Makeup Wars ~ My Favorite Makeup Brush ~ MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush

If you’re a follower of this blog I’m sure you’re excited to see what luxury or niche fancy pants brush I pull out of my stash for this post. Well sorry to disappoint but there are no exquisite Japanese brushes in my brush collection (I wish there were!) or anything else terribly interesting. I actually really struggled with what to post for my favourite brush because I don’t actually have a true favourite. Nothing that stands out at least. I do however have several tried and true brushes in my collection that I would never want to be without and one of them is the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush. 
MAC describes this as a large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.
I love this brush because it allows me to wear ANY blush I want on my fair skin. You can apply the lightest dusting of powder and blend it seamlessly into your skin for a natural flush. It allows me to wear such pigmented beauties as Chanel Rouge and Plum Attraction Joues Contraste Blushes. There are never any harsh lines and application is always even and smoothly blended. The brush makes it easy all though a light hand is of course required with strongly pigmented blushes. I find myself reaching for the MAC 187 even for standard blushes because it performs just as well with these and makes blending and applications effortless.
I have had this brush for several years now and it still is looks and performs as new. I have tried dupes of the MAC 187 from brands such as KIM and bdellium but they never feel as nice or perform as well. The MAC 187 just seems to have the perfect amount of give and softness to do the job right. I also can’t recall it ever shedding a hair. I will always have this brush in my arsenal. 
I know there are many people that love this brush for stippling on foundation. I tried it a couple times in the beginning but found it a little too floppy for that purpose for my preference. I have other brushes like the Sephora Professional Platinum Airbrush #55 or the bdellium Precision Kabuki Brush 957 that I prefer for foundation.
The MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush is available at and Nordstrom. It retails for $50.50 CAD and $42 US.

This post has brought to my attention that I have never posted any brush reviews. Is this something you would like to see more of on Perilously Pale?

Make sure you click on the thumbnails below to see the other Makeup Wars members favourite makeup brushes. You can also used the next and previous buttons at the beginning of the post. Enjoy!

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  • Sunny
    August 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Yess more brush reviews please! I think I should bite the bullet and invest in this one soon. I wanted it forever, bought a cheaper dupe which is kinda losing color grr. So yeah, thanks for reminding me I still need this!

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    August 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I can’t use this one for foundation either. I need more control. I love it for extremely bright and pigmented powder blushes, though.
    Yours looks so pretty and newwww… mine get so beat up haha

  • Coco
    August 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I’m a brush lover. Want to see more brush post please!

  • Krystle (Baking Beauty)
    August 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Looks like the perfect brush for getting a light blush application!

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    August 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    More brush reviews please. My first skunk brush was from PX but it fell apart. They replaced it and it fell apart again. Nothing like the MAC 187 plus I like the smaller 188 just as well.

  • Teri
    August 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    I love this brush, and seeing as it was my favorite too, it is seems like great minds (or makeup lovers!) think alike. I really do like it for liquid foundation though.

  • Beauty411
    August 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    I love this brush, too and I agree–I’ve had mine for years and it’s still good as new. Great pick!

  • Phyrra
    August 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I love duofiber brushes 😉

  • Sue Lin
    August 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I never tried a duo blend before. Wonder if it is superior to purely synthetic or natural hair brushes.

  • Carleen
    August 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    This is one of my everyday brushes. I almost used it for this and then decided on the BH brush instead!

    • Jogi
      December 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      I’m not a fan of the Italian Badger series (the regaulr size anyway). I’ve seen those up close and personal and I was super disappointed with them. The Syntho line looks really gifted but I only like synthetic brushes for liquid, cream, or gel products so with that line I’d get a foundation brush, concealer brush, eyeliner brush, or eyebrow brush. For eyeshadow brushes, powder brushes, blush brushes, and contouring brushes I’d go with the Studio Pro line or just the Studio line because those seem to be a bit better made than most of the others. Excellent luck!


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