MAC stroke of midnight brush kit – essentials

First of all, I just wanna say that I have been missing blogging like crazy. There has been so much I want to share, and haven’t got the time to document everything down! I’m still crazy busy, so I’ll do my best to post as often as possible.

This was a birthday gift. Yayy… was so happy when I got this:

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So this is the new special edition brush set from MAC, called Stroke of Midnight. This kit is the Essentials kit. It comes with a really cute brush pouch which is quite useful as it is long enough to store normal-length brushes as well. For as you can see, these bristles are shorter than the normal-sized ones. The names on them all have “SE” after the numbers, which I suppose stands for Special Edition. I will go through them one by one and compare them with similar brushes.

The biggest brush in this kit is the 168SE. According to MAC, this is called the Large Angled Contour brush, but I really don’t think it’s very big. To compare, I have the F40 (also called Large Angled Contour) from Sigma. Quality-wise, I’m actually not too impressed. I don’t think the cut is very clean, and it has been shredding a little. I used this to apply blush, and worked fine, but picked up a lot of product.

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The next one is the 193SE – Angled foundation brush. I have it compared with Real Techniques pointed foundation brush. Again, for a foundation brush, this is kind of small for my taste. The hair is super soft though. It does the job fine, and can absolutely also be used as a concealer brush.

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This one is the one I had the highest expectation to as it has been on my wish list for ages! It’s the 217(SE) blending brush!!! I have it compared with the Sigma E25 Blending brush which I love! Looking at the cut, the MAC is more finely cut which makes it less fluffy. I had sky high expectation to this one, but must say that I have to let Sigma win. Sigma feels slightly rougher on the skin, but doesn’t pick up as much product and does the blending better.

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And then we have the (also famous) 239(SE) Eye Shader Brush. The brush compared is Sigma E55 Eye Shading brush. The 239 is slightly thinner, and does the job as an eyeshadow brush. It just picks up quite a lot of product.

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Last, we have 212SE Flat Definer Brush vs. Sigma E15 Flat Definer brush. I actually just tried the two brushes. I call this kind of brush pushed liner brush. So basically, they are really good if you want to use an eyeshadow to tight line. They both do a wonderful job. Because the MAC has a more pointed tip, it makes the application easier and more precise. The Sigma is a little more “clumsy”. I created a beautiful wing with them both (but more so with the MAC) using a black eyeshadow.

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To sum up, I’m actually a little sceptic about this special edition set. It seems like the standard is not really on par with their regular brushes. Because I’ve already got the regular 239, and I compared the two. I’m not sure how much you can catch out of the picture below, but there is a slight difference. The special edition picks up more product, and doesn’t do the job as well as the regular one. I love my 239, and the special edition is not just up there. Weird right? I think it’s the hair they have used to make these brushes. They definitely pick up quite a lot of product.

???????????????????????????????  Special Edition on the left, and regular on the right.

Do you have one of the kits? What’s your experience with them?

Maria xoxo



  1. Actually MAC’s SE brushes are machine-made and the regular ones are man-made. Also I think all the SE ones have synthetic bristles. That’s why you find that the 239 SE is not like the regular one.
    I got a Holiday set of brushes from MAC few years ago and personally I don’t think they worth it.

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