I have a few words on some of these items
I love the Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW30
I am returning the Select SPF15 Foundation in NW30, my face was a butterball after 4 hours...
I love MAC's Satin l/s in Snob, I think it dries out my lips, but I doubt it, I just need to drink more water
MAC's Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen, I truly like this blush, it doesn't show up on me very well with one stroke, it does take a little more work than my Nars Orgasm blush does for it to show up.
The MAC Do-The-Trick Buff & Line Brush Set is a no go for me, the only thing worth keeping is the 209SE (eye liner brush). Complaints? Let me start by saying I've never been a brush snob, I've always just used brushes from all the GWP's I would receive every few years or I'd use whatever the specific product would provide for me, the only brushes I can say that have NEVER failed me to date, are Smashbox, I only knew of Smashbox through QVC and wrongly assumed it wasn't a huge brand...now that I compare it to these brushes, I can see Smashbox is bigger than I thought! I will have to do a post on my brushes...anyways, I always get off on a tangent...back to the compaints...
The 187SE (duo fibre face brush) is what I was most excited about, sadly it was a huge disappointment. It sheds at least 10 fibers in just applying foundation, I washed this brush everyday per the MAC MUA and I would lose fibers as I'd wash it too (about 5-6). So I spoke to the MAC counter manager and she explained it really shouldn't do that unless you never wash it, she advised me to exchange it, I think I'll just return it. =/
Now let's talk about the 168SE (angled contour brush), I can't say this is a bad brush per se, it's pretty full but it's not so soft, it's kind of rough, too rough to be called MAC IMHO. Maybe that's the point? I've felt soft stiff brushes, stiff shouldn't equate rough.
The 252SE (shader brush) is a strange size for me, I just can't seem to find a purpose for it, I have really small eye lids...so I need really small e/s brushes. On top of it being useless to me, it's very scratchy and stiff. By the posts I've read on spektra, it seems like it's b/c it's SE. So if you're interested in a large shader brush, go to your closest MAC counter or order it online (the standard sized brush, not the SE) and let me know how it turns out!
Sadly this turned out to be much longer than I expected...so thanks for listening to me ramble on and on!
Much love and let me know if you too think these SE brushes are worthless simply b/c MAC skimps on quality on SE's.
Oh, forgot to mention, the bag is cute, but it wrinkled on me within a day or two...not so fond of that! I guess it's the cheap manmade material =/
BTW - my car engine died and Lexus is replacing it (since they don't know what happened...), I've been driving around this beauty for almost 2 weeks and I don't want to give it back tomorrow (I pick it up tomorrow)