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I truly have a love-hate relationship with this brush. I've had my 130 for a few years, so I feel I've used this brush enough times to really review it properly. First, I'll begin with my loves...
♥ I love how dense and compact it is. I find that it applies/blends liquid foundation beautifully.
♥ It's small enough to get into the corners of my eyes to blend my concealer/foundation to cover my dark circles, or around the edges of my nose where I tend to have redness.
♥ It's large enough to work efficiently around my face as I blend my foundation in.
♥ I like using this brush to blend cheek stains (e.g. Benetint) onto my cheeks. The size of this brush works well to blend the stain so I end up with beautiful and natural looking flushed cheeks instead of concentrated red splotchy marks.
♥ I think I actually prefer this brush over my beloved 187
BUT... and this is one BIG BUT... I cannot stand that every time I wash my brush after using it, the black dye from the bristles will bleed onto the white bristles. I lie my brushes horizontally to dry on a clean towel, and the black dye even spills onto the towel! It's beyond gross.
I only use MAC brush cleanser or baby shampoo to clean my brushes, so I'm using cleansing products that are safe (and recommended) for makeup brushes. This is the one brush that has consistently given me problems. It's been well over a YEAR and the bristles are still leaking black dye.
Every time I use this brush with my foundation or cheek stain, I can't help but feel I'm also blending black dye onto my face. It has gotten to the point where I've stopped using this brush because of this problem. I even talked to a MAC makeup artist about this, and she said that she also experiences this, but then her sales instinct kicked in and she told me "Not to worry, you're not putting black dye on your face." Sorry, but I find that hard to believe when simply water will cause this brush to bleed.
I'll continue using this brush for now, but I am looking for an alternative.
I got this brush for liquid foundation application and I am happy that I did. This brush does not shed and is great if you are looking for a way to get an airbrushed look. I like this brush more than the 187 because it works better for areas like under the eyes and around the nose and this does not pick as much product as the 187 does so you have more control over the amount of product . I clean this after every use with mac brush cleanser and for deep cleaning,I just wash it with shampoo and conditioner. Overall, a great product just a bit pricey.
I bought this brush to use in addition to my MAC 187 stipling brush. I've had the 187 for about 4 months and after I got the hang of it, loved the way it evenly applies my foundation but it doesn't do a good job around my nose and under my eyes. I was really glad to see MAC had a smaller and slightly more compact stipling brush. I've been using the 130 (with the 187!) for a couple of weeks now and it's exactly what I wanted.
Like all MAC brushes the quality is very good and though I doubt I'll need to buy another I would.
I received this in a swap, so I didn't lose money on it, but I'm not too happy about it.
I used it for foundation as suggested and I used it with Smashbox HD, Benefit Some Kind-a-Gorgeous, and bb creams, they ALL applied streaky.
I can't use it for powder because it's too small, so I ended up using it for contouring, which works quite well.
Anyway, I love stippling brushes so I like to collect them xD but this brush isn't a good brush for foundation at all. Only powder.
I love this brush. It is such a great multi-tasker! I use this mostly for cream cheek products. I have a very small face so most brushes are too large to use, especially when it comes to the cheek area. I actually use a 109 for my blush and I find that a bit too large. Given that, the 130 is a godsend for my small cheeks! I mostly use it to apply cream blushes and very pigmented blushes. I also use this to apply a sheer layer of cheek highlighter. Sometimes, I use this to stipple concealer on larger patches of acne on my forehead and the redness around my nose. In a pinch, I can even use this as a foundation brush if all my other foundation brushes are unavailable. Overall, this is a great brush and I would buy it again if I ever needed to.
So I was in mac looking at this tempted to buy it just on its cute smallness to the 180 stippling brush which i used for my foundation, but didnt buy..
i went back to mac and spoke to the MA and she raved she used and garrenteed if i used it id swap my stiplling brush to this for applying foundation she said it applies better as it can get in those places big brushs cant eg: round the nose and eye area plus she said it makes the foundation sink in more. i said id take it she had sold me on it, It is pricey but I had been given some money by my partner so i thought go for it lets see if shes right!
And yes! I love it! When I first used it i thought hmm its gonna take ages to apply unlike the bigger stippling brush but I just started in small sections and to be honest it didnt really take long and i knew i was covering every little area of my face.
It looked flawless and well covered. she was right I am hooked on applying my foundation with this,
If you like to take the time to get your face flawless then buy this brush!
I also use it to do concealer too.
The reason I give a 4 star and not a 5 is the few times ive used it I think i may have used more foundation with it than the other brush but Its worth that extra pump of foundation for that great look!
I was skeptical when I purchased the130 brush for my foundation. I had used the 190 for a long time. I have been unhappy with the look that brush gave for a long time as well. So a change was in order. I was not sure how it would work since the 130 has such a small surface space. I used the brush like a mineral buffing brush. IT WAS PERFECT! I have not been this happy with an application of foundation in so long! I heard the clouds part and angles singing as the beam of sunlight came down upon me! Give this brush a try ladies. The 190 will be the brush of the past! lol!
This is my absolute FAVOURITE brush. I use it for liquid or crème foundations only because I have found that it doesn't work nearly half as well with any other medium.
My technique is to apply my foundation using my regular foundation brush (Mac 190, or No 7 foundation brush - which is just as good as the 190, by the way) and then use the 130 to stipple the product into my skin using a sort of poking action (Can't think of another way do describe it! Poke the bristles into your face!) This gives the foundation a more skin-like texture and gets rid of any streaks.
If you have tried everything else with this brush but not this technique, please give it a go! You may find afterwards that you have a new found love for it!
If I ever needed to replace this brush, I would buy a new one without a doubt.
I had never even heard of or seen this brush until this past weekend. I was at the MAC counter with my sister and one of the makeup artists had a flawless makeup application. We asked her how she achieved her look and she said it was due to this 130 brush which for some reason is never out on the counter so not very many people know about it. She said it's her favorite makeup brush. I was kinda hesitant b/c it costs $40 but I was sold after seeing her use this to apply foundation on my sister. It creates an airbrushed effect like other reviewers have said. It covers most flaws with a light application that uses very little product. I dispensed one drop of foundation and after covering my whole face, I still had half of the foundation left! So this brush will save you money in the long run b/c it uses so little foundation.
When I first washed the brush, I noticed some shedding. The next day when I used the brush on my face, I think about 10 black hairs came out. The second day, a couple more hairs came out. I took it back to the store and exchanged it for another one. Although this second brush still sheds a little, it's better than the original one I bought. Even though the price is steep and it sheds, I'm still going to keep the brush b/c the application is so awesome!
I bought the MAC 130 brush about 6 months ago and had it sitting in my makeup stash all that time. I finally pulled it out to apply my new Maybelline Fit 355 foundation. OMG, flawless application! The method I used was to dot the foundation on my forehead, cheek, nose, chin and under eyes. Then I blended it out in a swirly motion all over. I finished with loose setting powder using another basic powder brush. The look was perfect. Highly recommend the MAC 130 brush.