I needed a smaller version of the 187 brush and got this. I tried it and the brush smells a bit and I had to clean it twice and do a deep cleaning to get rid of the smell, BUT that's not the POINT! This brush is very versatile! It's great for cream & foundation application.It's pretty small but it works magic! It gives a really nice flawless & almost airbrush finish. I say almost airbrush b/c based on my personal preference, an airbrush finish is a lot thinner and it provides good coverage.
This brush is great for applying any liquid or cream makeup of any sort - the size is portable and very useful for getting into the smaller places of the face i.e. around eyes and beside the nose. The amount of coverage and the finish are very controllable with this.
i will tell those who are looking for a good stippling makeup brush that either can't afford or just simply don't want to shell out this kind of money for a brush, or maybe just need a back up sometimes, i found the avon mark blush & bronzer flat top brush to be just excellent too, except it does tend to shed. It's a bit larger than the MAC #130, but it's about 1/4th the price of this brush if you get it on sale.
Otherwise, though , the MAC #130 is like the luxury/quality version.
I picked this up at my CCO for $30.50, and I now wish I'd gotten another as backup. This is simply amazing for foundation. I've used it with both my Revlon Colorstay and MAC Studio Sculpt foundations, and it blends both flawlessly. I love that this brush doesn't pick up a whole bunch of product, which in turn prevents cakiness. I imagine this would work well for highlighters as well. I would definitely repurchase.
ONE OF THE BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES YOU CAN OWN. you can apply your liquid/cream/powder foundation, bronzer, powder/cream blushes, hightlight, and contour with this one brush alone. the firm bristles allow you to have a light coverage, or a full one in a heartbeat. circular motions work best to buff your products in, and is never streaky. one of the best investments in your brush care. i promise.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this brush. All the reviews posted below are correct, so I'm not going to repeat everything they said, but I did want to add my voice to the mix. It gets the area around my eyes & nose perfectly, buffs on my foundation, and just feels incredible. YES to the 130!
Well, I haven't had to use foundation in a couple years, but I have currently been blessed with the onset of slight adult acne and have some redness and blemishes I wanted to start concealing since adult acne is embarrasing. I had never bought a foundation brush from MAC before, or a foundation from them, and the lady at the MAC store put the Select SPF 15 NW30 Liquid Foundation on my face with the 130 brush and I fell in love with the airbrushed perfect look! It was expensive($40) but it was worth every penny! It is so easy to apply and buff into every area of my face, and it is perfect for my liquid foundation and even my finishing powder. The only reason I didn't give it 5 lippies is because I have had a couple bristles come out which suck to pick off when I have applied my make up already, but it only has done it a couple times so no big deal. Definately would recommend this perfect brush!
The very first MAC brush I ever bought, and I'm in love! I don't really wear foundation that much...only on my t-zone if I'm having a bad day, but when I do, I use this brush, and I also use it for applying cream blush. It blends super well and does give an airbrushed look. And it doesn't shed! I definitely recommend!
I only wear foundation for special occasions or when I'm sleep-deprived and need extra help pulling off a fresh-faced look in the morning. I bought this foundation brush along with Studio Fix Fluid because I wanted to be able to replicate the look the SA created on me. I love the brush--I really can't imagine ever applying foundation without it. It is somewhat pricey, but you get what you pay for.
I am a brush connoisseur. I have tons of 187s and 188s among my huge stash of brushes. I'd had my eye on this, but wasn't sure what I'd use this for. I purchased this with my Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation compact, and wow, I love it! The 187 is too long for my liking with foundation, and so is the 188, but the duo fibers on the 130 are perfect! Just firm enough, but still springy, and doesn't leave that dreaded streaked look! I was afraid the tiny brush head would mean tedious work, but I was wrong. It's so easy to buff all over! It's even easy to get under my jaw line and feel confident I don't have a streaky mess. Because it is tiny, I think this could work well with highlighters, but I can't see it being beneficial for blush (too tiny/concentrated). Yes, it is expensive, but in the long run I find in general MAC's brushes hold up very well, and I've experienced no shedding yet. A fantastic brush that I would repurchase if the product called for it/I lost it.
This is my first MAC foundation brush. I was using another brand of foundation brush similar in size & diameter to the MAC 187. The 130 is indeed considerably smaller than the 187 (which appeared to be a major factor in many reviews I read prior to purchase), however, I like the smaller size as it is much easier to use given the shorter handle. I read reviews of the 130 that complained that it took "too long" to apply foundation due to its small size, however, for me this just did not hold true. It took the same amount of time for me to apply my liquid foundation using the 130 as it did using the 187 "clone". The 130's smaller size made it much easier to apply foundation around the eyes and nose compared to the larger 187.
At $40, this brush is indeed pricey but I decided to go with the higher priced MAC as my $16 "187 clone" keeps bleeding "black color" every time I wash it....not sure whats up with that! (Guess the old saying you get what you pay for holds true in makeup tools to) I will have to wait longer on the MAC brush to add to this review when it comes to any color bleeding when washed.
For now I find the MAC 130 living up to its reputation as one of the best foundation brushes on the market. I used the Pink Egg Beauty Blender sponges for several years now and really like them that is until I tried the 130!, Now I'm sticking with the MAC 130 as it does give an "air brushed" look and uses a lot less foundation in the process. ( I still love the Beauty Blender for applying my concealer).