Time for the second instalment of the MAC Masterclass brushes series! Today I’ll show you how to use the medium sized brush Oval 3. The size fits right in between Linear 1 and Oval 6 and let’s be honest.. We can say that it looks like a very fancy toothbrush. The hairs on this brush have been packed together very densely and I can’t begin to tell you how amazingly soft this feels. It doesn’t have a lot of movement in it like some duo fibre brushes of this size, you could compare the stiffness to a good kabuki concealer brush in this case. Let Amaury & I guide you on your way to using this little brush!
First up in your make-up routine is a good dose of skin care and prepping aid. Anne-Laure applied eye cream with the Oval 3 in a swiping motion, of course you can also add primer to your nose and eye area with this one, using the same motion. In the animated picture you see Amaury applying concealer herself, using a swiping and slightly stippling motion. I tried this myself as well and I was ah-mazed. Seriously! We used it with the Mineralize concealer (first time I tried this concealer and I ended up purchasing it on the spot!) and it gave the most beautiful, flawless coverage.
It’s important not to pack too much product onto your brush, a little bit goes a long way and you can build up in layers as you like. After getting used to handling the brush, it was so easy to blend in the concealer perfectly. Because of the densely packed bristles, this provides the most maximum coverage you could possibly achieve with your concealer.
The brush can be used to apply cream shadows (in this case we applied the gorgeous paint pot Tailor Grey), but it’s important to note that you can’t blend anything out with this. So there’s no using this in the crease, there’s no using this on its own for a soft daytime look.. You will need an extra blending brush to diffuse the edges with. If you’re one of those people though who gets a bit fussy about putting your finger in cream eye products: this is your brush!
Finally, the brush can also be used to apply concealer to certain areas of the face that need some more coverage than usual. Think break-out spots, red areas or patches where pores are more visible. To apply the product it’s best to use a swiping motion to blend everything in nicely. On pimples, you can dab the product on for maximum coverage.
So what did we learn about the Oval 3? It’s amazeballs for applying concealer under the eyes, using a swiping and patting motion combined. It’s one of the best concealer brushes I’ve personally tried for achieving full coverage: I always go for full coverage under the eyes since I have the darkest under eye circles you’ll have ever seen (might slightly be exaggerating, but still). You can also use it to blend in your eye cream with & it works a charm for packing on eyeshadows or applying cream eyeshadows. Finally, you can use it for spot concealing as well, using a swiping motion.
This brush retails for €35.00/£27.00/$32.00 and I seriously want it! I can’t really justify getting this one right now (I just bought yet another concealer brush - I might be addicted), but rest assured that this baby will end up on my vanity table one day. Stay tuned for the final review of the Masterclass brushes next week: I’ll be talking about the much coveted Oval 6 brush.