I'm sure M.A.C brushes can be found in every professional makeup artist's kit. They're like OGs no? Of course in recent years cheaper alternatives like Real Techniques and copy cats - at least initially - like Sigma have eeeked out their corner of the market. But M.A.C tools are still associated with the Pros as being workhorse tools created with the artist in mind.
As I said recently, I'm not an artist but I do believe in investing in great brushes. This is my current M.A.C brush collection.
This category all features a number starting with '1'. Something I clearly forgot before I took this shot below because I left out the '195'. Smh. In addition to the M.A.C logo and number of the brush, there's usually also the country in which the brush was made stamped into the handle. M.A.C brushes are by and large well made; I've never had a problem with ferrules becoming loose or handles breaking. I have however experienced shedding with some of the face brushes. The biggest culprit being the '129', both the SH (short handle) and the regular version.
L - R: 125SE, 129SH, 190, 109, 137, 130
These are classified with a number starting with a '2'. I believe this is where M.A.C shines in the brush department. Some of the most popular ones are the '217', '224' and '239'. These are some of the highest quality brushes I have in my possession.
L - R: 195 (not an eye brush), 239, 217, 224, 226, 219 and 221
I'm not the biggest fan of the brush sets. While the standard brushes are hand cut and made in Japan or France these limited edition edition ones are machine cut and produced in China. To be fair, I haven't bought one recently, but as far as I'm aware the quality just isn't the same. That said, the eye brushes still outperform the face ones in this mini category too.
T - B: 204SE, 275SE, 212SE, 168SE and 187SE
By no means do you need these. You've seen me rave about cheaper brushes from Zoeva, ecoTools and Real Techniques. However, the quality of M.A.C brushes can not be denied and they are readily accessible in Barbados. If you are going to give them a shot I'd try: 109, 127, 129, 138, 159, 217, 221, 224, 227, 239 and 275. Feel free to read up more on those on the M.A.C website.