I have been obsessed with the MAC 187 duo brush (aka skunk brush) since I learned about it. The skunk brush is great for ultra-pigmented blushes, powders, etc. However, the brush is also most wonderful for foundation application. The brush leaves a beautiful airbrush finish, which is great for a heavier coverage foundation. The MAC brush is $42, and I was not inclined to pay that much for a brush since I had heard that there were dupes that existed. I first started with the Flirt skunk brush, but it is too flimsy for what I wanted, which was foundation application. It does, however, work great for blushes and such. I also tried the NYX brush ( have a review for that), and some other random ones, but nothing really lived up the the 187 reputation.
Interestingly, the dupes were hard to come by several years ago. Nowadays it feels like every line has a duo fiber brush. Unfortunately, not many of them live up to the application and quality of the MAC 187 (side story: I eventually caved and bought the 187 as a gift to myself after getting a raise several years ago. One of the best purchases I made. Even though I bought MAC's, I still look out for dupes so that I can rotate the brushes. Now I find that I use the dupes more than the original.). The MAC 187 is soft and mildly dense, which is great for distribution and blendability of foundation. After many encounters with dupes, I have found two that are really satisfying. One is the elusive Sonia Kashuk "highlighting" brush, which sometimes can be found at Target; the other brush was recently found. The brush is from the Studio Tools line also found at Target. This brush does differ from the MAC 187 brush is appearance, but it delivers a similar finish when used with foundation.
The Studio Tools brush has a shorter, plastic handle that is heavy for a brush handle. The natural hair bristles are shorter and more densely packed, and the synthetic bristles are similar to the Kashuk and 187 brush. The circumference of the brush head is also smaller than the other skunk brushes, but it does distributes the foundation well; in other words, it doesn't deposit a more concentrated amount of foundation. The brush is easy to handle, and the weight of the handle makes it nice to maneuver interestingly enough.
I really wasn't sure this would be such a success, but I have been really surprised at how much I like it. I thought it would be just used for blushes and that it would shed like crazy, but it hasn't shed at all, and I have washed it twice. This little brush is $6.99.
If you have $7 waiting to be spent, this is worth a try.
Studio Tools is a dirty for Revlon Colorstay application.
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