MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara x MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush

In the years leading up to this day, I’ve been through countless experimental makeup pursuits which solidify my resolve that with a certain amount of effort coupled with a significant showing of interest, someone who lacks skill will eventually learn enough of what makeup type she feels is comfortable for herself and suitable to her lifestyle. It all depends on the person’s interest and willingness to put in the work required to learn it.

Some women are fortunate enough to have the aptitude to take on learning the ins and outs of makeup application by mere observation and practice, others excel in the craft by honing one’s skill as they exercise their passion for it. Not all can make time to attend a class or two. A good number of the women I’ve encountered, on the subject of makeup application, are simply content with heeding suggestions of others or with paying attention to best practices shared. The latter is what I share with these women. How about you? How would you classify your knowledge about makeup?

This brings me to one of the most asked part about makeup application: eye makeup. Today, I’m highlighting a couple of things about it that, hopefully, answers a couple of questions raised by a friend.

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For the past year, I’ve been streamlining the amount of makeup I wear. I believe I’ve already mentioned this before but allow me to say it again in light of what I wish to share today: one of the things I’ve kept is the mascara. I can do away with eye shadow, but I can’t seem to give up wearing mascara. That and an eyeliner. These help brighten up my eyes, esp during the days when I lack sleep or perhaps wake up still exhausted. I still use my Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet (eyeliner) and my current favourite mascara is something I bought at MAC last month, the Opulash Optimum Black.

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MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara

MAC Opulash Optimum Black Mascara
Superlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!

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LEFT Without mascara, aka bare lashes | RIGHT With MAC Opulash Optimum Black, 2 coats of the mascara (Shot without flash)

Nothing revolutionary about the mascara but there are a few points worth highlighting about this particular MAC product: first, the visible difference in terms of volume and length; second, its laconic, sultry over-all effect of darkened, thickened lashes, completed by significant separation; third, though not water-proof, wearing it has been smudge-free and is long-wearing (note that it’s been released that the mascara is formulated to suit humid climates — a great thing, I tell ‘ya!); and, finally, it lifts my non-curled lashes like a lash curler would and, not to mention, has a fabulous curl hold.

The mascara retails for Php 840.00.

What’s your current favourite mascara?

Apart from wearing a mascara, I’ve been thoroughly strung out on using gel liners lately and I’ve been hooked on the MAC Fluidline in Blactrack in particular. And the other question raised pertained to the makeup brush I use to apply said cosmetic. I’m a fan of the angled brush but I’m currently using the full-sized MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush.

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MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush
Lines and define the eye with colour. Firmly bristled, flat of shape; applies colour in a stroke to provide instant definition. Use with powder, liquid or cream products. Synthetic.

Since this particular makeup brush works well as a precision lining tool, I’ve been using it mostly with the Fluidline (gel liner). I appreciate how well it picks the product up and how it deposits it evenly. The bristles are firm, tightly-packed and evenly-tipped, which offers the user more control. The flatness and width (approx. 10mm) of the brush helps you create a wider line. Tilt the brush in varying angles to determine the thickness of the lines you wish to create. It can be pretty handy in creating the “cat-eye flick” or the “wing tip.”

But it’s also good to note that the MAC 212 is a multi-purpose brush and the range of other uses can be from tightlining/waterlining and reinforcing liners with pigments for vibrant or textured effects and added staying power to creating sharp, defined creases and shapes in eye shadows and brow makeup. Its versatility contributes to the grounds on why it’s one of the more popular MAC makeup brushes.

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I have to admit, I’ve been pretty psyched about owning and using this makeup brush. I mean, who wouldn’t appreciate the help in creating a set of tantalizing eyes using a paltry amount of makeup, done in 5 minutes no less?

In photo:
EYE MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack + MAC Opulash Optimum Black + Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet + Shu Uemura E/S ME Brown 850

LIP MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture + MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Cosmo + MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink (I’ll tell you more about these other MAC products in a separate post.)

The full-sized MAC 212 retails for Php 1,500.00.

How about you? How do you use your MAC 212?

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  1. is this different from the mac opulash? i’ve been looking for a new mascara to try. thanks for the reco! the 212 brush got me curious too!

  2. I can’t wait to get my hands on that mascara! Is it available now in all Mac stores? I’m happy with my Opulash right now but I’ve read a lot of good reviews about the OOB so I don’t mind trying it out. I have the 212 also and I use it for the Fluidline. I also use it to apply concealer below the lower lash line sometimes ^_^

  3. I’m interested to buy the MAC 212 brush…. can you post photos to show how it looks when you use it with the Fluidline? I’m using an angled brush or a thin pointy brush right now to create the cat’s eye effect and i like to compare them. Thanks! :))

    • Alexa: Yes, it is! Let me know if you get around to trying the mascara and the 212, too :)

      Hillary: I believe it is. Thanks for sharing that 212 tip! :)

      Maia: Schedule’s a bit tight so no promises but I’ll try to work on it. Hope you understand! :)

  4. Just like you I always, always make sure to wear mascara whenever I step out of my house but I’m IN LOVE with the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara right now and can’t justify my switching to Opulash. I love MAC! I do but I’m still too happy with my mascara. Have you tried it dear? :)

    • Hi, Ellie! Thanks for sharing those tidbits. RE: Great Lash, I haven’t tried it, unfortunately. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it and, hopefully, get to try it out soon! :-)

  5. I’m a huge MAC fan and this post gave me a new product to try! Can’t wait!! =))


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