I love it ) Now it takes me 3 minutes to apply foundation (I'm using Shu Uemura Face Architect either MAC Mineralize foundation SPF 15). I just buff it inside of the brush from my hand, then buff into face and blend with light circular motions afterwards. Finish is really PERFECT, I woudln't ask for more...and it stays on forever, I can tell. Usually I would have to fix the makeup after 3 hours as long as I live in tropical climate where everything just melts like crazy, but now I don't even actually need to touch my face the whole day.
I would definitely repurchase again.
This thing is FREAKING TINY.. It would take days to apply foundation. I don't even use it for blushes, I think it's way too small for that too. I'm using it for highlights, like msf and lustre drops. But the 188 works just as well for that purpose. This was a waste of money. I tried applying foundation with this but it took freakn forever. I have no patience whatsoever so I will not be using this brush for all over the face. If they made this much bigger, then it might just work. But seriously there's nothing this brush can do that the other mac brushs can't. And for $38 I expect much better.
EDIT: I disliked this brush now I hate it. I used to it apply studio sculpt and being that it is a heavy foundation, I thought that's why it applied very streaky. But I tried different foundations too, studio fix, mac face& body, MUFE HD, MUFE mat velvet, and revlon photoready and ALL of them came on
extremely streaky. I had to use a kabuki to buff it all in. Cream blush applicatio also comes on streaky and verry unnatural looking because it the brush doesn't blend it in right. I think I'll just use this for powder blush/highlighters, but for the intended purpose the brush was released for SUCKS.
Just Love this brush, it is the perfect brush for foundation,
I used liquid, cream, or powder foundation, they all looks perfect when I use 130 to put on,
now I left my lamcome foundation brush behind, and will stay with this 130 forever,
will buy it again and again, recommend to anyone who want flawless and good coverage make up.
1 word: LOOOVE.
I use this to apply cream blushes and it is amazing. I used to use the 188 brush to help blend it in but found that I had to spend a lot of time blending due to the light touch resulting from the long bristles. Problem solved with this one! The brush is dense and spreads/blends color out evenly and quickly. The size is also perfect for the cheek area.
I just tap the color onto my cheeks with my finger and blend with the 130 - voila, I have a pretty and natural flush.
I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone who likes to use cream products on their cheeks. It is a little small to apply foundation though so I wouldn't recommend it for that.
I LOVE THIS BRUSH ! ! I could never figure out how to apply my creme products flawlessly . I always used my finger or a sponge. But then I found this little guy and i'm in LOVE !! amazing blends perfectly , but does shed a little :/ only downside. But it's def. worth the money ! I haven't found anything like it !
I just purchased this brush a few hours before writing this review and I absolutely love it!
It really is fantastic for applying foundation.
Since I have acne scarring and large pores and was looking for a brush to make applying my foundation a little easier and something to give me better coverage. My foundation is a full coverage but, I find that when I apply it with my fingers it doesn't seem ti help cover the large pores I have. Even though I use M.A.C Prep+Prime Skin.
I was hesitant of the #187 as it seemed a little to "floppy" for my needs. When I went my local M.A.C counter I was thrilled to find they had just one #130 left in stock. So I picked it up, and I am so glad I did. I tested it out when I got home. I removed all of my foundation then used my primer and applied the foundation using the #130. I actually ended up using LESS foundation than I normally do and I got much better coverage.
I know the price is steep but it is great, I should add, I did not have any shedding in my first use.
THEY REALLY SHOULD MAKE IT PERMANENT!!!
I really love this brush, and i hope they make it permanent. I dont bliv in stupidly buying backups, so I prefer to have one at a time. I primarily bought it for use with foundations, since I have a small face...and it really is beautiful and easy to use. I got the 187 and hated it, I found it made me use a lot of product, but thats not the case with this one. I use it for both foundation and studio finish concealer on top. Love it.
Despite being previously disappointed with MAC's other brushes I have (#217 and #239), I gave in and bought the #130 and #131. I guess the 'limited edition' got to me, and aside from that, I only had one duo-fibre brush, the Sigma SS188 back then. To justify this rather expensive purchase at £27 even further, we don't have Studio Tools or Sonka Kashuk here in the UK. Heck, even Ecotools is hard to come by!
The first thought that came to my head when I saw the brush is how small and short the brush head actually is. Another unique thing about it is how incredibly dense the bristles are. It doesn't have nearly as much 'give' as other duo-fiber / stippling / skunk brushes I've encountered. First, I tried it with creme blush, which was rather disappointing. It is too dense for really pigmented blushes, and it's shape and stiffness aren't ideal for blending. If you want a duo-fiber brush that is perfect for creme and powder blush, get the #131 instead.
However, the #130 shines when it comes to performing another task: Applying foundation. As much as I love my Perscriptives foundation brush, it leaves me with streaks. The #130 gives me a perfect finish. It is too small to stipple foundation on, so the only way to use it effectively is to buff and blend in circular motions. The density of the brush gives a greater coverage than other stippling or regular foundation brushes, and streaks are a thing of the past once you buff them out. I've used it so far with Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Foundation, MAC's Studio Sculpt and NARS Firming Foundation. I never got the LM to look right without a damp sponge, and the NARS is best used with fingers. But so far, all off these foundations love the #130.
However, there are a few niggles that I have with the #130. It's too small. Whilst applying foundation doesn't take any longer than with other brushes (given that you work quickly), the thick handle isn't ergonomic for me and makes my hand hurt. Besides that, it SHEDS. It looses one or two hairs with every application, and there's nothing more annoying than picking small, black hairs from your face.
To sum it up, this is a good purchase, worth the £27 pounds I shelled out for it. And whilst the brush itself isn't perfect, the finish it gives when you apply foundation surely is!
I found the idea of this brush very exciting as I hate using 190 style brushes for foundation and find the 187 not to be dense enough to apply foundation and I really don't have the time to sit and stipple foundation onto my face every day (Does anyone?) and the 109 sheds worse than my puppy! so I thought this would be great! When it first came out, I waited too long to get it as this brush is not permanent in the UK and costs £27. From the reviews I'd read this brush was described as the result if the '187 and the 109 had a baby' and to me, that sounded perfect!
So once I got this brush, I was very excited to try it out! once I used it with liquid and cream foundation, I realized this was really not what it's good at, for me it's far to small and still not quite dense enough to buff foundation in and give me the flawless finish I desired. So instead, I ordered the Sigma 197, which as been amazing, it really does give that perfect finish coveted by many!
So this brush sat there with my other brushes, unloved. Until I watched a video talking about using it for cream blush, and I decided to try it out...Now this, is it's forte! before I'd been using my fingers to apply cream blush, which I hate as I have longer nails and it gets all disgusting and also will add germs to my blush, yuck! but I also find blending it takes some of my foundation off leaving me with really ugly looking skin, this brush allows a light enough hand I don't apply to much as well as the fact, which I think is due to the white tips, it blends as it applies leaving you with an effortlessly flawless finish that really is just perfect!
Over all I find that this brush is over priced, and not that good for foundation but for cream blush it is amazing! so for foundation, go for the 197 from sigma which is cheaper and gives a better finish but for cream blush, this one all the way
Having the 187 - which I use for MSF's - I didn't need this brush for foundation purposes. What I did love it for is cream blushes. The 188 is a decent product for applying cream blushes - but I prefer to use it for highlighters or lighter application of blush.
The 130 is PERFECT for cream blushes. Shorter bristles give it a more concentrated application and picks up more of the product - at the the time still allowing to be buffed smoothly onto the cheeks.
Definitely recommend this over the 131 that also came out w. the new MAC Beach Collection.