It's been a good year since my introduction to REAL makeup, and not the drug store stuff... and I gotta' tell ya' - it's been one hell of a junkie addiction since then...
I own the 187SE, 109, Sephora #55 airbrush, Sonia Kashuk flat top blusher [ergo handle], Ecotools blush brush, Coastal Scents flat top Italian badger brush - and now, the 130...
I dislike the 187 because it doesn't get into the nooks and crannies... and I feel the duo fiber white bristles are too sparse. I have the 109, and I'm not very keen on using natural hair brushes w/ liquid foundation application, although MACs duo-fiber brushes also have natural hairs, but at least there's less? Idk, my reasoning is kinda' weird on that topic... but I digress...
I've used the 109 for liquid foundation, and because it was smaller, it did take longer. Same goes for the 130, but it is actually SMALLER than the 109, so it does take just a bit longer than the 109 does. My Sonia Kashuk Brush is awesome for both foundation and mineral makeup, but I don't like how it takes a long time to dry when washing, so I restrict using that to only powdered makeup/blushes. The Coastal Scents brush is garbage and the main reason I don't like using animal hair w/ liquids - that brush's smell brand new made me not want to put it on my face - let alone throw my MUFE HD foundation in the mix and ruin it with whatever stink/dye is on the brush. The Ecotools blush brush is GREAT for blush - but not so great w/ liquid foundation application unless I pinched the head of the brush to get a more dense effect when stippling/swirling/buffing. The bristles were too flimsy to handle buffing, but it was a great plus that it was synthetic.
I use the 130 to buff out the nooks and crannies where my nose is, but I am MADLY in LOVE with my Sephora #55... I know their brand gets knocked for having poor quality brushes, but the #55 gets SUPER love from me. Even better? It's completely synthetic for you germaphobes out there, so rest assured you will not have unnecessary bacteria on your bristles after washing. [natural hairs are porous, so you really have to clean them well when using liquid products on them...]
Either way, I bought the 130 because it peaked my curiousity and seemed like a nice exotic brush to own, since the majority of the ones I own all have a multi-function that is fulfilled. I use the 130 when there's a special occassion and I KNOW I NEED to look good, so it's just that extra step to look polished. I'd be ECSTATIC if they made a bigger version of this though... because the quality is awesome, and I do like the application it gives. This, and my #55 are my dynamic duo for foundation app. On its own, well... you better have a quick hand or patience... =D
I'm still looking into the 188 since that looks to be the ideal size, and I've decided w/ all of my dabbling in buying brushes from different brands, I'm going to dedicate building my collection primarily w/ MAC brushes - since they do EXACTLY what they say they do... instead of gambling on a crapload of cheap brushes that will be let-down after let-down, which leads me to spend just as much on a fist-full of useless tools.
130: Welcome to my brush collection. I welcome you w/ happy hands and face. I call you "Exotic" because the uses are ENDLESS, but you are primarily for one area of the face and one only for me. It's all in the details, and I'm happy to have you handle them for me. I can't wait to try you w/ cream blushes - especially the NEW MUFE HD Microfinish blush.... I'll update when that happens... <3
In summary: My go to "nooks and crannies" brush :)
I bought this brush together with the mineralize foundation and it works great for applying any foundation! It's great for gel-based products like the mineralize/studio sculpt foundation because it's a LOT firmer than the 188/187, so it makes buffing the foundation into your skin oh so easy =)
I usually stipple the product on first and then buff it in.
It's a bit on the pricey side tho- I paid €37 for it, and it's quite a small brush... But I'd gladly repurchase because works sooooo well
i think im in love...im going to need another one of these...maybe 2...i love this for foundation, powder or blush. i really like the small compact head & like that i can tap and swirl bluch on or really buff fdtn and powder on. i personally like smaller brushes for fdtn or powder rather than large ones becaues i feel i can do my mu more precisely and powder wont get in my hair like when i use bigger brushes. LOVE!
I originally bought this brush because I thought it would be great for applying my creme blushes and I was right. It's the perfect density and size to stipple and lightly blend. Before I was just using my fingers which would leave too much product on my skin and be harder to blend out.
I was a little skeptical for using this for foundations because it's pretty tiny and it seemed like it wouldn't work well to layer or cover. I was wrong! This is a great for creme and thick foundations. It does take a little more time to blend it out but it still works very well. If MAC made a brush like this but a little bigger in radius I think it would work very well for foundations. Overall I'm satisfied
I recently purchased this after searching for a great brush to apply my cream blushes. I have very oily skin so best to blend well instead of leaving a shinny mess sitting on your cheeks! I considered the 188 brush but that looked a little too flimsy for cream based products. The bristles on the 130 are short and packed much closer together so its compact but not stiff. I lightly swirl the tips of the brush in the cream blush and then stipple on my cheeks.....stipple, stipple, stipple until it is nicely blended on my skin. I can see why some people also like this as a foundation brush. It really does blend very well. Personally, I would not use it for that since the head is small. Overall - a great buy. Not digging the price but at least it will last forever.
At first glance, the synthetic (white) hair looked so "not there", but the feeling was good as I feel the brush by circling (dry) on my hand. It came to Cad$ 51 (tax included), ouch !!!
It's worth it, I tried it with my cream to powder fdn, Chanel, Studio Tech, which I love the effect but tricky to apply (using the sponge is too product wasteful), but this brush works like a dream.
I like it even better than the Shu Uemura #18, which has the same surface area. This is my new love & less scratchy than the Shu as well.
Some may complain the brush is too small, & I agreed, to compensate by a few more movement, BUT a larger brush will not get into the indented area as efficient as this size.
I did not get the fdn that comes with it, mainly b/c it is a sheer coverage, no heavy enough for me.
I bet Mac will come out with a larger version of this brush in a few months' time.
EDIT: after I discovered Real Technique brushes, all my Mac brushes are in retirement. I won't pick them up even if they are free.
Wow my new favourite brush, I have the MAC 187 and 188 brush in the 'duo fibre' range and I love them both. This one is no exception its a dream to apply foundation and buff powder into skin for heavier coverage. I use this to buff my MAC Studio fix fluid on my face then use my 187 to apply my mineralize skinfinish natural then I use the 130 to buff more powder into the areas I want more coverage. I carry this with me everywhere as I use this for my touchups during my working day. What I would love is for MAC to create another duo fibre brush but for the brush to have the head of the 187 but the density of the 130 that would be perfect! You must buy this if you need a brush to apply extra coverage to 'problem areas' or simply because you love the duo fibre range! x
I like this brush but I don't love it and I don't think it's one of them must have brushes.
Personally I find it too small to apply foundation as it would take forever to do my whole face but I love using it after I have applied my foundation to buff in problem areas like nose, mouth and hairline. It works great with creme foundations and prefer this to my other skunk brushes.
HG brush for applying my bronzer. it's nice and dense and at the same time blends the product in for a natural finish. LOVE IT!