I had some store credit so when I made my long journey to a MAC counter (I do not live near one), I was expecting to see lots that I loved in the Rococo collection.
Instead, I was rather unimpressed with the collection. Since I had to use up my store credit before I lost the slips, I decided to purchase a couple of brushes, one of which was # 187 MAC STIPPLING BRUSH.
I was not in desperate need of a buffing brush, so I was not sure if this was useful or not, but I bought it after messing around with the face powders.
The stippling brush is an interesting brush. Some of the fibers are long (white goat hair) and some of them are short (black synthetic hair). The idea is that the longer hairs apply the powder and the shorter hairs buff the powder on.
Nice concept, but in results, well, it is an interesting experience. I compared this stippling brush with my CHANEL KABUKI BRUSH (the stubby handled one - I forget the exact name they have on it), and they act very differently.
The Stippling Brush applies power and shimmer like a light dusting of snow on the ground, or a light dusting of powdered sugar on a cake. It is a pretty and rather ethereal application of powder or pigment.
The "kabuki" brush I have from CHANEL buffs the same powder in so that it resembles the way that you polish a leather shoe and then buff the color on so that it looks like the polish is a part of the leather. The powder actually looks like it is part of the skin surface. I am thankful that they two brushes do not give the same results! I would have been upset to have spent so much on a brush that did what I already could do.
I plan to experiment more with this brush, but had I not had to spend the store credit, I probably would not have paid the outrageous $40 for this brush. I do not think it is worth it. It is interesting and fun to use, but not essential.
I will update if I find any more uses for this brush. I might find that I use it more than I thought I would.