First off this brush changed my makeup life. The sturdy bristles make getting coverage so easy without looking caked. I use this brush with my studio fix and then scorns with my bronzes and blush. The small size of it makes getting into those hard to reach areas around the nose and under the eyes so easy. This is my favourite brush and I have not had a problem with bleeding or shedding. I wash mine once a week and use Mac rush cleaner spray everyday
I bought this brush 2 months a go and I have used it ever since. It doesn't shed which I thought it Did after reading all the reviews on makeupalley. I use it for applying blush, bronzer (contouring) and liquid foundations. Overall a great brush that you can use for different applications. There is one thing that I don't like about this brush: it isn't soft at all!! So -1 lippie for that.
I have had this brush for quite some time now, and yet I couldn't fall in love. I see a lot of good review and yet I don't feel the same about the product.
I mostly use it for contouring as it is comparatively small and works well even in smaller parts of your face. Yet I find that 138 does a better job for me since it is softer and has even a more pointed tip.
Love this brush so much that I now own two, one for contouring and one for high lighting. The bristles are packed firm, but are still soft and non-scratchy. Deposits colour and blends it out beautifully without streaks or blotchiness. This brush washes well, retains it shape, and I've only had a few hairs shed on the initial wash.
This is one of my favorite MAC face brushes. I love it because it's multi purpose. You can use it for liquid and powder foundation, contouring, blush, and highlighting. The only downside to it is the fact that it sometimes sheds when used with liquid foundation. But it's so minimal that it doesn't bother me much. If you were to get only one MAC face brush, I would recommend this one or the MAC 187.
Good brush for contouring and getting right in the hollows of your cheeks and fr blush. Did use it for a bit to apply my studio fix powder and it gave a nice full coverage finish but I quickly grew over it.
One star off because this brush is not soft at all! It will be soft when you just wash it but after one use, forget it! Another star taken off because I have BETTER brushes to compare it to that are less than half the price of this. It was my first MAC brush but overall not very impressed, again mostly with it lack of softness. And yes this brush will bleed a yucky mucky black something with every wash.
The 109 is a bit of a controversial brush and for good reason: yes, it bleeds like no other and it will continue to do so no matter how many times you wash it; and yes, it does shed, you will see the odd hair here and there from time to time but hey, it surely has more pros than cons for me.
Why somebody would use it for liquid or cream foundation is something that escapes me. I remember when it was first launched almost ten years ago when Ďallí we had was MakeupAlley, Livejournal and Specktra. A few well known people started using it for liquid foundation, pictures looked good, and word spread out but to me it made no sense. It doesnít have synthetic hair, bleeds like crazy (in the beginning) and has far too small a head to work comfortably so, in principle, if you intend using it as a foundation brush, you are aiming for disaster.
I use it for everything else, though. It is my favourite powder blush brush. As it is quite small, it allows me to apply colour exactly where I want it; it fits my cheek beautifully. It is dense and resilient enough that I can go heavy handed if not careful but it also allows me to blend properly if I went too far. Again, as it is somewhat small, I use it for my powder highlighters and works like a dream. Great for contour, as it is actually was it is meant for. On lazy days (most of them) I do a light wash of a quite finely milled skin-tone eyeshadow all over my lids and my 109 is what I use to apply it with. I may as well do my powder with it if I do not want to reach for another brush; I just mind the pressure and how much product I use so as not to look cakey. Whenever I travel, this is only face brush I take with me and it is more than enough.
I have had my 109 for many years now and wouldnít hesitate to repurchase if it ever broke or fell apart, which I donít think will be the case. To me, it is completely worth the money for the use I get out of it. Finally, a piece of advice: you will notice bleeding when you wash it, and once the brush dries, you may find it still leaves traces of black dye. Just grab a tissue, swirl the brush around to get rid of the black residue and problem solved!
I've had my MAC 109 brush languishing among its brushy brethren for eons--poor neglected thing. I think I bought it back around the time dinosaurs ruled the earth but had no clear idea what to do with it. Maybe a friend brainwashed me into buying it. Anyway...I recently unearthed it after purchasing, on a whim (and also it was BOGO on Cover Girl at CVS), CG Classic Color blush 540, Rose Silk. Love the blush (another review on that) but the MAC 109 turns out to be just perfect for blush! Who knew? I've been using brushes--high- and low-end--that are simply too big for my cheeks. The 109 lets you work in small circular motions, applying more color as needed. Love the finished look. My blush has tended to end up either over- or underdone but no longer. Thank you, MAC 109!
I would buy this product again if this one broke, i wouldnt buy 2 (some brushes i have 2 of because theyre that good).
i bought this on ebay for $35 (i think) when everyone was saying good things about it. and it is a great brush.
i have only used it for contouring and blush and because it is so dense it does put alot of colour on your face if you dont tap excess powder off. It is small enough to fit into my cheek hole and applies bronzer on my forehead so precisely. it doesnt look blotchy and ill placed like how my other brushes were applying contour.
i like how it feels on my face, it is soft. it is natural hair which is why colour picks up so well on the bristles.
i plan to use it for foundation next though i know alot of people have shedding problems. i havent had any shedding problems yet as ive only used it with powders. i heard it shouldnt be used with creams or liquids and thats why it starts shedding.
This brush does NOT stop bleeding! I own it for several mounth now, I wash and wash it again and it never stops bleeding! I use it for powder products only and it does not shead used this way but I would really like to try it for foundation sometimes, I am just too scared: what if my face turns black from it's bleeding colour?!