been investing in MAC brushes, and I've been happy with every single one of them. I use the 116 for blush, and it works great. I haven't tried other high-end brush lines, but all my MAC brushes appear to be excellent quality. The hairs rarely shed. My only complaint is the brush #'s wear off the handle, which can be annoying. I like to know exactly what I'm using, especially if I need to replace or buy backup brushes. For that I will take off 1 point, but I still would repurchase/recommend the 116 blush brush, as well as MAC brushes in general.
I've also read from the blog of makeup artist Stephen Moleski (whose work is so beautiful) that he uses MAC brushes and that they are free-range.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This brush is great for contouring and applying blush. The hairs are very soft. My only problem is it sheds...not as bad as the 129, but still, when I spend $34 on a brush, I don't expect it to start shedding the first couple of times I use it. I can deal with it for now but eventually I am going to look for a replacement for it...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
a very nice brush for highlighting, contouring and blush. i think i was confused at first because i have the sigma f10 and thought yeah these are gunna be both dupes, meaning actually the same brushes. but i was wrong, the mac 116 is much taller then the f10 and its hairs not flared out, 116 is more tappered,the handle has more shine and more quailty. 116 is way better overall id have to say, it feels fuller and i also think mac brushes are worth it. i wanted the 165 tappered brush from mac,rather then 116 but sadly thats discountinued and the sigma version of 165 is not very good, not pointy at all like 165, the sigma version people are saying is the f35 brush.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This brush is way too scratchy. It doesn't distribute the pigments well. There are a brushes that are cheaper and work so much better.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This brush is small enough to be precise, but fluffy enough that it doesn't leave a stripe of colour. It picks up the perfect amount of powder blush, and it blends the colour on beautifully. Very soft bristles. Would repurchase (though I doubt I would ever need to since I take very good care of all my brushes).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy Eyes: Brown
mac must not like me shopping there. i bought this for $34.00 plus tax and I was so excited. However when I used it, I noticed 3 hairs were left on my cheek. I was being gentle. I even pre-washed it with brush cleanser and used baby soap to clean it. It still sheds and not as soft as I thought it would be. ugh.. once again I had high expectations from this brand and was let down.
the size is perfect for applying it on the apples of my cheek and using it to apply highlighter as well, but the hairs are semi-soft, can be scratchy at times, sheds excessively, and expensive
luckily my 109 is soft (138 is even softer and high quality) and so far hasnt suffered from balding syndrome
I returned it because im scared if i continued to use this for the next year, it'd be bald and im left with a thick chopstick.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is my first MAC brush and I love it!
It's soft and it doesn't shed one bit!!
I use this brush for applying blush and highlighter (it's tapered so i can apply highlighter on my nose bridge with the tapered side :) )
The handle is just right.
I'm hoping this brush will last a long time, cz it's quite and invesment :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love to use this brush for highlighting and contouring. This brush doesn't shed and applies product evenly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I remember a time when MAC brushes were the highly coveted brushes. I waited forever to get this, thinking that my drugstore brushes, sigma, ecotools, posh, gosh etc would replace this blush brush, but I caved one day recently and bought it. It was $41 CAD, brought it home and noticed how pokey on my face it was, definitely not as soft as I imagined. This one went right back. I gotta say my Sigma dupe is softer and nicer, that is my honest opinion.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This was my first brush ever. I've used it for powder, blush, contouring... It works great! It hasn't shedded almost at all, although I've been using it every day for 9 years, and washed it many many times. Great brush.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Maybe I'm lazy but if this brush is in my reach I will use it for everything to keep from grabbing multiple brushes. I use it to highlight, bronze and blush. It's a great size and very versatile. I reach for it ALL the time. Not scratchy feeling at all.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Great blush brush. Has earned HG status alongside my Nars Yachiyo as the perfect blush brush(es). The 116 has a soft touch and a small head, ideal for depositing blush. I prefer a small brush to control blush, rather than big brushes (talking to you MAC 129), which blobs the color on since I am not exactly the world's greatest makeup artist ;-) The small head allows me to place color exactly where I want it and blend out using the nice, soft not-too-long-or-short bristles. Love it and very happy I picked it up on a whim after a MAC Pro MUA used it on me to sweep some blusher on. Also works for contouring due to the slightly thin shape. Love!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Black
don't really like this brush...i needed a new blush brush because my old anna sui powder brush (purchased at narita airport for 2600 yen) was getting kind of gross. i read some good things about this brush and decided to try it out for myself. let me just say that i will be returning the 116 and getting the 187 instead (that is, if they let me return it. the SA's at mac counters at macy's are not the friendliest). the 116 is just too small and is DEFINITELY not good for applying nars desire blush as it is too dense. it also sucks for applying bronzer but i guess i can't really be mad about that since it's a blush brush but whatever i still don't like it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
After umming for a while i finally bought the 116 and im so glad i did. Im such a product junkie and own over 100 brushes.
Before this i was using a cheap drugstore brand and also have the laura mercier one which is nice as its quite flat but is also quite wide so you have to careful where you place it.
The 116 is a great size is terms of the head and it is soft although i havent washed it yet so i dont know if it will go scratchy. It was either this one or bobni brown but there was a huge price difference. Im glad i got this one.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Green
My HG blush brush that I have used for years & years :-) I personally find the bristles to be nice & soft, making application perfect & smooth. The brush is a decent size which i find fantastic for blushing my cheeks.
Also these brushes last forever so totally worth the money. Fabulous product!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiing how work with creme blush!!! i'm in love!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight Eyes: Hazel
Ive had this brush for about 6 years and could have sworn Id reviewed it already but nope I didnt.
I got it as part of a huge makeup lot from a former makeup artists kit. I didnt think Id use it and put it aside for a long time but when I started using it I was like what was I waiting for lol! Its the best blush brush for colors that are not too pigmented because it picks up alot of powder. I use it almost daily for my favorite coralista blush. It applies blush nicely and naturally just where you want it. I dont use it for really dark/bright/highly pigmented blush colors because it would deposit too much color and Id look like a clown. For those kinds of blushes I use the 187. Id recommend this brush to all and Id repurchase it if needed. However since its well made and has held up for so long and still looks perfect, I cant imagine Id need to replace it for many more years!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
When I first bought this online I wasn't hesitant in the least bit! Then I saw it wasn't fluffy like I was expecting! I freaked, but then the brush came in the mail. I LOVE IT! Since it's not super fluffy I get the right application with my blushcreme! I love it for creme or powder blushes!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I've been eying this brush for quite some time and after thorough research, I finally decided to make the investment...and I'm so glad I did!!! The people who claim that this brush is "scratchy" must be using a very rough hand, because I haven't experienced that problem at all. It may not be the softest brush in the world, but if you take care of the bristles (i.e. wash once a week), you shouldn't experience any scratchiness. What I love most about this brush is its size and density - both are just right for applying blush to the apples of the cheeks without spreading the product too far. Previously, I was using my HG Ecotools blush brush (which I still adore), but the brush head was a little too large for precise application. The MAC 116 is perfect. The price sucks but I'm hoping that it will last me many years. If not, I will be sure to update!