MAC Keepsakes Mineralize Brush Kit Review

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A Holiday Gift Fit For a (Beauty) Queen!

Hooray! The luxe MAC Cosmetics holiday collection has arrived, which means it’s time to be tempted by a winter wonderland of irresistible gift sets. Start working on your wishlist, girls. The glittering world of MAC Keepsakes offers a bevy of products perfect to give and receive.

MAC-holiday-2014The peek at some of the MAC goodies for Holiday 2014…

If your idea of royalty is glitter-encrusted luxury (I know mine is), the Keepsakes Collection rules. When I saw the ads for this release, urging us to “give your look the royal treatment” with color and brush sets to help us “reign supreme,” I wondered if there was substance behind the sparkle.

Now that I’ve tested the MAC Keepsakes Mineralize Brush Kit ($52.50), I bow down before the throne.


The Mineralize Brush Kit starts off with princess-worthy packaging: a limited-edition gunmetal grey glitter makeup bag with a cameo-encrusted zipper pull and faux-pearl beaded trim. So pretty, I would not have been able to resist buying it on its own!


But this is a royal collection, and the beautiful case is just the beginning. Packed inside are four coordinating brushes that work perfectly with Mineralize products and more:

187 SE Duo Fibre Face Brush
A large, circular brush designed for lightweight application and blending of foundation, blush, powder, mineral makeup…anything! Its combination of natural and synthetic bristles makes this stippling brush perfect for applying soft layers of product.

130 SE Short Duo Fibre Brush
This short, round, flat-topped foundation brush is another versatile option for applying and blending foundation or any face product. I found it especially handy for blending liquid foundation and BB/CC creams.


286 SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
A soft, dome-shaped brush designed for sheer, controlled application of MAC Mineralize eye shadows, but it can be used for so much more (like blending shadows and applying concealer).

287 SE Duo Fibre Eyeshadow Brush
The rounded, king-sized, double-chiseled, paddle-shaped eyeshadow brush is my favorite of the collection. It picks up the perfect amount of pressed or loose pigment and blends like a champ.


If you’ve heard grumblings that the brushes in MAC’s holiday kits are sub-par, rest assured, this kit proves otherwise. The brushes have dense, soft, firmly-packed natural and synthetic bristles just like their sold-separately counterparts. The case is well-made, too. So far, the glitter has stayed put, sparkling invitingly.

MAC promises “aristocratic allure” with this collection, and I have to say, I actually do feel a little regal wielding the beautiful brushes inside the Keepsakes Mineralize Brush Kit!

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Keepsake Brush Kits
All $52.50 US/$63 CAD

Mineralize Brush Kit
187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush
130 SE Short Duo Fibre Brush
286 SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
287 SE Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush

Studio Brush Kit
129 SE Powder/Blush Brush
190 SE Foundation Brush
224 SE Tapered Blending Brush
213 SE Fluff Brush
209 SE Eye Liner Brush

In Extra Dimension Brush Kit
127 SE Split Fibre Face Brush
128 SE Split Fibre Cheek Brush
234 SE Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush
235 SE Split Fibre All Over Eye Brush


  • turboterp

    Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock 'n' roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Bellarina. skin tone: NC20 skin type: dry to normal favorite beauty product: skincare

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  1. MAC’s Keepsakes Mineralize Brush Kit is soooooo nice!
    Santa, I really have been a good girl this month.. HA!

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