MAC Room for the Cute Bag That Comes with the MAC Shape & Perfect Brushes

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Beep! Beep! The case that comes with the MAC 5 Shape & Perfect Brushes kit is in one way like a Mini Cooper — small on the outside, but surprisingly roomy on the inside (Beep! Beep!).


For kicks today I tried to see just how much stuff I could squeeze into it. In addition to the five miniature makeup brushes it comes with, I managed to also find room inside for two full-size MAC pressed powder compacts, three full-size tubes of Cremesheen Glass and three eyeshadow singles.

Hot damn, that’s a lot! My inner makeup hobo approves. πŸ™‚

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Frankly, I wish MAC sold the bag separately (it’s zippered and made of some kind of canvas/fabric), because the five travel brushes it comes with really aren’t all that…

I should say right off the bat that I’m not a big fan of MAC’s travel brushes. The ones I’ve tried haven’t performed as well as the brushes in their permanent line, but I tried to keep an open mind today while testing the five in this set — the 168SE Angled Contour Brush, 187SE Duo Fibre Brush, 212SE Flat Definer Brush, 219SE Pencil Brush and 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush.

So did keeping an open mind pay off? Well, it certainly did with the 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush, which feels surprisingly soft, and applies and blends shadows with aplomb, but, unfortunately, I don’t think any of the other brushes shine. As a matter of fact, the 212SE’s bristles feel scratchy and stiff, and the 187SE Duo Fibre Brush sheds about 10 times more than Tabs. After using it to apply my foundation this morning, I had to pluck about 18 of its bristles from my face. Not cool.

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Long story short, I think I’ll pass on the brushes, but I’m in mad love with the bag. Seriously, the kit might be worth it just for that.

PRICE: As a MAC travel exclusive, price varies by location
AVAILABILITY: At select domestic and international airports and duty free stores

For more on the MAC Packed to Go travel exclusives, check out…

Free lipsticks from Lancome and a bright yellow polish!

Lancome’s got a really great deal running online right now. Spend $35 on and enter code XOXO to get three full-size lipsticks of your choice, free. The offer’s valid today and tomorrow (2/16) until 11:59am EST. UPDATE, 8:05pm: Thanks to reader Stephanie for letting me know the Lancome lipsticks are colors are actually pre-set. The offer includes: Color Design Lipstick in Backstage Beauty, Fashion Icon and Natural Beauty.

In other news, what do ya think about this new nail color from the Lippman Collection? It’s called Yellow Brick Road ($16) and launches April 15 online.


FUN FACT: Lady Gaga wore the color when she performed at the Grammys. πŸ™‚ PAPARAZZI!

LOL! Sorry, I feel kinda goofy today, or maybe I’m just hungry… What’s for dinner tonight?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vijaya says:

    Deborah Lippmann polishes are my love. <3

    I like quite a few of the se eye brushes for the short handles. I wear glasses which I am blind as a bat without, and when I do my eye makeup I have to take them off. Basically this leads to me getting right up in the mirror's business. Needless to say long handle brushes hit against the glass and irritate the tar out of me.
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  2. LOOOOVE the graphic print on the brush case!
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  3. Jenn says:

    I’m so excited to visit a duty free store. I’m studying abroad in England this summer and I’m definitely stopping by! πŸ™‚

  4. kana says:

    i like the bag too, hehe!! kind of bummed that the brushes arent that great. πŸ™

  5. Olga says:

    What a fun idea trying to fit as much sa possible into a make up bag πŸ™‚
    And this nail polish color is to die for!!!

    xx Olga

  6. gio says:

    I love the bag, it’s very pretty! Too bad the brushes aren’t that good..
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  7. Agnes says:

    Thanks for the review karen! i loved the cute bag (was totally surprised it could hold SO MUCH though!! who wouldve guessed?!) but sucks how the brushes arent very good.. πŸ™ at least i know now and can save my money for something better πŸ™‚ thanks!
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  8. mint says:

    it’s sad the quality of the brushes aren’t so good, they’re so cute and small. I can imagine how awesome it would be to take them traveling. it’ll save so much space.
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  9. Tiffany says:

    what a cute bag! it matches well with your phone too πŸ™‚

    wow, that polish is REALLY yellow!

  10. Kim says:

    Your makeup bag looks like a neck roll! πŸ™‚ I wonder why MAC can’t have the same quality in their travel brushes as they have in their full sized. It just seems odd. I’m really glad that you’ve pointed it out though because I would have been disappointed if I’d accidentally bought the travel versions.

    I’m not someone who wears yellow well but the Lippmann color definitely makes a statement. I know China Glaze has a Wizard of Ohh Ahz collection, but I’m guessing this is Elton John inspired (like Tiny Dancer). I know… I’m sure everyone but me got that right away. πŸ™‚

  11. Nina says:

    i would like the bag only, pleaseeeeeee …. it reminds me of a fendi print!

    the SE brushes – not too hot about. theyre just the eensiest bit scratchier than a full sized one. the only SE brush i love is a 168SE that came out with some collection in the past (blue green letters on the handle, if that helps any) because its soft and dense and perfect for light contouring. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I don’t mind the 168 that comes with this set, either. You’re right, it’s softer and denser than I’d expect from an SE brush!

      • Nina says:

        weird how some brushes are good in an SE set and some just suck! i have a 217 from a holiday collection (red handled) and its so scratchy. i keep it because its handy to throw in a make up bag on days when i bring eyeshadow w/ me.

        • Karen says:

          I find the SE 217s very stressful. The bristles splay after, like, one washing. Have you ever tried the 219SE? Sooooo scratchy!

          • Nina says:

            what i do to the 217SE is i gently wrap it in tissue after i wash it to kinda keep the bristles together. it helps a bit!

            luckily i dont own a 219SE … i use that brush a lot to place color in my crease so a scratchy one would get me upset. πŸ™‚

  12. Ruchita says:

    Too bad about the brushes, but the bag is cute!

    I love cute makeup bags and I’ve found that places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx sometimes have a good selection and the price is usually good too!

  13. AnieJ says:

    I totally agree, the bag looks awesome but I would rather buy one brush at a time as I need/want it.
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  14. Katie says:

    Karen – How much is that MAC brush set?

  15. Meghan says:

    I love the bag! I am in need of a good travel makeup bag.. lol
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  16. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    HAHAHAHA a brush that sheds more than Tabs. Amusing, but not particularly useful — and certainly not as cute! Oh man, shedding time is coming up soon. Aisha has a white undercoat under her tabby markings. I think I need a new lint roller (or five).

  17. JoAnn says:

    Hey hun… Great blog… Love your posts each and everytime… I know this is off the topic but umm… Where did you get your iphone case? Its super cute…

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