07 February 2012

MAC 188 Duo Fibre Brush Review

   
I've been selectively growing my brush collection since I last showed it to you on the blog. After falling head over heels for this foundation then reading this post, I had to invest in a brush to make sure I was doing the product full justice. And I'm glad I did because the brush I ended up with, the MAC 188, has fast become one of my favourites.

This small duo fibre brush is described on the MAC website as 'a flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula colour – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures." It's made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres and is the smaller version of the 187, which I also looked at. But I figured that the 188 would give me more control and can be used for things that the 187 is too large for, like highlighting, contouring and applying cream blush.  I've used it for all these things and it works great, but mostly, I reserve it to buff on my foundation (it's what I used for these pictures here). 



Now, I've applied my foundation with my fingers my whole life, and old habits die hard. So I don't use this brush every day, even though it's quicker to use than its small size suggests. But for evenings out or big days at work when I want to look my best, I turn to the 188 and I love the refined and polished finish it provides. It doesn't drink up too much of the product and provides medium coverage, that can be built up if required. 

At €40 this is not a cheap brush, but I look on it as an investment and I'm really happy this is in my kit.

Are there any other must-have brushes I should know about?

21 comments:

Adele said...

You can't underestimate what a good brush can do to the finish of your make-up!
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Laura said...

I've read a lot about this one, must invest! It sounds great!

Laura xo

Karen said...

I bought a Gosh duofibre brush last year and love using it for liquid and cream blushes and for applying my gel bronzer from The Body Shop. It's so gentle and gives a really even coverage, love me some duofibre!

Roxy said...

I have it and it's definitely my favourite brush of the moment! xx

fluff and fripperies said...

Mine too Roxy!

Ballet Pumps And Roses said...

Eh, I have two big ones from Bobbi Brown ??! This is why I read your blog Emma ... yours clueless about make-up.

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xx

Sandra said...

It's such a weird looking brush :) but I bet it works wonders on your face! :)

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Zoe said...

I was looking into getting this but got a real techniques set instead! Mac brushes are so expensive but they sound so good :l
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Sarah Lanagan said...

It's a great brush, I really love the 168 Large Angle MAC brush too - it's fantastic for applying blusher and also contouring. x

rolala said...

That is an unusual looking brush. I've heard MAC brushes are quite good. I don't own a foundation brush since I don't wear foundation.

fluff and fripperies said...

I wish I didn't have to wear foundation! You're lucky Rolala xo

Actionmags said...

I used to use this but I went off it cause I seem to need to plaster the foundada on at the moment (the state of my face) I got this brush in the cco in Antrim they also have the 130 which is shorter denser (limited edition) version of this brush ... Deffo worth asking for a look at the brushes if you up there. I do have a brush obsession though

fluff and fripperies said...

I've never been Mags - can't drive and till recently we didn't have a car. But maybe if I talk nicely to Mr Fluff he'll take me up someday...! xo

Clara Turbay said...

Fabulous pics and adorable style.

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Marisa Noelle said...

I've never even thought about a brush for foundation application before...I use the Beauty Blender sponges and I love them, but now I'm curious if this would work better. I really want to find out!

Johanna said...

My brush collection is hideous...I would be embarassed if you saw it!

Sunshine Rose said...

I have the 187 which I love but I'd love to get this for smaller work and cream blush. Someday soon hopefully!

FaceOfThunder said...

This brush looks like a porcupine! Lol :P
Aww wish I could afford to try it, I just use an ELF powder brush which does the job to be fair. :)

Livvy (faceofthunder.blogspot.com)

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fluff and fripperies said...

It's a mad looking yoke alright but it does a great job! xo