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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Mac 109 Small Contour Brush vs Mac 187 Duo Fiber Brush

Mac 109 Small Contour Brush
I bought the Mac 109 Small Contour Brush and the Mac 187 Duo Fiber Brush together about 3 months ago. I use both solely for liquid foundation. I find the 109 easier to use than the 187 because the 109 gets into small areas easier than the 187. I also get the same coverage with both brushes; however, I need to use a little bit more foundation to cover my entire face with the 109. I do notice that the 187 gives me a slightly more airbrushed look, but it also takes me longer to stipple than to buff out my foundation.

Neither of the two brushes shedded at all during the first month's use. Now, the 109 sheds one strand of hair each time I use it. If you stipple and swirl with the 187, then the foundation will touch the bottom part of the bristles where the natural fibers are, and that will cause the brush to shed. If you only stipple with the 187, which is its intended use, then there will be no shedding.

Also, there is no difference in the finish if you stipple and swirl with the 187 and buff with the 109. If you're doing that with the 187, then you might as well just save your money and buy a buffer brush because you'll get the same results.

The 109 was designed to apply and blend powder products. It is made of natural fibers; therefore, I try not to use it as much for liquid foundation. Liquid and cream products may be too harsh for the bristles.

Mac 187 Duo Fiber Brush
The 187 is made from a blend of goat and synthetic fibers. The top white part of the brush is synthetic. Therefore, it is safer to use liquid and cream products with the 187.

Some foundations stain the 187, while others don't. The Make Up For Ever HD Foundation doesn't stain the brush, but my Dior Forever foundation did.

Although the 109 is $10.00 cheaper, I would recommend buying the 187 if you plan on using the brush for stippling and solely for liquid foundation. The 187 may last longer for that purpose since it has synthetic fibers. Also, I find that it leaves a better finish.

The Mac 109 brush is a little over 7 inches long and costs $32.00. The Mac 187 brush is a little bit shorter than 7 inches and costs $42.00. They are available at Nordstrom.

This is a big investment for a brush, but I personally believe that it will save you money in the long run by purchasing a high quality brush. 

Which brush do you prefer to use for liquid foundation?

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