For the longest time I neglected this brush for the 187. After all the raves about how the 187 is the perfect foundation brush I convinced myself it was. After coming back to this brush recently, however, I'm baffled as to how I ever preferred the 187 to it.
I love the way this brush applies liquid and gel foundations. It looks absolutely flawless, as long as you work in a crosshatch pattern to prevent brush strokes, and provides great coverage. This is one of my daily brushes at the moment. My 187 is being relegated to being a blush brush.
I love this brush, infact it's sitting right near me as I right this review :D! It's perfect for applying liquid/cream/mousse foundations as it's able to deliver varying levels of coverage from light to medium or heavy. A lot of people seem to be complaining about foundation streaking, however, I would shift the blame on a lack of blending technique rather than the actual brush itself. It's not a magic wand that will smooth on foundation with a few hopeless strokes, I believe that once the application technique is mastered the results are immaculate: airbrushed, flawless skin that has a dewy glow from within, yes all from this brush!! I use Revlon colorstay foundation and it looks amazing. The technique I use with this brush is as follows:
1. Put some foundation on the back of my hand (sometimes I like to mix in some stila white pigment which is so beautiful for an iridescent finish)
2. Dip the flat side of the MAC 190 onto the foundation. I like to start on my problem areas (cheeks) to get the most foundation there and paint my way out with short flat strokes (avoids streaks) to the temples, nose, forehead, chin and finally jawline. I go back in for more foundation whenever the brush has deposited all that came from the previous dip.
3. I like to repeat step two but with no foundation and a quicker and lighter hand just to even everything out.
I know this seems like it would take a lot of work but I mean come on ladies it's only 3-5 minutes of your day and could be even less with experience! The results are worth it. If you don't want to go through the effort or you're in a hurry, there always exists the option of tinted moisturiser applied with a sponge or fingers. MAC 190, on the other hand, delivers a very professional finish which will take more than a few seconds to achieve.
As with all other foundation brushes I recommend washing this brush thoroughly with shampoo and MAC cleanser after each use for obvious hygiene reasons. Bacteria from skin and product build up in the synthetic bristles will hinder the brush's performance in future uses. You will experience no shedding or breakage from the high quality bristles which are tough and durable with proper maintenance. The price is not outrageously expensive and is justified once the durability, quality and results are factored into the cost. It is an investment well spent.
Hope this helps!
This is the only foundation brush I have ever owned, so I have nothing to compare it to. I've had it for years and it looks like new, so the quality is excellent. It works for me with liquid and souffle type foundations. I am not a big fan of MAC brushes, so this is an exception. The price is about average compared to other good quality foundation brushes.
I don't like this as a foundation brush (I prefer #187) however I use this as a highlighting brush (I use Shu Uemura) and it works well. As a foundation brush this leaves streaks which has to be re-patted down with my fingers, an extra step I don't need to do with a beauty blender or #187. The brush quality is good though. It is sturdy, hardly sheds, keeps the shape after multiple wash, goes on smooth and soft.
I absolutely love this brush works woner will MAC's studio Sculpt foundation it applies efforlessly while looking NATURAL. Love it.!
I used this brush for years and liked it until I discovered Mac's 109. I find that the 190 brush can leave streaks so I would recommend 109 over the 190. Blending is much more difficult with 190.
This is a really good foundation brush even though it cost me like $40+. you just really have to practice using it and it blends the foundation really well. it is not a must have brush but it is nice to have. it doesn't shed like all the other mac brushes i have. so overall i love this brush.
I used to use this brush for foundation, until I bought MAC's #109 (which, btw I freaking love!). I like it for liquids generally, but I can't shake the feeling that it leaves weird streaks; mostly because I notice weird lines. :p Also, it's really hard to blend. But...I found another use for it that makes it truly invaluable! I now use it to detail-apply my MSF/natural powder to my nose. I used to apply powder with #129 on my nose, but that made it sort of fly everywhere and add too much powder there. I also use it to apply Blot powder, because the #129 also added way too much powder in a willy-nilly fashion, and the puff in there is also horrible. So I'm really happy that, even though I've moved on to the #109 for foundation, I can still get my money's worth with #190 by making my nose look perfectly sculpted. It is also great to detail-apply powder to other spots on the face, like under the eyes. It sounds weird to use it there, but if it works, why not? Overall, and strangely enough, it's great for powder.
Phannimal has pretty much said exactly what I wanted to say about this tool. It's expensive, and streaks my foundation. Even when I put less product on the brush, the results are too sheer and no better than what I get using my fingers. On top of all this, the bristles clump easily and I find myself having to frequently wash (which means buying an appropriate cleanser...) it because it's so caked. I give it a 2 instead of a 1 because I received it as a gift and I have not noticed any brish hairs falling out. Also, I am willing to concede that I could in fact be a total idiot who is using this wrong, since so many others seem to be in love with this thing.
This is a great foundation brush, in fact, it was my first brush from MAC. Somehow this works better with non-MAC foundations, since I would always have to buff away lines with a kabuki using Select Sheer SPF or Studio Fix Fluid, but I don't have to do that with MUFE Face and Body or Maybelline Dream Mousse Liquid! It works great for applying powder (kinda packing it on) around my nose to give me a poreless look (got that tip from Leslie Blodgett!). My one issue with the brush is that it never looks fully clean... I've tried almost everything too. Oh well! The brush is in great shape for having it for over 3 years.