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gloria777
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:53 am      Reply with quote
Hi All,
I purchased some MAC makeup brushes around 6 months ago, due to all the rave about Mac brushes. Why do they shed so much if they are suppose to be so great? After I apply my make-up, I have to spend another ten minutes picking off dark hairs that are stuck on my face. No more Mac brushes for me.
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:43 pm      Reply with quote
So, does anyone know why my Mac brushes shed even after having them for 6 months? Thanks
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:47 pm      Reply with quote
Here is my guess: because MAC has let quality control go down the tubes lately. I bought one of their duo fibre brushes--the famous 187--and it shed like crazy, even after a number of washes. I ended up bringing it back to Nordstrom's where I demonstrated the problem. The SA was horrified and said I'd gotten a bad one, and it was replaced. Guess what? That one was no better. I tried a third one to no avail.

I know that a lot of people love them, so I assume that some of them are less sheddy. But it is at best a crap shoot.

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Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:33 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Flitcraft, Yeah, I am no longer buying any of their brushes! I have the brush you mentioned, plus a few others, and they all shedd. It's so annoying to have to pick off the dark hairs that are on my face, and they itch if you don't see them. I purchased them at the same time. I still have my receipt, but it has been about 6 months. Thanks
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:08 pm      Reply with quote
After washing the brush put a bit of hair conditioner in it and rinse it well. It might help you to make them last a bit longer. It sounds weird but works on my brushes
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:23 pm      Reply with quote
I don't have a MAC brush so I can't comment on it. Being an artist, I do know about brushes. If you wash your brushes, make sure to dry them hanging down and not resting on the handle. Water will loosen the glue that holds the bristles together. Tie a string around the handle and hang it.

Using a conditioner is also very good. Makes the brushes last longer.
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:21 pm      Reply with quote
Kasia, Thanks for the conditioner trick! I will try that on my brushes!
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:24 pm      Reply with quote
Eyebright, Thanks for the infor on drying my brushes! I do rest them on their handle. I will not do that anymore. Do you have any favorite brands of brushes that you use being an artist that you can recommend that do not shedd! Thanks
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Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:57 pm      Reply with quote
I've found that the Sephora pro stippling brush hasn't shed, nor has a Stila eyeshadow brush, or my Alima flattop buffing brush. My Jane Iredale handi brush-which I love otherwise--has taken to shedding recently, after having it for five years!

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Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:05 am      Reply with quote
I have found this to be the case with most natural hair makeup brushes that I have bought - regardless of price.

I am now using Benefit synthetic brushes - and they are fantastic - no shedding at all.

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Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:52 am      Reply with quote
I have some Trucco brand brushes if you can find them- have had them 5+ years and they have never shed.

Trucco is the makeup brand of Sebastian haircare.
Bought a few brushes at a salon that was high end.

Recently I also bought some brushes at a Doolar type store, not makeup brushes but some nylon paint brushes and they look just like the synthetic makeup brushes selling for $20 and more.

I bought a flat brush for some face powders, a tiny 1mm brush for liquid eyeliners (works great,wish i had bought 2..as i am always washing them now).

-those have never shed,are nylon bristles and I wash them in dish soap Smile


and recently got a small fan brush made of nylon (michels crafs should sell these also) and it is great for my darker mineral blushes and feels like a feather on your face.

one of my favorite brushes and was only $2

the nylon brushes I have the brand on them is Masterstroke..not sure what art supply stores have these.

I was going to get the smashbox arces eyeliner brush until I saw it at the store....so disapointed the line it makes is too thick and the brush flattens out weird after a few uses it seems.

Dior brushes might be good, I have a face powder brush from a few years ago-but it might not be a brush you can buy it has a metal handle (was given to me by a dior rep at a store a few years ago....)
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:58 am      Reply with quote
Sorry to double post, but just wondering what do you use to wash your makeup brushes.

I know you can get sprays to clean your brushes,but I just feel that with some of my makeup it really sticks to the bristles and I want them very clean.

I usually use antibacterial soap or dishsoap sometimes.

Also I lay my brushes flat to dry on some paper towels on a clean surface-has not ruined any brushes doing this in quite a few years.

also if in a rush I just use alcohol wipes on my eye liner brush as it always gets so dirty using mineral powder for blush and some "eyeliner sealant" liquid I have.
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:48 am      Reply with quote
Ottawa, I have been using the Mac brush cleaner to clean my brushes that I bought when I purchased my brushes. I just ran out of the cleaner, and I lay my brushes flat with the brush area not touching anything. I just ordered some brush cleaner from Sephora that had a lot of great reviews, so I will try that what I get it. Thanks
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:41 am      Reply with quote
I just use shampoo and rinse well. Also, I dry my brushes with the brush end angling downward--that way water doesn't seep into the ferrule and weaken the glue.

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Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:11 pm      Reply with quote
flitcraft wrote:
I just use shampoo and rinse well. Also, I dry my brushes with the brush end angling downward--that way water doesn't seep into the ferrule and weaken the glue.


I also try and squeeze out the excess water with a paper towel or at least blot my brushes until dry.

I also have a fan in my room so if I have time or am in a rush I can always air dry them like that a bit.

I have not had the glue loosed on my brushes yet...I guess the "experts" would probably say I abuse my makeup brushes Laughing


I actually threw out 2 of my small makeup brushes last week-but these were the mini Kabuki you got with the BE mineral makeup sample.
My brush was ok, but was kind of losing it's shape and becoming a bit too "fluffy" for my taste..and the super short handle annoyed me too much to want to use that.
-those were free brushes though.

I now finally realize I do not like makeup brushes with such short handles and am using my blush brush to apply mineral makeup...I like that better as the bristles are softer too!
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:31 am      Reply with quote
There are many brush cleaners available. Two excellent brands worth mentioning are Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver and "Pink Soap" Artist Brush Cleaner and Conditioner. They both clean and rinse out very well. Moreover, they help condition your makeup brush hair. They are available at any good art supply store.
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Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:12 pm      Reply with quote
I think the big tip with shedding is just the old classic advice - save your natural hair brushes for powder products only and use only synthetic brushes for cream.

I know there has been a trend lately to use 109 for foundation and 224 for concealer. I also like using 224 for concealer sometimes but because both the 109 and the 224 are natural hair brushes, they will shed horribly when you use them with liquid/cream concealers and foundations. It's better to buy synthetic fluffy brushes and use those for those purposes instead.
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Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:25 pm      Reply with quote
I've been using the Rhassoul Cleansing Bar from NCN Skincare to clean my brushes. I keep the bar at the sink and simply wet my brush, swipe it over the bar a few times, rinse and dry. The cleansing bar is so effective I don't even have to repeat the cycle. I clean my "skunk" brush everyday and my other brushes usually once or twice a week.

Hope that helps!
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Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:03 pm      Reply with quote
I have Chantecaille brushes & I find they shed also. Confused

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Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:06 pm      Reply with quote
In my experience, the only brushes that don't shed are the synthetic ones. I use Benefit brushes - and they're fantastic.

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Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:24 am      Reply with quote
For synthetic brushes I like the Masterstroke paint brushes.

I bought mine at a "dollar" type store (paid $2 or $3 per brush) and they never shed.

I also went to sephora and they have synthetic brushes with the same yellow bristles and they were no better.

I have the Masterstroke fan brush for some blushes that are too dark, but the fan brush is not that good for face powder it it a bit too thin for my liking.
-it would be great for bronzer though.

Also have one of their brushes with a square brush head and it would be good for liquid makeup.
I have had these brushes 1+ years and wash w dish soap usually and they have never shed.

Michels crafts or an art shop should carry these.
or else Walmart has a craft section- so try these.

I have not tried Mac Brushes and was tempted to buy a holiday travel set, but the quality only looked ok.
Also I am looking for a fan brush or face powder brush only....have not seen anything that I really want though.
-well maybe the Smashbox one?

I also bought the Too Faced Flatbuki mini brush from EDS- I really like it and it has not shed. Also does not make my face itchy like my Quo fan brush I used to have.
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